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Give the Flu a Salty Boot: Learn how Dead Sea salt can aid in treatment, says Pavel Gershkovich of Salt Chalet Arizona

Dec 04, 2012 08:52AM ● By By Pavel Gershkovich

Common in Europe and the Middle East, salt rooms have been used for decades for colds, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infection, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. When the fine particles of Dead Sea salt land on the skin, they disinfect it and begin to heal eczema and other skin conditions. Many people with asthma, flu or other respiratory conditions find this ancient therapy sometimes works as well or better than drugs.

Dr. Abram Ber, in Scottsdale, describes a strain of flu that causes runny nose, sinus drainage, dry cough and fatigue. Its victims report that it seems to subside after a week, but can return several times. He states, “This is not a virus we recognize, and it is not one of the three strains for which flu shots were formulated. People that were immunized are coming down with it, too.”

Antibiotics don’t kill viruses, only germs. Now, people looking for a drug-free cure are finding relief in an ancient technology of salt rooms. Those with respiratory troubles have utilized rooms covered from floor-to-ceiling with salt from the Dead Sea for many years. It serves as a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, killing bacteria in the lungs, clearing and opening air passages, thus improving overall lung function. Inhaled salt particles are embedded in the lower lung, where many respiratory maladies begin. The salt absorbs bacteria and clears away mucus that would otherwise block the airways.

A salt treatment room is coated with multiple layers of pure Dead Sea salt. During a treatment session, a mist of salt particles is injected into the room, a negative ion microclimate that is completely free of bacteria. Breathing deeply, they draw the salt into their lungs.

“Because most Americans have never heard of salt rooms, people get skeptical,” says Ber. “But they are amazed at the effectiveness after they try it. It’s like homeopathy, older and more natural health approaches that achieve a healing effect by working with the body.”

Pavel Gershkovich is the owner of Salt Chalet Arizona, the only facility in the state with two salt rooms, at 5011 N. Granite Reef Rd., in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-621-6041 or visit

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