Every year, thousands of Americans and foreign tourists visit Boulder Basin, Montana, for alternative treatments that, oddly enough, pose a potential health hazard.
The fact is that they accept procedures in the tunnels of abandoned mines where gold and uranium ore were once mined. Air and underground sources here contain radon, an inert gas that emits radioactive alpha particles during decay.
Radiation is widely used in modern medicine (X-rays, radiation therapy). However, here we are talking about a controlled short exposure to the body in compliance with all safety measures.
In small doses, radon can help treat a number of chronic conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and the effects of back injuries. With a high concentration of radon, there is a risk of developing cancer.
According to a 2003 report from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 20, 000 Americans die of lung cancer each year due to the radon that accumulates in basements and homes.
The report strongly recommends that you periodically check your homes for radon levels, which should not exceed 4 picocuries per liter of air. As statistics show, miners suffer the most from the excess of radon.
Radon therapy can only be prescribed by a doctor who determines its dosage and type (radon baths, mineral water, inhalation, mud therapy, etc.). There are radon resorts, clinics and sanatoriums in Europe and Ukraine. In Russia, the most popular resorts are located in the Caucasian Mineral Waters, Pyatigorsk and Belokurikha, Altai Territory.