What do saunas (whole body hyperthermia) have in common with vitamin D3?
I am a long-term cancer survivor who has an increased risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Everything from an autologous stem cell transplant to frequent sun burns as a teen (bad decision-making…).
And there was the mole that was removed from my face a few years ago too…
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer at a Glance-
When I launched PeopleBeatingCancer in 2004 I began researching both conventional and non-conventional cancer therapies to blog about. The research linked and excerpted below was a real ah-ha moment for me. I have been taking saunas regularly for years.
But a casual sauna may last only about 10-15 minutes. Once I read the article below I decided to take my saunas more seriously. I began taking my temperature after my weekly sauna to find out if my internal body temperature was changing.
Long story short, when I take a sauna for more than 15 minutes at a temperature ranging from 190-21o degree fahrenheit my internal body temperature increases to about 100-101 degrees fahrenheit. I give myself a temporary fever which, according to the study below, kills melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer cells.
To learn more about other evidence-based therapies that can help prevent the development of non-melanoma skin cancer or relapse, please watch the short video below:
It turns out that whole body hyperthermia also is heart healthy, brain healthy, lowers my blood pressure and detoxifies my body of heavy metals. Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow say that saunas are good for my skin too.
The JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna is extremely well-reviewed on Amazon. This sauna even has a testimonial from a guy who installed one by himself in his home.
I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. If you would like to learn more about both conventional and evidence-based non-conventional therapies please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
In humans, hyperthermia is defined as a temperature greater than 37.5–38.3 °C (99.5–100.9 °F), depending on the reference used, that occurs without a change in the body’s temperature set point…
“Thus, hyperthermia induced apoptosis in two types of skin cancer cells through endoplasmic reticulum-mediated apoptosis and not through the classical intrinsic or extrinsic apoptosis pathways. Hyperthermia may be a promising treatment for basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, bypassing the antiapoptotic defenses concentrated in the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis pathways…”
“Vitamin D levels affect overall survival for melanoma (skin cancer) patients, a new study presented at the 31st European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress has shown.
Dermatology researchers discovered that those who were deficient in vitamin D (lower than 10ng/mL) following their melanoma diagnosis were twice as likely (hazard ratio 2.3) to have lower overall survival than those with vitamin D levels equal/greater than 10ng/mL.
The study investigated the differences in overall survival and melanoma-specific survival between groups using statistical analysis techniques, such as Kaplan-Meir curves and cox regression models to control for confounding variables…
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when melanocytes (the cells that give skin colour) grow uncontrollably. In 2020 it was estimated that melanomas accounted for 4% of all new cancer diagnoses and 1.3 % of all cancer deaths in the EU-27. Of these cases, 50,972 were diagnosed in women and 55,597 were diagnosed in men. There were 7,031 deaths in women and 9,457 in men in the EU-27 in 2020.2
Dr Gracia-Darder added: “Although the mechanisms underlying the association between vitamin D and melanoma overall survival still require further investigation, this study will hopefully encourage further research examining whether vitamin D supplements may have the ability to improve the prognosis for vitamin D deficient melanoma patients and increase their overall survival.”