**UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, a company in Missouri called SaunaSpace started offering beautiful and affordable near infrared saunas made here in the United States! I purchased the hypoallergenic poplar wood option with four infrared lamps. After measuring the EMF emissions, I was surprised to see they are super low, less than a reading lamp. Hooray! You can read more about SaunaSpace and purchase your own home sauna here.**
My latest anti cellulite toy is my new far infrared sauna which I bought from a friend who is moving overseas.
From the beginning, I was in love with the whole sauna experience. I pop in a soothing cd, step into the hot room, and the stress just melts.
Around the time I brought my sauna home, a fellow cellulite investigator (Sessie) mentioned the danger of EMF exposure from most infrared saunas.
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are emitted from all types of electrical equipment, from power lines to cell phones. There is no consensus on whether or not they are harmful, but the EPA warns “there is reason for concern” and recommends “prudent avoidance.” 1
My stress-melting sauna sessions started to become less relaxing as I wondered if I was exposing myself to harmful EMFs. My friend received the sauna from her mom who ordered it on the Internet from a company in Japan. The instructions, only partly in English, mention something about carbon/ceramic heaters. Other than that, I don’t know much about my sauna.
The only way I was going to ease my mind about my daily sauna sessions was to measure the actual EMF output. Sessie shared the following video from The Renegade Health Show where they use a meter to measure the EMFs from a standard infrared sauna.
It was fascinating to hit the switch and watch the meter rise and fall as I positioned it near various electrical appliances around my house. The large light in my living room? Minimal EMF output. The tiny light in my bedroom? Off the chart. The washer and dryer? Low EMF even when in use. My 13 inch television? Over 100 milligauss from a foot away.
Sadly, the heaters in my infrared sauna were over the highest amount measurable on the meter. It decreased significantly just a few inches from the heating element, so if I sit exactly in the center of the sauna it’s down to 5 milligauss. Still, anything over 3 is said to cause negative side effects. It’s not something I would want to do every day.
I’m traveling for the next two weeks so I’ll be taking a break from my sauna therapy anyway. In the meantime, Dr. Wilson’s book, Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing, includes instructions for converting a standard infrared sauna to an infrared lamp sauna, which he says does not emit EMFs. The basic instructions are also available on Dr. Wilson’s website.
For those of you who have experience with infrared saunas, what are your thoughts on infrared lamp saunas? Do you think it is worth it to convert from far to near infrared?
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