From: "Andi DesJardins (fka Hosler)" <Enviroknow@AOL.COM>
Subject: [MCS] Negative Ions
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 1997 17:09:27 -0500
Post FYI only, NOT a recommendation, NOT medical advice. Use this
information at your own risk.
Why Are Negative Ions So Healthy?
Lenard (1915) found that when water is atomized (e.g. on impact of a
water droplet), negative and positive charges are SEPARATED.
Molecules which are torn from the surface of the water bear a
NEGATIVE charge (small negative ions) whereas large drops or the
entire mass of water are POSITIVE.
This provided an unexpected explanation for the refreshing,
invigorating effect of residences close to a waterfall or spring, or
even after rain.
Some of these reactions which IMPROVE WELL-BEING and physical and
mental capacity have since become known.
1) Negative ions ACCELERATE the OXIDATIVE DEGRADATION of
serotonin whereas POSITIVE ions have the opposite action and
INACTIVATE the ENZYMES which BREAK DOWN SEROTONIN.
2) An INCREASE in the serotonin level (5-hydroxytryptamine)
b) a rise in blood pressure,
c) bronchospasm going as far as ASTHMA ATTACK,
d) increased INTESTINAL PERISTALSIS (contractions and
dilations of the intestines to move the contents
e) increased SENSITIVITY to pain,
f) increased AGGRESSION.
3) A DECREASE in the serotonin level is CALMING and INCREASES
DEFENSES AGAINST INFECTION (as proven with influenza 'the
4) 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 REDUCED RESPIRATORY RATE and ENHANCES 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 CILIARY MOVEMENT in the airways.
According to the studies of Fleischer and Pantlitschko, negative
ions probably also IMPROVE BLOOD FLOW by increasing the release of
proteolytic enzymes with fibrinolytic activity.
Wordens studied the adrenals of golden hamsters kept under the same
experimental conditions. The adrenals of animals treated with
POSITIVE ions weighed 33% LESS than the adrenals of animals treated
with normal respiratory air.
On the other hand, the weight of the adrenals from golden hamsters
treated with NEGATIVE ions was 29% HIGHER.
Olivereau found a 30% ENLARGEMENT of adrenals in rats after 20 days
of treatment with NEGATIVE ions. This finding suggests that the
ability of the adrenals to produce glucocorticoids is REDUCED by
POSITIVE ions and INCREASED by NEGATIVE ions.
Considerable INCREASE in VITAL CAPACITY were observed by M.A.
Vytchikova and A. Minkh in 1959, with the maintenance of blood sugar
and blood oxygen levels.
Thus, in a group of 9 sports students, Minkh found that ergometer
endurance was INCREASED by 260% in 32 days compared with a normal
control group following the INHALATION for 15 minutes DAILY of air
enriched with 1.5 million NEGATIVE small ions per centimeter.
Even before the 1976 Olympics, air ionization in the sleeping
quarters of team members was used to improve performance in sports
centres in the USSR and the GDR [M. Jokl, Prague].
Studies by Altmann in 1975 clearly show that the performance of
school children can, for example, be CONSIDERABLY INCREASED by
changing the electrical conditions of the rooms. Comparable effects
have also been achieved by the use of IONIZED AIR.
According to the latest information in the fields of medicine,
biology and meteorology, it can be definitively established that
atmospheric ions have a biological effect.
Atmospheric electrical factors are a component of our environment
and we humans are clearly affected by ELECTRO-IONIC MICROCLIMATES to
a far greater extent than previously imagined.
This finding acquires particular significance since, as a result of
artificial air conditioning (e.g. atmospheric pollution, buildings,
air-conditioning units, heating, electrical installations,
plastics), civilized man spends 50-100% of his time in an
UNNATURALLY CHARGED ELECTROCLIMATE.
In cities, in closed rooms and in cars, etc., the proportion of
small negative ions in the atmosphere is markedly reduced compared
with undisturbed nature.
An atmosphere with an EXCESS of NEGATIVE ions, such as frequently
arise under open sky, usually INDUCES a complete VEGETATIVE TURN-
AROUND within twenty days.
In the curative phase of this total turn-around, the vegetative
nervous system is normally RESTORED and the course of infectious
diseases is essentially ATTENUATED (weakened) and (healing is)
The information in this paper provides more than sufficient
evidence that negative ion generators can only be a good
investment. The small decorative water fountains which cascade
or spray are not only visually appealing, but also provide the
pleasing sound of moving water. Now with the explanation of
the negative charge from the rupturing of the water molecule,
we can see how the atomizing process is a highly desirable
effect to bring about.
Many of the electronics magazines have ads in the back for
companies which sell surplus. We have seen small plastic
impeller pumps which could easily be built into a fountain or
waterfall. The cost is minimal, something on the order of $5
to $25 for the pump, plastic, plaster of paris, concrete,
fiberglass or earth all can be used to build the fountain.
A very neat and healthful project, in fact, something which
could make money for all you entrepeneurs. Many people would
buy such devices if they were available for a reasonable price.
One in the bedroom, where face it, we spend at least 6 hours
per day, one in the living room or den, where we spend up to 4
hours or more per day. There are lots of possibilites.
For that matter, the atomizer does not have to be decorative,
just a way to moisturize the air with the negatively ionized
droplets. Incidentally, most modern cooling systems use
refrigerated air which means the air is essentially
recirculated and the majority of the moisture is REMOVED.
Have fun and good health to you!
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