Molecular Hydrogen Rich Water: the ‘Hidden Giant’ of therapeutic power in water.
AlkaWay leads the way in supplying infused, molecular hydrogen-rich water systems
AlkaWay began in 2000, when Ian Blair Hamilton and his partner, Cassie Bond, saw – and purchased – their first electric water ionizer.
“We were excited about the whole concept of alkaline water. We believed that the water ionizer:
- Alkalized the water with beneficial alkaline minerals.
- Negatively charged the minerals in the water.
- ‘Microclustered’ the water to give superior hydration.
We saw so many people benefit from the water from their ionizers that we believed that the properties above were the cause. We were wrong”
There’s an important point here that we need to clarify. There was and is nothing ‘wrong’ with an electric water ionizer. So many people have reported significant improvements in their health. What happened was a classic case of commerce over-ruling science. It’s no point apportioning blame: while the message was wrong, the messengers knew no better. Hydrogen is a fairly new idea, even amongst the ionized water scientists. The bottom line is that the electric ionizers DO create some molecular hydrogen water and have helped many many people… they continue to occupy a place in the market along with many other alternatives that allow us access to hydrogen.
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 supplier told us. Books have been written about the benefits of alkaline ionized 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. It is incredible. We have a drawerful of stories from people reporting benefits for the last 15 years.
Our conclusion is that 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’. The obvious conclusion is that the waterworks!
The Hydrogen-Rich Water Revolution
This year has been the year the industry should have taken notice of a 27-year-old Molecular Hydrogen Research Scientist, Tyler LeBaron.
At the age of 21, he purchased his own electric water ionizer but was not satisfied with the scientific answers he was given about the properties of the water.
Tyler decided to seek his own answers by studying the scientific literature and seeing how that compared to the claims made by the company that sold the water ionizer. Once he found the truth about the false nature of many of the claims and the intriguing science behind hydrogen gas, he created a Facebook group that was… and is… dedicated to spreading the truth…
The first claim of alkalizing the water seemed obvious
pH meter easily shows high pH levels so most people conclude that this equated to high alkalinity.
What was seldom spoken of was the fact that the high pH comes from the electrolysis process rather than any actual significant increase in alkaline minerals in the output water.
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.
MINERALS FROM AN ELECTRIC WATER IONIZER’S OUTPUT SIMPLY CANNOT COME ANYWHERE REMOTELY NEAR TO DAILY DOSE.
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 ionizer in a hard water area (most of the US).
The second claim of negatively charging the water also proved spurious
Tyler LeBaron pointed out, water is H2O a molecule. It is not an ion – a charged atom. It just doesn’t happen. It is not physically possible to ionize water itself because it is already in a covalent bond. Water consists of Hydrogen and Oxygen in a strong bond. It is stably balanced ionically.
The third claim of micro-clustering has also suffered a serious credibility loss
Vendors commonly claimed that groups of molecules of water reduced to a lesser number, thus ‘micro-clustering’ the water to create improved hydration. Recently a group of dedicated water ionizer users tried their best to find a scientific study supporting the theory – to no avail. As Tyler LeBaron said, the hydrogen bond network changes on the order of a femtosecond.
Here is the conclusion reached by the Coordinator of the working group of water ionizer 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 and 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 and 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.”
Randy Sharpe, Coordinator of the working group of water ioniser researchers.
Changing the Rules: Molecular hydrogen is ‘Discovered’
Tyler LeBaron changed the rules of what was the truth about the water.
In his first Facebook group, Tyler faced down numerous ionized 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. A nucleus of ionizer marketers saw and accepted the truth of what he was saying and began to work with him to reframe their method of selling water ionizers by only telling the truth based on known science.
This group is still working through the many legends of ionized water built up and expanded upon on the internet. However after Tyler had the opportunity to work with a group of hydrogen researchers at the prestigious Nagoya University, Japan, he upped the ante for the ‘luddite’ sellers clinging to the old theories of alkalizing, micro-clustering and negative ions.
On Tyler’s 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 an important authority on infused hydrogen therapies.
The change of focus from alkalinity to hydrogen-rich water was welcome for another big reason.
The scientific studies supporting the use of hydrogen for therapeutic use are amazingly numerous, numbering 400 and growing. Over 100 different disease studies have been completed. Once they compared this with the scarcity of studies on humans for ‘alkaline, ionized 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 ionizer users had released over the years. It wasn’t alkalinity or micro-clustering or negative ions. It was hydrogen gas (molecular hydrogen).
Viva La Revolución!
No revolution passes easily. Manufacturers, vendors, and even leading doctors railed against Tyler’s scientifically supported conclusions. Either they were not yet convinced that hydrogen was significant… or it was not aligned with what their manufacturer was telling them.
They wanted to wait and make sure. They are still waiting…
Group members who have made a living from selling what they had believed were the truth, they were also scared of where the move to hydrogen drinking water would take them.
- Would it mean they couldn’t use the special little demonstrations that apparently proved micro-clustering?
- How could they demonstrate hydrogen, an invisible gas?
- Wouldn’t they lose sales?
However, the truth, as we know, sets you free, and a robust, healthy dialogue ensued – with many 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 350, including over studies on over 100 different diseases, including virtually all the so-called ‘big’ diseases. The Molecular Hydrogen Institute 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 prescribed, 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 ionizer 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 Tyler LeBaron and asked him to measure the H2 concentration on our UltraStream water ionizer 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 ionizer. The results were stunning. At normal flow rates, the UltraStream (after some months of use – not new) gave great results. Although it did not maintain a consistent H2 concentration for more than a couple of litres like the electric unit, it infused hydrogen levels three times that of the high-cost electric water ionizer, but at around 12% of the purchase cost.
Electric units will produce more liters more per use, but in our 15 years of experience, we know this doesn’t happen in most families and home uses. hence the limitation of 1-2 litres peruse is not really a problem.