The Nature of Ions

Ions are molecules that carry a charge of electricity. They are found outdoors at typical levels of 3000 positive and 4000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. The existence of atmospheric electricity was discovered in the 1700’s.  By the 1990’s, it was discovered that the atmospheric electricity depends upon the existence of gas molecules, now called “air ions”, which carry a Negative or Positive charge.

Indoors there are very few ions and the balance is mostly positive ions. This is because negative ions exist for a short length of time. They are destroyed by air pollution while hot electrical discharges such as sparking, electric motors, furnaces, etc., generate an excess of positive ions.  The movement of air over metal ductwork strips the air of negative ions.

Negative Ion Generators, or Air Ionizers, need to produce large amounts of negative ions to restore the ion ratio. By adding negative ions to the environment, the airborne particles will take on this electronic charge and be attracted to oppositely charged particles which will become heavy enough to settle to the ground by gravity, or the charged particle will be attracted to grounded objects such as the floor. This is known as the Cohesion Effect. In either case the particles have been removed form the air so they are not breathed in.

Nearly all static discharges are high imbalances of positive ionic energy. The addition of negative energy in the form of negative ions helps to balance the excess positive ionic energy within the environment, thus reducing static discharges.

Negative Ion Generators are most useful in the winter months or during summer months when the doors and windows are shut and the air conditioning is on.

About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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