Sunlighten would like to thank Patrick Gordon of the Huntley, Illinois Fire Department for sharing their Cancer Reduction Procedures.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for all fire fighters in reducing the risk of occupational cancers and related illnesses.
Based on the Cancer Reduction Procedures by Patrick Gordon at the Huntley Fire Department, Sunlighten recommends the Shower, Sauna, Shower protocol.
All members on the scene of a fire, smoke producing incident, exposed to smoke or the products of combustion shall shower thoroughly (gross decontaminate shower), sauna for a minimum of 15 minutes and shower again. Then change into clean clothes
Some things to remember when implementing Sunlighten’s Purifying Treatment:
Preheat the sauna.
Start slowly – Our technology is very effective, we recommend starting at 15 minutes and slowly work up to 40 minutes.
It is safe to use the sauna daily once your body adjusts to the technology.
Hydrate + Hydrate + Hydrate – It is essential to replenish fluids during and after your Purifying Treatment.
Standard protocol is to drink at least 24 ounces of fluids with electrolytes after your treatment
Your sweat may have a strange color based on the type of chemicals that burned in the fire.
Shower afterwards to remove toxins that your body expelled during the sauna session
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.
Find out how the Huntley Fire Protection District has incorporated Sunlighten far infrared saunas into their post-fire protocol.
It’s easier to prevent something from happening in the first place than it is to repair the damage after it has happened.
Sunlighten has been in business for almost 20 years and continuously leads the industry with innovative products that improve lifestyles of firefighters, families and communities. Sunlighten saunas are medical-grade, clinically backed and proven 95-99% effective. Our products are used and recommended by the most reputable health and wellness experts and consumers in the world.
Our patented technology is clinically proved to:
Not all infrared is created equal. The most efficient and effective detox program requires high levels of far infrared at the correct frequency. Sunlighten’s technology has a proven emissivity rate of 95-99% at 9.4 microns – this is the highest rate in the industry. Sunlighten has a full range of infrared technology to fit every budget and home. Our saunas are used for detox, weight loss, pain relief, cardiovascular health, skin health, stress relief and aids in relief from Lyme Disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, muscle injury, autism, diabetes, hypertension and many other health conditions.
There are very few contra-indicators for infrared sauna use, however it’s important to know what they are.
According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network:
– Respiratory (lung, mesothelioma)
– GI (oral cavity, esophageal & large intestine)
– Non-Hodkin’s lymphoma
– Brain cancer
Research that supports the link between firefighting and cancer
2017 Blais University of Ottawa study examined chemical exposure occurring during emergency, on-shift fire suppression. The researchers found firefighters absorb harmful chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) through their skin. Firefighters had 3 to >5 times the amount of by-products of PAHs in their urine after a fire compared to before.
2013 Daniels NIOSH study is the largest study of US firefighters to date. It examined mortality patterns & cancer incidence for 30K firefighters. This study is significant because it spans geographical distance and included women and non-white firefighters.
The study found statistically significant mortality and incidence rates of all cancers and cancers of the:
2014 Pukkala Nordic study of 16,422 firefighters from 4 Nordic countries found an increased risk for all cancers and significant increases in: