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What was “Operation Snow White”?

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Did agents of the Church of Scientology really infiltrate the US government? If so, then how widespread was the infiltration? What was its alleged purpose? What does the Church have to say about the accusations? Tune in to learn more about the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding the Snow White program.

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Salt Therapies

A new trend in spas is to let people relax in salt caves. Is there any benefit to this?

Brian DunningBy Brian Dunning via skeptoid

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You lay comfortably in a lounge chair, perhaps snuggled into a robe of natural fibers, in a quiet, peaceful room. Soothing music plays softly. The cool air is dry and still, and has a slightly salty tinge. For you’re relaxing in a salt cave, perhaps in an exclusive modern spa, perhaps deep underground in a real salt mine, undergoing halotherapy or speleotherapy or salt therapy.

A salt room

A salt room

The room is entirely made of salt, but most spas use machines that grind up salt into fine particles and waft it into the air. The claim is that restful breathing in this environment brings health benefits unavailable in any other conditions. Now, don’t ask too quickly exactly what the benefits are supposed to be, or exactly what the specific environmental conditions need to be, because those aren’t really too clear. Instead, let’s just ask why people all over the world are turning to salt therapy.

So just for grins, I did a Google search for “salt cave therapy“. Here are a few specific claims for what conditions salt caves treat, from the first page of Google results. They come from boutique spas selling the service:

  • Inflammation
  • Migraines
  • Poor concentration
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Snoring
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Smokers cough
  • Tonsillitis
  • Viral infections

A small minority of spa sites I reviewed stated that salt caves do not treat any medical conditions, and merely provide relaxation. However, the majority are very clear that their service is a miracle treatment, even a cure, for most or all of these conditions. Clearly the salt cave industry has not yet reached any consensus on exactly what it’s selling.

Himalayan pink crystal salt, while touted for its purity, is contaminated with iron oxide (thus the pink color).

Himalayan pink crystal salt, while touted for its purity, is contaminated with iron oxide (thus the pink color).

Some of the sites I reviewed emphasized purity of the salt, while others credited all the many minerals in it. One site said that the unique combination of 94 (!) elements in natural salt is what makes it work. A number of sites say all 84 are needed. Another says that they only use Himalayan pink crystal salt, because that’s the only way to insure purity (pink salts are pink because they are contaminated with iron oxide). Analyses of Himalayan pink salt have found that it contains between 95-98% salt, with most of the rest being gypsum. Trace elements of about 10 minerals are usually found. Although gypsum is recommended in some alternative medicine schemes, no sound medical research has ever found any benefit from consuming it; so it’s not clear why salt therapy practitioners recommend it. Either way, the practice seems to present no clear consensus on whether pure salt or contaminated salt is best; it seems to be a pretty even split. But both sides sound pretty adamant that their way is best.

The mechanism for how salt caves treat these conditions is also in hot dispute. While about half emphasize the salt itself being beneficial once it gets into your lungs, the other half are all about ions. Ions, they say, promote good health. An ion is a molecule with an electric charge, either positive or negative, made so because it has more electrons than protons, or more protons than electrons. Negative ion generators have been a staple of alternative therapies for a long time, based largely on the sciencey-soundingness of the term and a misunderstanding of what they actually do. Negative ion generators use high voltage to add an electron to particles in the air. Electrostatic attraction then causes those particles to move toward, and bind to, a grounded surface such as a wall. Thus, an ionizer can help to reduce the amount of dust particles, allergens, and other particles from the air in a room.

Many of the salt therapy spas claim that the ionizers in their caves produce negative ions that destroy bacteria. This is also wrong. An ionizer can help draw bacteria out of the air, as just described, but . . .

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Is that a FEMA Camp? – June 1, 2013 Edition

Is that a FEMA Camp? is a blog dedicated to investigating claims of FEMA camp locations.
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Below is some of their findings. Enjoy 🙂
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June 1, 2013 Edition

Topeka, Kansas

ALEXJONESFOIL_250pxThe claim: 80 acres has been converted into a temporary holding camp.What it really is: I’ve taken a look at Topeka using Google maps, and there aren’t many places within the city limits that are empty, nor is there any places that look like a holding camp. Plus, consider that the city has a population of over 127,000 people, it would be pretty hard to hide something like that.

El Dorado, Kansas

The claim: Federal prison converted into forced-labor camp, UNICOR industries.

What it really is: There is a near by maximum security prison near by, but it’s run by the State of Kansas, not the Federal government.

Ft. Riley, Kansas

The claim: Just north of Interstate 70, airport, near city of Manhattan.

What it really is: A large army post with many buildings located within it’s boarders, including civilian housing and businesses. It also has several museums.

Concordia, Kansas

The claim: WWII German POW camp used to exist at this location but there is no facility there at this time.

What it really is: So what was the point of listing this?

McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas
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The claim: Federal death penalty facility.

What it really is: Completely bogus. There is no Federal death penalty facility or Federal prisons there.

Leavenworth, Kansas

The claim: US Marshal’s Fed Holding Facility, US Penitentiary, Federal Prison Camp

What it really is: Yes, there is a United States Federal prison there, an until 2005 it was a maximum security prison Today it is a medium security prison with a minimum security satellite prison camp.

This is all publicly known, and does not mean that it is a FEMA camp.

Omaha, Arkansas

The claim: Northeast of Berryville near Missouri state line, on Hwy 65 south of old wood processing plant. Possible crematory facility.

What it really is: It’s just your typical small town, with it’s largest buildings being a couple of schools, some stores, and some churches.

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