Radon may well be one of mankind's oldest therapies. In Europe, the use of hot springs with high radon content dates back some 6,000 years. For over eight centuries, numerous radioactive hot springs such as found at Misasa and Tamagawa in Japan have been enjoyed. Today, more than 75,000 patients seeking a natural arthritis cure visit modern radon therapy clinics and underground galleries for the sole purpose of radon inhalation or radon balneology. European countries such as Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Armenia and Russia, operate medically supervised clinics (speleotherapy). Much of this therapy is medically prescribed and reimbursed through health care insurance programs. Clinical, double-blind and randomized controlled studies in those countries report findings substantiating claims of pain and symptom relief, supporting the observations of benefit equal to that reported by visitors to several Radon Health Mines located in or near Boulder, Montana.
RADON FOR HEALTH – IN BRIEF:
The earth and everything in it, including the human body, is radioactive.
Radon gas comes from the spontaneous radioactive decay of uranium which produces radium, which produces radon gas. Radon occurs naturally and is found in almost all types of rock and soils, thus finding its way into building materials and the home basement. Uranium ores are commonly found in the granite soils of the Boulder Batholith.
When inhaled, radon is released into the blood stream and circulates throughout the body. The body responds with reactions to the hormonal and nervous systems. Being of an inert gas nature, radon does not enter into any chemical bond in the body. It is easily absorbed through the lungs, and then expelled again through the longs. Approximately 3-4 hours after the end of the 60-minute “treatment” exposure, the radon has left the body. This is why the recommended 2-4 hours between visits should be followed. More is not better. Visit duration is based on a formula of time and intensity. One European spa mandates 60-minute sessions, every other day, for a 20-day period, balanced with a program of diet and moderate exercise. Rest and relaxation is part of the healing process.
Radon may enter the body in three methods: 1) direct inhalation; 2) absorbed via skin in water baths; 3) and via ingestion through drink treatments. The absorption through skin and stomach is minimal. The best and most therapeutic way to bring radon into the body is through inhalation. The Boulder Basin mines use the inhalation method of radon therapy. Radon absorption is stronger the higher the temperature of the environment and the more vigorous the blood circulation in the skin.
Radon has an activating effect on the endocrine system (the glands – thyroid, adrenal and pituitary – that secrete hormones directly into the blood.) The kidneys react to the stimulation and respond with increased urination. Drinking water is vital and flushes the body of toxins. With regard to the heart, there is an economizing of the heart’s activity and an increase in coronary circulation.
Radioactive baths are known to lower the blood pressure. Skin reacts with increased circulation. The effect on the nervous system is pain alleviation – especially beneficial are radioactive baths in addition to radon inhalation. Geological surveys report that the baths of nearby Boulder Hot Springs have radioactive properties. These baths can be an important compliment to radon therapy, in addition to being a boost to health in general.