"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
The American Cancer Society removed hyperthermia from its "Unproven Methods" list in 1975.
Children who sauna regularly have half as many ear infections, colds and other upper respiratory problems.
A weekly sauna provides a social encounter during which families and friends gather to share stories, laugh and play.
A sauna can be a good opportunity to listen to music or meditate.
The Finnish people have long contended that weekly saunas are an essential part of preventing disease and living a long life.
Vigorous rubbing of the skin during a bath, shower or sauna helps remove old dead skin, stimulates circulation and aids the elimination of toxins.
A lower temperature sauna (105°-110°F) taken for a longer time (45-90 minutes) is more beneficial. - Schmidt page 127.
For detoxification, a low temperature sauna can be taken 5 to 7 days a week for three months and then 3 days a week for three months (under a doctor's supervision). - Schmidt page 128.
Supplemental nutrients such as flax oil, B vitamins (especially niacin), vitamins C, E and beta-carotine, and trace minerals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, organic germanium, and selenium help to bind toxins or minimize their effect on the body.
Dietary supplements together with moderate exercise followed by a sauna is a proven system for detoxification.
Never use a sauna unattended if you are ill. Never use a sauna for medical treatment without consultation with a physician.
Some health professionals say that pregnant women should not undergo detoxification because toxins released from fat stores can expose the fetus.
In Finland, pregnant women are said to enjoy saunas without difficulty, and even find them relaxing places to give birth.
We suggest that any girl who plans to become a mother should take care not to allow toxic chemicals to build up in her body, and should enjoy regular detoxification (such as saunas) as part of her healthy lifestyle prior to becoming pregnant.
Health problems that can be helped by saunas include cancer, ADD/ADHD, fibromyalgia, chemical exposures, problems due to silicone breast implants, acne and other skin problems, chemical sensitivities, chronic infections, recurrent infections, toxins from mold, chronic fatigue, lethargy, depression, headaches, allergies, muscle aches, joint pains,...
Substances found in sweat following a sauna include:
For many of these chemicals, hyperthermia is the only known way to remove them from the human body.
Benefits include improved liver and immune function and may include prevention of future cancers and birth defects in offspring.
Industries involved with toxic chemicals should provide saunas for workers, their families and the community.
The Bio-Tox Reduction Program consists of:
Chelation therapy includes recommen-
The most common cancer in both men and women is lung cancer. Breathing the warm air of a sauna is a good way to heat the lungs.
Chemical pocket warmers applied to Bowen's disease (a precancerous skin tumor) daily for up to 5 months, resulted in tumor remission for 6 of 8 patients. -
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2000;43:
Heating tumors with microwaves burns non-cancerous tissue as well. Heating tumors with radio waves is safer. Radio wave hyperthermia has been approved by the FDA.
Use cold on acute injuries to minimize inflammation, and heat on chronic problems to maximize circulation.
Eating whey powder provides protection against toxin-induced cancers. - Dr. David Williams Alternatives April 2005 page 171
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This information on therapeutic baths comes from two books by Paavo Airola, Ph.D., N.D. The first section is from his book Cancer Causes, Prevention and Treatment, The Total Approach, Health Plus Publishers, Sherwood, Oregon, 1993. His books present many other types of therapeutic baths than are discussed here. It is good to have alternative treatments for cancer that do not involve eating, because nausea or cancers of the digestive system may make eating difficult.
Artificially Induced Fever
"Give me a chance to create a fever and I will cure any disease," said the great ancient physician Parmenides. Many modern giants of biological medicine in Europe, such as the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. A. Lwoff,41 famous German cancer specialist, Prof. Werner Zabel,42 and the director of the most successful cancer clinic in the world, the Ringberg-Klinik, Dr. Josef Issels, use artificially induced fever in their battle against cancer.42
Dr. Werner Zabel told the following true story, which illustrates the cancer-preventive and cancer-healing effect of artificially induced fever:
Not far from Rome, Italy, there were huge swampy areas called the Pontine Swamps. These swamps were excellent breeding grounds for malaria mosquitoes, and the whole area was affected by malaria.
Then, by government action, the Pontine Swamps were drained and dried out. As a result malaria completely disappeared. But Italian medical researchers made a remarkable observation. While earlier the whole malaria-infected area was completely free from cancer, now, one generation later, it had the same prevalence of cancer as the rest of Italy. The scientists concluded that the frequent fever attacks common in malaria stimulated the body's own defenses so that cancer could not develop.
Fever has been too long a misunderstood and mistreated symptom. Most orthodox doctors try to combat and suppress fever. Actually fever is a constructive, health-promoting symptom, initiated and created by the body in its own effort to fight infections and other conditions of disease and to restore health. High temperature speeds up metabolism, inhibits the growth of invading virus or bacteria and accelerates the healing processes.
In folk medicine in various parts of the world fever has been used for centuries to heal disease. In the West Indies, natives afflicted with syphilis or cancer cured themselves by deliberately subjecting themselves to infection from such high fever diseases as malaria, typhus fever or typhoid fever.
Dr. A. Lwoff, famous French bacteriologist, has demonstrated in repeated scientific experiments that fever is indeed a "great medicine," and that it can help to cure many "incurable diseases". In biological clinics in Europe, artificially induced fever, mostly in the form of overheating baths, has been used successfully to treat such conditions as rheumatic diseases, skin disorders, insomnia, arthritis - and cancer. Dr. Josef Issels has said, "Artificially induced fever has the greatest potential in the treatment of many diseases, including cancer." Mark well that this remark is made by one of the leading cancer specialists in the world!
The usual method of inducing fever is the so-called Schlenzbath.43 The patient is totally immersed in a large bathtub filled with water between 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit. Only the nose and mouth are left free for breathing. In about half an hour, the body's temperature will gradually rise to match the temperature of the water.
Needless to say, treatment should be given by the nurse and should be well supervised. The temperature of the water and of the patient, and the patient's pulse, should be checked periodically. Detailed instructions for administering the Schlenz-bath are given in my book, How To Get Well.43
The following section comes from the book by Paavo Airola, Ph.D., N.D., How to Get Well, Health Plus Publishers, Sherwood, Oregon, 1993. The letters "N.D." after Dr. Airola's name indicate that he is a "Naturopathic Doctor". Naturopathic physicians have long been interested in alternative treatments for cancer and may be of great assistance to you.
How to use or administer overheating baths, sitz baths,
Water has been used for remedial purposes since time immemorial. Natives in various parts of the earth, sought the healing effect of natural waters, mineral springs, sea water, rivers and springs. When medical science saw its birth, healing disease with water was recognized as one of the most important therapeutic modalities. Hippocrates, Celus, Galen and other ancient greats of medicine praised water for its many curative properties. In all major ancient civilizations, bathing was held in esteem not only for its remedial properties, but as an important health-building and disease-preventive measure.
In modern times, the therapeutic properties of water were popularized by Father Kneipp, Maria Schlenz, Priessnitz, and other European water-cure pioneers. There are hundreds of Spas and "Bads" in most European countries where therapeutic baths are used as a major healing measure, especially so-called Kneipp-baths. As Father Kneipp said, "Water contains great healing power" - and millions of yearly visitors to these "bads" can testify that water, indeed, does possess great therapeutic value.
Here are some therapeutic baths that can be employed in healing the sick and in preventing disease. Some of these, like overheating baths, should be supervised by a doctor or nurse, but most can be employed in a do-it-yourself manner in your own home.
"Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease," said the great physician, Parmenides, 2,000 years ago.
Fever is one of the body's own defensive and healing forces, created and sustained for the deliberate purpose of restoring health. The high temperature speeds up metabolism, inhibits the growth of the invading virus or bacteria, and literally burns the enemy with heat. Fever is an effective protective and healing measure not only against colds and simple infections, but against such serious diseases as polio and cancer. In biological clinics, overheating therapies or artificially induced fever are used effectively in the treatment of acute infectious diseases, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, skin disorders, insomnia, muscular pain and cancer, to name a few conditions. Such giants of medical science as Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. A. Lwoff, Dr. Werner Zabel, and Dr. Josef Issels, recommend and use fever therapies extensively. Recently, a research team under the direction of Dr. David S. Muchles, from Oxford University, reported that the studies confirmed what ancient physicians and biological doctors knew all along - that fever is effective in combating many diseases, including cancer.
There are many ways to induce fever. Some doctors use certain vaccines (like BCG) or drugs to create artificial fever. Personally, I prefer a more natural approach. Although fever induced with BCG or drugs can have a beneficial effect by "waking up" and stimulating the body's natural defensive and immunological mechanism, there is less stress on the body if fever is induced with an overheating bath. Schlenz-bath has been used for this purpose for nearly a century.
Here's how the curative Schlenz-bath is administered. First, the patient should not eat for at least two hours before treatment. If possible, the bladder and the colon should be emptied. The bath tub should be as large and as deep as possible. If a regular American bath tub is used, you may need to plug the emergency outlet to raise the water to the top of the tub.
The patient must be totally covered with water, including his head; only his nose, eyes and mouth - and as little as possible of them should be left uncovered. Start with a low temperature of about 95 degrees, or about the temperature of the skin. Let warm water run slowly from the faucet and stir constantly. In 15 to 20 minutes, bring the temperature in the tub to about 100 degrees; later to about 103 or even slightly higher, depending on the patient's reaction.
The length of the treatment is about one hour. Although the temperature of the water is not too high, when the patient is totally covered by the water there is no heat escaping from the body and its temperature will invariably rise to match the temperature of the water.
The Schlenz-bath, if given to sick patients, must be supervised. The pulse should not go over 130 or 140. The temperature of the water should be monitored at all times with a bath thermometer. If the patient feels any discomfort, he should be raised out of the water to a sitting position for a while. It is also recommended that the nurse massage the patient with a bristle brush during the bath. This brings the blood to the surface of the skin and relieves the heart from undue pressure.
A sauna, or Finnish steam bath, is another excellent way to benefit from overheating therapy. In addition to an artificially induced fever, which a prolonged steam bath always accomplishes, the sauna bath is specifically conducive to profuse therapeutic sweating.
The skin is our largest eliminative organ - "the third kidney." It is generally considered that the skin should eliminate 30 percent of the body wastes by way of perspiration. Due to lack of physical work and an overly sedentary life, the skin of most people today has degenerated as an eliminative organ, since it is hardly ever subjected to sweating. If health is to be restored, it is of vital importance that the eliminative activity of the skin is revitalized. Taking sauna or steam baths regularly, once or twice a week, will help to restore and revitalize the cleansing activity of the skin.
The therapeutic property of the sauna is attributed to the following facts:
If you do not have your own sauna, and have no easy access to a sauna, you can make a do-it-yourself sauna in your own bedroom, as follows:
First take a hot bath, as hot as you can stand. Then dry yourself and wrap in a heavy bath towel. Put a plastic or rubber sheet on your bed to protect it from damage by perspiration. Lie on the rubber sheet, take a couple of hotwater bottles and cover yourself with an electric blanket, turned on high, leaving just a crack for breathing. Use several heavy blankets, if necessary. Remain in bed while profuse sweating occurs half an hour or more. Finish with a shower.
NOTE: Although fever is a natural, constructive, beneficial symptom, and fever therapy is one of the most effective means in the arsenal of biological modalities, I must stress the fact that fever therapy should always be supervised by an expert practitioner and undertaken on the advice of a doctor. The patient's heart condition, his ability to perspire and his general vitality should be checked and his reaction during the therapy closely supervised. Also, the length of the overheating therapy, and the dosage of fever-inducing drugs (if they are used), should be determined by the doctor.
The above warning is in regard to patients who are ill. There is, of course, no danger for healthy people to take sauna or other steam or hot baths, or even a Schlenz-bath, on a regular basis as a preventive, cleansing and health-building measure, as millions of people are doing both here and in Europe.
End of quotes from writings of Paavo Airola, Ph.D., N.D. We highly recommend that you obtain and read Dr. Airola's books.
Hyperthermia gives cancer a triple whammy by:
This makes regular hyperthermia an excellent addition to a healthy cancer-preventing lifestyle and a useful part of a comprehensive program to remove cancer. Hyperthermia to detoxify the body is most effective if used together with exercise and enhanced nutrition.
It is possible to overdo a good thing. "In the tissue culture the cancer cell will be damaged by a temperature of 39° C. and dies at 42° C.; the normal cell will be damaged by 43° C. and dies at 46-47° C." - Professor Lambert, quoted in Gerson page 45. Cancer cells damaged by hyperthermia are much more easily killed by other means, so hyperthermia works well as a complementary therapy.
If you are using hyperthermia for therapeutic purposes find a doctor to work with who knows about hyperthermia. Also, if you are having a sauna frequently, be sure to supplement your diet with calcium, magnesium and trace minerals to replace beneficial minerals lost in the sweat.
"For many patients, battling cancer has also meant fighting constant pain, or relying on strong narcotics like demerol or morphine derivatives. Hyperthermia is an excellent alternative to the use of these addictive drugs. Not only it is an effective cancer treatment, but it often dramatically reduces pain which allows for better quality of life. Subsequently, this enables many people to devote more energy to their fight against cancer." - Valley Cancer Institute
We find that a hot bath (108°F / 42°C) is very effective to relieve pain, nausea and other discomfort. Since it is free and simple, why not give it a try? Hyperthermia is on our list of non-drug ways to deal with cancer pain.
Chelators bond to a toxic metal ion and form a stable complex that can be removed from the body. The herb cilantro helps remove metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum from the body. Cilantro is a kind of parsley and is widely available in grocery stores. The seeds of the cilantro plant are commonly known as "coriander". Chop the cilantro finely and mix in soups and salads to cleanse these metals from your body. Malic acid (found in apples and apple cider vinegar) helps remove aluminum from the body. Other natural chelators include vitamin C, sulphur-containing amino acids such as methionine and cysteine (whey powder is a good source of these amino acids), yellow dock root, and chlorella.
Iodine chelates metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum and halogens such as fluoride and bromide. Iodine also removes perchlorate (rocket fuel) from the body. In the United States, perchlorate frequently contaminates drinking water, milk, and other foods. There are many health benefits from increased iodine intake, either from consuming potassium iodide, or from rubbing tincture of iodine on the skin so that the body can absorb what it needs through the skin.
Increasing the amount of glutathione in your body will help remove heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium while increasing lifespan by up to 40%. Eating whey powder is a good way to increase your glutathione level. Heavy metals and other toxins stored in the liver and gall bladder as "stones" can be voided via the colon when you do a liver and gall bladder "cleanse" or "flush". You can do a search of the Internet to learn how to do this.
Alpha lipoic acid helps remove mercury from inside cells and the brain. The mercury is then carried to the liver where it is mixed with bile, and then goes into the intestinal tract. Sulfur-rich foods can bind with mercury in the intestinal tract so that it is not reabsorbed by the body. Algin is a non-digestible fiber from brown seaweeds such as kelp. Algin will also bind with mercury in the digestive tract, and will also bind with cadmium and radioactive materials. Other intestinal chelators include spirulena, chlorella, aloe, and bentonite clay.
For more information do a search of the Internet. Look for hyperthermia, fever therapy, sauna, sauna therapy, far infrared sauna, BioToxic Reduction Program (BTR), Zane R. Gard, M.D. (founder of the BTR Program), UltraClear (for hepatic detoxification), EDTA chelation therapy (to remove heavy metals from the body such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and excessive iron & copper), HMD - Heavy Metal Detox, etc. There are also several articles in our Library.
Essential oils may assist in detoxifying the body.
Also, Amazon.com carries several books on saunas. Type "sauna" into the Amazon.com search engine on our "Contents" page and see what comes up.
There are many studies showing increased survival from cancer among those treated with hyperthermia. Why stop the treatment when it can be so easily done at home? Here is a simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself procedure that can help prevent cancer, treat cancer and prevent the recurrence of cancer. Everyone should do it regularly.
Heat therapy is an ancient and effective technique to promote good health, prevent disease, and treat many conditions. Whether you bury yourself in desert sand, sit in the sun, soak in warm water, or experience a fever during illness, raising body temperature and increasing sweating will purify the body, cleanse the skin, relax the body, improve circulation, stimulate the immune system, and weaken or kill cancer cells. A relatively long (45 - 90 minutes) low temperature (about 108°F / 42°C) heat therapy session is most effective. You can do this weekly to prevent disease and promote health, and daily to help the body recover from disease. Heat therapy is inexpensive and can be enjoyed at home by everyone.
Off to a Fast Start...the Wonders of Meditation
Continuing our non-dietary interventions, we will now discuss the wonders of Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM has been learned by about six million people around the world, so there are lots of subjects for scientists to examine. Plus, the technique is highly effective and produces measurable consequences for scientists to monitor. The result has been the publication of many hundreds of scientific studies. TM is probably the best documented and most effective self development program in existence. All on its own, TM produces dramatic reductions in disease. When supplemented with exercise, better diet, hyperthermia and other improvements in lifestyle, the result can be very much better health and significantly increased longevity. So let's look at Transcendental Meditation.
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