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Is your doctor staying with the times?

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

The following is an excerpt from an article by Maggie Fox NBC News Today Show:

“You can lose weight, just by breathing!”

{The headline seems too good to be true, but it’s scientific fact, as laid out in the British Medical Journal.

Every breath you let out take carries a little body fat in it.

Ruben Meerman and Andrew Brown at the University of New South Wales in Australia calculated just how much. The good news is that each breath carries not just water weight, but actual matter, in the form of carbon atoms, taken right out of your fat cells.

The bad news is, it’s not very much. Meerman and Brown ran the calculations and found that when 10 kg —22 pounds — of fat are fully broken down in a process called oxidation, 18.5 pounds of it leaves the body as exhaled carbon dioxide and the rest is breathed out as water vapor.

“Our calculations show that the lungs are the primary excretory organ for fat,” they wrote in their report, published in the notoriously lighthearted Christmas issue of the BMJ.

Most people just don’t understand this, they said.

“We encountered widespread misconceptions about how humans lose weight among general practitioners, dietitians, and personal trainers,” they wrote. “Most people believed that fat is converted to energy or heat, which violates the law of conservation of mass.”

In fact, fat breaks down into the elements of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen is the lightest, and combines with oxygen to make water. The three elements make up the basic building blocks of living matter, including carbohydrates and fat.

This actually explains why exercise helps people lose weight. It speeds up breathing. The more breaths you take, the more carbon you lose.}

A note from Shabath:

Halotherapy can help anyone to breathe a little easier, thus helping to create a healthier you. Salt air is good for us. It is part of why we all love the beach so much!!!!  Halotherapy helps to clear pollutants from the lungs and helps reduce inflammation in the lungs, making each breath more productive. Why put more pollutants in your body when nature has provided what we need?

Red Light Therapy Is Not Infrared

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

Have you noticed since tanning beds were deemed unsafe by doctors, the FDA, and the media that now all the tanning salons are offering “Healthy Red Light Therapy”? People keep asking us if they are truly healthy, so I dug in to do some research. First let’s take a look at the light chart:
uv imageOk, here it is. As you can see, UV (solar rays that can cause skin damage over long periods) is on the left. Visible light is the rainbow colors in the center. This is what the human eye can actually see, Near Infrared, followed by Far Infrared. Beyond those to the right after Far Infrared, you again start to enter bad rays, like microwave. The numbers below are nm (nanometers); this is very specific, for example like a radio frequency. To further explain, think of it this way, if you want to listen to current Top 40 music you turn your radio to Mix 95, or 95.1 on the dial, a very specific radio frequency. Light is the same way. Red Light Therapy does exist and is very specific and offered via LED lights, which target a very specific nanometer of red for treating skin conditions, but mostly for stimulating collagen. For example, the nanometer needed for collagen stimulation should be closer to 700nm, and most tanning bed red bulbs are 633nm. Red colored tanning bed bulbs emit heat; LED lights do not emit heat. The true LED light therapy needs to have the lights very close to the skin for the skin and underlying collagen to react to the light. So lying on a tanning type bed would not accomplish this.
Many of these places are referring to this red light as infrared. That is not correct as infrared light is not seen by the human eye. Infrared is a completely different type of therapy. Infrared has also been approved by the FDA as a healing tool, and some inventors of specific infrared tools have even won Nobel Prizes for their inventions.
Most of these bed manufacturers I looked at have both types of bulbs in the same bed. Red painted bulbs for “health effects” and normal UV cancer causing right beside them. Sounds like a no brainer to me, but make your own choice.
I did find that, the FDA did approve of light therapy that NASA had utilized in space for healing wounds and treating pain and growing plants. Not that I will ever get an award for being the FDA’s #1 cheerleader or anything, but sometimes they actually do their job to protect us.
This science is actually not new. Niels Ryberg Finsen (1860–1904) developed a lamp based on electric carbon arcs (later known as the Finsen light) that was used for skin therapy a century ago. He became director of the Medical Light Institute in Copenhagen, later the Finsen Institute, where he developed this method of treatment. Within a few years, 40 Finsen Institutes were established in Europe and in the United States of America. In 1903, Finsen received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in recognition of his work on the treatment of diseases and, in particular, the treatment of lupus vulgaris by means of concentrated light rays. In 2002 the FDA approved Blue Light Therapy for skin conditions including acne. Once again, make sure you know who you are going to, as blue lights are not created equal as well. A very specific nanometer of blue LED light can kill surface bacteria.
One other thing to check is this: ask wherever you go if the bulbs they use comply with Directive 2002/95/EC, this directive requires the manufacturer to either remove all or severely reduce levels of LEAD, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium(remember Erin Brockovich?), PBB, and PDBE. This is not exactly stuff I would want to sit on or around!
So, in summary Red Light Therapy does exist and is beneficial. Just make sure you have someone who is properly trained, knowledgeable and doesn’t have red painted bulbs claiming to be infrared!

Sinus Valley

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

Good Afternoon Sinus Valley!
Six of Pennsylvania’s cities have made the AAFA’s (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) list of allergy capitals for 2014. While Chambersburg is not listed, we are nestled in the middle of all that are listed. Being situated between the mountains that trap the pollens from blowing away from us easily.

Almost 45 million Americans struggle with nasal allergies and 25 million have asthma. This type of patient is already chronically more sensitive to pollen, mold, and other airborne allergens. They can also be more susceptible to rapid changes in temperature and moisture, and to catching the common cold or flu.

The time of year when Winter and Spring blend, these patients become at risk of multiple symptom attacks.

But with proper planning and early prevention, patients can find relief. Halotherapy can help. Sessions grouped together early in the season offer the most help, ( 2-3 x’s week) with continuing routine sessions throughout the season to maintain.

Think of it this way, you can’t purchase a gym membership, go workout once and expect to have the buffest bod on the beach. Staying healthy takes commitment, but the benefits are worth it.
Sit back and relax in the cave for 50 min, 2-3 times a week.
Your sinuses and lungs will thank you

Himalayan Salt benefits

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

Courtesy: PreventDisease.com

Himalayan salts give your body the variety of mineral ions needed to balance its functions, remain healthy and heal. Many of us fall prey to sore throats, upper respiratory tract infections and skin-related problems. Halotherapy or salt therapy can actually help alleviate all of these conditions, symptoms and more.

Too few minerals, rather than too much salt, may be to blame for many health problems. Even the CDC admitted that there is no benefit, and may be a danger, from reducing our salt intake. However, refined salts hold little weight in terms of healing the human body compared to mineral rich salts.

Unlike the sodium chloride you find on most kitchen tables, unrefined rock salt contains more than 84 different minerals. Rose-coloured crystals of Himalayan rock salt pride themselves on traditional harvesting, avoiding heat treatment or refining methods.

Vital to your existence in crystal salts is the presence of the primary electrolytes of sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+), chloride (Cl-), phosphate (PO43-), and hydrogen carbonate (HCO3-), plus other significant mineral salts. The electric charge symbols of plus (+) and minus (-) indicate that the substances are ionic in nature.

The words ions, ionic, and ionized refer to electrical charge or electrical potential. Your body functions on this electrical charge and requires a specific and complex combination of electrolytes to maintain the very delicate balance between the intracellular and extracellular environments of your body. It’s the electrolytes that affect and regulate the hydration of the body, blood pH, blood pressure, and are crucial for nerve and muscle function.

These healing properties have long been recognized all over the world, especially in central Europe where entire hospitals have been carved in salt mountains. Asthmatics and patients with lung disease and allergies find that breathing air in the saline underground chambers helps improve symptoms in 90 percent of cases.

Enhance Sports Performace

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

For the athletes out there….Did you know?

Enhance sports performance for athletes

Halotherapy, or salt therapy, can dramatically enhance sports performance by improving lung function and increasing lung capacity and stamina. The primary goal of every athlete is to achieve their maximum potential. One of the most important factors in attaining this is improving your breathing pattern.

There are several known respiratory conditions and pulmonary limitations that affect athletes. These include air flow obstruction, which leads to a reduction in performance; increased bronchial responsiveness; exposure to airborne allergens and other unwanted inhaled particles; and respiratory illnesses and conditions such as asthma, allergies and airway inflammation. Salt therapy is a completely natural, drug-free solution to these issues.

Dry saline aerosol inhalation treatment successfully addresses the needs of athletes by:

Clearing mucus from the airways thus removing airflow obstruction
Providing anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects
Reducing bronchial hyper responsiveness
Helping to clear unwanted inhaled particles from lungs

Runner James Visor from London, England tried a course of Halotherapy: “I must admit I was rather sceptical about how sitting in a room full of salt would be,” he says. “Twelve sessions later and I am amazed at how much it has aided me in my running. I now find that I can push myself harder and for longer. I have felt a huge improvement in my running and I am seeing this in my times and recently ran a 10km personal best.”

Salt Therapy is the latest trend in professional sports training. National teams in Eastern Europe regularly integrate salt therapy into their training regime. Teams spend a week at a time training in huge underground salt caves, such as the one in Bochnia, Poland which boasts a speleotherapy unit with an underground sport-field and basketball court. A salt cave in Cluj County, Romania has a full sized football pitch.

Source – internet – Salt therapy

Magnesium deficiency…

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

Feeling run down, stiff, or just can’t sleep well? It’s not because you’re getting older, you could be magnesium deficient. This single mineral is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
Yet 68% of Americans are well below the recommended daily intake.
Without it, you can not transmit nerve impulses, or move calcium from your tissues to your bones. If magnesium is not there to move the calcium to these crucial places, the calcium can get stuck in bronchial tubes and cause asthma. Calcium can also get stuck in your arteries causing plaque.
Applying magnesium to the skin, “transdermally” has the highest rate of absorption and proper assimilation of magnesium for your body.
Salt caves provide dry salt aerosol that contain this mineral as well as 83 other essential minerals.
Soaking in a warm tub with certified salts can help.
Dead Sea salts and Himalayan Bath Salts both provide essential magnesium, and are available here. Or we also like to use topical magnesium lotion.

Having Surgery???

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

Are you or someone you love having surgery?

Did you know that general anesthesia can cause respiratory depression, pneumonia, hypothermia, pain, backache, and headache to name a few.

However, anesthesia is necessary to maintain a humane way to operate.

A hospital in Poland knows all this, which is why both their pre-op and post-op units are built right into the salt mine.

Halotherapy or HT can help clear the lungs of anesthetic gases as well as any fluid that may accumulate in the lung. Clearing the lung as soon as possible post-op can greatly reduce the risk of post-operative pneumonia.

Anesthesia also reduces the body’s core temperature ( hypothermia), and if not raised back to normal promptly can reduce your body’s natural immune system function. This leaves the patient more vulnerable to picking up colds, viruses, and bacterial infections.

Anesthesia can also cause pain, headache, and backache. Thermotherapy can help all of these side effects by raising core temperature back to normal as well as alleviate pain. Infrared is a great tool to help promote faster healing.

So if surgery is needed, remember that Shâbath can help you to Rejuvenate much faster!

State of the Air 2014 – Franklin County and surrounding areas

By Shabath Mineral Wellness

Recent State of the Air 2014 findings published by the American Lung Association showed that several counties locally did not fare well, while others showed improvement.

Pennsylvania County findings,
Franklin – B for high ozone days, do not test for particle pollution
Cumberland – do not test for high ozone days, F for particle pollution
Adams – C for high ozone days, C for particle pollution
Fulton – does not currently test for either

Washington County, Maryland – F for high ozone days, C for particle pollution

Who’s at risk from ozone and particle pollution levels?

Particle pollution:
Anyone who lives where particle pollution levels are high is at risk. Some people face higher risk, however. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

Infants, children and teens;
People over 65 years of age;
People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
People with heart disease or diabetes;
and
People who work or are active outdoors.

Diabetics face increased risk at least in part because of their higher risk for cardiovascular disease. A 2010 study examined prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in relation to fine particle pollution in 2004-2005. The evidence suggested that air pollution is a risk factor for diabetes.

Ozone pollution:
Anyone who spends time outdoors where ozone pollution levels are high may be at risk. Five groups of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of breathing ozone:

children and teens;
anyone 65 and older;
people who work or exercise outdoors;
people with existing lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis);
people with cardiovascular disease.

The impact on your health can depend on many factors, however. For example, the risks would be greater if ozone levels are higher, if you are breathing faster because you’re working outdoors or if you spend more time outdoors.

1 in 4 children in the nation suffers from asthma, allergies, autism, and ADHD linked to air pollution as shared by the Moms Clean Air Force during their Mama Summit. This also highlights the need to detoxify the body and airways of toxins, pollutants, and irritants.

Click the link below to learn more about the air report by entering your zipcode for your community and learn about ozone and particle pollution.
http://www.stateoftheair.org/2014/health-risks/