Alkaline Ionized Water (Microwater)
by James Khan
What kind of water are these health experts drinking?
Why would these world renowned experts be so excited by a water purification system?
Dr Ray Kurzweil
Dr Terry Grossman
Dr Gabriel Cousins
Dr Susan Lark
Dr Robert & Shelley Young
Dr Sherry Rodgers
Dr Theodore Baroody
Dr William Kelly
Dr Hidemitsu Hayashi
Dr. Ingfreid Hobert
They all drink Ionized Alkaline Water as produced by a Water Ionizer.
Most of these and many other health experts have written books, papers or given lectures explaining why alkaline ionized water is the simplest, most effective way to Alkalize, Hydrate, Detoxify and Mineralize the body.
What is Alkaline Water and why are so many cutting edge health experts so excited by it, drinking it and asking you to drink it?
Well, they love the taste. Ionized water is great tasting water, but great taste doesn't explain why people like Dr Ray Kurzweil who has been awarded 12 Honorary Doctorates and honored by 3 US Presidents (including Bill Clinton) have decided to write books and papers about the benefits of drinking ionized water.
This page explains why.
What is Alkaline Water?
The term Alkaline Water is just a label used to describe ideal drinking water as provided by nature; one of many labels that arise as we explore the hidden properties of water.
All natural water** consists of H2O molecules and OH- and H+ ions in very small quantities. It is these ions that give acidity and alkalinity to water. When these ions are equal in number, the water is neutral, when the H+ is more it is acidic, when the OH- ions are more, it is alkaline.
Alkaline water has more excess oxygen and alkaline minerals then neutral or acid tap water. It is highly oxygenated water with the oxygen in the stable bias OH- form that is needed by our cells. Each of these ions is bonded with an alkaline mineral in the all important colloidal form.
At pH between 8-10, ionized alkaline water will have 100's of times more excess oxygen then neutral tap water and no acid elements or toxic substances in it.
In health literature alkaline ionized water is also called:
Electrolysis Reduced Water (ERW)
Ionic Mineral Water
Water is like a diamond, it has all these properties which can be thought of as the different facets of the water diamond.
Alkaline pH is just one of these facets, the most easily measured facet of the water diamond - hence this term is used the most.
The pH facet of the diamond - the fact that the water ionizer separates neutral tap water to acid and alkaline waters - can be easily checked by the litmus test or by a pH meter by anyone.
The other aspects or facets of good water such as the Micro-clusters, colloidal Mineral content, ORP values (show if the water is reduced or oxidized), bio-energy levels, and general life enhancing qualities are less easy to measure and quantify by the average person.
Water researchers, particularly in Korea and Japan have researched all these aspects of ionized alkaline and acid waters. The Medical Case Studies and References section contains a selection of the published research papers.
How is Alkaline Water produced?
Alkaline water can be produced in the following ways:
1. With a Water Ionizer
2. By passing water through selected Bio-Ceramic and Bio-stone filters
3. By passing water through magnetic fields - this can only reduce the water clusters to make microwater.
4. By adding alkaline mineral drops to ordinary water - this does not effect the cluster sizes or ORP of tap water.
The water ionizer is the device of choice, and most of the research over the last 50 years has been done using ionized water. The modern water ionizer is a small device that first filters/purifies tap water and then passes it through an ionization chamber, typically with platinum coated solid titanium plates.
All alkaline elements in the water are drawn towards one plate, while all acid elements that are not captured by the filter are drawn to the other plate to be discarded or stored for washing. You drink the alkaline water and can use the acid water for skin care.
A water ionizer uses technology to revert the water back to its ideal state for drinking. Japanese scientists by accident discovered a method that puts back into water the missing ingredients that nature provides to the best natural water like the famed Himalayan glacier water at Hunza.
Alkaline water has the following properties, as found in glacier water, that are not present in ordinary tap or filtered water:
Alkaline pH - pH 7.5 - 9
Micro-clusters - low NMR
Active Hydrogen - low ORP
The discovery of ionized water/microwater closely replicates the living qualities of high altitude mountain spring water: Fresh, Invigorating, Life Enhancing, Free Radical Scavenging and Delicious.
Alkaline water is drinking water as it should be, and as it is in natures best waters like glacier waters. If you measure the properties of glacier water, considered the very best drinking water, it has similar properties to ionized water - alkaline pH, a high colloidal mineral content, active hydrogen and micro clusters.
In nature you see a separation of water into acid and alkaline: high altitude spring waters tend to be alkaline (for drinking), whereas hot spring waters are acidic (but have a reputation for skin cleansing). Fresh evian spring water for example is alkaline and has small cluster sizes.
Ionized alkaline and acid waters are used in hospitals and clinics throughout Japan and South Korea, where the water ionizer is classified as a medical device.
Ionized water is considered to be one of the most effective and easy ways for your body to:
Alkaline water can slowly reverse the aging process, which is a gradual process of acid waste accumulation. It is every effective because the water penetrates deeply to dissolve and remove toxins from the body.
Acid wastes like lactic acid that are insoluble in neutral water become soluble in alkaline water and so can be removed from the body by drinking alkaline water.
** Note: Distilled or de-ionized water does not have any ions in it, it therefore can not be 'ionized' by a water ionizer. A water ionization merely separates the ions that are present in the water. 99% of UK tap water can be ionized, and each unit comes with a tester so that you can test for your self.
Rain water is not the same as de-ionized water. Rain water is alive, it has some 'impurities' obtained from the air or from contact with the ground. Distilled/de-ionized water does not form crystals easily if at all, whereas rain water does which is why you get snow flakes.
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What Scientific/Measurable Properties Does Alkaline Water Have?
High pH - excess Oxygen: It has more OH- ions then tap or acid water. Blood pH at 7.45 has been calculated to have an excess oxygen of around 65% at pH 10, in the stable bias form as compared with blood at pH 7.3. At pH over 9, alkaline water has 100's times more excess oxygen then tap water at pH around 7.
Low NMR - Reduced Water : The water molecules clump together in micro-clusters (measured by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, NMR). This makes the water better at penetrating and hydrating. The water also has a low surface tension (measured in dynes).
High Colloidal Minerals: The ionization converts the minerals in the water into an ionic or colloidal form, considered the best bio-active form. Every OH- ion will be bonded with an ionic mineral like calcium. Each glass of alkaline water has many billions of these life enhancing molecules. Remember, just dissolving calcium in water and drinking does not mean that your body will assimilate the calcium - your body can only assimilate minerals that are in ionic form.
Low ORP - Micro-clusters : Abundance of electrons which make it a powerfully liquid Anti-Oxidant, more effective then vitamin C because of of its smaller molecular size, and it doesn't need any synergistic elements
High Bio-Energy: this is indicated by devices that measure the electric frequency of substances. Alkaline water is alive, charged, life-enhancing as opposed to tap water or stored bottled water, which is dead.
The acid ionized water would be deficient in some of these.
What are the Reported Miraculous Effects of Drinking Alkaline Water?
Alkaline water has many reported Miraculous effects. It can help with weight loss, help the body detoxify, reduce the aging process, help in cases of Diabetics and other health conditions, provide valuable anti-oxidants, help prevent cancer, help with skin conditions and more.
See these Pictures of the Miraculous Effects of Ionized water.
What is pH Balance?
Our blood pH should ideally by 7.365. At this slightly alkaline pH level our bodies function optimally. Like gravity, we are continuously pushed towards acidity from the food we eat. Even if we consume perfect food, the digestion process will always create organic acid wastes which we will need to remove
Dr Lynda Frassetto, acid/alkaline researcher found in a study involving 1000 ageing subjects that we are now stockpiling acid in fatty deposits.
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Long term acidity is like rust; it corrodes our tissues, veins and arteries. It interrupts all cellular activity from the beating of the heart to the way we think.
Slightly alkaline blood pH ensures that micro-organisms remain in harmony with the body. When the pH becomes acidic there is a lack of oxygen which causes a proliferation of antagonistic, anaerobic microforms to appear. The acidic body becomes a breeding ground for germs, fungus and viruses. They consume the food we eat and leave us more acid waste excrements! Acidity coagulates blood and clogs up the capillaries.
Over-acidity interferes with life itself, leading to virtually all sickness and disease including heart attacks and cancer, premature aging and obesity
Our 75 trillion cells are slightly acidic within and are surrounded by slightly alkaline interstitial fluid around them. This polarity is essential for chemical or energy interchange, and is lost with acidity - one reason why so many people lack energy
Acidic pH interferes with mineral absorption. We will receive no iodine unless the body pH is almost perfect and calcium is very difficult to absorb with an excessively acid body
Excess acidity weakens all our systems and forces the body to take minerals from vital organs and bones to buffer/neutralize the acid and safely remove it from the body. The body creates cholesterol (fatty deposits) to safely store deadly crystallized acid wastes away from vital organs of liver, heart and kidney. ‘Obesity is an acid problem, the fat is saving our lives' explains Dr Robert Young
What is Acid and Alkaline?
Water with more OH- ions is alkaline, water with more H+ ions is acidic, and water is neutral if they are equal.
It is the OH- ions that carry the life giving and life enhancing properties of water. The H+ water state is a deficient state, deficient in oxygen and deficient in electrons. Energetically speaking, you can say that high H+ water (acidic water) is lacking in energy, which in the case of ionized water has been transferred to the OH- ions.
The pH of water is a measure of the quantity of H+ ions in it; if this quantity is high the pH is low and the water is acidic; if the OH- levels are high, the pH is high and the water is Alkaline. Ordinary or distilled water is neutral (pH 7), sugary soft drinks like Colas are acidic (pH 2.5) and Ionized Alkaline Water has a high pH (around 10).
OH- ions are a form of oxygen, a stable form as it is bonded with an alkaline mineral. When two such molecules combine they produce a molecule of water, the organic mineral and pure oxygen. All three are absolutely essential for your body.
You get all three when you drink ionized alkaline water: water, oxygen, and ionic alkaline minerals.
The bubbles in acidic soft drinks are carbon dioxide which forms carbonic acid, a waste product in the body. The bubbles seen in Ionized water are pure oxygen, which the body needs.
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What are Experts that Drink Ionized Water Saying?
Ionized Water has been written about and highly recommended in several top health books by independent, eminent authors that drink it. These include: Dr Ray Kurzweil and Dr Terry Grossman, who in their groundbreaking book "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever" state that:
Consuming the right type of water is vital to detoxifying the body's acidic waste products and is one of the most powerful health treatments available.
"We recommenced that you drink 8-10 glasses per day of this alkaline water. It is one of the simplest and most powerful things that you can do to combat a wide range of disease processes. It is interesting to note that in Japan , professional sports teams drink alkaline water to improve their performance"
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists. Called “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil's ideas on the future have been touted by his many fans, who range from Bill Gates to Bill Clinton.
Time magazine writes:
“Kurzweil's eclectic career and propensity of combining science with practical—often humanitarian—applications have inspired comparisons with Thomas Edison.”
Ray Kurzweil has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates, and honored by 3 US Presidents, including Bill Clinton.
TERRY GROSSMAN, MD, is the founder and medical director of Frontier Medical Institute in Denver, Colorado. His longevity medical practice attracts patients, including many VIPs (such as coauthor Ray Kurzweil) from around the country and the world.
He is a member and board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine as well as the American Holistic Medical Association. His special field of interest is nutritional medicine (the treatment of illness with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and natural hormones) and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Grossman is licensed as an M.D., and an M.D.(H), a homeopathic medical doctor. He is assistant professor of family practice at The University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Herbert L. Jacobs, Chairman, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Task Force of the Colorado Medical Society describes Dr. Grossman as:
“One of a handful of modern-day physicians who are laying the foundation for a new paradigm in medicine, combining cutting-edge medical knowledge with the best evidence-based complementary therapies.”
Dr Robert Young, author of the pH Miracle Living and widely recognized as one of the top research scientists in the world drinks alkaline water and recommends that you do the same.
This is a page from his official web site of Dr Young and Shelley Redford Young here they write about alkaline water and the Jupiter Water Ionizer that they consider to be the best ionizers that money can buy.
"Disease is not about the cells or tissues or organs, it is all about the hydration and the quality of the fluids of the body that surround the cells that make up our tissues and organs."
"To maintain or restore your body's natural pH balance for optimal health, drink restructured, ionized water which is rich in anti-oxidants and alkaline minerals. Ionized water helps reverse the effects of acid accumulation in the body, the root cause of degenerative diseases and aging."
Dr Robert Young and Shelley Young
Other experts that are also strongly advising you to drink alkaline water for health and longevity include:
Daniel Reid, "The Tao of Detox" Please read these excerpts
Dr Theodore Baroody, " Alkalize or Die"
Dr Sherry Rodgers, "Detoxify or Die"
David Miller, "Grow Youthful: ancient secrets, modern research"
Harold Tietze, "Youthing not Aging"
Dr Gabriel Cousins, "Conscious Eating" says:
"Water Ionization could be one of the most important health breakthroughs in our era"
Cousins, like the other experts mentioned here, practices what he preaches. At 60+, he is in vibrant health. Cousins says that he is in better shape now then when he was a young man. This is a fascinating interview.
Sang Whang, author of "Reverse Aging", the first scientific book that looked at and researched the health and anti-aging effects of alkaline ionized water. Sang Whang has been drinking alkaline ionized water (to which he adds a couple of drops of his Alkalife supplement that has a balanced composition of minerals) for 20 years. He is over 70 and is intending to live to be well over 100.
Dr William Kelly, College of Metabolic Medicine and author of "Cancer Cure" says that:
"Alkaline water produced by a water ionizer has become the most important advancement in health care since Sir Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin".
Dr Arthur M. Ecano, MD says:
”If the world has accepted antioxidants to slow down the aging process, it should readily agree to the uses of ionized alkaline water as an anti-aging agent. Their roles are closely linked and intertwined such that a lasting anti-aging program is incomplete without addressing both free radicals and organic acid wastes.”
Dr Susan Lark University lecturer and author of The Chemistry Of Success says:
“Drinking four to six glasses of alkaline water a day will help to neutralize over acidity and over time will help to restore your buffering ability. Alkaline water should be used when conditions of over acidity develop, such as cold, flu or bronchitis. Like vitamins C, E and Beta Carotene, alkaline water acts as an antioxidant because of its excess supply of free electrons. This can help the body against the development of heart disease, strokes, immune dysfunctions, and other common ailments.”
** The fluoride that is added to the public water supplies is fluorosilicic acid (or less often sodium fluoride), an industrial waste product. It appears from tests that the ionizer may only remove up to 50% of the fluoride. Some labs, though, say that in tests it removed all the fluoride or converted into a harmless form. Either way, we need to campaign vigorously to stop this poison being added to our drinking water, and ignore the deliberate lies that its backers peddle for very sinister reasons. Remember, we can absorb things like fluoride and chlorine via the skin just from washing.
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Which is the Best Ionizer?
Water ionizers are manufactured almost entirely in Japan, Korea and recently in Taiwan and China. Japanese manufacturers include the electronics giants Akai, Panasonic, Toyo Industries and Nippon.
This page is a good comparison of the various models available in the US, though in the UK/EU the choice is more limited at the moment. The models from the top Japanese and Korean are probably as good as each other, and the Taiwanese and Chinese models are not far behind.
Some models are sold via Pyramid/Multi-Level Marketing models, which makes them more expensive - prices of these can be around $4000.
Jupiter models (Royal Water) have the long history and are highly recommended by many health experts such as Dr Robert Young.
In the UK/EU Jupiter Ionizers are available from http://glowing-health.co.uk, who supply the Melody JP104 and the Microlite JP107 water ionizers, which are the latest models from Royal Water/Jupiter Science.
As Dr Robert Young says:
"These models offer you the unique combination of Jupiter's rock solid industry track record, service and technological innovation."
Both units come with Jupiter's revolutionary 0.1 micron Biostone replacement filter. These are multi-phase, hollow fibre, active charcoal filters with a layer of coral calcium beads and a layer of tourmaline ceramic, a semi-precious mineral naturally emits Far Infrared waves (FIR) that lowers the surface tension of the water. Bio-stone filters purify around 4300 liters of water and are considered state-of-the-art in water filtration technology.
These units incorporates new ionization technology which together with the bio-stone filters improves the ionization by 15-20% over previous Jupiter water ionizers such as the Masterpiece. They'll give you fresh, purified, energized, super-hydrating water on tap.
The water quality from the JP107 and JP104 is about the same, but the Melody has a few more bells and whistles and hence is a little more expensive to purchase.
I use the Microlite, which has a little simpler design and less electronics that I prefer.
Both units are arguably the best the water ionizers in the world today.
Initial Purchase Cost
- JP107 £395 (Inc. VAT)
- JP104 £695 (inc. VAT)
Approximately £0.007 a liter, and low maintenance - there are no parts that need replacing and the platinum coated solid titanium plates are self-cleansing.
Installation is simple if your tap has an aerator - just remove and install the supplied combined aerator and divertor that fits most UK/EU taps. Most modern taps have an aerator, if your tap does not have one, the simplest thing would be to replace the tap. The units can also be plumbed in.
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Why drink Ionized water?
We need to drink 2-3 liters of good quality water; this is an essential requirement for our body. We lose around 1.5 liters a day from sweat, urine and breath. Most of us don't because it's difficult to drink tap water - it just doesn't taste good, is heavy on the stomach so we just don't drink enough. As a result, most of us are dehydrated and don't even know it.
We often mistake the thirst signal for hunger, and overeat.
There are many reasons for drinking ionized water, but for me the most important reason is that it allows you to drink the required 2-3 liters of water a day very easily. The other, some what magical properties are a plus.
Ionized water is light water, very easy to drink. This is the first thing you will notice when you drink it. It is considered the best water you can drink; water as it should be; pure, fresh, invigorating, life enhancing and delicious. Ionized water is like having pure water from the high Himalayas or the Alps on tap.
Ionized water has been shown to be more effective then ordinary water in removing acid wastes from your body which cause Toxemia, the root cause of all degenerative diseases like cancer. It is up to six times more hydrating then ordinary water because of the smaller size of the water clusters, allowing the water to penetrate deeply and hydrate all the cells in your body if you drink enough of it.
Not only does it tastes good, ionized water also gives you countless health benefits such as slowing down or reversing the aging process, giving you more energy, giving your cells and tissues an alkaline boost, and helping you to detox by dissolving and removing the acid poisons from your body.
Most of all though, alkaline water will allow you to drink the required 2-3 liters of clean water that your body needs, which is difficult to do with tap or other waters.
All the other benefits mentioned here and elsewhere from drinking alkaline water are a plus.
These are some Water Facts:
Water is the number one nutrient. It is essential for life
We are over 70% water, and water is required for virtually every cellular function.
Studies show that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and virtually everyone in the U.S. has one or more toxic chemicals lodged in fatty tissue as a result of ingestion of tap water; 53 million Americans drink water containing potentially dangerous levels of chloro- and fluoro-chemicals, lead, fecal bacteria, as well as pesticides and other impurities associated with cancer and metabolic dysfunction.
In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger
One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study.
The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water.
Research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
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Ionized Water - Possibly The Most Important Health Advance of The 21st Century by Blake Sawyer
There are two things to remember when it comes to water:
It's the most important substance to all life on this planet
Our bodies are made up of more than 70% water.
Distilled, reverse osmosis, spring, bottled, tap and mineral are all water. But is all water the same or even similar? Is one better than another? Volumes have been written on the subject. But the facts are facts…
Ionized water is different than any of the aforementioned waters. It has twelve different properties to it that no other water (save glacier milk) has. Here are a few differences:
Ionized water is hexagonally shaped (like a snowflake). It is considered to be the healthiest water in the world to drink. [Fish, plankton or algae quickly die in de-ionized, distilled pentagonal water]
Ionized water is structured water with hydrogen bonding. All bio- mechanical processes of the human body function at the cellular level. It is the hydrogen bonding of structured water that provides the greatest support for these vital processes.
Ionized water is living water. All electrons in water either spin to the left or the right. High speed of the left spin of electrons is considered to substantiate that the water is vital and alive. Only ionized water has this quality.
Ionized water is the only water that has a low surface tension. Surface tension is measured in dynes. This allows for greater absorption of water and nutrients into the body.
Ionized water has a very alkaline pH. It can be from 100 to thousands times more alkaline than all the aforementioned waters. Alkaline water removes acidosis from the body, the environment in which all diseases dwell, as well as the cause of most diseases.
Ionized water has Super Conductive properties. Only ionized water holds an electrical charge. This is what gives water it's vitality.
Ionized water is in clusters of 4 to 6 H20 molecules. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance has shown that this is one third that of other waters, which has clusters of 10 to 15 molecules. This cluster reduction helps cells absorb ionized water quickly and efficiently.
Ionized water is ‘pure' or ‘virgin' water. Everything water has been exposed to leaves an electromagnetic frequency signature or imprint. Negative frequencies (example: is your tap water recycled sewage like in most major cities?) are associated with diseases like cancer. Ionized water is virgin water because the EMF have been ‘reset'.
Ionized water has millions of hydroxyl ions per glass. No other water has this incredible benefit. Hydroxyl ions ‘neutralize' cancer causing and destructive free radicals in the body.
Ionized water oxygenates the body via an increase in the Oxygen/ Hydrogen angle. All other water is void of this benefit
Ionized water has positive polarity. Almost all other waters are negative in their polarity. Only positive polarity water can efficiently flush out toxins and poisons in the body at the cellular level.
Ionized water is highly positive charged. This allows the cells to efficiently transmit photons to each other. This allows productive vital cell to cell communication.
Ionized Water is thousands times more healthful to your body than any other water. And the proof "is in the pudding" so to speak. Everyone who drinks ionized water, either in it's natural state as glacier milk, or from a properly built and functioning water ionizer, lives in a state of health light years beyond those that don't.
Ionized water is thousands times more healthful to your body than any other water. And the proof "is in the pudding" so to speak. Everyone who drinks ionized water, either in it's natural state as glacier milk, or from a water ionizer, lives in a state of health light years beyond those that don't.
Did you know that average life expectancy of those that exclusively drink glacier milk is over 110 years of age, and the 15% of the population of Japan that drinks ionized water from water ionizers have a 10 plus year longer life expectancy than those in the United States? And they have been drinking the ionized water for an average of only 12 years! Just think if they would have started drinking ionized water from birth! They would live to be 120 or more!
One glass of Ionized water can hydrate your body better than gallons of any other water.
Ionized water alkalizes your body better than the only other method (eating a 100% organic and raw vegetarian diet).
Ionized water removes damaging free-radicals from your body more efficiently than consuming bottles of vitamin C!
Ionized water oxygenates your body more effectively than any other ‘oxygen' therapy.
Ionized water can flush toxins and poisons out of your body better and with considerably less negative effects than any other detox program/protocol.
Cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, kidney/ renal disease, cardiovascular disease, ad infinitum, are all slowed, stopped, and in most circumstances reversed when drinking ionized water.
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You are Not Sick, You are Thirsty: Dr Batman
The late Dr F Batmanghelidj author of Your Bodies Many Cries For Water said:
"You are not sick, you are thirsty ".
He explained that the many illnesses that plague millions of people worldwide spring from a simple unrecognized cause - we don't drink enough water .
When our bodies eventually cry out painfully in protest, we call those desperate thirst signals asthma, diabetes, arthritis, angina, obesity, Alzheimer's, high cholesterol and hypertension among many other maladies.
Dr Batman as he becomes known to an ever-widening international audience, discovered the healing properties of water while awaiting trail and likely death during the Iranian revolution. In the prison he treated over 3000 patients suffering from a range of ailments with water alone: that's all he had as he had not been allowed to bring medical supplies into the prison.
On witnessing his first case, he said:
"His 'water cure' in that harsh environment amazed me as a doctor. I knew I had witnessed a healing power of water that I had not been taught in medical school. I felt sure that no similar observation had ever been made in medical research."
About the need of ensuring that the water we drink is pure and not contaminated, Dr Batman said:
"Eventually, filtration of water at point of use will become standard practice in advanced societies that have a tendency to pollute drinking water."
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Ionized water, free radicals and ORP
Free radicals are very reactive substances that damage the cells of our bodies; they have been described as public enemy number 1 and the cause of aging. If you cut an apple and leave it, it turns brown. This is because of the action of free radicals and oxidation. What stops this oxidation from happening substances known as anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and E that donate an electron, in effect sacrificing themselves to protect you.
Free radicals are deficient in electrons, so they steal electrons (and energy) from others, which starts of a chain reaction. There is evidence that Ionized Alkaline Water is a very powerful anti-oxidant.
Ionized Alkaline Water when measured with an ORP (oxidation reduction potential) meter shows an abundance of electrons that can counter act the effects of free radicals.
Ionized Alkaline Water (also called Reduced Water for this reason) has a negative redox potential of approximately -250 to -350 mV.
This means it has a large mass of electrons ready to donate to electron-thieving active oxygen in the form of free radicals.
Tap water has an ORP or redox of +400 to +500 mV. Because it has a positive redox potential, it is apt to acquire electrons and oxidize other molecules, and then rob your body of electrons in the form of energy. For more information, read the microwater article by Dr Hayashi.
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Living Water and Hunza Water
Alkaline ionized water is called 'Living Water'. It is similar in atomic structure to the waters that the people of Hunza drink directly from glacial streams in the high Himalayas. It is fresh, invigorating, life enhancing, free radical scavenging and delicious
The Hunza have the longest life span in the world and this has been traced as related to the water that they drink and their natural diet. Hunza water is an example of perfect natural water. Hunza has people who routinely live to 120-140 years, in good health with virtually no cancer, degenerative disease, dental caries or bone decay. Hunza people remain robust and strong and are also able to bear children even in old age. Research has proven conclusively that the major common denominator of the healthy long-living people is their local water.
Dr. Henri Coanda, the Romanian father of fluid dynamics is believed to be the first scientist to study the physical properties of Hunza water to determine what it was in this water that caused such beneficial effects for the body. His studies suggested that Hunza glacier water appeared to have a different viscosity and surface tension then normal city water.
Dr. Patrick Flanagan and others picked up on this research. They found Hunza water had a high alkaline pH (high mineral content) and a high amount of active hydrogen (hydrogen with an extra electron), with a high negative Redox Potential (ORP).
Similar natural water properties and longevity are found in other remote unpolluted places such as the Shin-Chan areas of China, the Caucasus in Azerbaijan, and in the Andes Mountains
History of The Water Ionizer: re-creating Hunza Water
In the late 40's and early 50's there was a lot of interest amongst researchers on the health of the Hunza mountainous people living in the foothills of the Himalayas. They showed little disease, no tooth decay, very long life spans and robust health even in old age. Researchers wanted to establish what could account for it. They concluded that it could be due to the Hunza diet, in particular the glacier water that they drank, as well as the clean air and natural diet.
The properties of Hunza water were studied in depth. In efforts to recreate this 'magical' Hunza water, Japanese scientists investigated Russian electrolysis technology. They found that electricity could be used to re-structure the water, giving it properties similar to Hunza water.
This was the birth of Japanese functional water technology, first developed in Japan in the early 1950's. The used electricity and magnets to improve the qualities of water. They conducted experiments, first on plants and animals, and found significant differences as compared to tap water in terms of growth and general health. Animals and plants remember are not subject to the placebo effect. Full scale experiments were started by several agricultural universities in 1954. Experiments on the human body followed, conducted by Japanese doctors.
Satisfied with the experimental results, large ionizers were built in coordination with the Japanese Government. The first ionizers built were large units used in Japanese Hospitals in the early 60's.
Following efforts by Japanese medical doctors and agriculture doctors, the water ionizer was approved for medical therapeutics by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Rehabilitation in January 1966. Later they were also approved as medical devices by the government of South Korea.
Some 30 million people in Japan have used a water ionizer over the last 40 years.
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Bio-active Ionic Colloidal Minerals
When water ionizes, the OH- ions bond with minerals such as calcium. In this form the Calcium is in 'Ionic' or 'Colloidal' form.
The body can only absorb minerals that are in colloidal form.
The colloidal minerals in Ionized Alkaline Water will depend upon the water supply, and include Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron and Manganese.This means that you get the beneficial OH- oxygen ions as well the ionic minerals in the same drink.
The minerals in soft drinks like colas are mostly phosphorus in the form of phosphoric acid which is destructive to health.
Acidic colas dissolve teeth and bones; Ionized Alkaline Water helps rebuild teeth and bones.
Alkaline Water electrolytes
The electrolytes, or mineral elements that are found in water that conducts electricity, fall into the following classification:
Positive Electrolytes (M+) Negative Electrolytes (X-)
The positive electrolytes present in the water are delivered in an ionic form as part of the Ionized Alkaline Water.
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Hexagonal Water Clusters, Blood Cells and Hydration
Tap water, and static, dead water molecules tend to clump together to form clusters of 12-13 water molecules. This water clumping is a nuisance as it restricts how well the water can penetrate the cells in your body.
When water is ionized, these clusters are reduced to half their size, and thus the hydrating properties of water are improved. Ionized water has predominantly six molecule or hexagonal cluster 'structure'.
This is something that you feel immediately after drinking Ionized water - it seems to just disappear, and there is not the same 'bloated tummy' feel that you get after drinking tap water. Somehow, passing water through electricity seems to reset the cluster sizes.
This effect lasts for 1-2 months in storage, after which the water clusters revert to 12-13 molecules.
The smaller cluster sizes explains why ionized water is 'wetter'; it has less surface tension, and can penetrate dehydrated body tissues much more effectively.
Blood, which is mostly water, is also 'wetter' - if blood falls on clothes, it readily soaks it, you don't get droplets as you do with water. This is because blood has less surface tension.
Naturopaths that have taken photographs of blood cells, clearly see the benefits of ionized water at a cellular level, and advice their clients to get a water ionizer and drink ionized water daily.
A UK microscopist says that the hydrating, anti-coagulating effects of alkaline ionized water can be seen in the live blood cell images in 15 minutes.
What is Natural Structured Water?
Scientists using NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) values believe that the water created by ionization, the natural water found in springs and glaciers and much of the water in our bodies has a hexagonal arrangement of its clusters. This hexagonal water is also called Structured Water.
Remember, this 'Structure Water' is dynamic - the molecules actually perform a dance, but when viewed at any given instance, they display a hexagonal structure or arrangement of the molecules.
Water clusters have been photographed by crystallizing the water by Massaru Emoto and described in his book "The Messages from Water".
Dr Emoto became intrigued when he was introduced to micro-clustered water, and also was told that every snow flake was different. He wondered if water could be micro-clustered, what shapes would these clusters have? Would it be possible to see them?
Dr Emoto devised a way to photograph the water clusters by freezing the water and taking pictures of the crystals formed. Look at the images and decide for yourself what message, if any, the water crystals are sending out.
Initially, no one in Japan would publish his book, so he self-published the pictures, initially for friends. Word of mouth spread, and countless people all over the world have seen his pictures. The Messages from Water is now on the New York Times best seller list!
Here are some of his pictures: Images of Water Crystals .
It is sensible to assume that the best drinking water would be hexagonal structured water - but is there any evidence?
Yes, there is evidence from research conducted in Korea that our body actually prefers hexagonal water. This is shown in Dr. Mu Shik Jhon book: " The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key - Scientific Evidence of Hexagonal Water and its positive influence on health! "
I have had people tell me that "Water does not form clusters, and if it did we'd be dead. And devices sold that allegedly produce such waters are scams! "
There are a number of products (often sold via multi-level or pyramid marketing) that make various such claims - which seem to be dubious, agreed. However, this does not mean that the research by people such as Dr Shik Jhon is flawed. There is some 50+ years of Japanese research (much that has not been translated into English, but some has) that has been conducted on ionized micro-clustered water - for references search for Japanese Functional Water.
The 'hexagonal' water that these and other scientists are researching is a soft, moving water 'clustering' phenomena that is continually changing; our thoughts are able to change it. The research is not related to any device that is pyramid marketed as being able to produce such water.
What we know is that hexagonal crystals are formed when water is frozen (such as a a snowflake); we also know from NMR values that electricity appears to reduce these clusters, a property that lasts for 1-2 months, after which stored water reverts to 12-13 clusters.
Massaru Emoto's photographs are the first evidence that water responds to or reflects our thoughts. As we are mostly water, this means that if you have loving thoughts, these will change the cells in your body and the water clusters in your body will reflect this love. Conversely, thoughts of hate, fear, and so on will create the corresponding nasty looking, toxic 'clusters' in your body. This could be the primary cause of all ill health and disease.
Dr. Yang H. Oh, a biochemist with a Phd from Harvard Medical School, and Gil-Ho Kim have written a book based on the research of the late Dr. Mu Shik Jhon. The research explains that the clustering of water molecules is significant and that our body needs hexagonal structured water: Miracle Molecular Structure of Water: Human Body Loves Hexagonal Water
Is Water Alive? Memory, Primary Perception and Homeopathy
Our cells, which are mostly water, are actually highly intelligent just like plant cells, they have memory and also display Primary Perception, something that 'we', with all our senses, technology and instruments are unable to do. This amazing phenomena has been demonstrated. See: Primary Perception and Mind Detox
Could it be the water that is displaying this primary perception? Does water have memory? Homeopathy works on this basis, and has been clinically shown to work but why no one knows. Do the Dr Emoto photos give us clues as to how nature does this?
What is 'life' and why is water essential for life? Could water be alive?
Again, the clusters and images of water crystals give us clues to these mysteries. Remember, 'a picture paints a thousand words'. Could memory, knowledge, experience be 'stored' or 'reflected' by water. Like paintings or flowers, Dr Emoto's water crystal images are saying things about the mysteries of life that words can not express, the rational mind can not comprehend.
To explore the mysteries of water and the spirit, read Water and the Tao
Microwater Popularity in Japan
In Japan and Korea ionized water or microwater has been successfully used to treat a range of degenerative diseases. Water Ionizers are classed as medical devices, and many, many professors, doctors and health practitioners have made testimonials about the benefits of including microwater in the prevention and treatment of various medical conditions.
Microwater has become so popular that bars and nightclubs now use it to make ice and mix all their drinks. Japanese drinkers claim that when they use it, they don't get hangovers the next morning no mater how much the drink.
This is because the alkaline microwater neutralizes the acid by-products of alcohol and flushes them out of the body before they get lodged in the liver and other tissues.
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Why not drink Tap, Bottled or Distilled Water?
Water is the universal solvent. This is a double edged sword - on the one hand it can dissolve and remove the toxins from our body, but it can also collect all kinds of toxins on its way to our tap as a result of industrial pollution. Dangerous pollutants such as toxic metals like lead and mercury, pesticides, industrial solvents, arsenic, nitrate and estrogen mimics (endocrine disrupters) are entering our water supplies.
Hundreds of toxins have been detected in our drinking water. The water authorities can not remove all these as it would be far too expensive. There is not a water system in the world that has the time, manpower, money or capability to check for all the dangerous pollutants now being found in our water supplies. It would be an impossible task.
Water authorities also deliberately add poisons to the water to kill germs and allegedly to protect children's teeth! Fluoride is a toxic by product that was used by the Nazis in the concentration camps because it made the inmates obedient and docile.
Most drinking water is chlorinated. It has been known for over 25 years now that chlorine has direct links to some very serious health problems. Chlorinated water contains cancer-causing compounds called trihalomethanes. Studies by the National Cancer Institute have shown that drinking chlorinated water can double your risk of developing bladder cancer and have linked it to increased rates of colon, rectal cancer and heart disease. Water treated with chlorine also destroys vitamin E stores in the body, leading to mitral valve problems and other heart problems.
With the level of toxins in our drinking water, I think that it is essential to install a water purification system that purifies our drinking water at point of use. Remember, a water ionizer does much more then just remove the toxins present in drinking water.
As it's kept in plastic bottles for long periods, some of the harmful, carcinogenic substances in plastic get into the water. Also, studies have shown that many mineral water bottles contain more contaminants then tap water. It's best to get mineral water in glass bottles or purify the water at point of use which would be much cheaper when you use lots of it.
What's wrong with Distilled Water?
Distilled water can be used to top up car batteries, but it's no good as drinking water because it lacks the minerals we need, and can cause the leaching of minerals from the body. Fish and Plankton cannot live in distilled water.
What's wrong with charcoal filtered water?
I had been drinking charcoal filtered water for some 12 years, and I changed to alkaline water a couple of years ago when I read about it in an article by the author Daniel Reid. I would say that if you don't have a water ionizer, this would be your best bet but once you try alkaline water water you'll never go back! A couple of points to bear in mind are:
- You need a good 1 micron, multi-phase filter, and you must change the filter regularly
- Almost all charcoal filters acidify the water (check it's pH)
Water filtration is a small, minor part of what a water ionizer does; however, the Bio-stone filters that come with the latest Royal Water ionizers are probably as good if not better then any other charcoal filter in the market. Bio-stone filters are:
- 1 micron, multi-phase, hollow fibre, activated charcoal filters
- Have a layer of Coral Calcium
- Have a layer of Tourmaline Ceramic
- The running/replacement cost is significantly less then any other filter.
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Alkalize or Die: Dr Theodore Baroody
Dr Theodore Baroody, DC. ND, Ph D Nutrition, Author Alkalize or Die, uses alkaline water (microwater) as a therapeutic tool in his clinic. He says :
“The newest technology in drinking water today is electronically restructured alkaline water. A special unit yields alkaline water and lowers the millivoltage. The water is reconfigured into a lighter, simpler form that is definitely more absorbable in the body.
I have administered over 5000 gallons of this water for about every health situation imaginable.
After years of very positive continuous clinical experiments that I am conducting with hundreds of clients using electronically restructured alkaline water, it is my opinion that this technology will change the way in which all health providers and the public will approach their health in the coming years. My suggestion is to drink restructured alkaline water whenever possible”
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Reverse Aging: Sang Whang
Sang Whang, in his very simple but ground-breaking book Reverse Aging says:
"What I am telling the world is to drink alkaline water in order to wash out acidic wastes, the universal cause of many adult diseases....
The important thing to remember is that we age because we accumulate acidic waste products. Therefore, if we get rid of these wastes, we can reverse the aging process. We can even eliminate the symptoms of adult diseases by these processes if no irreversible damage is done all ready. "
This book was first published in 1991, 5 years after the author was given a water ionizer by a friend. To Sang Whang's surprise the alkaline water had very significant, beneficial effects on his body.
Sang wanted to know how the Ionized Water could reduce his blood pressure and have other beneficial effects on his body like weight loss and improved eyesight. Being an engineer, scientist and inventor with many US patents he decided to do his own research. He investigated the work done by scientists in Korea and Japan, most of which is not available in English.
This book is the result of his extensive scientific research, presented in very simple language.
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Acid-Alkaline and the Real Cause of Cancer
Dr Otto Warburg discovered the real cause of cancer in 1923 and he received the Nobel Prize for doing so in 1931. Dr Warburg has made it clear that the prime cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency (brought about by Toxemia). In this lecture he explains that though there are many secondary causes of cancer, there is only ONE primary cause.
A primary cause is one that is observed in ALL cases of cancer.
Dr Warburg discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen. He discovered that cancer cells have a metabolism similar to plant cells - they seem to revert to this more elementary form when deprived of oxygen.
"All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen - a rule without exception." Dr. Otto Warburg
"Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous."
Dr Otto Warburg.
Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water contains H+ and OH- ions, if there is an access of H+, it is acidic; if there is an access of OH- ions, then it is alkaline. Lack of Oxygen and Acidity are the two sides of the same coin. Presence of cellular Oxygen and Alkalinity are the two sides of the other coin - healthy cells are alkaline, sick cells are acidic.
High acidic levels encourage morbid, cancerous growth; high alkaline levels encourage healthy cell growth.
As alkaline water provides Alkalinity and excess Oxygen to cells, many experts are suggesting that alkaline water may help prevent cancer.
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Ionized Alkaline Water and FIR: A Silent Health Revolution
A silent revolution is now happening in the fields of health and preventive medicine; it is the use of Ionized water and the use of FIR devices to detoxify and remove the acid wastes from the body.
The accumulation of acid wastes and toxemia is the real, underlying cause of disease and degenerative conditions. Ionized water is a good way to remove acid wastes from your tissues and cells, it also provides oxygen and alkalinity to the cells to counteract the toxemia.
If you don't do anything else for your body, do this: get yourself a water ionizer and drink 2-3 liters of pure ionized water daily.
Medical Case Studies and References
Note: This information is for reference and educational purposes only. Ionized alkaline or acid water is NOT a treatment for any medical condition. If you have a medical condition, please consult your doctor for specialist medical advice.
- High Blood Pressure
- Gynecological Conditions
- Heart Disease
- Digestive System problem
- Hypochlorhydria or achlorhydria
Alkaline ionized water was used in place of tap water as the sole source of water for dairy cows. The results and findings were obtained from 27 dairy farms, along with a report from a group of veterinarians. The source of each report is identified at the beginning of the report.
Summary of Results from use of Alkaline Water on 27 Dairy Farms
In general, the following measurable conditions were noted:
- An increase in milk output by 18% - 28%.
- A notable improvement in the quality of milk.
- Elimination of strong feces and urine odors.
- Healthier skin condition.
- Minimized injury to the udder.
- Decrease in diarrhea cases.
- Strengthening of the legs.
- Increased appetite.
- Able to reduce mineral supplements normally added to the feed.
- Due to an improved health condition coupled with stronger legs, the productive life span of the cows was extended.
- Improved the fertility rate and reduced still-births.
Aside from the above, the following observations were noted by the veterinarians:
- A noticeably increased appetite; no new supplements were added to their diet. Increase in appetite noted in older cows as well.
- Food well digested.
- A beautiful sheen on the cow's hair.
- Higher fertility rate; higher pregnancy rate.
- New-born calves fed with alkaline water matured quicker.
- A dramatic increase in milk production.
- Improved liver condition.
- Strengthened legs.
- Minimizing of sicknesses; tremendously improved health condition. Fewer visits by vets.
- No adverse conditions noted from the consumption of alkaline water.
I. Ionized Alkaline (Reduced) Water Study Abstracts
Influences of alkaline ionized water on milk yield, body weight of offspring and perinatal dam in rats.
Histopathological influence of alkaline ionized water on myocardial muscle of mother rats.
Degradation of myocardiac myosin and creatine kinase in rats given alkaline ionized water.
Influence of alkaline ionized water on rat erythrocyte hexokinase activity and myocardium.
Effect of alkaline ionized water on reproduction in gestational and lactational rats.
Impact of extra waters on immunosystem in mice
Selective stimulation of the growth of anaerobic microflora in the human intestinal tract by electrolyzed reducing water.
Water desirable for health in terms of ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) to pH relationship
Influences of alkaline ionized water on milk electrolyte concentrations in maternal rats.
Electrolyzed-reduced water scavenges active oxygen species and protects DNA from oxidative damage.
The mechanism of the enhanced antioxidant effects against superoxide anion radicals of reduced water produced by electrolysis.
Protective mechanism of reduced water against alloxan-induced pancreatic beta-cell damage: Scavenging effect against reactive oxygen species
Electrolyzed hydrogen-saturated water for drinking use elicits an antioxidative effect: a feeding test with rats.
Effects of supplementing of calcium, iron and zinc on women's health during pregnancy (alkaline minerals - not about ionized water)
Supplementation with alkaline minerals reduces symptoms in patients with chronic low back pain (alkaline minerals - not about ionized water)
II. Clinical Study Reports on Reduced (alkaline) water
Physiological effects of alkaline ionized water: Effects on metabolites produced by intestinal fermentation
Clinical evaluation of alkaline ionized water for abdominal complaints: Placebo controlled double blind tests
Effect of Electrolytic Water (Ionized Water) Intake on Lifespan of Autoimmune Disease Prone Mice
Effects on metabolites produced by intestinal fermentation
Reduced Water for Prevention of Diseases
Clinical Improvements Obtained From The Intake Of Reduced Water
Effects of alkaline ionized water on formation & maintenance of osseous tissues
- Recent epidemiological studies
- Recent papers on exposure and uptake
- Recent studies in laboratory animals
- Recent review papers
Emerging chemicals of concern: pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in Asia, with particular reference to Southern China
Occurrence and fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in biosolids
Drugs on Tap