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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cancer Treatment - How to Find the Best Place For Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment - How to Find the Best Place For Cancer Treatment

What is a radon and what is a radon bath? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that's colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. Radon baths have been used to treat chronic pain associated with rheumatic arthritis for hundreds of years, and with some positive results. I manage to take a dip in these baths once a year, or so. Radon bathing has been known to treat a myriad of other diseases as well, even those associated with the heart, and so on. Radon has been used as a medical treatment for cancer here in Japan for centuries - need we mention the life expectancy rate in Japan?
The radon bath looks just like any other kind of baths, but with a machine attached to the piping that helps release radon vapors into the air. Radon baths are not hot! But, more like a comfortable warm 37 degrees centigrade.
Every now and then I head off the beaten path to a part of Japan that is not well-known to a lot of people. Yugawara City to be exact. When I say not well-known, I mean a place that most urbanites either pass right by on their way to the Izu Peninsula. Due to the fact that Yugawara City is not as overly commercialized like places in Hakone City and areas around Nagano Prefecture, traveller often times leave them out of their travel itineraries. Many Japanese travelers move like sheep in that if the place(s) are heavily commercialized and touristy, they will flock there.
Yugawara City is the kind of place that attracts elderly as the area caters to a specific kind of tourist who typically enjoys very traditional aspects of rural life. Generally people over 50 years of age who love dried fish and natural hot spas, as Yugawara is an old hot spring town and a seaport village with shops that are old and worn down. There are memories here of a bygone era relished by baby boomers and people who grew up in this tiny little quaint town. Yugawara is definitely not for everybody, but if you do come down here, try to take it all in, slowly. It's my third time here.
On this recent trip I didn't indulge in the dried fish delicacies. N.G. The shiokara (squid and assorted guts marinated) is pretty tasty and can be found all over the place down here. Instead I opted for a gourmet burger, fries, and coke, but first I had to take a dip in a little radon to get the blood and the radiation flowing.
The name of the hotel is called Shiroyama Hotel, and it's the first major hot spa hotel you'll see in the center part of town. It is very easy to find. As a quick note, one reason why some people may pass through Yugawara is because of the limited day-use facilities that are available to non-guest. In other words, there are a plethora of hotels with great hot spas, but not many of them allow day-use. When I discovered Shiroyama had offered day-use from 11am to 24:00 I was on my way.
When I entered the hotel the place was clean and had retained a lot of its original history and architectural charm. Lots of repeat customers were there it seemed, they had to be, because everybody knew each other by name and association. I paid one thousand yen [$11] and was given a bathing set with two towels, a yukata, and locker key. I headed up to the sixth floor and prepared myself then entered the water.
Entering the tub, the water was in a pleasant 32~37 degrees centigrade temperature range. This begs the question, is it better to sit longer in low temperature water or in hotter water for a shorter period of time? Perhaps, here in Japan, sitting longer in lower temperature water is more therapeutic than hotter baths. I do not know which is better, but on a personal note, sitting in higher temperature water is much more therapeutic for me, especially if I have joint pain or muscle stiffness.
When it comes to cancer treatment, radon has always been the non-invasive method of choice for centuries in Japan, with few confirmed reports of the curative effects of radon treatment, yet many people remain optimistic even still today. The thing to remember here is stress free, non invasive, and natural.