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Microbes, - a brief explanation


Microbes, tiny one cell organisms, generally fall into five main groups and in order of
size are:

1. Algae
2. Protozoa
3. Fungi
4. Bacteria
5. Virus

Most are invisible to humans. Fully 90% of the living matter on this planet are microbes.
Some are extremely dangerous to humans and are called pathogens. They all need
moisture or water to function and survive. Some microbes (germs) also reproduce at an incredible rate with proper food and warmth. As an example, common E-Coli bacteria, if sufficient food were available, could produce a mass of bacteria greater than the mass of the earth in less than a week!

Few people realize that just using the restroom can unleash an explosion of pathogenic microbes that could coat every surface in the lavatory with fecal clostridium, streptococcus and E-Coli bacteria. Besides washing your hands carefully, you need some form of microbe personal protection. Many of these creatures that we breathe, eat or touch can result in serious life threatening infection. The Air Supply was created as a personal weapon against many of these organisms. Extensive testing by leading scientists and physicians have proven that it is effective. Airplane passengers seated in 'aisle one', for example, can spread tuberculosis germs throughout the aircraft according to a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health.

How Can Microbes be Killed?

Outdoors, microbial dangers are minimized because of air flows lowering
concentrations of germs and because ultraviolet light from sunlight effectively destroys
many of these organisms. Except for someone nearby sneezing or stagnant outdoor
moist conditions, microbial infections are minimized during daylight hours. Dry
conditions and high ambient outdoor ozone also effectively kills many different

What can we do further to help keep ourselves as germ free as possible? The answer is "Air Supply". The Air Supply kills microbes by a process known as molecular impact
decomposition. The way it works is by drawing polluted air into the inlet parts, sending
the microbes through a high voltage plasma arc of trillions of electrons, and ejecting
clean, purified air back to the user.

In studies done at the UCLA School of Microbiology, over 95% destruction
was confirmed on various microbes with the use of the Air Supply. Ongoing
studies indicate that the Air Supply can offer the wearer good pathogen and airborne
toxic chemical protection in many polluted environments.

Operation of Air Supply

A small amount of ozone is emitted internally in the purified airflow that is also used as aneffective germ killer and it works against many bacteria and viruses and also destroys many harmful chemicals. However, Air Supply is NOT an ozone device. The
established TLV (tolerence level for ozone) is 100 parts per billion if used for eight
hours per day and forty hours per week.

You should keep the Air Supply at least six inches away from your mouth and
use as directed. Use the Air Supply only when your air is challenged by people
coughing or sneezing, or when in confined quarters with poor air circulation or quality
of breathable air.

For further information on the fascinating world of microbes please read:

"Microbes and Man " ,third edition, Cambridge Press by Dr. John Postgate, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, University of Sussex.

What is Corona Discharge Technology?

Purified air streams are created using low energy ionized plasma. This self
driven electrostatically induced airflow causes air to be drawn into a
corona discharge chamber where chemical and biological pollutants are
bombarded and destroyed by a process called electron impact
decomposition. Plasma streams of electrons, rip apart the molecular
structure of the pollutant .

Abstract of U.C.L.A. Lab Study

Excerpted from: The Air Supply Personal Air Purifier & its Effect on
Airborne Bacteria
Imke Schoeder Ph.D., Alan M. Spira M.D., Richard Eric Madrid, B.S. UCLA Department of
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Los Angeles, CA


"Respiratory illnesses from airborne contaminants are a common problem in daily living; much effort and energy have been applied to devising systems, such as air filters, to limit infections and allergens. There is a new device, the Air Supply, which is a portable air purification system that has had much subjective success with improving breathing and limiting pulmonary infections. To scientifically evaluate whether this device truly has any measurable effect we have devised a laboratory system to aerosolize bacteria and tested the Air Supply against the airborne microorganisms. We found a significant reduction (>95%) in bacterial growth with the device
aimed at the bacterial-laden air stream as compared to controls. This provides objective evidence that Air Supply indeed offers some protection from airborne bacteria: determining the extent of protection and the method of microbial neutralization in conjunction with evaluating other pathogens are considerations for further evaluation and future experiments.

"The Air Supply Personal Air Purifier aims to effectively eliminate particle such as bacteria, viruses and allergens from the air. The air purifier, which is compact and lightweight, is worn around the neck by individuals to reduce or even prevent the inhalation of such potentially harmful particles. The goal of this study is to test the effect of the air purifier on bacterial survival and thus provide a scientific basis for its potential beneficial application. In this study the non-pathogenic bacteria
Escherichia coli and Paracoccus denitrificans are used as the model organisms, as they resemble certain airborne pathogens.

"First, a testing system was devised whereby bacteria were blown towards growth media-filled petri plates and shown to consistently grown on the plates when aerosolized by our system. The system is meant to serve as a model of a human inhaling bacteria: the plates serve in place of nose and mouth. Second, the Air Supply Personal Air Purifier was then placed under the bacteria-laden airstream, and a greater than 95% reduction in bacterial colony counts was observed. Controls
included using a disabled Air Supply Personal Air Purifier whose corona discharge was inactivated, yet had a fan installed to reproduce the flow rate of an intact Air Supply, and the results proved that the bacteria-laden air was not simply blown away as the reason for lowered colony counts. Another control included using petri plates spread over the whole chamber, to see if scatter or deflection of the airstream might be another reason for colony count reduction, but this was shown to also not be the case.



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