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Kira Salak

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In most cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview. They have not been researched and may differ from the printed article.

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Kira Salak

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    I spent a day with Gordon and Janet Ford, who live entirely off their land in the mountains near Basin. Their cabin is built of trees from their property. They hunt their own food and weave their own clothing. The Fords are really in touch with the land, which is something that seems to have been severed from modern life today. They also have this attitude that they don't need to rely on technology to live comfortably. While they live a very simple and self-sufficient life, it's also a very rich one.

    Although I met many people who had success stories to share about their healed cataracts or osteoporosis, being in the radon mines was a very sobering experience. I repeatedly met people suffering from tumors, arthritis, cancer, and immune system deficiencies. Most of them were also on their second trips to the mines, looking for some type of relief or a way to keep their illnesses under control. That was tough to see.

    I had a pretty bad chest cold when I went to Basin. So for the week I was there, I tried to spend as much time as possible in Merry Widow and Earth Angel health mines to see if the treatments would cure me. I'd sit there breathing in the radioactive gas while some people chatted and played board games. Others chose to walk or jog around. I also made sure I got a drink from the spigot at the end of the Merry Widow mine. After the first couple of days all of the gunk came out of my lungs, and my cold just seemed to drain away.
    I kept a very open mind when I went into this story, but I wasn't quite sure what to think. Yet after meeting so many people who were helped and seeing my own cold go away, my perspective changed. I became a believer.


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