HENDERSON, NV – Cryogenics is not just for freezing secret agents, or making pro athletes heal faster.
Regular folks use cryochambers to recover from sore muscles and to help lose weight.
Despite all the smoke, it’s not all smoke and mirrors. But like with many things, the thing that can heal you can also kill you.
That’s what happened to 24-year-old Chelsea Ake of Henderson, NV.
She worked at a Rejuvenice sports clinic that offers cryotherapy. Investigators say she was alone when she climbed into the contraption after hours.
Co-workers found her ten hours later, frozen in ice.
Authorities haven’t released an official cause of death, but Dr. Dale Carrison of University Medical Center Hospital thinks the nitrogen-rich smoke might be the culprit. "You could postulate that perhaps the nitrogen overcame, that's what made her pass out, and once she was passed out it continued and she froze to death."
The owners of Rejuvinice released a statement that said they are incredibly saddened by Ake’s death, adding that they “firmly believe in whole-body cryotherapy treatments for pain management, athletic recovery and a variety of other ailments.”
"With any medical procedure, advance in medical, it needs to be researched, it needs to be evidence-based medicine,” said Carrison.
That’s sounds like some solid advice, especially if you don’t want to end up a solid piece of ice.