AlkaWay began in 2000, when Ian Blair Hamilton and his partner, Cassie Bond, saw – and purchased – their first electric water ioniser – a ‘Mavello’ from what was then called Jupiter Dong Yang.
“We were excited about the whole concept of alkaline water. We believed that the water ioniser:
1. Alkalised the water with beneficial alkaline minerals.
2. Negatively charged the minerals in the water.
3. ‘Microclustered’ the water to give superior hydration.
We saw so many people benefit from the water from their ionisers that we believed that the properties above were the cause. We were wrong”
A New Industry
Since 2000 a whole marketing industry has developed as new manufacturers and vendors entered the scene, repeating the same claims about the water that our manufacturer, EmcoTech, told us. Books were written about the benefits of alkaline ionised water, videos made, and highly successful marketing campaigns launched.
Now, 14 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.
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’.
This year has been the year the industry should have taken notice of a 26 year old biochemistry tutor from Idaho. Tyler Lebaron purchased his own electric water ioniser, but was not satisfied with the answers he was given about the properties of the water. Tyler decided to seek his own answers by investigating the claims of the company that sold him his ioniser.
To do so he needed more input from users and so he created his first Facebook group dedicated to finding the truth, using the combined experience of the many thousands of users.
The first claim of alkalizing the water seemed obvious
A pH meter easily shows high pH levels so most people reasonably concluded that this equated to high alkalinity.
What was seldom spoken of was the fact that the high pH came from the electrolysis process rather than any actual significant increase in alkaline minerals in the output water.
The problem was that if the input water had low levels of alkaline minerals, it could only slightly increase total mineral levels in the output water because the separation of minerals by the electrolysis process was quite poor. Further, although vendors were claiming the water would increase levels of alkaline minerals in the body, the actual levels in the water were far, far below the recommended daily allowance.
The only time minerals anywhere close to daily dose could be achieved was when the input water was very hard (high calcium) which caused a whole new series of problems for the electrolysis systems.
As the water raised in pH, the calcium 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).
The second claim of negatively charging the water also proved spurious
As Tyler LeBaron pointed out, it is not physically possible to ionize water itself. Water consists of Hydrogen and Oxygen in a strong bond and is stably balanced ionically. Only the minerals in the water are capable of being ionised. So ionization depends totally on the amount of minerals in the water
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, this ‘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, water is incredibly changeable, swapping molecular states in femtoseconds.
Here is the conclusion reached by the coordinator of a working group of water ioniser 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 & chemistry journals for any studies to support the microcluster theory, but I could not. The currently favoured 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 & 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.”
Tyler has written a very good article on this subject here.
Changing the Rules
Tyler LeBaron changed the rules of what was the truth about the water.
In his first Facebook group Tyler faced down numerous ionised 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 shouldn’t say it’.
The battle raged for months and many sellers left the group disgusted at his refusal to agree with their way of selling water ionisers.. but a nucleus saw the truth of what he was saying and began to work with him to reframe their method of selling water ioniser by only telling the truth based on known science.
This group is still working through the many legends of ionised water built up and expanded upon on the internet, but an invitation to Tyler from the Molecular Hydrogen Institute of Nagoya University, Japan, upped the ante for the ‘luddite’ sellers clinging to the old theories of alkalizing, microclustering and negative ions.
The scientists from the MHI of Japan are undisputed leaders in the world for research into the therapeutic use of hydrogen. They are also world leaders in technology they have developed to make the ingestion of hydrogen gas simple and practical.
Most of this research revolves around the infusion of hydrogen in water. Tyler was welcomed as an equal and invited to lecture.
On his 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 America’s foremost authority on infused hydrogen therapies.
The change of focus from alkalinity to hydrogen was welcome for another big reason.
The scientific studies supporting the use of hydrogen for therapeutic use are amazingly numerous, numbering 300 and growing. Over 60 studies have been completed on specific diseases.
Once they compared of the scarcity of studies on humans for ‘alkaline ionised 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 ioniser users had released over the years. It wasn’t alkalinity or microclustering or negative ions. It was hydrogen.
Viva La Revolución!
No revolution passes easily. Manufacturers, vendors and even leading doctors railed against Tyler’s group conclusions. He even received threatening phone calls. The reason was obvious: if it was found that a company had been selling pseudo science then they would be severely embarrassed and their brand capital damaged. Millions of dollars of revenue were threatened.
Group members who has made a living from selling what they had believed was the truth were also scared of where the move to hydrogen would take them.
Would it mean they couldn’t use the special little demonstrations that apparently proved microclustering? How could they demonstrate hydrogen?
However the truth, as we know, sets you free, and a healthy dialogue ensued with all members finally agreeing that although the hydrogen theory may not be as easily demonstrated, they could feel better selling something with a clean conscience.
The facts are clear. The scientific studies number over 300, including over sixty studies of the effects of hydrogen on specific diseases, including virtually all the so-called ‘big’ diseases. The Molecular Hydrogen Institute of Japan has published an overview for anyone to view here. 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 ioniser 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.
Are there therapeutic effects?
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 TylerLeBaron and asked him to perform his newly acquired test 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 infused hydrogen levels three times that of the high cost electric water ioniser, but at around 12% of the purchase cost.
To access more hard facts including a list of hydrogen 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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