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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy The term hyperthermia refers to the therapeutic technique of raising body temperature above normal in order to fight infection and/or cancer. Conditions which can be benefitted include some viral diseases, including HIV, cancer, bacterial infections, and toxic conditions. Chronic fatigue syndrome which has an infectious component seem to benefit as well. Toxic conditions are benefitted by the fact that hyperthermia increases metabolism and thus the rate of detoxification. For best results your treatment should be in the hands of a professional person with experience in hyperthermia. You should not try this at home until you have been so instructed by your doctor and only while you remain under that doctor's consultative supervision.

Viruses, some bacteria and protozoa, as well as cancer cells are more sensitive to heat than are the body's cells and thus raising the temperature up to 106 Fahrenheit makes it harder on these entities than on the host's cells. The problem with all therapies for cancer and viral disease is how to differentiate normal cells from pathological entities. Any cancer or virus can be killed very quickly if one doesn't mind sacrificing the host as well. This principle is demonstrated by most standard chemotherapeutic agents for cancer which typically kill the host before the cancer can do the job. Hyperthermia provides just such a differentiation between host cells and cancer cells, viruses, some bacteria and protozoa.

The methods of raising body temperature include diathermy, ultrasound, radiant heating, infrared therapy, and extracorporeal heating. Diathermy is the use of electromagnetic energy in the radio waves. Ultrasound uses high energy sound waves to do the job. Radiant heating devices produce infrared energy which is applied directly to the body. Infrared heat is produced by various commercial devices and penetrates the body to a depth of about six inches. Extracorporeal heating involves removing a portion of the patient's blood, heating it and re-infusing it. Hyperthermia can be induced locally, to treat, for example, local infections such as URIs, or whole-body when a more generalized response is needed, as for example in HIV or metastatic cancer. For whole body hyperthermia heat packs, sauna, immersion bath, and steam baths are typically used. While the electromagnetic techniques can be used for whole body hyperthermia as well, they are special in that they can be used locally.

The exact mechanism of action is at the cell or viral wall. Host cells can tolerate up to 116 degrees while the walls of cancer cells, viruses, bacteria, and parasites typically begin to break down before that temperature is reached. Upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, kidney and bladder infections all benefit from hyperthermia.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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