Healthy Beginnings

Taking away toxins: Far-infrared saunas help rid poisons from your body

Mercury and other heavy metals are well-known neurotoxins.

It’s been my long-time assertion that putting in the good stuff and taking out the bad stuff in our body can resolve all of life’s ills.

I’ve been writing about the good nutrients, especially vitamin C, magnesium, acetyl L carnitine, CDP choline, vitamin D, potassium/magnesium aspartate, and many others important for brain heath.

It is very important to acknowledge the bad stuff and how to get rid of it. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum and arsenic break down our nerves and can cause death.

Short of death, these metals cause a lot of grief including neurological damage from Alzeheimer’s, MS, arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke, depression, psychosis, ADD, memory loss and a condition called brain fog (commonly known as brain fatigue). We are all exposed to these heavy metals and have 1,000 times more lead in our bones than pre-industrial man.

The heavy metals issue has been around for a long time. At the turn of the last century, English felt hat makers were known to become “Mad as a Hatter” after a year of working on felt hats that were treated with mercury, and especially the workers who painted the hat brims with mercury paint and touched the paint brush to their lips to moisten the brush.

A far-infrared sauna uses the radiation of sunshine to detoxify the body.

According to published reports, the workers became psychotic, bipolar, ADD, melancholic (depressed) and lost their memory. The Murimota Bay disaster in the 1980s in Japan was another dramatic demonstration of what happens when an industry dumps mercury into a bay where the local people caught their fish. Huge numbers of the population began looking like MS patients, complete with gaunt-like symptoms, total brain and body decline, and inability to walk.

Mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, arsenic and other heavy metals are well-known neurotoxins. According to the World Health Organization, the chief source of mercury in man arises from mercury amalgam fillings in teeth, which are 50 percent mercury, that outgas mercury with chewing of food and drinking hot liquids.

Please don’t use mercury amalgam fillings in you, your children or your loved ones. Removing mercury and these other metal toxins involves a process called chelation. Chelation comes from the Greek root “Chelos” — the claw to grasp or to bind. There are many chelating agents available that remove heavy metals from the body. I’ll talk more about chelation next time.

Besides metals, we are all poisoned with at least 100 chemical toxins such as volatile, organic hydrocarbons like benzene, xylene, toluene, gasoline, propane, butane, diesel and jet fuel; plastics such as bisphenol A, phthalate and styrene; and solvents such as MEK (methyethylketone), formaldehyde, formic acid and acetone. Pesticides and herbicides, meanwhile, are all nerve toxins.

To remove these toxins, we must do routine sweating with far-infrared saunas, which are high-tech, low-temperature saunas that use the radiation of sunshine to detoxify the body. They are operated at low temperatures, 90 to 140 degrees, instead of the high temperatures of regular saunas up to 220 degrees and are well tolerated by older, more sensitive people.

It is a great idea to read the book by Sherry Rogers, MD, “Detox or Die,” who makes a great case for toxicity in all of us, and how routine sauna removes these toxins by sweating so we can pursue healthy aging strategies without the roadblocks of environmental toxins.

Michael Gerber, M.D., H.M.D. is a Practitioner of Homeopathic Medicine at Gerber Medical Group in Reno. Visit or call 775-826-1900 to learn more.