by Winston W. J. Kao ~ inventor, researcher, and educator

Do you drink reverse osmosis or distilled water? Why? Was it recommended to you by a health practitioner? Do you believe that it is the healthiest water for your body because it has nothing in it? Did you know that every bottle of reverse osmosis, distilled, or de-ionized water sold in Europe used to contain a skull and crossbones on the label with a warning? Do you know that the European label states that these waters are only to be used for steam irons and batteries, and not to be given to pets? If Europeans won’t drink these waters or feed them to their pets, then do you really think it’s okay for you to drink them?

Have you ever wondered why most herbal formulations in liquid form use distilled or reverse osmosis water as a main ingredient? The reason is that these waters have a tremendous hunger, which results in the ability to leach out minerals.

So if you happen to drink these waters, then as soon as you take a sip, the minerals are being immediately leached out of your mouth, throat, bones, tissues, and organs to satisfy the extreme hunger of the water, lowering your immune system as it uses your body’s reserves of trace minerals. If you think that you can consume some minerals later to make up for the ones leached out of your body by these waters, then you are wrong. These waters leach the minerals out immediately and no minerals taken later will totally make up the damage caused. We have found through our own inverstigation, that Reverse Osmosis water causes Candida Albicans overgrowth, because it promotes black fungal growth. Distilled waters do not cause this condition.

It is true that these waters can also leach out some of the body’s toxins. However, this is done only to cleanse the body or to handle an illness or disease for a short time period, so the continuous consumption of these waters becomes a gross misapplication of a relatively useful technology.

The Right Water: So, if you are damaging your body by drinking reverse osmosis or distilled waters, what kind of water is beneficial? The Japanese have researched this question since the early 1950’s, and according to author Sung Bong in his book, HISTORY OF ALKALINE WATER MAKER, they found the most healthful water to drink is alkaline water, produced by a water ionizer by electrically splitting carbon filtered tap water.

Ionized water first began to be used in agriculture on plants and animals. Experiments on the human body came later, and when completed, the Japanese doctors concluded that alkaline water made by the water ionizer was non-toxic and alleviated many symptoms of adult diseases. After that, Japanese hospitals began to use water ionizers for the treatment of their patients, and on Jan. 15, 1966, the water ionizer was approved as a health improvement medical device by the Health and Rehabilitation Ministry of the Japanese Government.

Japanese-made water ionizers were first introduced to Korea in the 1970’s, and today they are also approved as medical devices by the government of South Korea. In 1985, they found their way into the United States, and a toxicity test was conducted by an independent lab according to FDA specified standards.2 The test found no toxicity in the alkaline water generated by the water ionizer.

The True Cause of Adult Degenerative Disease:

The Japanese classify human diseases into 2 categories: contagious disease and adult diseases. Adult degenerative diseases are non-contagious disease we get as a result of getting older. Examples are diseases such as cancer, heart disease, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, gout, kidney disease, chronic diarrhea and constipation, hemorrhoids, asthma, hay fever, allergies, headaches, fibromyalgia, neuralgia (nerve pain), psoriasis, hives, eczema, indigestion, gas, nausea, morning sickness, tooth and gum diseases, obesity, osteoporosis, and leg cramps.3 They claim that the underlying cause of these adult diseases is the accumulation of acid wastes in the body, poor blood circulation and poor cell activity.

Acids coagulate blood. (If you want to do a little experiment, prick your finger and squeeze out a drop of blood. Put a drop of vinegar on it. It will coagulate rapidly. This is why aftershave is acidic.) Usually the capillaries around the acid accumulation in the body are clogged up. Therefore, any organs or tissues near the acid accumulation get a smaller supply of blood and can get damaged in the long run due to their own acid waste accumulation.

Since these adult diseases are caused by too much acid in our body, according to the Japanese, unless the treatment actually removes acids from the body, The ‘cure’ at best will be only temporary. And if the medicine were successful in removing acid from the affected area, the acid would go to some other place in the body to create side effects there. Medical researchers have been looking for medicine to cure every kind of disease. None of these drugs reduce the acidity of the body. As a matter of fact, most pharmaceutical drugs are acidic.

The True Cause of Cancer: Herman Aihara, in his book entitled ACID & ALKALINE, states the following: “If the condition of our extracellular fluids, especially the blood, becomes acidic, our physical condition will first manifest as tiredness, proneness to colds, etc. When these fluids become more acidic, our condition then manifests as pains and suffering such as headaches, chest pains, stomach aches, etc. According to Keiichi Morishita in his HIDDEN TRUTH OF CANCER, if the blood develops a more acidic condition, then our body deposits these acidic substances in some area of the body so that the blood will be able to maintain an alkaline condition.

As this tendency continues, such areas increase in acidity and some cells die; however some other cells may adapt to the environment, surviving by becoming abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are called malignant cells, growing indefinitely and without order. This is cancer.4 The cause of all cancer is a lack of oxygen caused by acidification. The Japanese solution to cancer is to reduce the acidity of the body, the very cause, by alkaline diet and/or alkaline water.3 Therefore, drinking alkaline water will definitely help in preventing cancer. Since the healthy cells are alkaline and the malignant cells are acidic, alkaline water will not harm healthy cells, while it may destroy malignant cells.

Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis, High Blood Pressure: Dr. Kancho Kuninaka, one of the pioneers of the alkaline water treatment in Japan, states that virtually without exception, the patients with high blood pressure have an acidosis condition.5 He has many successful clinical cases where alkaline water lowered blood pressure.

If your blood pressure is always high, chances are that your arteries are getting narrow (atherosclerosis) and it will take a long time, possibly a year or more, for that blood pressure to come down by means of alkaline water. It takes time to dissolve plaque and cholesterol build-up, but eventually it will work. This slow process has no side effects. It lowers the blood pressure by eliminating the very causes of the high blood pressure. Blood pressure pills are designed to fool your body by chemical means in order to force the blood pressure down. That is why every blood pressure pill has side effects. Unless you are lowering the acid level in the blood, which is the real cause of the high blood pressure, everything else is going to be more harmful.3 Sang Whang’s doctor told him that his high blood pressure could never be cured, and that he would have to take high blood pressure pills the rest of his life. In six weeks, he made a liar out of his doctor by drinking alkaline water.

Doctors advise people with high blood pressure to stop eating fatty food, to cut out meat, sugar, and to stop smoking. They should add “cut out soft drinks” to the list. What are the commonalities of all these things? They all rob your body of oxygen. This is why alkaline water made by the water ionizer is beneficial, as the water contains a lot of dissolved oxygen.

Diabetes: Dr. Keijiro Kuwabara of Japan has been clinically treating diabetes quite successfully by use of alkaline water. He reports5 that a 49 year old insurance company employee was diagnosed by the company physician as having a case of insulin- dependent diabetes mellitus (adult diabetes). With only one month’s use of alkaline water, the sugar count came down to virtually an undetectable level, from 300mg/dl one month previously.

Kidney Disease: As the body produces more acidic wastes, the kidneys get more and more taxed because they have to take those acids out from the blood. Nephritis, uremic poisoning, bladder diseases, etc. Are all acid-related conditions which can be improved by the consumption of alkaline water. It also helps control osmotic pressure in the kidneys.3 Kidney stones are formed because the environment is too acid. The salts that are formed into stones are acidic salts. They have calcium and magnesium mixed into them to soften the poisonous effects of the phosphoric and uric acids. Drinking plenty of alkaline water will lower the acidity of the urine and dissolve them if formed, or keep them from forming.

Osteoporosis: The skeletal structure of the body is a “calcium bank.” When the body’s condition becomes too acidic, it frequently makes compensating withdrawals of calcium from the bones, leaving them brittle and subject to breakage. Prolonged use of alkaline water can help prevent this disaster from occurring, because alkaline water contains ionized calcium. Ionized calcium can help to repair the damages.

Arthritis, Gout: Many different forms of arthritis and gout are the result of acid accumulation in the joints. Heavy people or injuries speed up wear and tear, however, it is the accumulated acid that damages cartilages and irritates the joints. Unfortunately, the joints are where the blood cannot carry out wastes easily. Gout is the accumulation of uric acid in the joints. In today’s medicine, there is no effective treatment for these types of degenerative diseases. Because it is painful, one instinctively takes painkillers, however aspirin types are acidic and they can further irritate the joints.

Asthma, Hay Fever, Allergies: Allergies, in general, are the result of a misguided immune system building up antibodies against normally harmless substances. Doctors don’t know why these things happen to some people. Japanese doctors blame it on the immune disorder caused by acidosis. I and my wife have both observed our allergies lessening over time with the consumption of alkaline water. My wife’s allergies have decreased to the point that they no longer bother her at all. It is said that asthma cannot be cured, but that an attack can be relieved by treatment.

Obesity: We see quite a few people with obesity problems. Exactly what does their excess weight consist of? The answer is fatty acid. When we over- ingest carbohydrates and do not burn them away, they become fatty acid. These fatty acids generally form under the skin especially around the waist line for men and around the hips, thighs, and breasts for women.

When you compare the face of a young woman and an older woman, you can see the difference in the build of fat on the face of the older woman. The skin
of the older woman does not receive as much blood as the younger woman, and therefore it loses elasticity and requires more make-up to hide lines and show more color. This build up of fat takes place gradually over a long period of time.

Any unnatural, instant removal of fat can cause side effects. They may look young, but it doesn’t last. Even with a face lift operation, since the acidic condition of the body is still there, the face will become fatty again.

The best remedy is to drink alkaline water for a few years, not just to remove facial fat and lines, but to reduce the body acid level. Before you know it the lines will disappear and the color will come back naturally, without any side effects. Unfortunately, this natural process takes time.

Contagious diseases: Although contagious diseases are not caused by acid accumulation, the consumers of alkaline water claim that their immunity against these diseases is high, so they do not get sick very often. The Japanese claim that increased alkalinity means higher immunity against contagious diseases. Why? A person with more alkaline minerals can dispose of the acidic dead cell casualties quickly and recover more quickly. We know very well that a bout with the flu drains alkaline minerals and that doctors tell us to eat bananas to recover lost potassium.

It is easy to see from the above information which has been obtained from the book REVERSE AGING, by Sang Whang and the research of the Japanese into the alkaline /acid balance of the body and the conditions resulting from acidosis, that the Japanese, who are the longest lived industrial nation on Earth have hit on the cause and key to adult degenerative disease. As our bodies are over 70% water, it makes sense that the right kind of water would be the fundamental key to health..

What Kind Of Water Ionizer Should I Buy?

There are many water ionizers (alkalizers) on the market. Almost all of them are flow-through types, which hook up to the faucet and produce instant alkaline water. These machines do not produce the negative charge or redox potential that is needed to restore health and prevent disease, because the water that is being put into them is too highly positively charged.

Normal tap water has a charge of +400mv, while mineral water has a charge of +200mv, which is why mineral water is better for you than ordinary tap water. The flow-through alkalizers produce water that is still positively charged at around +50mv. The flow-through systems just do not process the water long enough for it to be medicinally useful. Why buy a shoddy substitute that doesn’t produce the desired results?

It is reported that positive ions create depressed moods while negative ions provide euphoria. There is a theory that negative ions increase alkalinity in the body while positive ions increase acidity. As we know, the water molecules are split into H+ and OH- . Alkaline water contains more OH- ions. Since our bodies need the negatively charged OH- ions to neutralize and dispose of acidic wastes,3 only alkaline water that comes from a batch – type alkalizer, with a charge around -250mv would do the job. The alkalizers that are being used in the Japanese hospitals produce negatively charged water, around -250mv, and this is the water that the Japanese doctors have been using to treat adult diseases.

Yoshiaka Matsuo, PhD, the inventor of the water ionizer said, “In my own opinion, redox potential (negative ionic charge) is a more important factor to good health than pH. The importance of pH is overemphasized.” You do not get the -250mv water from a flow through system. This is why the batch type water ionizer is the only one worth buying.

Alkaline Diets: What about eating an alkaline diet? This helps the body somewhat, but what you must first understand, is that alkaline – producing foods do not metabolize completely in the body. Ninety seven percent of our food is carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen, and they do not burn completely, and so they leave organic acidic waste products. Therefore, only 3% of our food could be alkaline minerals, no matter what you eat. All foods produce waste products within our cells and tissue after metabolism. The accumulation of these wastes is the aging process. In the early days of man’s history, we didn’t eat so much acidic food nor drink so much acidic soft drinks; therefore the amount of alkaline minerals in mountain spring water was sufficient to detoxify our bodies. With our lifestyle today, we need a higher concentration than what nature provides in mountain spring water.

Is Any High pH Water Good? The higher the pH the more OH- ions in the water. However, it is dangerous to conclude that any water with a high pH is good. If you add potassium cyanide into water to raise the pH, that water would obviously be fatal. But what about alkalizing drops? If they don’t produce at least a -250mV, then you are wasting your money. Remember, it is the ORP/mV that gives the alkaline water its medicinal properties, not the high pH. High pH water, obtained from ‘drinkable’ water by filtering out pollutants and removing acid minerals and enhancing alkaline minerals [through negative ions] that were in the original water, is good. Can any harm be done by drinking too much alkaline water? No. It takes 32 glasses of alkaline water to neutralize the acidic effect of a glass of well-known cola with a pH of 2.5.3 As noted before in the article, many tests and experiments have been done which have proven alkaline water to be totally non-toxic.

Note: Alkaline water is not medicine; neither is food. But doctors do recommend certain kinds of food for specific kinds of diseases, such as high blood pressure and gout. They also tell you what kinds of food not to eat. This article is not intended to teach people how to cure the diseases themselves. One should consult physicians for that. What this article is promoting is to understand the true causes of all these adult diseases and to prevent these diseases before they become incurable or before the body suffers irreversible damage. This article and the quotes from various books are designed to give you information, and not to diagnose or treat any disease. This information is not designed to make health claims or guarantees that drinking alkaline water will help you. If you have a health concern, you should consult your physician.

For more information, please call Winston Kao at (727)447-2344.
1Sung Bong, HISTORY OF ALKALINE WATER MAKER, Seoul, Korea, 1985.
2FR vol 143 No. 163.81-1978.
3Sang Whang, REVERSE AGING, 13th ed, Nov. 1999.
4Herman Aihara, ACID & ALKALINE, George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation, Oroville, CA, 1986.

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