Incandescent Saunas & Faraday Cages: Simple Yet Not So Obvious Solutions to our Modern Health Crisis

In our modern world, filled with synthetic materials and environmental toxins, our health is facing a significant crisis. Despite our wealth and education, we are plagued by illnesses and ailments. One of the key reasons behind this is our exposure to toxins and our body's inability to effectively detoxify itself, unlike our ancestors who had simpler lives. Today, we are bombarded by a tidal wave of environmental toxicity, encompassing factors such as sunlight deprivation, electromagnetic fields (EMFs), petrochemicals, heavy metals, artificial blue light, and an unhealthy diet. Fortunately, there are simple yet not so obvious solutions that can help us combat these issues and promote better health. In this article, we will explore the insights shared by Brian Richards, Founder of SaunaSpace, during his lecture, shedding light on the importance of saunas and Faraday cages in addressing our modern health crisis.

Environmental Poison: 

  • Sunlight Deprivation
  • Emfs
  • Petrochemicals
  • Heavy Metals
  • Junk Light - Artificial Blue Light
  • Sad Diet
  • Temperature Constancy
  • Constant Access To Food
  • Unstructured Water


Understanding the Importance of Light and Photobiomodulation

Brian Richards emphasizes the profound impact of light on our overall well-being. While we may think of ourselves as biochemical beings, we are, in fact, more bioelectric and quantum mechanical at the cellular level. Sunlight plays a crucial role in nourishing and healing us. Interestingly, nearly 70% of the photons we absorb from the sun are near infrared, which stimulates mitochondrial function and offers numerous health benefits.

Near infrared light penetrates deeply into our bodies, heating us from within. This characteristic makes near infrared saunas an effective tool for promoting sweating and detoxification. Additionally, near infrared light exposure is essential for the production of cellular melatonin, a powerful immune agent and antioxidant. By ensuring regular exposure to near infrared light, we can maintain our health naturally.

The quality of sunlight throughout the day is also vital for our well-being. Sunrise and sunset offer unique benefits due to their specific light spectrums. During sunrise, the light is near infrared and red-centric, making it ideal for health and light dosing. At midday, the emphasis shifts to blue light and ultraviolet light, which have faster frequencies and end quickly. The residual light during sunset is again red and near infrared. Ancient practices of watching the sunrise and sunset hold significant health benefits in terms of light exposure.

Near infrared light has the ability to penetrate deep into the body, reaching up to four inches. This deep penetration leads to efficient heating of the body from within, resulting in accelerated sweating and a faster heat-up experience in saunas. The unique properties of near infrared light make it a valuable tool in achieving the desired outcomes of sauna sessions.

Melatonin, often associated with its role in regulating sleep-wake cycles, goes beyond its blood-based functions. Cellular melatonin, produced along the mitochondrial membrane, acts as a crucial immune agent and antioxidant. It counteracts the free radicals generated during cellular respiration and plays a vital role in maintaining overall health. Near infrared light exposure is necessary to stimulate cellular melatonin production, highlighting the importance of incorporating this type of light into our daily routines.

The quality of sunlight throughout the day impacts our health in distinct ways. Morning sunlight, rich in near infrared and red wavelengths, provides essential dosages of near infrared light that can benefit our well-being. Sunrise and sunset, with their red and near infrared-centric light, have been revered by our ancestors for their health-promoting qualities. Understanding the unique benefits of different sunlight frequencies allows us to optimize our exposure and derive maximum benefits from the natural light cycle.


Photobiomodulation (PBM): Controlling Biology with Light

Photobiomodulation, also known as light therapy or red light therapy, harnesses the power of photons to stimulate various biological responses within our cells. This process involves the absorption of light by the light receptor protein in the mitochondria, leading to the release of nitric oxide, increased ATP production, and the activation of mitochondrial functions. Red light therapy has shown promising results in various areas of health and has been extensively studied in over 7,000 research papers.

PBM Cellular Effects:

  • Increased Blood Flow and Tissue Oxygenation
  • Immune Modulation
  • Nitric Oxide Release
  • Reduction in Inflammation
  • Regeneration and Cell Growth
  • Epigenetic Repair and Anti-Aging
  • Photoprotection from UV Exposure
  • Activation of Cellular Melatonin
  • 95% of Melatonin Production Occurs at the Cellular Level
  • Produced Along the Mitochondrial Membrane, the Site of Free Radical Production during Cellular Respiration
  • Primary Antioxidant Activity
  • Replenishes the Antioxidant Defense System

Addressing Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposure

In today's digital age, EMF exposure is a major concern. However, there are ways to protect ourselves and mitigate its effects. Faraday cages and shielded homes and products can minimize our exposure to harmful EMFs. These solutions create a safe space where our bodies can escape and detoxify from the negative impacts of EMFs.

Saunas, specifically infrared saunas, play a vital role in reversing the damage caused by environmental toxins and EMF exposure. Sauna therapy induces hyperthermia, creating an artificial fever-like state in the body. This process triggers the production of heat shock proteins, which not only aid in cellular detoxification but also repair misfolded proteins. Misfolded proteins can lead to various diseases and health problems, and sauna therapy helps restore their proper functionality.


Avoiding Bad EMFs: Is it Possible?

Faraday Cages: These shielded enclosures can block external electromagnetic radiation, providing a safe space from EMF exposure. However, it is important to note that Faraday cages can also limit the functionality of devices inside.

Minimizing Exposures: Being mindful of our device usage and keeping a distance from potential EMF sources can help reduce overall exposure. For example, using speakerphone or wired earphones instead of holding a cell phone directly to the ear.

Shielded Homes: Creating an environment with reduced EMF levels is possible by employing shielding materials or techniques in the construction of homes. This can involve incorporating special shielding paints, fabrics, or films to block or redirect EMF radiation.

Shielded Products: Utilizing products specifically designed to reduce EMF exposure, such as EMF-blocking phone cases or protective clothing, can offer additional protection from the effects of EMFs.


Can the Damage from Bad EMFs Be Reversed?

While the long-term effects of EMF exposure are still being researched, some individuals explore alternative approaches to potentially counteract the damage caused by EMFs. One such method is hyperthermia, often facilitated through saunas, which has shown promising results in addressing a particular mechanism associated with EMF damage called the peroxynitrite cycle.


Sauna and the Peroxynitrite Cycle:

Hyperthermia, induced by saunas, is believed to reverse the peroxynitrite cycle through two primary mechanisms:

Vascular Shear Stress: The heat generated in saunas causes blood vessels to dilate, resulting in increased blood flow and improved circulation. This vascular shear stress may help break the peroxynitrite cycle and promote overall cardiovascular health.

BH4 Production: Sauna-induced hyperthermia is also thought to stimulate the production of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4), a crucial cofactor involved in various metabolic processes. BH4 plays a role in regulating the peroxynitrite cycle and may support its reversal, potentially mitigating some of the negative effects associated with EMF exposure.

While saunas and hyperthermia may offer potential benefits in relation to the peroxynitrite cycle, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the extent of their effectiveness in addressing EMF-induced damage.

Saunaspace: A Unique Approach to Sauna Therapy

Saunaspace stands out in the realm of sauna therapy due to its unique approach. Their saunas are near infrared-centric, focusing on deep tissue photobiomodulation. By utilizing specially designed bulbs that emit a higher amount of near infrared light, Saunaspace maximizes the photobiomodulation wattage compared to standard heat lamps. Moreover, their products are all EMF shielded, ensuring that users are protected from electromagnetic stress.

Additionally, Saunaspace incorporates other beneficial features into their saunas. Deep tissue water structuring enhances the therapeutic effects by optimizing the interaction between water and light. Grounding or earthing is another component, allowing users to connect with the Earth's natural electric field and experience its potential health benefits. Furthermore, Saunaspace maintains lower and gentler air temperatures in their saunas, enabling quicker sweating and more efficient sessions.  The overall experience is designed to be less stressful and more joyful, promoting relaxation and well-being.


Benefits of Incandescent Saunas

Choosing an incandescent sauna, such as those offered by Saunaspace, provides a multitude of benefits for our health and well-being:

  • Detoxification: Sweating in an incandescent sauna aids in the elimination of toxins and heavy metals from the body, promoting overall detoxification.
  • Mental Performance: Regular sauna use has been shown to enhance cognitive function, memory, and focus, leading to improved mental performance.
  • Physical Performance: Sauna sessions can help boost athletic performance, increase endurance, and promote muscle recovery by improving blood flow and oxygenation.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: The deep penetration of near infrared light in incandescent saunas can enhance collagen production, improve skin tone and texture, and reduce the signs of aging.
  • Immunity Boosting: The artificial fever-like state induced by sauna therapy activates the immune system, promoting immune response and strengthening overall immunity.
  • Pain Relief: Sauna therapy has been found to alleviate chronic pain, muscle soreness, and joint inflammation, providing natural pain relief.
  • Weight Loss: Regular sauna use can support weight loss efforts by increasing metabolism, burning calories, and promoting detoxification.
  • Longevity and Healthspan: Saunas have been linked to increased longevity and improved healthspan, allowing individuals to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
  • Stress Reduction: Sauna sessions offer a valuable opportunity for relaxation, stress reduction, and mental rejuvenation, promoting a sense of well-being.

With the recent global pandemic and a heightened awareness of infectious diseases, maintaining a strong immune system has become paramount. Sauna therapy offers a unique approach to enhancing immunity by inducing an artificial fever and activating heat shock proteins within the body. This newfound understanding of the immune system and its response to heat can have significant implications for our overall well-being.

When we enter a sauna, our body temperature rises, mimicking the effects of a natural fever. Fevers are the body's way of defending against pathogens and triggering a heat shock protein response. Heat shock proteins play a crucial role in cellular detoxification and repairing misfolded proteins.

During sauna sessions, cells are heated up by approximately three degrees for a specific duration. This increase in temperature stimulates the production of heat shock proteins. These proteins act as repairmen within the cells, ensuring that proteins, which are essential for normal bodily functions, are properly folded and functioning optimally.

Misfolded proteins can disrupt the normal functioning of cells and lead to various health issues. When proteins are synthesized in the body, a significant portion of them, around 20 to 30 percent, are already misfolded. These misfolds can impair the proteins' ability to carry out their intended functions. By activating heat shock proteins through sauna therapy, the misfolded proteins can be repaired, improving cellular health and overall well-being.

Heat shock proteins not only assist in protein repair but also aid in cellular detoxification. They play a vital role in eliminating toxins and promoting cellular health. By enhancing the body's natural ability to detoxify, sauna therapy can support the immune system and contribute to overall wellness.

The significance of sauna-induced heat shock proteins in boosting immunity cannot be overstated, particularly in the context of recent events and our evolving understanding of infectious diseases. 

In our modern era, where environmental toxins and EMF exposure pose significant challenges to our health, it is crucial to explore innovative solutions. Saunas and Faraday cages offer simple yet not so obvious methods to address the modern health crisis we face. Saunaspace, with its near infrared-centric approach, combines the benefits of heat and light therapy, promoting deep tissue photobiomodulation, detoxification, and overall well-being. By incorporating these practices into our lives, we can enhance our health, vitality, and resilience in the face of environmental challenges.


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Based on the lecture by Brian Richards

Brian Richards
Founder of SaunaSpace

Brian Richards is a nationally known expert in sauna therapy, light therapy, and EMF science. In 2013, he founded SaunaSpace, a company that combines cutting-edge infrared technology with the age-old practice of sauna. 

In 2008, Brian faced an important health decision: start taking pharmaceuticals for acne, insomnia, and adrenal fatigue OR try full-spectrum sauna therapy coupled with ancestral practices like a clean diet, proper sleep, and yoga. By opting for the natural approach, Brian rapidly transformed his health. This life-changing experience inspired him to create SaunaSpace.

In his journey to develop the perfect product, Brian has immersed himself in the science and research behind light, heat, electromagnetism and the human body. Thirteen years later, he brings a refreshing approach to natural living, biohacking and natural health transformation.

Olia Chernova
Director of Customer Success

Olia is a Ph.D. Candidate with a passion for promoting wellness and health. From developing personalized onboarding and event programs to providing ongoing support and engagement, Olia is dedicated to ensuring the success of each client.

With expertise in both the academic and wellness worlds, she is helping the BiohackingCongress team to create events that educate, inspire, and empower people to prioritize their health. Join Olia and BiohackingCongress team to discover the transformative power of wellness events today.