“Today to get the health benefits of sweating, we can utilize a sauna.  The most efficient saunas on the market are the infrared saunas.”

John-Yim-Sauna-Photo-270x198Toxicity is one of the greatest threats to mankind.  Since the 1940’s, 100’s of thousands of chemicals have been introduced into our environment.  Some can act as hormone disruptors, immune disruptors, cancer inducers, or neurotoxins.  This has led an explosion in allergies, autoimmune conditions, behaviour and mood disorders, neurological conditions, infertility, and cancers.

There is some great news.  There are ways to eliminate many of these toxins from the body and that is through detoxification.

Detoxification is one of the foundations in naturopathic medicine.  Reducing the toxic burden in the body can lessen many chronic health problems.  In fact it is difficult for a patient to regain good health without doing some form of detoxification.  In order to maintain health and prevent disease, regular detoxification is recommended.

The liver is the main organ of detoxification, breaking down many of the toxins that we encounter.  The metabolites are then excreted via the kidneys or colon.  However, there is a vital organ of elimination that is often ignored and that is the skin.

Through sweating, fat and water-soluble toxins can be eliminated from the body.  In fact, some toxins such as heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.), which are very difficult to eliminate can be excreted through the skin.

There are a myriad of man-made chemicals that never existed in nature and the liver cannot break them down.  These toxins end up being stored in the tissues of the body.  Unfortunately, some of these tissues are very vulnerable, such as the liver, kidneys, nerves, and brain.  Sweating can rid these toxins from the body, preventing damage to these vulnerable tissues.

Years ago when our ancestors were very active and did hard physical work, they sweat regularly.  Today, most of us have less physically demanding jobs and unless we exercise strenuously, we do far less sweating.

Today to get the health benefits of sweating, we can utilize a sauna.  The most efficient saunas on the market are the infrared saunas.  Well-made infrared saunas use bulbs that emit light in the far infrared spectrum.  This light which is invisible to the eyes, warm up objects.  They can penetrate the skin and warm the body up at a much more comfortable air temperature.

This ability to penetrate the tissues and warm the body makes these saunas ideal for muscle and joint pains, for burning calories, for stimulating the activity of the immune systems, and of course detoxification.

Over the years, saunas have been part of my own lifestyle.  I use a Blackstone sauna in my home and I recommend them to my patients.  I have done the research for you and I can say with confidence that Blackstone saunas are well designed and of the highest quality.  Put a Blackstone sauna in your home and start reaping the health benefits today.

Dr. John Yim has been practicing as a naturopathic physician in Nanaimo, B.C. for over 17 years.

Dr. Yim’s interest in health started while in high school when he began playing sports.  In his late teens and early twenties, he would spend hours in the health food store learning about nutrition, supplementation, and herbal medicine from the staff.

In the early 80’s Dr. Yim studied massage therapy at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Sutton, Ont.  After graduating with his diploma, he wrote both the Ontario and B.C. licensing exams.  He practiced as a registered massage therapist for 7 years.

His thirst for knowledge led him back to school and after completing his prerequisites for naturopathic college; he relocated his family to Seattle, WA to study at Bastyr University.  From 1990 to 1994 he studied naturopathic medicine and upon receiving his doctorate in naturopathic medicine, he came back to B.C. to write his licensing exams.

Since Dr. Yim returned to Nanaimo, he has built his practice on teaching patients how to get well.  He treats many conditions such as allergies, arthritis, gastrointestinal conditions, cardiovascular conditions, female health, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and so on.

Besides his private practice, Dr. Yim devotes much time to sharing his knowledge through writing, lectures, seminars, and workshops.  He is a regular presenter at the Vancouver Island University, he writes regularly for the Nanaimo News Bulletin and the Navigator (student paper at VIU), he has given many lectures at his office and in the community, and has given workshops on stress management, nutrition, meditation, emotional freedom technique.

You could say that Dr. Yim has a passion for learning and teaching.

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