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Got an Ionizing Himalayan Salt Lamp for Xmas, Does it work?

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  1. Dec 25, 2013 #1
    Hey PF. I received a Himalayan salt lamp for xmas, and it's suppose to add more negative ions to the air which is good because apparently pollution mess's up the balance. Does anyone know if these things actually work?
     
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  3. Dec 25, 2013 #2

    HallsofIvy

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    Where do the positive ions go?
     
  4. Dec 25, 2013 #3

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    This may help understand how they work and whether they work:

    http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/himalayan-salt-lamps-do-they-work/ [Broken]
     
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  5. Dec 25, 2013 #4

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    The statement about adding negative ions to the air/environment is simply nonsense. Negative ions are produced by stripping electrons from some atoms and adding them to neutral atoms/molecules. However, those electrons will try to find their way back to the positive ions from which they came.

    Using names of 'exotic' places, e.g., 'Himalayan' or 'Tibetan', or wherever, is probably a good indication that such products are all hype.

    Nature is, by and large, charge neutral, i.e. there tends to be a balance between + and - charges, which are protons (in a nucleus) and electrons. Like charges would repel, and opposite charges tend to attract. A separation of charge in the case described is a transient phenomenon. Eventually a negative ion will attract a positive ion, and both will become neutral.

    Pollution does not produce an abundant surplus of positive ions.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2013 #5

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    I think these products work on the principle of Conservation of Stupidity. The quantum theory of stupidity implies that stupidity is carried by the same virtual particles that are used in electronic money transfers.

    In this particular case, when you use your credit card to pay money to the Himalayan salt miners, their stupidity decreases, and yours does the opposite....

    :biggrin:
     
  7. Dec 25, 2013 #6

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    I was with my daughter in a big store the first time we saw these salt lamps. I must admit, they are beautiful, giving off a soft orange light. She looked at the salt rock and said, "That's fake, it's just plastic!" And so she licked it, to test her hypothesis.

    She immediately gagged and nearly threw up. Guess what, it was actual salt :biggrin:. Was it from the Himalayas? That's debatable :uhh:. Does it do anything claimed here:

    http://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/himalayan-salt-lamps.htm

    No, it doesn't do any of these things. (What the heck is "electro-smog", anyway?)
     
  8. Dec 25, 2013 #7

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    Mercola is a crackpot site.

    The salt blocks make cool looking lamps though, well, more like a night light, they just kind of glow.
     
  9. Dec 26, 2013 #8

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    If it makes room brighter, it works as a lamp.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2015 #9
    It works as a lamp, but not as a reading lamp because the light is not bright enough. Interestingly enough I've kept a few salt lamps and all I can say is they are soothing lamps that look damn nice. Not sure about the negative ion part, sounds like fluff to me.
     
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  11. Jan 4, 2015 #10
    You could over-exaggerate on how great and awesome you find it exhaustingly. Read up a little on the background to get extra credit for being super-convincing. Then, it a few years, you may have gotten enough antique himalayan salt lamps for Xmas to start a business yourself. You could even use the 'war on positive ions' as your campaign and print stickers and posters. I feel many positive dollar energies floating your way.
     
  12. Jan 8, 2015 #11
    If you're ionizing the air, you're making ozone and nitrous oxides, both of which are very, very bad for your lungs and eyes.

    Thankfully, unless you're seeing an electrical discharge, you're not ionizing anything.

    I have a Himalayan salt lamp only because I think it looks cool- it makes a great warm light for studying and reading. But my cat keeps licking it no matter where I try to put it :/
     
  13. Jan 9, 2015 #12
    Not saying that any of the purported health claims are legitimate, but;

    Can we qualitatively measure the charge of the air around us, say in a room? For instance, we have a clean room at work that uses an ionizing blower to hopefully mitigate dust. I can tell you that there is a definite difference in the "charge" of that room. You can feel it in your nose and on your skin. What are we feeling here?

    To LisaB;

    I would call electro-smog noxious EMR that is detrimental to health and well-being. It has been demonstrated in rats that exposure to RF fields used in wireless communications causes quantitative changes in the blood brain barrier.

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1019150510840
     
  14. Jan 9, 2015 #13

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    The room "ionizing air cleaners' do not emit enough ionization to really affect you, but some models do produce harmful ozone emmisions.

    But this has gotten off topic and has nothing to do with the Himalayan salt blocks.
     
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