The Fight Against Cancer

The Numbers

Every year, 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, it may even be you. While we have made leaps and bounds in our medical knowledge, evidence shows that 30 – 40 percent of these deaths CAN be prevented. The American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) stated that by eating a varied and healthy diet, undertaking regular physical activity, being at a healthy weight and limiting alcohol intake, as many as 340,000 cases of cancer in United States could be prevented each year.

We have these numbers, we have a solution, yet so many people tend to think they’ll be immune. You could follow all of these suggestions and still manage to be diagnosed with cancer. You’re busy, you have a family, a full-time job, maybe another part time job to deal with all the rising costs of todays expensive world. Where do you find time to exercise and get that sweat in to help you? How do you help your body in the fight to beat cancer without loading it with drugs and radiation? Lawrence Wilson, MD, wrote in Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients in 2004 “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.”

Using heat to treat illness is certainly not a new idea, ranging from the Greeks to the Native Americans. 2,000 years ago, the famous Greek physician Parmenides said, “Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease.” Many cancer clinics around the world, such as Mexico and Germany, use infrared hyperthermia and infrared sauna with their patients.

While saunas are not nearly as potent as hyperthermia treatments, infrared saunas can heat the body a few degrees and cause a fever. New York Memorial Hospital physician Dr. William Coley in 1891 published a paper on how inducing a fever in the body of a cancer patient might stimulate the immune response and cause cancer remission. This is a much gentler and slower method, but it is much safer and easier to tolerate and control.

The Death of the Cancer Cell

With the high forms of heat, infrared saunas can contribute to killing cancer cells. Because cancer cells are weaker than normal cells, they are more susceptible to damage from high heat. Research by the National Cancer Institute has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells without damage to healthy cells. 

Infrared sauna is the new form of medicine that is a safe and effective way to assist the body in killing cancer cells. Many research articles by the National Cancer Institute, American Institute for Cancer Research, World Cancer Research Fund, and the World Health Organization have shown the positive effects of infrared sauna and we are learning more every day. Why wouldn’t you try infrared sauna?

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