Its all good essentially direct and untampered from nature. And those mined salts are also sea salts from ancient unpolluted beds, Supposedly through the process of being dried and preserved by the sun...I never store and recall much techinical info as my brain is so compromised so I just take what I need from it- the bottom line. That doesnt help at such times as these however. Im just very open to all ideas. I also trust my own senses to a point, when experience is so compelling. And I can say hands down that not all natural unrefined salt is equal in quality, benefit and medicinal and healing power. Not to mention TASTE! Im a flavour snob when it comes to my salt! Not joking though, all himalayan salts vary a LOT in flavour if you are able to tune into it as I naturally am. The best Himalayan I used to get was out of world yummy. It was very whitish, less red. The best stuff ever I swear. I paid £13 delivered per kg gladly and wouldnt be without it. We also have one (pink himalayan) from the local health food shop. Its very pink in comparison, and very good in taste, but not that boom strain you love so much if you get me. Its only £5.50 per kg, and we always have it in house. It tastes distinctly different to the other whiter £13 Himalayan one. I use it in cooking etc, and occasionally on meals. But I love the good ones too much lol! Oh we use this pink one to make saurkraut. Both of these salts have also consistently tested as being excellent quality for the body over the years by the amazing Vega equipment my homeopath uses. I triedxmany samples and brands over years and found that surprisingly many...Didn't test well, so not as useful or beneficial to the body. Unfortunately, anything from nature can vary so much and ehike the same thing, one source is much better for you than another and it takes good fortune and dilligence to discover it. This also applies to salt. I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to learn directly about salt and find some genuine sources which I can recommend to anyone. Any old rock or himalayan salt is not the same thing unfortunately. I resisted the logic of this initially. Sea salt is generally good as long aw totally unrefined, but again will vary and is polluted now too. We have sea salt too- greyish stuff. In a tub below the 2 himalayas in cupboard. We use this to cook pasta etc. Cheap as Cali weed haha! Nowhere near as tasty though. And I have ANOTHER pink Himalayan salt which I got £8 for 5 kg, purely to brush my teeth with! Since 2005 and Lyme Disease etc, I could not put any toothpaste or natural alternative I ever tried in my mouth without severe respiratory symptoms. So I have brushed my teeth with pink salt only ever since, which have remained perfectly healthy. No dentist visits in years in fact. However I dont eat this salt. Salt is a supplement to me. A medicine, so vital to the body. So USEFUL. So my approach is to make 100% of my salt intake of the absolute best quality (in a very "energetic" sense) that I can get and be sure of. I always weigh my daily salt. No food I eat has any added refined salt, or any added salt full stop. 100% home prepared, unprocessed. And I have learnt how we need a lot more salt than than we have been convinced. I weigh 10 grams every day, split between 2 meals. I see this as a supplement- a medicine. A requirement, in balance with sufficient clean(ish) water. And all indications for health and very positive after many years. Exceptional heart, cholesterol, blood pressure health etc. Opposite to what we have been trained. 6 grams of salt daily is an UNDERDOSE. We need 8 grams minimum. But if the source is man made refined poison, a whole new equation comes into play and this is the most fundamental thing most people just dont understand. Man made salt ISNT medicine. It is turned into POISON plain and simple. So get good salt, and dont be afraid of it. Oh yes, just to clarify- I am using exlusively the Redmond real salt now for meals, 10 grams. It is very high in silica too. Since switching my skin is noticeably improved and visibly shinier. Silica is a massive deficiency and us vital for all bodily tissues. Anyway, it tastes great and I love it. @ataxian I bought a new vaporizer very spontaneously yesterday due to a big reduction and my mood. It's still a secret because I haven't digested it myself yet and totally wasn't it supposed to do it at this time and hadn't considered doing it anyway. You have one, you have played a key part in making me increasingly want this vaporizer by glamorising it so much so I expect I will see you in the threads in question before long my friend and may call on your good advice.