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St. Louis Salt Room

 

The Midwest's first Halotherapy Provider

 

Prevent, Rehabilitate and Relax

 

EFFECTIVE, SUSTAINABLE RESPIRATORY WELLNESS SINCE 2010

 

 Current Hours: Mon 9-7, Tue 9-3, Wed 9-7, Friday 9-7, and Sat 9-4, but please call anytime

 

2739 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood, MO 63143

ph: 314-647-2410

 

Steven Novella, MD, writes about Halotherapy without doing his homework

 

Steven Novella, MD, who is a well-known critic of all things natural and a disciple of pharmacopoeia, has written a baseless, negative article about Halotherapy that is full of misinformation.  I actually understand some of his confusion, as the term 'Halotherapy' has been misused by some who utilize salt in therapies that have nothing in common with genuine Halotherapy, thus harming the industry.  But mainly it is clear that he did not thoroughly research his subject before publishing his rhetoric.  Novella first makes it clear that he thinks all spas are useless, and then finally tells his readers that salt rooms are nonsense.  He obviously did not take care to learn that Halotherapy was discovered by a team of Russian pulmonologists and engineers in the late 1980s, and was painstakingly developed using advanced scientific methods, and studied with thousands of participants, resulting in countless pages of research involving the complete spectrum of major respiratory and skin ailments.  By the mid 1990s this research concluded that Halotherapy was highly successful (85% for many conditions on average) and provided long-term remissions ranging from 3 to 12 months in duration.  But Novella nevertheless insists that Salt Room owners have nothing credible to back up their claims, and then he provides an example using the least studied condition, Cystic Fibrosis, with a statement that illustrates his own general lack of familiarity with that condition.  He also says Salt Rooms use the term 'science' simply for marketing purposes.  But the science of Halotherapy is straightforward and pure and, unlike more complex science which can be unstable and prone to change and error, the basics of Halotherapy are irrefutable, at least for the hundreds of years since man started working in salt mines.  But having said that, I think people who use genuine Halotherapy are believers simply because it just plain works. 

      

I hope Steven Novella will have the integrity to rescind his article, which probably has and will inevitably frighten people from this greatly effective therapy.  It is truly a shame when a doctor's actions prevent one from improving health.

2739 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood, MO 63143

ph: 314-647-2410