“POSITIVE” ANSWERS FROM THE HIMALAYAS Negative ions. Science tells us they’re the reason our moods become elevated around waterfalls and ocean waves, and when the rains come. But in the absence of waterfalls and oceans in the workplace and at home, many people are turning to an alternative method of obtaining their fix of negatively-charged molecules: Himalayan rock salt. The popularity of Himalayan salts grew after researchers began studying the health of the people who mined the rock salts. “They were healthy and thriving, and had strong immune systems, said Tracey Henry Schwalbach, owner of Green Tree Essentialz spas and New Age stores in Flushing and Charlotte. 50 Innovative Health - Summer 2016 “Researchers attributed the miners’ hardy constitutions to inhaling the negative ions released into the air when the salt rocks broke up.” The same effect can be achieved by heating the salt with candles or electric lights, explaining the growing popularity of Himalayan rock-salt lamps /// BY HILDEE JOHNSON in homes and office settings, particularly in rooms where use of electric devices create electric and magnetic fields (EMFs). According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, EMFs are invisible waves of energy, more commonly known as radiation. Household appliances, wi-fi, Bluetooth devices, and cell phones are non-ionizing, and they emit low levels of radiation that is not considered hazardous on a cellular level, NIEHS researchers advise. However, evidence suggests that negative ions have other benefits, including anti-depressant effects. Clinical researchers at Columbia University, for example, found that negative ion machines were as beneficial as anti-depressant medication for Household appliances, wi-fi, Bluetooth devices, and cell phones are non-ionizing, and they emit low levels of radiation that is not considered hazardous on a cellular level O L D SA LTS M E E T N E W A G E some patients with seasonal mood disorders. Other reports suggest that negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for elevating moods, relieving stress, and increasing energy. “Negative ions bring up the ‘positivity,’” said Schwalbach. “It’s the yin and yang. They give the body balance. They’re uplifting. They are a good, natural health tool, helping with relaxation, stress and anxiety. Even Western medicine acknowledged the role of stress in disease. Negative ions are just another ‘peace’ of natural health, a preventative tool.” Besides the lamps, Himalayan salt is used in cooking and as an essential part of a long, hot bath.
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