Himalayan Salt and The ‘Fallacy Fallacy’
If there is one logical fallacy that is massively over-relied on by those purporting to represent the ‘scientific community’ it is ‘the fallacy fallacy’. This logical fallacy is the one that argues that because something is poorly argued then it must actually be a fallacy. You may have noticed when looking at Himalayan Salt lamps that there are a rash of fairly outlandishly-worded claims about what these salt lamps may or may not be capable of. Depending on where the manufacturer/salesperson is based, these claims may in the first instance simply have been poorly translated into English.
That does not necessarily mean that they are a load of bunkum. I recently read an article by someone who was expressing a personal preference for not using Pink Himalayan Salt on her food. Unfortunately, although the writer of this article was, I believe, a medical doctor, she was not a Doctor of Philosophy or even an undergraduate in formal logic.
Himalayan Salt is ‘As Mother Nature Intended’
She began by introducing the idea that Himalayan Salt contains 84 trace elements. She was quoting a site of someone who was selling Himalayan Salt products. Naturally, the site’s owner was doing his best to suggest that his product was worth buying.
However, his claim that this salt is ‘just as mother nature intended’ was somewhat objectionable to the good lady doctor, mostly apparently on the grounds that ‘he was a salesman’. That’s an ad hominem in case you didn’t know, and it’s a logical fallacy.
It was mixed in with the fallacy fallacy since she didn’t really see how the phrase ‘as mother nature intended’ was supposed to prove anything.
She’s right, of course, but failed to point out that she herself could be wrong, and there could be immense benefits to consuming Himalayan Salt, for all she knew.
Himalayan Rock Salt in Lamps
The best part about Himalayan Salt lamps is the fact that they look so beautiful in any room of your home. This aesthetic element renders the question of whether the amount of negative ions released from these lamps is sufficient to affect our health, or whether negative ions really are as wonderful as everyone seems to think. It’s irrelevant if it looks good.
The psychological effect of having a nicely appointed and beautifully lit home is undoubtedly very great. Environmental psychology is a genuine thing, and more and more studies are showing, without a shadow of a doubt, that a person’s surroundings can have a simply vast effect on their psychological well-being.
As it happens, I personally think that there may be something in the idea that there are 84 trace minerals in Himalayan Salt. I happen to believe, apparently like our salesman mentioned above, that there is some truth in the idea that ‘Mother Nature’ may actually intend certain things, and that dried salt from Primordial oceans, where life apparently began, may well have ingredients in there that are as essential to the function of life then as they are now. Just my opinion mind, but it’s my own opinion.