Thursday, October 27, 2011

Salt Lamp Creations Looking for a Buyer

Friends, it has been nearly 7 years since I started in the Salt Lamp business, and I feel it is time to devote my energies to another project that I have been neglecting.

This affords a great opportunity for someone looking to own a turn-key business or to someone who is already in the business to add to the strength of their company with a long established, top ranking searchable website.  If you want there is also an LLC Corporation set up as well, so a relatively simple transfer of ownership could be done.

In addition to SaltLampCreations.com I also own about 20 other domain names related to Salt Lamps that I would include in the sale of the business. Used properly by someone more web savvy than me, these could be set up to direct additional traffic to the main site

If you have an interest feel free to contact me at jerry@SaltLampCreations.com

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Salt Lamps are Not Snake Oil

As one of the “early adapters” of Salt Lamps, Salt Lamp Creations has attempted to offer Salt Lamps to the public standing on their own merits (the lamps… not the public).

As much as we avoid discussing medical applications, it is clear that other Salt Lamp companies are making sales based on what we consider misrepresentation. We initially warned consumers to be wary of “snake oil salesmen” but I think people want to believe in miracle cures so they buy anything based on a promise.

Well we still to this day want people to buy Salt Lamps because they are beautiful, because they are from salt formed millions of years ago and because each one is unique.

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Salt Lamps… Seems Like They Are Still Misrepresented

As one of the “early adapters” of Salt Lamps, Salt Lamp Creations has attempted to offer Salt Lamps to the public standing on their own merits (the lamps… not the public).

As much as we avoid discussing medical applications, it is clear that other Salt Lamp companies are making sales based on what we consider misrepresentation. We initially warned consumers to be wary of “snake oil salesmen” but I think people want to believe in miracle cures so they buy anything based on a promise.

Well we still to this day want people to buy Salt Lamps because they are beautiful, because they are from salt formed millions of years ago and because each one is unique.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Los Angeles Times Agrees

 
Posted as a direct Quote from the Los Angeles Times by www.SaltLampCreations.com where we have always promoted Salt Lamps as a thing of beauty rather than focus on their curative power:

Ho-ho hocum Gift products that claim to boost health and well-being

Salt Lamps

These functioning electric lamps enclosed in a chunk of salt have been adding their pleasant glow to health fairs and mall kiosks for years. Unlike most light fixtures, illumination isn’t their main selling point. Salt lamps are touted as a natural source of “negative ions” that supposedly improve the health of anyone nearby.

Shopping over the Internet, you can quickly find salt lamps in many shapes, including pyramids, angels and, appropriately enough for the season, Christmas trees. 

The claims: According to the Gamma International website, the negative ions released by salt lamps will relieve stress and “clean ambient air.” The cleansing power of the lamps supposedly makes them “especially helpful for relieving the symptoms of allergies and asthma.” The site also claims that the lamp’s soft orange color can boost mood and improve the focus of children with attention deficit disorder. Other sites claim that salt lamps can treat migraines, insomnia, depression, sinusitis and viral infections.

Bottom line: If glowing crystals fit the home décor of your friends and family, salt lamps might be a good present. But experts see two basic flaws behind the claim that users will ionize their way to good health. First, it’s not possible for a chunk of salt to release a significant amount of negative ions, says Victor Stenger, a professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. There isn’t nearly enough energy in a lamp to break up the ionic bonds between the sodium and chlorine in salt. “If that were true, we’d have chlorine gas coming out our salt shakers.”

Nadeem Azeem, a partner at Gamma International, says he has heard such criticisms before but believes that his lamps really do produce ions. “Believe” is the key word. “We haven’t done any studies,” he says. “But I’m sure that meters can measure the ions.”

Even if these salt blocks somehow released ions through a loophole in the laws of chemistry and physics, they couldn’t deliver on their health claims, says Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Terman’s studies have found that large doses of negatively charged oxygen ions generated by a machine can help ease depression in people with seasonal affective disorder — a finding touted on several salt lamp sites. But there’s a world of difference between oxygen streaming from a machine and chlorine supposedly trickling from a rock, he says. “I was dismayed to see my research touted by salt lamp companies. It’s disgraceful.” As for the claim that the color of the lamps can dramatically improve mood or treat ADHD — “that’s just nuts,” Terman says.

Other studies of negative ions (from machines, not salt) have had decidedly mixed results. For example, a review published in 2003 found no evidence that negative ions can improve symptoms of asthma.

Azeem says his salt lamps can’t really be compared to machine ionizers. “Salt lamps don’t produce as many ions as a machine,” he says. “In nature, things happen very slowly.” Or, some would say, not at all.

At Salt Lamp Creations (www.SaltLampCreations.com) you can read about how Salt Lamps are made and shop for Salt Lamps as simply things of beauty crafted from 250 million year old Salt (fact!)

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Salt Lamps Soothe The Stressful

It has been a while since I wrote a Salt Lamp blog.

Seems I get so busy with day to day life and my family that I forget to keep up on posting.

The Salt Lamp sellers are still at it, promoting these works of Mother Nature’s handicraft as a “cure for all that ails you” yet if I ask 100 people I still think over 90% of them have no idea of what a Salt Lamp is.

I think that is because they are mostly sold as a wholistic healing crystals rather than as a beautiful decorative item for the home.

There is nothing more beautiful than a Sphere shaped Salt Lamp as a child’s nightlight… yet most purveyors of Salt Lamps sell them as Negative Ion Generators. Sounds way more spooky than the soothing and calming thing it truly is.

It has been my goal since setting up Salt Lamp Creations (www.SaltLampCreations.com) to offer these Salt lamps and Natural Salt Tea Lights as works of art… not medical devices. 

Salt Lamp Creations Natural Salt Lamps make Unique gifts.. no two can ever be the same. 
Using Natural Salt from the foothills of the Himalayans, that began forming over 250 million years ago when the continental shelves collided and formed the beautiful mountain range, we have been able to provide a Lamp that is beautiful to look at, and soothing to be around.

When you are stressed think of the incredible pressure of Nature that created these Salt lamps and turned them into Crystals for your enjoyment and you will see your stress is minimal in comparison.Just kidding, the calming glow of theSalt Lamp is quite relaxing and a great focal point for any room in your house.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cashing In on the Salt Lamp Cure All Bandwagon?

It’s hard to believe that I have been in the Salt Lamp buisness for over 6 years.
Awareness continues to grow at a slow and steady pace as word of mouth spreads news about them.

But,the companies that sell them are making wilder and wilder claims about their “cure all” properties which I believe is responsible for the fact that only about 5% of the US population knows what a Salt Lamp is. Start talking about a lamp that will cure asthma and most people walk away. And in so doing they miss the opportunit to see how beautiful a Salt Lamp is as a decorative item for their home.

You would think that the FDA or the other “in-your-face, in-your-business” government agencies that regulate unsubstantiated health claims of products has not even spanked the hands of Salt Lamp companies.

When you look at the sites you see that they purport that a Salt Lamp can reduce Pollen and Allergens from the air, cure asthma, remove Smoke from a Smoker’s room, act as a counter balance to the radiation produced by your computer monitor, purify the air that you breathe, produce negative ions to fix your “chi”, reduce stress and anxiety and every other claim you can imagine.

Want to buy some “snake oil”?
It will cure everything… or so our great grandparents were told by flim flam artists trying to make a quick buck.

Let’s not try to make the Salt Lamp wear too many hats and be responsible for too many cures…

With all the curative powers being associated with Salt Lamps, you would think hundreds of thousands of prescriptions would have been written for this medical miracle by physicians, therapists and psychiatrists.

But, it just isn’t happening.
Why?
The evidence can’ be produced that shows any long term physical benefits.
But that’s OK.
There are enough people who will believe all/anything that they read.

I must admit that I get letters from customers of Salt Lamp Creations www.SaltLampCreations.com all the time telling me of “results” they have experienced since buying their Salt Lamp from me. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate that they have received a benefit, and don’t doubt their sincerity.

I just come from an educational background that likes to have a little empirical scientific proof of things that are classified as medical devices (or as miracles).

When my customer’s ask me about the curative powers of the Salt Lamp I tell them that I am not a Doctor and therefore don’t like to make medical claims about products. I add that since all Natural Salt Lamps are from the same region of the World, if a claim of one company is proven the same results will be received from all Salt Lamps and to let me know what they experience when they receive theirs in the mail.

If the Salt Lamp has any positive health effect beyond being a placebo it would be best effective not in a room that is 10 by 12′ as stipulated on dozens of Salt Lamp sites, but in the area within about 3 feet of the lamp. Other than that, the best results I have seen or heard of come from people who are calmed by the warm glow of their Salt Lamp. 

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own a Salt Lamp. Salt Lamp Creations (www.SaltLampCreations.com) sells beautifully crafted Salt Lamps mounted on beveled Rosewood hand stained, lacquered and polished bases that will be a beautiful addition to your home.

We just sell the Lamps on their own true merits: they are beautiful, they are each unique: like humans and snowflakes no two can ever be alike, they have a warm and soothing glow and they are an expression of Mother Nature’s handiwork.

They are best appreciated when you learn how the Salt was formed over 250 million years ago and how today the Salt is mined at the Foothills of the mighty Himalayans and carved by artisans into Natural and Geometric shapes that were designed to be admired and appreciated for their true nature.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Salt Lamps For Christmas

What do you get for someone who has everything?
What do you get for someone who likes to stay hip to the trends?
What do you get when you realize you forgot to order something for someone who just sent you a gift?

I don’t know what you’ll do… but…

If you want a unique piece of Nature’s handiwork you might want to consider a Salt Lamp.
These Natural Himlayan Lamps, carved from 250 million year old Salt found at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains are crafted into either beautiful geometric shapes or just tapered into natural “mountains” .

No matter which one you choose, you’ll definitely be the only one bringing these as gifts!

Check out www.SaltLampCreations.com where you can get quantity discounts and Free Shipping. And, order by Wedneday at Noon and there’s a good chance a West Coast delivery can be made before Christmas!

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Someone just left me an “annonymous” posting calling me a “scheister”.  I wish they had the courtesy (or intestinal fortitude) of posting with their name and email address. If they did I would have happily replied to them directly.
 
They must have me confused with the majority of Salt Lamp sellers who claim that Salt Lamps can cure your ailments. They are likely a competitor of mine who is trying to besmurch my reputation as a legitimate Salt Lamp company, so they can take away business from the company that offers the Original Salt Lamp along with specialty items like Cool Color Crystals, a rare, nearly pure white lamp that is shipped with 6 different colored bulbs to enable you to change the Salt Lamp color to match your mood or your decor.

Anyone who actually reads my posts, knows that I claim only that Salt Lamps are beautiful and make great gifts for any occasion.

 

If customers find some health benefit, whether it is a result of a ”placebo effect” or an actual increased sense of wellness associated with the negative ion generating properties of Himalayan Salt Lamps, it is not something that I do not encourage. I only share their comments on the Testimonial pages. 
 
With the Holidays approaching, everyone is trying to come up with a unique alternative to mass produced “stuff”, and with all the marketing and advertising that confronts us at every turn, it is difficult.

Salt Lamps from www.SaltLampCreations.com offer you natural works of art, with no two ever alike. These Salt Lamps and Salt Tea Lights make giftables that you can be sure no one will ever try to return (or re-gift).
 

Imagine being able to buy a piece of pre-history, 250 million years old Salt formed at the time the Earth’s continents were shifting and forming. Salt Lamps made from Salt found at the foothills of the Himalayas, in a place Alexander the Great’s horses licked at the ground and led Alexander to capture and control the richest Salt mines found anywhere in the world.
So don’t call me a shyster, call me a purveyor of Nature’s Wonder. Salt Lamps are beautiful. Name callers are ugly. Sticks and Stones can break my bones, but words won’t rub Salt into any wound. Check out Salt Lamp creations Salt Lamps and decide for yourself. Free Shipping for the Holidays and discounts ranging from 10 to 50% off when you buy more 2 or more.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Cure for all that Ails You ?

I have been working with Salt Lamps for nearly 6 years.
I thought I had heard it all.

If you have been reading my posts you will see that I am a firm believer in not making unsubstantiated (and some downright false) claims about the “Healing Power” of Salt Lamps.

Just last week, a potential customer contacted Salt Lamp Creations through the Info address posted on my site at www.SaltLampCreations.com  I gave her a call, exchasnged pleasantries, she told me I had a nice looking website and then the drama began. 

She asked me if my lamps worked the same way as a company in Canada’s lamps did. As nearly all lamps start off as large chunks of Crystal Salt purchased from a small group of mines in the Himalayas, so when I asked her what she meant, she read me what seemed like 2 pages of “documentation” purportedly in support of the many curative powers of the Natural Salt Lamp.

The list was exhaustive and each time I thought she was done reading me the ailments that Salt Lamps could “cure”, she went on with more.

When she finally finished, all I could say was WOW!
After hearing the list of maladies these lamps could cure, I almost cried.

Here we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars in the USA and abroad trying to eradicate illness and to reduce airborne pollutants when we could instead, based on the “empirical” eveidence supplied to this potential customer, pass out a Salt Lamp to everyone and all the illnesses would vanish, everyone’s skin would be soft and supple, all the skies would be blue and global warming would be reversed.

But… If you buy all those claims about Salt Lamps…I’ve got some swamp land in Florida…

However, if you want beautuful quality Salt Lamps that make the most unique gifts check us out!  www.SaltLampCreations.com

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Mystery of the Natural Salt Lamp Continues

What an interesting year this is turning out to be in the Salt Lamp world.

I can still ask 10 people on the street what a Salt Lamp is and get at least 9 who have no idea.
It is amazing, considering there are millions of links online that lead to Salt Lamp domains, Salt Lamp Information and Salt Lamp blogs like this one, yet so few know what they are.

A Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp is one of the most beautiful expressions of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Hand mined from caves deep below the surface of the Himalayan mountains, this Salt is over 150 million years old and was “created” as a result of the colloision of the continents, as the Earth went through some big land mass changes.

Today, the Salt Crystal is removed from the mines and formed by hand chipping into Natural shapes or machine carved into Geometrical shapes. The Salt is then drilled to accomodate a lighting assembly so that they produce a warm glow when illuminated with a simple small candelabra bulb. The Crystal Salt is now a Salt Lamp.

In an attempt to sell more Salt Lamps, many companies are relying on the desire of Americans to find wholistic cures for things that ail them. We receive dozens of phone calls and email inquiries to ask us if our Salt Lamps work like the others they have seen advertised. They ask us if it is true that a Salt Lamp can purify the air and rid it of all harmful allergens and produce miraculous cures for diseases ranging from Asthma to Allergies.

All Salt Lamps basically come the same region and thus are “created equal” however….not all Salt Lamp companies are created equal.

Since we (www.SaltLampCreations.com) are not Doctors, and do not want to run up against the FDA, who eventually get involved in reviewing any product that makes medical claims. Without having spent $ millions on studies that can provide proof of their claims, Salt Lamp companies are freely dispensing stories about the healing power of Salt Lamps.

Yesterday I received notification of a class action suit against Sharper Image for claims they made about their now famous Ionic Breeze “air purification”machines. Though Sharper Image appears to deny it, the case against them was brought by people who relied on the company’s claims, purchased an Ionizer and then experienced adverse effects when using the product. The suit claims, among other things that the Ionic Breeze emits harmful Ozones and that The Sharper Image made what amounted to false advertising claims about their product.

We also continually receive letters (testimonials) from customers who have had positive experience from their Salt Lamps and we are pleased that they have derived a benefit. That is not what we deem to be a scientific study, and therefore is not enough at this point for us to risk our company’s great reputation. We will let the other Salt Lamp companies take their chances with making unprovable medical claims.

We will hold true to our main belief and the reason we are in the business: Salt Lamps are beautiful and as every Salt Lamp is, by Nature, unique, they make a special addition to anyone’s home or office.

Let me know what you think!

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