Case Reports: Bio-Toxic Reduction Program
Other improved abilities not normally
considered "medical improvements" that were observed in
this study of program participants included the following: ability
to think more clearly, improved sense of smell or taste, increase
in general awareness, and increased energy levels. It was not unusual
for participants to re-experience physical or mental symptoms during
the dry-sauna therapy, reflecting prior drug use or old injuries,
only to find these diminish anywhere from a few minutes to a few
days after the "manifestation" was triggered while detoxifying.
For instance, some individuals began to exude odors similar to that
of a previous pesticide exposure or may have experienced a "trip,"
accompanied by hallucinations due to prior LSD use. Others experienced
changes associated with past use of anesthetics, while still others
noticed redness along surgical scars. These "manifestations"
suggest inherent cell memory recall and signify the release of stored
toxins. The symptoms are usually less severe than the initial exposure
or event, depending upon the rate of excretion.
Of particular interest, a study involving a paraplegic who had participated
in the Bio-Toxic Reduction program. She had been wheelchair-bound
for 17 years, and symptoms were felt to be consistent with transverse
myelitis. An increased sensation was noted in the legs, as well
as a gradual increase in voluntary control during the program. Six
months after the sauna program was completed, the patient continued
to have mild increases of voluntary control of her lower legs. Though
still wheelchair-bound, she now transfers with greater ease. Continued
muscle growth was evident upon her last examination.
Some researchers believe that the effects of radiation are cumulative
and irreversible, contending that each exposure has the potential
of causing some type of permanent damage. There is also evidence
indicating that no human threshold of radiation damage actually
exists. It has been shown, however, that biological repair mechanisms
may reverse some of the disruptive effects of various mutagens,
such as radiation. Clinical studies of the dry sauna detox therapy
have also indicated recovery from the effects of radiation burn
In 1973, Dr. David Schnare, policy analyst for the US Environmental
Protection Agency, took part in a study of Michigan residents who
had been exposed to a fire-retardant, PBB, when it was mistakenly
used in place of a nutritional supplement for farm animals. The
contamination of meat, milk, and a variety of other foods resulted
in the consumption of this chemical by nearly the entire population
of Michigan, which also may have involved residents in many surrounding
areas as well. As previously discussed, tests performed on a sample
population revealed six metabolized variants of PBB and seven of
PCB, as well as DDE (metabolite of DDT). Participants of the BioToxic
reduction program, poisoned by this tragic accident, showed an average
immediate reduction in 20% of all 16 chemicals studied, immediately
following the detoxification program described, and more than a
40% reduction after a four-month follow-up examination.
& Multiple Sclerosis
Another excellent paper on the need and importance of detoxification
was presented to the Society of Toxicology on February 16, 1990,
at Miami Beach, Florida, and was titled: Clinical Case Study of
Fifty Patients Diagnosed With Peripheral Neuropathy and/or MS Secondary
to Chemical Exposure.
Multiple sclerosis is the most common degenerative inflammatory
neurological disease to strike working individuals between the ages
of 15-55 years. In 1968, almost 100 years after Charcot had first
described the condition (1874), a magazine writer summarized contemporary
understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) as "one of medicine's
strangest enigmas, with unknown cause, an unexplained geographic
distribution, an unpredictable course and an undiscovered cure."
In the literature we found many reports of cases in which the onset
of multiple sclerosis appeared to be precipitated by widely differing
conditions: Trauma, diet, pregnancy, emotional stress, exertion
and fatigue, changes in temperature, tobacco, urban-rural, geographic
and climatic aspects, heavy metals, dental caries, Organophosphates,
and organic solvents.
In the United States, there appears to be a concentration of MS
North of the 37th parallel latitude, which coincides with geographic
areas relying heavily upon petroleum products. This correlates throughout
the world, except in an area of Florida and in some South sea islands.
This strange exception is thought to be due to the high use of pesticides.
A higher incidence is found in cities where there is a greater amount
of automobile exhaust which could arise from the stream of metallic
lead spewed out in the traffic lanes of this nation's highways.
Also, we must consider the higher incidence occurring in the wheat
belt and the fruit-growing and dairy-farming industries. Their practices
with respect to mercurial dusts and sprays, lead-arsenate, and management
of livestock afflicted with parasites may be in question.
An extensive literature search coupled with clinical observations
within the past five years, indicates a strong correlation between
the appearance of inflammatory disease of the central nervous system
and exposure to organic solvents. It has long been established that
solvents absorbed in large quantities, in part, accumulate in the
central nervous system. Some studies on the relationship between
solvents and immunity have considered a hyperplasia of the reticular
endothelia system responsible for autoimmune processes. It has been
postulated that solvents may act on cellular membranes. It is also
documented that many chemicals directly injure the central and peripheral
nervous system (for example, Organophospates). It is also noted
that skeletal muscle disease can be caused secondary to chemical
exposure. Documentation also indicates that chemicals can induce
autoimmunity. Research lends further support to the concept that
avoiding further toxic exposure, detoxification, and modulating
the immune system, in effect, modulates the course of MS. In Corsarett
& Dovllis Toxicology – The Basic
Science of Poisons, 1984, 3rd Ed., "Toxic Modifications
of the Immune System" by Jack H. Dean et al., the immune system
functions in resistance to infectious agents, homeostasis of leukocyte
maturation, immunoglobulin production and immune surveillance against
arising neoplastic cells. The interaction of environmental chemicals
or drugs with these cells may alter the delicate balance of the
immune system and result in four types of undesirable effects: 1)
immunosuppression; 2) uncontrolled proliferation of leukocytes (i.e.,
leukemia & lymphoma); 3) alterations of host defense mechanisms
against pathogens; 4) allergy or autoimmunity.
Over 50 patients with peripheral neuropathy were evaluated in the
BioToxic Reduction clinic. Each of these patients experienced either
a total remission or marked improvement of their symptoms, following
treatment with hyperthermic detoxification. Each patient presented
a history of chemical exposure, either to aromatic or volatile hydrocarbons
in the home or workplace, or allergic response to repeated exposure
to Sodium Pentothal. Two cases reported chronic neuropathy following
anesthesia, which cleared several years later. Six of the 50 cases
A 46-year-old female patient (Case #21) with a demyelinating process
of the central nervous system developed peripheral neuropathy with
some loss of fine-motor skill 23 years earlier as a result of a
reaction to sodium pentothal. A form of paresthesia remained for
over eight years. A year before her visit, she was again given sodium
pentothal and lost the use of her fingers; she was unable to write,
comb her hair, button a blouse, or play the piano. Within one week
of therapy, she could write and dress herself. Upon program completion,
she was able to play the piano again. The persistent glove-like
paresthesia gradually subsided. Her grip changed from 0 to 65 lbs.
on the right; from 0 to 50 lbs. on the left. She has been asymptomatic
since she completed the second therapy program in 1986. We have
successfully treated two other sodium pentothal cases.
A 40-year-old female (Case #17) exhibited neuropathologic symptoms
after her house had been tented and treated with methyl bromide
and chlordane (five years earlier). She suffered from multiple chemical
sensitivities, extreme fatigue, muscle aching and cramping, twitching,
numbness of hands and feet, and on occasion, episodes of total paralysis.
In spite of various therapies, her condition continued to progress.
She was placed on the BTR Program, and over the next 60 days, her
seizure-like activity and neuropathy became more pronounced and
had to be mediated through temporary discontinuation of the program.
Temporary paralysis (caused by the release of toxins) during the
program required the use of a wheelchair to transport her in and
out of the thermal chamber. She was fully conscious, but at times
was unable to speak until the toxins cleared her system. Despite
the difficulties encountered in therapy, remarkable progress was
made, and her symptoms cleared, allowing her to return to her home.
She would come back to Detox whenever her symptoms began to recur.
Laboratory studies suggested that she was being re-exposed. The
source of her re-exposure was found to be toxins in the tap water.
A filtration system was applied to the entire home, even though
she drank only filtered water. She has remained free of neuropathy
since last completing the program. She has remained symptom-free
and traveled abroad by herself in 1986. She has now resumed an active
A 53-year-old female (Case #69) was seen in 1987 with an eight-year
history of progressing peripheral neuropathy. Her history revealed
she had worked where volatile hydrocarbons were used for cleaning
parts. She was forced to quit working in 1983 due to C.N.S. Depression
and peripheral neuropathy with extreme weakness of her right leg.
She had numerous evaluations and was finally treated with allergy-type
therapy, however her disease continued to progress. When examined,
she had a moderate bilateral foot drop and was unable to raise either
foot more than a few inches off the floor. Her grip was 0 on the
right and 20 lbs. on the left, and she was unable to stand on her
right foot with her eyes closed. Her Weber was to the left. After
therapy, her grip was 50 lbs. on the right and 45 on the left with
her coordination being normal again. She was able to stand on her
toes and lift either foot to the chest level. Against medical advice,
she returned to a mobile home where solvents were being used outside
working on equipment and where 55 gallons of diesel had been spilled.
Her condition began to deteriorate with all the symptoms returning.
This is a good example of the danger of continued re-exposure of
a patient to chemicals to which they are hypersensitive.
A 41-year-old male (Case #63) Vietnam veteran was diagnosed by three
neurologists as having MS, however, the last neurologist felt his
condition was not MS, but was due to a complication of a neurological
disorder resulting from frequent exposure to Agent Orange and DDT
from July 1969 through October of 1970. His first symptoms started
in 1980 and consisted of a lack of coordination while walking. Next,
he noted tingling and numbness of his feet and hands and occasional
difficulty swallowing. By 1984, he had numerous symptoms including
CNS Depression and paresthesia.
At the time of his first visit, he was confined to a wheelchair
with inability to lift his right leg while sitting or to move the
leg back and forth if supported. No toe movement was noted on either
foot. After approximately ten days on therapy, he was able to move
his right leg forward and backward as well as elevate and flex his
toes. He was unable to get into and out of the thermal chamber without
assistance before the first course of treatment. His second session
of therapy gave him a more positive attitude, and he was able to
walk for a short distance with a cane.
A second patient had been restricted to a
wheelchair for about two years. Careful review of her history failed
to reveal any known exposure history, and her laboratory evaluation
was basically normal. Numerous consultations were also basically
unable to determine the etiology or proper diagnosis of her condition
and it was felt her diagnosis was peripheral neuropathy of unknown
etiology. After completing two series of hyperthermic detoxification
therapy as well as ancillary rehabilitation therapy, she is able
to walk at times without assistance from her attendant and is learning
how to swim and drive her own car. Though she still has some ambulatory
difficulty, her condition has significantly improved.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Many of the patients evaluated and treated with the Bio-Toxic Reduction
Program meet the 1982 Criteria for Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus,
according to Dr. Zane R. Gard, who presented Drug and Chemically
Induced Lupus-Like Syndrome to the American Lupus Foundation in
January 1988 in Los Angeles, California. This review of 12 Lupus-like
patients indicated that certain susceptible populations may develop
Lupus-like conditions as a result of deficiencies within the body's
own detoxification mechanisms following excessive drug or chemical
ingestion or exposure. This impairment causes an untimely elimination
of toxic substances rendering the body susceptible to chronic diseases
such as Lupus. These patients were all treated with the Bio-Toxic
Reduction Program and all abnormal immunological profiles returned
to normal limits as well as none meeting the Criteria for diagnosis
of Lupus. Only three of these patients have had continuing health
problems primarily consisting of chemical sensitivity, however,
all but one have had normal immunological profiles. The worst of
the group had been on steroids therapy for over 17 years ,and as
long as she avoids chemicals to which she is sensitive, she doesn't
require steroid therapy. She has had full use of her hands (which
were claw-like) since her therapy seven years ago. Only when she
is overburdened will immunological tests be abnormal. When this
occurs, she also has a mild Lupus flare with joint stiffness and
Her history is as follows: this 32-year-old female was diagnosed
having Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) at the age of 15. Over
eleven surgeries had been performed, including a sinovectomy of
the hand, an appendectomy, and a splenectomy. She had been plagued
with health problems, which included chemical sensitivity, pain
and swelling of her joints (which resulted in restricted use), sinusitis,
nosebleeds, headaches, ear infections, and fatigue. By the time
she came to BioTox, her condition had deteriorated considerably.
She suffered from muscle weakness and spasms, blurred vision, depression,
mood swings, and had been previously diagnosed as having Sjogren's
syndrome, myofacial syndrome, hypertension, and latent tetany.
A fat-biopsy revealed elevated levels of chlorinated pesticides
and she was placed on the BTR Program. Her headaches soon disappeared,
but her joint pain would flare, then subside during sauna sessions.
After 30 days in BTR, she began to hallucinate as a response to
the release of fat-stored anesthetics, accompanied by a distinct
anesthetic odor. The hallucinations were usually followed by a response
similar to that of a patient in a recovery room. She frequently
needed assistance both in and out of the sauna. In addition to very
close monitoring of her condition to prevent injury, oxygen with
special mask was frequently used.
Upon completion of the BTR program, 100% range of motion returned
to all of her joints, with no inflammation or soreness. The myofacial
syndrome had cleared, along with the headaches, fatigue, and depression.
While she still has multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies,
the BTR Program has resulted in a 90% improvement of her lupus condition,
without the use of medication. She continues to use sauna therapy
following exposure to prevent the symptoms of SLE. She has enjoyed
a near-normal life since 1984. Her brother also has lupus and originally
was in better health than his sister. Now she feels she is 100%
better than her brother who is on conventional therapy. She now
feels she is 50% improved, however, she is not careful about avoiding
exposures to chemicals to which she is sensitive.
The following is a random sample of follow-up questionnaires to
disabled patients one to seven years after their therapy was completed:
This 56-year-old female school counselor (Case #27) came to the
clinic with severe arthritis in her left knee. At the time of her
initial evaluation, she had been scheduled for a surgical knee replacement,
recommended by her previous physician. Her health began to deteriorate
after the school had been remodeled. Nine out of 12 teachers at
this school also developed serious health problems. The school was
also located near a dumpsite, which contributed to the "toxic
overload." Serum blood analysis for volatile hydrocarbons revealed
high levels. She also tested positive to formaldehyde and isocyanate
After the first day on the BTR Program, her arthritic symptoms began
to ease, and she could ride the stationary bike with little difficulty.
She spent 21 days on the program, and within three weeks of completion,
she experienced a full range of motion and freedom from pain. She
no longer required medication or surgery. Serum chemical analysis
showed drastic reductions in stored toxin levels within 21 days.
She was able to return to work in a contaminated school building,
however, she has had some problems since.
This 32-year-old female (Case #86) began reacting to many chemical
odors shortly after moving into a newly renovated office building
and became acutely ill by the third week. She had previously developed
a sensitivity to copy machine fumes, which she had been able to
manage until the remodeling. Because of her previous chemical sensitivity,
the fumes from the new wallpaper and carpeting caused her to have
difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, vertigo, headaches, and
extreme fatigue. When she came to BioTox, her symptoms had become
so severe that she was in a wheelchair and was on oxygen therapy,
in addition to taking 75 mg. of prednisone per day, with decreased
effectiveness almost daily. A serum chemical analysis revealed elevated
levels of volatile hydrocarbons.
Further laboratory analysis revealed antibodies to formaldehyde
and trimellitic anhydride, both common constituents in "sick
buildings." The BTR Program was prescribed, and her elevated
volatile hydrocarbon levels were lowered drastically.
This 25-year-old female (Case #23) suffered from CNS depression,
anxiety, excessive crying, headaches, confusion, excessive fatigue,
and multiple chemical sensitivities. She reported that her symptoms
began five to six years earlier after being on birth control pills
for two months. Her symptoms gradually became more severe after
the office where she worked had refinishing work done on some cabinets.
The lacquer fumes made her ill, and she began experiencing debilitating
fatigue along with an intensification of her chemical sensitivities,
headaches, and depression. Blood tests and medical evaluation indicated
she suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Leukopenia (very low
white blood count), elevated volatile hydrocarbon levels, and antibody/immune
sensitivity to formaldehyde, isocyanates, and trimellitic anhydride.
She made a remarkable recovery following treatment. Her energy level
dramatically increased. Serum chemical analysis indicated an elimination
of most of the volatile hydrocarbon levels. Her health is returning.
She was able to return to work and continue living a normal lifestyle.
This 30-year-old female (Case #2 ) was evaluated for multiple chemical
sensitivities. Chief complaints included headaches, musculo-skeletal
pain, asthma, depression, poor memory retention, fatigue, numbness
of the extremities, anxiety states, eye/head pressure, and chronic
flu-like symptoms. At the time of evaluation, the patient was essentially
confined to a controlled environment. She spent nearly nine months
in a room within her home stripped of carpeting or synthetics (essentially
free of any chemically-derived furnishings or products) and required
either oxygen or air filtration outside the controlled environment.
The patient was unable to tolerate synthetic fabrics, cosmetics,
perfumes and other scented products, pesticides, paints, inks, smoke,
exhaust fumes, and natural gas.
Prior to coming to our center, this patient was evaluated by 35
physicians over an eight-year period. She had been prescribed tranquilizers
and anti-depressants, which were unsuccessful in controlling her
symptoms. This patient was totally disabled for three years due
to the severity of reactions upon exposure to chemical substances.
However, her condition was not properly diagnosed until coming to
our office. Fat-biopsies (via needle aspiration) detected the presence
of pesticides as well as other toxic residue. A comprehensive history
revealed several possible causes of her condition. She lived within
one mile of a city landfill for 20 years. On two separate occasions,
she moved into a home within a week after extermination. She also
worked in the cosmetics and clothing industry for ten years. She
was diagnosed as having a lupus-like syndrome, immune dysfunction,
seizure disorder (abnormal EEG), and extreme chemical sensitivity,
secondary to chemical exposure.
She completed 43 days on the BTR Program. Her health restoration
was associated with significant decreases in toxin levels. The patient's
overall condition improved by 85%. A post-program EEG showed no
evidence of seizure activity. Follow-up immune profiles indicate
restoration of immune function. She was again able to manage her
household, drive, and within six months resumed employment. Though
she remains sensitive to a degree, her condition is controlled.
This 46-year-old female (Case #56) suffered from constant headaches.
Her history revealed she had been exposed to DDT and chlordane more
than ten years earlier. The patient reported her intense headaches
began after her condo had been treated for ants. Her headaches became
constant for several months before she came to BioTox. Blood serum
tests indicated she had elevated levels of xylene, as well as metabolites
of DDT and chlordane. Tests also indicated she had a strong antibody
response to trimellitic anhydride, formaldehyde, and isocyanates.
She reported being sensitive to many chemicals, and generally feeling
ill since the onset of her headaches. After she underwent the Bio-Toxic
Reduction Program her headaches were relieved and she felt generally
in good health. Several months later, however, she returned feeling
very poorly with a jaundiced appearance. Blood tests indicated a
serious liver problem. An MRI and CAT-Scan revealed a large mass
in her liver, which was determined to be a hemangioma. She began
medical treatments to bolster her immune system and aid her liver
and later spent two more weeks in BTR. Within a few weeks, her color
was back to normal, and her overall health had improved. She has
felt fine since and has had no further complications, but has been
advised to avoid chemical exposures.
Toluene is a known central nervous system depressant. Because it
is fat-soluble, it accumulates in the fat with repeated exposures.
Toluene exposure is often accompanied with isocyanate exposure,
which compounds the effects of toluene on the body. Isocyanates
and toluene together produce damaging effects on the immune system,
depress the CNS, and may cause pulmonary sensitivity. Permanent
chemical sensitivity may result from chronic exposure to toluene
A 41-year-old male (Case #11) was evaluated in 1984 with chief complaints
of suicidal depression, severe anxiety states, abdominal pain, pyrosis,
chest congestion, headaches, mood changes, memory impairment, nausea,
insomnia, and generalized malaise. Seventy percent of his work involved
repair of inflatable boats in an enclosed workspace. He worked routinely
with epoxy resins, paint thinners, varnishes, and latex, which contained
volatile hydrocarbons such as toluene and benzene. The acrylic adhesives
contained isocyanates, a known pulmonary sensitizer. Working in
excess of 50 hours per week, his symptoms became more severe, and
he felt ill most of the time. Within seven months of the onset of
his symptoms, he had become totally disabled.
A pulmonary specialist diagnosed him as having toxic "occupational"
asthma, induced by solvent exposure. A gastroenterologist determined
that he had severe reflux esophagitis caused by the toluene exposure.
Though the patient did not have a history of drug or alcohol abuse,
he was referred to a rehabilitation clinic. It was believed that
his severe depression may have been associated with substance abuse.
He was also placed on numerous psychotropic medications to combat
his depression. All treatments proved unsuccessful.
Serum chemical analysis revealed an extremely high level of toluene
at 39.0 ppb and antibodies to isocyanate, TMA, and formaldehyde.
He was placed on the BTR Program, and his lungs cleared within three
days. He completed 52 days of program time, and his health had improved
by 85%. He no longer suffered from severe toxic asthma, headaches,
or depression. Post-BTR serum chemical analysis revealed no detectable
levels of toluene or any other volatile compounds. While he continues
to be sensitive to toluene, isocyanates, and other hydrocarbons,
he remains in fairly good health as long as he can avoid re-exposure.
Unfortunately, his workers’ compensation doctors keep sending
him back to work around the chemicals he was sensitive to which
resulted in permanent disability. He credits the BTR Program with
saving his life.
Research indicates that many of the impurities and/or the metabolites
of methyl bromide are metabolized to carbon monoxide. Human studies
indicate that carbon monoxide in the circulatory system contributes
to a degeneration of blood vessels and an acceleration of atherosclerosis.
Methyl bromide is also associated with lipid (fatty) accumulation
in the liver, neuropathology such as numbness, gastrointestinal
distress, insomnia, and impotence.
The case reviewed below exhibited these symptoms until the chemical
residue was removed from his body.
This 44-year-old male (Case #63) was self-employed as a pest control
operator with a primary exposure to methyl bromide for 11 years.
His only protective device was a porous rubber mask. His chief complaints
were confusion, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, poor memory, insomnia,
speech difficulty, muscle weakness, muscle aching and twitching,
hyperexcitability, chemical hypersensitivity, abdominal gas and
bloating, impotence, constipation, and left-sided numbness of face
He enjoyed good health until 1984 when he began experiencing extreme
chest pressure with pain radiating towards the left shoulder. He
was admitted to the hospital and underwent surgery to repair lesions
in his coronary artery. Although the operation was a success, his
health did not improve significantly. He began to feel numbness
on the left side of his face, upper extremities and below the knee.
He had difficulty using his left hand and at times found it difficult
He was evaluated by many physicians, including neurologists and
toxicology specialists. They concluded that he suffered from organic
brain syndrome induced by occupational exposure to toxic chemicals.
His long-term exposure to methyl bromide had been a major contributing
factor in his coronary lesions and had resulted in cerebral dysfunction
due to diminished arterial blood flow to a portion of the brain.
Approximately 18 months after the onset of his health problems he
came to BioTox. His blood was tested for methyl bromide and its
impurities. Dichlormethane and chloroform were found in his blood.
He spent 27 days on the BTR Program, after which his health greatly
improved. The numbness and speech difficulties were gone, and many
of his other symptoms were much improved. Independent physicians
who had tested him before he came to BioTox estimated his condition
had improved 70% following therapy. His condition gradually deteriorated
starting about six months following detox, indicating detoxification
pathways were impaired. At three and four years post-therapy, his
condition is considered 50% improved. He functions well for about
four hours, then requires rest. He has sustained permanent damage
resulting in permanent disability.
This 52-year-old female (Case #49) came to the clinic due to extreme
chemical hypersensitivity, following an allergic response to medically-prescribed
painkillers. The patient complained of headaches, chronic fatigue,
malaise, delusional states, and irritability. She was evaluated
by a number of physicians and psychiatrists for these persistent
symptoms. Blood chemical analysis revealed elevated levels of pesticides
as well as a wood preservative (pentachlorophenol). The source of
exposure is unknown. She was unable to tolerate the smells of toothpaste,
deodorants, bug killers, lawn chemicals, etc. Her medical history
reveals that she was prescribed pain killers for control of abdominal
pain over a three-week period of time. It was later discovered that
she actually had a ruptured appendix and underwent emergency surgery
The patient reported having bizarre reactions to the pain medication,
such as feelings of unreality, anger, and hostility. She described
one incident where, shortly after taking the medication, she was
driving home and "saw a boy jay-walking and started after him,
with an intent to kill." She recalls having chased him down
the street driving in her car, while he ran down the sidewalk. According
to the patient, the only reason she did not hit him was the fact
that her religious beliefs somehow prevented her from following
through. Episodes such as this occurred often, (throughout 27 years)
yet she did not understand what was happening to her until she went
through the BTR Program and experienced a similar reaction.
She had notable symptoms produced while in the sauna, such as headaches,
fatigue, weakness, feelings of unreality, and heightened sense of
smell. After one sauna session, she proceeded to head home, and
a car cut in front of her on the freeway. She made every attempt
to "run the guy into the ditch." After a time, her angered
state subsided, however, she did not feel well upon returning home.
Her husband returned her to the detox center, where she was placed
back in the sauna. By this time she was in a stuporous state. Within
30 minutes of supervised monitoring in the sauna, she felt considerably
better. After her session, she realized this was precisely the sensation
she began to experience after use of the painkiller in 1961, when
her ruptured appendix was misdiagnosed.
Following this episode in the sauna, she had considerably more energy
and was finally able to do aerobic exercises. Prior to this she
was too weak to attempt exercise. It is believed that the fat-storage
of a drug (to which she was sensitive) predisposed her to other
sensitivities as well. As the drug was released back in to the bloodstream,
it apparently caused restimulative effects in the form of abnormal
behavior, in addition to a stress on the immune system. She began
exuding strong odors of nail polish and other chemicals used in
acrylic nails during the course of the detoxification program. The
patient had been a cosmetologist for ten years. The synergistic
effects of cumulatively stored chemicals used in the cosmetic industry
along with the drugs must be a consideration. The patient feels
she has improved by 95% as a result of a 27-day detoxification program.
This 43-year-old female (Case #54) came to our clinic to seek relief
from post-acute withdrawal symptoms following conventional drug
rehabilitation. The patient had been clean of medically prescribed
drugs (valium, percodan, codeine) for 13 months following drug rehab.
However, she continued to suffer from episodes of muscle twitching,
fatigue, altered thought process, poor memory, abdominal discomfort,
mental confusion, and depression, as well as delusional states and
hallucinations, during this year of abstinence. The patient reported
hallucinations lasting up to five hours per night leaving her feeling
as though she were "dead." She was often awakened at night
by intense muscle tremors. She was discouraged at the lack of progress,
even with strict adherence to supportive programs such as AA and
NA, and was tempted to resume drug usage to cope with what appeared
to be a "hopeless" situation.
The patient was placed on the BTR Program. She became aware that
symptoms produced while in the sauna were reflective of previous
drug use. After three days of BTR therapy, the patient slept through
the night for the first time in 14 months. After 16 days on the
program, she was able to think clearly and sleep through the night
with consistency. By program completion, she no longer suffered
from hallucinations. All symptoms markedly improved following a
According to the patient during a one-year post-BTR follow-up, "I
was so confused while on the drugs, I didn't know what was happening
to me or what to do about it. When I got the drugs out of my system,
I was better able to overcome the addiction with the proper follow-up.
I could not have done this without the BTR Program. I could not
have made it on my own with the persistent hallucinations. I no
longer have these symptoms. The program is a must for rehabilitation.
I have managed to stay away from all drugs." She indicated
a 95% improvement immediately upon program end.
This 14-year-old male (Case #58) came to BioTox after completing
a 30-day drug rehabilitation program. According to the patient's
history, he began to develop cognitive and behavioral problems as
a result of a chronic exposure to hexane, a neurotoxic solvent found
in the paints used by his mother in a home-based business. (His
mother is now wheelchair-bound as a result of chemical damage to
the central nervous system.)
The child became involved with drugs in order to cope with his inner
hostility and general deteriorating mental state, commonly associated
with cerebral toxicity. The patient used marijuana, cocaine, and
crystal methamphetamine for some time before admission to a drug
rehab program. Although the rehab program had been successful in
treating his addiction and use of the drugs, he continued to experience
symptoms that suggested the presence of drugs in his system. Persistent
physical symptoms included muscle cramps, fatigue, and inability
to concentrate. Tests performed at the rehab center following treatment
indicated abnormal brain wave patterns. Additionally, his behavior
suggested the drugs were still exerting a strong effect.
When first evaluated at the clinic, the patient demonstrated belligerent
and antagonistic behavior. He had a very short attention span, "clouded
mind," and would often fidget and wander aimlessly. He was
placed on the BTR Program in an attempt to remove the stored residue
of the drugs he had taken. He required constant monitoring to ascertain
compliance of the program regimen. He made every attempt to miss
sauna sessions and, in the beginning, was generally very uncooperative.
However, as he spent more time on the program, his physical symptoms,
primarily cramps and fatigue, markedly diminished, and his behavior
was notably improved. Upon completion of the program, the staff
noted a dramatic change. He began to demonstrate a pleasant disposition.
There was also a recognizable improvement in mental clarity.
This 40-year-old male (Case #101) had an extensive history of excessive
use of drugs and alcohol. Living in Hollywood and working in the
film industry left him particularly vulnerable to substance abuse.
During the 1960s, he began using marijuana, barbiturates, LSD, cocaine,
etc., mixed with alcohol. By 1975, he was traveling with various
rock musicians and became heavily involved in the drug culture.
Past medical history denies any serious illness other than hepatitis
at age six. He represents a textbook case of drug abuse with frequent
flashbacks. According to the patient, before detoxification, "My
memory was gone, my sense of balance was not good, I found myself
becoming irritable with everyone, feeling run down, and extremely
fatigued with frequent headaches." Presenting symptoms included
obesity, tenderness and pain in the thoracic region, muscle spasms,
and tenderness, rigidity in spine, blurred vision, and sleep apnea.
Physical findings demonstrate hiatal hernia with reflux esophagitis.
He exhibited septal perforation associated with previous cocaine
In 1985, he went through a month of hyperthermic detoxification
after being off drugs for only one week. The usual flashbacks and
physical symptoms occurred during this time, but with less severity.
He described the sensation of feeling clean "inside."
He noted he was no longer moody or depressed. His energy began to
return along with the ability to concentrate and retain facts. After
being completely clean from all drugs for one year he went through
another two weeks on program and found an additional benefit. With
an awareness of ambient environmental hazards, the patient now spends
one or two days on program periodically just to keep his chemical
levels down. He has been free from drugs and alcohol since 1985.
He has lost 37 pounds in the past two months and feels that he is
in excellent health.
This 37-year-old male (Case #102) first came to the clinic in 1984
with multiple chemical sensitivities. He worked for many years as
an electrical engineer. He was a "universal reactor" who
had become distraught after many unsuccessful attempts to regain
his health. He had been having marital problems while trying to
cope with alcoholism. He had an accident while under the influence
and was arrested for drunk driving. Subsequently, he lost his car,
his insurance, his driver's license, and his job. Symptoms of depression
and despair persisted following treatment in an alcohol rehab program.
The patient was referred to us by his attorney with the hope that
we could detoxify him, manage his addictive disorder, and stabilize
his severe depression. (He actually felt his life was over and was
The patient felt he would never experience "joy" in his
life again. But by the end of the second week of BTR, his depression
began to lift, in spite of the fact his wife had filed for divorce
to complete his losses, he now had to find a room, he still had
no job or vehicle and he was having to make three bus changes to
the center each day. A comprehensive history revealed that chronic
allergies ultimately led to the addictive state. Following dietary
modifications and a dramatic reduction of fat-stored toxins, he
felt he had improved by 85%. Within five months of completing the
program, he accepted a better job for which he had long aspired.
With regained self-respect he began a new life with a happy heart,
better health, and renewed self confidence.
This 35-year-old male California Narcotics Officer was exposed to
PCP on what he thought was a "routine" marijuana bust
in the spring of 1980. As he was apprehending the suspect, a 12-ounce
container of PCP was showered in his face. Following the exposure,
he suffered a number of physical and emotional health problems.
He had become anxious and depressed. His attention span and ability
to concentrate had greatly diminished. His memory was severely impaired,
and his sense of balance was altered (finding himself continually
walking into objects). He was normally an "easy-going"
person, but following the occurrence, he became extremely irritable
and short-tempered. He also experienced chronic fatigue and severe
headaches following the exposure.
His attempt to get medical help left him more frustrated as he was
advised that there was nothing wrong with him. He was repeatedly
referred to psychologists and psychiatrists, where his problems
were thought to be caused by "boredom with the job" or
some other superficial rationale. He researched the effects of PCP
on his own and looked into various health programs. It took him
three years to find the Hubbard detoxification program. During the
years of searching he was unable to work, while experiencing recurring
Though not as severe as the original exposure, the first day on
the program he experienced a full-blown flashback, along with a
bitter taste of PCP in his mouth. During this time, he felt disoriented
and "drugged," as though his feet were not touching the
floor. He also experienced a loss of balance and extreme fatigue
while detoxifying. The "flashbacks" as well as headaches
were intermittent for a couple of weeks. The fatigue lifted, he
no longer experienced the headaches or depression. His mental clarity
and ability to concentrate were restored. Within three weeks he
was back to where he had been before the exposure. The officer was
reinstated to his position.
One very important observation is that when a patient has been injured
by a toxic exposure, they should be fully evaluated before any type
of therapy is started unless it is lifesaving. The therapy of acute
exposure is well documented, however the low dose chronic exposure
victim requires a careful complete history, which will guide in
clinical and laboratory evaluation. Only when this is completed
should therapy be started. In our experience, when a patient has
undergone multiple allergy testing and therapy without improvement,
the prognosis is guarded in that these patients may never recover
from their illness and have a far greater chance of permanent chemical
hypersensitivity. Allergy evaluation or therapy should not be performed
until the body burden has been decreased following detox therapy.
It is also extremely important that these patients remain in a relatively
clean environment, specifically avoiding exposure to the type chemicals
that caused their original illness while they heal.
Review of the literature indicates there is a variety of described
physiological responses to the sauna and that the interpretation
was just a side-interest of the investigators, sporadic, and lacking
in long-term planning. A bias against the sauna seems to increase
with the increasing geographical distance from Finland. Finns, on
the other hand, can't find anything wrong with the sauna. This review
revealed many shortcomings. There was no mention of ventilation,
which is extremely important in air quality control. There was also
no mention of cleaning the saunas or using safe clean water in a
fresh clean bucket. There were also no studies on the ion effect
on the sauna.
Other factors that were not considered include the following: the
effects of diurnal rhythms, time of day of the sauna use in experiments,
body surface area/body weight on the elevation of core temperature,
effect of temperature on measuring equipment (this could invalidate
blood pressure readings), all the factors in drawing blood that
may give possible elevation of noradrenaline.
Given the above factors, physicians who use thermal chambers in
detoxification programs must be diligent in monitoring and measuring
the patient while under therapy. The large database that is being
collected by many physicians over the last few years has clearly
indicated that xenobiotics can be safely removed using detoxification
programs that include the thermal chamber. From the above review
of sauna use, clearly when one considers the millions of times that
the sauna has been used without injury that with the use of common
sense and being aware of one's own personal reactions, the sauna
is a safe method for use in detoxification programs. One also has
to realize that whatever the risk, it would be less than the continued
health hazard of unpurged xenobiotics.