Firefighters Exposed to Toxins Get Second Chance Thanks to Sauna Treatment

firemanWhen firefighters rush in to respond to a call, they very often do so with little or no heed to their own safety, beyond trusting in the equipment they have been provided. In some cases, this can have tragic results for the firefighters. Making the lives and safety of others their top priority, firefighters often expose themselves to considerable harm, above and beyond the obvious danger of the flames. Too many firefighters are forced into early retirement by occupational diseases, illnesses which were caused directly by exposure to toxic chemicals at the scene of a fire. This was the case in a group of around 100 firemen who showed up at Louisiana State University in 1987 to fight the flames after the explosion of a transformer on the campus. In the course of the incident, the crew were exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs). These chemicals are widely recognized as being highly toxic, and exposure to them is a serious health crisis. The firefighters in the Louisiana incident suffered massive exposure to PCBs and the related substances, and around one in five of them soon reported symptoms.

These details are featured in a study published in the journal Clinical Ecology, titled “Improvement in Perception of Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation Following Detoxification in Firefighters Exposed to PCBs, PCDDs and PCDFs.”The study was conducted and the paper authored by Megan Shields, M.D., Shelley L. Beckmann, Ph.D., Ginny Cassidy-Brinn, R.N.P. In it, we learn of how a group of 17 of the firefighters exposed to PCBs in 1987 were selected for a trial of the Hubbard Method, the very same program which is known in Narconon as the sauna detoxification step. The researchers supposed that the Hubbard Method could be effective at removing toxic accumulation from the fat cells of the body, which is the principle upon which the sauna detox in Narconon works. The 17 firefighters were given a series of tests, which included testing with the Neurometer, a device which worked by testing electrical current as it passes through the skin. Of the 17, a sub-group of 5 were found to display signs of neuropathy, based on the results of their testing. Effects such as these were previously thought to be an unavoidable consequence of PCB exposure, and so the firefighters in this case were most likely having to come to terms with the prospects of being unable to work for the rest of their lives.

Sauna Detox Helps Firefighters Recover from Toxic Exposure

The Hubbard Method gave these firefighters a second chance. Testing following the treatment regimen found that every one of the 5 firefighters who had displayed signs of neuropathy had improved significantly, and 2 of them had achieved a full recovery. The study was a limited one in terms of the number of subjects involved, but it did demonstrate that the Hubbard Method can be effective in clearing the body of the accumulated effects of past toxic exposure, and that people whose health has been jeopardized by chemicals in the environment can recover. The study authors theorize, and this is the basis of the Hubbard Method, that certain long-term health conditions, including many common ailments which follow firefighters into retirement, can be traced back to a past chemical exposure. Treatment of this depends on flushing out the chemicals which have accumulated in the fat cells, so that the person no longer has to live his days under the weight of a chemical burden. It is a unique approach to improving the health of a person who has suffered following exposure to chemicals, and in the years since the study, the Hubbard Method has been widely used to help people from all walks of life to free themselves from the effects of toxic exposure.