Website Claims Alkaline Ionized Water Kills – Offers No Proof

By Bob McCauley, ND

 I have told people for years that a Japanese researcher, J. Wantanabea, performed studies that showed Alkaline Ionized Water (“AIW”) caused heart tissue damage in rats.  It is one study and there are three parts to it that were published separately to make it look like multiple studies had been done independently of one another:

http://www.aqualivwater.com/education/65-alkaline-water-report

“Artificially alkaline water only neutralizes acidity where it has direct contact, like the stomach and upper bowel. When consumed daily, the upper bowel in particular becomes overly alkaline and side effects begin to appear. Most common are erratic heart behavior, hypertension, nervousness/anxiety, urinary tract and bladder infections, and stabbing side pains.”

 We have spoken to numerous individuals who were hospitalized for heart conditions that magically disappeared when they stopped drinking alkaline ionized water. We know of at least one gentleman with a heart condition who died due to interactions between his time-release medication and ionized water- he was a top dealer for one ionizer MLM company. Why would anyone ingest anything unnatural when natural alternatives are available at a comparable cost?

Additionally, more severe side effects were observed in a clinical study involving rats. The study revealed injury to cardiac tissue (heart muscle) as a result of drinking ERW (Electrolyzed Reduced Water), or water created by ionizer machines. In an age when heart disease is a leading killer, ionized water is simply not a smart choice.

 Abstract from Study 

Recently, the authors have shown that marked necrosis and fibrosis of myocardium were observed in rats given alkaline ionized water (AKW). To clarify the cause of myocardial lesions, the activities of myosin ATPase, actomyosin ATPase and creatine kinase (CK) in myocardium of rats given AKW at 15 weeks-old were compared with those in myocardium of rats given tap water (TPW). Furthermore, sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) of myocardiac myosin and isoelectric focusing (IEF) of myocardiac CK were performed which revealed a distinct difference between AKW and TPW groups. The activities of myosin ATPase and actomyosin ATPase in the AKW group were higher than those in the TPW group, and these elevated activities were caused by the degradation of myosin in the AKW group judging from the SDS-PAGE pattern of myosin. On the other hand, the activity of CK in the AKW group was lower than that in the TPW group, and the IEF pattern of CK showed leakage of myocardiac CK. These results indicate that increases in actomyosin ATPase activity and myosin ATPase activity, plus the decrease in CK activity caused the disorder of coupled reaction in male rats given AKW at 15 weeks-old. It is concluded that this disorder of coupled reaction may cause marked myocardiac necrosis and fibrosis in rats given AKW.

 Alkaline ionized water (AKW) produced by the electrolysis of tap water (TPW) was given to pregnant rats throughout gestation. AKW was subsequently given to infants as a test group until 15 weeks old to determine changes in body and organ weights, erythrocyte hexokinase (HK) activity and histological preparations of myocardiac muscle. The results were compared with those for rats given TPW. Body weight of male and female rats given AKWA at 3 to 11 weeks of age after birth significantly increased beyond control group values. Organ weights of offspring at 15 weeks-old showed no statistical difference for either group. HK activity, the rate-determining enzyme in erythrocyte glycolysis, significantly increased in males given AKW at 15 weeks-old. This suggests that AKW intake causes elevation of metabolic activity. Hyperkalemia was observed in males and females given AKW at 15 weeks-old. Especially in males, pathological changes of necrosis in myocardiac muscle were observed.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9198011/related/

 

 This study by J. Wantanabe shows that Alkaline Ionized Water (“AIW”, also designated in this article as “AKW”), damages heart muscle tissue in male rats only, which I find rather strange.  AIW has never been shown to affect males differently than it does females, yet in this study, and this study only, it shows that it does.  There are studies that demonstrate how healthy AIW is for us.

We also need to be aware of when this study was conducted, 1998.  Water ionizers were still in their infancy at that time and many of the manufacturers were using stainless steel electrodes that did not produce strong or stable AIW.  The water product lost its ORP and its pH dropped just as quickly.  By the end of the 1990s the water ionizer industry had begun to use titanium plates coated with platinum.  Running water over those plates produced strong, stable ionized water with a pH over 10.

The bottom line, of course, is how many people have actually been affected in a negative way.  I have stated for many years that both AIW and Acid Ionized Water are beneficial to everything it comes in contact with as long as it is used properly.  For instance, you do not want to consume Acid Ionized Water since you would be drinking an acid substance that contains free radicals, the opposite of what you want.

“Artificially alkaline water only neutralizes acidity where it has direct contact, like the stomach and upper bowel. When consumed daily, the upper bowel in particular becomes overly alkaline and side effects begin to appear. Most common are erratic heart behavior, hypertension, nervousness/anxiety, urinary tract and bladder infections, and stabbing side pains.”

What evidence does the author have for this claim that drinking AIW daily causes the upper bowel to become overly alkaline?  For the record, he has not offered anything other than his opinion, which is a false premise, then goes on to describe the deleterious effects of this over alkalization of the upper bowel.  (By the way, where is the upper bowel in the human body?  I can’t say that I have ever heard of it.)  Where is the evidence of these claims?  I’ve been drinking ionized water for 15 years and never once experienced anything like erratic heart behavior (whatever that is), hypertension, nervousness, anxiety UT and bladder infections, stabbing pains.  Not once have I had any of these symptoms nor has anyone of the thousands of people I have sold water ionizers to reported symptoms anything like these.  I think I would have remembered people telling me that they have stabbing pains after drinking AIW.  All the feedback I have had over the years has been that drinking AIW on a regular basis has done just the opposite.  People feel great and I have countless testimonials regarding AIW.

 We have spoken to numerous individuals who were hospitalized for heart conditions that magically disappeared when they stopped drinking alkaline ionized water. http://www.aqualivwater.com/education/65-alkaline-water-report

 Let’s examine these statements a little more closely.  Who are these individuals who they have spoken to?  What health conditions did they have before they began drinking AIW?  Personally, I don’t think they have spoken with anyone and nor do I believe that they can come up with a single name of anyone who they have spoken to about their negative health experiences while drinking AIW.  Not one.  I believe they are lying about it to promote their own product and bad-mouth a product that directly competes with their own product.

I’m also quite suspicious of the statement: “Heart conditions that magically disappeared when they stopped drinking alkaline ionized water.”  Magically disappeared?  That is their evidence that ionized water should not be consumed?  In the scientific world there are things called studies that produce another thing called evidence all of which brings us to something called a conclusion.  Magic doesn’t cut it in the scientific world.  It doesn’t even cut it in the marketing world.  Magic I’m afraid really only works well in the David Copperfield world, and as we all know even that isn’t real magic.  Its sleight of hand and that is what Greg Hoffman is trying to pull with this “magically disappeared” claim.

 “We know of at least one gentleman with a heart condition who died due to interactions between his time-release medication and ionized water- he was a top dealer for one ionizer MLM company.”

Who is “we” and what is the gentleman’s name?  If you are going to make such a serious charge as the one that has been made here, that ionized water actually killed someone, then what is the man’s name, when did this happen, and what were the exact circumstances of his death.  If Greg Hoffman refuses to release the exact circumstances of the person who died instantly at the hands of AIW then it’s because he doesn’t have a  name and he doesn’t have a name because he is lying, or at the very least presenting hearsay evidence as actual fact.   Greg Hoffman is quite specific in naming the person who was killed by drinking ionized water as a top dealer for one of the Water Ionizer MLM companies.  That is a name that should be pretty easy to come up with, so what is his name?

 “Why would anyone ingest anything unnatural when natural alternatives are available at a comparable cost?”

  This is where Greg Hoffman really gives himself away and he does this by commingling a warning about the dangers of drinking AIW with the cost of his product.  If Greg Hoffman was really trying to perform a public service then he would not mention the fact that he just happens to have a product that isn’t dangerous for about the same cost.

  “In an age when heart disease is a leading killer, ionized water is simply not a smart choice.”

I find that statement rather odd to say this least.   What difference does it make what age we are living in as to whether something is actually healthy for us or not.  What age it is, or what year it is, has nothing to do with whether something is actually healthy for us or not.  It’s really an absurd statement when it comes down to it, and once again Greg Hoffman unwittingly reveals who he really is and what his intentions are regarding his claims about ionized water and the detrimental effect it has on the body.

I have been defending AIW from those who claim that it is “snake oil on tap“, a waste of money, and now that AIW is actually harmful to the body.  I have staked my professional reputation on explaining ionized water, and stating that it is the “world’s healthiest substance”, which is true because there is nothing better for your health than water and no better water to consume than AIW.  Dr. J. Mercola has attacked AIW, and demonstrated that he actually knows almost nothing about water in general.  I am the author of The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water.  I sell water ionizers because I understand the incredible health benefits of ionized water and i want the rest of the world to drink it as well.  I don’t promote ionized water so i can make money selling water ionizers, although I’m accused of it.   The same is true with my claims about chlorella and spirulina, that they are thye healthiest, most nutritious foods in the world.  I have defended AIW when it is attacked because I understand its value and health properties.  I am accused of just wanting to make a buck by promoting them.  I use what I promote and promote what I use. I am a Naturopathic Doctor and what I sell is my healthy lifestyle.

What I suspect is going on here with the debunkers is that someone with a lot of money is behind these pathetic attempts to denounce AIW, the world’s healthiest substance.  I have been keeping an eye on the quackwatchers for quite some time.  It would be someone who has an interest in making sure that people don’t find a way to be healthy in a natural way because it would eventually hurt their bottom line.  It would be someone whose interests would lie rather in keeping people unhealthy so that they can continue to sell them products that have been approved by the medical establishment and the FDA.  Any ideas whom that might be?  I’ll bet you do, because it’s pretty damn obvious to everyone who that might be.  But what do I know?  I’m just a guy trying to make the world a little healthier and apparently there are some who just want to make money at the cost of people’s health.

About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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15 Responses to Website Claims Alkaline Ionized Water Kills – Offers No Proof

  1. Marissa says:

    You do know who AquaLiv is, don’t you? They push Hayashi’s hydrogen stick via Hydrogen Friends. They reach very hard to “prove” that electrically ionized water is bad for you and their method is good for you.

    Hoffman is as bad as the Enagic reps who refer to the mysterious “many people” who have been poisoned by titanium and other metals from competing brands of ionizers.

    I don’t see the difference between his alkaline water and that produced by ionizers … they both neutralize stomach acid – which as we know bounces back if needed to digest protein. End of story.

    I do wish there was more real science in this industry. Gets a bit frustrating to watch the tennis game of red herrings lobbed back and forth.

  2. Marissa says:

    You do know who AquaLiv is, don’t you? They push Hayashi’s hydrogen stick via Hydrogen Friends. They reach very hard to “prove” that electrically ionized water is bad for you and their method is good for you.

    Hoffman is as bad as the Enagic reps who refer to the mysterious “many people” who have been poisoned by titanium and other metals from competing brands of ionizers.

    I don’t see the difference between his alkaline water and that produced by ionizers … they both neutralize stomach acid – which as we know bounces back if needed to digest protein. End of story.

    I do wish there was more real science in this industry. Gets a bit frustrating to watch the tennis game of red herrings lobbed back and forth.

    BTW, I read somewhere that the Wantanabe study was later disproven and was disavowed by Wantanabe. I wish I could remember where…

  3. Marissa says:

    You do know who AquaLiv is, don’t you? They push Hayashi’s hydrogen stick via Hydrogen Friends. They reach very hard to “prove” that electrically ionized water is bad for you and their method is good for you.

    Hoffman is as bad as the Enagic reps who refer to the mysterious “many people” who have been poisoned by titanium and other metals from competing brands of ionizers.

    I don’t see the difference between his alkaline water and that produced by ionizers … they both neutralize stomach acid – which as we know bounces back if needed to digest protein. End of story.

    I do wish there was more real science in this industry. Gets a bit frustrating to watch the tennis game of red herrings lobbed back and forth.

    BTW, I read somewhere that the Wantanabe study was later disproven and was disavowed by Wantanabe. I wish I could remember where…

  4. Romi Sink says:

    I’m with you, Marissa, about the AquaLiv guy. I’ve read the full research papers that he quotes. What this guy fails to mention is that Wantanabe actually stated in the document that the results may have been a result of the particular water ionizer they used.

    Also, if you note in the study, the water was made available at all times – which interferes with proper digestion and absorption of nutrients from the kibble the test animals were fed. Without proper nutrient absorption the whole system goes out of whack and problems can arise.

    As for the guy who supposedly dropped dead after taking a time-release prescription medication with ionized water…. if he was such a “top dealer” for an MLM company he would have known not to take prescription medication – particularly time-release medication – with alkaline ionized water.

    Bottom line is that “controversy sells” and that’s just what he’s doing. I spend way too much time every day working with people who are scared to death of their water ionizers – many of them have been using them for years – all because this guy wants to sell his over-priced water filtration system. As for his “sticks” – I can’t get them to move. When people look at the required maintenance, ongoing replacement cost and lack of filtration they just go to another product. I’ve got inventory of those things that I’ll sell. CHEAP.

  5. Leo McDevitt says:

    I’d like to point out that the rat studies showed “Hyperkalemia was observed in males and females given AKW at 15 weeks-old”.

    Hyperkalemia is higher-than-normal levels of potassium in the blood. What the rat studies don’t tell us is how much potassium the young rats were getting from their diet. If their food was naturally high in potassium, then giving them alkaline water could lead to body alkalosis – which could result in hyperkalemia.

  6. Leo McDevitt says:

    Another theory for the rat-heart hyperkalemia:

    Mommy’s milk: Mother rats were given AKW during and after gestation. Rats nurse their young for 6 weeks. When the young rats were weaning, they would have consumed milk, AKW , and Rat chow. Could that have spiked potassium levels?

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  8. I’ve only ever heard good things about alkaline ionized water. I’ve been trying to research and see some other effects that people aren’t talking about. @romi sink I wasn’t aware you weren’t supposed to take prescription meds with AIW. Who knew! Thanks for the info in the article and for all ya’ll being so informed in the comments. The comments are my favorite section because you get the real info.

  9. Maurice says:

    The Wantanabe study is often cited by debunkers as evidence that long term use of alkaline water is harmful to humans. However, animal studies are not always applicable to humans. A well known example is chemically induced pulmonary fibrosis in laboratory rats. When the chemical agent that caused the injury to the rats lungs is withdrawn the fibrosis is reversed, but this does not happen with human sufferers of pulmonary fibrosis. The damage to heart tissue of baby rats resulting from Hyperkalemia after being fed alkaline water was a consequence of their increase in metabolic rate and accelerated growth. The fast paced metabolism of rodents is very different from human metabolism, so it would be unwise to draw conclusions about long term use of alkaline water based on these studies.

    The testimonials published in the MLM sites are not a reliable source of user feedback so I have archived hundreds of replies to articles on alkaline water from users, as well postings in forums. Most of these users have only good things to say about their alkaline water machines. A few gave up using their alkaline water machine because of digestion problems, but no one has posted claims that drinking alkaline water caused them to be poisoned by titanium or platinum, or that their heart disease was caused or aggravated by the water.

  10. Lono says:

    I have been doing a lot of research on alkaline ionized water, trying to sort fact from fiction and hype. I have not been able to find any studies showing positive effects from AIW. Does anyone know of any?

  11. J. Morris says:

    kangen water alkaline water nearly killed me a few years ago and I’m yet to recover. I’ve been left with calcium deposits in my joints, digestive issues I never had prior to drinking the water, my mitral valve prolapse got 70% worse after drinking it. I have severe arthritis that I never had prior to the water. I suffer from edema, have had abnormal kidney and liver panels that were normal before, have experienced hormone imbalance, severe migraines and much more. Please Beware!!

  12. Bob McCauley says:

    I don’t know anything about your lifestyle, but the only way Kangen or Ionized Water is bad for you is if you drink it over a pH 10, or drinking Acid Ionized Water.

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