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SAUNA THERAPY: HEATING BODY TO CLEAR TOXINS AND ACTIVATE SKIN FUNCTIONS

Sauna, a Scandinavian word, is an ancient form of heat therapy that is used in many cultures around the world. Heating the body, and the body`s response to heating cause many beneficial physiological effects. Facilitating detoxification is probably the most unique and essential benefit of sauna therapy.

The idea that toxic substances cause disease is very ancient. Herbal medicine and natural healing methods have emphasized toxin removal for thousands of years. Baths, enemas, poultices, emetics, laxatives, purgatives, skin brushing, cleansing diets and other methods for eliminating poisons are integral parts of these sciences.

Removing chemical, metal, biological and radioactive toxins from the body is a prime rationale for the use of saunas by everyone at this time in history. Never before in history have large numbers of people been exposed to such a great variety and high levels of toxic chemicals. Often, the effects of these chemicals are subtle and cumulative. Avoiding exposure is all but impossible.

As toxins accumulate inside our bodies, they contribute to hundreds of physical and emotional health conditions. Testing for thousands of chemical is costly when tests even exist, and modern medicine has little to offer to eliminate them from the body. The diseases they cause have become epidemics.

Sauna therapy is re-emerging as a safe and effective way to detoxify and heal the body. As we age, a number of changes take place that are reversed to varying degrees with sauna therapy. These include a slower metabolic rate, less sweating, slower healing and a reduced ability to eliminate toxins and infections. These changes contribute to the risk of major illness and to the process of aging. Since sauna therapy helps reverse them, it may be considered a prime anti-aging therapy.

All saunas help to open the pores, eliminate skin infections and toxins lodged in the skin, and restore elimination through the skin. Near infrared sauna, in particular, is excellent for acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, keloids and other scars, poor skin tone, lacerations, dandruff, neurodermatitis, wound healing, postoperative edema, sun damage and the removal of toxic chemical build up in the skin. With repeated sauna sessions, the skin becomes more active and detoxification process more efficient.

Another important component that is now confirmed to affect skin health is status of our immune system. Fatigue, stress, unhealthful lifestyles, toxic conditions and nutritional depletion can all stimulate the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. This in turn stimulates cortisol production that suppresses immune system activity. Stress from any cause activates the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn reduces liver activity. Stress also impairs digestion, which leads to more toxin generation in the intestines which is now proven to cause many skin disorders. Sauna therapy inhibits sympathetic nervous system activity. This enhances the activity of the immune system.

The effects of saunas occur in two phases. In the first phase, the body temperature remains approximately at basal level and sweating is light. Although tissue healing occurs, the body is able to dissipate the extra heat by increasing circulation, pushing blood to the skin and sweating. As a result, the body temperature does not rise. Benefits include inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system, inducing sweating, relieving pain, reducing heat production, improving oxygenation and dilating peripheral blood vessels.

In phase two (after 10 – 30 min) the body can no longer dissipate the heat of the sauna so body temperature rises. Blood is more forcefully pushed to the surface. The heart rate and sweating increase. It may be tempting to get out of the sauna at this point, but this is not recommended unless discomfort is extreme. Some of the greatest benefits occur during the second phase.

Phase two sauna effects include increasing the body temperature and accelerating the death of weaker cells.  Other benefits are directly disabling of pathogenic microorganisms, resolving infiltrates and exudates (cellular waste product that is exuded from a cell or organ) and normalizing activity when basal body temperature is low.

Sauna therapy shines brightly as a simple, effective therapeutic modality to help eliminate chemical toxins from the body as it dramatically improves circulation and relieve internal congestion. Heating the body helps destroy bacteria, viruses, and tumors. The great benefit of saunas are due to a combination of a dozen or more physiological effects and this is the wonderful secret of the healing power of the sauna.

However, there are certain medical conditions that have to be considered prior to starting sauna treatment and we recommend that you always consult with your medical doctor.

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VITAL MINERAL IODINE

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Of all the elements known so far to be essential for human health, iodine is the most misunderstood and the most feared. Yet iodine is the safest of all the essential trace elements, being the only one that can be administered safely for long periods of time. In the last century iodine levels in our bodies have fallen significantly due to increasingly polluted environment and nutrient depleted soil. Iodine deficiency is widespread and it affects all stages of human life, from the intra-uterine stage to old age. We are hopeful that more research will continue to prove significance of iodine supplementation to our well being.

Iodine is the primordial antibiotic that has been forgotten simply because it was not a patentable medicine. It is an exceptionally powerful healing agent with extraordinary powers. Usually associated with thyroid iodine is not only necessary for the production of thyroid hormone, it is also responsible for the production of all of the other hormones of the body. Our vital organs such as prostate, ovaries, uterus, skin, thymus gland, breast and brain require iodine to function properly – every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine to properly perform their function.

Iodine deficiency disorder poses serious health risks such as mental retardation, increased child and infant mortality, infertility, and predisposes one to an increased risk of breast, prostate, endometrial, ovarian cancer and many other illnesses. It appears that iodine deficiency has more relevance to women because of its estrogen balancing action. For women, a balance of estrogens is vitally important for numerous bodily functions including ensuring optimal function of the brain, ovaries, breast development, and also lubrication of the skin. Additionally, imbalances in estrogen production are associated with weight gain, mood swings and disorders such as diabetes as well as cancer of the breast, ovary, and uterus. Estrogen has been implicated as a causative factor for the two most common breast disorders – fibrocystic breast disease (FCD) and breast cancer.

 

Estrogen balance is impossible to maintain

when there is iodine deficiency present.

 

The incidence of fibrocystic breast disease in American women was only 3 percent, when studied in the 1920s.  Today, however, 90 percent of women have FCD. Data support the hypothesis that FCD is caused by a deficiency of iodine making the epithelium more sensitive to circulating estrogens. In response, these cells produce more fluid than can be absorbed by the acini (ducts) so they form micro-cysts which can over time lead to breast fibrosis and breast cancer. The treatment for this is relatively simple and very effective: iodine supplementation as part of a holistic treatment regimen that includes detoxification.

Estimates are that the breasts need approximately 5 mg of iodine per day in a 110 lbs woman. Recommended daily amount of iodine for supplementation by clinicians of previous generations of 12.5 – 37.5 mg and today`s RDA of 150 micrograms seems incomparable. Important here is to reference that Japanese women consume over 13 mg of iodine daily and continue to report lowest incidence of breast cancer in the world.

 

“The good thing about science is that it`s true

whether or not you believe in it”.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Russian researchers first showed, in 1966, that iodine effectively relieves signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease. Also, in a composite of three clinical studies published in the Canadian journal of Surgery in 1993, two done in Canada and one in Seattle at the Virginia Mason Clinic, showed that iodine effectively relieves signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease in 70 percent of patients.

Over 100 years ago, the application of iodine to the skin was used extensively for iodine supplementation. In 1932, Nyiri and Jannitti of Rutgers University College of Pharmacy wrote about iodine being used extensively as a preventative and therapeutic agent by application to “the outer integument” (skin). Until this research iodine`s external application was based merely on an empirical basis but these researchers were able to prove that iodine (water solution) penetrates through the skin and that it is removed only slowly from within this area into the body, thus forming an iodine depot in the skin for several days. Approximately 88% of the iodine evaporates from the skin within three days. The remaining iodine on the skin, approximately 12% of the total iodine applied, penetrates through the skin so one can conclude that skin application of iodine is an effective, if not efficient and practical, way for supplementation of iodine.  

This fairly fast rate of evaporation and not-so-desired staining of the skin can be minimized by suspending iodine in appropriate fatty carrier with expectation that binding the iodine with oil keeps the iodine on the skin longer and thus further enhances iodine`s therapeutic effect. However, we are not aware of any studies conducted to determine if such formulation indeed improves iodine absorption so we continue to reference 12% iodine absorption of unbroken skin. Research suggests that iodine is taken up by duct epithelia and is organified into an iodoprotein component of the estrogen receptor. It is believed that organification of iodine in mammary tissue is a marker for normal estrogen-responsive cells. Ingestion of an appropriate amount of iodine normalizes the function of these critical cells in the breast and restores normal estrogen sensitivity, leading to reversal of the anatomic and symptom complex of FCD.

Transdermal application of iodine, like magnesium for example, should only be considered as complimentary and holistic practice with understanding that even small amounts of iodine absorbed through the skin can have good effects on body organs or particular body area but might not be sufficient to provide adequate levels to entire body. Daily massage of breasts with iodine formulations will help reduce breast tenderness, nodularity, fibrosis, and number of cysts. Correcting iodine deficiency has proven to have many positive health benefits; iodine is super effective detox agent and can remove highly toxic chemicals from our bodies – fluoride, bromide, lead, aluminum, mercury as well as biological toxins. It works to suppresses auto-immunity, strengthens the T-cell adaptive immune system, protect us against abnormal growth of bacteria in the stomach, improve skin completion and hydration, and protect us from cancer and radiation.

 

“Iodine intake is the simplest, safest, most effective and least expensive way 

to help solve the health care crisis crippling our nation.”

 The Leader of “The Iodine Project”, Dr. Gay E. Abraham, MD

Former Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Endocrinology at the UCLA School of Medicine.

 

ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR OR LICENSED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.

To learn more this topic research work of Dr. D. Brownstein, Dr. J. Flechas, and Dr. G. Abraham and others.

We always welcome your comments and questions; please forward them to info@foliummedica.com

 

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RAPID HEALER: Frankincense

Frankincense is an oleo-gum-resin produced by several species of tree belonging to the Boswellia genus; short trees, with papery bark characterized by resin bearing ducts. Differences in soil and climate create even more diversity in the resin, even within the same species. In some places the desert environment is so harsh that the trees grow directly out of marble rock; the resin from these hardy survivors is considered superior. The highest quality frankincense is in the tears which are almost pure white. Frankincense essential oil is distilled from this resin; most commonly used essential oils are from Boswellia sacra from Oman and Boswellia carterii from Yemen.

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Wonderfully calming and richly fragrant, Frankincense essential oil is highly valued for its medicinal powers. Oleoresins are a part of a trees immune system, secreted to protect it from herbivores, insects, and fungal pathogens. In a similar way, frankincense has medicinal functions related to enhancing human immunity and supporting rapid healing. Frankincense has been used historically for treating respiratory infections, and regenerating the skin. Its effectiveness is proven to ease pain (arthritis), support memory and attention, heal ulcers, poor circulation, and fight cancer. Frankincense is a diuretic that promotes better kidney and liver function for hepatitis as it speeds up the removal of toxins from the body.

Frankincense slows the breathing, and calms the nervous and digestive systems, relieving anxiety, depression, nervous tension, emotional upsets, and stress-related digestive problems. Frankincense is helpful for cystitis, as it has an affinity with the genitourinary system. As an immune stimulant and an expectorant it can help respiratory and catarrhal conditions such as asthma, and chronic bronchitis.

Frankincense has wound-healing, astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for treating cuts, scars, blemishes, and inflammation, and it is recommended for firming aging skin.

Benefits to Skin

As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing dead cells with new, healthy ones giving your skin youthful, radiant look.

Its regeneration properties help to diminish scars; acne scars, keloid scarring, stretch marks, or surgery incisions will fade if you continuously applying Frankincense oil for 6 months.

Considering its numerous skin-beneficial properties, Frankincense is the most important ingredient to be employed in the treatment of aging, mature, or damaged skin. Add it to your beauty routine for the most amazing results!

 

References:

“Phytochemical Analysis of the Essential Oil from Botanically Certified Oleogum Resin of Boswellia sacra” by Ahmed Al-Harrasi * and Salim Al-Saidi, Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, 2008

http://www.floracopeia.com/About/Frankincense/

http://littlehouseonthevalley.com/2013/07/25-ways-to-use-frankincense-essential-oil

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-frankincense-essential-oil.html

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Helichrysum: An Essential Oil with a History

The classic example of an essential oil that is highly effective in dilution is Helichrysum italicum, the oil that may be aromatherapy`s most easily recognizable success story. Its undisputed ability to heal skin tissue steadily increases the demand for this oil. The aromatherapy literature is full of praise and testimonials for this oil. This essential oil, also known as Everlasting or Immortelle, impresses with its extreme gentleness and high efficacy. There is hardly a better wound healer and antiaging agent than this oil.

In the last ten years, production of Helichrysum from the hillsides of Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina has returned to the market. This has not necessarily led to a decrease in prices, as a large multinational corporation has launched a skincare line based on Helichrysum italicum essential oil. Oils purportedly originating from mainland France appear to be spurious, as it is illegal to harvest the plant there. Corsica and Bosina-Herzegovina remain main sourcing area of this oil.

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Oils from Corsica and Bosnia-Herzegovina work equally well for wound and scar treatments, despite the fact they have moderately different chemical composition. Recent analyses have shown very few or no diketones (an organic compound responsible for therapeutic behavior) in some samples of the Bosnian oil. This may be a consequence of harvesting at the earliest possible time. It would be interesting to ascertain whether diketones accumulate in Helichrysum oil later rather than earlier in its flowering state. Even though conventional thinking attributes the qualities of Helichrysum essential oil to its content of diketones, the oils with no (or very few) diketones seemingly work equally well. The would-healing quality of Helichrysum oil arises at the level of the whole plant and not at the level of a specific molecule.

If essential oils are not standardized (altered in any way), they offer an inexhaustible reservoir of diversity and are the best way to provide modern man with a pleasant, safe, effective, and accessible means to utilize the pharmacologically active ingredients found in plants. Due to their complexity, genuine essential oils have achieved results that their mass-produced, standardized, watered-down namesakes can never hope to equal.

Resource: The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.

Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.

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