The Effects of Pesticides on the Human Body Treatment Through Sweating Process

More than four million distinct chemical compounds were reported in scientificliterature between 1965 and 1978—numbering approximately 6000 per week. Of those, about 55,000 were in commercial production circa 1984, nearly three decades ago. It was in this environmental climate of chemical inundation that the study of pesticide burden in the human body was undertaken.

Bitter Harvest: A History

Prior to the 1970s, PBBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls—mixtures of human-made chemicals) were broadly used as a flame-retardant in commercial and industrial applications.

Michigan Chemical Corporation was a major producer of a range of PBB-based flame retardants known as FireMaster. In 1973, several thousand pounds of the FireMaster mixture was mixed with livestock feed accidentally, and consequently distributed to farms throughout Michigan.

An estimated 1.5 million chickens, 5,900 pigs, 30,000 cattle and 1, 470 sheep consumed the contaminated feed resulting in them being contaminated with PBBs. One year passed before the animals were culled (removed and killed), and the contaminated carcasses were then disposed of in landfill sites throughout Michigan.

The book, The Poisoning of Michigan details the tragedy, as does the 1981 film, Bitter Harvest.

Research Study Using Hubbard Method

The research study featured in the 1984 publication, Royal Swedish Academy of Science AMBIO, A Journal of The Human Environment, (AMBIO, Vol. 13, No. 5-6, 1984) explored and documented the results of using the Hubbard Method of sauna detoxification in reducing the effects of pesticide contamination on the human body such as that experienced in Michigan.

Researchers noted that human exposure to environmental contaminants is inevitable despite the application of environmental laws and protection technologies, resulting in growing interest in the potential to reduce the levels of contamination carried in the human body.

According to the published study results, the Hubbard Method of sauna detoxification “demonstrates the promise of comprehensive treatment for reduction of body burdens” of:

  • PCBs, mixtures of human-made chemicals with similar chemical structures.

Because these chemicals are non-flammable, they were used in hundreds of commercial and industrial applications such as paints, rubber products, dyes, plastics, pigments, etc.

  • PBBs, chemicals added to plastics and used in products such as televisions, computer monitors, plastic foams and textiles (cloth, woven fabrics) for fire-retardant purposes—making them difficult to burn.
  • Chlorinated Pesticides, pesticides developed from carbon-based organic chemicals containing hydrogen, and attached chlorine atoms (atoms are the basic particle of chemistry and matter.) These are also called Chlorinated Hydrocarbons or Organochlorides. The pesticide, DDT, is a commonly known chlorinated pesticide.

The study further notes that in 1978, 97 percent of individuals tested in Michigan had detectable PBB in their fatty (adipose) tissues, as a result of the PBB contamination resulting from the flame-retardant mixed in animal feed in the 1973 tragedy we call Bitter Harvest.

Because of the rich data base which had been developed as a result of Bitter Harvest on such a large population (7 million individuals), seven healthy male volunteers aged 20 to 30 years old were selected from this population for participation in this study.

Each young man had been part of earlier studies on human PBB contamination, and each was expected to have total adipose (fatty) tissue burden; with the total amount of chemicals present in the human body at a given time referred to as the body burden.

Sauna Treatment Regimen

The treatment provided in the study was that which was developed by Hubbard for the purpose of” reducing body burdens of psychoactive chemicals.”

The study notes that at the time it was undertaken, Hubbard’s method of treatment was in use in the United States “for a variety of contamination incidents” which included the treatment of policemen who had been exposed to illicit psychoactive (affecting mind and behavior) drugs during arrests, specifically phencyclidine, commonly known on the streets as Angel Dust.

An overview of the method of treatment describes it as “a relatively complex three-week regimen of polyunsaturated oil supplement, heat stress (sauna at 60°-82°C), and vitamin and mineral supplements.” It was also noted that the length of the sauna regimen “is participant-specific”, averaging 20 days in this study.


The results of the Hubbard Method of sauna detoxification in this study were remarkable:

  • Of the 16 chemical compounds in pesticides which were found in the fatty (adipose) tissue of study participants, 13 were in a lower concentration in the body after the Hubbard Method of sauna detoxification; and with 7 of those 13 reductions found to be “statistically significant”.
  • Follow-up samples taken four months after completion of the sauna detoxification regimen showed a reduction of all 16 chemicals; and with 10 of those 16 chemical found to be “statistically significant”.

The study also advised that a second result of the Hubbard Method of sauna detoxification which warrants further examination was the fact of continued reduction in body burdens after the sauna treatment was completed. It was noted, as well, that others have observed this phenomenon of continued improvement post-sauna treatment.

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