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Tammy N.
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I have difficulty sweating (like most of us on this site) and was wondering if this type of sauna would be beneficial....or could it be problematic? (What if it causes me to heat up, but I still won't sweat??)

I think it will be beneficial, but I thought I'd check in with my friends here who may have first-hand experience.

The company I would like to purchase the unit from had a promotion that ran out on Friday, but they agreed to extend the price until Monday (tomorrow). So I need to decide by tomorrow.

It's a big investment so I want to be sure I'm doing the right thing.

Thanks!

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Sauna contraindications: See http://www.optimalhealthnetwork.com/FIR-Sauna-Dos-and-Do-Nots-Contraindications-s/580.htm

I would also add having a PICC line or other type of Central Line or port would be a bad idea in a sauna because of the increased sweating and also the high temperature of the sauna itself (may damage the port/PICC).

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Hi Tammy!

Is there any way you could try one out before you buy one?

Maybe at a place that does colonics, etc?

Those sauna companies always have specials. I almost bought mine through Sunlighten because the saleslady told me they only had one left at a special price. (Purely a sales tactic)

Well, I bought mine through Amazon. I still get the Sunlighten promotional emails and it seems like every few weeks they have a sale.

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It's a great suggestion to try one before you commit to buy.

I love my IR sauna. Helps me so much with connective tissue and joint pain.

But start low and go slow.

It is easy to overdo it in an IR sauna.

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I was thinking of buying one but tried one at a local gym(was able to join for 1 week for $25, just to try it)and got burning hands and feet and louder tinnitus.

I think it would be great to have one if you can tolerate it, but i'd want to know 1st, so hopefully you can try one out.

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I never could tolerate a hot tub or a sauna. I think that for me it was due to heavy metals though. I think I would try one in a gym or spa first. [Smile]

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I love mine and feel so much better when I use it.

However, I am in remission so I may tolerate it better than some.

I am prone to depression and do much better on the days that I use it; for us it was a good investment.

It makes sense to try to use one before buying tho'.

One thing I would warn you about. We bought the tent kind and did not air it out well enough; it got moldy, so we had to throw it out.

We blow a fan into ours now to make sure it dries out between uses.

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Just keep the heat low, it's supposed to be low-heat infrared, after all. Start at the lowest temp. and work up gradually from there, one degree at a time. But only IF you are comfortable and have no payback the next day. Keep it low if you have to, without increases.

Even if not sweating, circulation can be increased. If you get too hot, adjust time, cooling towel, water, etc. Just don't get to feeling ill. It's supposed to make you feel better (with some adjustments at first, of course).

Be sure the unit is free of toxic glues and processed wood products that often contain formaldehyde - and toxin-free wood treatments if any. Some models do, so homework really matters beyond even the place you buy it.
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Some research as shown that some antibiotics have been more effective at higher temperatures, so it may be possible that there could be some benefit from that. In a similar vein, bartonella can find refuge in the epidermis (skin), so it may help with bartonella there as well in conjunction with antibiotics against it. All speculation above, but there is some scientific basis why this may be possible.
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Judie
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I'd definitely try it first before purchasing.

I have skin problems. Sweating and heat give me rashes and aggravate candida/fungal issues. Saunas are not for me.

For me it's best to avoid heat.

Instead, I drink a strong nettles and dandelion root tea.

There's a way to induce sweating while taking a bath and drinking a particular tea. I saw it on a Lyme doc's website awhile back.

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Tammy N.
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

Yes, Keebler, I completely understand about buying a unit that is non-toxic. This unit is the best you can get....the wood is hypoallergenic (poplar) and the minimal amount of glue they use is non-toxic. It is also low on the EMF scale.

My doc told me about the detox benefits (which I knew about), but he also said at higher temps it kills off infection as well.

Thanks again everyone.

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I tried the biomat on a 60 day trial. It is a mat that produces far infrared heat and negative ions... Overall I felt better... But I noticed that certain problem spots were made much worse... Tops of my feet. My elbows. At the time Keebler mentioned perhaps I had damaged myelin sheath. Since I discovered I usually do better with Ice.
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Higher temps will not kill spirochetes. And higher temps can be dangerous.

Increased circulation can come from safe temps and that is what helps with oxygen, lymph, etc.
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Hi Tammy,
The best advice is to try before you buy. I found that I was just too toxic to handle the sauna, even on low heat for short exposures, so couldn't build up.

I may try again if i feel that I am strong enough, but I am not alone in being unable to tolerate it.

Don't want you to waste your cash.....though you may be one of those who respond well.

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I don't tolerate heat well at all so I bought a "tent type" personal portable sauna for about $180 on EBay about five years ago. I like it because it's difficult for me to breath hot air.

I am now on my second sauna (wore the first one out I used it so much).

I used to use it for 45 minutes at 150 degrees but now I only go for 20 to 20 minutes at about 130 degrees.

It's my favorite form of detox and it always makes me feel better.

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I love mine. It's my favorite way to detox. And after all, our immune systems are going to be what help us the most in the long run.

I herx if I haven't done one for a while, but it's a good herx. I feel much better afterward.

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