Far infrared (FIR) saunas raise body temperature to cause sweating which is touted to get rid of body toxins and metabolic wastes, promote weight loss, provide the equivalent of a cardiovascular workout and relieve pain.

The use of infrared saunas is contraindicated because the heat they produce catalyzes the creation of vitamin D.

The use of non-infrared saunas is acceptable, provided that body temperature is not raised more than one degree or so. Increased body temperature may cause increased tissue perfusion of the antibiotics, which could increase immunopathology symptoms.

The quanta of energy do not vary that much between near-UV and visible and Far-IR. Maybe by a factor of 3 or so, but nobody has shown that the 7-dehydrocholesterol steroid ring cleavage requires that much energy. In fact, all the current pragma about UV has been based on in-vitro work, which is subject to many, many errors.

We know TNF-alpha catalyzes the production of 1,25-D in keratinocytes. That speaks to a continuous process, not a quantized reaction. The hundreds of folks on the MP are keeping away from UV like the plague, yet they continue to produce 1,25-D.

Trevor Marshall, PhD

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