I’ve filed this post under “woo woo” but there’s some research to back it up.
In a 2004 article in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Lawrence Wilson, MD, wrote, “If I were to single out one method to combat cancer, it is the sauna. It assists removal of chemical toxins and heavy metals, increases oxygenation, enhances the immune system, and reduces the radiation burden in the body.”
While I haven’t been able to find any other legitimate research on traditional dry saunas in cancer treatment, it did lead me into the world of hyperthermia. I had no idea that hyperthermia, heating the whole body or just the tumor site to 107F+, is as common a cancer treatment as surgery, radiation and chemo – just not as popular in the US. While medical hyperthermia is more scientific than sitting in a sauna at the gym, I don’t see any downsides to the low-tech approach.
We’re lucky to have a free sauna in our building – yep, the one pictured here. I’ve been using it everyday this week and the experience has convinced me to keep it up. Not only is it pleasant, relaxing, and a good way to increase my heart rate but, after each 15-20 minute session, I’ve noticed a kind of furry texture on the skin of my torso. It took a couple of sessions to realize it’s crap actually coming out of my pores! – like a used Biore pore strip. Super gross, right?
I’ve been skeptical of “detoxification” products in the past since I have perfectly functional liver and kidneys – not to mention my doctor complimented me on my immaculate colon after a colonoscopy a couple years ago (still proud!). Apparently, though, some crap hasn’t been getting out of my body until now.
Who knows what other goodness is happening in the sauna that I can’t see. One more weapon in the cancer-fighting arsenal. Take that, broken cells! Repair yourselves or die!