There hadn’t been any reason for us to consider it for health purposes. That is, not until May 19, 2009, 10 days after Mother’s Day. That Mother’s Day, CEO Bill Grovatt’s wife, Kathy, contracted necrotizing fasciitis. Sometimes called “flesh-eating disease,” necrotizing fasciitis is a fast spreading bacterial infection of the tissue surrounding muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. It’s a serious and potentially deadly disease in which patients may lose limbs and often require multiple surgeries to replace dead skin.
On June 9th, Kathy was in excruciating pain from skin grafts that ran the length of her right arm. On that day our partner, Dr. Albert Wey, explained the additional uses for far infrared. He knew from his research at NASA that far infrared could ease pain and promote healing, and that’s what it did. Pulling a sock lined with patented ceramics over Kathy’s arm eased her pain, helped her sleep, and saved her two fingers that had started turning black from lack of circulation. Today, those fingers function nearly perfectly.