EMF Dangers of Home Infrared Saunas

Let’s be clear, there are NO Dangerous EMF in any Home infrared sauna.

No adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas. ”  
  – Brent A. Bauer, M.D.  Mayo Clinic

What is EMF?

EMF stands for Electromagnetic Field.   EMF is one of the four fundamental forces of nature.   All matter, living or nonliving, produces electromagnetic radiation. The various manifestations of electromagnetic radiation share one fundamental property: the electric charge.

The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into ionizing and non-ionizing bands based on how the wave interacts with biological tissue.

Ionizing Band of the EM Spectrum are characterized by short wavelengths, very high frequencies, and very high intensities.  Ultraviolet light, gamma rays and x-rays all fall within the ionizing band on the EM spectrum and have the capability to remove electrons from their normal orbit in atoms and molecules which can damage tissue and genetic material.

Health hazards related to ionizing EMF are radiation burns.  By far the most common health hazard of ionizing radiation is sunburn, which causes one million new skin cancers annually.  Many national governments have established safety limits for exposure to these ionizing frequencies of electromagnetic energy based on specific absorption rates to guard against thermal damage or Burns.
The non-ionizing band of the EM Spectrum are characterized by the lack of energy to ionize atoms or molecules, they have longer wavelengths at low frequencies and intensities. They can be identified as Radio Waves, Microwaves, Infrared and Visible light.   The portion of the non-ionizing EM Spectrum band related to infrared saunas include appliance ELF radio waves and far infrared.

Natural EMF or ELF’s (extremely low frequency radio waves) band begins with the low intensity frequency of the human body or the earth’s magnetic field both resonate at 10Hz.  Artificial ELF’s come from our household appliances at a nationally regulated 60Hz.

Infrared Sauna and EMF


What are the health concerns with exposure to EMF in an infrared sauna environment?

The mainstream scientific evidence suggests that low-power, low-frequency, electromagnetic radiation associated with household currents like that of an infrared sauna does not constitute a short or long term health hazard.

A 2009 study at the University of Basel in Switzerland found that intermittent (but not continuous) exposure of human cells to a 50 Hz electromagnetic field at a flux density of 1 mT (or 10 G) induced a slight but significant increase of DNA fragmentation in the Comet assay.  However that level of exposure is already above current established safety exposure limits.

All infrared sauna companies utilizing the newest low-emf flexible carbon heating panels are operating with non-ionizing EMF radiation levels of 1 G or less at 4cm from the heating source and .5 Hz at 3 feet from the power source at a flux density of .001mT or less.  That is 1/1000 of the recommended safety of 10 G or 10,000mG and 1/1000 of the 50 Hz electromagnetic field it takes to increase DNA fragmentation.

Inside the infrared sauna we are creating multiple low frequency EM fields that tend to cancel one another. The Flexible Biophotonic Nano carbon infrared heating technology used for home saunas have a patented design that Extremely Low Frequency EMF is canceled out by Far Infrared EMF and neutralizes the tissue Specific absorption rate of extremely low frequency EMF to impact absorption of the more desirable Far Infrared EMF tuned to the resonant frequency of the human body.  Celebration Saunas Biophotonic Nano Carbon  infrared heating panels and systems are provided with a configuration that simplifies the system complexity while also delivering sufficient infrared heat and sufficiently low EM radiation levels at selected wavelengths.

Our Standard heaters emit 10mG at 4cm  and 2mG at 24cm.  Click here see our low EMF Report.

Our Ultra-Low EMF / 0 EMF heaters register at 0.3mG at 10cm.  Click here see our ultra-low EMF Report.

The truth is electromagnetic radiation is a universal language of life. Human beings not only need electromagnetic radiation input from the outside world on an ongoing basis for survival (e.g. visible light for melatonin cycle, UV radiation for vitamin D synthesis) research has demonstrated that every cell in your body also emits EMF.

Our bodies produce two types of EMF in the form of electrical charges that control our nervous system, brain and heart and in the form of far infrared or body heat produced in the mitochondria of our cells helping to regulate important functions and keep us healthy.

“There is no conclusive evidence that EMF causes disease or increases disease risk factors.”
-Center for Disease Control

In May 2011, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer published a review of the evidence on health risks of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), concluding that there was  inadequate evidence of any  health risks posed by EMF. This designation as “possibly carcinogenic” has often been misinterpreted as indicating that of some measure of risk has been observed; the designation indicates that the possibility could not be conclusively ruled out using the available data.

“There is no conclusive evidence of any harm caused by exposures [to electric and magnetic fields] at levels found in Canadian homes and schools, including those located just outside the boundaries of power line corridors.” – Health Canada

Links to Other EMF Sites

Center for Disease Control – EMF  Informaton

Studies provided on the CDC website state there is little evidence to support EMF as an agent that increases disease risk.

EMF Risk Evaluation Study Conclusion  – Please notice in the chart Summary of Conclusions that there are few diseases with conclusive results over 50%  that EMF is an agent that increases disease risk to some degree.

OSHA: Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Radiation
Information on the recognition, evaluation, and control of ELF radiation.

OSHA: Computer Workstations
This page briefly examines the potential hazards and interventions employers can use to prevent or reduce the potential harmful effects of working with computers.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC): Radio Frequency Safety
Information and health standards for consumers and broadcasters on wireless communications, including cellular telephones and amateur radios.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Radiation-Emitting Products for Home, Busisness and Entertainment
Information for consumers and manufacturers on microwave ovens, video display terminals, etc.

FDA/FCC: Consumer Update on Mobile Phones
FDA site with information about potential health risks from using mobile telephones and research on this question.

FDA: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Information for consumers and professionals on benefits, risks and safety measures with MRIs.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:
Electric and Magnetic Fields Information on possible health risks from ELF EMF and and links to NIEHS publications.

NIEHS: Cell Phones
NIEHS research on possible health risks from cell phones, especially the ongoing animal cancer assay by the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

Health Protection Agency in Great Britain: Electromagnetic Fields
Information, research publications, and the United Kingdom’s health standards on many sources of RF and ELF electromagnetic fields: cordless phones, cell phones, wireless local are networks (WLANs), WiFi networks, electric substations, power lines, and amateur radios.