By Dr. Rob Ivker
Have you ever noticed how you feel when you’re next to a pounding surf near an ocean, or
by a waterfall or maybe how clean the air smells when you’re in a pine forest? Nature has a
built-in air cleaner, which generates billions of negative ions, which create that clean air.
Unfortunately with car exhaust and pollution, we don’t feel that sensation or smell the
clean air as often as we should. It’s not until a big rainfall that we might smell that clean air
again. Indoors can be even worse, with heat and air conditioning, carpet glue fumes, paint,
and pollutants which tax our concentration and our respiratory tracts. Indoor air is
between 2x to 100x more polluted than outdoor air and we spend 90% of our time indoors!
Creating Healthy Indoor Air
We breathe about 20,000 times a day. When most of the air we inhale is toxic or polluted, it
can contribute to causing headaches, chronic sinusitis, asthma, and allergies. Also, the
positive ions produced by computers, TV screens, and other electronic devices can be
energy depleting and weaken our immunity.
This topic is the easiest Quick Fix. It takes little effort or commitment, and after the changes
are made to your indoor environment, you just have to breathe! Improving the quality of
your indoor air is the first step in healing a chronically inflamed mucous membrane.
Optimum indoor air is:
- Clean –free from pollutants and fumes
- Moist – between 35% and 55%
- Warm – between 65 and 85 degrees F.
- Filled with negative-ions – between 3,000 and 6,000 .001 micron ions per cubic cm.
- 100% Oxygen saturation
Not only is this healthy air, but studies have also shown that when individuals are in a
negative ion-filled room they have a heightened sense of well-being. The earth itself is a natural negative-ion generator. Mountain tops, sea coasts (the crashing waves), water falls,
and pine forests are all places with high negative ion content.
For the past 20 years, I’ve found that the most effective method for improving indoor air quality is with a good negative ion generator. It removes pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, and viruses from the air. It also counterbalances the harmful positive ions while increasing healthy negative ions. The ion generator I’ve been personally using and recommending to patients since 1993, is the Sinus Survival Air Vitalizer.
- It emits 3 trillion negative ions per second (like nature).
- The negatively charged ions attract the positively charged particles- such as dust, pollen,
dander, mold, bacteria & viruses.
- This creates a heavier particle which then drops out of the air and onto the floor or tabletop,
but it removes them from your breathing space, thus cleaning your air.
- This unit is self-regulating and will emit more or less ions depending upon the air quality. It
is also one of the few that does not emit ozone.
- It’s small, quiet, and easy to travel with. I have one in my office pointed at my computer
screen and one on the nightstand by my bed.
Plants Complementing Air Cleaners – There are specific plants that work as a natural air cleaner
which remove toxins like formaldehyde, including Boston fern, chrysanthemums, striped dracaena,
and dwarf date plant, as well as removing carbon monoxide with spider plants.
Air Ducts and Furnace – I also recommend getting your air ducts cleaned at home, in addition to
changing your furnace filter on a monthly basis during the winter months. I recommend using a
pleated filter such as the 3M Filtrete or something comparable.
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Dr. Rob Ivker
Author, Sinus Survival
Founder, Fully Alive Medicine