The Benefits of Negative Ions and My Hair Dryer

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by calin, May 13, 2012.

    1. calin

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      I noticed that after using my hair dryer my T would be negligible or gone for moments to minutes to hours after. I thought hmmmm. What's up with that! Is it the sound canceling out my tinnitus?

      After this last use and noticing the decrease of my T, I remembered that my hair dryer purposely emits negative ions. They are supposed to close off the hair shaft and help keep one's hair in good condition... or something like that.... reduce static, etc. I use a Jilbere Tourmaline series one.

      So, off to do more research on negative ions.

      I didn't find too much out there on negative ions and tinnitus relief per se, but did find lots of research and testimonials for the benefits to one's bodily systems and moods.

      I also found that if this hair dryer thing would help reduce or eliminate the T sound, it would be a crazy thing for me to carry around my hair dryer all day long to duplicate the temporary effects. What is there out there for me to try that creates negative ions other than my new best friend - my hair dryer?????

      I found all kinds of sports bands, machines and even small personal sized ones that emit negative ions. The sports bands didn't appeal to me, nor did I trust it. I liked the USB plug for the computer. I may look into that later. I got a toumaline/zeolite wrist band one for less than $35 to try out. Meanwhile I have my hair dryer next to my computer to blast the air with every now and then! hahaha

      I will post some of the research and sources for you to browse through.

      You decide.....

      I am the guinea pig on this one! ;)
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Oct 2011
      Health Benefits of Negative Ions
      The astounding degree to which negative ions can contribute to good health is becoming increasingly apparent, as extensive research on the subject suggests.
      Negative ions are in the air that we breathe as well as in our bodies. They neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism and enhance immune function. In addition, they purify the blood and balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion. Negative ions also protect the body and mind from the harmful effects of environmental stressors such as electromagnetic fields. See below for more on the amazing healing properties of negative ions. negions.jpg

      In order to ensure our health and well being, it is crucial that we surround ourselves with a sufficient amount of negative ions. In addition to wearing Ki Flow Ion Therapy Jewelry, which produces negative ions and may elevate their levels in our bodies, eating clean, healthy, alkaline-producing foods can also increase our negative ion levels.
      What are Ions?
      Ancient peoples recognized that the air is "electric," so to speak, but it is thought that the formal study of ions did not begin until fairly recently. In 1899, two German scientists, Elster and Geitel, discovered that there are particles in the atmosphere that carry electricity. These particles were later named "air ions" by the British scientist Faraday. The word "ion" was taken from the Greek language, in which it means to "go" or "wander about."
      Ions are invisible particles, either molecules or atoms, which bear an electric charge. Atoms, for instance, consist of an atomic nucleus that contains neutral neutrons and positively charged protons, as well as orbiting electrons that are negatively charged. When an atom is in a neutral condition, the number of protons (+) and electrons (-) is equal. When the number of protons and electrons is not the same, the particle becomes an ion that is either positively or negatively charged. Generally speaking, positive ions are harmful to the human body, while negative ions are beneficial.
      Positive Ion: an atom (or molecule) that has lost one or more electrons due to a high-energy impact. Natural forces that generate positive ions include the decay of radioactive minerals, radon gas, forest fires, lightning and ultraviolet rays.
      Negative Ion: an atom (or molecule) that has gained one or more extra negatively charged electrons. Negative ions are naturally generated by evaporating water.
      Electrons are highly sensitive to shock, impact, electric current and atmospheric change. Air pressure or heat, for instance, can cause electrons to escape from atoms and dissipate, increasing the number of positive ions in the air.
      As mentioned above, the balance of negative and positive ions in the air is easily disturbed. A good example of this can be seen in the changes in ion levels associated with storm activity. Several hours before a thunderstorm, for instance, low atmospheric pressure causes the number of positive ions in the air to increase dramatically, to levels that sometimes exceed 5000 ions per cm³. In contrast, during a storm, negative ions increase to several thousand per cm³ while positive ions decrease, often to below 500 per cm³. (You can detect similarly high negative ion concentrations near waterfalls - see the chart below.)
      In our daily lives, as well, we can directly experience the electricity of ions in the air in the form of static electricity - especially in winter, when the air is dry. Static is caused by a high ratio of positive to negative ions because of a lack of moisture in the air.

      The Ratio of Negative to Positive Ions is Crucial to Health
      The ratio of negative to positive ions is crucial, because negative ions are able to neutralize the harmful effects of positive ions. At the beginning of the 20th century, the ratio in the atmosphere was 1.2 negative ions for every positive ion. However, in recent years, the ratio has reversed and now there are 1.2 positive ions for every negative ion. This is due to environmental hazards such as air and water pollution, electromagnetic fields, and other factors.
      Positive and negative ions also exist in our bodies, and the ratio of ions in the air we breathe influences the ratio in our bodies. Ions enter the body through the lungs (inhalation) as well as through the skin - especially through meridian (acupressure) points, which have weak electronic resistance. Then they travel through the blood and lymphatic systems to cells throughout the body. Wearing Ki Flow Ion Therapy Jewelry may increase the number of negative ions absorbed through the skin.
      Negative and Positive Ion Levels Measured in Various Locations
      Negative Ions Positive Ions
      Offices 70 1,400
      Industrial Areas 50 300
      Shopping Arcades 220 280
      Residential Areas 200 180
      Forests 2,500 800
      Kowakidani Hot Spring 2,500 820
      Near Minoh Waterfall 5,000 300
      (These measurements were taken in Japan)
      In some offices with computer stations, no negative ions were detected at all! Inside typical Tokyo residences, positive ions were found to be 500 times more numerous than negative ions. These findings may be due to inadequate ventilation both in office buildings and energy - efficient houses, as well as from the use of electronic devices that generate electromagnetic fields and from building materials that emit formaldehyde and other toxic fumes. On the other hand, high negative ion levels, such as at waterfalls, hot springs and other highly moist areas, will neutralize positive ions, leading to very low positive ion levels.
      In any case, these measurements suggest that it is difficult to maintain sufficient levels of negative ions in the present age.
      How Positive and Negative Ions Affect Our Bodies
      Negative Ions Positive Ions
      Blood vessels Dilate blood vessels Constrict blood vessels
      Blood Pressure Stabilize BP Increase BP
      Blood Increase blood alkalinity Increase blood acidity
      Bones Strengthen bones Weaken bones
      Urinary tract Promote urination;
      increase nitrogen in urine Suppress urination;
      decrease nitrogen in urine
      Respiratory Stabilize respiration and make breathing easier Accelerate respiration and make breathing more difficult.
      Pulse rate Decrease pulse rate Increase pulse rate
      Heart Enhance heart function Impair heart function
      Fatigue Speed physical recovery Prolong physical recovery
      Autonomic Nervous System Calm and relax nerves Tense and strain the nervous system
      Growth Promote healthy growth Suppress and delay growth

      Harmful Effects of Positive Ions
      Ions were first linked to human health by a Japanese medical study in 1910, which showed that patients with arthritis experienced greater pain when weather fluctuations elevated the percentage of positive ions in the atmosphere. As a result of this and other research, in Japan the close relationship between ions and health has long been widely recognized.
      Cold fronts and low pressure systems increase the percentage of positive ions in the atmosphere, leading to a decrease in the number of negative ions in our bodies. Doctors in Japan report that under such conditions, the symptoms of their asthma and arthritis patients are aggravated, and the number of strokes increases.
      In North America, the relationship between positive ions and asthma has also been studied. Positive ion winds (in which there are extremely high concentrations of positive ions) in Calgary, Alberta, southern California, and other places around the world have been found to coincide with increased incidence of asthma attacks (Guy Cramer, "Advanced Research on Atmospheric Ions and Respiratory Problems", Certified Medinex Website, Sept. 2, 1996,
      Moreover, in recent years a number of doctors in Japan report that high levels of positive ions in the immediate environment - due to electromagnetic fields generated from computers, cell phones and other electronic devices - can both impair brain function and suppress the immune system, leading to a host of ailments. Symptoms include headache, lack of energy, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, nausea, stomachache, breathing difficulty, vertigo (dizziness), poor concentration and mental performance, and sleep disturbance. When blood or urine samples from individuals reporting such symptoms are analyzed, extremely high levels of the stress hormone serotonin are detected. This hormone is known to be potentially harmful to the body at high levels, and it is thought that positive ions may work to increase serum serotonin. (Negative ions, on the other hand, cause the body to convert excess serotonin into a harmless compound).
      Positive ions turn into free radicals in the body, oxidizing cells throughout the entire system. They damage healthy cells and increase the acidity of the blood. When cells are oxidized, lactic acid levels rise drastically, resulting in a variety of maladies, including cancer. The balance of the endocrine, immune, and autonomic nervous systems is thrown off, and blood and lymph circulation declines. As a result, aging processes accelerate, and premature aging occurs.
      The following are human-made environmental factors that increase positive ion levels; each hazard is either new to the last century, or has magnified significantly during that time.
      Human-Made Hazards that Increase Positive Ion Levels
      1. Exhaust fumes - the major environmental cause
      2. Factory smoke
      3. River pollution and acidic rain
      4. Dioxin produced from the burning of waste materials
      5. Pesticides and food additives
      6. Formaldehyde
      7. Phosphorus compounds used in everyday products
      8. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by X-rays, electric appliances, computers and other electronic devices, power lines, etc.
      Negative Ions Neutralize Free Radicals
      It is said that 2% of the oxygen we breathe turns into free radicals in our bodies. When these free radicals combine with free radicals produced by other sources (such as heavy metals, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and positive ions), they become even more harmful. Negative ions work to prevent oxidation by neutralizing the free radicals in our cells. As a result, cells are revitalized, and immunity and resistance are strengthened. Negative ions also work to balance the autonomic nervous system and improve gastrointestinal function. They can relax the mind and body, promote deep sleep, increase metabolism, stabilize appetite and blood pressure, enhance recovery from physical exhaustion, and help one feel refreshed and invigorated. Negative ions are essential to overall health. Below is a summary of the healing properties of negative ions.

      Healing Properties of Negative Ions
      Recovery from physical exhaustion or fatigue - by increasing oxygen levels in the blood and facilitating more efficient oxygen utilization, negative ions help accelerate recovery from fatigue.
      Stabilizing brain function - by promoting abundant oxygen levels in the blood, negative ions help normalize brain function, resulting in relaxation and calmness.
      Blood purification - by increasing the levels of calcium and sodium in the blood stream, negative ions help restore a healthy (slightly alkaline) pH balance to the blood.
      Increasing metabolism - by stimulating the exchange of electronic substances in cell walls, negative ions help increase metabolism.
      Strengthening the immune system - high levels of negative ions promote production of globulin in the blood, resulting in stronger resistance to illness.
      Balancing the autonomic nervous system - negative ions can calm and relax taut nerves by balancing the opposing sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system.
      Promoting better digestion - by counteracting over-arousal of the sympathetic nervous system, negative ions help ease tension in the stomach and intestines, promoting the production of digestive enzymes and enhancing digestion.
      Cell rejuvenation - negative ions help revitalize cell metabolism, enhancing the vitality of muscle tissue and strengthening internal organs.
      For overall health - negative ions can rejuvenate and revitalize all of the body's systems and cells, promoting a stronger overall constitution.

      Researching the Effects of Negative Ions
      Studies Conducted in Japan
      Many doctors and researchers in Japan have been studying the effects of negative ions. According to them, an insufficient number of negative ions in our environment results in suppressed immune, nervous, and digestive function, eventually leading to a variety of illnesses. Some doctors in Japan even treat their patients using a medical device that produces natural (not artificially produced) negative ions, with successful results. Below are some of the research results on the effects of negative ions.
      In 1975, Nanzandoh Medical Clinic in Japan published some astonishing results from their research on negative ion therapy, finding it effective in the treatment of high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tinnitus (ringing of the ears), as well as for various disorders of the nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems, thyroid gland, and skin. It was also found to speed recovery from illness and slow aging processes.
      A clinic near Ueyamada Hot Spring in Shinshu, Japan, treated Alzheimer's patients with negative ion therapy, and more than half were cured of the disease, recovering on their own with no further treatment! Following this, a medical team at Shinshu University also found that negative ions work to heal damaged cells in mice.
      Dr. Tomoh Tsubushi, a medical professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University and sports medicine specialist, has closely followed negative ion research. In 1997, he concluded from his own studies that when negative ion therapy was applied after exercise, it quickly normalized blood pressure, reduced serum serotonin levels, and accelerated recovery time from exhaustion. In 2000, his paper on the beneficial effects of negative ions on the human body was published in Shuki no Kenkyu, a Japanese scientific journal.
      According to research conducted by Shiseido, the world renowned Japanese cosmetics company, inhaling air containing 3,200 positive ions per cubic centimeter for 20 minutes resulted in thirst, loss of voice, and nasal congestion due to elevated serum serotonin levels. In contrast, inhaling negative ions for 10 minutes stabilized brain waves, resulting in a sense of calmness. In the group that inhaled negative ions, hardly any serotonin was detected in blood or urine samples. (Negative ions cause the body to convert excess serotonin - the antagonist for most of the problems - into a harmless chemical compound).
      Studies Conducted in the U.S. and Other Counties
      The following is excerpted from an article by Guy Cramer, entitled "Advanced Research on Atmospheric Ions and Respiratory Problems" (Certified Medinex Website, Sept. 2, 1996,
      "A doctor treating burn victims with negative ion generators found that those patients who also had respiratory problems - chronic bronchitis or asthma - all reported that negative ion therapy helped them breathe more easily. With these findings the doctor started research into the effects of ions on respiratory ills. This research was carried out at the Northeastern Hospital, at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate Hospital, and the Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia. He found 63% of patients suffering from hay fever or bronchial asthma 'have experienced partial or total relief' because of negative ion therapy. One hospital doctor who worked on the project said later, 'They come in sneezing, eyes watering, nose itching, worn out from lack of sleep, so miserable they can hardly walk. Fifteen minutes in front of the negative ion machine and they feel so much better they don't even want to leave.'"
      "The U.S. experimenters Windsor and Becket gave sixteen volunteers overdoses of positive ions for just 20 minutes at a time and all of them developed dry throats, husky voices, headaches, and itchy or obstructed noses. Five of the volunteers were tested for total breathing capacity, and it was found that a positive ion overdose reduced that capacity by 30 percent. Exposed to negative ions for ten minutes, the volunteers' maximum breathing capacity was unaffected. What is significant here is that negative ions did not affect the amount of air breathed, but positive ions made breathing more difficult."
      "In Britain, two Oxford University statisticians conducted a study among 100 victims of asthma, bronchitis, and hay fever chosen at random from a list of people who had purchased negative ion generators in the hope that it would help their problems. In the end their report was based on interviews with only 74 of the 100. They found that 18 of 24 asthmatics; 13 of 17 bronchitis sufferers; 11 of 12 hay fever victims; and 6 of 10 people afflicted with nasal catarrh reported that negative ion generators had noticeably improved their condition. A few claimed the generator had cured them."
      "Brazilian Hospitals have commonly used ionizing devices for the treatment of breathing problems, including allergies, following a test involving 36 children with asthmatic allergies. All of them had consistent and in some cases crippling problems before taking negative ion therapy; during the treatment only one of them suffered an allergy attack and afterward all were reportedly cured, at least to the point that they no longer suffered problems so long as they took part in occasional negative ion therapy sessions."
      "In 1966 at a hospital in Jerusalem, doctors performed a series of tests on 38 infants between two and twelve months old. All suffered to about the same degree from respiratory problems. They were divided into two groups of nineteen, one kept as a control group in a ward without any ion charge and the other where a negative ion generator was in use."
      "The researchers reported that negative ions without any other treatment - that is, no drugs - seemed to cure attacks of asthma and bronchitis more quickly than drugs, antibiotics included. They also observed that there were none of the 'adverse side effects' frequently found when treating such children with drugs. They concluded that the children treated with negative ions were less prone to 'rebound attacks' (relapses). As to objectivity, the scientific report said that the tests 'demonstrated that the atmospheric ions have an effect on infants, especially those suffering from asthmatic bronchitis.' Less scientifically, they found that babies didn't cry as often and as loudly when they were breathing negative ions as they did in normal air. And there is nothing subjective about a bawling baby."
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Ok, the above is just about as much as there is out there that I found in my hour or two research.

      Now, my hair dryer has the word toumaline as the name of it, so I wondered what that is all about.

      Here is more on that from that same site. It's easier to use that site as the information is all there and I don't have to search out specific stuff from my internet research again.

      Tourmaline - The Electric Stone
      Tourmaline is a naturally occurring mineral widely used as a semi-precious gemstone, and it has unique electric properties responsible for many beneficial health effects.
      From the scientific standpoint, tourmaline is known to generate a weak electric current, producing far infrared rays and converting moisture in the air to negative ions.
      Ki Flow Ion Therapy Jewelry contains black tourmaline and also zeolite, which acts as a catalyst enabling the tourmaline to produce more ions. tourmaline.jpg

      Unlike mechanically produced negative ions, those generated by tourmaline are completely natural and safe and have no negative side effects. In fact, many of the beneficial effects of tourmaline are thought to be brought about by the negative ions it emits.
      Tourmaline can also be transparent or any translucent shade of red, pink, purple, yellow, green, blue, brown or amber. And it can appear as a lovely combination of any of these colors. But black tourmaline is believed by holistic practitioners to emit the most powerful healing energy of all tourmaline gems.
      Positive Effects of Tourmaline
      Mineralizes Water - Tourmaline is thought to be effective in removing the foul odor from drinking water by altering the bad-smelling component of chlorine.
      Alkalinizes Water and Body Fluids - Tourmaline can also make water slightly alkaline. Because tropical fish favor such an environment, it is beneficial for them to have their fish tanks lined with tourmaline. Worn directly on the body, tourmaline also adjusts body fluids to a slightly alkaline pH, which is optimal for health.
      Suppresses Electromagnetic Fields - In recent years, tourmaline has been closely investigated for its potential to counteract the effects of electromagnetic fields, which are thought to be harmful. Researchers suspect that the weak electric current generated by tourmaline suppresses electromagnetic fields in the immediate environment.
      Fights Bacteria and Maintains Freshness - Tourmaline has been shown to have antibacterial and deodorizing effects when placed in refrigerators and cars. In addition, tourmaline prevents foul smells from being absorbed into a variety of materials.
      Surfactant Properties - Because of its surfactant (detergent) properties, tourmaline enhances cleaning effectiveness and prevents dirt adhesion.
      Health Effects - Worn on the body, tourmaline is thought to prevent cholesterol coagulation and build-up in blood vessels. Cells throughout the body are invigorated and immune function is enhanced by tourmaline. It is also thought to purify the blood, stimulate the autonomic nervous system, calm overexcited sympathetic nerves, and promote sound sleep.
      Generates Negative Ions & Far Infrared Rays - The tourmaline granules in Ki Flow Ion Therapy Jewelry can be effective in treating neck stiffness and other conditions, because the weak electric current and far infrared rays that they generate improve circulation. In addition, tourmaline's electrolytic properties cause it to emit negative ions, which are thought to have multiple healing effects on the mind and body.
      blacktourmaline2.jpg These many beneficial properties make tourmaline (especially black tourmaline) one of the most amazing minerals on the planet.
      Discovery of a Weak Electric Current in Tourmaline
      Scientists have long been intrigued by the unique electrical and magnetic properties of tourmaline. Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of the lightning rod, possessed at least one tourmaline stone and is said to have used it in his experiments. In 1880, Pierre Curie, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (with his wife, the famous Marie Curie), discovered with his brother Jacques, a mineralogist, that tourmaline carries a weak electric charge when it is heated (pyroelectricity) or when pressure is applied to its surface (piezoelectricity). Later, research in Japan confirmed that tourmaline carries a faint but constant electric charge of 0.06mA, which is why tourmaline continues to be known as "the electric stone," especially in Asia. Japanese researchers also found that no matter how small tourmaline is ground or crushed, it is still capable of conveying an electric current. This helps explain the effectiveness of the tourmaline granules in Ki Flow Ion Therapy Jewelry.
      Unlimited Solar Energy Is the Source of Tourmaline's Power!
      The electric current that courses through tourmaline is actually a flow of electrons originating in the sun. The sun bathes the earth in a continuous stream of negatively charged electrons, which enter the positively charged side of the tourmaline material and exit from the oppositely charged side. With this current flowing through it at all times, tourmaline is like a battery with unlimited life, one that never runs out!
      Workers in Tourmaline Mines Experience Fewer Illnesses
      The first tourmaline, discovered in 1703 in Sri Lanka, was transparent. Hence, the gemstone was first used as imitation diamond. However, gradually it became clear that tourmaline possessed some amazing qualities of its own. For instance, it was observed that tourmaline crystal warmed by sunlight demonstrated the mysterious ability to attract and repulse lightweight objects (illustrating the gem's pyroelectric properties). Moreover, although bronchial ailments are generally common among miners, workers in Brazilian tourmaline mines were found to suffer fewer such illnesses.
      The Power of Black Tourmaline in Holistic Healing
      In holistic healing, tourmaline is known for a variety of healing properties (such as enhancing mental alertness, increasing self-confidence, and strengthening one's psychic energy), with the particular use depending on the color of the gem. Black tourmaline has been used since ancient times to deflect negative energy. It is linked to the root chakra and spiritual grounding in energetic healing and is used for treating anxiety, nervous disorders, kidney and adrenal problems, and heart disease. Black tourmaline is also thought to boost immune function and shield the body from the effects of radiation.
    4. Karen

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Calin --- Fascinating information! I have a negative ion hair dryer, too (Conair IonShine), and will give that a try. Also, I've had several ion cleanse footbaths (for detox), and have noticed that after those footbaths, the tinnitus seemed a bit calmer than before. I really do think that there's something to this! I might consider trying a black tourmaline gemstone, too, to see if it helps.

      Thanks again for all your research --- and for being the guinea pig on this one!
    5. Molan
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      Calin you might want to research 'Earthing'. When you touch the ground barefoot you pick up negative ions. In fact in nature animals are grounded 24/7 and are always picking up negative ions.

      Check out

      Thet have developed technology that allows you to sleep 'earthed' so you are picking up all these negative ions as you sleep!

      For the skeptics check out,

      It has all the research done on this concept by Phd scientists and the results are very promisng!

      Unfortunely I have been sleeping earthed for the past 6 months with no change to my Tinnitus unfortunetly but just because it hasn't done anything for me dosen't mean it won't have an effect on other people. I believe this concept will eventually become mainstream sooner rather then later. It also makes sense to me to be connected to the earth 24/7 in nature and pick up all the free negative ions from the ground.
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      I have that before Molan. Actually only about the grounding part. I don't think my feet have touched the ground (barefooted) in years. I am on concrete, mats and rugs all day.

      I would like to know what amount of negative ions the ground does pass on to us. Do you know?

      ps.... you are a doll for bringing this to the forum. Love it! ;)
    7. Molan
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      Molan Member

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      Hi Calin what do you mean you have that before? Do you mean you have mentioned the Earthing technology before on this site? If so I apologise I didn't see it all I saw was what you wrote about grounding on this page.

      Earthing technology for those who don't know allows people the benefits of being grounded without having to be outside barefoot. It has been shown to help protect against EMF and provides some of the most potent anti-oxidants known to man. You can get Earthing sheets to sleep on as well as mats for the daytime while indoors.

      Calin I don't have my Earthing book on me where I'am at the moment so cannot say how many negative ions you get but am pretty sure you would get a continuous supply from being grounded.
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Oct 2011
      haha... OPPSIE!!

      I have "heard" that before! so sorry! forgive me, I have worked long hours and non stop for over a week.

      Hey Molan, this is a great link to check out a lot of research done on negative ions. This guy did his homework!

      No worries about the ion release numbers... just thought you may have that info waiting to be spit out!Just kidding! lol (in a good mood - I got blasted with my hair dryer!)
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      I found this on far infrared treatments - see site for full information :

      Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions Relieved with Infrared Heat In Japan, ear, nose, and throat conditions were relieved with infrared heat treatments:
      - Chronic middle-ear inflammation or infection (in one study of chronic serous otitis media no pathogenic bacteria were isolated in 70 percent of the subjects studied after the use of heat)
      - Sore throats
      - Tinnitus (chronic severe case cleared with 10 infrared treatments)
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      calin Member Benefactor

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      I remembered I had some germanium things that I had put away a couple of years ago - and forgot about. Germanium also releases negative ions. I am now researching that!

      I have felt calmer with the germanium bracelet on. I also have a wand with germanium stones in it and am rolling the wand over my skin when I remember.

      I will start another thread with any good findings that may relate to tinnitus and calming effects to the body.

      haha... I am also rolling the germanium wand on my animals. They really like it! lol
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Practical Ideas & Organic Things

      Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) an Environmental Illness

      November 5, 2010
      Environmental illnesses are known under a number of names, like Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Electro-Hypersensitivity, Sick Building Syndrome.
      Unfortunately, doctors are unable to diagnose any of these illnesses easily, if at all, as they are not widely recognised as “existing at all”!
      In sweden, however, it has been officially recognised as a functional impairment, rather than a disease. The swedes have and continue to try and find adequate solutions to this modern illness.
      Many people suffer from this illness without even being aware of the cause, headaches, tiredness, tinnitus, difficulty concentrating,etc…
      Obviously, everyone is different, so their symptoms will generally vary slightly, according to their age, corpulence, environmental surroundings.
      After researching this topic for a long time, i contacted a specialist in the subject. he taught me a number of essential facts that I was unaware of.
      The mere fact of living in a house or flat that is connected to EDF, means that you are already living in an unhealthy environment, as regards electromagnetic pollution.
      There are apparently three types of electricity:
      - Electric fields
      -Magnetic fields
      -Electromagnetic radiation.
      Electric & magnetic fields are areas in which there is an electric force being exerted on whatever is in the field. An easy way to think of them are that Electric fields are produced by the forces of an electric charge. Magnetic fields, on the other hand, are produced when electric charges are in motion
      Electromagnetic radiation is a wave of energy being emitted in a straight line away from it’s source. Electromagnetic Fields (EMF’s)is the collective term for all 3 types.
      How can these Electromagnetic fields affect our bodies?
      Our bodies are mass of chemicals and electromagnetic signals. This incredibly complex mass communicates using very subtle yet very specific electrical and chemical messages.
      For millions of years we lived with the magnetic field from the earth, with the light and ultraviolet coming from the sun and with the relatively small amounts of naturally occurring electromagnetic radiation in nature. It wasn’t a problem. Our bodies have natural defenses against invaders, be it chemicals, small amounts of electricity or bacteria.
      But in the last 20-30 years our environment has been been completely swamped with electricity and chemicals like never before!
      Our air is filled with electromagnetic radiation from radio stations, TV transmissions, microwaves from mobile phone masts and electric and magnetic fields from all our home & work appliances.
      Add to this the toxic chemicals in the water we drink, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the cosmetics we use, and we begin to see that our natural body defenses are overloaded!
      Never before have we seen such a huge shift in environmental pollution as we have in the last 20 – 30 years.
      As a result we are starting to see the negative effects that electricitycan have on the body.
      If you imagine our bodies as being huge glasses, the glass fills a little each time we are exposed to an electrical, magnetic or electromagnetic field, until the point where it’s full to the brim… The point where we suddenly start feeling more tired than usual, having more headaches than usual having tinnitus in our ears more often than usual and feeling generally unwell, more often than usual…
      But of course, we very rarely attribute these many and varied symptoms, to the above!

      Black Tourmaline
      On a more zen level, you can also try buying “Black Tourmaline” Stones. Apparently those that have been chiselled into an elongated shape, with a slight point at each end, are more effective at negating the effects of electromagnetic fields.
      How many do you need?
      At least one at each corner of your home and that on each level, if you have a house. You also need to put one or two by your computer and one or two by your tv.
      All of these need to be rinsed under running water at least once a week, if not every few days, according to how much radiation you feel surrounds you…
      If you like the colour of the stone, then you can also benefit from buying yourself or your children, a silver necklace, with a black tourmaline stone in a pendant. It’s said that the addition of silver is an even better protector.
      The cost of these stones can vary between 10€ and 35€ (more for the much larger sizes), so they are also a bit of an investment, but perhaps worth trying for our health and those of our families?
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Finding good stuff on the benefits of tourmaline.
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      Water treatment method using tourmaline Tetsujiro Kubo

      An apparatus and method using fine tourmaline crystals is provided which is capable of creating an interfacial purifying activity in water. The inventor is the first to discover that tourmaline crystals, when ground preferably to about 3 microns in size, possess permanent polarity unless heated to their Curie point of between C. for 2-3 hours. The apparatus and method utilize a plurality of free bodies contained in a housing for passing water to be treated therethrough. The free bodies comprises a mixture of these fine tourmaline crystals which together with an electrically insulating material which electrically insulates the fine tourmaline crystals from one another. The free bodies are preferably spherical pellets about 3-5 millimeters in diameter. The water interfacial purifying activity does not only treat water by reducing or removing cholorine and ion components, but it also helps remove contaminants...
      Patent number: 5770089
      Filing date: May 2, 1994
      Issue date: Jun 23, 1998
      Inventor: Tetsujiro Kubo
      U.S. Classification
      210/661; 210/679
      International Classification
      C02F 128

      Water treatment method using tourmaline - Google Patents
      United States Patent: 5770089

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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Like the wind? Perhaps it affects the volume of your tinnitus. It does mine!

      How Ions Affect Your Mood

      Those pesky dry winds like the Santa Ana of southern California, the Chinooks of the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and the Foehn winds of the Swiss Alps that just seem to make your nerves on end. The reason is the positive ions produced by these winds. In the case of these winds and ions, positive is not a good thing.
      In a 1974 study conducted by the Swiss Meteorological Institute have shown that these ill winds cause physical problems such as headaches, dizziness, eye twitching, nausea, fatigue, saline disorders, water retention, respiratory problems, asthma, slower reaction time and host of other even more serious problems. Mental disorders caused by the increase in positive ions are nervousness, emotional unbalance, easily irritated, apathy, listlessness, insecurity, anxious and depression.

      Read lots more on the difference between positive and negative ions.
    15. Shelley

      Shelley Member

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      I know this was posted a while ago, but I just found out the hotel I am going to tomorrow for three days has a far infrared sauna.. guess I will be spending a lot of time in there then!
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      Oh great! Let us know how it went!
    17. Shelley

      Shelley Member

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      I'm also going to try your hair dryer trick out in a minute :)
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      calin Member Benefactor

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      I have a shower head that generates negative ions that reduces the T for some time after showering. Could be just a coincidence, but who knows!?!

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