California state reservoir levels have been declared dangerously low, with residents being told to cut back their water usage drastically. There was concern that even aquifers would be milked dry, but this water crisis might soon be over due to a $1 billion dollar water desalination plant that was in the works for 20 years.
The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant began operations on Monday, churning out 50 million gallons of drinkable water each day. Taking in 100 million gallons of seawater every day from the adjacent Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the plant puts the water through numerous processes designed to make it potable.
Impurities and particles are removed, and reverse osmosis makes the water fit enough to drink. The concentrated brine leftover is then diluted with seawater and piped back out to the ocean. Though the plant has critics already due to its unknown environmental impact, for now it will supply hundreds of thousands of Californian’s with clean water.
The plant is the largest desalination project in the Western Hemisphere to date, and with the help of Poseidon Water and the San Diego Water Authority, it was constructed in record time.
Officials claim the plant’s energy efficient processes allow the plant to run on half the energy other plants of the same capacity would require. That technology reportedly saves 146 million kilowatt-hours of energy each year, which is the equivalent of 9,000 cars. It will supply 300,000 San Diego residents with water, and if it is successful, other desalination plants will also be erected.
The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit working to protect the world’s ocean, opposes the project. In a statement, the organization says desalination “should be the last tool in the tool box, not the first.”
Given that RO water contains no minerals, this will mean that every owner of an electric water ionizer will get vastly reduced or no performance from their ionizer. Electric ionizers require minerals (acid and alkaline) to perform. Luckily the UltraStream water ionizer performs perfectly with RO water, uses no electricity and costs far, far less.
Our friend and lover of H2, Biochemist Tyler LeBaron recently posted this quite excellent summation of the placebo effect.
What is the PLACEBO effect?
Many skeptics have claimed that the purported benefits of ionized alkaline water are simply attributed to the placebo effect. In stark contrast many who realize that the benefits of the water are not simply attributed to the placebo effect, quickly declare, “it is not Placebo”. I know all of you know that the water has remarkable therapeutic potential due to the dissolved H2 gas , so I don’t need to explain that. But I do see the need to discuss what the placebo effect really is.
(Ian: see this link on his site)
Many people incorrectly believe that the placebo effect is simply a psychological phenomenon wherein people just “think” they feel better, but they don’t really get better (aka its all in you head). For example, a diabetic who “feels” better after drinking the water, but nothing physiologically has changed (e.g. sugar levels). In other words they believe the placebo effect is only in the brain, but not the actual body (i.e. psychological, but NOT physiological).
Therefore when people ingest something (the water, vitamin, herb, etc.) and they actually have physiological changes (e.g. less pain, lower blood sugar, better eyesight, etc.), they then declare that the substance truly is therapeutic and not just placebo. However, this conclusion is incorrect as it is based on a faulty premise.
The fact is the placebo effect is a phenomenon wherein there is a real physiological, not just psychological benefit. The placebo effect is very powerful. It has been shown to have highly beneficial effects on chronic pain, inflammation, glucose levels, hormones, depression, etc. The placebo effect actually causes real measurable biochemical changes. Interestingly the effects of the placebo are even altered by “pill size”, color, oral ingestion vs. inhalant or injection, etc. The benefits of the placebo can last for at least over two years for things like rheumatoid arthritis.
The placebo effect is so powerful that in some cases it works just as effectively as proven drugs (e.g. NSAIDs). Interestingly, there is also evidence that in some cases animals = can be subject to the placebo effect as well. There is also the NOCEBO effect, which is basically the opposite of the placebo effect. That is people believe that a certain thing will cause harm and it does.
IMPORTANTLY, just because a certain treatment (e.g. H2-water, drug, herb, etc.) really does work in and of itself, this does not mean that the placebo effect is not providing additional benefits!!! So those of us drinking hydrogen-water, the more we believe it will help us, the higher the probability that it will benefit us even beyond the normal amount.
The FACT that the placebo effect is a real physiological phenomenon helps us partly understand why many genuine “snake-oil” products seem to actually work, and also why alkaline water with NO hydrogen gas can also be of some benefit under the right conditions. Thus the importance of placebo-controlled studies.
Eight Steps To Super Healthy Water
In our last blog post, we talked about the “why” of our revolutionary UltraStream alkaline water filter system: Why Our Filtration Process is Better. This post has a little more detail on how the eight step system works and what each step adds to the quality of the water your family drinks. Then, you’ll have the details you need to fill in the blanks, and you’ll know that you have solid knowledge to base your decision on.
The UltraStream system really is an amazing development is water filtration. You won’t be surprised to hear that it does more than a cheap carbon filter, but you might be amazed at how well it performs even when compared to more expensive systems. Here are the eight filter layers and a quick summary of what each one adds to its performance.
Step 1: Anti-Bacteria Shield
This filter shield is the first line of defense against dirt and bacteria. It removes particulate matter from the water and helps to keep the rest of the filter system clean.
Step 2: Remove Fluoride From Water
Fluoride is routinely added to water supplies because of concerns about dental health. However, the levels of fluoride in our drinking water are considered too risky to emulate in much of the world, including the European Union. That’s why we have a filter layer that’s specifically designed to lower the level of fluoride in your drinking water by up to 70 percent. Our fluoride reduction media is NSF approved and tested not to leach into the outflow water.
Step 3: KDF-55
KDF-55 is approved by the National Sanitation Foundation, an independent, international standards, certification and testing organization that specializes in public health issues. KDF-55 has been specially developed to reduce the concentration of heavy metals in drinking water, and it also helps to eliminate bacteria and scale within the filtration system.
Step 4: Catalytic Carbon
There’s a reason why the most basic water filters are carbon-based, and there’s also a reason why we’ve chosen catalytic carbon for our carbon filter layer. The main purpose of this layer is to strip out the chlorine that’s used to kill bacteria in the municipal water treatment process. It also removes chloramines, trihalomethanes, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Way more than standard carbon.
Step 5: Tourmaline Crystal
The Tourmaline Crystal is a water “polisher” that improves the taste of your drinking water.
Step 6: O-Dobi Beads
This filtration layer was a long time coming; AlkaWay spent ten years looking for the perfect material to add molecular hydrogen and alkalize their water. These porous, ceramic beads have a core of magnesium and calcium, which is slowly released into the water. In an independent test, they delivered three times more hydrogen than an electric water ionizer that sells for $4000.
Step 7: Ceramic Magnets
These magnets expand the effect of the O-Dobi Beads and help to stabilize the water’s pH.
Step 8: Crystal Quartz
The crystal quartz layer makes the final adjustment to the flavor of the water, leaving it with a pleasant, neutral taste.
Taken all together and in sequence, these filtration layers will give you the best tasting and most health enhancing water available in this or any price range.
Here’s a glaring example of the fact that you can’t trust ’em..
Nearly 7,500 gallons of crude MCHM (AKA 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) — a little-known chemical used to wash coal — had leaked into the Elk River on Jan. 9, perplexing state officials on how exactly to get the chemical out of the water and what exactly it would do to people if they used it. It was Jan. 13, a Monday, when the first bans were lifted. As of Saturday, everyone affected by the spill was given the all-clear — water everywhere, state officials said, was now fine to drink.
In a perfect world, that would be the end of the story. But according to statistics released by the state health department on Saturday, it turns out that since the bans on water began being lifted, hospital admissions and calls to the poison control center have doubled. Emergency room visits have nearly tripled.
On Jan. 12, the day before do-not-use orders began being lifted, health department officialscited 10 hospital admissions, 169 people treated and released from the emergency room, and a little more than 1,000 calls to the poison control center.
By Saturday — the same day the final 2 percent of people affected by the spill got their water back — those numbers had increased significantly. According to a report in the Charleston Gazette, health officials said 20 people had been admitted to the hospitals, 411 had been treated and released from the emergency room, and 2,302 had called the poison control center. Of those, 1,862 were human-related, 98 were animal-related and the rest were requests for information only.
Saturday’s numbers were also much greater than Thursday’s numbers, when health officials said only 317 had been treated and 14 had been hospitalized.
Part of the increased hospitalizations and calls may be due to confusion on the part of West Virginia residents, who in the last week have been repeatedly given conflicting information about the spill and whether they should use the water. The “do-not-drink” order finally lifted on Saturday, for example, was in a town that had actually had their ban lifted on Tuesday. On Thursday, however, West Virginia American Water rescinded their statements that the water was safe to drink, after water from a fire hydrant registered chemical levels above the 1-part-per-million (ppm) limit.
It’s not the only instance of conflicting information. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said pregnant women should not drink water with any amount of the chemical in it, despite West Virginia American Water saying two days earlier that water in some areas was safe to drink.
Chemical levels in the water must be below 1 ppm for human ingestion. But health experts have questioned that logic. Specifically, some are saying that the study being widely used to determine whether the water is safe does not include several chemical components that leached into the water.
“A key corporate study used by federal health officials to set a screening level for ‘crude MCHM’ in the West Virginia American Water system actually tested a pure form of the material’s main ingredient and might not account for potential toxicity of other components,” the Charleston Gazette reported on Friday.
The chemical that is thought to have spilled, crude MCHM, is actually a mixture of chemicals that is used to wash coal of its impurities, explained Evan Hansen, president of Morgantown-based Downstream Strategies, in an interview with Climate Progress’ Kiley Kroh on Saturday. Of those multiple ingredients, only one of them has any information about exposure limits, he said.
Ian: A case for an UltRo.