There are 3 essential requirements for drinking water to be healthy. It should be 1) free of contaminants, 2) alkaline, and 3) micro-clustered.
I will briefly discuss each of these.
Free of contaminants
Today water may be contaminated with dirt, rust, pesticides, petrochemicals, heavy metals, chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride, pharmaceuticals, and bacteria such as e-coli. It is important to filter these out. Reverse osmosis (R/O) filters will do this very well. Water ionizers that use electrolysis will take out some of these, but they, unfortunately, do not remove Fluoride. R/O units, however, remove the minerals in water; thus rendering the water acidic.
Our cells are designed to run at a slightly alkaline pH (see past newsletter Healing with Voltage). When we become acidic, diseases takes hold. Remember a low pH also means lower oxygen. Cancer is a disease characterized by low pH and low oxygen. Natural water coming off glaciers has an alkaline pH. A company in Alaska sells Alaskan glacier water that has a pH of 8. Another company in Iceland, states that their glacial water has a pH of 8.8.
What makes the water alkaline? It is the natural occurring minerals. Ionizers work by using an electric charge to split water into alkaline or acidic water. The alkaline water will have more OH- than the acidic water, which will have more H+.
You many remember that, pH is really a measurement of voltage. A solution that has electrons to donate will have a (-) minus sign in front of the voltage. A solution that is an electron stealer will have a (+) plus sign in front of it. A pH of zero= +400 millivolts and a pH of 14=-400mv. Cells are designed to run on -20 to -25 mv which equals a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. Herein lies the advantage of alkaline water. Alkaline water has electrons to donate to keep our cells happy. What about water that is naturally alkaline, as opposed to artificially-induced alkaline? Naturally occurring alkaline water is alkaline due to the minerals in the water; whereas the artificially induced alkaline water has been broken down by electrolysis. It would seem that alkaline water would be beneficial regardless of the method getting there; however, my preference is usually that it is best to go with what is most natural. The body uses minerals to buffer acids, and when you are not getting enough minerals from food or water, the body will rob calcium from your bones to neutralize the acid. For this reason it is important reason not to drink distilled water.
The water molecule, H-O-H (or H2O), does not exist as a single molecule. It actually occurs in clusters. Tap water contains 11-20 molecules per cluster. Glacier water has clusters of 4-6 water molecules. Ionizers produce micro-clustered water. The smaller water clusters lead to better water absorption by the cells. These clusters have different shapes. Glacier water, for example, has a hexagonal shape. Research has shown that water immediately surrounding normal cells has a greater percentage of hexagonal-shaped water clusters, while water surrounding cancer cells has a greater percentage of pentagonal shaped clusters. Chloride, fluoride and pollutants decrease the number of hexagonal clusters.
The concern I have is that water produced by an ionizer is only as good as the water you start with. If your water contains a water softener, sodium ions will replace calcium ions, and the ionizer will be treating water that is heavy in sodium ions. Also, Leo Szymborski (see last month’s newsletter Another Look at Your Drinking Water, for water-expert Leo’s own health story) says he finds that his top-brand ionizer, which he uses for research, concentrates Fluoride (Fl) and raises the Fl concentration about 12%. It seems that the ionizer looks at the Fl as a mineral and concentrates it. He doesn’t know why, but, if this is the case, then the resultant water will have fewer hexagonal-shaped water clusters (Fl, chorine, and other toxins decrease the number of hexagonal clusters).
So where does all this information lead us? The optimal process for producing healthy drinking water is to use a R/O unit that has a proper filter for removing Fl. The filtered water coming out of the R/O unit should then be made alkaline and micro-clustered. These tasks can be accomplished using a unit developed by Leo. His unit can be fitted to your present R/O unit. He also sells R/O alkaline units. If you cannot afford a R/O unit, Leo has developed an inexpensive non-electric sink-top unit that will filter, alkalize, micro-cluster, and also remove fluoride from your water. I feel that his sink-top unit is superior to an ionizer because it alkalizes the water in a more natural way, using minerals. It also removes 90-92% of the fluoride. It does all this for hundreds of dollars, not thousands! It took Leo a few frustrating years to develop this unit, and I congratulate him. (For additional information on these systems, please visit http://phprescription.com. Be sure to mention my name or Whole-Body News Update newsletter for a discount on any purchase.)
The disadvantage of just using the countertop unit is that it will not remove bacteria or parasites, such as cryptosporidium, nearly as well as the R/O unit. However, if you are starting with municipal water, this should not be a problem.
If you look back at my newsletter on the Power of Thought, you will see that there are reasons for saying a blessing over your water. I still believe this puts the proper finish to the water purification process.
© 2012, Mark A. Breiner, DDS