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The föhn - in search of a good air ionizer

After feeling a bit off today (possibly as a result of the föhn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foehn_wind) I have decided to do something about it and to find a good air ionizer this year. I tried last year when I first became aware of the damaging effects of the air ions here in Switzerland only to be put off when people looked at me strange in eletcrical stores when I tried asking for one.

I had no idea just how prevalent the problem is http://www.negativeionsinformation.org/ions_vitamins.html - apparently so much so that "When certain kinds of winds begin to blow throughout the world, hospital admissions, suicides, and crime rates skyrocket . One country- Switzerland- even accepts the blowing of the "Foehn" during the commission of a crime as mitigating evidence in court."

It seems that everything from poor mood to allergies (both of which I suffer much more from here than when I lived by the sea) can be blamed on the positively charged air here.

So can anyone recommend a good air ionizer please and where to buy one in Switerland? And yes for the inevitable smart-arses out there I've tried searching previous posts.
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After feeling a bit off today (possibly as a result of the föhn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foehn_wind) I have decided to do something about it and to find a good air ionizer this year. I tried last year when I first became aware of the damaging effects of the air ions here in Switzerland only to be put off when people looked at me strange in eletcrical stores when I tried asking for one.

I had no idea just how prevalent the problem is http://www.negativeionsinformation.org/ions_vitamins.html - apparently so much so that "When certain kinds of winds begin to blow throughout the world, hospital admissions, suicides, and crime rates skyrocket . One country- Switzerland- even accepts the blowing of the "Foehn" during the commission of a crime as mitigating evidence in court."

It seems that everything from poor mood to allergies (both of which I suffer much more from here than when I lived by the sea) can be blamed on the positively charged air here.

So can anyone recommend a good air ionizer please and where to buy one in Switerland? And yes for the inevitable smart-arses out there I've tried searching previous posts.
Whatever your command of German, here a good joke in Gernan

Da gab es den Herrn Höhn

Der litt sehr unter dem Föhn

doch auch bei Ost-Wind, West-Wind und bei Bise

war's ihm gleichermassen miese
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Da gab es den Herrn Höhn

Der litt sehr unter dem Föhn

doch auch bei Ost-Wind, West-Wind und bei Bise

war's ihm gleichermassen miese
Thanks Wolli. Can you tell me if the Swiss are generally aware of the ill effects of positive ions in the air? Do you use an ionizer?
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Old 17.03.2012, 20:09
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Re: The föhn - in search of a good air ionizer

I've got one of these Boneco air humififiers/cleaners, while these ar not per se true ionizers, they do filter the air by forcing it through a set of discs with watererops, and that causes humidity to raise too. They are fortunately near silent thus one can run it in the bedroom too

If you have issues with pollen in the air (hayfever) you'll love these things, since the one I have here I have not had any issues with that anymore.

While Boneco seems to be one of the primary brands here in Switzerland there are a couple of others which migh be cheaper, note especially that the Bonecos claim to not have a filter, one does still have to clean the discs every month or so and then there is this "ionic stick" you need to get every once in a while, thus browse and inform before getting one, especiallya s it might not do what you actually need...
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Thanks Wolli. Can you tell me if the Swiss are generally aware of the ill effects of positive ions in the air? Do you use an ionizer?
Föhn of course also is the word for a hair dryer. And yes, people only too well know about the ill effects of it. I compared it with a colleague from Delhi. In his home area those winds come from the north BUT just as here causes people to drive madly
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It seems that everything from poor mood to allergies (both of which I suffer much more from here than when I lived by the sea) can be blamed on the positively charged air here.
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Are you for real?

No, really, I can't tell if this is just an elaborate wind-up or if you're actually serious about this.
I refer you to my original post - and the quote (which is not mine but rather from the article to which I linked) - "When certain kinds of winds begin to blow throughout the world, hospital admissions, suicides, and crime rates skyrocket . One country- Switzerland- even accepts the blowing of the "Foehn" during the commission of a crime as mitigating evidence in court."

Google for more. This is a real phenomenon - it goes a long way towards explaining peculiarites of behaviour amongst people at certain times.

So much so that it is common in Germany for public buildings and offices to be ionized to improve staff performance/mood and apparently a Swiss bank with 600 employees found that ionizing the workplace significantly reduced absenteeism.
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Re: The föhn - in search of a good air ionizer

I never knew you could get ionisers to help with the effects of the Föhn. We have a Föhn-type wind in New Zealand called the Nor' Wester (cause it comes from, wait for it, the north west! ). That used to do my head in. Still, I never heard of people using ionisers to help with the effects. Could be good, cause I find I am particularly susceptible to them and will end up a quivering wreck by the end of the day.
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