- If water ionizers are so good, why do so few people know about them?
- Why do people like Stephen Lower or Dr. Weil claim that water ionizers are a scam when tens of thousands of people refer the machines to their family and friends with fantastic reviews?
- Why do so many companies in the industry claim that they are the best and badmouth other companies?
- And, last but certainly not least, why are they so bloody expensive?
When I was in the water ionizer business many years ago, I found it was virtually impossible to sell strangers a water ionizer. I sold about 700 water ionizer machines, but every sale came from people contacting me through internet advertising or by a word-of-mouth referral. It is very difficult to convince anyone to spend thousands of dollars on a water ionizer when you can get water for free from your tap, especially with so much conflicting information on the internet.
Very few people in our society understand that most forms of sickness and degenerative disease are the result of a process rather than an event. People take their good health for granted. If people feel OK, they assume that everything is OK in their body with little or no regard for the truth.
Are Water Ionizers A Marketing Ploy Or The Real Deal?
That was a tough question to answer until the introduction of Hydrogen Infusion Machines (HIM’s). Alkaline water ionizers typically provide health benefits for a few weeks when they are brand new. They will also produce health benefits on an ongoing basis if the plates in the water cell are cleaned with vinegar (5% acetic acid) or citric acid once per week. However, if the plates inside the water cell are not cleaned once per week in many source water situations, they will scale up and quickly stop producing the small hydrogen gas bubbles. It is the small hydrogen molecules which dissolve into the water that actually produce all of the health benefits associated with the machines. The alkaline content of the water (measure by pH) and the ability of the water to carry an electrical charge (measured by ORP) have virtually nothing to do with providing health benefits beyond the benefit of drinking better tasting tap water.
The health benefits produced by alkaline water ionizers diminish rapidly and eventually stop altogether as the plates in the water cell begin to scale up. Scaling of the plates inside alkaline water ionizers occurs when calcium from the source water precipitates out of the water and calcifies/sticks to the plates. When the plates in the water cell become scaled up, they will continue to produce alkaline water for a long time which is capable of carrying an electrical charge and producing alkaline water (which the alkaline water companies point to with great pride). However, the ability of the plates to produce the small diffusable hydrogen gas bubbles required to make the water health disappears.
I have spoken to hundreds of people (maybe more than a thousand) that have experienced the benefits of drinking water from a water ionizer. However, when you dig a little deeper, you find that most users discovered the benefits right away but they don’t seem to notice the benefits after awhile. People just naturally assume that they continue to receive the benefits because they are drinking the water that made them feel better in the first place. Now that the scientific and medical communities have associated the health benefits to hydrogen gas and the ability of alkaline water machines to produce hydrogen gas (or not when the plates get scaled up), the pattern makes sense.
What about the quack watchers?
It is very humbling for me to say that I took a pretty strong stand against the quack watchers like Dr. Stephen Lower and Dr. Weil in the past. They both offered strong arguments that water ionizers don’t or can’t work? I challenged the nay-sayers because I knew from both personal experience and from talking to a great many others that the water ionizers did in fact work. When I challenged Dr. Lower, he didn’t say water ionizers don’t work. In fact, he said that they may work, but the explanations offered by the alkaline water industry as to why they worked didn’t make any sense. It turns out that everyone was right. The water ionizers did work (initially at least) because of their ability to produce hydrogen gas in solution. However, the explanations offered by the alkaline water industry (microclustering, pH, ORP, cancer can’t grow in an alkaline environment etc etc etc) were simply not true.
We have learned that drinking clean, healthy (with calcium and magnesium in the water) is good. We have also learned that if you drink water that contains hydrogen gas, the health benefits are much greater. If you want to learn more about hydrogen and hydrogen water products (which I strongly recommend), here are some links that will help:
1) www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org (a website written by a scientist for scientists – this is a great source for facts)
2) www.h2healthyliving.com (a website that translates the science from the above website into something that is much easier to read and understand
3) http://h2fx.com/#oid=22092_2007 (a website for the industry leader in hydrogen gas products)