Contraindications and Preclusions

Detoxination® is not for everyone, although everyone needs it!  If you have the following conditions, we recommend our supervised Detoxination, or not doing it at all.  Do not attempt to self-treat any disease with infrared sauna without direct supervision by a licensed physician.  Be sure to verify with your primary care physician if infrared sauna is appropriate for you.


An individual that has a fever should not use a sauna.  Although the underlying cause of the fever, such as viruses or bacteria cannot survive the high heat, fever is a stress to the body’s regulatory system.  Dehydration and a weakened immune system will only be exacerbated by sauna heat.

Heat Sensitivity

An individual that has heat sensitivity should start with lower temperatures for shorter periods.  Start with 10 minutes at 110 degrees. As tolerated, increase time and temperature by 5-10 minutes and 5-10 degrees.


Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their prescribing physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs’ effects when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates, and beta‐blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms.  Some over‐the-counter drugs such as antihistamines may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.  Medications delivered through a dermal patch may be affected by infrared.

See the provided Possible Interactions With Niacin, below, for more on medication warnings.

Additionally, our Detoxination® protocols draw any fat-soluble drugs from the body which can lead to severe withdrawal conditions.

Cardiovascular Conditions

Individuals with cardiovascular conditions (high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, or impaired coronary circulation) or those who are taking medications that might affect blood pressure should exercise extreme caution when exposed to prolonged heat.  Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow due to the body’s effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system.  This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by 30 beats per minute for each degree of increase in core body temperature.

Joint Injury

Recent acute joint injuries should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside.  If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.

Enclosed Infections and Open Wounds

Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections, be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.  Individuals with open wounds should not use the sauna.


Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other metal implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by these saunas.  Nevertheless, you should consult your surgeon prior to using an infrared sauna.  Certainly the usage of an infrared sauna must be discontinued if you experience pain near any such implants.

In dry or convection saunas, these types of surgical implants will potentially become intolerably hot, so use extreme caution.

Silicone does absorb infrared energy.  Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by the infrared waves. Because silicone melts at over 200°C (392°F), it should not be adversely affected by the usage of an infrared sauna.  It is still advised that you check with your surgeon and possibly a representative from the implant manufacturer to be certain.

Breast implants are prone to harmful leakage, especially in dry/convection saunas.  We advise against using these types of saunas for Detoxination.  Infrared saunas are capable of producing sweat at lower temperatures, but you should consult with your doctor and/or a manufacturer’s representative.


The magnets used in the construction of infrared sauna units may interfere with the output of pacemakers.  You should discuss the possible risks this may cause with your physician.

Alcohol / Alcohol Abuse

Detoxinatation is not an alcohol abuse rehabilitation program.  Alcoholics are strongly advised against using a sauna; however, niacin therapies are available to help with the condition.

Excess alcohol consumption can cause dehydration in a variety of ways.  Firstly, alcohol decreases the body’s production of anti-diuretic hormone, which is used by the body to reabsorb water.  With less anti-diuretic hormone available, your body loses more fluid than normal through increased urination.

Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated with a Reduced Ability to Perspire

Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumors, and diabetes with neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating.   Avoid sauna use with any of these conditions.

Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone to Bleeding

Detoxination and the use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.


Since it would be highly dangerous for the developing fetus to be exposed to the higher blood levels of toxic materials which are released into the mother’s circulation by this program, Detoxination cannot be allowed during pregnancy.


Lactating mothers cannot participate in the program for the same reason.  Breast milk has been shown to be an effective means for the mother of reducing her body burden of toxic materials, and studies have shown that breast milk tends to concentrate toxins.


Heating of the lower back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.  Some women endure this process to gain the pain relief commonly associated with their cycle, whereas others simply choose to avoid sauna use during that time of the month.


The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands, and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating.  Children ages 4 and up, who take instruction well, are able to undergo Detoxination when accompanied by an adult.

The Elderly The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age.  This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature.

Possible Interactions with: Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Inositol Hexaniacinate; Niacin; Niacinamide; Nicotinamide; Nicotinic Acid; Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use niacin without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Antibiotics, Tetracycline—Niacin should not be taken at the same time as the antibiotic tetracycline because it interferes with the absorption and effectiveness of this medication. (All vitamin B complex supplements act in this way and should therefore be taken at different times from tetracycline.)

Aspirin—Taking aspirin before taking niacin may reduce flushing associated with this vitamin, but should only be done under your doctor’s supervision.

Anticoagulants (blood thinners)—Niacin may make the effects of these medications stronger, increasing the risk of bleeding.

Blood Pressure Medications, Alpha-blockers—Niacin can make the effects of medications taken to lower blood pressure stronger, leading to the risk of low blood pressure.

Cholesterol-lowering Medications—Niacin binds bile-acid sequestrants (cholesterol-lowering medications such as colestipol, colesevelam, and cholestyramine) and may decrease their effectiveness. For this reason, niacin and these medications should be taken at different times of the day.

Recent scientific evidence suggests that taking niacin with simvastatin (a drug that belongs to a class of cholesterol-lowering medications known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins), appears to slow down the progression of heart disease. However, the combination may also increase the likelihood for serious side effects, such as muscle inflammation or liver damage.

Diabetes Medications—Niacin may increase blood glucose (sugar) levels. People taking insulin, metformin, glyburide, glipizide, or other medications used to treat high blood sugar levels should monitor their blood sugar levels closely when taking niacin supplements.

Isoniazid (INH)—INH, a medication used to treat tuberculosis, may lower levels of niacin in the body and cause a deficiency.

Nicotine Patches—Using nicotine patches with niacin may worsen or increase the risk of flushing associated with niacin.

Liability Waiver

By engaging any Remote Coaching Services, I acknowledge and accept the Detoxination® Program and voluntarily assume the risk of injury, accident or death, which may arise from Detoxination. I and any of my heirs, executors, representatives or assigns hereby release from all claims or liabilities for personal injury or property damages of any kind sustained during Detoxination and from any advice provided by an employee, independent contractor or any representative. I agree that this Liability Waiver is in effect for all Detoxination sessions and will not expire unless requested by either party. Detoxination Wellness Centers, and its representatives do not provide medical advice or treatment. Far Infrared Sauna use may or may not be appropriate for you. Please consult your health care provider for medical advice. The information provided is for general information purposes only and does not address individual circumstances or medical conditions. Participating in Self-Directed Detoxination (aka Sauna Detoxification Using Niacin) does not create a doctor-patient relationship with any of our medical providers. Do not attempt to self-treat any disease with Detoxination.