Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
In the past five decades, human exposure to synthetic chemicals has increased steadily. Research has found as many as 200 chemicals in umbilical cord blood, putting our youngest members of society at risk even before birth. Some of these chemicals, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are increasingly associated with health problems, including diseases of significant public health importance such as cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, infertility, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Little research has been done to assess or look at means to reduce chronic persistent pollutants in our bodies.
Investigators at Bastyr University Clinical Research Center are currently recruiting for Sauna Detoxification Study to assess impact of sauna use on blood levels of PCBs.
Would YOU like to participate in a Medically-Monitored, Sauna-Based Detoxification Research Study?
Study volunteers will get paid $250 for completing the study.
This is a Phase I randomized 2-arm study funded by NIH/NCCAM. After screening, informed consent and randomization, participants will either first complete a medically-monitored 3-week sauna-based detoxification program followed by a 3-week observation period (and a subsequent End of Study visit between 7-14 days after the last observation visit), OR will first complete a 3-week observation period followed by a 3-week sauna-based detoxification program (and subsequent End of Study visit between 7-14 days after the last sauna visit).
Vital signs, urine, and weekly blood samples will be collected throughout the study.
Eligibility: You may be eligible for the study if you are
Between the ages of 21-35
Available for daily visits for a consecutive 6-week period
Not pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Not currently engaged in sauna therapy or other detoxification research protocols
Not a former Sauna Pilot Study participant
Not taking any medications or supplements two weeks before, or during, the study
Free of chronic or acute medical conditions
Between 19 and 29.9 on Body Mass Index (BMI), a ratio of height to weight