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Is Alkaline, Ionized Water Safe to Drink?
From what you may read on the internet, there appears to be some controversy over whether or not alkaline, anti-oxidant water produced by an ionizer is a healthy option. Most of this “controversy” is limited to a few lone voices who speak loudly with great authority if not with scientific evidence to support their claims.
The first thing to consider is “What brand of ionizer that produces alkaline, anti-oxidant water are we referring to?” Are we referring to a medical grade ionizer produced in a facility that is licensed to produce medical equipment by an International Standards Organization? (ISO #13485 granted to those who produce true medical grade equipment)
If not, the answer may well be no, it is not safe to drink from these non-medical ionizers. Why? Because an ionizer not licensed as a medical device could be made with toxic metals and these metals could leach into the water and harm us. But if we are talking about a true medical grade ionizer that is licensed as a medical device from a country we trust and is used in hospitals, then what?
We need to consider who is making these statements, what are their credentials, what is the scientific evidence that they are citing and what is their vested interest in making the statements.
Here are some of the negative things that are being said about alkaline, anti-oxidant water on the Internet:
You can’t ionize water.
Fact: Water requires minerals to be ionized. Nearly all waters in the US contain sufficient minerals to ionize water.
Alkaline water can be used for only two weeks and after that it will cause health problems.
Fact: The Japanese have been drinking this water with great benefit for nearly forty years. In the US, people have been drinking the water for 10 years with outstanding results.
You can get too alkaline if you drink this water.
Fact: If that were true, millions of people in the US who drink naturally occurring high pH water would be in trouble. For instance, the tap water in the city of Austin, Texas has a pH of between 9 and 9.5.
Since your stomach contains acid, the pH of the water will change once you drink it.
Fact: The ionized water immediately begins to be absorbed in the mouth and esophagus and then in the stomach with most of the remaining absorbed in the upper intestine. When food is not present in the stomach, it has a relatively neutral pH and will not affect the pH of the water.
Who is making these statements?
Consider one author who has produced a book that claims that drinking ionized, alkalized water is dangerous to your health. On further investigation we find him to be, by his own statements “organically self trained via the greatest minds health care has ever known”. Who these greatest minds are, we have no idea because he does not name them but we do know that he has produced a book on “face reading” that claims to enable the user to heal 24 hours a day. Remarkable indeed!
And another, who loudly debunks ionized water on the internet, is a retired chemistry professor. His general claim is that no credible scientific or medical sources support the science of alkalized, ionized water.
Would he consider any of the following sources credible?
Dr. Hiromi Shinya, bestselling author and medical doctor who helped to develop the snare that removes polyps from the large intestine. He has performed over 350,000 colonoscopies and has found that those that follow his diet and drink alkaline, ionized Kangen™ water from the Enagic ionizer have improved colon health.
Scientist Ray Kurzwell, inducted in 2002 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office. He received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House Ceremony. His books include The Age of Spiritual Machines that has been translated into 9 languages and was the bestselling book on Amazon in the field of science. He is a strong supporter of this water and drinks Kangen™ water daily.
Dr. Horst Filtzer, Harvard trained vascular surgeon, Board Certified General Surgery. He encourages the daily drinking of alkalized, ionized Kangen™ water.
Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, MD, Director Water Institute of Japan, one of the world’s foremost authorities on water chemistry strongly suggests drinking this water.
Dr. Timothy McKnight, MD, Board Certified Family Physician with a PhD in Nutritional Science. The author of “Confessions of a Skeptical Physician”, he includes 25 separate scientific and medical abstracts in his book validating both the science and efficacy of Kangen™ water.
Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, Immunologist, Environmental Medicine. She both endorses and supports the daily use of alkaline, anti-oxidant Kangen™ water.
And there are hundreds of other health care professionals who proclaim the benefits of Kangen™ water and tens of thousands of individuals worldwide who benefit from the daily use Kangen™ water by Enagic’s machines, many of whom have used this water for decades to enjoy a better quality of life. So relax and enjoy safe alkaline, ionized, anti-oxidant Kangen™ water produced by the only true medical grade ionizer in the world from Enagic, Inc.
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