Toxins and Disease
Excerpt From the book, “Detoxify or Die” by Sherry A. Rogers:
“A sauna used to be thought of as a luxury.
Studies now confirm that diet and environmental
chemicals cause 95% of cancers. Furthermore, as the first
generation of man exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily
chemicals, we have learned that stored or undetoxified chemicals can
mimic any disease. ‘ Incurable’ chronic diseases that were thought to
have no known cause often disappear once toxic chemicals are gone.
Since the far infrared sauna is the safest, most efficacious and
economical way of depurating stored toxins, this makes it a household
Sherry Rogers, M.D., Northeast Center for
Environmental Medicine - internationally known expert in environmental
medicine and author of; Detoxify or Die, and Tired or Toxic?
The Secret of Sweat
So here we are riddled with disease-producing toxins
and piling on more each day. Inevitably the axe will fall. But what if
we could get rid of these toxins? What if we could have a body that
only had the toxins we had accumulated up until 20 years ago, or better
yet at age 16? What if we could get rid of our lifetime burden of
toxins or even just turn the hands of time back a couple of decades?
I have followed hundreds of patients who used the oral,
non-prescription mercury detox cocktail to get rid of mercury aluminum,
cadmium, arsenic, and other heavy metals. For folks who have tougher
cases we can use DMPS which is available by prescription as Chemet, or
the infinitely cheaper and non-prescription and identical substance,
Captomer (Thorne, N.E.E.D.S.). And for folks with high levels of
calcifications in their arteries EDTA is an intravenous chelator, but
requires sitting hooked up to an intravenous solution in a doctor's
office for four hours three times a week for 20 to 40 sessions, costing
thousands of dollars. Then you need a maintenance program. A safer
proven way to reverse coronary calcifications is with the macrobiotic
diet (Ornish, 1998). PET scans proved that the calcifications melted
away. For the full directions on doing the health-promoting diet, start
with You Are What You Ate, then proceed to The Cure Is In
The Kitchen, and use Macro Mellow for the cookbook).
But what about the cancer-causing PCBs and the multitude of plastics
and pesticides with all sorts of chemical configurations that the body
has no way of metabolizing? What about all of the newly synthesized
dangerous chemicals that firemen, for example, are exposed to when
these plastics and pesticides burn, creating new compounds that have
never before been seen by man? None of these chemicals are removed by
chelation or any drug.
In the 1970s a controversial gentleman named L. Ron Hubbard designed a
sauna program that enabled drug addicts to detoxify. He reasoned that
folks were never addicted until they had taken drugs. And the more they
took, the more they craved. He thought if he could get the drugs out of
the body (the unmetabolized residues), the addict would no longer
crave. He published his brilliantly successful program in his book Clear
Mind in 1990. Shortly after the results of the program
were known, physicians from many specialties realized that this program
might also be adapted for getting rid of all sorts of other types of
chemicals, thereby restoring health in an endless variety of diseases
(Kilburn, Schnare, Roehm, Rea, Root, Tretjak, Tei).
Sauna Proven in the Toughest, Most Resistant Cases
I always say, if you want to prove that a new medical therapy works,
pick the most recalcitrant, impossible to treat conditions. For if it
is a success on those cases, everything else is bound to be a "piece of
cake". And that is exactly what folks have done with the sauna. By
getting rid of years of drug residues in addicts, Hubbard freed them
from their cravings and addictions, impressively lowering recidivism.
Drugs are metabolic poisons, damaging the normal function of the body.
Only when years of drug residues have been reduced are folks freed from
the plague caused by the slow leeching out of sub-therapeutic doses of
stored drugs and toxins. For these trace amounts unmercifully trigger
cravings, reminding them that they need a higher dose to block out all
feeling. For addicts it is imperative to get rid of all drug residues
in order to cure their cravings and addictive behavior. This includes
alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription drugs.
In addition, the accompanying nutritional program has corrected
long-standing deficiencies that also trigger addictive behavior,
fatigue and a myriad of symptoms. For when it comes right down to it,
chronic drug addiction has two causes: nutrient deficiencies which
cause cravings and stockpiled unmetabolized drug residues that slowly
leach out and cause cravings. That's why drug pushers give so many
freebies, because once you get it in your system, it is difficult to
resist wanting more, depending upon each individual's chemistry. The
trick is to be smart enough to never take the first dose.
But proof only began there. One of the worst occupations for bizarre
chemically-induced or toxic symptoms is that of a fireman. This is
because when modern home and commercial furnishings and construction
materials burn, they release even more damaging chemicals whose
carcinogenic potential has become magnified. Not only does burning of a
multitude of phthalates and other plasticizers, PCBs, dioxins and
related compounds create chemicals that are many fold more toxic, but
when they are inhaled in massive amounts by fireman, it gives them as
high a level as if they had had it by IV.
These chemical concoctions have caused the most difficult to diagnose
and treat disorders, especially of the brain and the nervous system.
But researchers using Hubbard's protocol (Kilburn) were able to
accomplish what medicine was paralyzed in accomplishing. They restored
these toxic firemen to normal once they got rid of their tightly stored
chemicals. A sauna program is still the only known way of getting rid
of these 20th century man-made chemicals.
Using Hubbard's protocol, other researchers (Schnare, Roehm) cleared
people of PCBs and pesticides as well as Agent Orange (dioxins). These
were folks who had undiagnosable and unbeatable symptoms, totally
resistant to all therapies that medicine could offer. But the Master
Planner, left one route for us to unload a lifetime of damaging,
disease-producing chemicals: SWEAT.
Other clinicians reaffirmed the benefits of detoxifying saunas when, as
a result of accidents involving pilots who did aerial spraying of
pesticides, these men were also cleared of life-threatening symptoms.
Likewise residents of Michigan gave us a huge amount of scientific
information when a PCB-laden cancer-causing fire retardant was
accidentally put into animal feed, contaminating their entire dairy
industry, milk and cheese, statewide, forever (Wolff).
Clearly we have trashed our bodies.
Luckily, you have the power to reverse that.
Studies six years later, showed that Michigan
residents and folks from over 25 other states who also got the PCBs
hidden in their dairy products, just did not get rid of those nasty
PCBs. The body does not have the chemistry to do so. Even in the soil
these chemicals are what we call persistent environmental poisons. But
those who did saunas were able to eliminate the PCBs as well as other
stored toxins from their bodies. The truth is we have all eaten foods
from Michigan and have slowly bioaccumulated these and hundreds of
other similar toxins that are known as some of the most powerful
inducers of cancer in existence. Remember, EPA studies show 100% of
humans harbor PCBs, one of the most potent causes of cancer known to
But the proof for the magic of sauna detoxification does not end with
drug addicts, fire fighters, Vietnam vets, pesticide pilots, or
consumers of polluted dairy. Other researchers and clinicians studied
workers accidentally contaminated from occupations as diverse as
electricians to farmers. Meanwhile, machinists to office workers also
had their lives saved, as serious conditions that medicine was
powerless to help were reversed through the use of sauna.
Then there are my hundreds of patients with severe chemical
sensitivity, saddled with just about any symptom you can think of, who
have traveled the world in search of how to get well. When exposed to
simple everyday perfumes, fabric softeners, carpets, pesticides, malls
or traffic fumes, they were left unable to think or in total body pain,
as examples of hundreds of symptoms. Some were referred to the
specialized environmental units like the Environmental Health Center of
Dallas, (Dr. William J. Rea, www.EHCD.com) or to North Charleston,
South Carolina (Dr. Allan Lieberman) and then returned home to continue
saunas for life.
Dr. William Rea, medical director of the Environmental Health Center,
Dallas, receives the most difficult to treat cases in the world, cases
for which there is no more hope and many of whom are physicians
themselves. By now you are getting the idea that whenever you hear a
disease is "hopeless", it merely means no one has looked for the
underlying cause, nor have they been committed to getting rid of it.
For this is why Dr. Rea's program has been so successful, because he
does just that. And sauna is an integral part of it.
Alcoholism is a biochemical
disease, not a lack of will power.
And curing it requires (1) correcting fatty acids, amino acids,
vitamins, minerals, and orphan nutrients, plus (2) removing toxic
residues of drugs, alcohol, and other chemicals that damage normal
function of brain chemistry responsible for pleasure sensation.
In fact Dr. William J. Rea, medical director of the
American Environmental Health Center in Dallas Texas, has treated
literally thousands of patients with nearly every diagnosis,
incorporating this technique into an all-encompassing environmental
medicine program. Because these patients come from all corners of the
world, are desperately ill and have all exhausted everything that
modern medicine has to offer, getting rid of their underlying chemicals
is crucial to their healing. In fact when physicians knowledgeable in
finding the causes of disease are totally stumped and do not know what
else to do for seriously ill patients, they often send folks (and
themselves) to this unique center.
These people are so full of chemicals and their detoxication pathways
are so damaged, that often they will need one or more months of
detoxication saunas at the unit to be followed by months and years of
saunas at home.
In one study by Dr. Rea, 210 patients with a variety of symptoms did
only one or two 40-minute sessions a day for one month (Rea). Even a
program this short with people for whom medicine had nothing more to
offer yielded impressive results. Within one month 63% measurably
decreased their levels of toxic chemicals and 31% improved their
symptoms. Clearly, sauna is the only proven method for depurating a
lifetime burden of xenobiotics producing "incurable" symptoms.
As lifesaving as sauna programs are however, there was a problem with
saunas. Not everyone could tolerate them. In fact I was one who could
not even spend five minutes in a sauna. For starters, as you have
learned, the nervous system is one of the most commonly damaged areas
of the body. Many of us just plain had broken, poisoned, thermostats
and could not tolerate high heat.
I sprayed herbicides (atrazine) on our farm and my autonomic nervous
system became damaged. For decades, whenever I got overheated, I would
never sweat, but just remained bone dry and beet red. If I tried to go
in a sauna I couldn't stand it even five minutes, feeling like I would
go crazy. Many people experience this because of a damaged autonomic
nervous system, especially those with multiple chemical sensitivities,
chronic fatigue, MS, and fibromyalgia.
And then there are heart patients who are notoriously intolerant of
heat. The newspapers predictably report on the numbers of heart
patients who die whenever there is a heat wave. Consequently, heart
patients and especially those in congestive heart failure would be the
last people on earth you would want to put in a sauna. So what do you
do when the worse the poisoning, the less chance you have of tolerating
a regular high heat sauna?
The Superior Sauna —FIRS (Far Infrared Sauna)
What is the best way to get rid of toxic chemicals including
pesticides, heavy metals and hydrocarbon residues when you cannot
tolerate a sauna? When a sauna makes you feel weak, sick, have a fast
heart rate, faint, dizzy, panicky, headachy or just plain miserable,
what is the solution? The far infrared sauna. Thanks
to improved technology, the far infrared sauna is far safer and
infinitely more tolerable, because it uses a heat energy that
penetrates tissues, triggering mobilization of chemicals from
subcutaneous fat storage, directly into the sweat. This activating
penetration allows for a much lower overall temperature to be used (as
I'll show you later), one that is enjoyable and not torture.
But more important, you haven't forced the body to bear very high
temperatures (160 degrees and higher), pulling chemicals back into the
bloodstream where they can duplicate original symptoms. Instead they
slip out the back door, so to speak, from just under the skin storage
directly into the sweat. Over weeks and months there is an
equilibration, where chemicals that were stored in other organs slowly
and safely disseminate throughout the body and eventually empty into
subcutaneous fat. It is the chemical load that is stored beneath the
skin that is the main area activated by the far infrared sauna.
Even if you are on your deathbed, it is not too
late to turn the tide of disease.
Many others have (Nussbaum, Rogers).
Another thing I always worried about in a conventional
sauna, even for the few brief moments I could stand one, was the fact
that my eyeballs burned so much. I couldn't believe that intensive heat
on my corneas was good for them and feared triggering cataracts. To my
knowledge, no studies have ever been done on this, but this high
temperature on the eyeball and lens cannot be good for them. It's
unphysiologic. Anyway, I do not get that type of eye pain in the
infrared sauna, only profuse sweating. And that is just the effect you
want in order to release a lifetime of toxins from body storage.
The body gets rid of stored chemicals in stool, urine or sweat. The
sweat route requires no drugs and is the most efficient and natural
(man used to physically work and sweat before computers were invented).
As the oldest of eight children, I used to hesitate to recommend
something as expensive as a home sauna. I was looking for treatments
that were natural, but inexpensive and definitely not high tech! But
when you realize the lifelong incapacity and expense of diseases such
as chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, chemical sensitivity, chronic
fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, Alzheimer's, cancer or any others
caused by chemical toxicity, a sauna is cheap. Let's face it: high-tech
If you're overwhelmed by medical bills with no
end in sight,
it's time to consider reversing the hidden causes of your diseases.
(1) Just add up the time and money you wasted getting
diagnosed. (2) Or add up the cost for a year of prescription
medications and you will have paid for it. But its advantages do not
end there. (3) Once you have it, it's yours to use forever, for the
world will never run out of ways to poison us. (4) The whole family can
use it. (5) It is not only capable of providing the primary "cure" or
solution for your current medical problem, but can free you from
symptom-producing medications. Since we are continually being bombarded
by new chemicals every day, it is a tool to keep you "cleaned out" for
life. It is a win-win situation.
I'm convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone
should do to restore health, and then continue to do on a less frequent
basis to maintain the "cleaned out" state for the rest of their lives.
It's therapeutic as well as prophylactic.
The Hot Solution for Body Pollution: FIRS
How can we bring aging and illness to a screeching halt? Better yet,
how can we turn back the hands of time? By booting those nasty
disease-causing chemicals out of the body. Sweat out the poisons is the
answer, but not any old sauna or sweating program will do, in fact some
FIRS, the Only Sauna Proven Safe For Elderly, Severe End-Stage Heart
Many people who are sick, like heart patients, would never tolerate the
extreme temperatures of regular saunas. In fact it would make them
worse, raising blood pressure and heart rate, while triggering
arrhythmias and shortness of breath. Clearly heat is contraindicated.
Imagine a man with cadmium-induced arthritis and hypertension, or a
woman with mercury-induced shoulder pain and angina, or toluene- p
induced migraines and arrhythmia. When, environmental chemicals create
pain in addition to cardiovascular disease, as examples, what is the
heart patient to do?
If you are like most people, you may have never learned much about the
diagnosis of CHF or congestive heart failure. Yet it attacks more
people each year than cancer, and it is as lethal as cancer. For with
the diagnosis of cancer, the median survival (different cancers have
their own survival rates, but if you average them all together) is 6
years. With CHF, the median survival is less: 5 years. When the
diagnosis of cancer is made, folks feel imminent doom and urgency. But
with CHF, it has received such scant press that it merely engenders a
"So what?" response. It fosters no doom and gloom urgency.
In fact, even though congestive heart failure is more prevalent and
more lethal than cancer, folks know so little about CHF that they do
not concern themselves with preventing it the way they do cancer. CHF
starts with any heart symptom you can imagine. High blood pressure,
high cholesterol, angina, arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, dyspnea
(shortness of breath, beginning with the stairs and inclines),
claudication (leg pains when walking), pedal edema (ankle swelling),
pericarditis, cardio-myopathy (heavy metal or other poisoning of heart
muscle), fluid in the lungs, recurrent pneumonias, bypass surgery
(putting new coronary vessels in) or endarterectomy (roto-rooting or
reaming out the old plugged arteries) can be the beginning that
insidiously leads to congestive heart failure. The most common symptom
is shortness of breath, especially on stairs, inclines, or while doing
repeated deep knee bends, or jogging. An even worse sign is the
swelling of ankles at the end of the day, indicating a heart so
overloaded that fluid backs-up all the way to the leg vessels.
Unless you get rid of stored
trash, it eventually causes disease and death.
You have complete control. Is that heart disease really cadmium
toxicity in disguise?
As with every illness, in "modern medicine" CHF
suddenly becomes a deficiency of a multitude of heart drugs. Drugs to
control the rhythm, like calcium channel blockers (proven to cause
shrinkage of the brain and loss of mental function as well as increase
the risk of heart attack and cancer). And ACE inhibitors are often
prescribed, known to cause bronchitis (chronic cough). Digitalis-type
drugs like Lanoxin to boost the force of contraction, and diuretics or
fluid pills to decrease the swelling and work of the heart (and known
to cause worsening of high blood pressure and the chance of sudden
death by heart attack) are some of the other drugs added to the brew.
And the list does not stop there, for the CHF patient has more drugs on
board than most other diseases. Meanwhile the real underlying causes,
which can be totally correctable, go consistently ignored by medicine.
And once a congestive heart failure victim starts accumulating drugs,
it is extremely rare if any drugs are withdrawn. Instead his physicians
steadily pile on more to keep pace with his worsening symptoms.
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