Our UltraStream has been tested to 3500 litres by Griffith University laboratory for (among many other things) fluoride reduction.
We use an NSF approved non-eluting (it doesn’t leach into your water) US supplied Activated Alumina. It’s THE best we could find anywhere in the world, in line with all other filter media in our UltraStream.
Yet.. we still have some competitors trying to tell people that using activated alumina means you may get aluminium in your water, frightening them with fears of Alzheimers and anything else they can think of. So let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they really don’t understand what alumina is.
The first thing we all learned in high school was the difference between an element (atom) and compound (molecule). But did we remember that well enough to remember it? Obviously not for some people.
Point #1. The difference between an atom and a molecule.
Salt is, as we know, safe to consume. But if we were told to consume chlorine we’d say no.
But.. chlorine is one of two parts of salt! Sodium is the other.
Sodium is an atom.
Chlorine is an atom.
Sodium chloride is a molecule, bound together ionically so it isn’t poisonous,
Aluminium is an atom.
Activated alumina is a molecule.
Point #2 What activated alumina actually is in nature
Now.. what if I told you we added ultrapure semiprecious gems rubies and sapphires to your UltraStream and used them to reduce fluoride? I’m guessing you’d be pretty impressed, right? Well.. that’s exactly what we are doing.
Look at this from Wikipedia.
Activated alumina is manufactured from aluminium hydroxide by dehydroxylating it in a way that produces a highly porous material; this material can have a surface area significantly over 200 square metres/g. The compound is used as a desiccant (to keep things dry by absorbing water from the air) and as a filter of fluoride, arsenic and selenium in drinking water. It is made of aluminium oxide (alumina; Al2O3), the same chemical substance as sapphire and ruby (but without the impurities that give those gems their color). It has a very high surface-area-to-weight ratio, due to the many “tunnel like” pores that it has.”
Go here to see how we use Activated Alumina in the UltraStream. And remember, we tested the UltraStream to the expected life of the filter. The tests are in our downloads section. There’s not another water ionizer in the world that has been tested to this degree. It’s obvious why: other methods of fluoride removal in water filters can be sold using an ‘as new’ laboratory test, without showing the rapid decrease in reduction each day you continue to use your filter.
If you’re looking at a water filter, watch for ‘Up To 99%” on the advertising and always ask for an independent LIFE OF FILTER test done in the country you are in, not Asia!
In every case I have seen of people attacking AA, their competing product hes been using a cheaper method. As in life, when you buy a water filter you ‘gets what you pays for’.
In just one week we’ve seen two new threats to our water supply.
Here in Australia we are all familiar with the blessing and the curse of flying foxes, who nest in their thousands in native forest, and overfly our cities at dusk every night. Now we have been told that their pee harbours deadly Hendra virus, so be careful if you are looking up in awe at their spectacular flypast, make sure your mouth is closed! We have already heard of local cases of serious illness from this source – and – of course – if you have a lovely fruit or berry tree near your house, they’ll target it in season peeing as they pass over your roof – which, in the country, empties into your home water tanks.
Secondly, now we hear that the drought in California and a wet witner followed by a dry summer in New York is creating ideal conditions for mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus – another nasty.
Some experts theorize that a wet NY winter followed by drought created ideal conditions for the culex mosquitoes that spread the virus.
They lay their eggs in dirty, nutrient-filled pools like those left when rivers dry up, and they can survive winters with the virus by hiding in tunnels or sewers.
The year before, the city cracked down on bird baths and swimming pools as a way to fight the virus. Around 700 New Yorkers received citations for failing to properly treat water in their yard.
Ian: Poor little birdies! We’re installing more and more systems in rural properties for many reasons. Check our site here.
Gavin Dickinson is an old mate, even though he works for one of our competitors.
His Facebook page on H2 is a great resource, and this post of his prevented me from having to write our own. I have added our observations in his article in red.
Why is it so important to fill my container all the way leaving no space when I make H2 Tablets?
H2 Tablets create molecular hydrogen, which is a gas, so it wants to escape. When making H2 Tablets, we want the hydrogen gas driven into the water, so when we drink it, the H2 can do its magic in your body. So, if you leave air, guess where it goes? It goes into the headspace and the not the water. It is not a bad idea to actually fill it so that it very slightly overflows the top. So if you want maximum benefit, fill ‘er up! All the way!
What size / Type of container is best for making H2 Tablets?
There are definitely some things to look for when selecting a bottle to use for making your H2 Tablets.
Container Size: It is best to make H2 Tablets in a 16 ounce (475ml in metric. We actually use a Schweppes glass 300ml bottle with plastic cap) bottle. You can go larger, but you’ll just have to drink more!
Type: First and foremost, the bottle needs to be airtight. Any bottle that is made to hold carbonation is best; Glass Kombucha, Perrier or other sparkling water bottles work well. Screw-top aluminum also works. We have heard that due to its chemistry, aluminum optimizes the reaction somehow. (Aluminium is used in some Japanese hydrogen producing formulations) The higher grades of stainless are fine, as is glass. Plastic works but will not provide optimum results and have all the same concerns associated with plastics. Of all considerations, being airtight is most important.
Is there a difference between waiting 5 minutes and 20 minutes?
Assuming you have done everything else properly, typically the longer you wait, the more H2 is produced. So you will get more benefit!
Can I let H2 Tablets process for more than 20 minutes?
Again, assuming you have done everything else properly, typically the longer you wait, the more H2 is produced. So it is perfectly fine to allow H2 Tablets, to process for more than 20 minutes. Many people like to prepare the bottle the night before and then drink it in the morning. All things being equal, the concentration of hydrogen is likely higher; although if you are using a cheap single-use PET plastic bottle, it…will leak H2 the longer it’s in the bottle.
Can I add flavor to H2 Tablets?
Yes! In fact we recommend it! Lemon or essential oils like citrus or cinnamon are wonderful ways to add some pizazz. However, DO NOT add any flavoring agent at the beginning when making your hydrogen water, use only the water and the tablet per the instructions. Anything else will upset the delicate chemistry that takes place. Once the hydrogen reaction is complete (15-20 mins) and your water is at full saturation, you can add flavoring and enjoy! I add lime juice BEFORE adding the tablet. It acidifies the water which in turn makes for a better H2 conversion.
What is the black residue at the bottom of my container?
The black residue is simply magnesium that was not used up during the processing. It adheres like scaling calcium in hard water. It is harmless. It can be easily cleaned. It is easiest to clean after you have consumed your H2Viva by simply scrubbing it with a good brush. If you allow it to build up it becomes more difficult and we recommend softening it with some vinegar or something acidic and then scrubbing. If you add lemon or lime juice you will notice that there is much less residue.
Are the minerals in H2 Tablets organic or inorganic?
To address this question in the detail would require a few pages, but here is as brief as we can make it.
The fact is, all minerals are inorganic. The very definition of organic means that it contains carbon. Magnesium, Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen are all elements. Their respective chemical formulae are Mg, C, O and H. These elements can combine together to form molecules, such as sugar, with the chemical formula C6H12O6. Because this molecule of sugar has carbon, it is organic. Carbon is the building block of life. All living things are made out of carbon. Carbon is what makes up amino acids, and fats. Notice that water is H2O, so water itself is inorganic. Minerals found in food are often associated (chelated) with organic compounds like acids (e.g. citric acid, fumaric acid, malic acid, etc.), fats, and amino acids. Depending on the type of mineral (alkaline minerals, or transition metals), the interaction with these organic compounds may increase or decrease the bioavailability and absorption. They may alter the transport binding affinity, redox state of the metal, and interactions with other biomolecules.
Generally minerals (not metals where absorption is protein/redox-dependent) are best, and in many cases only, absorbed in their free cation state. In other words it is the inorganic form (magnesium ions) that are absorbed.Rest assured, the magnesium found in the water after it reacted is bioavailable, and easily absorbed and utilized by the cells. It is only a fraction of the DRI, and so there is no significant risk of using a few – or even more – tablets per day.
Are there any contraindications from ingesting H2?
No. I have noticed more free bowel movements.
Can you overdose on H2?
No. In fact some studies regarding specific disease models indicated that with H2, more is actually better. Any excess H2 simply escapes as a gas.
So if the H2 Tablets produce high levels of H2, then is “more better”?
There are studies of some specific disease models that indicate that with H2, more is actually better.
What is the cost per dose and the suggested dose per day?
H2 Tablets cost $1 per dose and the recommended daily dose is 2 tablets per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon/early evening. The bottle is 60 tablets or a one-month supply. We have manyn people, myself included, using one tablet. I think that the better conversion facilitated by the lime juice means I’m getting more H2 than I’d have in plain water.
Can I get the same benefit from food grade hydrogen peroxide?
While popular in some health circles for many things from sterilizing drinking water to reputed therapeutic benefits for specific ailments, food grade hydrogen peroxide [H2O2] has no similarity to dissolved molecular hydrogen [H2]. Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizer and is used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant. Molecular hydrogen [H2] is a reducing agent/anti-oxidant.
Can H2 Tablets make you feel nausea?
If people are feeling sick in conjunction with H2 Tablets, it is much more likely to be a correlation and not causation. Regardless, there is no risk of toxicity by ingesting the small amount of magnesium. In fact it is good. Hydrogen gas is void of toxicity at levels significantly higher than what the tablet provides. Hydrogen doesn’t build up in the body, and any excess is just breathed out by the lungs. In some people, hydrogen gas appears to help alleviate constipation and may even promote loose stools, which can be considered a cleansing effect, which can produce symptoms including nausea.
Are H2 Tablets explosive or combustible?
No. Well. just don’t let water get into the bottle. Things will start happening. the tablets will begin to combust and heat will be the result.
Do H2 Tablets micro-cluster the water?
What are the ingredients in H2 Tablets?
A proprietary patent pending hydrogen formula. Other ingredients are magnesium, magnesium malate, magnesium fumarate 50mg. 10%.Mannitol, magnesium malate, magnesium, magnesium fumarate, malic acid, fumaric acid.
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
And to thank you for reading this article, use ADDP2352 coupon code and you can get it for FREE!. Yes, FREE! Here’s that link again.
We talk a lot about the antioxidant capability of molecular hydrogen on this page.
Not only is it unique in selectively targeting the ‘baddie’ free radicals and leaving the ‘goodies’ alone, it also supports our natural antioxidant, glutathione. However.. I remind myself and anyone else interested in living longer that glutathione, our internal super-antioxidant needs one special mineral to be produced by our body. This mineral is selenium. and here’s where you get it.
That’s why I use molecular hydrogen every day. It powers up my glutathione ability, but I also make sure I’m eating selenium-rich foods.
Click each heading for more info…
|#1: Brazil Nuts||1917µg (2739% DV) per 100 grams||536.8µg (767% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brazil Nuts|
|#2: Liver (Lambs)||116.1µg (166% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||98.7µg (141% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver|
|#3: Seafood (Oysters)||154µg (220% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||130.9µg (187% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oysters|
|#4: Fish (Tuna)||108.2µg (155% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||92.0µg (131% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fish|
|#5: Wheat Germ||79.2µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||91.1µg (130% DV) per cup (115 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Germ|
|#6: Sunflower Seeds||79.3µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||22.2µg (32% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sunflower Seeds|
|#7: Bacon||65.1µg (93% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||5.9µg (8% DV) per rasher (9 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon|
|#8: Chia Seeds||55.2µg (79% DV) per 100 grams||15.5µg (22% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chia Seeds|
|#9: Oat Bran||45.2µg (65% DV) per 100 grams||42.5µg (61% DV) per cup (94 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oat Bran|
|#10: Sesame Seeds||34.4µg (49% DV) per 100 grams||9.6µg (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds|
(With thanks to http://www.healthaliciousness.com/)
Ian: SO True! My extra best meals are at home.
In most areas of life, the old saying “You get what you pay for” holds true. But when it comes to healthy dining options, the more expensive option may not be the best.
Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois looked at eight years of data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in its National Health and Nutrition Survey, covering 18,098 US adults from 2003-2010.
H discovered that people who dine out at full-service restaurants are no healthier than people who opt for fast food. Instead, eating at home is the healthiest option by a significant margin. An’s findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
For instance, according to a report on the university’s news website, people who ate at full-service restaurants consumed about 58 more milligrams of cholesterol each day compared to people who ate at home. Those who ate fast food ate only 10 milligrams more than at-home diners, on average.
An found a similar result when he looked at sodium intake. Eating at a fast food restaurant added about 300 milligrams of sodium to a diner’s daily intake. But eating at a full-service restaurant added 412 milligrams.
Meanwhile, at-home diners consumed about 10 fewer grams of fat each day compared to both fast-food and restaurant diners.
When it comes to saturated fat restaurants proved slightly better. Fast-food diners consumed 3.49 more grams per day versus at-home diners, while restaurant diners consumed 2.46 additional grams each day.
“These findings reveal that eating at a full-service restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating at a fast-food outlet,” he said, according to the university. “In fact, you may be at higher risk of overeating in a full-service restaurant when eating fast food. My advice to those hoping to consume a healthy diet is that it is healthier to prepare your own foods, and avoid eating outside the home whenever possible.”
An said public health campaigns ought to be focused on limiting eating out in general, rather than on simply avoiding fast food.
– See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/physicians-money-digest/lifestyle/full-service-restaurants-no-healthier-than-fast-food-study-finds?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=HCPLive&utm_campaign=Trending_News_#2_07-18-15
As readers know I have had my own relationship with Alzheimers.
That’s why I think this article may be of interest to the people that have seen our video on my journey.
This article was co-written by Smita Patel, DO, FAASM, and Anne Marie Fosnacht, MPH, CPT
The rate of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) continues to soar due, in part, to the successful aging of the largest generation ever to walk the earth.
Limited by a dearth of successful pharmacological agents, more and more physicians are shifting from a treatment paradigm to one of prevention. Here at the NorthShore Center for Brain Health we believe that getting enough sleep–7 or more hours nightly–is a way to help prevent AD.
Prevention necessitates intervening on modifiable risk factors. Evidence is mounting that lifestyle factors, such as diet, daily activity, education, and social engagement–combined with non-modifiable factors such as family history and genetics–play a significant role in the ontogeny of Alzheimer’s disease in patients over time.
Recent clinical trials in Spain and Finland have shown that eating a Mediterranean diet, or receiving healthy-eating counseling and assistance are associated with improvement in cognitive function.
Exercise training has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain, and to improve memory.
Epidemiologic studies suggest that people with more years of education can tolerate changes associated with neurodegeneration longer than those with less education, effectively delaying onset of cognitive dysfunction.
Cohort studies have found that social engagement is associated with larger brain volume.
Non-modifiable risk factors include a family history of dementia and having a certain variant (APOE4) of the apolipoprotein allele, which is responsible for cholesterol transport and mediation in the brain. Individuals with 1 copy of APOE4 have a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of AD while those who have inherited 2 copies have 10-fold increased risk.
While disturbances in the sleep cycle and altered circadian rhythms are common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, sleep quality throughout one’s lifetime is gaining momentum as a possible factor associated with eventual development of AD.
Helping patients achieve better sleep may help reduce their risk of developing the disease.
While experimental studies in humans are rare, there are animal models of sleep-related causation. The results of these studies are compelling. In 2009, Kang and colleagues reported that beta amyloid dynamics were found to be regulated by the sleep-wake cycle in mice.
In 2013, Xie and colleagues reported that in mice sleep was associated with naturally-occurring flushing/removal of exogenous AB from the brain by cerebrospinal fluid. Others have found that deprivation of sleep exacerbates neuronal injury and tau phosphorylation.
Recently, key cross-sectional studies have shown an association between Alzheimer’s and sleep variables in humans.
Spira and colleagues found that self-reported short sleep duration and poor sleep quality were associated with increased AB burden as seen in PET amyloid imaging. Similarly Ju and colleagues reported that greater amyloid burden was associated with poor sleep efficiency and wakefulness episodes.
Observational studies also offer compelling data linking sleep to Alzheimer’s risk. Virta et al. report that among 2,300 middle age Finnish twins, self reports of too much (>8 hrs) sleep was associated with 1.8 times higher odds of developing AD. Hahn and colleagues found that self reports of decrease in depth of sleep were associated with 70 to 100% greater odds of having AD 9 years later.
While the exact mechanisms by which sleep duration and quality affect development of Alzheimer’s and dementia are still enigmatic, more and more research show they are firmly associated.
Educating patients on the impact of sleep on their brain health and helping patients achieve high quality sleep can be important steps in mitigating the risk of neurodegeneration.
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Cassie had an inquiry from a lady today about the cost of filters for the UltraStream today. The lady wanted a comparison between what it would cost to replicate the power of filtration of an UltraStream by buying alternative filters.
Here’s what she came up with!
- Fluoride x 2: $160
- KDF 85: $65 (this media is not available in Australia still and is much better and more expensive than the KDF 55 which we did originally put into the cartridge)
- Catalytic carbon filter (best and most expensive carbon there is): $75
- Then there is the media that makes the Hydrogen, alkalizing, and more media to make the water soft, $200 (this is the AlkaLina’s retail cost which makes hydrogen but doesn’t filter)
All up to buy all these separately would be around $500.
Nathan recently ordered his own UltraStream, the water filter that purifies water plus alkalizes, plus adds molecular hydrogen. Learn much more here.
In Canada, go here
In the US, go here
In the UK and EU, go here.
And Nathan, we’re sending you a congratulatory bottle of I LOVE H2. It’s obviously working for you.
Chloramine is a more recent water treatment additive that is now being used in many water treatment facilities. It is a combination of gasses (chlorine and ammonia) used in addition to or in place of chlorine because its effects are longer lasting. However, numerous difficulties have been identified with the use of chloramine as a water disinfectant:
Chloramine remains in the water longer than chlorine-it does not evaporate when left in the open as chlorine does
- Chloramine is toxic to fish, and it cannot be removed by boiling.
- Chloramine reacts with (deteriorates) certain types of rubber hose and gaskets, such as those used on washing machines and hot water heaters.
- Chloramine reacts with lead and lead solder in plumbing, causing toxic levels of lead to be released into drinking water.
- Chloramine is potentially lethal to kidney dialysis patients.
The use of chloramine as a water disinfectant can lead to the generation of iodoacid by-products-the most potent genetic toxin of mammalian cells. This was discovered recently by research scientist Michel Plewa.
Plewa states, “When chloramines were put into use in Washington DC, lead levels 3,200 times EPA’s “action level” were found in drinking water. When several cities in California switched to the use of chloramine, kidney dialysis patients suffered serious consequences”.
Replacing chlorine with chloramine is like jumping from the fire into the frying pan, yet many large cities have already made the switch. You can read more about the public outcry against chloramine in this American Free Press at http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/chloraminateed_water.html on line article.
Carbon filters have a very limited capacity for chloramine removal-it takes much more carbon and much more contact time to do the job. If you were to use a simple carbon filter to remove chloramine, you would have to replace your filter so often that it would not become economically feasible. A reverse osmoses (RO) system cannot be counted on to remove chloramine either. The filter membranes in a typical RO system do not filter out chloramine. Most RO systems have a carbon pre-filter, but that will not last long in the presence of chloramine.
Chloramine removal requires a special type of catalytic carbon filter. Most of these devise are tanks designed to filter the incoming water for the whole house. Vitamin C has also been shown to neutralize chloramine, “but this method is only realistic for smaller application such as shower filters or countertop systems. The above methods are the only methods available at this time to remove or neutralize chloramine.”
Do we have catalytic carbon? Of course we do!
I have a theory about detoxification.
It goes like this;
1. We start our life untoxified.
2. As we live ina toxic world we ‘toxify’.
3. It’s our choice whether we decide to reverse this process.
4. The best ongoing way to detox is to drink enough water.
Too simple, right?
Hey, we’re bombarded with toxins in today’s modern world… from the polluted air we breathe, the water we drink, the shampoos and other cosmetics that lather our body with chemicals, and let’s not dismiss all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food we eat.
All TOXINS can have harmful effects on your body, harming your metabolism and hormones, impairing your digestive system, and zapping your energy levels. That’s why they are called toxins. Duh-Oh!
If I could share ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help your body eliminate more of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and BOOST your energy, would you do it?
Of course you would… and it takes less than 1 minute!
Here’s it is.. and it also alkalizes you!
When you get up, first up -squeeze about 1/2 to 1 full lemon into a 250ml glass of warm or room temperature purified water. It’s more gentle on your body first thing in the morning compared to iced water.
I drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food for the day. Luckily I live in a region where everyone grows lemons and limes. This time of year we go for a walk and return who 20 or 30 lemons!
If you have to buy them, ensure you use fresh organic lemons to make this drink. Bypass all of those bottled products. Organic lemons help you to avoid the pesticides that can accumulate.
3 BIG benefits of this heart starter drink to your body, health, and energy:
A leading health publication, TheAlternativeDaily.com is very good.
“The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.
Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.
Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood. Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints.
This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.”
Benefits you’ll enjoy:
1. Improved digestion
Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion. It stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.
2. All Day Energy Boost
Even just the scmellof lemon juice can improve your mood and energy levels, and even reduce anxiety. The detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.
3. Fat Buster
Lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system. It aids in removal of toxins. It increases your energy levels.
All together, it helps you to slash the kilos as well through improving your hormonal balance.
That’s a pretty simple trick, right?
Ever since I spent a year in India I’ve loved the sight, the smell and the taste of Turmeric.
Given the basically carbohydrate dominated diet of most Indians, and the shocking state of pollution of their diet staple foods, maybe Turmeric is keeping most of India alive and healthy!
I’m also lucky living here at Byron Bay because turmeric is easy to grow- and the taste of fresh turmeric is simply sensational with a stir fry.
But there is a downside to this wonderful root, and I’m going to explain to you why I DON’T use it exclusively.
But first, let’s explore the GOOD reasons for using turmeric daily.
Turmeric has been shown to combat short term and long term fatigue. Yes, there is a study, carried out here in Australia, and effects were noticed within an hour!
Cholesterol is slowly emerging from its bad boy status’ to being seen as useful and necessary for the body, particularly as fuel for our hormone cascade system. Oxidation of cholesterol therefore is no longer a good thing. Now it’s bad!
Confused? Join the club.
It’s the process of oxidation of cholesterol that causes plaque and plaque is definitely still on the ‘bad boy’ list. Plaque in turn is a forerunner of atherosclerosis and heart disease. This study showed a 33% reduction in oxidized cholesterol and and almost equal increased percentage of good HDL cholesterol. Subjects were given 500mg of curcumin, which is the active ingredient of turmeric.
We never mention cancer unless we can prove what we say. But the number of studies of turmeric’s effect on cancer are growing almost daily. Studies showing positive results include
How does curcumin achieve these results?
- Curcumin can induce apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells.
- Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant.
- Curcumin assists in the destruction of mutated cancer cells
- Curcumin inhibits vascular epithelial growth factors. These are the body’s support systems that supply cancer and keep it ‘healthy’.
Inflammation is the ‘beast in the attic’. We all know about it but we think that if we don’t address it perhaps it will go away. And yet it’s seen by many researchers as the prime precipitator of serious disease conditions, including cancers, type 2 diabetes, brain diseases, arthritis and more.
In one study, three control groups were used, but the one that ONLY took 500mg of curcumin daily fared far better than the other two.
Free Radical Buster
Curcumin has been shown conclusively in study after study to be a powerful antioxidant. I’m not going to bore you with the antioxidant-free radical theory but just remember this point when I reveal to you how something very close in function has a hugely significant advantage over curcumin.
Curcumin’s ability to support the immune system means it has wide ranging effects on many common disease types. Immunity means you don’t GET the disease in the first place. So if we have adequate immunity we have a built in fully armed army of defenders against things(all subject to studies) like Alzheimers, Heart disease, Diabetes, and even cancers.
As frequent readers here know, I had my own run-in with incipient Alzheimers and I firmly believe that my health regime is still holding back the effects I experienced in 2007. I’m a big fan and reader of Dr Dave Perlmutter who wrote the wonderful book, Grain Brain, linking our grain based diet to mental deterioration. In his work he discusses the results of studies showing Curcumin’s beneficial effect on amyloid plaque, the foundation symptom of Alzheimers. Newest research on Alzheimers suggests that plaque begins at least 15 years before symptoms appear and so anything we can incorporate into our diet to reduce or halt the slow growth of amyloid plaque makes me very excited. Here’s one summary of experiments. In the summary the scientists involved state:
“ All cases have been taking turmeric for more than 1 year, re-exacerbation of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia was not seen.”
If you are incorporating something in your diet that has strong pain relief through any means such as inflammation management, then you also have a strategy that make arthritis more livable.
Turmeric in the form of curcumin has the ability to support enzyme production. The liver relies on adequate supplies of specific enzymes to be able to carry out its ongoing blood detox function.
In another study of 60 depressed volunteers Curcumin was found to be as effective as Prozac!
Yet another study, this one published by the American Diabetes association, used 240 volunteers, all termed prediabetes. After 40 weeks, 16.4% of the placebo group had ‘advanced’ to Type 2 Diabetes. Those on curcumin had NO advancement to Type 2.
Of course, this has to be seen in perspective. For instance, this study shows that replacing one sugary drink with either water, unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14 percent and 25 percent.
Just to be clear, it’s curcumin, not just turmeric that is used in these studies, so your choice of method of accessing the benefits of turmeric will involve whether you want to eat lots of turmeric or buy curcumin supplements. You will have a very hard time getting enough curcumin simply by adding turmeric to your diet, and even if you decide to supplement with curcumin, care is required because so many brands are.. well, useless!
Curcumin has been shown to have a number of therapeutic actions in the body, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and to be safe at high doses (up to 12g/day). However the body’s ability to utilise it is poor; this is due to its low absorption, rapid metabolism and rapid excretion; resulting in low plasma and tissue levels of curcumin.
In fact, it is so poorly absorbed that studies using unadulterated curcumin rarely progress beyond the test tube. There have been many attempts to increase the body’s ability to utilise curcumin. Many of these techniques have increased bioavailability, but are prohibitively expensive and the required dose is still high, up to 2g/day.
Then there is conjecture as to which particular parts of curcumin are the most effective. It has long been thought that just the curcuminoids were the essential part; however recent studies have suggested that concentrating the curcuminoids and adding them back to turmeric oil may increase the bioavailability.
The Missing Link
I mentioned to you why I have chosen NOT to depend on Turmeric or a curcumin supplement and what I choose that gives me all of the benefits – and more. The heading of this article is ‘Turmeric, Curcumin and Hydrogen. The Missing Link’. So far I haven’t mentioned molecular hydrogen, and yes, that IS the ‘Missing Link’.
Let’s first finish off our description of turmeric and curcumin.
Yes, curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and supplements are available. They have been necessary because as I said earlier, absorption and utilization levels of turmeric in its original form are very low. Very, very low. So the scientists have got together to extract curcumin from raw turmeric, and as I also mentioned, if you are serious about gaining the sort of benefits I have listed, you will need to buy a supplement. And our own research on what supplement to buy will be very handy, because we’ve looked at the fact that many supplement are still plagued with low absorbability rates. But.. the recommended dosage of curcumin for best effect is TWO GRAMS a day! I couldn’t do that. Too much.
Now here’s the missing link.
Turmeric creates molecular hydrogen in the body.
The big question, then, is what causes the benefits we’ve spoken about.
Just as curcumin has many studies showing health benefits, so does molecular hydrogen. It’s as big a ‘rockstar’ in the supplement world as curcumin in numbers of new studies and studied disease types. It’s just not as publicised, probably because of Western science establishment’s apparent bias against anything from Japan, the home of H2 research for over a decade.
Now.. let’s connect the dots.
If turmeric causes the production of H2 in the body, is it the turmeric itself, or the H2 that is causing the spectacular results? There is only one clue in this study, which says:
“Curry with turmeric significantly increased the area under the curve of breath hydrogen and shortened small-bowel transit time, compared with curry not containing turmeric. These results suggested that dietary turmeric activated bowel motility and carbohydrate colonic fermentation.’
The truth is, we don’t know. But there’s an eerie similarity between the results of studies on molecular hydrogen to studies we’ve already looked at.
Molecular hydrogen has very similar effects as curcumin. We now have some quite amazing stories from users on file who have lifted more weights, run further and faster, and experienced a complete lack of exercise afterburn. (Also exhaustion, tiredness, languidness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness) is a subjective feeling of tiredness which is distinct from weakness, and has a gradual onset. Though there are many causes of fatigue, the underlying physiological mechanism is almost always a decrease in mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are the part of almost every cell that creates energy, in the form of ATP, so the cell can function. Poor mitochondrial function can also lead to using anaerobic energy generation which leads to lactic acid build up and acidosis. Molecular Hydrogen studies indicate that it may be an ideal antioxidant molecule for oxidative stress in the mitochondria due to its small size. It is one of the very few, if not only antioxidant molecules that can reach the inside of the mitochondria. By measuring oxygen consumption and CO2 production, scientists have been able to conclude that consumption of H2 enhances our energy metabolism. This may also relate to fat loss through burning energy more efficiently. Long-term drinking H2-water has been shown to significantly control fat and body weight, despite no change in the amount of water consumed. Drinking molecular hydrogen infused water decreased levels of plasma glucose, insulin, and triglyceride, the effect similar to diet restriction.
Molecular Hydrogen isn’t just an anti-oxidation strategy. Yes, it’s a powerful antioxidant in its own right, but it also supports our body’s natural antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase. And wait, there’s more, but I’ll leave that until you go down the list to antioxidants. Here’s one study that examines the beneficial effect of molecular hydrogen on oxidation in the brain. (Being the smallest molecule in the universe means it can easily penetrate the body/brain barrier.)
- Homocysteine reduction
If you are serious about reducing homocysteine levels, folate, B6 and B12 will do a much better job than curcumin. Molecular hydrogen has not been studied for this yet.
There are a number of studies showing positive outcomes using hydrogen rich water for various cancers including this one:
Molecular Hydrogen has shown itself to be an outstanding performer as an anti inflammatory agent by itself. It also supports the body’s natural inflammation cycle. We’ve received simply amazing stories form users, but the most common one is the absence of ‘day after’ pain following a hard training session or football game. Chronic long term pain has also been reduced in humans through the ingestion of molecular hydrogen..
A number of studies show that molecular hydrogen isn’t your run-of-the-mill antioxidant. It possesses a unique capability that I’ve never seen in any other antioxidant including curcumin. Few people realise that we have ‘good’ and ‘bad’ free radicals. The ‘good’ ones are our tiny janitors, basically cleaning up the mess left over from our normal daily metabolism. Our ‘bad’ one in particular is the Hydroxyl radical. Molecular hydrogen does not neutralize the good free radicals but when it finds a ‘bad’ hydroxyl radical, it unites with it, creating a new molecule of H2O. The problem seldom spoken of with most antioxidants is that when they find a free radical, the resulting reaction may neutralize that particular free radical, but creates new, possibly worse ones as a result of the reaction.
Molecular hydrogen supports our cell signaling system. This is our body’s communication matrix, without which nothing works properly because nothing ‘talks to each other’. Conversely, a properly functioning cell signaling system means your body functions to its maximum, responding quickly and efficiently to any and all threats.
Rat studies show Molecular Hydrogen inhibits signalling pathways in animal models of amyloid-beta-induced Alzheimer’s disease. In the rat model of Alzheimer’s disease, hydrogen-rich saline prevented neuro inflammation, oxidative stress and improved memory. Here’s the link.
- Cognitive Function/ Neurodegeneration
Declining cognitive function is often considered a precursor to the development of serious neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, senile dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Due to its ability to easily cross the blood brain barrier, Molecular Hydrogen is an ideal consideration to assist the health and wellbeing of those with Parkinson’s disease. Administration of saturated hydrogen water led to symptomatic improvement in PD patients.
The liver detoxifies and is therefore an accumulator of oxidative stress. Studies indicate that H2 significantly reduces oxidative stress – even to normal healthy levels. When fat accumulates in the liver, it often leads to inflammation and actual liver damage. Studies indicate that H2 inhibits signalling pathways in acute liver injury and also inhibits fatty acid uptake and lipid accumulation in the liver.
Molecular hydrogen has been tested to show protection of the fine hairs inside the ear that receive sound and transfer it into brain signals. It also showed that it can reduce damage caused by excess noise.
And now.. there’s more!
- Weight Loss
Obesity is always an inflammatory state. One of molecular hydrogen’s 3 big effects is reported as anti-inflammatory. Studies show supplementation of hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. Molecular Hydrogen Improves Obesity and Diabetes by Inducing Hepatic FGF21 and Stimulating Energy Metabolism.
H2 has been shown to protect the lungs from oxygen toxicity. It even protects the lungs against radiation damage.
- Heart Health
A number of studies show that H2 reduces the effect of serious heart surgery.
This study demonstrates the beneficial effect of H2 on pancreatitis. Studies of rats with acute pancreatitis treated with Molecular Hydrogen indicated that it has a protective effect against pancreatitis, and the effect may be due to its ability to inhibit oxidative stress, reduce cell death, decrease inflammation and to promote proliferation of healthy cells.
This study highlights the correlation of h2 and exercise as a therapy for kids. Now H2 is really beginning to look like turmeric on steroids!
Hydrogen attenuates allergies by its ability to increase cell signalling ability, and decrease inflammatory and oxidant reactions.
- GI Health
Studies so far on Molecular Hydrogen’s effect on the Gastro Intestinal Tract have shown a reduction of symptoms and indicators of damage in serious health conditions. This indicates a potential role in reducing the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, reduced liver function and Pancreatitis.
Yes, Turmeric is a good spice and it is a healthy spice. But it’s not going to save your life because the main ingredient is in short supply if you only eat turmeric.
Curcumin is the active ingredient, the secret of turmeric. But you’ll need a whopping 2 grams a day and that’s going to cost you a packet!
Molecular Hydrogen is a tasteless odourless, lighter-than-air gas delivered in water. There is no known reason for its effectiveness but head to head, it trounces turmeric and curcumin! It’s also very easy to get enough. Most people either use a hydrogen rich water filter, or a dissolvable magnesium based tablet. There’s much more detailed info on the wonder of molecular hydrogen here.
Ty Bollinger from ‘The Truth About Cancer’ just published this excellent recipe. His website is a treasure trove of alternative cancer thought. I love it becasue I love Arugala AKA Rocket.
It self-seeds in our garden, providing us with an almost continual accompaniment to our alkaline paleo breakfast. (And the new chickens DON’T like it thank God!)
Whether you have cancer or are incorporating a cancer prevention diet, this Spicy Arugula Sprout Salad below is loaded with many different anti-cancer superstars.
Extra virgin olive oil is known for its monounsaturated fatty acids and phytochemicals that inhibit cancer. The minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients boost your immune system for tumor protection.
Dark leafy greens, sprouts, and cruciferous vegetables contain indoles and isothiocyanates that assist the body in being alkaline, help detoxification, and prevent and reverse cancer. Turmeric with curcumin is famous for its anti-inflammatory, blood purifying, and antioxidant effects. And to top it off, this salad tastes delicious.
Most people over the age of 50 are low in digestive enzymes and what’s also great about this salad recipe is that the dressing contains freshly squeezed lemon to help you digest the dark leafy greens. All the ingredients are available at health food stores and farmers markets. Buy organic whenever possible.
- 1½ teaspoons fresh turmeric, finely chopped
- 1½ cups sunflower sprouts (rinsed) and broccoli sprouts
- 2 cloves fresh garlic (preferably locally grown), crushed and minced
- 1 organic cucumber, diced unpeeled
- 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
- 4 organic kale leaves (thoroughly washed), chopped
- ½ medium red onion, julienned
- 1 handful cilantro, rinsed and chopped
- 1 organic yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 2½ cups organic arugula, rinsed and chopped
- 6 medium radishes, washed and thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons raw organic pumpkin seeds
- 8-10 organic cherry tomatoes, halved
- 10 organic Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 1 Haas avocado, peeled, sliced and placed on top of the salad
- 1 small fresh hot chili pepper sliced for garnish (to be eaten)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of whole grain tahini (preferably stone crushed)
- 3 tablespoons of water
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan, Celtic or other high quality salt, to taste
- Organic extra virgin olive oil, add before serving to taste
- Gather all the ingredients together
- In a large salad bowl toss together the turmeric, sunflower sprouts, garlic, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, kale, red onion, arugula, cilantro, radishes, bell pepper and olives.
- Place the tahini in a small bowl and add the water, lemon juice, and salt. Blend with a fork to the consistency of syrup. If too thick add more water and lemon juice; if too thin add more tahini.
- Pour dressing into the salad bowl and toss it with the salad
- Spoon the salad evenly into your bowls, arrange the avocado and hot chili pepper on top
- Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy
This salad is rich in minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and many anti-cancer superfoods. It is also anti-inflammatory, is loaded with silicon, nutritional sulfur, vitamins, protein and helps balance blood pH. For emphasis, do your best to buy organic ingredients to minimize chemical pesticides and herbicides and ensure you will not be consuming any genetically modified (GMO) foods.
I have a good friend who was quite an athlete. She was known as ‘The Runner’ at her gym BEFORE she contracted Lyme Disease. She could rack up 5km easily. Some years of intense healing followed and I remember how she looked at one stage. We really contemplated losing her, and she wasn’t running anywhere. I gave her some I LOVE H2 a while ago and she came in to see us last week.Her report is quite stunning. She says her breathing has dramatically improved and she is back running not 5 km but TWELVE km per gym session.
Today I received this new scientific report on molecular hydrogen in water (which is how I get mine, via my UltraStream). It’s convincing reading. Check it here.
Of course, I have to say for legal reasons that she was also doing everything else possible to assist her recovery and I therefore recommend that if you are contemplating trying I LOVE H2 that you also consult your GP beforehand. I LOVE H2 is imported as a sports supplement only.
A wise man – or was it a woman – once said, “Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.” He – or she – wasn’t wrong. Celebrities know the truth and the longevity that good hydration brings.
Here’s 33 quotes from celebrities about the fascinating subject of water. It’s interesting to see they all agree on the value of water. Some are alkalizing, some haven’t ‘got it’ yet.
1. “I have alkaline water filters on my kitchen sink and on my shower heads, so it’s purified and alkaline. I learned about the benefits of alkaline in your body from studying nutrition, and there are many ways to do it — drinking alkaline water is one of them.” —Miranda Kerr,
2. “Once I drink the water, I feel it immediately. I go from being a wilted plant to one that has been rejuvenated by the rain.” —Cameron Diaz
3. “I try to take care of myself, drinking at least a gallon of water with lemon a day.” —Beyoncé
4. “Drink water, stay hydrated and sleep. It’s so boring, yet so simple.” —Jennifer Aniston
5. “Your body is so happy when you drink water.” —Cindy Crawford
6. “Full of healing power #ILoveWater.” —Gwyneth Paltrow
7. “I drink lots of water.” —Claudia Schiffer
8. “I drink three liters of water a day.” —Elle MacPherson, serious alkaline diet devotee.
9. “Water! Gallons of water!” —Karlie Kloss
10. “I try to drink a gallon of water a day, and I try to get in 32 ounces with breakfast.” —Gabrielle Union
11. “I just think it’s good to just take care of yourself and get massages and drink water.” —Paris Hilton
12. “I’ll drink a lot of water.” —Joan Smalls
13. “I drink a lot of water too.” —Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
14. “I think it’s very important to drink lots of water.” —Victoria Beckham
15. “Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is so ’90s.” —Nicole Richie
16. “I drink a lot of water.” —Kim Kardashian
17. “‘It tastes fairly disgusting. But it’s fantastic for your digestive system. Swig whenever you start to dream about toast and Marmite.” —Elizabeth Hurley
18. “Everyone says it, but I drink a lot of water.” —Julianne Moore
19. “I’m on this kick where I’m gonna try to drink 64 ounces a day. It’s so hard. I can get the first 32 down, no problem. That second bottle is tough but when I do, I feel different.” —Courteney Cox
20. “Drink water between meals instead of with them so that the digestive juices will not be diluted.” —Jane Fonda
21. “I LOVE drinking water. It’s really good for you too. Did u know u are supposed to have at least 32 ounces before lunch??” —Tyra Banks
22. “I drink the juice of a whole lemon every single morning, and green juice. And lots of water. In New York City, I can drink tap water, but at my farm, it’s not so great. So I buy the giant bottles and have it dispensed through crocks all over the property. It’s not refrigerated.” —Martha Stewart
In the space of one week, we’ve received 3 pretty amazing reports.
The first one showed the presence of artificial sweeteners in drinking water. The second was about e-Coli in bottled water. Now we get a report that the poor souls in Kokomo, US have vinyl chloride in their water and it has only now been discovered.
Most vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and vinyl products. Acute (short-term) exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride in air has resulted in central nervous system effects (CNS), such as dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches in humans. Chronic (long-term) exposure to vinyl chloride through inhalation and oral exposure in humans has resulted in liver damage. Cancer is a major concern from exposure to vinyl chloride via inhalation, as vinyl chloride exposure has been shown to increase the risk of a rare form of liver cancer in humans. EPA has classified vinyl chloride as a Group A, human carcinogen.
- Serious indeed! When we designed the UltraStream we realised it was an opportunity to have the best effect for thousands of people IF we gave up on economics and decided to simply ask for the very best filtration possible. America is the home of the best filtration media but of course it comes at a far greater cost than Chinese media.
- We have done Chinese media before and sadly, we came to the conclusion that we simply could not trust that we received what we ordered. Nor could we rely on the filter being filled properly. So our US manufacturing decision was all about our need to sleep soundly at night, knowing we had not made a deal with the devil and leave customers to the risks that result from a cheapo decision.
- Lucky for us – and for our customers – our decision proved right. Yes, there are cheapo Chinese copies around, and yes, people do buy them. But over 5000 people so far have made a decision for safe pure water over cheap possibly pure water.
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Ian: I’m studying a paper right now on the link between pre-eclampsia and fluoride. Coincidentally or not, this came across my desk at the same time.
Advocates of fluoride say its use in municipal water systems poses no adverse health concerns, however results from investigations clearly state the opposite.
There has been considerable research done on fluoride regarding cancer, birth defects, and risks to the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems, however, very little has been done on its neurological effects. There are now serious facts and health risks regarding fluoridation which can no longer be ignored and the practice itself is being questioned by most of the world.
1. Fluoride Is A Carcinogen
Fluoride was found to be an equivocal carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program. Further studies by the New Jersey Department of Health have now confirmed a 6.9 fold increase in bone cancer in young males. Earlier studies had found a 5% increase in all types of cancers in fluoridated communities. “In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer death, and causes it faster than any other chemical,” stated Dr. Dean Burk PhD who spent over three decades with the national cancer institute. Researchers suspect a connection to cancer because half of ingested fluoride is deposited in bones, and fluoride stimulates growth in the end of bones, where osteosarcoma occurs.
2. Most Developed Countries Do Not Fluoridate Their Water
Most developed nations do not fluoridate their water. In western Europe, for example, only 3%of the population consumes fluoridated water. Only 11 countries in the world have more than 50% of their population drinking fluoridated water: Australia (80%), Brunei (95%); Chile (70%), Guyana (62%), Hong Kong (100%), the Irish Republic (73%), Israel (70%), Malaysia (75%), New Zealand (62%), Singapore (100%), and the United States (64%). In total, 377,655,000 million people worldwide drink artificially fluoridated water. This represents 5% of the world’s population.
3. Fluoride Increases Hip Fractures
Drinking fluoridated water will double the number of hip fractures for both older men and women.[4, 5] Extremely low levels of water fluoridation 0.1 ppm still produced statistically significant increased hip fractures. (Bordeaux Study JAMA 1994)
4. Fluoridated Countries Do Not Have Less Tooth Decay Than Non-Fluoridated Countries
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. The decline in tooth decay the US has experienced over the last 60 years, which is often attributed to fluoridated water, has likewise occurred in all developed countries (most of which do notfluoridate their water). What the CDC always fails to mention is that tooth decay rates have “precipitously declined” in all western countries, irrespective of whether the country ever fluoridated its water. Indeed, most western countries do not fluoridate their water and yet their tooth decay rates have declined at the same rate as the U.S. and other fluoridated countries. No correlation was found between the level of fluoride in water and dental caries.[7, 8, 9, 10, 11] There also appears to be a genetically related increase in tooth decay for Hispanics, Indians, Native Americans and Asians. Decay is largely related to the educational and economic level of the parents.  “Fluoridation is no longer effective,” contends Hardy Limeback, head of the preventive dentistry program at the University of Toronto, who says adding the chemical to water is “more harmful than beneficial.”
5. Fluoridated Water Affects IQ and Neurobehavioral Development in Children
Although fluoride has been proven to cause neurotoxicity in animal models, very little published research has elaborated on acute fluoride poisoning and neurotoxicity in adults and children. A report in a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. A study published in Neurologia showed “the prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system.” That was the conclusion by a review of studies by researchers Valdez-Jimenez, et al. Researchers Anna L. Choi, Guifan Sun, Ying Zhang and Philippe Grandjean researched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, Water Resources Abstracts, and TOXNET databases through 2011 for eligible studies. The standardized weighted mean difference in IQ score between exposed and reference populations showed that populations in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low fluoride areas.
6. Fluoride Increases Infertility
Infertility in women was found to increase with water fluoridation. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists reported a close correlation between decreasing total fertility rates in women between ages of 10 and 49, and increasing fluoride levels. They also reported that a review of all of the animal studies done to date shows that fluoride adversely affects fertility in most animal species.
7. Fluoridation is Not a “Natural” Process and Fluoride is NOT A NUTRIENT
Fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally.” Fluoridation advocates often use this to support its safety, however naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance). Further, the fluoride added to most water supplies is not the naturally occurring variety but rather fluorosilicic acid, which is captured in air pollution control devices of the phosphate fertilizer industry. As FAN reported: This captured fluoride acid is the most contaminated chemical added to public water supplies, and may impose additional risks to those presented by natural fluorides. These risks include a possible cancer hazard from the acid’s elevated arsenic content, and a possible neurotoxic hazard from the acid’s ability–under some conditions–to increase the erosion of lead from old pipes. The term “fluoride supplement” is a misnomer as it implies that the product is a dietary supplement, like calcium and other nutrients. Fluoride, however, is not a nutrient. A nutrient is something the body has a physiological demand for–they’re not optional; we need them. The term “fluoride supplement” is also a misnomer because most dietary supplements can be purchased over the counter (i.e., without a prescription). Fluoride supplements, however, cannot be purchased over the counter; they are only available by prescription from either a licensed dentist or doctor.
8. Fluoride Increases Fluorosis
Fluorosis is a defect of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride intake during the first 8 years of life. Opaque white spots and brown ugly teeth are caused by fluoride. Fluorosis currently affects one out of five or more children in this nation although it is rarely seen in California. California is the least fluoridated state with less than 16% of the population drinking artificially fluoridated water. Common causes of fluorosis include: fluoridated drinking water (particularly during infancy), ingestion of fluoride toothpaste, use of fluoride tablets, and consumption of processed foods made with fluoridated water.
9. Fluoride Calcifies The Pineal Gland
A British researcher found that the cells in the pineal gland (a gland that contains calcified deposits that accumulate fluoride) were just as susceptible to fluoride-induced toxicity as the tooth-forming cells. Unlike the teeth, however, the pineal gland cannot be seen by the naked eye. As noted by the researcher, “The safety of the use of fluorides ultimately rests on the assumption that the developing enamel organ is most sensitive to the toxic effects of fluoride. The results from this study suggest that-the pinealocytes may be as susceptible to fluoride as the developing enamel organ.” The pineal controls your inner clock, provides good sleep, works with your adrenal glands to handle stress, keeps the thymus gland fed and cared for, and communicates 24/7 with the rest of the endocrine system about how things are going.
10. Fluoride Is NOT APPROVED By The FDA
As the FDA has long recognized, fluoride is not necessary to human health or development. When used to prevent disease, therefore, the FDA considers fluoride to be a drug. FDA has never approved a fluoride supplement as safe and effective. FDA has rejected two fluoride supplements (Enziflur & prenatal fluoride) FDA gave false information to Congress in 2000 by stating FDA “never rejected” a fluoride supplement.
11. Fluoride Is Highly Toxic, Yet It is The Drug Added To Public Water
Fluoride is added to drinking water to prevent a disease (tooth decay), and as such becomes a medicine by FDA definition. While proponents claim this is no different than adding vitamin D to milk, fluoride is not an essential nutrient. Many European nations have rejected fluoride for the very reason that delivering medication via the water supply would be inappropriate. Water fluoridation is a form of mass medication that denies you the right to informed consent. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has classified Fluoride as an unapproved dental medicament due to its high toxicity.
12. Most people are overexposed to fluoride due to the pesticide cryolite found in consumption of grape products, particularly white grapes, grown in the U.S.
Many juice drinks that are not labeled as “grape juice” use grape juice as a filler ingredient. The use of cryolite thus contaminates many juices with fluoride. Cryolite is also allowed to be added to the following products (although it is unclear how many producers actually do so, and what the resulting fluoride levels are): Apricot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Citrus fruit, Collards, Eggplant, Kale, Kiwifruit, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Melon, Nectarine, Peach, Pepper, Plum, Pumpkin, Squash (summer & winter), Tomato, and a number of Berries (Blackberry, Blueberry (huckleberry) Boysenberry, Cranberry, Dewberry, Loganberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Youngberry). The key way to avoid exposure to fluoride from cryolite is to avoid buying non-organic grape products, particularly beverages made out of white grapes.
13. USDA Organic Has Allowed Fluoride To Contaminate The Organic Label
Fluoride is a persistent and non-degradable poison that accumulates in soil, plants, wildlife, and humans. Many organic farmers may be unaware that this highly toxic substance has been allowed for use in the National Organic Standards (NOS) program, because its presence is hidden. However, it is allowed as Sodium Fluoride tucked away in the US EPA List 4 Inerts (“Inerts which have sufficient data to substantiate they can be used safely in pesticide products, according to EPA.”), which are allowed for use in the NOS. It is also allowed in Bone Meal (which can contain 1000 ppm – or more- fluoride), also included in US EPA List 4 Inerts (“Inerts generally regarded as safe, i.e., corn cobs and cookie crumbs,” according to EPA).
14. Fluoride Is Linked To The Leading Cause of Death
Depending on the country, cardiovascular disease is typically either the number one or two cause of death. A study published in Nuclear Medicine Communications Journal has concluded that increased uptake of fluoride in arteries may be associated with an increased cardiovascular risk. 15. Most Teas At Grocery Retailers Contain Toxic Levels of Fluoride Drinking cheaper tea blends found at major grocery retailers can increase the level of people’s fluoride intake to toxic levels and put them at increased risk of skeletal and dental illnesses, a University of Derby found. The study is published in journal Food Research International.
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10. Dr. John Yiamouyiannis statement both in his book (Fluoride the Aging Factor” pub Health Action Press 2nd ed. 1986 )and during debates has not been challenged by the ADA or others.
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Witnesses to the ongoing water crisis in California has heard some pretty dire predictions about the state’s future.
The facts are California isn’t running out of water. It’s running out of cheap water. Drought damage is estimated as $2.2 billion, significant, yes, but not the “end of growth” for California’s $2.2 trillion economy. Businesses, however, have the problem that the price of water jeopardizes their water security. Business needs to be able to ‘crystal ball’ the issue but unfortunately, slow policy response and inconsistent price signals slow adaptation and innovation.
The problem is metrics.
How do you measure water? Since agriculture gulps the majority of the water, (around 80%), the attention is naturally focused on this sector. Without good metrics, the conversation drifts to esoteric metrics such as “gallon per nut” (for almonds) to compare almonds and alfalfa. These two occupy similar land acreage in the state.
An acre of almonds consumes about 1,140 kgal of water per year while an acre of alfalfa consumes about 30% more. But there are real economic differences: Almonds generate about $6,000 of revenue per acre per year, compared to alfalfa’s $1,000. Therefore, the economic value of almonds is about $5.3 per kgal of water and alfalfa is only about $0.7 per kgal – almonds are eight times more valuable than alfalfa per unit of water.
There is even a more basic issue. Water is measured (and charged for) by volume. But the value of a gallon of water is highly dependent on location. In California, the difference is extreme. The typical difference in annual total rainfall between northern and southern California is fifty-fold – 100 and 2 inches, respectively. It becomes obvious that a gallon of water in the north has different value than the same gallon of water in the south, but how can this be quantified?
The most logical proxy to use to sort out the geographic and economic differences in the value of water is energy. There’s no shortage in water for those who are willing to pay for the energy to treat, convey, distribute and collect it after use. This is why California is not running out of water. It already ran out of cheap water. But water needs to be regulated to make sure that withdrawal does not lead to depletion, and is priced in a way that captures the value of the energy and environmental externalities.
When we price water as energy, we gain visibility. The energy intensity of water in California can be as low as 2 kWh per kgal or as high as 37 kWh/kgal (including desalination and conveyance). Assuming an electricity price of $0.15/kWh (to create a “value of water” benchmark), the energy price of water will range between about $0.3 per kgal and $6 per kgal. Almond farmers can easily pay for the low-end (which is less than 10% of resulting crop value), which is what they have been doing until recently. They cannot pay for the high end. Alfalfa farmers can pay for neither, and the popularity of the crop in the state depends on the fact that the state’s byzantine system of water rights means that water can be virtually free for some agricultural users. In some locations, however, today’s drought prices are as much as $3 per kgal and driving an outcry among farmers. In the absence of clear and consistent water pricing, econometrics that use energy as a proxy can provide decision makers with visibility into the value of water.
The Israeli experience seems relevant. Israel is like a “miniature California”: It is 60% desert, had a seven-year drought between 2004 and 2010 and the driest winter on record in 2013-2014. It has one big surface water reservoir (the Sea of Galilee) and ground water aquifers that need to be protected, and relies on desalination plants for additional water. Fresh water is expensive, so farmers minimize use and when possible use brackish water. Even so, agriculture is 2.4% of GDP (compared to 2% in California) – Israel even exports carrots to Russia. Like California, it’s an entrepreneurial hub, and there the price of water helps drive thriving water innovation: Promising start-ups include Desalitech, which builds improved reverse osmosis systems that farmers can use.
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