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Dr. Sean’s Combo Cleanse…

I have been using cleanses, prescribing them, researching them and combining them for over 20 years.  Using them myself with really good success.  Any cleanse you do is a good thing.  Some require an amazing amount of time and effort.  Many cleanses are 10 days or more.  I have found that more frequent small or short cleanses are easier and help build up the habit of better living.  A small cleanse is better than no cleanse at all.

Cleanse:  Do any of the steps for three or four days.  Day 1, salad, Day 2 salad AND bowel cleanse, Day 3 Salad, bowel cleanse AND Gall bladder cleanse.  You can use the ‘master cleanse’ throughout or do it at another time.

  1. First day and each day as long as you want to do this cleanse. Larger roughage salad, kale, celery, spinach, okra, anything with LOTS of fiber. This is something you have to CHEW a lot… it stimulates the whole digestive system to work and gets the parasympathetic nervous system a boost. This will help you relax actually… The idea is that with chewing you stimulate the entire digestive system to start up.  This gets the part of your nervous system (the parasympathetic) to work, secreting mucus throughout the system, creating enzymes, and special secretions for the food.  Add nuts too that way you really have to work out the jaw.   I buy a big family size variety pack of salad from the store.  No reason to get all organic yet but that is an option.    Juicing, although nice.  Is not an option for this cleanse because you do not chew and chewing is an important part of this.

 

OR:  Do this broth and Veggie stew. Very rich in minerals.  Get one of every vegetable you can find that grows UNDER ground.  Beets, Carrots, Potato, Parsnips, Celery root, Rutabagas, etc.… set in a large pot with LOTS of water, bring to boil and then simmer for up to an hour.  All the vegetables will likely be mash but it is the water that you want.  Eat those veggies with light seasoning for each of the days and drink the broth… all of it…

 

  1. Second day, begin…. Bowel cleanse… (eat the salad or ‘stew’ as well today) Think of how many times a day you have a bowel movement.  Go to three to really clean out, if you already go that much all the better, it is to set up a better schedule.  Think of how much food you eat each sitting, a handful?  Two? Three?   You should at least be releasing half that right?

 

There are five OPTIONS choose one or two or do them on separate days… If they are strong, be careful with the dosage, it just makes the whole bowel release and it can be a doozy if you are not near easy access to the restroom.  You have been warned… (I speak from experience)   Here they are listed from easiest to most aggressive.  Start with the recommended dose on the package, if you are not seeing a change the next day (as in more volume and frequency) then up the dose.

  1. Senna tea: not as strong as the Cascara, you can use this frequently.  This one is good for kids too.
  2. Vitamin C… 2,000 mg, then follow with 250 to 500 mg each hour until you get results. This is a good one if you are just hanging out at home. It is not too dramatic but release can be pretty voluminous.
  3. Cascara sagrada tea: This is strong, be prepared.   It is a smooth muscle stimulant.  You will get lots of gurgling and maybe even some cramping.  That means it is working.  Be strong, and fast.
  4. Magnesium Citrate: Get it at the drug store, strong too, but dosed well.  Usually lemon flavored.  This is well measured, the Epsom salt listed below is variable and more ‘powerful’.
  5. Epsom Salts: drink in your least favorite juice…  You will know why later.  This is STRONG… read label on carton for more.  Can get results within half an hour…

 

  1. On the third an additional days, Gall Bladder cleanse, do a day of the bowel cleanse first… So this day, have the salad or stew, also do the bowel cleanse and THIS.
    1. Get ¼ cup olive oil…
    2. Get ¼ cup lemon juice. Real is best, but do what you can.
    3. Mix and drink it ½ hour before bed. Lie on RIGHT side.
    4. Although some have more release from the bowel, and sometimes foamy, or ‘different’ some have no change at all. You may feel tingling or gurgling in the gut especially when lying on the right side.  This is the gall bladder emptying.  This will help get the liver to move bile through and clean itself out.

 

  1. You can also do the Master Cleanse at the same time… I modify it… Here is how. I make a bunch a head of time and drink it over the next few days.  Can use it AS ‘the cleanse’ too if you do not take any food during that time.  Can use up to 20 days with food or 10 without…
    1. 16oz water
    2. One teaspoon chlorophyll (good for liver) (OPTIONAL)
    3. Ginger (good for liver and gut) Juice or grated and juiced… about ½ teaspoon. (OPTIONAL)
    4. One teaspoon maple syrup (grade B is best) Or can use Black strap molasses (it has more minerals)
    5. 1/10th teaspoon cayenne pepper.
    6. Juice of 1 lemon or two tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar.

This is a pretty easy cleanse but it can be a powerful way to get your entire system moving better.  It can help you with absorption, elimination and the whole process of digestion.  Doing this once a month is enough for most people to reset a little.  There is no need to spend too much money for supplements and all kinds of ingredients you can get at the supermarket.

More advice:  Do this with a friend, or a group.  Get on line and do it on Facebook or something.  These are always better with others and this one is not too drastic nor is it too aggressive.

Take three or four days, that’s all.  Do this and you will know you did something good for your body, feel better and start a new tradition (habit) of better living.

Many patients that have done this have reduced meat, fatty foods, junky foods, and sodas, and all that stuff we know is ‘bad’ for us.  We just need a little help with a little cleanse.

Good luck, let me know how you are doing and if and how I can help you.

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People come in asking about cleanses. When it comes to the liver I always use this picture (the whole scene really) as a good example of how the liver can work.
In this scene Lucy and Ethel get a job boxing chocolates… (think of them as the liver itself, sorting and packaging toxins and nutrients correctly to be either used, stored or excreted…) In the process they become overwhelmed by the amount of chocolates on the conveyor belt. This results in a hilarious thought process on Lucy and Ethel’s part in that they put them in their pockets, down their shirts and in their mouths to keep them from going off the conveyor… (think of this as the liver, if overwhelmed, will store the toxins in fat, or keep it in circulation where it can irritate the other tissues. Now, keep in mind the liver is an amazing machine that sorts and coordinates the distribution of nutrients and toxins. It is an amazing detoxifying laboratory and makes many of the things our bodies need to keep healthy… It is also a store house for sugars and vitamins we need. The idea to take from this is that when your system is overloaded or that your ‘liver’ does not work as well it can cause havoc and build up toxins in fat tissue that CANNOT be released until there is enough time and such for the liver. Clean out your conveyor belt by doing a fast, cleanse the colon and small intestine… it will get everything out of the system for a time and let the liver catch up. Do a liver cleanse (empty those pockets Lucy!) and clean up. A full cleanse takes time, but intermittent breaks are a great way to give the whole system a rest and improve its effectiveness.
Message me for a weekend cleanse plan. It is easy, promise…
Check out my video on cleanse hacks here:  https://youtu.be/Ax8cmch_usY
Dr. Sean

Dr. Sean’s Combo Cleanse…

I have been using cleanses, prescribing them, researching them and combining them for over 20 years with really good success.  Any cleanse you do is a good thing.  Some require an amazing amount of time, and in my experience that is only sometimes true.  A small cleanse is better than no cleanse at all.

Cleanse:  If you want, do any of the steps for three days, but stagger them, at least one day.  So Day 1, salad, Day 2 salad AND bowel cleanse, Day 3 Salad, bowel cleanse AND Gall bladder cleanse.  You can use the master cleanse throughout or do it at another time.

  1. Larger roughage salad, kale, celery, spinach, okra, anything with LOTS of fiber. This is something you have to CHEW a lot… it stimulates the whole digestive system to work and gets the parasympathetic nervous system a boost. This will help you relax actually… The next steps won’t… lol..  The idea is that with chewing you stimulate the entire digestive system to start up.  This gets the part of your nervous system (the parasympathetic) to work, secreting mucus throughout the system, creating enzymes, and special secretions for the food.  Add nuts too that way you really have to work out the jaw.   I buy a big family size variety pack from the store.  No reason to get all organic yet but that is an option.    Juicing, although nice.  Is not an option for this cleanse…

 

  1. OR: DO this broth and Veggie stew. Very rich in minerals.  Get one of every vegetable you can find that grows UNDER ground.  Beets, Carrots, Potato, Parsnips, Celery root, Rutabagas, etc… set in a large pot with LOTS of water, bring to boil and then simmer for up to an hour.  All the vegetables will likely be mash but it is the water that you want.  Eat those veggies with light seasoning for each of the days and drink the broth… all of it…

 

 

  1. Next day…. Bowel cleanse… (eat the salad or ‘stew’ as well today) Think of how many times a day you have a bowel movement.  Go for three times that much over a day or up to three to really clean out.  Think of how much food you eat each sitting, a handful?  Two? Three?   You should at least be releasing half that right?  There are five OPTIONS choose one or two or do them on separate days… If they are strong, be careful with the dosage, it just makes the whole bowel release and it can be a doozy if you are not near easy access to the restroom.  You have been warned… LOL  (I speak from experience)   Here they are listed from easiest to most aggressive.
    1. Senna tea: not as strong as the Cascara, you can use this frequently.  This one is good for kids too.
    2. Vitamin C… 2,000 mg, then follow with 250 to 500 mg each hour until you get results. This is a good one if you are just hanging out at home. It is not too dramatic but release can be pretty voluminous.
    3. Cascara sagrada tea: This is strong, be prepared.   It is a smooth muscle stimulant.  You will get lots of gurgling and maybe even some cramping.  That means it is working.  Be strong, and fast.
    4. Magnesium Citrate: Get it at the drug store, strong too, but dosed well.  Usually lemon flavored.  This is well measured, the Epsom salt listed below is variable and more ‘powerful’.
    5. Epsom Salts: drink in your least favorite juice…  You will know why later.  This is STRONG… read label on carton for more.  Can get results within half an hour…

 

  1. Gall Bladder cleanse, do a day of the bowel cleanse first… So this day, have the salad or stew, also do the bowel cleanse and THIS.
    1. Get ¼ cup olive oil…
    2. Get ¼ cup lemon juice. Real is best, but do what you can.
    3. Mix and drink it ½ hour before bed. Lie on RIGHT side.
    4. Although some have more release from the bowel, and sometimes foamy, or ‘different’ some have no change at all. You may feel tingling or gurgling in the gut especially when lying on the right side.  This is the gall bladder emptying.  This will help get the liver to move bile through and clean itself out.

 

  1. You can also do the Master Cleanse at the same time… I modify it… Here is how. I make a bunch a head of time and drink it over the next few days.  Can use it AS ‘the cleanse’ too if you do not take any food during that time.  Can use up to 20 days with food or 10 without…
    1. 16oz water
    2. One teaspoon chlorophyll (good for liver) (OPTIONAL)
    3. Ginger (good for liver and gut) Juice or grated and juiced… about ½ teaspoon. (OPTIONAL)
    4. One teaspoon maple syrup (grade B is best) Or can use Black strap molasses (it has more minerals)
    5. 1/10th teaspoon cayenne pepper.
    6. Juice of 1 lemon or two tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar.

Acupuncture and scar tissue:

 

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.The Office site!

Acupuncture and scar tissue:

 

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.

Dry needling is a technique in acupuncture that goes after muscle spasms.  Muscle spasms that are chronic can become the ‘new normal’ when it comes to the nervous system.

Dry Needling is a great way to loosen the muscles because of chronic tension.  

Step 1:  Find the muscle spasms, directly with palpation (through touch).

Step 2: Clean the area…

Step 3: insert needle and find the twitch…

We use a little thicker needle than the normal acupuncture needle.  Usually needles for acupuncture are about .22 mm diameter.  That is really small.  Dry Needling needles can be around .30 mm diameter.  Although it does not seem like much it can really make a huge difference.

The needle is placed in the core of the muscle spasm.  Muscles have very specific patterns that are pretty consistent for the average person.  Some people can have very unusual presentations of spasms and trigger points because of multiple injuries, old over lapping injuries, and scar tissue.

In the lower back, for example, the psoas is a common muscle that can recruit the piriformis and the quadratus lumborum.  Getting the MAIN muscle is more important.  Once you get the muscle ‘pinned’ you will see or feel a little twitch.  We have to really watch now because other muscles around that have been helpers will twitch.  Those are important to go after in later visits.

How long does it take?  Depends on a few factors; first, the age or chronicity of the spasm, the associated points involved, the other muscles that help it and the general health of the patient.  Some patients will need more just because their constitution is poor for some other reason (chronic disease, old injuries, scar tissue, or surgeries).

You should see a difference almost immediately, but there will be soreness the next couple days and you may have some bruising.  You may also have a small bump where the needle went in, this is called a hematoma, and is harmless.

Associate points:  These are points along the traditional meridian that will help the muscle relax over the longer term and help be a little more holistic in the treatment regime.

Call or text me for an appointment;  720 325- 98 86

Cupping for detoxification and healing.

Cupping is an amazing and very old technique to help the body detoxify and heal.  It has its origins in Asia as long as a thousand years ago and is still used today because it is so safe and effective.   You can also find this and similar techniques being used in Poland, Russia and Finland.

 

When toxins and cell waste cannot be removed through the natural processes of lymph drainage and blood flow the body becomes fatigued and can become ill.  Some people will only feel tired or sluggish when they have an overabundance of waste fluid stuck in the skin and underlying muscles and tissues.

 

We call this stagnation; the holding of those fluids that must be removed and cleared out for the cells to work correctly.  This can happen because of an old injury, an old muscle tear, car accident, fall, or any form of chronic disease. IMG_20150819_172836IMG_20150819_174440

 

With the cupping we lift the skin and force the fluids into different areas, this does two things.  First,  it sets into motion a cascade of healing that jumpstarts the body to clean the area, and two, it helps release those toxins to get back into the correct circulation where they can be cleared and clean.

What Cupping is good for…

-Chronic issues of pain, fatigue, or disability

– History of prescription or recreational drug use

-Too much protein in the diet

-Parasite or candida infection

-Exposure to environmental toxins, mold, pollen, chemicals etc.

-Past traumatic events that tend to rear up now and again.

-That feeling of being stagnant or ‘stuck’ in life, relationships, career etc…

 

When the kidneys, liver and lungs cannot process these issues and become over worked, the body will naturally put the toxins ‘in storage’ so they can get to them later.  This usually will be in the underlying fat of the skin, or in muscles.   The cupping action is that of a vacuum.  It pulls the tissue and therefore the fluids through the different compartments and, over time will stimulate the body to clear it out.

Cupping is quicker than acupuncture, massage or even chiropractic at getting toxins to release and be processed.

Cupping can also help you determine the extent of an issue…

-Demonstrates the severity of the congestion (see below)

-Demonstrates the location of the most congestion and stagnation.

– Can stimulate the liver, kidney, lungs and skin to work more efficiently.

Cupping details.

Does it hurt?  It can feel uncomfortable, especially if the tissue is over congested and tight or you are dehydrated.  So drinkplenty of good water before and after a session.

Skin-reaction-e1439944357306 How long will those marks last?  That depends on how deep the stagnation and how ‘healthy’ your system really is.  Usually the marks last a couple days.  Sometimes, with deep set stagnation that is chronic, a yellowish mark may remain for a couple weeks.  This is an indication that much more work needs to be done.

What should I do about the marks?  Nothing, they are a natural and very expected result of good cupping.  Keep them covered and warm, as the ‘opening’ of that area will release a lot of energy and heat.  You can be more susceptible to chills and further trouble if they are left uncovered, especially for the first day or so.  Also, the marks are more ‘open’ than the rest of the skin, be mindful of what you put on your skin.  Natural and medicated oils will be more potent.

When you make an appointment simply plan to be in the office about 40 minutes.  This gives us time to evaluate, do the treatment, re-evaluate and suggest home/self-care.   Drink water or eat before coming for the treatment, you will relax even more and avoid uncomfortable nausea and dizziness which occasionally occur.

Who should NOT have cupping?

-Open skin, lesions, rashes, inflamed skin

-Sun burned skin… that just hurts…

– Dehydration

-Bleeding disorders, hemophilia, thrombocytopenia (platelet issues)

-Certain medications:  Coumadin, Warfarin, blood thinners etc..

After cupping it is common to feel coolness or a light feeling.  Your energy will go up or down depending on how your body reacts to the cupping treatment.  Best plan is to schedule 4 or 5 treatments over a month period to cleanse the entire area and facilitate healing in the most efficient way for you.

See you soon!!

 

 

 

 

There has been lots of talk over the years about these ‘negative ions’ and how they are so good for you.  It all sounded so confusing, how could something negative be good?

Well here you go.

A negative ion is an electrically charged molecule is all.  It has an extra electron floating about it.  Remember from chemistry that there are Protons (which have a positive charge) Neutrons (which are neutral or have no charge) and Electrons (these have a negative charge).  An electrically neutral or stable molecule has an equal amount of Electrons as Protons.  Since Neutrons have no charge they usually have something to do with the weight of that molecule (basically anyway).  Got it?  OK< so now we get to charged atoms (molecules are a combination of atoms… OK, enough of the chemistry already!!!

Where do you find these negative ions???  Here is a list; A shower, waterfall, rain, rain Forrest, mornings, sunsets, babbling brook, beaches… get the idea?  anywhere water moves, or when sunlight hits water vapor.  Notice you feel good enough to sing (or dance) in the shower?  It is the negative ions…   How about that you notice how good life is at sunset?  Yup, negative ions.

Now what about positive ions?  They are made by wind, electrical gizmos, air pollution like smoke and smog…(hydrocarbons) and plastics (synthetic materials) which tend to create a static electrical charge.

So what does the research say about this?   Unfortunately not much.  A lot of guessing at this point, but what we do know is exposure to negative ions makes people feel more relaxed and better (not everyone responds the same way so it is hard to study with double-blind, statistically controlled studies… blah blah blah.)  We do see an increase in Serotonin ( a neurohormone that makes EVERYONE feel better)(http://www.electrostatics.net/articles/air%20ion%20effects.htm) .  It has been studied with people with Seasonal Affective Disorder and other psychological issues related to enclosed environments.  (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17151164).

So what do Negative ions do?  Here is a list; increase oxygenation of blood and therefore, the brain/ make physiological processes easier in the body/reduction of pain, reduction of stressed feelings (notice I said nothing about stress… that is already there and ions do nothing to stop bills from arriving (for example).   Negative ions reduce depression, they increase happiness, help with concentration… all kinds of things.   No, they do not cure anything.  That is up to your body to do, but having your body work better will help it cure from anything it comes across.  Negative ions reduce particulates in the air (bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, dander et. al.

So how to get them going in your life?  Get a salt lamp, they are inexpensive and help ionize the room, they are also a great night-light and can be an excellent meditation focus.  Also you can get more plants, go outside more, see a sunrise or a sunset, stand in the rain, listen to it snow… take a nice shower… the possibilities are limitless, be happy for once…