The purpose of this case study is twofold. One, to illustrate a simple
method of detoxification
using heat chamber depuration (sauna).
Second, to raise awareness in the practice of medicine of the importance
of taking an environmentally oriented history.
A patient with a chronic, debilitating multisystem disorder of 20-years
duration related to a chemical
sensitivity resulting from low-level exposure to toxic chemicals
(solvents) at work.
Detoxification treatment consisted of heat chamber depuration (sauna)
together with a specific protocol
of oral and intravenous therapy. Appropriate advice was offered related
to choosing a safe and suitable
Observation of the dynamic interaction and elimination of chlorinated
and aromatic hydrocarbons
(solvents) from the patient’s bloodstream and related clinical
improvement during the course of treatment.
The patient was able to discontinue, without ill effect, all medications
previously prescribed to treat her symptoms. Heat chamber depuration
(sauna) detoxification treatment brought substantial release of symptoms
and returned the individual to gainful employment.
The connection between symptoms of chronic degenerative diseases and
environmental and/or nutritional factors is missed in many cases due to
lack of obtaining an environmentally oriented medical history.
Taking such a history and dealing with the cause of illness using
avoidance and/or appropriate therapy is preventive and cost-effective
for both the patient and society.