The men and women of fire departments put their own lives on the line every day to save others. We have all seen iconic images of firefighters running into burning buildings, while everyone else is running out.
It is in their nature to help others and save lives. Now it’s time they start thinking about their own health and wellness. How can they better protect themselves from exposure to dangerous carcinogens?
Household items and furniture have evolved over the years making them safer for consumer use. Materials are treated with fire retardant chemicals to slow the progression of a fire should one occur. When fire retardants eventually catch on fire, they cause an influx of harmful and extremely deadly chemicals. Not all flame retardants present concerns, but the following types often do.
These flame retardants convert into dioxins and furans when burned. Materials treated with brominated flame retardants also create more carbon monoxide, smoke ii and hydrogen cyanide.
While carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous, according to Todd Shoebridgeiii; a 30-year fire service veteran and captain at the Hickory Fire Department in North Carolina states, “hydrogen cyanide is 35 times deadlier than carbon monoxide, and during a fire it can kill in as little as one minute”.
With an alarming number of firefighters getting sick while they are saving the lives of others, the statistics cannot be ignored. Not only are individual firefighters taking extra measures to eliminate toxins, but entire departments are implementing wellness programs and protocols to decontaminate and detoxify. That is why infrared saunas are becoming a staple in fire stations across the country.
Infrared saunas use infrared light energy experienced as heat to warm the body directly. This triggers a deep, cleansing sweat, increases circulation and boosts the immune system. Infrared light is just beyond the visible spectrum and naturally produced by the sun and absorbed by our body’s cells. Infrared saunas should be designed to produce the most healing spectrum of infrared light. However, not all infrared saunas are equal.ix
Dedicated to offering the most effective wellness solutions available, Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® infrared technology provides the highest concentration of pure, far, infrared heat available and is proven to be 95-99% effective. It is the only far infrared heater on the market clinically shown to raise core temperature, lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss.
Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® Far Infrared (FIR) heaters resonate near 9.4 microns, which according to Wien’s Law, is the level the body absorbs infrared energy . The vibration of the FIR causes a release of cellular toxins. FIR provides gentle radiant heat that can penetrate up to 1.5 inches (almost 4 cm) beneath the skin. Sunlighten’s technology has a proven emissivity rate of 95-99% at 9.4 microns,the highest rate in the industry. xiii
Emissivity is the ability of an object to emit or absorb energy. Sunlighten’s Solocarbon® is clinically shown to raise the core body temperature nearly three degrees, inducing a false fever. The false fever causes the body to sweat and aid the body in the release of the toxins and harmful chemicals the firefighters’ bodies have absorbed.xiv
Dr. Irvin Sahni was interviewed in a “Truth About Cancer” series and states, “…by exposing your body to that heat, you’re selectively killing or eradicating those less viable cells, those cancer cells, without hurting your normal cells. And so, a far infrared sauna is useful because it can help you sweat, excrete toxins, and in theory eliminate cancer cells which can’t survive the heat as well as the normal cells.”xvi Watch the interview on YouTube
Fire has a distinct smell because that odor has seeped into a firefighter’s skin and hair follicles, they can carry that odor for days.That lingering smell of smoke and toxins is unpleasant for all firefighters but it’s especially disturbing for those with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
For more than two years, the Huntley Fire Protection District has used Sunlighten infrared saunas in hopes of sweating out cancer-causing toxins and improving overall health and wellness. Rick Madsen, a Huntley firefighter states, “Any time there is an exposure to anything that can be cancerous, whether it’s hazmats, smoke, anything – we’re using the sauna.” xvii
Madsen continued on to state, “before the extensive decontamination process was instituted, you could smell products of combustion at the firehouse. Now it’s rarely noticeable.” The Huntley Fire Protection District follows a strict protocol of complete gross decontamination at the scene, followed by a shower upon return to the firehouse, hit the Sunlighten community sauna, then take another shower.
As Dr. Ryan Felde stated: You need to do anything in your power to ensure more time with your family – if a detox program with Sunlighten can add to the quality and quantity of your life – how can you not do it?”