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Infrared Sauna

Happy and Healthy New Year to all 💕!

I have a question about infrared saunas for mbc. I can borrow one from my friend and I am thinking of adding it to my protocol. I have heard they are good for pain and that they can even help to kill bad cells. Anybody uses them? Is far or near infrared better? How many times per week?

Many thaks for your help 🤗

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Hi Eva,

I have been looking into infrared saunas too. I have also heard they can kill cancer cells, which is why I want to give it a go. As you are thinking of borrowing your friend's sauna, I would ask her about it. Why does she use it? What good results has she had from it? Does she use it for pain relief, or does she also have cancer? I don't want to buy one, but visit a complementary therapist who offers this kind of service. Sorry I can't answer your questions, but I would also be interested to learn more. From what I have read so far, results from using an infrared sauna sound really positive and it could make a real difference to our disease.

Take care,

Sophie x

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Hi Sophie,

Thanks for your reply. My friend uses it for pain relief, she does not have cancer. I have been reading good things about infrared saunas so I will give it a try. I am picking it up later on today so will let you know!

Take care,

Eva

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Hi Eva,

I look forward to hearing about how you like the sauna. I must admit I am intrigued! I saw some for sale and they are not cheap, but I suppose it would be cheaper in the long run to own one than to visit a therapist.

Take care,

Sophie x

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Hi Eva

I’ve seen some infrared blankets..look like a sleeping bag..much cheaper and convenient..do you know if they’re just as beneficial?

Barb xx

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I am not sure about the blankets, all I have read about are the saunas. I suppose as long as they get you hot and sweaty they should work. There are portable ones and they are not as expensive. If they are beneficial they could be a good investment but have not tried it yet!

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Thanks for that..will ponder

Barb xx

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Barb I'm not sure about the blankets but the portable ones that look like you are sitting in a box tent with your head out get great reviews.

Sandra

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Yes I saw those..actually laughed at the thought of me in one!!

Look good though and amazon sell them quite reasonably

Barb xx

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I also read that hit epison salt baths daily 20 mins do same

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Do you mean Epsom salts?

Barb xx

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That's interesting to know, because I take Epsom salt baths every day and I feel great. I first started adding Epsom salts to my bath to help with achy joints, but now I just do it for the relaxation. My naturopath said they are great for detoxing the body. x

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Hi Eva. I have a far infrared sauna that I actually have had for several years but hadn't used for awhile but just recently began using it again. I checked with my oncologist team and they gave me the all clear to use. I am using it for pain control(particularly my joints) and just general relaxation and it is actually starting to help. My oncologist doesn't feel there is enough verified evidence to support it killing cancer cells but the therapeutic benefits of infrared heat and pain control are well documented. Good luck and keep us posted if you find it helps.

Sandra

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Many thanks. It seems that at least it will be good for pain and relaxation.

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Hi Eva! I am a HUGE supporter of infared saunas!!! I have a Sunlighten 2 person sauna and I use it everyday (sometimes twice a day). I first learned about them 10 years ago - my dad had kidney cancer and md Anderson was BIG on them to rid body of toxins from all the chemo. Fast forward to May 2018, I was diagnosed with bc with Mets to 18 bones, lungs and lymph nodes. So much pain and so much cancer in my body. We purchased infared sauna and have had it a couple of months. I know for sure, if you have a cold, you can sit in a couple of times and your cold is gone! I have researched that the infared rays attack the cancer cells as well as the blood vessels that attach to any tumors. They will either further weaken the cancer cells or even kill the weakest ones. I just had a pet scan and the cancer in both lungs as well as in my skull is only showing trace and in all other bones has shown a decrease- of course, I take my Ibrance and letrozole every single day, but I feel confident that the sauna is helping. It is a big purchase, but they will finance for 12 months with no interest - SO worth it. PS... I have also tried the infared blanket and it will make you sweat for sure - I think it is still good for colds etc, but for fighting cancer cells as well as the pain from the letrozole, a full on sauna is worth the financial strain.

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Hi Terilyn,

Thanks for sharing your personal experience. It sounds like you would recommend buying an infrared sauna as opposed to visiting a therapist. I have been researching clinics and places to visit in the UK, but there is nothing near me, which has been disheartening. I don't want to take time off from work to travel and have another "appointment" that I need to add to my already busy schedule.

I hope you don't mind my asking, but did your dad recover from his kidney cancer? How are you feeling? Does your oncologist think that the infrared sauna has made a difference to your cancer? It sounds as if your body is reacting well, whether that's due to your conventional treatment or the sauna. I wonder if an infrared sauna can work along with our conventional treatments and actually cure us? Or is it something that would need to be ongoing to help maintain any benefit to the body? Sorry for so many questions. I am just really interested and want to know if I should buy one too.

Take care,

Sophie x

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Hi Sophie,

A friend of mine (who went to Chemothermia, and came back in remission from mbc) is now using the Firzone sauna and she is happy with it. They sell in on Amazon and it is less than £300, I think.

I have heard the Sunlighten is one of the best, though.

Eva

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Hi Eva,

Thanks for the information. £300 sounds much more affordable. I saw some going for upwards of £2000! I will do some more research. I would like to be able to shop in person for an infrared sauna though if I can. I like to shop on Amazon and other places online, but for something like this I think I would prefer to see it first before I buy it.

Thanks again!

Sophie x

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Unfortunately, my dad passed away due to complications to a surgery. I will say that the infared saunas in spas are great !.... but you can spend $30 + for each visit and I find it best to use daily - financially, it makes sense if you will be using it daily, to purchase. My oncologist says it won’t hurt but not enough research for cancer specifically. He did say, it will help to kill off germs that I come in contact with (my neutrophil is super low due to the Ibrance). I know it is making me feel better (less joint pain) and my numbers are improving with the only difference being the infared rays going thru my body! I will always stay true to all drugs my oncologist gives me ... but I also rely on my diet and the sauna and anything else I can research

On another note... try Manuka honey - newest thing I have found and lots of research on the benefits!!!!

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I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, Terilyn.

If I buy an infrared sauna I would plan on using it every day, so I think you are right that it would make more financial sense to just buy one than pay to use one elsewhere. I agree with sticking with what your oncologist suggests. I don't plan on throwing my medication away and relying completely on alternative treatments and therapies. I see other options as complementing what I am already doing with my treatment plan, diet, exercise and rest.

I have thought about trying Manuka honey. I couldn't find any the last time I was in Aldi. I will have to look in Tesco's or Sainsbury's.

Sophie x

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Wow Terilyn! That sounds very promising! I have also read that they could be good for cancer and it is great that it is all going from your bones and lungs. I was also diagnosed with mbc in May 18. I am glad 2018 is over!

I have heard that the Sunlighten is the best brand and I am now thinking of investing in the Solo one. I live in the UK so not sure if they sell them here, will have to investigate. You mention you use it everyday, how long for?

For the time being I am going to start using my friend's one and see if it makes any difference to markers/CT scans.

Thanks for your reply.

Evaxx

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Eva, before I was diagnosed, I used a Solo Sunlighten for the past few years. It is a lower price than the stand alone but it does the same job and same benefits!!!! I was super fortunate that my husband believes in the infared and wanted us to have the larger unit. The Solo is fantastic too (really!! I have no ties with Sunlighten - I have just researched for years 🥰) I use my sauna daily for 45 mins and sometimes I will do a 2nd sit late in the day. It does require dedication (takes about 30 mins to warm up, then 45 mins inside, then 30 mins for body to cool down), but I promise it is worth it!!

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Thanks for sharing your great review Terilyn. Since I have been negligent with using mine I'm going to make it a focus this year. Mine is a Saunajen brand and we bought it years ago but it's like the one in the link below...however I know we didn't pay the price they list it at now . I assume it's similar to yours.

infraredsaunainfo.com/blog/...

Take care.

Sandra

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Yes Sandra ! Very similar to mine. Mine is a 2 person size but I would have purchased a 1 person. I pushed for a deal and they gave us some $$ off as a sale price :). Get back in it!!🥰

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i've been using an infrared sauna for five years. Sunlighten is the brand i use. they frequently have specials for purchasing the products.

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I've toyed with the idea of getting one. A friend with mets who was being treated at UCLA, and City of Hope for brain mets, raved about hers. Her sister was a physician and she and the oncs all agreed it could help her qualify of life. She led a very active life style--skiing, hiking, water skiing, tennis. She did eventfully die from the brain mets but continued being active until very close to the time she died. My only reservation about getting one is the price and where we would put it. We could get the bathtub our of our master bathroom and put a sauna there.

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Hi there

I’ve just bought the Firzone portable sauna and it’s not massive..it’s in my spare room..looks like a little blue igloo

Been in it twice and it’s lovely..have to have a book to read as get bored..also your head isn’t inside so that’s nice as I hate sweaty hair and face!!

Barb xx

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Barb I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it. Hubby and I just got out of ours and it feels so nice as it is so cold here at the moment. Of course in an hour or so we will head out again to walk our dog so may need to zip into it again after that. Enjoy.

Sandra

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Yes it’s toasty

Barb xx

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I'm so glad this topic was mentioned. Thank you Eva.

I did a search and now I'm considering the Thera360 Portable Sauna as a great investment.

It is $800 on all sites selling, however the "LifeEnthusiast" website has the best product description and a great video that gives you a clear visual for the set up.

I like the fact that it has 6 infrared heat panels, hence, that's why it's called the 360 Portable Sauna.

It's even listed on Esty.

Sue

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