Lyme Disease is something that has touched almost everyone in Pennsylvania, from those living with the disease to their families, friends, and loved ones. According to the Center's for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and Physician's Weekly (, Pennsylvania has the 5th highest incidence of Lyme in the United States, 50.6 per 100,000 residents. Moreover, "the 2014 infection rate in the Keystone State is nearly double the rate from just 5 years ago."

Freshlife is committed to the fight against Lyme and are always willing to listen, support, and offer suggestions.  Our newest addition to Freshlife's arsenal of alternative therapies is a Sunlighten Infrared Sauna. Infrared saunas naturally help the body detoxify and provide relief from pain.  The following excerpt from offers insight into the use of infrared saunas in the fight against Lyme disease.

Have questions?  To schedule time in our sauna, stop by and talk to a Wellness Coach or call 570-322-8280 today.

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Lyme disease – caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi – is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged or deer ticks, and can have lifelong debilitating effects such as arthritis, fatigue and even neurological deficits. Sweating in the infrared sauna flushes fat-soluble toxins (including heavy metals) out of the body via the skin. This sauna detoxification, which occurs at the lower heat available in an infrared sauna assists the immune system and the healing process while increasing circulation, invigorating the body and allowing the medication to reach all parts of the body in a more efficient manner. Infrared sauna therapy also relaxes the muscles and joints, providing much needed pain relief in addition to sauna detox.

According to Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN, Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases, LLC in Providence, RI, people with Lyme disease frequently have difficulty with one or more of the detoxification pathways in the body. Fortunately, far infrared saunas work to facilitate the body’s detoxification, helping the cells in your body release heavy metals and chemicals through your skin.

But that’s not all Sunlighten Saunas can do.

“Heavy metals and chemicals deplete your immune system, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for infections,” said Zaken. “Another way that far infrared saunas work is by raising your core body temperature, which, in turn helps kill bacteria and viruses that may be living in your body.”

Zaken should know. In addition to helping heal others, she also suffers from Lyme disease.

“Far infrared saunas are also useful in facilitating detoxification from mold biotoxin illness. I purchased a Sunlighten far infrared sauna years ago when I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease. Today, I am well, and continue to use it in my good health to help to keep me healthy. I especially recommend it to my patients during the recovery stages of their disease, to assist them in maintaining their health, and during remission from Lyme disease,*” said Zaken.

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