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independent sources relating to the benefits of ionization.
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Aid in the treatment of burn patients.
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- Improve asthma and other respiratory
Reduce and/or destroy bacteria, viruses and other microbes
Needed in order to take in oxygen.
Counteract the effects of smoking.
Help prevent respiratory-related illnesses.
Help prevent migraine headaches.
Help combat fatigue.
Enhance mental performance and concentration.
Enhance physical performance.
Negative ions improve
asthma and other respiratory conditions.
"There is nothing subjective about a bawling
Brazilian hospitals now commonly use negative ion generators to
treat breathing problems, after a test involving 36 children with asthmatic
allergies. In each case, the problem was consistent or crippling. During the
treatment, only one of them suffered an asthma attack. Afterward, no attacks
were suffered by any of the children that sustained regular negative ion
therapy (Soyka, 1991).
In 1966, a hospital in Jerusalem
conducted a study involving 38 babies, between the ages of two and twelve
months, with about the same degree of respiratory problems. The babies were
separated into two groups of nineteen. One group was treated with nothing but a
negative ion electronic air cleaner, while the second
group was administered the standard treatment, which included drugs and
antibiotics with side effects. The babies in the group treated with the
negative ion air purifier were cured of asthma and
bronchitis much more quickly than those in the control group. The babies
in the negative ion group were also found to be less prone to rebound attacks.
Less scientifically, doctors found that the babies treated by negative
ion-enriched air didn’t cry as often or as loudly. But as Fred Soyka, the author
of The Ion Effect puts it, "there is nothing subjective about a bawling
baby" (Soyka, 1991).
In 1975, an East German doctor, who had by then treated more than 11,000
individuals with various respiratory conditions with a negative ion
electronic air cleaner, said that his patients reported with
"monotonous regularity" that the therapy had worked (Soyka, 1991).
You gotta like these odds
In the early 1960s, Dr. A. P.
Wehner used negative ion generators to treat over 1,000 patients in the
U. S. suffering from various respiratory ills, such as bronchial asthma,
pulmunary emphysema, laryngitis, bronchitis, dry hacking cough, upper
respiratory tract infection, and allergies. He reported that the symptoms
completely disappeared in 30.3% of the cases, improved significantly in
42.3% of the cases, showed some improvement in 20% of the cases,
and showed no signs of improvement in 7.4% of the cases (Wehner, 1962).
It’s all in the numbers
In Britain, two Oxford University statisticians conducted a
study among victims of asthma, bronchitis, and hay fever. The sample was
randomly selected from a list of people who had purchased a negative
ion air purifier. Through interviews, they found that 18 of 24
asthmatics, 13 of 17 bronchitis sufferers, 11 of 12 hay fever
victims, and 6 of 10 suffering from nasal catarrh, reported that the
product had noticeably improved their condition. A few even reported that it
cured their condition (Soyka, 1991).
When a negative is better than a positive
Postive ions, which occur in high levels in many indoor
environments, inhibit the body’s ability to prevent pollutants and contaminates
from entering the vulnerable areas of the respiratory tract. However, an
overdose of negative ions has proven to provide counteraction to this effect
(Kreuger, 1974; Soyka, 1991; Tchijewski, 1960).
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Reduce and/or destroy bacteria, viruses
and other microbes
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
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 and 92.2%. The airborne transmission of salmonella (to the eggs) was
also significantly reduced as a result.
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.
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Negative ions are needed in order to
take in oxygen.
"Please, we’re dying here!"
Russian scientist, Dr. A. L. Tchijewsky, tried raising mice, rats, guinea
pigs, and rabbits in totally de-ionized air. Almost all of them died within two
weeks due to an inability to utilize oxygen properly (Tchijewski,
Tchijewsky’s colleague, Dr. D. A.
Lapitsky, tried raising small animals in air completely devoid of oxygen. He
added only negative ions to the air as they were about to die from asphyxiation.
At which point, their respiration frequency drastically increased, as
they began to sit up and run around the chamber (Tchijewski, 1960).
Don’t travel to space without `em
Former NASA scientist James B. Beal, who came across the negative ion
problem while studying the type of environment needed in space capsules,
wrote: "The human race was developed in ionized air. Nature used the ions in
developing our biological processes." In other words, people have been designed
to function properly in an environment that contains certain level of ionization
The more the better
Fred Soyka, author of "The Ion Effect" reports that based on the 5,000 plus
scientific documents that have been published regarding negative ion
studies, all support the conclusion that an overload of negative ions seems to
be beneficial (Soyka, 1991).
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counteract the effects of smoking.
High levels of negative ions neutralize
the effect that tobacco smoke has on the cilia. Cilia are the microscopic hairs
located in the trachea that move rapidly back and forth to prevent pollutants
and toxins from traveling into the vulnerable areas of the respiratory tract.
The faster the cilia move, the more effective they are. However, tobacco smoke
slows down the ciliary beat, diminishing the body’s ability to keep
cancer-causing pollutants from entering the depths of the respiratory tract.
Tests have shown though, that adding high levels of negative ions to the air
accelerates the ciliary beat to normal levels (Soyka, 1991).
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Negative ions help
prevent respiratory-related illnesses.
"I hope I’m in group one."
In a study conducted in a Swiss textile mill, negative
ionizers were placed in two, 60’ by 60’ rooms, each containing 22 employees. In
one room, the negative ion electronic air cleaner was turned on during
the course of the study. In the other room, the negative ion air purifier
was permanently turned off, although the employees in this room were led to
believe they were working in a room enriched by negative ions. During this
six-month study, a total of 22 sick days were lost by employees working
in the room in which the negative ionizer was operating. In the room where the
machine was not operating, a total of 64 days were lost to sickness.
During a month-long flu epidemic, the first group lost a total of 3 days
to sickness, while the second group lost a total of 40 days to sickness
In a test involving a Swiss bank office,
one group of 309 worked in a negative ion-treated environment. A second
group of 362 worked in an untreated environment. Over the next several months,
for every day lost to respiratory illness (cold, flu, laryngitis, etc.)
in group one, 16 days were lost to respiratory illness in group two (Soyka,
"We liked them so much . . ."
In a Surrey University study at the Norwich Union Insurance
Group headquarters, eight negative ion generators were placed
in the computer and data preparation section. Before the test, the research team
spent a month compiling incident rates for complaints of sickness and headaches.
During the test in which the negative ion air purification systems were
in operation, incidents of sickness and headaches were reduced by 78%.
After testing was completed, the Norwich Union opted to keep the negative
ion electronic air cleaners (Soyka, 1991).
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Negative ions help prevent
Migraine headaches originate when an
overload of serotonin causes the diameter of blood vessels leading to the brain
to dilate, and get wider in the brain. Consequently, blood flow increases, and
pain receptors in the vessels are stretched, which leads to the excrutiating
pain associated with a migraine headache (Borne, 1998; others). In
numerous tests and studies though, negative ion treatment has proven to
prevent the overproduction of serotonin, and therefore the subsequent
migraine headaches (Kreuger,
1957; Soyka, 1991; Sulman, 1974).
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Negative ions are a
. . . and without the side effects!
In a study conducted by Columbia University, 25 people with SAD
(Seasonal Affective Depression) sat in front of a negative ion air
purifier for a half hour every morning for a month. Half the subjects were
given a low level of negative ions, and the other half a high level. The higher
level of negative ion treatment proved to be as effective against SAD as
antidepressants, such as Prozac and Zolof, and without the side effects of these
drugs (Finley, 1996).
Negative ions for a positive attitude
Positive ions, which are found in abundance in most indoor environements,
cause an overproduction of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps
the body deal with mental, emotional, and physiological stress. An
overproduction initially causes hyperactivity, which rapidly leads to anxiety,
and in some cases depression. Negative ion treatment has proven to be successful
in reducing the overproduction of serotonin, and
therefore successful in alleviating depression in some cases (Kreuger, 1957).
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Negative Ions Help
In 1957, a study published in the
Journal of General Physiology concluded that negative ions reduce the
overproduction of serotonin, a neurohormone that leads to exhaustion, among
other things, when overproduced (Kreuger, 1957).
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Negative Ions Enhance
Mental Performance and Concentration.
The Alpha wave rythms say it all
In 1969, Dr. Sulman, head of the department of Applied Pharmacology at
Hebrew University in Jerusalem at the time, brought in groups of people to spend
some time in a room low in negative ions, and also in a room that contained an
"overdose" of negative ions. While in each room, subjects were given word,
figure, and symbol tests. They scored "significantly higher" on these
tests when they were in the negative ion-enriched room. Plus, while in the
negative ion room, they showed (via the electroencephalogram) a slower,
stronger pulse rate of Alpha waves from the brain. Alpha wave rythms are a
measure of the brain’s acitivity and health. A slow, strong Alpha wave pulse
rate indicates healthiness, calmness, and heightened alertness. When the
subjects were in the negative ion-deficient room, they showed signs of
irratibility and fatigue in addition to lower test performance (Sulman, 1974).
The more difficult the better
In the study conducted by Surrey University at the Norwich Union Insurance
Group headquarters, the employees in the computer and data preparation section
that were exposed to high levels of negative ions showed a 28% increase in
overall task performance. The more difficult the task, the more
dramatic the improvement tended to be (Soyka, 1991).
In 1972 in Geneva, statistics showed that whenever there was a drastic
change in the weather, and a consequent drop in the negative ion
concentration in the air, traffic accident rates rose by more than 50%
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Negative ions enhance
The Ion Olympics
After World War II, the Russians extensively studied the relationship
between negative ions and physical performance. A team of doctors,
psychologists, and physicists observed and measured the performance of Olympic
athletes in various conditions of negative ions levels. In each test of
physical performance, the group that trained in facilities, and stayed in
quarters high in negative ion concentration showed tremendous improvements in
performance in comparison to the control group (Minkh, 1961).
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Negative Ions help us
to sleep better.
In 1969, French researcher found that the
overproduction of the neurohormone serotonin caused sleeplessness and
nightmares. In using a negative ion electronic air cleaner
to treat a group of people experiencing sleeping problems as a result of
serotonin overproduction, he found that most of them were able to sleep better
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Negative ions aid in
the treatment of burn patients.
In 1959, Dr. Kornbleuh treated a group of
138 burn victims at Northeastern General Hospital with negatived ionized air.
Within this group, 57.3% suffered significantly less pain and discomfort,
while healing more quickly and thoroughly. Only 22.5% of the control
group (the group of burn victims treated through conventional methods rather
than negative ionization) experienced similar improvements in the same time
frame. Statistically, the odds are 1,000 to 1 that these results were
coincidental. This study, along with other follow up tests, were evidence enough
for the hospital, which subsequently equipped its postoperative wards with
negative ion generators. The effectiveness of negative ion
treatment in these tests are likely a result of the extraordinary ability of
negative ions to remove pollutants from the air, resulting in reduced
infection and irritation of burn wounds (Kornbleuh, 1959).
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