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Sauna Talk: Dr. Jonathan Bricker

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Dr. Jonathan Bricker is a Professor of Public Health Science at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and University of Washington in Seattle.

A recipient of over $25 million dollars in research funding, and author of over 110 scientific publications, Dr. Bricker’s research focuses on developing and testing health habits that prevent cancer. He has been enjoying sauna since his first exposure in 1991 as an exchange student in Oulu, Finland.

He now enjoys his backyard sauna which he constructed with his family and friends.

Dr. Jonathan Bricker, on the bench in his backyard sauna, Seattle, WA

It’s always a great treat to Sauna Talk on the sauna bench, as opposed to via Zoom, as was the case with many previous episodes during Corona. But today, Jonathan and I were able to sweat it out together in my Minneapolis backyard sauna. As you will hear, Jonathan was in town to visit a studio film set to record a master class on how to quit smoking.

The backyard sauna Dr. Bricker built during the height of the pandemic.
Dr. Jonathan Bricker and Glenn considering avanto before Sauna Talk, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, MN

In the SaunaTimes post introducing this podcast episode, you’ll find a link to Jonathan’s Bricker’s 2014 Ted Talk entitled “The Secret to Self Control” which, by the way, has over 7 million views. We discuss “willingness” and its association and application to sauna and contrast therapy.

Jonathan Bricker can be reached through his website,

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5 thoughts on “Sauna Talk: Dr. Jonathan Bricker”

  1. Many thanks to my old Seattle Banya 5 buddy, Dr. Bricker, for a great scientific discussion of sauna bathing. We have no shortage of pseudoscience, now it is time for hard core randomized controlled trials. Thanks, Glenn, for giving Jonathan some airtime. Hoping to shvitz with you both some day soon.

  2. Woah, loved this guy’s story and he set me straight on sauna science. Hope he does that big study…in Finnland!

  3. Always nice to hear of Sauna interest here on the West Coast!
    my continued efforts at construction in the Cascade mountains this spring is fueled by a growing interest from Friends and families.

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