Infrared sauna: two doctors, two opinions

These are two quotes from two doctors with completely different views about infrared sauna benefits:

Dr. Oz at The Oprah Winfrey Show:

The next life extension tool that Dr. Oz wheels onto Oprah’s stage can help you burn 700 calories…without lifting a finger.

“It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories,” Dr. Oz says. “It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out toxins through the skin.”

Dr. Ian Smith at The Washington Post:

Alexandria, Va.: What are your thoughts on using an infrared sauna for weight loss? Are they as beneficial as the manufacturers state?

Dr. Ian Smith: Absolutely not. I don’t know of any credible scientific literature published in a peer-reviewed journal that talks about these saunas helping with weight gain. Please be careful of gimmicks. There are a million plus of them out there. Don’t be taken in. It’s so sad that people prey upon other people by making false promises.

Food for thought, I’d say.

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One Response to “Infrared sauna: two doctors, two opinions”

  1. Terry Says:

    This is kind of an apples/oranges and apples thing.

    The guy on Oprah talked about both weight loss and detoxification. Anyone pushing these saunas for weight loss should include a bottle of snake oil with each purchase. I expect any significant weight loss is session by session with water loss. It comes right back when you replenish with fluids, as you should.
    As for detoxification, I’m no scientist but it makes sense to me and apparently makes sense to some who should know.
    Weight loss: No
    Detoxification: Yes

    The physician answering questions on the WPost site spoke solely about weight loss. And I believe he is correct about false promises.