In the East, yoga masters have taught that breath is life for centuries, and by altering the intake of air, one could alter one’s consciousness. In the West, science has coined a name for one aspect of that energy and called it “ionic”. More and more individuals are finding that these ions or tiny electric charges have a lot to do with their body’s immunity and health.

Ions are charged particles in the air that are formed when enough energy acts upon a molecule of oxygen, carbon dioxide, or water, to eject an electron. The displaced electron attaches itself to a nearby molecule, which then becomes a negative ion..

It is the negative ion of oxygen that has the greatest physical effect on us. Remember that feeling you’ve experienced near a waterfall or high in the mountains? Those are two examples of places where thousands of negative ions occur naturally. Some of nature’s other best known negative ion resources are lightning, rain, and even evergreens and ferns. The Photon Genie emulates this natural condition, producing negative ions from the oxygen in the air around us.

The normal ion count in fresh country air is 2,000-4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter (about the size of a sugar cube).

At Yosemite Falls , you’ll experience over 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. On the other end of the spectrum, the level is far below 100 per cubic centimeter on Los Angeles freeways during rush hour.

Research on ions began in 1950’s with Dr. Albert Kreuger, professor emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley, and Dr. Felix Sulman, professor of pharmacology at the Hebrew University in Israel . Dr. Kreuger excited the scientific world when he discovered ions to be biologically active, stimulating the production of the powerful chemical serotonin of 5-HT.

Serotonin is a very active neuro hormone which causes profound neural, glandular, and digestive effects throughout the body. Tests show that positive ions increase production of 5-HT; negative ions decrease the hormone level.

Dr. Sulman corroborated Kreuger’s findings while studying positive ion victims of the hot, dry “Sharav” winds in Jerusalem . He demonstrated three effects of positive ion excess: irritation and tension, exhaustion, and hyperthyroid response. Most of these conditions, along with symptoms of depression, anxiety, headaches, and low energy physical and mental functions, were shown to be alleviated or totally eliminated by increasing the negative ion count in the air.

Negative ions break down serotonin and thereby give one a cleared, more alert outlook with a higher awareness function. The primary reason for this is the increased speed with which the nerve impulses can travel along the synapses in the brain and the rest of the body. The metabolism is enhanced to create better utilization of nutrients from our foods and vitamins, while our brain’s intuitive, nonlinear activities flow more smoothly.

Negative ions promote alpha brain waves and increase brain wave amplitude, which translates to a higher awareness level. Those ion induced alpha waves spread from the occupational areas to the parietal and temporal and even reach the frontal lobes, spreading evenly across the right and left brain hemispheres. All of this creates an overall clear and calming effect, benefiting meditation and concentration.

While ionization of the air is mandatory in many European and Russian hospitals and workplaces, it has only recently come to light in our country with the growing problems of toxic air in our urban environments. Jan Stolwijk, of the World Health Organization, stated that “There is probably more damage done to human health by indoor air pollution than by outdoor pollution.” Most people spend 70% to 80% of their time indoors!

As noted in the book, The Ion Effect , by Fred Soyka (Ballantine Books, 1991), electronic negative ion generators have been used for the treatment of migraines, bedsores, allergies, asthma, catarrh, hay fever, eczema, burns, emphysema, and even as a substitute for tranquilizers.

It was discovered that negative ions lowers serotonin in the body, and this explains why people tend to feel more alert, stable, and energized in their presence. Dr. Kreuger found that bacteria, staphylococci, and fungi growth is halted in the presence of negative ions, which explains the healing side effect. Dr. I. Kornblueh mounted experiments at the Northeastern Hospital, U. of Penn. Graduate Hospital, and at the Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia where he was able to report that 63 per cent of patients suffering from hay fever or bronchial asthma “have experienced partial or total relief” from negative ion therapy. On the other hand, studies in Russia provided proof that positive ions make breathing more difficult.

The Photon Genie is a great way to “ionize” and increase the quality of air naturally in whatever space you call your home. Plus, with the quality of air becoming worse and worse in our city areas, it is a great way to combat the negative effects air pollution produces. Bring that fresh rain smell into your environment with the Photon Genie.