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Contaminants and Hidden Toxins in our Water Supplies Threaten our Health!

A vast array of pharmaceuticals; including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies in many cities in the US and the UK. Tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards. In an analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests, most of which were required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, found that water suppliers across the U.S. detected 260 contaminants in water served to the public. Of one hundred forty-one (141) of these detected chemicals more than half are unregulated. Researchers have also found potentially toxic trace elements in bottled water.

Vast Array of Drugs in Your Drinking Water

Alkaline Energized Toxin-free, Drinking Water."A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. The presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health. In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky."

How do the drugs get into the water? People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue. And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies -- which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public -- have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.

The federal government doesn't require any testing and hasn't set safety limits for drugs in water. Of the 62 major water providers contacted, the drinking water for only 28 was tested. Among the 34 that haven't: Houston, Chicago, Miami, Baltimore, Phoenix, Boston and New York City's Department of Environmental Protection, which delivers water to 9 million people.

Albert Schatz, Ph.D " - Fluoridation is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has." Professor Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner.

Joseph M. Price, MD - "Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison."

Observing the health effects of drinking different types of water

Alkaline Energized Toxin-free, Drinking Water. Zoltan P. Rona M.D. - "During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins. Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled water or purified water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous."

Tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG's) two-and-a-half year investigation of water suppliers' tests of the treated tap water served to communities across the country. In an analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests, most of which were required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, EWG found that water suppliers across the U.S. detected 260 contaminants in water served to the public. One hundred forty-one (141) of these detected chemicals — more than half — are unregulated; public health officials have not set safety standards for these chemicals, even though millions drink them every day. Each year, bottled water sales grow about eight to 10 percent. In 2005, bottled water sales surpassed milk, beer, juices — everything but carbonated soft drinks. Home purification systems are becoming more common. They come in all types: simple filters, compound carbon filters, reverse osmosis and combined systems.

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master's Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1985). He is a past president of the Canadian Holistic Medical Association and is a consultant on nutritional medicine to the Motherisk Program of the Department of Pharmacology of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Batmanghelidj M.D. - "I have used water to cure people who were suffering from "incurable" diseases. I have cured people who suffered for 10 years, 20 years, even 30 years from painful conditions produced by dehydration." Clean, live, energized water, plays an important role in our
health recovery and maintaining optimum health.

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Plastic Water Bottles a Health Threat

 SStudies discovered the cancer agents, benzene Freon, kerosene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and xylene in a number of bottled waters. Through relentless advertising, the Big-4 companies have turned bottled water into “America’s most affordable status symbol”. Using images that evoke ‘activity’, ‘health’, ‘relaxation’, ‘pureness’ and ‘replenishment’, the bottled water giants dupe consumers into buying something that largely exists in an imaginary environment. Industry slogans like ‘get hydrated or die’ expose internal corporation contradictions such as the fact that the same companies that sell dehydrating soft drinks are promoting bottled water as a solution to dehydration.

German researchers discover antimony concentrations increased with time

Bottled water exposed German researchers have found that the longer a bottle of water sits on a store shelf or in a household pantry, the higher the dose of antimony it contains. Amounts of this potentially toxic trace element were measured for 15 brands of Canadian bottled water and 48 European brands. Concentrations reached more than 100 times the average level of antimony in pristine groundwaters (2 parts per trillion).

However, the concentration was even higher after the bottles were left to sit at room temperature for six months. Antimony concentrations in the Canadian bottled waters increased by 19 percent, concentrations in the European brands increased by 90 percent. Most of the water tested was packaged in bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Antimony trioxide is used as a catalyst in the manufacture of PET. The different concentrations of antimony in the various brands might have been caused by differing temperatures, ater pHs, or exposure to sunlight.

We Americans pitch 38 billion water bottles a year into landfills -- in excess of $1 billion worth of plastic. And 24% of the bottled water we buy is tap water repackaged by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

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Is bottled water healthier?

Home base business opportunityThere is a perception among many people that bottled water is somehow more healthy or pure than water from their tap. This is simply an illusion of marketing. A four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), released in 1999, found that one-fifth of the sampled bottled waters contained known neurotoxins and carcinogens such as styrene, toluene and xylene. Another NRDC study found that, out of 103 brands of bottled water, one-third contained traces of arsenic and E. coli. This means that out of a sample of 1,000 bottles sold in the U.S., at least 300 would have some level of chemical contamination.

Despite the Hype, Bottled Water is Neither Cleaner nor Greener than Tap Water

A Suffolk County Study in the USA tested 88 bottled waters and what they found was horrifying. It was this study which discovered the cancer agent, benzene, in Perrier and caused it to be withdrawn, but they also found: Freon, kerosene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and xylene in a number of other bottled waters. The NRDC in the USA reported that one-third of bottled water products they tested were found to violate an enforceable state standard or exceed microbiological purity guidelines, or both, in at least one sample. Despite popular misperceptions (spawned primarily by advertising), bottled water is not regulated as strictly as tap water. In fact, unlike tap water, regulations allow bottled water to contain some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform and don't require disinfection for cryptosporidium or giardia. And, as Consumer Reports tests discovered, unhealthy chemicals can migrate from plastic bottles into the water.

Sometimes bottled water is tap water

Recycled Plastic bottles In spite of the springs, mountains, and other bucolic scenes depicted on labels, some bottled water is nothing more than tap water, NRDC and Consumer Reports have found. The Aquafina brand, for example, is drawn from the municipal water supplies of Detroit, Fresno, and other cities. Coke and Pepsi - the main producers of bottled water (under different brand names) also use tap, not spring water.

The most common plastic used in water bottle manufacturing is PET (polyethylene terephthalate), an environmentally unfriendly substance that actually requires 17.5 kilograms of water to produce only 1 kilogram of PET. In fact, more water is used to make PET bottles than is actually put into them. The production of the plastic also produces numerous byproducts that are extremely harmful to the environment. The Container Recycling Institute reported that 14 billion water bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2002, yet only 10 percent of these bottles were recycled - 90 percent ended up in the trash. That's an extra 12.6 billion plastic bottles for the landfills; bottles that contained water that was no more - and often less - healthy than tap water.

There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (purified water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood. The longer one drinks distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume purified water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies. Those who supplement their purified or distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-purified water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation.

Best Water IonizersPurified water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of purified water is a bad idea. People in Canada and the USA are consuming more bottled water than coffee, tea, apple juice or even milk. But are they being duped by misleading promises that bottled water is healthier, purer and fresher than tap water?

"The wars of the next century will be about water." This is a quote from Ismail Serageldin, former vice president of the World Bank, in 1999. This is the same World Bank that encourages the privatization of the world's water supply. The same World Bank whose members have financial ties to multinational corporations such as General Electric and Enron. The Polaris Institute’s new book, Inside the Bottle: An Exposé of the Bottled Water Industry, sheds light on the deceptive practices of four big companies that dominate the bottled water industry: Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Danone. Inside the Bottle provides examples of how citizens can target the “big four” bottled water companies, control private water-takings, and promote public water management in their communities.

Bottled water cost more than gasoline! This time last year earth-policy.org published an article stating, "The global consumption of bottled water reached 154 billion liters (41 billion gallons) in 2004, up 57 percent from the 98 billion liters consumed five years earlier. Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing--producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy. Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more. At as much as $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline."

Bottled water is not necessarily any healthier than the water from your tap. In fact, roughly forty percent of bottled water begins as tap water, says the above referenced earth-policy.org. In addition, "Fossil fuels are also used in the packaging [and transporting] of water. The most commonly used plastic for making water bottles is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is derived from crude oil. Making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year. Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year."

Pepsi's "Aquafina" Bottled Water, is Tap Water --- Is Your Bottled Water Really Clean?.

You can also protect yourself from pharmaceutical drugs and other toxins with calcium bentonite clay. Taken internally, or in a bath, calcium bentonite clay safely removes toxins from your system.

Dr. Mercola - "If you have not heard of DBPs before, you need to pay close attention as it turns out that DBPs, not chlorine, are responsible for nearly all the toxic effects of chlorinated water. Chlorine by itself is relatively harmless, but its side effects, by producing DBPs, is what causes nearly all of the problems. As it turns out, DBPs are over 10,000 times more toxic than chlorine, and out of all the other toxins and contaminations present in your water, such as fluoride and miscellaneous pharmaceutical drugs, DBPs may be the absolute worst of the bunch." Robert Slovak has devoted himself to the science of water chemistry and water treatment for thirty years. In this video, he explains how attempts to disinfect your water may actually be killing you.

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Demineralizing Effect On the Body by Reverse Osmosis Water

The "very clean waters" produced by reverse osmosis, (which also is use by most bottled companies) is called "hungry" or "death" water. It is so clean that nothing is left in it. The water is charged with positive ions instead of negative ions and is also acidic instead of alkaline. The water you drink is supposed to bring all nutrients to the destination and to flush out any free radicals.

Free radicals are basically poisoned waste products produced by smoking, drinking, inhaling polluted air and even by eating and exercising. Your body is like a car engine, every time you turn it on, it burns fuel to move your car, but by doing so produces smoke, which is poisoned.

 If you take in this totally clean water then, instead of supplementing minerals to the body it does just the opposite - it takes them away. Can you see that? Can you see that if you would spill clean water over a dirty rock you would have some of the dirt being washed away with the clean water?

That is what happens with hungry (totally clean water) - except it does not take away the dirt but it depletes the body of minerals, calcium and anything else, as it passes trough the body: Everything except the free radicals because they are charged positively. This is also the case with the reverse osmosis water and the bottled water. As you know from school to positive magnets push each other away. So the solution is to drink water, which has a range of minus 250 to minus 800 mV with a PH in the range of 8.5 to 9.5. (a high pH range can easily be produced with an ionizer water machine)

Ionized Alkaline Water: The Healthiest Water

 The miraculous properties of Ionized water Ionized Alkaline Water (also referred as energized water, antioxidant water, live water, clustered water), helps to naturally flush toxins and acidic waste from your body and is a powerful antioxidant. Water is one of the best sources for detoxification. Ionized Alkaline Water makes more oxygen available to your cells than distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered only, bottled or tap water. Cancer doesn't thrive in an oxygenated body. Alkaline Ionized Water will help to optimize your body's pH. You could try to achieve an alkaline state with foods but alkaline water will turbo charge your efforts. As a result, it enables your body to better absorb and utilize nutrients, minerals and supplements.

Watch video Watch the video and learn why ionized water a powerful antioxidant, an effective alkalizing and hydrating agent, a detoxifier, and "one of the greatest health advances in human history."

Healing watersDrinking alkaline water helps our body dissolve acid wastes and make it easier for the body to dispose of them safely. Since the accumulation of acid wastes is aging, the reduction of acid wastes is reverse aging. Alkaline water is not a medicine to cure any disease. However, if consumed regularly, alkaline water gradually reduces the accumulated acid wastes. As a result of acid reduction, there are many reports of natural health improvement in Japan. One American cancer center showed significant improvements in their cancer therapy by getting 1,000 patients to drink 7 glasses of alkaline water a day. Their research concluded that the alkaline minerals in natural, alkaline water with a pH 7.5 helped to neutralize acidosis and thus helped to prevent cancer.

Alkaline Ionized Water has two antioxidant qualities, its negative charge and the presence of hydroxyl ions which are free radical scavengers. The body is starved for electrons and Alkaline Ionized Water contains an abundance of them, which nullify free radicals in the body. One can thrive on half the normal intake of food as long as we consume high electron-rich nutrients. Alkaline Ionized Water is an extremely effective antioxidant because it is a liquid that has a small grouping of water molecule clusters and thus is more easily absorbed into the body where it can be of immediate use. Drinking Alkaline Ionized Water gives you energy through better hydration and alkalization of the body and by providing the body with oxygen. Because of the predominance of hydroxyl ions in Alkaline Ionized Water, the water becomes alkaline, meaning it has a high pH. The pH level can be adjusted with a water ionizer between 7.5 and 9.9, which is the highest pH that it should be consumed. All disease thrives in an acid environment in the body and will not flourish and thrive in an alkaline environment.

Need help?Ionized Water is a Powerful Antioxidant that provides our body with an abundance of oxygen which gives us energy. It posses a negative charge, which is also an antioxidant. It balances our body pH, which helps prevent disease because it is alkaline. It is a Powerful Detoxifier and Superior Hydrator, up to six times more hydrating than conventional water. As things oxidize, the ORP rises. Rust is metal that has oxidized. In the human body oxidation is caused in part by free radical oxidation damage. As we age, our body's ORP continually rises because we are oxidizing faster. The higher the number, the greater the oxidation. Alkaline Ionized Water has a negative ORP therefore it offsets the positive ORP of our body as it is oxidizing or aging. Thus, we counteract the aging process by putting a negatively charged liquid which dampens the positive ORP of our oxidizing body. Realistically, we need to drink at least 1 to 2 gallons of strong Alkaline Ionized Water per day in order to expect significant slowing and reversal of the aging process.

The book is detailed and has an abundence of scientific references to back his claims that we need to move to a raw food diet if we expect to be healthy. He also explains ionized water and why we need to consume it each and everyday.

Dr Sherry Rogers M.D.. - "Alkaline water rids the body of acid waste... After carefully evaluating the results of my advice to hundreds of individuals, I'm convinced that toxicity in the form of acidic waste is the primary cause of degenerative disease."

Prof. Watanabe Ifao, Watanabe Hospital - "Antioxidant water improves body constituents and ensures effective healing to many illnesses. The uses of antioxidant water in gynecological patients have proved to be very effective. The main reason for its effectiveness is that this water can neutralize toxins. When given antioxidant water to pre-eclamptic toxemia cases, the results are very significant. During my long years of servicing the pre-eclamptic toxemia cases, I found that the women with pre-eclamptic toxemia who consumed antioxidant water tend to deliver healthier babies with stronger muscles. A survey report carried out on babies in this group has intelligence above average."

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Alkaline Antioxidant Ionized Water

The acid-alkaline balance of the body has an enormous impact on a person’s health. A quality water ionizer takes in regular tap water which has both acid and alkaline minerals in it and has a typical pH value of 7. The system then releases water with a pH value of 9 or higher with all the alkaline minerals from the original tap water. At the The water ionizersame time it releases acidic water with a pH value of 5 or lower with all the acid minerals in the original tap water.

Prof. Kuwata Keijiroo, Doctor of Medicine - "In my opinion, the wonder of antioxidant water is the ability neutralizes toxins, but it is not a medicine. The difference is that the medicine can only apply to each and individual case, whereas the antioxidant water can be consumed generally and its neutralizing power is something which is very much unexpected. Now, in brief, let me introduce to you a heart disease case and how it was cured. The patient was a 35 years old male suffering from vascular heart disease. For 5 years, his sickness deteriorated. He was in the Setagays Government Hospital for treatment. During those 5 years, he had been in and out of the hospital 5 to 6 times. He had undergone high tech examinations such as angiogram by injecting VINYL via the vein into the heart. He consulted and sought treatment from many good doctors where later he underwent a major surgical operation. Upon his discharge from the hospital, he quit his job to convalesce. However, each time when his illness relapsed, the attack seemed to be even more severe. Last year, in August, his relatives were in despair and expected he would not live much longer. It so happened at that time that the victim's relative came across antioxidant alkaline water processor. His illness responded well and he is now on the road to recovery."

"When you drink alkaline water, you are drinking water with excess oxygen, not in the form of O2, but in the form of OH- which is very stable because it is mated with positively ionized alkaline minerals. Two of these hydroxyl ions can form a water molecule (H2O) and give out one oxygen atom. The alkaline mineral is used to detoxify poisonous acid compounds and when that happens the hydroxyl ion is freed to supply excess oxygen to the cells to prevent the development of cancer." Reverse Aging, Sang Whang, 1990, page 51

Alkaline neutralizes acid. Drinking alkaline water helps our body dissolve acid wastes and make it easier for the body to dispose of them safely. Since the accumulation of acid wastes is aging, the reduction of acid wastes is reverse aging. Alkaline water is not a medicine to cure any disease. However, if consumed regularly, alkaline water gradually reduces the accumulated acid wastes. As a result of acid reduction, there are many reports of natural health improvement in Japan. One American cancer center showed significant improvements in their cancer therapy by getting 1,000 patients to drink 7 glasses of alkaline water a day. Their research concluded that the alkaline minerals in natural, alkaline water with a pH 7.5 helped to neutralize acidosis and thus helped to prevent cancer. Water, the origin of Life, contains 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Alkaline water is water that contains a larger amount of oxygen as compared to hydrogen. By drinking alkaline water, we increase our intake of oxygen compared to drinking plain water. The advantage of drinking alkaline water is that while being absorbed by the body, it helps neutralize acidic wastes, making them more soluble in the blood vessels. Thus, acidic wastes will be easily drained out of the body in the form of urine or sweat. Tap water can contain impurities, including inorganic poisons and pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Magnetic resonance imaging reveals that most tap water is organized into microclusters of about 12 water molecules each. In alkalinized water, the microclusters are reduced in size to only six molecules per cluster. This enhances the permeability, solubility, and absorption of the water, thereby boosting its detoxification effects. Nutrients, including water-soluble vitamins such as vitamins B and C, will be absorbed more fully. Drinking more water can boost detoxification. It takes 32 glasses of pH 10 alkaline water to neutralize one glass of pH 2.5 cola.

A quality water ionizer takes in regular tap water which has both acid and alkaline minerals in it and has a typical pH value of 7. The system then releases water with a pH value of 9 or higher with all the alkaline minerals from the original tap water. At the same time it releases acidic water with a pH value of 5 or lower with all the acid minerals in the original tap water.

Since this alkaline water has twice as many alkaline minerals as the original water but NO acid minerals, it is more than twice as potent as the original water. Inside our body, it will neutralize only acidic elements and discharge them safely out of the body. Drinking 8 glasses of regular water can leach out acidic wastes as well as some valuable alkaline minerals such as potassium. That's why doctors test your blood when you are going through a serious diet program. With this alkaline water there is no worry about losing potassium from your system.

According to Herman Aihara, the father of modern Macrobiotics, we still carry our own inner sea within each of us in the form of a saline interstitial fluid. This is the fluid that carries nutrient, messages, energy and even toxins to every part of our body, and that carries away the same toxic elements and more, as a result of daily metabolic process. It is very different to the water we drink, yet without even that, grossly contaminated and deconstructed form of H2O that we call tap water, we soon lose life force. Four days without food is tolerable. Four days without water is fatal. Not only is our body 75% water, our brain is 80% water and our blood 90%. Water is more than a carrier of other materials. It is a solvent, an infiltrator of cells, a digestion aid, a dilutor, a dilator, a nutrient transport system, a waste disposal system, an electrical message system, a chemical conduit, an energy combustor, a lubricant, a coolant and a latent heat bank. Some people even believe that water is the repository of emotion. And we thought all it did was quench our thirst.

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Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water

Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water The PBS documentary "Thirst" showed how communities around the world are resisting the privatization and commodification of water. Now THIRST, the book, picks up where the documentary left off, revealing the emergence of controversial new water wars here in the United States.

THIRST investigates eight recent high-profile controversies over the corporate takeover of water in the U.S, and illuminates how citizens are fighting back in heartland communities like Stockton, CA, Lexington, KY, Holyoke, MA, and Mecosta County, MI. Political corruption, high stakes financial takeovers, and behind the scenes maneuvering by some of the richest corporations characterize a David and Goliath battle in which local citizens muster creative and often surprising organizing methods to preserve their right to local, public control of this precious resource.

"Water as a fundamental right is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Under the current system of market-driven economic globalization, there are no limits placed on where capital can go to 'harvest' nature. Both the WTO and NAFTA consider water to be a tradeable good, subject to the same rules as any other good to be managed by market forces- like any other commodity. 'Blue Gold' will become the hot commodity of the future and those who can't afford it will be left behind. Huge corporate factories are moving up the rivers of the Third World, sucking them dry as they go. Eighty percent of China's major rivers are now so degraded, they no longer support fish. We must declare that water is a public trust to be guarded at all levels of government. No one has the right to appropriate it at another's expense for profit"

Water for Profit

In the past ten years, three giant global corporations have quietly assumed control over the water supplied to almost 300 million people in every continent of the world. A 12-month investigation by journalists in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America shows that the results range from questionable to disastrous.

Monsanto Moves to Control Water Resources and Fish Farming in India and the Third World.
Over the past few years, Monsanto, a chemical firm, has positioned itself as an agricultural company through control over seed - the first link in the food chain. Monsanto now wants to control water, the very basis of life.

The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from purified water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine. The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.

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Is chlorinated city tap water is completely safe?

Woman in shower with dangers of chlorine "Most people never give the dangers of chlorine a thought. After all, our elected public officials keep assuring us that chlorinated city tap water is completely safe for human consumption. Numerous scientific studies report that chlorinated tap water is a skin irritant and can be associated with rashes like eczema. "Chlorinated water contains chemical compounds called trihalomethanes which are carcinogens resulting from the combination of chlorine with compounds in water. For many years, researchers thought that the “exposure” came only when chlorine was ingested. But, current studies are showing that drinking the water is not the only risk. And is likely not even the most severe."

These chemicals, also known as organochlorides, do not degrade very well and are generally stored in the fatty tissues of the body (breast, other fatty areas, mother's milk, blood and semen). Organochlorides can cause mutations by altering DNA, suppress immune system function and interfere with the natural controls of cell growth. Chlorine has been documented to aggravate asthma. Several studies also link chlorine and chlorinated by-products to a greater incidence of bladder, breast and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma. One study even links the use of chlorinated tap water to congenital cardiac anomalies. Anything you can do to filter tap and shower water that eliminates or minimizes chlorine would certainly be helpful and possibly curative for some immune system problems."

Understanding Water Contaminants, Filtration and Ionizers

Virtually all water ionizers contain some type of internal filtration. Now introducing the UltraWater Ionizer Filter by AlkaViva, the most advanced ionizer filter available. The UltraWater Filter offers superior removal of chlorine, chloramines, disinfectant byproducts, VOC’s, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, nickel and iron. (Most to non-detectable levels in laboratory testing) In addition it greatly improves taste and odor giving you a great tasting and clean glass of water. The UltraWater filter is the industry leading water filter and significantly removes contamination in your water. Also available with the dual filtration ionizers is an option for an UltraWater Filter for Flouride removal These specialty filters take the place of the sediment pre-filter and the combination of the two UltraWater filters offer superior clean water results.

Oxidation Reduction Potential - ORP

ORP is a "potential" energy that is stored and ready to be put to work. It's not necessarily working, but we know that the energy is there and we can measure it. Another way to look at this potential might be to look at pressure. If you blow up a balloon, and there is air pressure inside. As long as the balloon is closed, the pressure remains and can be measured. When released, this potential energy becomes kinetic energy.

In electrical terms, potential energy can be measured. When we use the term "potential" in describing ORP, we are actually talking about electrical potential as expressed in millivolts. This potential is measured in water with an ORP meter. What you measure is the very slight voltage in water. We are actually measuring the presence of oxidizing or reducing agents by their specific electrical charge, thus Oxidation Reduction "Potential". High pH water has more "reducing" agents (-ORP) and low pH water has more oxidizing agents (+ORP).

Oxidation is what turns an apple brown after it is cut or causes metal to rust. Rust weakens metal and signifies the deterioration of the apple. The process of oxidation “steals” electrons from the surface being oxidized. When we measure a something’s oxidizing potential, it is expressed in +ORP and measures the concentration of OH+ ions or oxidizing agents.

A “reducing” agent is simply something that inhibits or slows the process of oxidation. The reducing agent does this by “donating” an electron. When we measure a something’s oxidation reduction potential, it is expressed in terms of –ORP and measures the concentration of OH- ions or reducing agents. In its most basic form a reducing agent is an “antioxidant” ~ reducing oxidation. Follow this link to read more detailed info about the science of pH and ORP.

Water ionizer produces the healthiest waterThe ORP of most tap water in the USA is between +200 to +600mv and so is an oxidizing agent. High pH ionized water demonstrates a –ORP and so is a reducing agent or “antioxidant”. Most bottled waters are very acidic (low pH) and also have higher ORPs (over +400mv). (use info from Excel table titled pH of Bottled Waters )
Aging or premature aging is a process of oxidation within the body. In other words the body rusts and is damaged by oxidation. The antioxidant molecule has an extra ion and donates it to the free radical effectively neutralizing it which is very important to our health and longevity. This antioxidant effect is also known as Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP).

Air, food and water have an Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) value which can be measured by an ORP meter which is a millivolt measurement of negative and positive electrical values Picture of an ORP meter in a glass of water.indicating electron or ion activity .The higher the negative ORP value the healthier is for us and more powerfully we can neutralize free radicals. Click on the image for a demonstration of different water being tested with an ORP meter.

What is water pH?

The pH stands for "potential hydrogen" and is a measurement that provides an indication of the level of hydrogen in a substance. It is measured by the pH scale. Proper body pH is an important factor in good health.

If any substance changes from pH 7 to pH 8, it has become ten times more alkaline. Conversely, if it has changes from neutral pH 7 to pH 6, it is 10 times more acidic. As an example, a popular Cola, at pH 2.5 is almost 50,000 times more acidic than neutral water, and needs 32 glasses of neutral (pH 7) water to counteract the consumption of one glass of Cola. (Active ingredient: Phosphoric Acid) You can now see that a change from the normal level 7.365 to pH 7 would mean that your blood would suddenly be around 4 times as acid as it should be. You would die from poisoning by your own blood. This is why every body system is used to support the correct blood pH.

Body pH and Blood pH as Indicators of Health

pH chart You can also understand from this that our blood pH can be affected at any time of the day by a myriad of events; food, drink, stress, pollution, exercise, or beneficially, by meditation, by drinking alkaline water, by deep breathing, even by being happy.

The other way an ionizer alters the water is in ORP. This stands for Oxidation Reduction Potential (also referred to as "Redox" - it's the same thing). Most leading water researchers from Asia agree that in ionized water the elevated pH is good, but that ORP is more important. Alteration to the OPR is what causes the microclustering, antioxidant and oxygenating effects.

pH and ORP alteration is a highly variable and depends primarily on three factors:

1. The source water and its natural mineral content – water varies widely in this respect
2. The voltage applied to the water during electrolysis
3. The flow rate through the ionizer’s water cell

These variables have a dramatic effect on pH and ORP.

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How does a water ionizer work?

An ionizer works primarily on the mineral content in the water. It is the dissolved mineral content (referred to as TDS) which creates the pathway for the “ionization” (or more correctly electrolysis) to occur. Water without mineral content or TDS, like reverse osmosis or distilled water, will not conduct the current and therefore can not be “ionized”. This first variable is the most crucial to performance. Tap waters vary widely in the dissolved mineral content. The higher the mineral content (“harder” water), the higher the levels of pH and ORP alteration an ionizer can achieve; the lower the mineral content (“softer water”), the lower levels the of pH and ORP alteration. The importance of this variable can not be emphasized enough.

The heart of an ionizer is the water cell which contains the electrodes. The electrodes are what deliver the current and creates the “ionization”. We control the voltage conducted through the electrodes and then to the water by selecting the different "Alkaline" settings on an ionizer. The higher the Alkaline setting (or voltage), the more alteration you will achieve in pH and ORP. Effective conductivity is the primary determinant – not electrode size - of effective delivery of the current or voltage into the water needed to create electrolysis. Do not be fooled by the claim some manufacturers make that larger electrodes will necessarily deliver better performance. Generally the larger electrodes have poorer conductivity – so they have to be larger.

The flow rate through the machine determines how long the water is actually in contact with the electrodes receiving the voltage and the effects of electrolysis. If your flow is fast (say you could fill a quart or liter in 15 seconds) then the water is not processing very long and not receiving much alteration. Conversely, with a slow the flow rate (say the same quart or liter took 60 seconds) the water is in the chamber in contact with the electrodes longer and will receive more alteration. You can always achieve higher pH and ORP readings with reduced flow rates. So controlling the flow is an important variable in performance.

On most ionizers you can only adjust the flow rate by using your faucet or tap. If your faucet is all the way "on", the water will process very fast through the machine. If your faucet is just barely "on", this reduces the flow and the water will process for much longer. With a fast flow rate you may only achieve slight alteration in pH and ORP, slow it down and you will get higher pH and better ORP. Simply put, speed it up, you get a less alteration; slow it down and you'll get more.

To illustrate this whole principle lets look at two very different tap waters and their effect on performance. Remember the crucial variable is the dissolved mineral content or TDS (total dissolved solids) which is measured in parts per million. This creates the pathway for the ionization to occur. In Carlsbad, California the tap water tests at 385 - 501ppm of total dissolved solids. The tap water in Seattle, Washington tests at approximately 40 – 47ppm. You could test water from an ionizer in Carlsbad at a given setting and flow rate and you would get a certain result. You could test the exact same ionizer in Seattle without altering the setting or flow rate and you would get dramatically different results. Is it the ionizer? No. It is the water as the main variable in performance. There is much less pathway in Seattle’s water. To further illustrate variability, you could alter the voltage or flow rates through the ionizer in either Carlsbad or Seattle and you would get different results again.

Research states that the ideal level for drinking alkaline water is between pH8.5 – pH9.5 with an ORP of -250mv. It is unimportant if an ionizer creates big -ORP numbers at really high levels of pH. For most people, water over a pH10 begins to acquire an unpleasant taste due to the heavy concentration of minerals. What is important is drinking water at the mildly alkaline levels of pH8.5 – pH9.5 with good -ORP. Of course the Athena will create the big – ORP numbers at the higher pH ranges, but it is designed to give you the best ORP at the lower levels of pH. These are the levels that you will actually enjoy drinking. That is where the bang for your buck is. There is no need for ionized water to taste bad and be the “cod liver oil” of this generation!

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Comparing ORP

Lastly, comparing ORP is a tricky business. Stating absolute values is impossible. Anyone who really knows and understands ionizers/ORP would agree. Anyone who states absolutes in performance proves their ignorance on the science behind it. Further, pH and ORP are not tied to one another. In other words you can measure ORP in two pH9 waters and get two very different readings. Another factor to consider when comparing ORP is the level of pH you will drink.

Water with a pH over about pH10 does not taste good to the vast majority of people. Japanese research states that the ideal range for drinking alkaline water is between pH8.5 and pH9.5. Given this, testing ORP at those levels is where the real bang for the buck is; ORP at a pH level one would actually drink. Therefore, the only salient way to compare ORP in ionizers is side-by-side, with the same source water and each machine set to achieve the same drinkable level of pH. If you drink pH9 then the ORP you get at pH9 is the effective ORP in the ionizer. Not some “absolute” or even extraordinarily high ORP.

So understanding performance is like understanding a dance between the three variables. Understanding this dance is crucial to making an informed decision when purchasing an ionizer, and also in getting the most out of your ionizer’s performance.

Use of Alkaline Water on Dairy Farms

With the advent of electrolysis water treatment in the Japanese marketplace, electrolysis alkaline water was introduced into the dairy farms. This is now beginning to impact on dairy farms in the USA and other countries. In Japan, knowing the positive health benefits and results that were acquired through human consumption, alkaline water was used in place of tap water as the sole source of water for dairy cows. The results of this water usage is reported in the subsequent findings. The information was obtained through 27 dairy farms along with a report from a group of veterinarians. The source of each report is identified at the beginning of each report.

In general, the following measurable conditions were noted:

  • 1. 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, extended the productive life span of the cows.
  • Improved the fertility rate and reduced still births in new-born calves.

Aside from the above, the following opinions were noted by the veterinarians:

  • 1. A noticeably increased appetite; no new supplements were added to their diet.
    Increase in appetite noted in older cows also.
  • Well digested foods.
  • A beautiful sheen on the cows' hair.
  • Higher fertility rate; higher pregnancy rate.
  • A new-born calf exposed to alkali water matures quicker.
  • A dramatic increase in milk production.
  • Improved liver condition.
  • Strengthened legs.
  • Minimizing of sicknesses; tremendously improved health condition.
  • No adverse conditions noted with the consumption of alkali water. Lesser visits made by veterinarians.

By drinking alkaline water, we increase our intake of oxygen and hydrogen compared to drinking plain water. The advantage of drinking alkaline water is that while being absorbed by the body, it helps neutralize acidic wastes, making them more soluble in the blood vessels. Thus, acidic wastes will be easily drained out of the body in the form of urine or sweat.

Warning - Alkaline Drops - I would not recommend using drops at all. If you choose to use drops, be very careful of where you store the bottles. The bottle I purchased looked just like a Visine bottle and I accidentally put a drop in my right eye. I am not completely blind but I have some eye DAMAGE DUE TO ALKALI BURN. Thankfully, my contact lens saved me from being completely blind. The only emergency instruction on the bottle was "flush the eye." If my husband had not had the sense to take me to the ER, I would've just followed the directions and would be completely blind. Please be aware that if any gets in your eyes, you must GO TO THE ER IMMEDIATELY. Home flushing of the eye is not sufficient to save the eye from damage. The attending physician could not believe how innocuous the bottle appeared and how it had very little warning of how potent the chemicals were.

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