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The Benefits of Himalayan Salt
Published on May 15, 2009, Last Updated on September 10, 2013

Himalayan crystal salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt. Himalayan salt is millions of years old and pure, untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants that pervade other forms of ocean salt.

Known in the Himalayas as “white gold,” Himalayan Crystal Salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This form of salt has also been maturing over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities.

Himalayan salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb.

Himalayan Crystal Salt: The Health Benefits
The health benefits of using natural Himalayan
Crystal Salt may include:
Controlling the water levels within the body, regulating them for proper functioning
Promoting stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain.
Encouraging excellent blood sugar health
Aiding in reducing the common signs of aging
Promoting cellular hydroelectric energy creation
Promoting the increased absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract
Aiding vascular health
Supporting healthy respiratory function
Lowering incidence of sinus problems, and promoting over-all sinus health
Reducing cramps
Increasing bone strength
Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns
Creating a healthy libido
Circulator support
Promotes kidney and gall bladder health when compared to common chemically-treated salt

Table salt: “The Health Destroyer”
Many people are unaware that common table salt contains chemicals and even sugar! Salt is necessary but can be dangerous if taken in this chemical form.
Table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine and absorbents, and sugar. Common salt is dried at more than 1,200° Fahrenheit, a process which zaps many of the natural chemical structures.
The table and cooking salt found in most homes, restaurants, and processed foods is void of nutritional value, lacking beneficial trace minerals. Processing salt turns it into sodium chloride, an unnatural salt the human body actually sees as a toxic invader! The body cannot dispose of it in a natural, healthy way which can lead to irritation of the tissues, water retention and high blood pressure.
Processed salt crystals are also energetically dead, as their crystals are completely isolated from one another. For the body to metabolize chemical table salt, it must waste tremendous amounts of energy to keep the body at optimum fluid balance. This creates a burden on the elimination systems in the body. Water is removed from other cells in attempt to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride.
Studies show that for each gram of table salt your system cannot process, your body will use over twenty times the amount of cellular water to neutralize the sodium chloride in chemically-treated salt. This can lead to cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, as well as kidney and gallbladder stones. The average American consumes 5,000 mg of sodium chloride a day, the issue is serious and needs to be addressed.
Choosing to use Himalayan Salt as an alternative can have a big impact on your total health and well-being. I only use and recommend Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

     www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/

Belief in salt vapor therapy for varying ailments

The salt mines of Wieliczka in Poland, Hallen in Austria, Praid in Romania or the Dead Sea have been visited by an incredible number of people because of the belief that inhalation of the salt brine vapor can bring relief from respiratory problems, asthma, nasal catarrh, sinusitis, breathlessness, bronchitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, night coughing, rhinitis, irritation, coughing, hay fever and allergies. Based on this, the Compact Breathe Easy Salt Pipe Salt Inhaler was developed to replicate the effect. It has been noted that workers in salt mines never got lung disease and clinical trials involving the inhaler have shown that it can cause an improvement in 85% of cases of mild to moderate asthma, 75% of cases of severe asthma and 97% of cases of chronic bronchitis. The salt therapy is believed to restore normal mucus movement and helps clear blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles. The Inhaler, through daily use, claims to help people with asthma, hay fever, allergy or those who smoke or snore. It also claims to help relieve the symptoms associated with colds, flu and infections as well as reduce the damage caused by air pollution, dust, smog, fog and second hand smoke.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by PR Web

     www.rightdiagnosis.com/news/belief_in_salt_vapor_therapy_for_varying_ailments.htm

Salt water treatment for cystic fibrosis both effective and cheap

Two teams of scientists working half a world apart, have identified what they believe is a simple, effective and inexpensive treatment to reduce lung problems associated with cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is the leading fatal genetic illness among whites, and victims suffer from a mucus build-up in the lungs that makes breathing difficult.
Cystic fibrosis appears on average in one of four children of parents who both carry a defective copy of a gene known as CFTR.
Children born with the disease soon develop chronic lung damage, since their lungs cannot clear the excessively sticky mucus by sweeping it to the mouth, where it is swallowed and eliminated.
Respiratory failure is the leading cause of death in CF patients.
The scientists say that salt water can ease the condition, and by inhaling a saltwater aerosol solution for between 10 and 15 minutes at least twice a day, young patients should be able to avoid a significant part of the damage the disease causes to their lungs.
The new therapy also appears to be safe and easy to take.
According to the researchers the aerosolized saltwater restores the thin lubricant layer of water that normally coats airway surfaces.
Apparently the water layer promotes the clearance of the naturally occurring mucus the body uses to trap harmful bacteria, viruses and other foreign particles.
The teams from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals, worked with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the University of Sydney and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, all in Sydney.
The scientists say they are excited that such a simple and inexpensive therapy appears to be so effective and well-tolerated in patients with CF.
They are optimistic that the therapy will reduce how often patients are ill, and will slow the decline of lung function over time and extend their life span.
The UNC study involved 24 CF patients who each inhaled the salt solution with or without pretreatment with a compound known as amiloride over two-week periods. Analysis of mucus clearance and lung function showed that the high-salt aerosol alone worked best, which surprised the medical scientists.
The Australian research team then used a comparable protocol to study another 164 patients for a longer period of almost a year.
During that extended period the Sydney researchers also found fewer lung problems with the concentrated saline than with normal saline, less need for antibiotics to treat lung infections over time, and improved attendance by patients at school, work and other activities during the 48 weeks.
The researchers say that as salt solutions are so cheap to make, the new therapy will produce clinical benefits at a minimal treatment expense, in contrast to many other available therapies.

The studies were supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
The final reports on both studies, were collaborative and complementary, and appear in the Jan. 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

      http://www.news-medical.net/news/2006/01/19/15485.aspx?page=2

June 2004
Salt Therapy
by Ffion Llwyd-Jones

     www.alive.com/articles/view/18264/salt_therapy

Schuessler Cell Salts

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A taste for salt in the history of medicine

     

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The Wieliczka Salt Mine Under-ground Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre
Our 6.5-hour treatment visits during rehabilitation – treatment stays (Sunday is a day off) take place in the unique salt scenery of the Lake Wessel Chamber, well – equipped with physical therapy equipment. The chamber is located 135 meters underground. The specific microclimate of the underground Lake Wessel Chamber is characterised by bacteriological purity; furthermore, the air of the chamber contains large quantities of sodium chloride, magnesium and calcium ions. Active rehabilitation treatment includes modern breathing exercises able, to control and improve the respiratory system. Therefore, the stay in our mine is especially beneficial for treating: lower and upper tract respiratory system diseases (infections of nose, sinuses, throat, larynx, asthma, COPD, bronchi diseases), allergies, skin diseases, metabolic disorders (obesity).

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Salt Institute – Salt and Health…
Salt is essential not only to life, but to good health. Human blood contains 0.9 % salt (sodium chloride). Salt maintains the electrolyte balance inside- and outside of cells. Routine physical examinations measure blood sodium for clues to personal health. Most of our salt comes from foods, some from water. Inadequate salt can be problematic. Doctors often recommend replacing water and salt lost in exercise [see advice on maintaining hydration for weekend athletes bodybuilders, professional athletes and outdoor athletes such as marathon runners and ultraendurance athletes] and when working outside. Wilderness hikers know the importance of salt tablets to combat hyperthermia. Oral rehydration involves replacing both water and salt. Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) has been termed, by the British Medical Journal “the most important medical advance this (20th) century.” Expectant mothers are advised to get enough salt. Increased salt intakes have been used successfully to combat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The unique microclimate of salt mines is a popular way to treat asthma, particularly in Eastern Europe. Dramatic deficiencies (e.g. “salt starvation” in India) or “excessive” sodium intakes have been associated with other conditions and diseases, such as hypertension and stomach cancer. Testing the salinity of perspiration is a good test for cystic fibrosis; scientists suspect that cystic fibrosis is caused by a deformed protein that prevents chloride outside cells from attracting needed moisture. (And, of course, we cannot forget that iodized salt is the choice of public health professionals to combat iodine deficiency, has been fortified to battle other diseases like lymphatic filarisis and is considered “the first antibiotic”).

      http://www.saltinstitute.org

Ukrainian mine helps asthmatics

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Unconventional Wisdom
by Emma Ross
The Associated Press
Low-Salt Diet a Risk?
“London, March 12 - A low-salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less salt people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death.
The study, led by Dr. Michael Alderman, chairman of epidemiology at Albert Einstein School; of Medicine in New York and president of the American Society of Hypertension, suggests the government should consider suspending it's recommendation that people restrict the amount of salt they eat.
"The lower the sodium, the worse off you are," Alderman said. "There's an association. Is it the cause? I don't know. Any way you slice it, that's not an argument for eating a low sodium diet.
SALT MYTHS

We get too much salt in our foods today. 

Too much salt will cause high blood pressure, water retention (swelling), kidney problems, heart problems and the list goes on. 

We are told a low-salt or salt-free diet is best for good health. 

SALT FACTS

In the middle ages no salt was so dangerous, criminals were often put to death by being put in a cell and given no salt. It caused a slow agonizing death.

2000 years ago salt was used as money. Gold and salt had the same value. The word salary comes from salt. 

In the old days, salt was used to preserve foods. Today, we have refrigeration, so less salt is required except for maybe curing meats. 

All warm blooded animals must have salt to live. 

The human brain and spine is in a sac of salt water called CSF (cerebrospinal fluid). This liquid circulates throughout the brain and spinal cord. 

We all spent approx. 9 months in our mothers belly floating in salt water (amniotic fluid). 

Our tears are salty and we sweat salt. 

Our bones are hollow in the center (marrow) where blood cells are made. The marrow is covered with many strands of calcium salts, the way rope is woven together. Salt crystals are woven in with the calcium and these salt crystals are what make our bones hard, not the calcium. 

27% of the body’s salt content is located in the bones. When the body requires more salt it can borrow it from the bones. When this happens, calcium is also removed with the salt making the bones thinner, softer and brittle. Sentences are too short and continue on the next line instead of being extended.

Salt is made up of sodium and chlorine. Together they are called Sodium chloride (Na Cl). 

Sodium is a soft positive charged metal where chlorine is a negative charged gas that becomes a liquid when put under pressure. 

Chlorine is a gas/liquid but somehow when the earth was formed, the chlorine became a solid with the sodium and trace minerals. 

You can crush the salt crystals into a powder and the chlorine stays with the sodium. Chlorine as a solid is called chloride. 

The salt we use today comes from our oceans, lakes or salt mines. In addition to sodium and chlorine, all the salt on planet earth comes with many trace minerals mixed into it. 

So we can assume that these trace minerals are very important or they would not be combined with the salt. Because of the commercial value of these minerals they are removed in order to make big profits. 

The human body is able to split the chlorine from the sodium as needed. Our blood requires chlorine as do many of our organs. The stomach uses chlorine to make hydrochloric acid required so we can digest our food correctly. 

Our body also uses the sodium chloride as salt to keep the brain, spine, tears, bones, sweat glands, organs and blood topped off with salt. The body benefits from the other trace minerals that help keep the body alkaline and healthy. 

Just as drinking too much plain water can kill a person (hyponatremia). The same thing is true with taking too much salt, it can cause swelling, diarrhea, and death. 

Table salt is purified by removing the trace minerals and heating the salt to 1200^o F. Now all you have is 40% sodium and 60% chloride then an anti-caking agent is added so it won’t stick together. 

Too much sodium can happen from eating too many food additives containing sodium as a binder (sort of a glue). Sodium is not salt. Salt is sodium chloride. 

Sodium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate and MSG (mono sodium glutamate) are just a few of these additives. 

Sodium, potassium and chloride are electrolytes (special minerals) that dissolve in water and carry electrical charges anywhere there is water in the body. 

These electrically charged minerals can freely move into a cell and back out again carrying nutrients in and removing waste products and excess water as to keep the cell balanced. 

At the same time as these electrolytes move in and out of the cells making their exchanges, a delicate balance of potassium inside the cell must be maintained with a special amount of sodium and chloride to hold the potassium in the center of the cell. 

Electrolytes are found in all fluids of the body and carry impulses along your nerves. This helps your muscles, like the heart and diaphragm, contract and relax. 

Electrolytes carry glucose (blood sugar) into the cell after insulin opens the door or gate for the sugar to be taken in. 

Electrolytes also turn “cation pumps” that generate electricity which is stored in the Mg ATP and Mg GTP batteries of the body. 

If a person loses too many of these electrolytes from having diarrhea or from taking a water pill (diuretic) they can become very sick and must go to the hospital and receive IVs of saline (salt water), dextrose (sugar water) and minerals. 

Many of our beverages today contain caffeine that is a diuretic, acting as a water pill, causing a water shortage in the body. Nothing replaces plain water according to Dr Batman. 

Scientists and doctors still don’t know how salt dissolves in water or how it can keep getting saltier and saltier. Scientists and chemists have some theories but can’t prove any of them. 

What salt does for you

Salt has many other functions than just regulating the water content of the body. 

Here are some of its additional important functions in the body according to Dr. Batman in his book, ABC of Asthma, Allergies and Lupus on pages 144-150: 

Salt is a powerful natural antihistamine. The next time you get a runny nose or watery eyes from allergies, try drinking a glass of plain water, then put a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve. 

Asthma symptoms can be relieved by drinking one or two glasses of plain water, then putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve. Try it next time… before using your inhaler. 

Salt helps relieve “stress” symptoms. 

Salt is important for the removal of acidity from your brain cells. 

Kidneys will not work correctly without salt. 

Depression and emotional problems are greatly relieved by taking more salt, drinking plain water, eating correctly and walking. 

Bladder control problems and unintentional urine leakage could be helped by adding more salt into your diet. 

Diabetics can bring down their blood sugar levels and reduce their need for insulin by taking salt. 

Irregular heartbeats may be stopped by putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and letting it dissolve. 

Our digestive system requires salt to properly absorb the food we eat. 

Asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis suffers can get rid of mucus and phlegm in the lungs by using salt and drinking plain water. 

Gout symptoms can be prevented by using salt. 

If you get muscle cramps (Charlie horses, etc.), salt may relieve them. Try putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve. 

Bones get their hardness from salt, not calcium. 

Osteoporosis is mainly caused by not taking enough salt and water everyday 

Salt is essential for preventing varicose and spider veins on the legs. 

Are you having problems maintaining an erection, you need to eat more salt and drink more plain water. 

Salt may help reduce a double chin. The salivary glands in your mouth sense your body is low on salt and produce more saliva. Over time, this increased production of saliva causes the saliva glands to “leak” in the area under your chin. One possible way to get rid of a double chin. 

Taking salt and drinking plain water before exercising will help you to breathe better and sweat less. 

Because there is potassium in almost everything we eat, salt needs to be added to our food. This will allow our body to maintain the proper balance of water between the inside and outside oceans of water in our cells. 

In a study of almost 3,000 men that had high blood pressure, the men on a low-salt diet had a 430% increase in heart attacks when compared to the men who ate a high-salt diet. 

Low-salt diets have also been shown to increase total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels and fasting insulin levels.

Question to think about: 

It has been over thirty years since we were first told to eat a low salt diet in order to avoid having high blood pressure. Why then, do more Americans have high blood pressure today than they did thirty years ago? 

Why do you get High Blood Pressure on a low-salt diet?

Our blood is 94% water Our brain is 85% water Our soft tissue is 75% water 

Dr Batman says water, salt and potassium together regulate the water content of the body. 

Basically, every cell in our body has an /ocean of fresh water/ inside the cell and an /ocean of salt water/ outside the cell. Good health depends on a most delicate balance of the water between these two oceans. 

Salt forces water to stay in the outside /ocean of water/ of the cell (osmotic retention) and potassium holds water in the inside /ocean of water/ of the cell. 

When the body is low on water (you are not drinking enough) it will increase the volume of salty water in the outside ocean of the cell. 

Through a special mechanism, a hormone (vasopressin) is released that can filter out the salt from the outside ocean and inject some fresh water into the center ocean as needed to maintain the delicate balance. 

For this method to work, the capillaries (blood vessels) must constrict by the use of vasopressin. This causes the capillaries to /tighten up,/ giving you high blood pressure, which is necessary in order to filter and inject water from the outside ocean of water into the inside ocean of water. 

One cause of high blood pressure is a lack of fresh water for the inside ocean of the cell according to Dr Batman. We call it hypertension. 

Dr Batman says if a person will walk (exercise), drink more plain water (in the place of coffee, tea, soda) and add just a little more salt (not sodium) to their diet, their blood pressure will normalize again. 

How much salt should you take?

Dr Batman suggests we use… 

1/8 tsp* (3/4 g) *of salt* (unrefined sea salt is best) *for every 16 oz *(half a liter) *of water we drink*… ½ tsp of salt for every half a gallon of water and a full tsp of salt for one gallon of water. 

Note: If a person is not going to the bathroom at least three times per day, they should check with their doctor first before drinking more water and using more salt. 

Your kidneys must be working properly. This means…the amount of liquid you drink should be almost equal to the amount of urine you are eliminating every day. 

At the same time, going to the bathroom too frequently (too many trips) per day will pull very important vitamins, minerals and electrolytes out of your body and can cause more harm than good. 

Salt can be very harmful to the human body… /_if the proper amount of plain water is not taken with it_/ to keep the proper balance of electrolytes. 

You should be very careful when adding more plain water to your diet. Add it very slowly so that the water will not act as a diuretic causing you to lose your electrolytes and become ill (dehydrated). 

The body must adjust to drinking plain water after drinking coffee, tea and soda containing caffeine, because they contain caffeine or other chemicals that cause the body to work in a different mode. 

Just like you have to keep filling up the gas tank in a car or it stop’s running, the body works the same way. You must drink water at regular intervals throughout the day because our body does not have a “gas tank” to draw from. 

When you drink plain water the body uses what it needs right away and what it doesn’t need goes to the kidneys and out of the body. 

If a person has some swelling (edema) that is not from an injury or surgery and wants to get rid of it, Dr B says water can be used as a /natural diuretic/ providing their kidneys and heart are working ok. 

When we drink enough water to pass clear urine, we also pass out a lot of the salt that was held in the body. 

There are four suggested ways to take the salt. 

1. The first way is to just coat the front part of your tongue with the salt, making sure that you taste the salt, and then drink the water over the salt, washing it down. 

2. You could also just put the extra salt on your food. The only problem with that is acquiring a taste for very salty food. 

3. If you are very salt-sensitive then you would get some empty capsules and put the amount of salt you require into the capsules and take it with food. 

4. Mixing salt into the water for drinking is not a very good idea. Only young children and seniors that are having trouble remembering things should mix 1/8 tsp of salt into 16 oz of plain water and drink their water this way until they start remembering things again. 

Another medical doctor’s point of view

Dr David Brownstein, in his book “Salt your way to health”, said he was taught in medical school that salt causes high blood pressure and everybody should be on a low-salt diet. While treating his patients, he started to notice the ones who had high blood pressure received very little benefit from a low-salt diet. Most of them were also low on minerals. 

In his search for ways to help these patients he came across unrefined salt. By suggesting that his patients should use unrefined salt, which has over 80 trace minerals in it, he noticed something strange start to happen. 

His patients with high blood pressure were finding that their blood pressure was actually coming down. To the point they could come off of their medications. 

Dr Brownstein, MD has a current medical practice at Center for Holistic Medicine, West Bloomfield, MI 48323 (www.drbrownstein.com). Dr Brownstein’s book, “Salt your way to health” will show you how adding the right kind of salt to your diet can help: adrenal disorders, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fatigue, headaches, immune system function and thyroid disorders. 


Notes: 

1 – Alderman, M. Low urinary sodium is associated with greater risk of myocardial infarction among treated hypertensive men. Hypertension. 1995;25:1144-1152 

2 – Ruppert, M. et al. Short term dietary sodium restriction increases serum lipids and insulin in Salt-sensitive and salt resistant normotensive adults. Klin Wochenschr. 1991;69:(suppl. XXV):51-57) 

3 – Am. J. of Hypertension. 1991;4:410-415”
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Negative ions are beneficial to human body in four major ways:
Reprinted from "Economy Daily News" - January 30, 2002
Strengthen the functions of autonomic nerves
Reinforces collagen (tissues that are resilient and tension-related)
Improves the permeability of the cell's prototype plasma membranes (improves metabolism)
Strengthens the body's immune system
(Note: Mitochondria can be called the "powerhouse" of the cell. Most living organisms use food and oxygen to make ATP/energy in a process called cellular respiration. Most of cellular respiration takes place inside the mitochondria)
Negative ion regeneration for youthfulness and longevity
by John Heinerman, Ph.D.
Negative ions neutralize pollutants and provide positive effects on health to
Stimulate the reticulo-endothelial system, a group of defense cells in our bodies that marshal our resistance to disease
Act on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen. Negative ions in the bloodstream accelerate the delivery of oxygen to our cells and tissues
Speed up oxidation of serotonin (5-hydroxtryptamine) in the blood. This is well known to have far reaching effects on mood, pain relief and sexual drive.

How do Negative Ions Affects the Human Body?
Dr. Robert O. Becker, pioneering researcher and author of the book, The Body Electric and Cross Currents, has established that energy system within our bodies consists of two forces, magnetism and electricity, with the electricity component consisting of low-frequency direct-current (DC) electric field. This electromagnetic energy system is affected by the earth's natural electromagnetic environment, which is normally relatively quiet, with minor rhythmic variations, but which experiences great increase in an electromagnetic charged environment.
Numerous studies have established the effect of Negative Charged Ion environment on the human body. The negative charged environment has stimulated the body's own healing mechanism in the case of stress and specific physical problems.
Increase blood flow with resultant increased oxygen-carrying capacity, both of which are basic to help the body healing itself;
Changes in migration of calcium ions which can either bring calcium ions to heal a broken bone in half the usual time, or can help move calcium away from painful, arthritic joints;
The pH balance (acid/alkaline) of various body fluids. (Often out of balance in conjunction with illness or abnormal conditions)
Hormone production from the endocrine glands can be either increased or decreased by Negative Ion stimulation;
Altering of enzyme activity and other bio-chemical processes.
Studies Providing Effectiveness of Negative Ions:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
A recent study by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture found that ionizing a room led to 52% less dust in the air, and 95% less bacteria in the air (since many of the pollutants found in the air reside on floating dust particles).
The USDA also performed another study to test the effectiveness of negative ionization at removing airborne Salmonella Enteritidis. The negative ions drastically reduced the airborne salmonella particles, prompting the following statement from the USDA:
"These results indicate that negative air ionization can have a significant impact on the airborne microbial load in a poultry house and at least a portion of this effect is through direct killing of the organisms."
Agriculture Research Service (of USDA)
The Agriculture Research Service of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture tested the effectiveness of ionizers for removing dust in a poultry hatchery. The dust level is very high in such an environment. In this study, the use of an ionizer resulted in dust removal efficiencies that averaged between 81.1 ~ 92.2%. The airborne transmission of salmonella (to the eggs) was also significantly reduced as a result. (Summary of Study: http://www.nalusda.gov/ttic/tektran/data/000008/54/0000085456.html
Journal of Hygiene
Scientists showed that ionization reduced bacterial levels in burns and plastic surgery units by over 96% after a two-week period, which results in much better and more rapid healing of patients.
Journal of Applied Microbiology
The use of negative ions was even found by scientists to reduce the presence of airborne viruses by about 40%. A study featured in the 1987 issue also showed the negative ions are free from any adverse side effects.
Science
A 1976 study featured in this publication provided evidence that negative ions can have a biologically lethal effect on airborne microorganisms.
Journal of Hygiene
A 1979 study found that using negative ionization in the air protected chickens from airborne infection of the deadly Newcastle Disease Virus.
Journal of Food Protection
A 2001 study found that airborne negative ionization was highly effective at destroying airborne and surface salmonella.
University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania)
A test on male rats showed that just moderate levels of negative ions increased the resistance of the rats, reducing or eliminating the effect of some chemicals. (Summary of study: http://www.fjokk.hu/cejoem/files/Volume4/Vol4No1/Ce981-08.HTM
Effect of Negative Ions on Drivers
A study by Toyota Central R & D Labs, Inc. found that negative ions can improve fatigue and cognition of drivers. (Copy of study - PDF File http://www.tytlabs.co.jp/office/elibrary/preview/erev371pdf/e371_065sakakibara.pdf)
Negative Charged Ions are Effective in Treating Cancer (Cited from High-Voltage Treatment published by Youth Publishing)
In 1950; Dr. Haskell applied Negatively Charged Ions to patients of Hypertension. Amazingly, Negative Ions were proven to have a positive effect in lowering one's blood pressure, while no beneficial effects were observed with Positive Ions. Negative Ions are also effective against influenza, asthma and especially bronchial disease. Another study done by the University of Frankfurt involved a "Cancer Team" in order to further study the physical effects of Negative Ions to cancer cells. Different types of cancer cells were transfused into the bodies of mice. In order to have a base of comparison, one group of mice was put into a negative ion environment each day while the other group remained untouched. As a result, the mice in the negative ion environment lived, on average, for 59 days, while the mice that were untreated lived no longer than 34 days. The mice from the experimental team lived 25 days longer; some even lived as long as 80 days! The experiment's result confirms the effectiveness of Negative Ions in treating cancer.
"Negative Air Ions Stimulate Mitochondria" Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Region, Russia.
http://www.cryonet.org/cg i-bin/dsp.cgi?msg=12330
Other Negative Ion Benefits
Asthma, Allergies, and other Respiratory Problems and Illnesses. Many scientific studies have been conducted over the years (mostly in Europe and Russia) showing how exposure to high levels of negative ions drastically or significantly reduce asthma and allergy symptoms, as well as respiratory-related illness.
Studies have also shown a link between negative ion treatment and benefits for the following:
Migraine Headaches
Inhaling negative ions regulates the production of serotonin inside the brain. The overproduction of serotonin inside the brain is the cause of migraine headaches.
Depression
A study at Columbia University suggested that negative ion treatment is more effective than anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac and Zolof, and there are no side effects with negative ions.
Fatigue
The overproduction of serotonin (chemical produced inside the brain) also causes fatigue, and negative ions regulate the production of serotonin inside the brain.
Sleep
A study in France found that negative ionizers helped people to sleep better, by regulating the production of the chemical serotonin in the brain.
Mental Performance and Concentration
Several tests have shown people exposed to negative ion treatment perform much better in mentally-oriented activities than those who are not.
Physical Performance
Due to test results performed by Russian scientists, negative ionizers were always installed in the locker rooms and resting places for the Russian athletes.
Burns
Studies performed in one hospital found that burn patients were far more likely to recover more quickly and thoroughly.
Negative Ions for Alternative Ideals in Health, Science, and Medicine
The article in Alternative Ideas in Health, Science, and Spirituality (http://www.sumeria.net/health/ions.html) concluded that
Negative ions ACCELERATE the oxidative degradation of serotonin whereas Positive ions have the opposite action and inactive the enzymes which break down serotonin.
An INCREASE in the serotonin level (5-hydroxytryptamine) produces:
tachycardia,
a rise in blood pressure,
bronciospasam going as far as asthma attack,
increased intestinal peristalsis (contractions and dilations of the intestines to move the contents onwards),
increased sensitivity to pain,
increased aggression.
A DECREASE in the serotonin level is calming and increasing defenses against infections (as proven with influenza 'the flu').
Negative ions produce an INCREASE in hemoglobin/oxygen affinity so that the partial oxygen pressure in the blood rises but the partial carbon dioxide pressure decreases.
This results in reducing respiratory rate and enhancing the metabolism of water-soluble vitamins.
In addition, negative ions produce an INCREASE in PH and, in particular, an INCREASE in the secretory performance of the mucosa with an INCREASE in cilliary movement in the airways
This info was comprised by Oriental Detox

     

By Amanda Ennett
Imagine everyone sitting down for a big family feast. The best china set gently upon silk cloth, crystals brimming with fresh apple-cinnamon-ginger juice. An array of baked, steamed and sautéed vegetables decorate the table. Suddenly Grandma reaches for the salt, startled she rears back and exclaims, “Why is the salt PINK?!”
Oh Grandma, “Its Himalayan salt, and it’s wonderful!”
Origins
The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia passing through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Most people associate the Himalayans with Mount Everest, the highest peak on this planet, but here is something new to think about- salt.
Once upon a time (a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago) crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Aside from being kept it in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It is now hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary market.
Why Pink?
The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.
Benefits
In the same manner that vitamins and minerals are perfectly packaged in fruits and vegetables, because this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy.
(Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.)
Iodine- Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.
Less sodium consumed per serving- Himalayan salt is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 t. serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.
Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements- Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).
Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can:
 -Create an electrolyte balance
 -Increases hydration
 -Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
 -Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
 -Prevent muscle cramping
 -Aid in proper metabolism functioning
 -Strengthen bones
 -Lower blood pressure
 -Help the intestines absorb nutrients
 -Prevent goiters
 -Improve circulation
 Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.
Pink Salt vs. Sea Salt
Even though pink salts come from the mountains, they are technically sea salts as well. All salt comes from a salted body of water—namely, an ocean or salt-water lake. However, Himalayan salt is said to be the purest form of sea salt.
Why Table Salt is Inferior
Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures.
In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.
Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.
The Many Uses of Pink Salt
Cooking and curing- use pre-ground salt or grinders like any other salt.
Salt Slabs- used as serving platters, the slabs will impart an enhanced salt taste and mineral content. Chilled: decorate with fruits, sushi, vegetables or cheese. Frozen: present cold desserts and even sorbets. Heated: use the slabs to sear vegetables, shrimp, fish fillets or thinly sliced beef or even to fry an egg. The dense salt blocks conduct heat beautifully with near perfect heat distribution.
Best of all, Himalayan salt is naturally anti-microbial, so clean up requires just a quick scrub or rinse.
Decoration- use the salts in containers, as décor crystals and sprinkled on food for presentation.
Bathing- throw in the tub for a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. The replenishing nutrients stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Naturally rich in 80+ nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with pink bath salt is a healing and therapeutic experience for mind and body.
Potpourri Holders and Essential Oil Diffusers- many on-line sites sell beautiful home décor featuring the pink salt as crystal rocks.
Air purification- crystal rock lamps for air purification are also found and sold on-line.
Hopefully now you will not be as shocked as Grandma when you reach for the salt shaker and find pink crystals staring back at you!
If you eat meat, brining should be in your bag of tools. Brining makes meat very juice and succulent! Here’s is an extremely simple recipe for it.
Basic low sodium brine for pork and poultry. (Brine will work for up to 8 lbs. of protein.)
Ingredients
 -1 gallon water
 -3 ounces sea salt
 -3 ounces sugar (optional)
 -1 Tbsp. citrus zest (lemon, lime or orange – optional)
Instructions
 -Add the salt, sugar and other aromatics to a pot and bring the water to a simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
 -Remove the pot from the heat and chill before using the brine.
 -Let your protein brine for 6 hours.
 -Drain the protein, and let it rest and air dry in fridge for 2 hours.
 -Roast, broil or grill as you would!