Wellrich Health Card (2005)
The Health Card is a laminated paper card manufactured by the Wellrich
Company, Ltd. of Osaka Japan. It is intended to be carried in a purse,
wallet or pocket.
According to the text on the back of the card: "The emission of negative ions will free you from stress and protect you from electromagnetic waves. Will eliminate nicotine and tar from cigarettes while retaining the mild flavor [the latter is exactly the same claim as was made for the NAC plate and Nicoclean]. The benefits of the Wellrich Health Card will last forever as it contains natural spa minerals." Translation courtesy of Terry Fujiki.
The back of the card has a thin layer of brown sand (probably monazite) containing thorium-232 and the rest of the thorium decay series. This radioactive sand is responsible for the "emission of negative ions" referred to above.
The front of the card shows a waterfall because the air around a waterfall is ionized and this ionization is supposed to produce a feeling of well-being.
Size: 2" x 3 1/4"
Price: approximately $10 - $15
Count Rate: approximately 1,000 counts per minute above background as measured with a pancake GM probe.
Donated by William Kolb
Copyright 1999, Oak Ridge Associated Universities