The benefits of ActivePure Technology by Health & Wellness Consultant Christian Thomson

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In what feels like a former life now, I was a World Champion Kickboxer. During this time, I was also suffering from heavy-metal poisoning and despite following what is considered the right things to do, my health deteriorated. My experience of the medical and health world, how I managed to fall between the cracks, failing to get the right help due to poor diagnostic processes, inspired me and built my motto Test Don’t Guess. My primary area of research is around metabolic health, I specialise in the metabolism of specialised systems and cells that control energy and body composition.

Christian Thomson
Health & Wellness Consultant

Air quality has been a huge topic of conversation around health more recently, especially with the rise of the green movement and concern over global warming. Now while the threat of impending doom global warming has for future generations to come, there is a more imminent threat to our health in this conversation also.

Public health England class poor air quality as “the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK”. The Imperial College London have also built a model suggesting that just a 1 microgram per cubic meter drop in fine particle air pollution could prevent around 50,900 cases of coronary heart disease, 16,000 strokes, 9,300 of asthma and 4,200 cases of lung cancer over an 18 year period.

Public Health of England infographic
Image source: Public Health of England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-air-pollution/health-matters-air-pollution

It seems amazing to think such small changes may have such large impacts on public health, but when you think about it, breathing is a vital part of our life that literally occurs 24/7; I mean, if you stop, you just might die!

The number of breaths we take per day and the quality of the air in our local vicinity has a major impact on our lives, so what can we do, breathe less, live in a forest? How do we mitigate the pollution without having to drastically alter our lives, potentially leaving friends and loved ones behind?

I have recently been looking at ways to improve air quality in the home, and while many natural methods claim to have a great effect, when I acquired a device that measures small and large particles in the air, I found that these methods just were not really doing anything. While I did measure these methods, such as salt lamps and air purifying plants, opening a window literally had more impact, so I have not included any of these results below to make sure you do not get data overload as you read.

Along this journey, I was presented with an opportunity to test the efficacy of a more industrial method, a device developed by NASA and granted a certified space technology seal by the space foundation. This device called “ActivePure” works by pushing out molecules that spread as gasses would through the room to target and destroy pathogens in the air. Amazingly the device is said to cover 2,000 sq.ft., so I was very keen to see if I could stick this device in one room and still get the benefit in other rooms of my one-bedroom semi-detached house.

When I first started looking at what the device was described to do, I was amazed; it even cleans surfaces through its production of anti-pathogenic molecules that float through the air, either making contact with the targeted pathogenic material there or landing on surfaces and doing its job at that point. The list of target substances it claims to tackle is quite large but includes bacteria, mould, allergens and viruses, including COVID-19.

I decided to set up an experimental model that would not be so heavily disrupted by days where I cooked more or less in my kitchen and test the air quality in different rooms of the house. I measured the air quality of each room with no intervention in place; I did this in triplicate (over three days) and averaged the readings for each hour.

Days 1-3

No ActivePure

Kitchen
Small Particles
Large Particles
Control Control
Lowest count 56 0
Highest count 5190 64
Average 779.93 6.40

ActivePure setting 2

Kitchen
Small Particles
Large Particles
Setting 2 Setting 2
Lowest count 47 1
Highest count 490 22
Average 125.00 4.67

ActivePure Max Air flow

Kitchen
Small Particles
Large Particles
Max air flow Max air flow
Lowest count 34 0
Highest count 304 9
Average 109.73 3.47

Next, I plugged the ActivePure device in and to play with the settings dial; there are only four settings on a twist dial, so very simple. The sound output of the machine was relatively quiet and until you got to the final setting, “Max airflow,” but I could only hear this if I was in the same room. I used the same set up to measure the air in each room in triplicate at a setting 2 and setting 4 (max airflow), and plotted all the data into some graphs as well as averaged the results over the day. I also separated small and large particle measurements in order to fit the range of measurements on the graphs and keep a good level of visual detail.

The graphs below show a comparison of the small and large particle readings over three days

In short, I found that a steep drop in local air pollution was found in each room under setting 2 and a slight further improvement over setting 4, under the max airflow setting. I also noticed that the rises that occurred around cooking seemed to be less and lasted for a shorter time period.

The ActivePure device is larger than I initially expected it to be and may not suit the décor for your average home, but it will fit under desks just like a tower for a desktop computer, and I managed to keep it in the corner of my living room without any issue in its function. One of the things I was most pleasantly surprised was how well it purified the air in adjacent rooms, even though I completely understand that the way it works is based on how gases spread, just like I would smell what’s being cooked from a different room, I was still half expecting to see air quality drop in the rooms the device was not in.

ActivePure is designed for commercial spaces but is affordable for the average household, and with COVID-19 such a constant worry for many, devices like this could both increase the safety of the public in commercial settings such as pubs, restaurants and gyms as well as go a long way to keeping families safe that meet in an indoor setting. Smaller units are also available but just cover smaller surface areas and are also a little more stylish; the smaller units are only 30 cm in height, around the size of a large speaker vs the 60 cm tall, 50 cm long unit I have been using.

So, when it comes to improving the air quality of your home, investing in a high-quality air purifier is key; I also particularly like the ActivePure device due to the method it uses; it does not try to trap or consume polluting particles but actually seeks them out, having the added bonus of cleaning surfaces and effecting multiple rooms.

Important note: 

Many devices this powerful use chemicals that may harm you and therefore have to be used while you are not at home, ActivePure is completely safe, and all experiments took place while I was at home working. For any pet owners, it is described as completely pet friendly, and as I have a cat at home, I can attest that he is as healthy as ever after this experiment, so while only a short case study, I have full faith that no harm will come to pets as a result of this device.

To find out more about ActivePure’s unrivalled air and surface purifiers that are inspired by patented NASA technology.

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