Essential #3 of the 7 Essentials System™ is all about energy. And the presence of heat, whether it is inside the body, coming from the sun or emanating from a campfire, equals energy! Every single interaction that occurs in the body does so at a certain level of temperature. But did you know that systematically raising the body’s temperature may have an effect on cancer cells as well as your Immune System?
How Hyperthermia Effects Cancer
Healthy humans maintain a constant temperature of around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), regardless of the outside temperature. Individuals with certain health conditions, however, often have a lower basal body temperature than the norm. This includes those who have cancer.
According to Dr. Nobuhiro Yoshimizu, MD, PhD, author of the book The Fourth Treatment for Medical Refugees, if there is a decline in body temperature by only 1 degree Celsius, then there will be a corresponding 40% decline in immunity. The good news is that the opposite is also true. If the body increases in temp by 1 degree C, then there will be a 40 % increase in immune function.
In addition, according to the National Cancer Institute, “research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues.”
Of the thousands of studies done to date that support this statement, a 2002 study conducted in the Netherlands found that temperatures in the 104 to 111 degrees F range (40 to 44 degrees C) were deadly to cancer cells. The NCI report also sites a German study which showed that hyperthermia can damage cancer cell proteins in particular, leading to tumor shrinkage.
This makes total sense. Remember that cancer cells must live in a very acidic environment. Raising temperature also raises pH levels, creating an environment where cancer simply cannot grow.
In conventional medicine, localized hyperthermia is often used in combination with chemotherapy and other drug protocols. A 2014 Korean study found that raising the body’s temperature to 105 degrees F (42 C) was toxic not only to regular Breast Cancer cells but Breast Cancer stem cells as well. The study combined hyperthermia and the Type 2 diabetes drug Metformin, which has shown to be slightly cytotoxic to cancer cells, despite some pretty heavy negative side effects.
Integrative doctors and clinics, on the other hand, use localized hyperthermia alone or in combination with natural substance such as curcumin and quercetin to directly effect cancer tumors without the side effects.
Infrared Sauna Therapy: Detoxing and Healing from the Inside Out
Utilizing an infrared sauna on a regular basis is probably one of the best things you can do for cancer prevention and general detoxing. Infrared saunas have been shown to help with a whole host of conditions, including autoimmune, chronic pain and fibromyalgia. And its use has even been shown to be effective in reducing tumor growth. Within your fatty tissues is where a variety of toxins (everything from heavy metals to pesticides) become “encapsulated.” Both near and far infrared saunas allow the body to sweat and promote lymphatic drainage and deep-tissue detoxification to get rid of these harmful toxins. Because of the nature of how they are made, most far infrared units (although not all) expose the user to unhealthy levels of Electromagnetic Frequency. Near infrared saunas, on the other hand, use a shorter wavelength, carry 10 times the energy of far infrared and deliver warmth and light that is most similar to the sun’s. Near infrared sauna units are considered safer and more effective than far infrared saunas in general.
Another highly effective modality that uses hyperthermia is the BioMat. In addition to utilizing negative ion technology and the age-old healing power of amethyst, Biomat uses far-infrared rays in order to induce low-level hyperthermia. With the BioMat, however, there is no concern about electro-pollution because the transformer inside the control box converts the electrical current that runs through it from AC to DC, a frequency that is much more in harmony with the body.
BioMat reduces inflammation, increases blood alkalinity, balances the energy chakras, eases chronic pain, removes toxins and purifies the blood. In addition, sleeping on a BioMat is said to induce a “delta state” and reduce stress hormone levels. Most importantly for those who are on a healthy breast protocol, sleeping on a Biomat is said to increase nitric oxide levels. In numerous studies, nitric oxide have been linked to the restoration of healthy cells in those with Breast Cancer.
In my opinion, the true significance of using heat to heal is what this simple modality does to the immune system in general. Hyperthermia therapy in all its forms can help keep your immune system strong, which is by-far one of the greatest defenses against Breast Cancer.