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The History of the Water We Drink

The History of the Water We Drink

Almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered with water. With that much water, people have taken it for granted that clean water would always be available. Increasingly, we are finding that this might not be so. Despite decades of effort cleaning up lakes, streams, and groundwater — and regulations and laws that have been passed to reduce industrial pollution of water supplies — new forms of pollution are being discovered daily.On one hand, we are told by health authorities – both local and federal – that municipal drinking water supplies are cleaner and healthier than ever. Yet there are reports, usually buried within documents not readily available to the public, indicating that major problems still face us — and that they may be worsening. Until the Middle Ages, most advanced societies devoted tremendous effort and financial resources to assure their people had clean water. There are a number of biblical references to the importance of clean water. Ezekiel mentions “healing” polluted water, and both Leviticus and Deuteronomy outline methods of public sanitation. In the book “The Water We Drink,” Dr. Joshua Barzilay and co-authors cite Roman laws against having a cemetery, furnace, tannery, or slaughterhouse within 25 meters of a well. Clean water for drinking and bathing was a major concern of the Romans. Most of us are aware of their extensive system of aqueducts. They had an elaborate filtration system, too, much of which is still used today. With the fall of the Roman Empire, however, came an end to public sanitation. Streets littered with garbage and even human waste became a common sight. Epidemics were the result, yet no efforts were made to correct the situation for nearly 500 years. In fact, for hundreds of years most war-related deaths were due to disease, not battle wounds. The Age of Enlightenment in the 17th century brought a shift toward science and reasoning as well as widespread industrialization. Yet a new problem appeared: the industrial pollution of lakes and streams. It wasn’t until the 19th century that poor sanitation methods began to be widely recognized as a major source for disease. Pasteur and Koch discovered that water contained microorganisms that could cause human disease, and an effort to clean up water supplies ensued. In the mid-19th century, a few decades before their theories were published, diarrhea related diseases were the third leading cause of death in the United...

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pH level in your body

pH level in your body

The term, pH refers to the potential of hydrogen which is a measure of the hydrogen ion (H+) concentration and also a measure of acidity or alkalinity. The pH scale ranges from 0 on the acidic side to 14 on the alkaline side. A solution is neutral if the pH is 7. The pH scale is logarithmic, so a change of one pH unit indicates a tenfold shift in the concentration of hydrogen ions. For example: a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 7, and it is 100 times more acidic than a pH of 8. You can see how a slight shift in pH can be quite significant. In the human body, pH is critical especially in your blood. The pH range that is considered to be normal for blood is between 7.30 and 7.45. Blood pH is a direct indicator of how much oxygen is available for your cells. Blood at a pH of 7.45 contains 65% more excess oxygen than blood at a pH of 7.3.4 Lack of oxygen and the resulting metabolic acidosis is a component of just about every disease we know. Nobel prize-winning research in the 1930s and 1940s by Dr. Otto Warburg revealed that cancer could not live in an oxygen-rich environment. His research provided evidence that oxygen-starved cells switch to another mechanism for producing energy one that does not require oxygen and one that is capable of surviving in an acidic environment.5 Since his original research, most disease has been linked with the lack of oxygen and the build-up of acidic wastes. Blood with a pH of 7.3 is also thicker than blood with a more alkaline pH. Acid is partially responsible for blood clotting. A lower blood pH means thicker blood that is more difficult to pump. Both dehydration6 and low blood pH are now linked with high blood pressure. In today s world, most people s bodies and blood are more acidic than they should be. This is the result of poor diet (heavy in sugar, soft drinks, excessive protein, and refined carbohydrates), dehydration, stress, and environmental pollutants. Each of these contributes to acidosis and unfortunately also to disease and premature aging. Besides the consequences mentioned above, acidosis reduces your body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients. It reduces energy production and slows cellular regeneration. Acidosis is responsible for hardening of the arteries and it makes you more susceptible to fatigue and illness. In an overly acidic body, maintaining normal blood pH...

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WHAT IS IONIZED WATER?

WHAT IS IONIZED WATER?

In 1994 I went to Japan with a group of doctors to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the course of our study, we spent time in several hospitals. That s where I received my introduction to ionized water. I witnessed a man being treated for gangrene. The majority of his treatment was soaking his feet and lower legs for 30 minutes, three times a day in ionized water. He was also drinking about six quarts of alkaline, ionized water. In just three days, I watched what I considered to be a near miracle. His wounds went from foul-smelling, gangrenous sores to pink tissues that were well on their way to being healed. Japanese doctors in the hospitals we visited were also routinely using ionized water to heal diabetic ulcers, bed sores, psoriasis, and eczema. Not only were patients applying the water externally, they were drinking it for these and other conditions: arthritis, diabetes, gastritis, and blood disorders. The oriental community is well aware of these kinds of benefits which have been highlighted in several public media video documentaries now available on the internet. Ionized water (also referred to as electrolyzed water) is water that has been exposed to an electric current which separates the charged particles. During ionization, positively-charged ions are drawn to the negative electrode. Negatively-charged ions are drawn to the positive electrode. Ions with a positive charge like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium raise the pH and produce alkaline water. Negative ions including phosphorous, chlorine, and sulfur lower the pH and produce acidic water. As I learned in Japan, both types of water are beneficial when used in specific ways. But ionization transforms the resulting water in ways that go beyond the separation of ions. There are three main changes that occur to water during the ionization process. These changes can be responsible for many health benefits when you use the water. Three main changes to ionized water 1. pH 2. Oxidation/reduction potential (ORP) 3. Molecular structure Dr. Dave Carpenter, N.D., C. Ac.,...

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Kangen Water machine

Kangen Water machine

WHICH MACHINE IS RIGHT FOR YOU: Enagic® manufactures many machines, and while all are manufactured from the same high quality materials, each ionizer has distinguishing features.

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What are doctors saying? – Kangen Water

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Enagic Gold Standard – Kangen Water

See on Scoop.it – KANGEN WATER Mimi Ho‘s insight: By integrating the latest scientific research and superior Japanese craftsmanship with nature’s most vital resource to life, Enagic has pioneered the way of continuous Kangen Water® generating systems. Since 1974, Enagic has specialized in providing in-home, alkaline water ionization technologies. See on...

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