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September 3rd, 2014

Long Term Solution for Chronic Stress

Dr. Ginger and Dr. Rachel Young share the Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy

You may not be a soldier in combat, but today we are all “warriors” in our own lives dealing with the stressors in our daily routine of financial difficulties, high-demanding jobs, overburdened schedules, and challenging relationships. Additionally, the overload of technology—cell phones, computers, tablets, TVs and video games— has contributed to our daily stress load and to modern disease.

“All these chronic stressors have turned our nervous system completely upside down,” says mind-body and nutrition expert, Dr. Ginger. Where we should have the parasympathetic nervous system (the “Rest and Digest” side of the equation) operating most of the time, we now have the sympathetic nervous system, often called “Fight or Flight,” operating throughout most of our day. For many, chronic stress and anxiety have become an accepted way of life, so much so that many modern-day diseases and syndromes such as heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, depression and even cancer find roots in this constant sympathetic (Fight or Flight) stressed-out mode – not at all what Nature intended.”

Dr. Regina Young shares her dramatic story

Dr. Regina Young of St. Louis, Missouri, contracted Epstein-Barr virus from a work-mandated vaccine and this led to severe exhaustion, chronic fatigue and panic disorder. She explains it this way, “The symptoms would subside until I was under a lot of stress, and then the virus would get reactivated. It led to systemic yeast, which affected my thyroid, which led to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I was so ill I became disabled and couldn’t work anymore. Earlier this year, I purchased a Clearlight Infrared Sauna and I love it! I feel so much better from using the sauna that I am now planning to return to work in the months ahead. I no longer feel that hopeless exhaustion. The sauna has given me hope because I’m getting real results.”

Dr. Young and so many others who suffer from a wide range of health issues, have found the sauna’s deep, penetrating, soothing, infrared heat to be very balancing for their nervous systems, promoting the “Rest and Relaxation” state that is required for true healing and recovery. With a heart-felt smile, Dr. Young added, “My infrared sauna is like a forklift – lifting me up and infusing me with energy and well-being.”

An Infrared Sauna Study

Exposure to thermal therapy has been known to produce profound, stress-busting physiological effects. A Czechoslovakian study reported by Kaiser Permanente showed taking a sauna for 30 minutes doubled the blood’s beta-endorphin levels, reducing pain and producing a sense of euphoria, well-being and that “sauna-bather’s high.” The infrared sauna heat has a great effect in pacifying the “Fight or Flight” and stimulating the “Rest and Digest” by lowering blood pressure, relaxing the muscles and detoxing the body; yes with heat, but with a comfortable, breathable, therapeutic heat that allows a calm, unwinding relaxation to occur. Changes in the brain have also been noted in heat therapy, which has been found to diminish harmful stress hormones and increase the powerful relaxation hormone, serotonin. In addition, studies of brain waves have noted a deeper, more serene sleep.

Empowering You

Every year, millions of us spend small fortunes on treatments, products and doctor visits to help alleviate stress-related symptoms. At the same time, we scrimp and save to afford all-too-brief vacations during which we will hopefully enjoy a few fleeting moments sharing a pool, beach or hot tub with travelers every bit as anxious as we are to escape the strains of our everyday lives. Some of us, like Dr. Young, have discovered a better, more permanent daily solution to our stresses, aches and pains that also satisfies our periodic need to simply get away from it all and stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system. That solution: our very own low-EMF, far infrared sauna.

The best is that I can use my sauna in the privacy of my own home. I don’t have to go anywhere or depend on anyone. I just turn it on, warm it up and say, “Let the healing begin!”       – Dr. Regina Young

Less expensive than you might think and an instant way to make an ordinary house feel like a vacation home, a Clearlight Infrared Sauna is a passport to greater health, better sleep, and many would say – a longer, happier, stress-free life.

July 21st, 2014

Enveloped in a Veil of Pesticides

It’s Game Show time and you’re selected from the audience to answer the first question of the day:

As estimated by the EPA, how many pounds of pesticides are used yearly in the USA?

1) 1 million pounds

2) 10 million pounds

3) 100 million pounds

4) 1 billion pounds

I can see your thought process now, as you mentally consider the gravity of 1 million pounds of pesticides poured on our crops, fertilizing and weeding our lawns, parks and golf courses  – entering our environment and food supply, and ultimately our own bodies. 10 million pounds would be an even graver reality, 100 million pounds – unthinkable

The correct answer is….. 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the USA – a number so large it’s beyond comprehension.

The good news is that some toxic pesticides such as Organophosphates continue to decline (with an estimated 33 million pounds still in use.) Organophosphates compounds are a diverse group of chemicals used in both domestic and industrial settings, especially as insecticides. These potent neurotoxins are still detected in most Americans (as quoted in the CDC’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals) and are commonly found in our food. As explained in Brenda Goodman’s article on WebMD, Pesticide Exposure in Womb Linked to Lower IQ, “They are of concern to both scientists and regulators because they work by irreversibly blocking an enzyme that’s critical to nerve function in both insects and humans. Even at relatively low levels, organophosphates may be most hazardous to the brain development of fetuses and young children. The EPA banned most residential uses of organophosphates in 2001, but they are still sprayed agriculturally on fruits and vegetables. They’re also used to control pests like mosquitos in public spaces such as parks. They can be absorbed through the lungs or skin or by eating them on food.”

Dramatically increasing in quantities used, are broad-spectrum systemic herbicides, such as Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp. Glyphosate is a toxic weed killer used prevalently throughout the USA and an ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready genetically modified crops. These genetically engineered crops include corn, soybeans and canola and consumption of these should be completely avoided. One variety of RoundUp Ready corn was linked to tumors in rats by a 2012 study. (Gilles-Eric Séralini, et al., “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize,” Food and Chemical Toxicology)

With an estimated 1 billion pounds of pesticides applied to U.S. farms, lawns and golf courses exactly what is our exposure risk? Farm workers, pesticide applicators and communities near farms and golf courses carry the most risk. But studies by the Centers for Disease Control show that we all carry pesticides in our bodies from environmental exposure including the food and water we consume.

Unless we’re living au natural on a tropical island surrounded by pure ocean water (if this even exists anymore) we must admit that through our food, air, water and clothing – we are a target for a toxic assault that corporate America is not about to back off of. What can we do about this to protect ourselves and our families? The answer is quite simple – go organic and take infrared saunas regularly.

In their book Beyond Antibiotics, Drs. Michael A. Schmidt et al., state the following: “Saunas are being used by some doctors to stimulate the release of toxins from the bodies of their patients. They have found that a lower temperature (105º-130ºF) sauna taken for a longer duration is most beneficial. These low temperatures stimulate a fat sweat, which eliminates toxins stored in fat, as opposed to the high temperature sauna, which encourages a water sweat.”

Dr. George Yu, Clinical Professor of Urology and Sex Hormones at George Washington University Medical Center and Researcher on internal fat accumulation of toxic chemicals has said, “We know that fat compartments hold huge amounts of toxin compared to the blood. The sauna is an excellent mode for the toxins to be released from the system.”

Clearlight Saunas are the most advanced in the industry, featuring patented hybrid carbon ceramic heaters for deep penetrating detoxifying heat at a very comfortable temperature. Regular detoxing keeps our toxic burden down to a manageable level so that we don’t reach the tipping point ­when the body is pushed into a state of serious illness and disease because the toxic overload has become too high.

Eliminating chemicals and stored pesticides through the skin is the most direct pathway and doesn’t overburden the liver and kidneys with processing these toxins. In addition, the other many benefits of the sauna including muscular and joint pain relief, improved heart health, stress reduction and deep relaxation, immune system support, and rejuvenated skin add to the appeal of an in-home sauna. To modify the old saying, “An (organic) apple a day keeps the doctor away,” I would say “An infrared sauna a day keeps the doctor away!” Turn up the heat, and go for it! Make your home a wellness center by having an infrared sauna close at hand for you, your family and friends. For more information, please go to or call (800) 317-5070.

April 18th, 2014

6 Reasons to Put Infrared Saunas on Your Must-Do List

Saunas. They’re relaxing, rejuvenating and can even feel a little indulgent. But did you know a regular sauna routine is also a very pleasurable way to enhance health? As you’re probably aware, I’m a big believer in engaging in as many good-for-you activities as possible, and saunas, particularly infrared saunas, are high on the good-for-you-to-do list. Why infrared? Because its radiant heat is known to penetrate the skin more deeply than traditional saunas, better aiding in a number of restorative body processes. Here are just a few ways infrared saunas can benefit your body – and why I encourage many of my patients to make them part of their health-supporting routines:

1. You’ll flush out toxins 

Saunas, infrared or otherwise, make you sweat. Sweating helps flush out toxins from the body and in so doing reduces its toxic load. With infrared saunas, the sweating is deeper and more profuse, enabling your body to excrete a higher percentage of toxins than with a conventional sauna. Infrared saunas are also a great alternative for those who don’t like high temperatures or need to avoid them for medical reasons. The gentler heat of infrared saunas runs roughly 20 – 60 degrees lower, making them easier to tolerate. But no matter which type you choose, remember to get the OK from your doctor first before diving into a regular sauna routine.

2. Blood pressure will lower and muscles will unwind, without pharmaceutical assist

You don’t have to sit in an infrared sauna for hours on end to reap the benefits. For most people, all that’s needed are a few 15-20 minute sessions a week. During your sauna, as you sweat, you’ll be stimulating better blood flow and circulation throughout your body. That increased circulation will help lower blood pressure, and make you feel good all over, relaxing tight muscles and easing minor aches and pains to boot. If you’re troubled by muscle or joint pain, or more chronic conditions like arthritis, infrared heat from the sauna can provide drug-free pain relief, reducing stiffness and inflammation.

 3. Cut a cold or flu off at the pass

Feeling like you’re on the verge of getting sick? Then head to the nearest infrared sauna as early as possible. Why? Because the infrared’s radiant heat will stimulate circulation, rev up the production of white blood cells and rally your immune system’s response to invaders. All that action will make your body a much less hospitable environment for germs to grow – and a great place for them to die. Even if you’re not on the verge of coming down with something, remember that infrared saunas, and the increased circulation that comes with regular use, are also great for speeding muscle recovery too.

4. Look younger, no “beauty” creams required

Infrared saunas offer a wonderful bonus for the skin: they help improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating better circulation, blood flow and increased collagen production – all of which improve the look of your skin. The increased circulation, elimination of toxins and flushing out of cellular debris enhance overall skin health, giving it a more radiant appearance, without a trip to Sephora!

 5. Drop a little weight effortlessly

The plentiful sweating you’ll do during a sauna session will register immediately on the scale as weight loss. However, most of the weight loss will be “water weight” which will return when you re-hydrate. However, there is evidence that infrared saunas, because of their ability to penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate and can help the body burn off anywhere from 200 – 600 calories in a half hour session. Keep in mind though, while a regular infrared sauna routine won’t melt off a spare tire, it can support a sensible diet and exercise plan by giving your metabolism a little extra boost while you literally sit and relax. And remember, hydration is essential if you’re using infrared (or conventional) saunas, so never skimp on liquids just for the sake of seeing lower numbers on the scale. Drink up before, during and after – no exceptions!

6. An infrared sauna is an investment in your health

Infrared saunas could be seen as an indulgence, with top-quality units starting at about $2,100. But I see them as a great investment in your health. Infrared saunas tend to be compact, and require little maintenance, no water or plumbing. Not only do infrared saunas offer more body benefits than conventional saunas, but also they’re less of a drain on resources. Many are made with sustainable materials, most run on normal household current, and cost just a few pennies per hour to run. Because I am such a big believer in them, I recently got a Clearlight Infrared Sauna and I am absolutely thrilled with it – I look forward to using it every chance I get. If installing your own isn’t an option, consider joining a gym or visiting day spas, specialized yoga studios and/or resorts with infrared sauna facilities. For information on infrared saunas, check out Clearlight Saunas….I highly recommend them!

Dr. Frank Lipman is an international recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine. He is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where for over 20 years his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life. Focused on sustainable wellness – instead of quick fixes – he offers patients a customized blend of Western medicine with acupuncture, nutritional counseling, vitamins and herbs, relaxation techniques, physical therapy and bodywork. He is the author of Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again and Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health.  

December 7th, 2012

Welcome to the Heal with Heat Sauna blog!

This is a place to share protocols for radiant health.  Together we can learn tried and true methods that help lighten our toxic burden so we can live with greater strength, enthusiasm and vitality. Thank you for sharing your story with us ~ the journey wouldn’t be the same without you!