May 15 – 20, 2022
Casino Conference Centre
Europe/Prague timezone

Field extraction of radon from the spring water into olive oil for healing purposes

May 18, 2022, 8:30 AM
30m
Red Hall

Red Hall

Invited Separation Methods, Speciation Separation & Speciation

Speaker

Dr Viktor Goliáš (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral ressources)

Description

Carcinogenity of residential radon (222Rn) is already scientifically discredited. Positive correlation between radon and lung cancer is based on LNT (Linear-no-threshold-theory) only. No correlation here, when assumption-free statistics applied. On the other hand, radon is successfully used in balneology due to its strong hormetic effects.
In radon balneotherapy, in some cases, the natural source activity for a stronger treatment may be inadequate low. Therefore, a field experiment was made to produce a highly active preparation, by extracting radon from water into olive oil, on a technical scale.
The spring of Bretislav (*2016) was used as a source of radon water (http://www.estudanky.eu/11000-radonka-pramen-bretislav). Its actual parameters were: Activity 12123 Bq/L of 222Rn, flow rate 2.8 L/min, temperature 8.0 °C.
Extraction was carried out in a “2 L” glass separating funnel. 2 liters of fresh water were always used. The starting amount was 120 ml of food-grade, non-virgin olive oil. The 165 ml bubble was left in the funnel to facilitate the mixing of the phases. A time snap was also taken from the all off extraction steps. After shaking (1 min), the phases were separated (2-4 min) and the water was poured, the gamma activity of the oil in the funnel was measured by sensitive scintilometer and a 1 ml sample was taken for later LSC determination of Rn on a field basis.
Gradually, 9 subsequent extractions were performed over a total time of 1 h 27 min. a 76 ml of oil with an activity of 130 kBq/L of 222Rn was obtained finally. Gama activity grew gradually, with an equilibrium level of 84 % after the ninth extraction. On the other hand, oil is saturated about 100 % already in the third extraction; in a total time of 23 min.
Radon partition coefficient water / olive oil of 10.7 was found, although upto 45 reported in the broad literature. Radon oil was used by the author’s team for healing purposes in the evening.

Primary author

Dr Viktor Goliáš (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral ressources)

Co-authors

Martin Přeček (ELI Beamlines (FZU CAS)) Dr Ivo Hlásenský (DEKONTA) Dr Štěpánka Turnová

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