Water Ionization - Scam or Miracle ?

It's very difficult to get to the truth about water ionization without running into several opposing forces. On one hand you have the medical and scientific embrace of it by doctors and scientists in Japan, and in the US you have chemists and scientists (along with medical doctors) who call water ionization a scam. East is East and West is West.

While ionized water is known to create alkaline water, that is water with an altered pH, lost in the controversy is the effect of the altered ions and the anti-oxidant properties above and beyond the chemical effect on the body.

According to water ionizer companies electrolysis is accomplished by using negatively and positively charged electrodes or plates. With this process water Adams give electrons to the electrodes or receive them. The result is a chemical reaction that makes water more acid or alkaline. So while Water typically has a pH of seven, considered neutral, alkaline water has a pH of more than seven while acid water has a pH less than seven.

Benefits???

If you were to attend a Kangen meeting in the US you hear many testimonials about ionized water under the freedom of speech amendment. These benefits can include more energy And a host of other health benefits, some of them sounding miraculous.

One of those benefits is claimed to be better performance by athletes through the process of improved hydration.
The claim is that water ionization creates smaller clusters of water molecules that are found in ordinary water and that these micro clusters are better able to penetrate into organs and cells.

In a marketing brochure by Enagic USA it says that "Healthy Kangen Water"—which has a pH of 8.5 to 9.5—"helps your body balance the acidic effects" of eating foods such as meat and eggs.

For

Chanson Water CEO Ronnie Ruiz says a nuclear magnetic resonance test, the results of which are posted on the company's website, shows that its water microclusters. He says 70% of customers who provide feedback report benefits, such as improvement in diabetes, improvement in depression, lower cholesterol levels. Mr. Ruiz says customers "love it, use it daily and see the absolute value in owning the machines. Science will at one point absolutely validate the health benefits." Many of the benefits are due to the fact that the water has a negative charge and is an antioxidant, he adds.

Prof. Kuwata Keijiroo, Doctor of Medicine- Japan

"When I was serving in the Fire Insurance Association, I used to examine many diabetic patients. Besides treating them with drugs, I provided them with antioxidant water. After drinking antioxidant water for one month, 15 diabetic patients were selected and sent to Tokyo University for further test and observations.

Initially, the more serious patients were a bit apprehensive about the treatment. When the antioxidant water was consumed for some time, the sugar in the blood and urine ranged from a ratio of 300 mg/l to 2 mg / dc. There was a time where the patient had undergone 5 to 6 blood tests a day and detected to be within normal range. Results also showed that even 1 ½ hour after meals, the blood sugar and urine ratio was 100 mg/dc: 0 mg/dc . The sugar in the urine has completely disappeared."

Digestive Problems

Prof. Kogure Keizou, Kogure Clinic of Juntendo Hospital

"The stomach is readily upset both by diseases affecting the stomach and by other general illnesses. In addition, any nervous tension or anxiety frequently causes gastric upset, vague symptoms when This information is under some strain.

The important role of antioxidant water in our stomach is to neutralize the secretion and strengthen it s functions. Usually, after consuming the antioxidant water for 1 to 3 minutes, the gastric juice increase to 1½ times. For those suffering from hypochlorhydria or achlorhydria ( low in gastric juice ) the presence of antioxidant water will stimulate the stomach cells to secrete more gastric juice. This in turn enhances digestion and absorption of minerals.

However, on the other hand, those with hyperchlorhydria ( high in gastric juice ), the antioxidant water neutralizes the excessive gastric juice. Hence, it does not create any adverse reaction.

According to the medical lecturer from Maeba University, the pH of the gastric secretion will still remain normal when antioxidant water is consumed. This proves that the ability of the antioxidant water is able to neutralize as well as to stimulate the secretion."

Against

Many doctors, scientists, and chemists in the United States say the claims of water ionization are not backed by high quality studies:

"Human evidence is lacking, safety profile is lacking and it's very expensive," says Catherine Ulbricht, co-founder of National Standard Research Collaboration, a Cambridge, Mass. scientist-owned group that evaluates natural therapies.

Santa Barbara, Calif., gastroenterologist John Petrini, past president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy had this to say:

"There is no basis for any health claims at all" for alkaline drinking water, adds . After digestion, food and water goes into the stomach and—no matter what pH it was when it entered—ends up leaving the stomach at a pH of about 6.8, Dr. Petrini says. And no matter what you eat, your body has effective mechanisms to keep your blood in a narrow range between 7.35 and 7.45."

However the structure of water—including how its molecules cluster—isn't yet fully understood, scientists say.




Conclusion

East is East and West is West.

Just as the ancient roots of energy medicine are now being recognized by the West, despite hundreds of years of resistance, it will be interesting to see if water that is altered by ionization will become a recognized treatment for disease in the West.






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