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Smog – the invisible killer?

Smog – the invisible killer?

06.03.2014

Smog alerts are commonplace in China's urban centers.

China's megacities are paying a high price for their economic growth - at least 100 days each year, smog alarm.  Official studies suggest that Beijing is uninhabitable for humans, and in Shanghai an emergency decree was issued.  Only a few people are aware of technical innovations, that allow people to breathe a “sigh of relief“, are even available in China nowadays.

According to a recent Blue Book of the Shanghai Academy of Social Scientists and the Beijing Social Sciences academic publisher, Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, is “barely habitable for people“ due to air pollution.  This statement was actually made  by scientists appointed by the Chinese government, and not by Greenpeace.  The fact that the population of Chinese cities suffer from smog is well known.  So bluntly, however, has the topic never before been addressed in public.  State media such as the People's Daily are now trying to sooth the turmoil caused by the  Blue Book.  They argue that “extremely high standards“ had been created for this study, otherwise one would never have arrived at such a devastating result.
So far, the government's efforts to improve air quality - despite drastic penalties - were crowned with little success.  This is probably due to the local authorities’ dependency on taxes from the polluting industries.
Shanghai is also struggling with negative records in terms of particulate emissions, and has therefore adopted emergency plans.  In the future, schools may be closed and driving banned if smog pollution is too high.

What causes particulate matter anyway?
In recent years, a number of scientific studies have been published showing the negative impact of particulate matter on human health.   “The smaller the particles are, the more dangerous for our organic system,“ explains Guido Bierther, CEO of Airnergy Germany.  “The human mucous membrane in the respiratory tract is able to intercept larger, but rarely small particles.  Those will find their way from the lungs into the bloodstream.“  In 2006, the trade association’s research institute for occupational health established that particles of less than ten microns often impair lung function.  Smaller particles of less than 2.5 microns can even trigger systemic diseases such as tumors or cardiovascular instability.
“What, unfortunately until now, has hardly been taken into consideration,“ Bierther continues, “are the questions:  How does the energy contained in the air we breathe affect our metabolism?  Can we help our body ridding itself of these harmful substances?  And, how can we support our body's detoxification?“

Is the public adequately informed?
Among the Chinese population, there is great resentment especially in regard to the risks imposed upon children.  The government responded quickly - dreading nothing more than social instability.  Consequently, there are now official particulate stations all over the country, measuring the AQI (Air Quality Index) and PM 2.5 (Particulate Matter = particle sizes of < 2.5 microns) and even publishing them.

The dirtiest city in China is, by the way, Xingtai.  Here are some of the biggest coal-fired power plants in the country, which explains the critical values.
For further information on AQI and PM values (using the example of Shanghai):
http://aqicn.org/city/shanghai
http://www.pm25s.com/en/shanghai.html

How dangerous is smog?
There is only one honest answer to that question:  life-threatening!  The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in a study that urban PM 2.5 pollution is responsible for three percent of all fatal heart and lung ailments world-wide.  Some five percent of all deaths by cancer of the trachea, bronchi and lungs are caused by “superfine dust“;  which is also responsible for the death of every hundredth child under five years suffering from acute respiratory infections.  Two-thirds of those cases occur in Asia.  “Global Burden of Disease“, a study which was published in 2012, declared that in 2010, 1.2 million people in China died prematurely because of air pollution.

What is the government doing about it?
In view of the dramatic air pollution, the Chinese government is faced with a need for action.  They have already provided billions for environmental investments and developed an action plan accordingly.  By 2030, the average exposure in the cities is to be reduced to PM 2.5 and to an average of 35 micrograms per cubic meter.  From today’s point of view, that would mean a reduction by two-thirds, but would still be three times the annual target of WHO.  All of China is confronted with the overwhelming task of getting a grip on the serious environmental pollution and the resulting health problems.

What can people do?
Today, there are many private initiatives and commercial solutions helping people against China’s “thick air“, as the following example shows:  Guangzhou is getting a “climatic spa“ - although this may sound a bit unusual - which is located at a dizzying height, or more specifically on the 39th Floor of the Park Hyatt Towers.  And the best part is:  From now on, every Chinese person can “recharge“ by taking a very personal “air cure“ exactly where it is most convenient for him or her.  All that is required is a handy high-tech device with a space requirement of no more than half a square meter, producing fresh energized air virtually around the clock.
After many years of research, Airnergy Germany has sophisticated a technology that reliably helps people obtain invigorating air and stimulate holistic health and vitality.  “Only through an encounter with this technology have I become aware of the importance of the breathing air,“ said Henry Wang, president of Airnergy China.  “The impact of the breathing air on holistic health, the health of the people in general, is enormous.  It is my aim to make this indispensable innovation available to my fellow countrymen in China.  It is high time that we humans care for each other again.  My personal concern is to bring this wonderful treatment method closer to home for as many people as possible.“
The Park Hyatt Tower houses the first official Chinese factory branch of the German company Airnergy, under the management of Henry Wang.  There are already two more being planned in Beijing and Shanghai, but the daring corporate goal is to reach the whole of China:  Every single product meets the quality criteria of “Made in Germany!“

How does it work?
The air specialists from Hennef in Germany have developed a method inspired by nature’s vital process of photosynthesis, i.e. the interaction of sunlight and chlorophyll.  Company founder Guido Bierther describes it this way:  “While the device emits momentarily vitalized oxygen, our clients breathe via a light nasal cannula and receive a real energy boost.  This energy travels through organs and tissues reaching into the smallest cell vessels, the mitochondria, i.e. the “power plants“ of our cells.“  Unlike previous methods, however, this process doesn’t increase or ionize the oxygen concentration, or add ozone.  “Many of our users feel the difference almost immediately.  We recommend several repeated weekly applications.  Ideally, daily inhalations of the vitalized air for about 21 minutes each.“
With our small “power stations“ already being used millions of times in more than 70 countries world-wide, Guido Bierther is confident, together with his exclusive Chinese partner Henry Wang, to reap similar success for the technology on the Asian market.  “The awareness of holistic methods also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a good foundation for people in China to understand and basically trust this new technology improving the efficiency of the air we breathe.  They are already aware of the enormous importance of breathing,“ explains Wang.

Is the method recognized and generally accepted?

“Spirovitalisation“, so the scientific medical term of the method, was recognized and licensed in 2010 as a medical product.  Thanks to the holistic approach and outcome, it is not surprising that Airnergy Germany was the first company world-wide to be awarded the “Innovation Award of the Century“ for its patented process and development.  Airnergy also received the “Five Star Diamond Green Award“ from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, the “European Health & Spa Award“ as well as other major international awards.

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