Sauna bathing together with exercise and nutritional supplements have been used to help people who suffer from an environmental illness termed Gulf War Illness. Although this wartime illness is thought to have been triggered by exposure to chemicals and other toxins that soldiers were exposed to (including mycotoxins like aflatoxin) - the point of this paper is to highlight the potential utility of this approach for people who are suffering from mould exposure. It should also be recognized that there are other treatments apart from sauna that have appeared in the recent literature as this pertains specifically to Gulf War Illness.
The cited study builds on what we know about the potential benefits of sauna for both firefighters and people who are dealing with symptoms attributed to mould illness and having spent time in water damaged environments.
In the video, I'm also covering how sauna might work? Does it operate my reducing inflammation or by affecting oxidative stress? The literature that tracked biomarkers for for following parameters:
The results showed that the effect of sauna appeared to operate by reducing inflammation.
We'll also place sauna bathing into the 4-element model of mental health; where it' s beneficial to adopt healthy lifestyle practices that embrace one or more of these archetypes.
Cited from: Harnessing the Four Elements for Mental Health.
Finally, we'll talk about some basics of the use of niacin in combination with sauna. Niacin is an interesting molecule and has been intensively researched especially for it's potential in protection from several neurodegenerative conditions.
Cited from Chemspider.com
There are also quite a few papers linking this vitamin (B3) and other derivatives like Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) with other tantalising scientific breakthroughs like anti-ageing.
Next week in Part 3, I'll be covering what the literature says about how sauna can help in neurodegerative disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's and I want to touch on what the literature says about Multiple Sclerosis.
Frequent sauna bathing may reduce the risk of pneumonia in middle-aged Caucasian men: The KIHD prospective cohort study. https://www.resmedjournal.com/…/S0954-6111(17)3035…/fulltext
Longitudinal associations of sauna bathing with inflammation and oxidative stress: the KIHD prospective cohort study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29897261
Harnessing the Four Elements for Mental Health. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/…/fpsyt.2019.00256/full
Could Heat Therapy Be an Effective Treatment for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases? A Narrative Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31998141
Sauna bathing is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality and improves risk prediction in men and women: a prospective cohort study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30486813
Safety and tolerability of sauna detoxification for the protracted withdrawal symptoms of substance abuse.https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0300060518779314
The influence of Finnish sauna treatments on the concentrations of nitric oxide, 3-nitrotyrosine and selected markers of oxidative status in training and non-training men.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31950931
A Detoxification Intervention for Gulf War Illness: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/21/4143
A hot topic for health: Results of the Global Sauna Survey.https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/…/abs/pii/S0965229919300998…
Clinical Effects of Regular Dry Sauna Bathing: A Systematic Review. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/1857413/
A Review of the Scientific Literature as it Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses. Volume 5: Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents. https://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1018z5.html
Evaluation of Interventions to Reduce Firefighter Exposures. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31977921