Not to be confused with the equally scientifically-unsupported-but-sci-fi-movie favourite cryonics, or the actually scientifically supported cryotherapy, whole-body cryotherapy is a fabulous woo treatment to remove you of heat and money whilst still alive! Mostly!
From the Wouldn't-it-be-great-if-it-were-true Department comes whole-body cryotherapy (WBC), helpfully and easily confused with partial-body cryotherapy (PBC, same tube without a lid) so they can charge the same amount to fit the same size fool into a smaller box.
How does it work?
Whilst Cryotherapy, or ice therapy, has a good body of supporting sciencey-type stuff to say 'mostly good', Whole-body Cryotherapy involves placing a human wearing very little, often with some thermal protection for all extremities except their wallet, into a carbonite sheath/plastic vat
marked 'gullible' and then introducing very low temperature, very low humidity air, cooled using liquid nitrogen or an air conditioner, and an ongoing monthly subscription fee.
So yes, WBC/PBC does get you cold, but so does an ice bath.
But what about all the wonderful claims of WBC/PBC helping with:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Weight loss
and having too much money?
US FDA states that whole-body cryotherapy is 'meh' and might even be 'ouch'
Did someone die from WBC?
The coroner said it was asphyxia from being locked in a whole-body cryotherapy sauna.
- Nevada issues health guidelines for cryotherapyby Sally Ho (Saturday, November 21st 2015) KUTV (Associated Press)
- Cryotherapy Medscape
- Muscle, Skin and Core Temperature after −110°C Cold Air and 8°C Water Treatment by Joseph Thomas Costello et al. (November 6, 2012) Plos One. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0048190
- whole-body cryotherapy (WBC): A "Cool" Trend that Lacks Evidence, Poses Risks U.S. Food & Drug Administration
- Cryotherapy death calls benefits of the health trend into question by Carina Storrs (Updated 2006 GMT (0406 HKT) October 28, 2015) CNN (December 2, 2015 archived copy)