New Age "Sweat Lodges" can be harmful!

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Registered: 04-07-2006
New Age "Sweat Lodges" can be harmful!
Mon, 02-08-2010 - 5:55am
The idea that the human body can sweat out toxins is widely believed, and is in fact the basis for some businesses. Hot springs, sweat lodges, and pricey spas around the world offer "sweat wraps" and other techniques claimed to detoxify and purify the body.

Things don't always go as planned.

This week motivational speaker James Arthur Ray was charged with three counts of manslaughter for his role in a sweat lodge ceremony last fall near Sedona, Arizona.

Steam rooms and sweat lodges can be warm and relaxing — but are they cleansing? Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientific basis for the idea that people can "sweat out" toxins or impurities from the body.

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Sweat Lodges Can Be Deadly But Not Cleansing


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Registered: 08-24-2009
It's not surprising that these activities are harmful, and it is a shame that people had to die for that message to come across. Steam rooms and sweat lodges are safe when used in moderation, but remaining to the point of dehydration and illness is sheer idiocy.

I also have cautioned friends about doing Bikram yoga, the so-called "hot yoga." Exercising for an hour an a half in temperatures of 105°F (40.5°C) with 40% humidity doesn't make a great deal of sense to me either.


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