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How Does Far Infrared Sauna Benefit ADD/ADHD?

If you have been following my blogs or read my website and e-book, then you will have heard me say this many of times, “ADD/ADHD do not detox well.” My favorite two forms of detox through the skin are bentonite clay baths and far infrared saunas. Your skin, known as the “Third kidney” is your largest eliminator of toxins. Certain toxins and pesticides can leave your body ONLY through sweat glands. Approximately 99 percent of perspiration is water; the remaining 1 percent is toxic waste!

If money wasn’t an issue, I’d choose infrared sauna every time! Don’t get me wrong……I LOVE clay baths…..HUGE FAN….and we have benefited greatly from this type of detox. In fact we still take clay baths from time to time. For a big plastic tub of bentonite clay (15 baths per tub) will run you about $45-65. However, one visit to the spa for a 30 min sitting in an infrared sauna will run anywhere from $30-40 per visit. Some spas let you purchase a package deal (usually from $200-300) where now each visit is only $25. My husband went on eBay and purchased a 4 person sauna red cedar far infrared ceramic corner unit for ONLY $1500 (includes shipping and warranty too). Most sites sold this type of sauna for $3000-5000. This purchase is like the Vitamix for me. It’s an investment that will last you decades. EVERY DAY we use this sauna. My husband and I sit in it once to twice a day. Charlie sits in it 3-4 times a week. If he eats bad when he spends the night with his friends, he’ll sits in the sauna to purge out the toxins. Plus this type of detox gives us the upper hand with Charlie’s ADHD.

Difference between Traditional Sauna and Far Infrared Sauna

Traditional sauna heats up the air making it humid and difficult to breath which results in you feeling over heated. This humidity causes condensation to form on your skin limiting the amount of toxins your body can expel.

Infrared Sauna only heats you up..not the air. This sauna is 100% therapeutic. When your body is penetrated with the far infrared waves, it can reach up to 1.5-3 inches of depth into the body. That means it will penetrate deep down in your muscular tissues and even into your internal organs.

What You Need To Know:

1. Fat (stores toxins) becomes water soluble at 110 F. This deep penetration from the rays of a far infrared sauna melts away toxins and acids that are released into your blood stream and therefore excreted out through your skin. Since most ADD/ADHD have a toxic build up of heavy metals, prescription ADD/ADHD drugs, and many more chemicals from insecticides/preservatives,etc, a far infrared sauna will help reduce this toxic burden and stimulate the healing process in their body.

2. Infrared sauna will increase secretion of endorphins (neurotransmitters) which many ADD/ADHD are deficient. Other techniques that stimulate endorphin secretion are acupuncture, mediation, and massage therapy.

3. Infrared saunas actually have the EXACT same kind of light that the sun does! This means that you get all the benefits of sunlight minus the harmful UV rays. It will help you create vitamin D for your body.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.


Do Clay Baths Make Children Sick?

Q: I was considering ordering the clay bath, but was told by my doctor not to because too many children get sick from this choice of natural remedy. What are your thoughts?


A: Clay baths are highly recommend by both Naturopath and Holistic practitioner. To be honest when it comes to nutrition I prefer their opinion versus the opinions of a pediatrician, family practitioner, or psychiatrist. Remember that physicians only have 1 semester of nutrition during their years of school to become a doctor. Personally I LOVE clay baths and I highly recommend them especially since ADD/ADHD do not detoxify well and normally test positive for heavy metals. When I first research heavy metal cleanses, I realized that this cleanse could take more than a year to do and was very very very expense! So I started researching natural ways to detox. I found that zeolite and bentonite clay were both negative ions. This means that the negative ions will draw out the positive ions (toxins) like a magnet and they will lock together in a bear hug. Regular Chelation therapy which are recommended by physicians, doesn’t have a strong bond with heavy metals. So they are more likely to hold hand when they come together. And if they should bump into other things in the body or are draw out too quickly, they are more likely to let go of each other’s grip resulting in an extremely dangerous situation. This is why Chelation therapy requires a long period of time to accomplish. I did zeolite orally and bentonite clay externally for Charlie’s detox. Most individuals do not see results until 6 months or longer with chelation therapy. We however had results within 3-4 weeks.

I did do my research and I love the company I recommended on my website for clay baths. It’s an easy site to navigate and very educational too. Their clay is 100% pure, no fillers, free of mold or yeast, and is USP purified (So keep all of this in mind before purchasing clay baths at health store or on-line.) I also love how this site offers you a heavy metal test, which is only an additional $15 and you can get immediate results at home. Although I have to admit I feel that a hair analysis test for heavy metals which is sent off to a lab is my first choice because it’s more accurate. But it can be pricey and will take weeks before you get your results.

Some tips that will help; if you or your child is on medication it is recommended that you do not give medication prior to bath. Not only does the clay baths draw out heavy metals but street drugs, prescription drugs, preservatives, insectides, etc…This is probably why your doctor said to stay away from clay baths. If a child or an adult are taking more than one prescription drug or have chronic health problems with a history of long term drug use, this will stimulate a healing crisis during their bath. Which means too many toxins are pulled out into the bloodstream causing an individual to have nausea, flu-like symptoms, and lethargy. In some cases even vomiting. So for these individuals start with a foot clay bath first for the first week or longer. And follow the directions for clay baths to the “T.” I don’t care if you think the water is warm enough, go get your thermometer and get the water to the exact temp it recommends and do not exceed the time recommended in bath either. If you do all of this you will have a positive experience. This site even offers a drink filled with electrolytes, minerals, and micronutrients that you should drink after your clay bath to replenish what you may have lost during your bath. The individuals who get sick, are the ones who do not follow the directions.

FYI: Powerade or Gatorades do replenish electrolytes but are sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Try to find another alterative if your not going to order the drink from their website. Any mult-vitamin, mineral, and electrolyte drink will do. Charlie and I first did their electrolyte drink but now we both just take 1 tbsp of Bio Fuel. We also continue to take clay baths. I say probably every 2-3 mon we will take a clay bath once a week for a month for maintenance. And everything Charlie does, I do with him. He’s never tried a natural remedy without me or my husband doing it along with him. This allows us to help explain to him the changes that his body is going through.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.