Detoxifying and Cleansing

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Near Infrared Saunas are especially powerful in cleansing the body and for whole body detoxification. In the long run, they are both the most affordable detox and the most effective detox. When you use a near infrared sauna for detoxification, you will remove fat-soluble compounds, water-soluble compounds and heavy metals. When you pass these toxins in sweat, your liver and kidneys are spared the work. It saves energy and wear and tear on these organs. Sauna detoxification takes time, but the results are well worth it.

Infrared sauna detoxification is a gradual, gentle and safe approach. It is especially helpful to have a sauna in the house. It will take 3-5 sessions a week, or more, over many months to truly cleanse the accumulated toxins many of us have in our bodies.

It’s a serious issue for everyone! The good news is that we have seen over the years that near infrared saunas are effective for a wide range of toxicity including:

— Heavy metal toxicity including mercury toxicity
— Arsenic, Iron and Copper toxicity
— Drug and chemotherapy toxicity
— Chemical Toxicity of hundreds of environmental poisons.

There are some good studies on sauna detox programs, but you have to really dig deep for them. Back in the 80’s, there was some funding for sauna detoxification studies for the purpose of drug detox and work related chemical detox and good studies were done. At the end of this page are many examples from the famous Hubbard detox protocol. The main component of that program is sauna detoxification. I am sure you will be impressed and amazed when you read these results.

Precipitation of Cocaine Metabolites in Sweat and Urine of Addicts Undergoing Sauna Bath Treatment
Fifty-Seventh Annual Scientific Meeting, National Institute on Drug Abuse, College on Problems of Drug Dependency, 1995

Summary: Four subjects (three males and one female) admitted to a residential treatment program were selected for study. All met DSM-III-R Criteria for cocaine dependence and ingested cocaine by smoking. The duration of their use of the drug ranged from eight months to 18 years, and they reported cocaine use on over 75 percent of days in the month just prior to treatment. Three reported last use of cocaine within 48 hours of admission; one reported last use 25 days prior to program entry. Urine and sweat samples were collected from subjects every two to three days during detoxification and analyzed by fluorescent immunoassay. Cocaine metabolites were detectable in both sweat and urine of all subjects. Three of the four subjects showed a measurable increase in sweat or urine cocaine metabolite concentrations at the beginning of detoxification. Two subjects demonstrated negative urine samples prior to detoxification, but demonstrated the presence of metabolites when detoxification commenced.

Evaluation of a Detoxification Regimen for Fat Stored Xenobiotics Medical Hypothesis, Vol.9, 1982.
(Xenobiotics is a term for chemicals in the body that are not naturally present in the body)

Summary: One hundred and three individuals undergoing detoxification with Hubbard’s procedure volunteered to undergo additional physical and psychological tests concomitant with the program. Participants had been exposed to recreational (abused) and medical drugs, patent medicines, occupational and environmental chemicals. Patients with high blood pressure had a mean reduction of 30.8 mm systolic, 23.3 mm diastolic; cholesterol level mean reduction was 19.5 mg/ 100 ml, while triglycerides did not change. Completion of the detoxification program also resulted in improvements in psychological test scores, with a mean increase in Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IQ of 6.7 points. Scores on Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory profiles decreased on Scales (4-7) where high scores are associated with amoral and asocial personalities, psychopathic behavior and paranoia. Complications resulting from detoxification were rare, occurring in less than three percent of the subjects.

Body Burden Reductions of PCBs, PBBs and Chlorinated Pesticide Residues in Human Subjects Ambio, Vol.13, No.5-6, 1984

Summary: Prior to detoxification, adipose tissue concentrations were determined for seven individuals accidentally exposed to PBBs. The chemicals targeted for analysis included the major congeners of PBBs, PCBs and the residues of common chlorinated insecticides. Of the 16 organohalides examined, 13 were present in lower concentrations following detoxification. Seven of the 3 reductions were statistically significant; reductions ranged from 3.5 to 47.2 percent, with a mean reduction among the 16 chemicals of 21.3 percent (s.d. 17.1 percent). To determine whether reductions reflected movement to other body compartments or actual burden reduction, a post-treatment follow-up sample was taken four months later. Follow-up analysis showed a reduction in all 16 chemicals averaging 42.4 percent (s.d. 17.1 percent) and ranging from 10.1 to 65.9 percent. Ten of the 16 reductions were statistically significant.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients Presenting Subclinical Signs and Symptoms of Exposure to Chemicals Which Accumulate in Human Tissue
Proceedings of the National Conference on Hazardous Wastes and Environmental Emergencies, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985.

Summary: A discussion of some of the problems in attempting to diagnose and treat low-level body burdens of toxic chemicals. A review of 120 patients who were prescribed detoxification treatment as developed by Hubbard to eliminate fat-stored compounds showed improvement in 14 of 15 symptoms associated with several types of chemical exposures.

Reduction of the Human Body Burdens of Hexachlorobenzene and Polychlorinated Biphenyls
World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Scientific Publications Series, Volume 77, 1986.

Summary: Electrical workers paired by age, sex and potential for polychlorinated biphenyl exposure were divided into treatment and control groups. Adipose-tissue concentrations of hexachlorobenzene (HCB), four other pesticides and 10 polychlorinated biphenyl congeners were determined pre- and post-treatment, and three months post-treatment. At post-treatment, all 16 chemicals were found at lower concentrations in the adipose tissues of the treatment group, while 11 were found in higher concentrations in the control group. Adjusted for re-exposure as represented in the control group, HCB concentrations were reduced by 30 percent at post-treatment and 28 percent three months post-treatment. Mean reduction of polychlorinated biphenyl congeners was 61 percent at post-treatment and 14 percent three months post-treatment. These reductions are statistically significant (f< 0.001). Enhanced excretion appeared to keep pace with mobilization, as blood-serum levels in the treatment group did not increase during treatment

Human Contamination and Detoxification: Medical Response to an Expanding Global Problem
Proceedings of the MAB UNESCO Task Force on Human Response to Environmental Stress, Moscow, 1989.

Summary: Individuals with a variety of workplace exposures were unable to work or had reduced work capacity. Following detoxification, each was able to return to work. Though the results presented are anecdotal, they confirm previous findings in the peer-reviewed literature (Schnare et al., 1982; Roehm, 1983; Schnare et al., 1984; Schnare and Robinson, 1985; Tretjak et al., 1989) and demonstrate that this approach can be effective in reducing body burdens of toxic compounds and returning individuals to the workplace.

Neurobehavioral Dysfunction in Firemen Exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Possible Improvement after Detoxification, Archives of Environmental Health, Vol.44, No. 6, 1989.

Summary: Fourteen firemen were exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and their by-products at the site of a transformer fire and explosion. Six months after the fire, they underwent neurophysiological and neuropsychological tests. They were re-studied six weeks after detoxification. A control group of firefighters was selected from firemen who resided in the same city but were not engaged in the fire in question. Initial testing showed that firemen exposed to PCBs had poorer neurobehavioral function than the control group. Significant reversibility of impairment was noted after detoxification.

PCB Reduction and Clinical Improvement by Detoxification: An Unexploited Approach?
Human and Experimental Toxicology, Vol.9, 1991.

Summary: A female worker from a capacitor factory, with a history of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other lipophilic industrial chemicals, was admitted for treatment at the University Medical Centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia (then Yugoslavia). She presented with severe abdominal complaints, chloracne, liver abnormalities and a bluish-green nipple discharge of approximately 50 ml in quantity. High PCB levels were noted in adipose tissue (102 mg kg’), serum (512 ug/1′), skin lipids (66.3 mg kg’), and in the nipple discharge (712 ug 1′). After detoxification, PCB levels in adipose tissue were reduced to 37.4 mg kg’ and in serum to 261 ug’, respective reductions of 63 percent and 49 percent. Excretion of intact PCBs in serum, appreciable before treatment, was enhanced by up to five-fold during detoxification. The nipple discharge ceased early in the detoxification regimen.