By Bob McCauley, ND
Not just a doctor, but a doctor from the famed Mayo Clinic. You would think that someone who is actually a doctor at the Mayo Clinic might be able to let us know whether a Far Infrared Sauna (FIR) is healthy or not. Read below and all we get from Brent A. Bauer, MD (medical doctor) is “Perhaps” as whether a FIR Sauna is healthy or not. This is pretty much all you can get out of most medical doctors because they are ignorant about health since they have only been taught medicine, and along with medical procedures this is our only hope to slow, if not stop, the inevitability of disease.
If your doctor doesn’t know that the second most valuable health product known is the FIR Sauna, then stop going to your doctor for health advice. Doctors understand medicine. Health is not medicine and does not derived from medicine, or medical procedures such as chemotherapy and often surgery.
Do infrared saunas have any health benefits?
What is a far-infrared sauna? Does it have health benefits?
from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
A far-infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat. “Far” describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum. A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turns warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you.
The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to those elicited by moderate exercise. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna, which makes it accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. But does that translate into tangible health benefits? Perhaps.
Perhaps? That’s reassuring given that well built FIR Sauna’s start at around $3500.
Several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis, and found some evidence of benefit. However, larger and more-rigorous studies are needed to confirm these results.
You can always demand more studies be conducted on something that you really don’t know much about, and you don’t know what you’re talking about. More studies will determine everything.
On the other hand, no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas. So if you’re considering trying a sauna for relaxation, an infrared sauna might be an option. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infrared-sauna/an02154
Relaxation? That is at the bottom of the list of the benefits of the FIR Sauna. Deep detoxification immune builder, cardio builder, improves skin health. These are the profound benefits of the FIR Sauna, not relaxation.
Next time you want to be educated about health, Google it yourself. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and get the same answers that doctors get when they get try to answer health questions.
Here is my original post on FIR Saunas.