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Dr. Bourke Health and Longevity

Submitted by Dr. Daryl Bourke

Billions of dollars are spent every year on cosmetic surgery in a quest to look younger. Most people don't understand that youth, vitality and longevity comes from the inside of the body. Most people are also unaware the body's natural decrease in youth and vitality starts approximately around the age of 25. Starting at that age we can see the start of measurable decrease in hormones, enzymes and neurological function; if you then have an unhealthy life style you are further accelerating the aging process. To slow the aging process we should first adopt a healthy life style, eat healthygood nutritional food, drink good water, exercise regularly, get a good night's sleep and decrease stress levels. Unfortunately that will still not be enough to slow aging without help, so in addition to a healthy life style we need to do things that will help to increase hormones, enzymes and neurological function. Fortunately if you read any book on the science of physiology it will tell that the body is always seeking a state of homeostasis, homeostasis is the (the ideal state where the body would be the healthiest).

The science and philosophy of natural medicine studies demonstrates how the body would heal itself naturally and then helps to support this healing process when needed.

The body is born with the innate ability to heal itself naturally and prevent disease when it is in a state of homeostasis. The body has an immune system, a circulatory system; it regulates body temperature, it regulates internal body biochemistry (homeostasis) and it can heal and regenerate damaged cells or tissue.

Exciting new research from Europe and Asia has found a new way to help slow the aging process., Oone of the most effect methods of rejuvenating the body and slowing the aging the process is the use of medical Far Infrared Therapy. While Far Infrared is not new, the method by which it is used is. Also, the development of new, more powerful Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) units and new protocols (a protocol is a method of making Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) therapeutically more effective) have produced exciting results in the treatment of chronic health problems.

Far Infrared is part of the light spectrum; it is a light energy source somewhat like UV ultraviolet light. UV stimulates the melanocytes, which are cells in the skin thato produce a tan. UV can go no further into the body then the skin, whereas as FIRT penetrates in to the subcutaneous tissue which is the tissue layer just under the skin., Far Infrared passes through the skin into the subcutaneous tissue to a depth of 3.75 to 7 cm or (1.5 to 2.8 inches) with no harmful effects. The human body is composed of 80 to 85 % water; and Far infrared has a direct effect on the water molecules of the subcutaneous tissue layer. The energy from Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) energizes the water molecules which makes them more active (called resonatationresonation) and this energy transfer increases the temperature of the subcutaneous tissue layer. This increase in the temperature of the subcutaneous tissue layer then causes the core temperature of the body to rise.

This increase in core temperature then triggers the hypothalamus (a control centre in the brain) to respond to this increase in temperature, because the hypothalamus is a responsible for maintaining homeostasis of the body. The hypothalamus regulaters the homeostasis in the body through neurotransmitters, hormones and the autonomic nervous system as well as having an effect on the pituitary gland which secretes aof growth and thyroid hormone by the pituitary gland.

The hypothalamus influences the secretion of powerful neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Acetylcholine and Endorphins. These hormones regulate the following functions but are not limited to the following list;, blood pressure, body temperature, complex emotional feelings, electrolyte balance, sleep, inflammation and pain, as well as regulating the body's metabolism, and the desire for food and water. The hypothalamus regulates the autonomic nervous system which is subdivided in to sympathetic (known for the fight or flight response caused from stress or trauma) and parasympathetic function./

If the hypothalamus does not function properly a condition called hypothalamic dysfunction occurs and the patient may start to exhibit signs of depression, hyperactivity, abnormal responses to stress, or disturbances in brain and limbic function. These disorders will have a diagnosis as; sleep disorders, multiple hormone dysfunction, chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes, morbid obesity, immune dysfunction, autonomic dysfunction or altered body temperature dysfunction. These conditions start slowly and are very difficult to treat because of the complexity of the body and the location of the hypothalamus in the brain. Medical treatment will sometimes dismiss these symptoms as just part of the aging process, or to treat one symptom of a complex problem or try and rebalance hormone levels by using synthetic medication., Nnone of these methods have been shown to be very effective. Doctor's of Natural Medicine on the other hand looklooks at how all the systems of the human body work together as a single unit., They study how a healthy hypothalamus functions and understand that hypothalamic dysfunction is a result of the aging process and a poor life style.

Before the research and development of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) was developed, these conditions were very difficult to treat, because we did not have a way of stimulating or recalibrating the root cause of the problem, that being hypothalamus.Research on the therapeutic use of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) provided a method of correcting hypothalamic dysfunction.

The treatment had almost no side effects when used correctly and true to the philosophy of natural medicine it was supporting the body to do what it would do naturally in the healing process. I do not want to over simply this new research, because there will be additional natural therapies required to be used in combination with FIRT to get the best results. The additional therapies will be determined based on the age of the patient and how long they have had the condition.

This is a brief summary how Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) works to naturally stimulate the body to heal, slow the aging process and help the correct complex physiological disorders. Far Iinfrared is a natural, harmless energy source which increases the temperature of the subcutaneous tissue. When Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) is used with therapeutic Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) equipment and proper protocols are used, the increase in the temperature of the subcutaneous tissue results in an increase in the temperature of the whole body called the (core body temperature). The increased core temperature stimulates the hypothalamus, as previously discussed, in its function of regulating homeostasis. Homeostasis is the ideal set of biological parameters, which allows the body to initiate the natural healing process.

As a foot note the Far Infrared equipment used in our empirical research is the same Far Infrared used in incubators for premature infants and is the only equipment that has been approved by the Mayo Clinic in the detoxification of congestive heart patients.