The Truth About Alkaline Water

  One of the most well traveled water myths is that of alkaline water and its supposed health benefits. These claims are based on pseudoscience and are not based on facts or science. I want to first focus on the facts, then I will answer “why” this myth is so persistent and finally, my recommendations. FIRST THE FACTS… I want to encourage you to read Dr. Stephen Lower’s website “The gallery of water-related pseudoscience and quackery”. Dr. Lower (a retired chemistry professor of Simon Frasier University) looks at the countless claims made by people selling water and tries to cut through the huge amount of misinformation that is out there. Here’s a short snippet of what he has to say about alkaline water (see his full analysis here)… Here, in a nutshell, are a few basic facts that I believe anyone with a solid background in chemistry or physiology would concur with: “Ionized water” is nothing more than sales fiction; the term is meaningless to chemists. Pure water (that is, water containing no dissolved ions) is too unconductive to undergo signficant electrolysis by “water ionizer” devices. Pure water can never be alkaline or acidic, nor can it be made so
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Excerpt from Lights Out by Ted Koppel

Excerpt from Lights Out by Ted Koppel   “Darkness. Extended periods of darkness, longer and more profound than anyone now living in one of America’s greatest great cities has ever known. As power shuts down there is darkness and the sudden loss of electrical conveniences. As batteries lose power, there is the more gradual failure of cellphones, portable radios, and flashlights. Emergency generators provide pockets of light and power, but there is little running water anywhere. In cities with water towers on the roofs of high-rise buildings, gravity keeps the flow going for two, perhaps three days. When this runs out, taps go dry; toilets no longer flush. Emergency supplies of bottled water are too scarce to use for anything but drinking, and there is nowhere to replenish the supply. Disposal of human waste become a critical issue within days. Supermarket and pharmacy shelves are empty in a matter of hours. It is a shock to discover how quickly a city can exhaust its food supplies. Stores do not readily adapt to panic buying, and many city dwellers, accustomed to ordering out, have only scant supplies at home. There is no immediate resupply, and people become desperate. For the first
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