A small talk on hot spots in areas of high natural radioactivity – and the origin of the name of a little village in Auvergne, Fontclairant

Je discute ici simplement de ma récente visite à la source Croizat… bien sûr, une baignade assurera inévitablement une contamination modérée, dont il est possible de se défaire, mais j’évoque surtout l’effet assez étouffant du radon avant la source, dans la vallée très encaissée où il s’accumule naturellement (pas seulement à cause de la source mais aussi à cause de l’ensemble de la vallée, c’est très étouffant, l’air est presque immobile et chaud à cause de cette radioactivité, j’ai naturellement fait très attention à respirer le moins possible tout le long de la marche, sauf en passant près de la voie ferrée au-dessus de la source Félix où on peut un peut prendre quelques bouffées). Il y a un effet psychologique assez évident lorsque l’on ressort de sa baignade, réchauffé, la chaleur du corps et l’accumulation de charges repousse, ensuite, le radon, et permet effectivement de marcher dans la vallée en respirant un air un peu plus sain ce qui donne effectivement un sentiment de “réparation” qui est un petit peu artificiel (la radioactivité alpha dans le bain transférant des charges positives au corps, sans contamination interne, lorsqu’on fait attention à ne pas trop respirer dans les fumées, mais on recevra toujours une dose au cours de la visite).

Ok, so, first, a reminder, “bathing” (here) does not mean taking deliberately strong respirations and inhalating as much air just above the hot water as you can…

Not all hot spots have a high natural radioactivity, this depends on the nature of the geology of course (in Iceland for instance hot sources have low natural radioactivity, likewise in Japan, where you see monkeys bathing, but here in Auvergne the only report I have of an animal in the Croizat hot spots is of a dead coypu) ; I nevertheless decided to give it a try because I’m very experimented with alpha-emitting nanoparticulates (and curious by nature).

The valley where that source is located is narrow and you feel almost surrounded by walls, you are in the bottom of the valley so you are walking literally in radon, this makes breathing difficult (to me, because I’m careful) ; it’s true that bathing in the hot water (I spent circa 10 minutes in) is quite OK, some people have found some healing powers for skin diseases, this is possible when the skin diseases are linked to bacteria for instance (some eczemas…) as the strong natural radioactivity + heat in the water has a good chance to kill many bacteria on the skin. It feels better to walk after the bath in the valley, that’s also true, of course, simply, because 1. you move faster because you’re more energetic and 2. the alpha-emitting nanoparticulates of the bath obviously transferred you the positive charges of their alpha decay while you may have avoided the inhalation & internal contamination by staying shut, avoiding breathing in the fumes…, so indeed your body becomes repulsive for the radon outside staggering in the valley but you nevertheless will get a dose of internal contamination. I noticed the beginning of some head trauma while driving, after leaving, slight optical effects, and also had the feet quite inflated as well later (see my peer reviewed papers ! explanation for feet – for optical effects (ITON)). And 10 minutes after having starting to drive, as I opened the coffee box thin coffee dust was literally sublevated, attracted to my face… another Merlin miracle of the sources !

For skin diseases linked to bacteria I would nevertheless recommend more strongly medical cannabis which is an antibacterial agent among many, many other things. With this radiotherapy you have a slight chance of triggering a mutation in your bacteria instead.

The “feel good” effect, in sum, is related to the relative hardships you have to overcome for getting there (it’s just a 10 minutes walk in bad air though, not like the Everest…) ; it’s more a psychological effect, especially in a facility that has no private owner and thus is not cleaned, some wood for walking on (there are planks) seems weak, it seems it’s going to break someday… By the way the “urine smell” is the smell of sulfur from the gas of the volcanic emanations.

I am definitively convinced, by the way, that the little village Fontclairant, not far (commune d’Aydat), has its name because of the same phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation creating small visible flashes from the background gamma rays (as described at the end of the first sub-section in this paper). The position of the village just under a big magmatic block leaves no doubt. “Lighting bottom”, to translate roughly the name of the village in English.

Le nom du village Fontclairant évoque de façon transparente l’effet lumineux que je rapporte dans la première subsection de l’article en lien juste ci-dessus – activité gamma forte liée au magmatisme intense, humidité ambiante, le radon au sol produit fréquemment de la condensation de Bose-Einstein et donne l’impression d’une zone où le sol produit souvent de la lumière d’où le nom du petit village sur la commune d’Aydat…

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