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In this section you will read about many of the different negative ion studies that have been conducted. You will find that each study has a similar theme: excess positive ionization can cause many unwanted side effects, while negative ions provide energy and a sense of well-being, as well as numerous health benefits.
Study #1 In 1950, Youth Publishing published an article titled High-Voltage Treatment with the following excerpt on negative ions and their effectiveness at helping to treat cancer:
"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
Study #2 University of Frankfurt in Germany- The study was done by 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!"
Study #3 Soviet-era biophysicist named Alexander Leonidovich Tchijevsky- Russian researchers have conducted many studies based on negative ionization. One such researcher focused on the sun's effects on biology (heliobiology) and the effects of air ionization on biology, which he called "aero-ionization." Perhaps the most notable study performed by Tchijevsky showed just how important negative ions are to sustaining life. Several perfectly healthy small animals were placed in a well-oxygenated atmosphere that contained absolutely no negative ions. After only a few days, all of the animals had died even though they were receiving the same quality of air that they would normally breathe, only without the negative ions.
Study #4- Another Russian study from the late 1990s focused on how negative ions could influence or stimulate mitochondria. A mitochondrion is an elongated organelle that's found in the cytoplasm of most eukaryotic cells. It contains genetic material as well as enzymes that play major roles in proper cell metabolism by converting food to usable energy. The study helped shed light on how rats inhaling negative air ions (called NAI in the research paper) experienced positive chemical and energy reactions, particularly in the brain and liver.
After being injected with a dose of adrenaline, each rat was made to inhale negative ions. The administration of adrenaline "induced hyperactivation of the rate of phosphorylating oxidation of the succinic acid in liver and brain mitochondria which was accompanied by oxalacetate inhibition of succinate dehydrogenase as well as excessive Ca2+ accumulation in liver mitochondria." In other words, the adrenaline causes the succinic acid in their liver and brain to oxidize at an accelerated rate. At the same time, increased adrenaline reduces the effectiveness of succinate dehydrogenase, which is the only enzyme that participates in both the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain, and helps your body generate energy by burning through carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The negative air ions that were inhaled by the rats greatly diminished the hyperactivated responses and normalized the rate at which energy was burned. Lastly, the animals obviously became very excited once the adrenaline dose was administered, but NAI inhalation caused the animals to relax again, and some even fell asleep. The study concluded that negative ions can have positive physiological effects on our internal organs through inhalation.
Study #5- University of Pennsylvania's Graduate Hospital and at the Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia Research Studied the effects of negative ions on people with respiratory maladies. Patients who were suffering from allergies, asthma, or hay fever would come into the hospital with eyes watering, sneezing, itchy noses, and lack of proper sleep. After sitting in front of an on-site negative ion machine, over 63 percent of these patients experienced partial or complete relief, and some were even reluctant to leave!
Study #6 two Oxford University statisticians in Britain The researchers enlisted 100 patients who were suffering from asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. Each patient underwent negative ion therapy using a generator they purchased. Afterward, the Oxford researchers tried to interview as many subjects as possible, though they only managed to speak to 74 patients out of the 100 that had originally participated. Almost all of the sufferers of hay fever (11 out of 12) experienced notable improvements to their conditions. Likewise, of the 24 asthmatics, 18 reported improvements, and 13 or 17 patients suffering from bronchitis also noticed vast improvements.
Study #7 In South America, Brazil is well aware of the positive effects negative ions have on the respiratory system, and use them extensively in hospitals when a patient has breathing problems. To ensure that negative ions really improved respiratory ailments, a test was carried out involving 36 children who were suffering from asthmatic allergies. These children did not just have a case of the sniffles; each one had consistent problems, and in some cases were crippled by the severity of their allergies. After participating in extensive negative ion therapy, only one child suffered one more allergy attack, but the rest no longer suffered problems. By taking part in periodic sessions of negative ion therapy, the children continued living problem-free and were reportedly cured.
The research on negative ions and children with respiratory issues in Brazil produced amazing results but they were certainly not unique.
Study #7 In 1966, a Jerusalem hospital did a similar study, but this time involved infants instead of older children. A series of tests were performed on 38 infants between the ages of 2 and 12 months old. Each infant had almost the same degree of breathing problems. Divided into 2 groups of 19 infants, one was used as a control group in a room where ion generators would not be used, and the other group was placed in a ward where the negative ion generators were going to be used. The results were astonishing: the group that was exposed to the negative ions were cured much quicker without any treatment than the infants who did not gain exposure to negative ions but did get treated with drugs and antibiotics. Additionally, no negative side effects were experienced by the group of infants that did not receive drugs or antibiotics.
Study #8 Dr. Bernell E. Baldwin, PhD Fresh Air Study
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between normal, everyday air and "fresh" air? Why do you travel to local parks and beaches, or yearn to experience the great outdoors, just to breathe in fresh air? That is exactly what the late Dr. Bernell E. Baldwin, PhD set out to answer with an article he wrote several years ago called "Why is Fresh Air Fresh?" that was published in The Journal of Health and Healing.
Dr. Baldwin, who held a master's degree in physiology and a PhD in Neurophysiology, had worked as a consultant and instructor in Applied Physiology at a lifestyle center and hospital for over 30 years. In the piece, Dr. Baldwin explains that fresh air is indeed much different than the recirculated air you breathe in every day spent at home or in the office. The fresh air is electrified because the negative ions attach themselves to the oxygen molecules, resulting in air that revitalizes and improves our overall sense of well being.
When you are working with others in a confined area such as an office or any other workplace, the same air gets inhaled and exhaled again and again. Over the course of a normal work day, you will have breathed in the same recirculated air as everyone else numerous times. Add to this the fact that most buildings don't leave all the windows open to air out every night, and you could actually be breathing in much of the same polluted air day in and day out! This recirculated air is stale and devoid of any actual freshness, and the pollutants floating around are recycled throughout your body each day.
Dr. Baldwin's article aligns with the EPA's warning that indoor air is actually 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, discussed in the section Allergies and Asthma. If we were able to totally recreate the fresh air we inhale in natural settings, our work life quality would increase dramatically. A case of the Mondays would quickly be erased as your mood and spirit lifts, and your whole body experiences a decrease in anxiety and an increase in relaxation.
(Foehn Winds and Sharav)
There are many areas of the world where harsh, dry winds are experienced by the people who live there. Throughout the entire Middle East this wind is called the Khamsin (or Sharav in Hebrew, which is referenced in the Talmud, the central text of Judaism second to the Torah), in Germany it's called a Föhn or Foehn wind (Föhn roughly translating to "hairdryer"), and in the the Western United States we have the Santa Ana winds. Regardless of what they are called locally, these so called "witches' winds" all bring with them similar ailments -- residents who live in the areas affected by these rough winds often report severe headaches, depression, carelessness, fever, and various other symptoms.
Although more extreme, there have been reports that witches' winds also increase suicide and attempted suicide rates. Humans have always been sensitive to atmospheric changes before, during, and after a storm, and some expressions such as "feeling under the weather" or when you feel a storm "in your bones" directly reflect this.
Many of the countries that experience these winds are aware of the effects, but can do little to prevent them. The Swiss have previously blamed the Foehn wind for suicides, murders, car accidents, and domestic violence. In Germany, most notably the Munich area, surgeons postpone surgeries if one of these winds has been forecast. Even Rabbi Ishmael, a rabbinic sage from around 100 AD, once said that 99 people die of sunstroke (sharav) and one dies by the hand of heaven.
In order to take advantage of negative ions, here are 6 things you can do right now that will help boost your mental attitude, making you happier, more energetic and give you a better sense of well-boing: