Treating rheumatism in a radioactive cave
Rheumatism affects millions of people all over the world. There are countless drugs on the market, but there's a more unusual place to seek relief: deep inside an Austrian mountain a natural gas is emitted that helps the symptoms of muscle ache.
People with back pain flock from across Europe to lie in these warm caves. It is called speliotherapy, and takes place in an abandoned gold mine. It seems especially good at helping sufferers of ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthiritis of the spine. The results seem promising, although scientists remain at a loss to explain the mechanism. But one the gases emitted is radon - which is known to be carcinogenic. Produced by MentornFULL SYNOPSIS