There is a pandemic of illnesses related to toxicity from heavy metals such as mercury and lead, chronic viral problems, as well as parasites and yeast conditions. Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D. made a compelling point in her book, Detoxify or Die, that those of us not actively engaged in a healthful lifestyle and regular detoxification programs are very likely to develop some chronic, degenerative disease. One of her recommendations is the regular use of a far infrared sauna.
The far infrared sauna applies a specific frequency range of radiant heat that is absorbable deep within the body tissue. It is a highly effective way to detoxify the heavy metals we are all exposed to, and according to Dr. Rogers, is the only way for the body to rid itself of the phthalates (plastics) which most of our foods and beverages are packaged in.
The skin is the largest organ of detoxification. Many people are unable to sweat because their pores are clogged by soaps and body lotions. Sauna cleanses the skin, and aids the vision, muscles and joints. Hyperthermia (raising the body temperature) is even useful in overcoming cancer and various infections. Unlike conventional saunas which run at temperatures of close to 160 degrees F., far infrared saunas only need to operate at 95 – 115 degrees F. Obviously conventional sauna can be dangerous for those who are deeply fatigued, or suffer from heart problems. High temperatures can be harmful to the sinus system, one of the many systems that benefit from the lower temperatures of the far infrared sauna.