Debunking Ionized Water
Every few months I get an email asking about my take
on a debunking website
http://www.chem1.com/CQ/ionbunk.html. This is my take: The
author of that site is educated beyond his intelligence.
The bullet items represent the "bottom line" as
written by the author of that site:
The term used by chemists is ERW, electro reduced water.
"Ionized water" is a common term used by consumers to describe the same
This is true for completely purified water such as distilled.
But all ionizers that connect to the tap contain an input filter to remove
the contaminants, while leaving in the minerals required for electrolysis.
And batch ionizers, those that require adding purified water, also require
you to add salt to the water to make it work.
True, the pH of the water is determined by the minerals it
contains. Pure water, having no minerals, has a neutral pH, and being
non-conductive, cannot undergo significant electrolysis.
Groundwaters containing metal ions such as calcium and
magnesium can be rendered slightly alkaline by electrolysis, but after
it hits the highly acidic gastric fluid in the stomach, its alkalinity
The purpose of electrolysis in an ionizer is to separate the
positive and negative ions. The positive ions move to the negative electrode and
exit out the alkaline spout to be drunk as alkaline water. The negative ions
move to the positive electrode and exit out the waste spout into your sink as
Since it is the minerals in the water that determine its pH, and
since the quantity of minerals in the stomach are of much greater quantity than
what is in the water, I agree that the minerals in the stomach determine the pH,
and the pH of the water is irrelevant.
I wouldn't say it is ridiculous, otherwise products such as Alka
Seltzer would not work. Breathing out carbon dioxide is not sufficient to reduce
the excess of acid minerals in the body, which is why the urine becomes very
acidic -- to dump out excess acid. Urine acidity is a good indicator of excess
system acidity. See
http://www.hidden-cancer-cures.com/biological-terrain-explained.htm for the
relationship between urine acidity and cancer. And you can consume sodium
bicarbonate to increase the quantity of alkaline minerals in your body, if your
urine is too acidic.
This may be true, but it is irrelevant. The benefit of drinking
alkaline ionized water is not its alkalinity, but its negative oxidation
reduction potential (ORP), a measure of its anti-oxidant properties. Alkalinity
is just a byproduct of the process. Patrick Flannagan studied the Hunzas to
determine why they lived to be 120+ years. He determined it was due to the
hydride ion contained in the water they drank, and he developed a product called
Microhydrin that supplied this ion; see
www.phisciences.com. The hydride ion is a powerful free-radical scavenger
(i.e., an anti-oxidant). Ionizing water will also produce the hydride ion which
is the reason we drink it. See
Drinking rainwater may be hazardous considering the toxins in the
air the water absorbed. And he's right: "Body pH" is a meaningless concept.
If you really want to de-acidify your stomach (at the possible
cost of interfering with protein digestion), why spend hundreds of dollars
for an electrolysis device when you can take calcium-magnesium pills,
Alka-Seltzer or Milk of Magnesia?
True. But again you don't use an electrolysis device for getting
alkaline water, but for getting the hydride ion.
Electrolysis devices are generally worthless for treating
water for health enhancement, removal of common inpurities, disinfection,
and scale control.
"Alkaline" water has many health benefits, due to the hydride ion
and its anti-oxidant properties (see
www.h-minus-ion.org). And "Acid" water has been found (in Japan) to be
effective in healing diabetic sores on feet where nothing else would work.