From a recent Duluth News Tribune article about sauna:
Scott Burnes of Duluth has spent a lot of time in saunas.
He has asthma, and the hot air helps his breathing — as it opens and cleanses his pores. “It just made you feel good. It’s really relaxing,” he said.
It is important to put into context that many asthma suffers don’t do well around smoke. Wood burning sauna stoves emit very little smoke. Matter of fact, thanks to technological innovations and, in the case of the Kuuma stove, three generations of tinkering in the garage, sauna stove manufacturers are able to optimize the wood burning process via “gasification” whereby smoke is turned to fire within the heat chamber. This process means that the sauna bather can experience a kick ass sauna session with an armful of firewood.
So, standing outside between sauna rounds, looking up at the chimney, it is often hard to know if the sauna stove is on or off.
But back to asthma. Is it time for an authentic mobile sauna to be wheeled up to an asthma treatment center for further studies? Is there an organization that would be willing to plop down $20k for this project? Let’s make this happen.