When we began AlkaWay in 2000, we discovered the electric water ionizer. It was made in Korea and we were told that the amazing health benefits people reported were due to the effects of the alkalinity and a mysterious ‘microclustering’ of the water. We believed it.. mainly because we saw so many people experience great health effect when they received their water ionizer. Hydrogen water was never even mentioned.
We were so excited about the whole concept of alkaline water that like the hundreds of thousands of water ionizer users around the world, the success of users made it easy to believe what we had been told. But… we were wrong!”
There’s an important point here that we need to clarify. There was and is nothing ‘wrong’ with an electric water ionizer. So many people have reported significant improvements in their health. What had happened was a classic case of commerce over-ruling science. It’s no point apportioning blame: while the message was wrong, the ‘messengers’ knew no better. Hydrogen water is a fairly new idea, even amongst the ionized water scientists. The bottom line is that the electric ionizers DO create good molecular hydrogen water and have helped many many people… and will continue to occupy a place in the market along with many other alternatives that allow us access to hydrogen.
A New Industry
Since 2000 a whole marketing industry has developed as new manufacturers and vendors or water ionizers entered the scene, repeating the same claims about the water that our supplier told us. Books have been written about the benefits of alkaline ionized water, videos made, and highly successful marketing campaigns launched.
Now, 15 years on, nothing has changed about the water except new ways to create the same water. Natural methods are now used as products like the UltraStream enter the marketplace.
The water is basically the same. It is incredible. We have a drawerful of stories from people reporting benefits for the last 15 years.
Our conclusion is that the industry succeeded despite the lack of any large scale studies of the water’s properties or effects. It survived and prospered because of the immediate effects so many people had from the water.
Even without the science backing it up, it ‘sold itself’. The obvious conclusion is that the water works! But… why?
2015 year is the year the industry should have taken notice of 27-year-old Molecular Hydrogen Water Research Scientist, Tyler LeBaron.
At the age of 21 he purchased his own electric water ionizer, but quickly realised that the answers about the water’s properties given to him by his vendor were not scientifically strong.
Tyler decided to seek his own answers by studying the scientific literature and seeing how that compared to the claims made by the company that sold the water ionizer. Once he found the truth about the false nature of many of the claims and the intriguing science behind hydrogen gas, he created a Facebook group that was… and is… dedicated to spreading the truth…
The first claim of alkalizing the water seemed right.
A pH meter easily shows high pH levels so most people conclude that this equated to high alkalinity.
What was not spoken of was the fact that the high pH comes from the electrolysis process rather than any actual significant increase in alkaline minerals in the output water. Given that the basis of the claims were that by adding alkaline minerals to an acid body we could be healthier, the fact that you received no more alkaline minerals than what was in the source water disturbed Tyler.
MINERALS FROM AN ELECTRIC WATER IONIZER’S OUTPUT SIMPLY CANNOT COME ANYWHERE REMOTELY NEAR TO DAILY DOSE .
As the water raised in pH, the calcium in the water would change state from ‘in solution’ to precipitation, and adhere to any surface it touched.
Today most companies will not guarantee an electric water ioniser in a hard water area (most of the US).
But,, something else was also happening.. and NO-ONE realised it! Once a hydrogen water test kit became available, water ionizer owners began to test their machines. And suddenly there were many, many unhappy people.
Tyler discovered that the ‘active ingredient’ in the water was molecular hydrogen. Once users understood this, they wanted to know if their expensive water ionizer was delivering it. One new unit purchaser had Tyler’s test kit, and was amazed to see that the H2 in the water disappeared in a matter of a few days’ use! Why? Because her water contained minerals which, through the electrolysis process, deposited minerals on the electrolysis plates. Once this happened, Hydrogen water was not made. Only with very regular and time and water consuming cleaning could the plates be kept clean enough to create Hydrogen water.
Suddenly a mystery was solved. people would buy their ionizer and experience a real health breakthrough. Then they would revert. The answer? The H2 had effected the breakthrough but the lack of hydrogen water allowed the negative health condition to reappear.
The second claim of negatively charging the water also proved spurious.
As Tyler LeBaron pointed out, water is H2O as a molecule. It is not an ion – a charged atom. It just doesn’t happen. It is not physically possible to ionize water itself because it is already in a covalent bond. Water consists of Hydrogen and Oxygen in a strong bond. It is stably balanced ionically.
The third claim of microclustering has also suffered a serious credibility loss.
Vendors commonly claimed that groups of molecules of water reduced to a lesser number, thus ‘microclustering’ the water to create improved hydration. Recently a group of dedicated water ioniser users tried their best to find a scientific study supporting the theory – to no avail. As Tyler LeBaron said, the hydrogen bond network changes on the order of a femtosecond, so how could water ‘structure’ itself?
Here is the conclusion reached by the Coordinator of the working group of water ionizer researchers.
“The concept of stable microclusters in water is an interesting one, and various research studies attempting to identify and measure these can be found. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any definitive evidence to take this from theory to fact. I honestly searched a wide variety of physics and chemistry journals for any studies to support the microcluster theory, but I could not. The currently favored model of water is one of a loosely-connected network which could actually be described as “one big cluster” with internal bonds constantly being formed and broken (on the pico to femto time scale). Even if these clusters were proven to exist, it is not clear how they might be beneficial, because water molecules travel through aquaporins in a single-file.”
Randy Sharpe, Coordinator of the working group of water ioniser researchers.
Tyler has written a very good article on this subject here.
Tyler LeBaron changed the rules of what was the truth about the water.
In his first Facebook group Tyler faced down numerous ionized water machine marketers who did not want his science-based conclusions to become mainstream. They argued in part that because the water was so good for people, we shouldn’t ‘over-complicate’ how it was sold. Tyler responded by sticking to his guns of ‘if there’s no science to what we say, we can’t claim it’.
The battle raged for months. A nucleus of ionizer marketers saw and accepted the truth of what he was saying and began to work with him to reframe their method of selling water ionizers by only telling the truth based on known science – that they are, in truth, Hydrogen water generators.
This group is still working through the many legends of ionized water built up and expanded upon on the internet. However after Tyler had the opportunity to work with a group of hydrogen researchers at the prestigious Nagoya University, Japan, he upped the ante for the ‘luddite’ sellers clinging to the old theories of alkalizing, microclustering and negative ions.
On Tyler’s return it became difficult for his detractors to claim he did not have the authority to change the rules of the game. He immediately became an important authority on infused hydrogen water therapies.
The scientific studies supporting the use of hydrogen water for therapeutic use are amazingly numerous, numbering 400 and growing. Over 100 different disease studies have been completed. Once they compared this with the scarcity of studies on humans for ‘alkaline, ionized water’, Tyler’s detractors were left without any real reason not to change.
The new data explained all of the seeming miraculous health stories water ionizer users had released over the years. It wasn’t alkalinity or microclustering or negative ions. It was hydrogen gas. (Molecular hydrogen / Hydrogen water)
No revolution passes easily. Manufacturers, vendors and even leading doctors railed against Tyler’s scientifically supported conclusions. Either they were not yet convinced that hydrogen was significant… or it was not aligned with what their manufacturer was telling them.
They wanted to wait and make sure.
They are still waiting…
Group members who have made a living from selling what they had believed was the truth were also scared of where the move to hydrogen drinking water would take them.
- Would it mean they couldn’t use the special little demonstrations that apparently proved microclustering?
- How could they demonstrate hydrogen, an invisible gas?
- Wouldn’t they lose sales?
The truth, as we know, sets you free, and a robust, healthy dialogue continues – with many members finally agreeing that although the hydrogen theory may not be as easily demonstrated, they could feel better selling something with a clean conscience.
Hydrogen Water Now
The facts are clear. The scientific studies number over 400, including studies on over 150 different diseases, including virtually all the so-called ‘big’ diseases. The Molecular Hydrogen Institute has published an overview for anyone to view. Tyler LeBaron has also created his own report available on this website.
So why hasn’t the world heard about it?
Authorities in the UK, USA and Australia protect the consumer from false claims of any sort.
A false claim, in their view, is any claim of therapeutic effect without a proscribed, double-blind study by recognized and approved researchers. The cost of a study to prove just one therapeutic effect can easily exceed a million dollars. This has always been a problem for water ionizer vendors because although they received many, many stories of effects from users, without very clear proviso statements of non-general effect, they could not be published.
However… good news always finds a way, and the use of MLM as a sales method allowed some companies to ‘subcontract’ the job of spreading stories to potential customers. If users were also sellers and they could verbally tell their stories of healing, the supplier company would not be liable.
As discussed, we cannot make any such claims about the therapeutic effects of water from our hydrogen producing water system. Our legal pathway to allow you to enlighten yourself is to give you links to studies of hydrogen which have no relationship to our product. By understanding the simple science and seeing the reports of scientists around the world, you will be able to make your own educated conclusions.
What we can say is that we contacted Tyler LeBaron and asked him to measure the H2 concentration on our UltraStream water ioniser and filter. Under the aegis of his company, AquaSciences LLC, he did so, following it up with a similar test on a high end electric water ioniser. The results were stunning. At normal flow rates the UltraStream (after some months of use – not new) gave great results. Although it did not maintain a consistent H2 concentration for more than a couple of litres like the electric unit, it infused hydrogen levels over three times that of the high cost electric water ionizer, but at around 12% of the purchase cost.
Electric units will produce more litres more per use, but in our 15 years of experience, we know this doesn’t happen in most family and home use. hence the limitation of 1-2 litres per use is not really a problem.
To access more hard facts including a list of hydrogen water scientific studies, the AquaSciences report, a full laboratory report on the UltraStream’s filtration efficiency, European safety certification, plus a report by founder Ian Blair Hamilton on alkaline water science, please add your email below.
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