By Lawrence Wilson, M.D.
The infrared lamp sauna combines more than one dozen therapeutic methods to fight cancer including:
Inhibiting the Sympathetic Nervous System Relaxes and Heals the Body
The sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system in our bodies activates the brain, muscles, thyroid and adrenal glands in response to stress. However, it strongly inhibits digestion, the immune response and eliminative organ function as well. Cancer patients desperately need more immune, digestive and eliminative activity.
Saunas have the ability to powerfully reduce the activity of the sympathetic system. William Donald Kelley, DDS, shortly before he recently passed on, endorsed the use of only the near infrared sauna for the cancer patients.
Saunas powerfully inhibit the sympathetic system in several ways
*Heating the body greatly slows normal heat production, a sympathetic activity. (See
Guyton, A., Textbook of Medical Physiology, 6th ed, p. 892). Saunas draw blood from the center to the periphery of the body to dissipate the heat. This also opposes an important sympathetic nervous activity, which is to draw blood to the central part of the body as a protection against attack.
Saunas cause the body to eliminate toxic substances of many kinds that irritate the tissues, keeping the body in a sympathetic state. These toxins include most pesticides, hundreds of other toxic chemicals and a number of extremely toxic metals as well, such as mercury.
Hyperthermia Damages and Even Kills Cancer Tissue
Hyperthermia is a well-known method of disabling weaker and more heat-sensitive cancers. While saunas are not nearly as potent as hyperthermia at 106-108 degrees E, infrared saunas can heat the body a few degrees, causing a fever. This is a much gentler method, much slower, but safer method and easier to tolerate and control.
Infrared lamp saunas are much better for this purpose than traditional saunas because near infrared saunas penetrate the skin and heat the tissues several inches inside the’body. Also, the lligts can be directed right at the cancer, which cannot be done with any other sauna, including far infrared or traditional types of saunas. This is another powerful advantage of the near infrared lamp sauna.
Improving Circulation Powerfully Removes Dead Cancer Tissue and Greatly Supports Nutrition and Oxygenation of the Body
Cancer often grows in tissues with poor circulation. This is unfortunately a cause of cancer all by itself. Saunas powerfully shunt the blood from the internal organs to the periphery of the body in an attempt to get rid of the heat. They also increase circulation to the lungs, improving oxygenation. This combination has a powerful stimulating effect on circulation. This can be an incalculable benefit for cancer patients, many of whom cannot or should not exercise much, and is particularly good for older patients as well for this same reason.
Decongesting The Liver And Other Internal Organs
Congestion of the liver, kidneys and other internal organs inhibits the detoxification of all toxic substances in our bodies. This is a very critical problem for cancer patients. For this reason, Dr. Max Gerson, MD, recommended coffee enemas, juices and other methods to assist liver and colon elimination.
Sauna therapy with near infrared, in particular, assists detoxification of these organs in two ways. We have already mentioned improved circulation to the entire body.
However, even more important is that saunas move blood away from the center of the body toward the extremities to get rid of the heat. This helps decongest the internal organs in a wonderful way. This is a key to their proper use as well. The sauna must be used several times daily for the best results, unless the patient cannot tolerate it well, then one session daily is okay. This is one reason we want patients to have their own inexpensive sauna unit at home.
Near and Far Infrared Rays Are Healthful For Most Everyone in Correct
Amounts Infrared is a facinating subject that is attracting more attention due to its health benefits. The army uses infraredon wounded soldiers, according to a recent news story. Veterinarians use it on animals postsurgery, and infrared clothing and heating pads are now on the market. According to Japanese research, infrared may also enhance oxygen production within the cells (Jap J Inflammation, November 1996, 16(6):9). Infrared has numerous other benefits that are too numerous to mention here. See the references for more details.
Enhancing Oxygenation Is Lifesaving
Although mentioned above, this deserves its own paragraph. Oxygen therapies are one promising new area of low-toxicity cancer therapy research. However, the near infrared sauna easily improves oxygenation of the body. It is also much less costly and has fewer risks associated with it in most cases.
Normalizing Enzyme Systems Can Save a Life
This point deserves an entire book. Our bodies must have the proper temperature to function correctly. However, Max Gerson, MD, and other cancer reearchers found that many cancer patients suffer from low glandular activity that causes a low body temperature. Eighty percent or more of cancer patients have low thyroid activity, for example: The sauna, by raising the body temperature several degrees in a short period of time, helps remove this critical problem, even if the correction is short-lived.
Over time, the body will eliminate the toxins that are causing the low thyroid activity or low adrenal activity in many cases. In the meantime, repeated sauna use can correct the condition enough to give the body an added advantage against the cancer. There are many added benefits to heating the body, of course, but this one needs more research and will be found to be a very basic one.
Saunas Help Balance the pH
Saunas can help balance both acid and excessively alkaline body chemistry. Some of the reasons have been touched upon, such as improved circulation and far better elimination of toxins. Another reason was briefly mentioned. The infrared, particularly near infrared sauna, helps correct a sluggish metabolic rate, which can cause both acidic and alkaline imbalances.
Improving oxygenation does far more than just nourish the cells. It also eliminates dead cancer tissue, which otherwise is an added acidic burden to the patient. These and other reasons beyond the scope of this article also help to balance the body pH. The sauna is a safe method of balancing the pH, unlike many methods used today. A doctor who knew all about this was Max Gerson, MD, who used fresh raw vegetable and fruit juices for this purpose. This used to work perfectly. In our experience, however, many patients do not tolerate juices as well today. This may be due to the fact that their mineral content may be lower or the sugar content may be higher and they are quite “yin” today. Saunas, by contrast, are a hot or “yang” therapy that seems to balance the body, while at the same time getting rid of the acidic wastes and nourishing the cells with oxygen and more blood flow.
Eliminating Secondary Infections Is Another Great Benefit
Heating the body a few degrees is like having a fever, a well-known way the body rallies against infections. Improving the circulation and oxygenation can also help to kill many microorganisms.
Balancing the pH, improving the nutrition of the cells and inhibiting the sympathetic system are other powerful infection-fighting methods used in sauna therapy. In fact, the sauna will save anyone from a toxic condition due to infection better than some antibiotics or other methods, either medical or natural ones.
For the greatest effect, including the maximum heating of the body, we suggest that all heat lamps be on one wall of the sauna. This is a common mistake that patients, who are building their own sauna, often make. We encourage anyone to view the free plans for your sauna at our web site, www. drIwilson.com.
Genetic Effects Are Also Possible With Saunas
Genetics is the rage today in cancer therapy circles. However, many forget that toxins block genetic expression. Saunas can help restore and maintain your DNA in the following ways, among many others. It can help remove radioactive particles. These are usually bound to minerals in the body.
It helps remove hundreds or even thousands of DNA damaging toxic chemicals. *The sauna’s heat may disable or kill weaker cells that have mutated due to radiation poisoning that everyone has today. Otherwise, these cells would reproduce, causing even more mutated cells to be present in the body. These cells more easily can become cancerous.
*By the mechanisms described above, sauna therapy enhances the absorption and utilization of many nutrients needed for proper genetic expression.
Heat Shock Proteins Can be Produced in Saunas
Heat shock proteins are a discovery of the past 30 or 40 years (Kukreja, 2000 Verlag 1991). These interesting substances are produced naturally by the body when it is subjected to stressors, among them heat.
Heat shock proteins can actually renature or repair cell structures, thus regenerating the cells. They are being studied in cancer research as they have been found to be potent immune system boosters.
Near infrared sauna therapy may be a simple, costeffective and safe way to induce natural production of heat shock proteins (HSPs).
“When HSPs encounter tumor fragments, they pack them up for processing by the immune system’s defensive macrophage cells, setting in motion a chain of events that results in the recognition of the tumor. The body’s cytotoxic T-Iymphocytes (also known as killer T-cells) then attack the cancer cells that produced the material sponged up by the HSPs. The tumor is thus killed even without the ability to recognize individual epitopes (surface characteristics of cancer cells that allow the immune system to identify it as dangerous). This natural process has been used successfully in vaccination of mice and rats with experimental tumors.” (see Heat Shock Proteins: New Avenues to Cancer Vaccines).
Color Therapy is Helpful, too
Color therapy is greatly underrated. Red, yellow and orange light, produced by an infrared lamp sauna, nourishes the lower centers or chakras. This is where our organs of digestion and elimination are located, such as liver, kidneys, and large intestine (Dinshaw, 2005). In fact, one can add colored light to any sauna.
Saunas Help the Mental State
Maintaining a positive attitude is very important for cancer patients. Many people report that sauna therapy feels good, is relaxing and leaves them refreshed. Some report that the quiet and privacy of the sauna is like a gift to themselves that they cherish. Inside a sauna, one can easily shut out the cares of the day. One can meditate or pray easily, without interruptions or even thoughts of the outside world intruding. This simple benefit of temporary peace and solitude is not a feature of so many costly, complicated cancer cures used by modern medicine. The peacefulness of a sauna can have many benefits, such as helping the cancer patients see themselves and their situation clearly and constructively.
Cautions With Saunas: Children under five years old must be closely supervised or should not use saunas. This is more because they are small and do not sweat as well than for any other reason.
Those over 65 should also be supervised more closely, although we have no reports of problems when the sauna is used in an intelligent and rational manner. A friend or partner should be present, however, whenever someone ill is using a sauna for the best protection against any unforeseen event.
1. Sauna Therapy by L. Wilson, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc. 2003. Dr. Lawrence Wilson has a medical degree, but preferred to work for the past 29 years as an unlicensed nutrition consultant. He does not diagnose, prescribe for or treat any disease or condition.
[Editor’s note] Although Dr. Wilson discusses the merits of saunas, it is important to know
he has developed a portable near infrared sauna so that patients can have saunas at home. He will also provide instructions for the do-it-yourselfers who feel capable of constructing the sauna themselves.