After a few frustrating days, our tech issues seem to be resolved, but if anyone has any issues using any features on the site, please be so kind as to shoot me an email at Cori@AquaTrust.org so that I can look into it.
It has come to my attention that some of the features on our website have ceased to function, notably our shopping cart and donation buttons, as well as our Bitcoin provider. I am also finding that changes I made two days ago are still not reflected on the site. Ah, the joys of technology. 😉
Needless to say, this is frustrating, and I already have an email in to our hosting provider to troubleshoot this issue. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, anyone wanting to purchase a unit or make a donation can email me directly at: Cori@AquaTrust.org, and I will handle it as quickly as possible.
And, yes, I do check my email on the weekends, so no worries there.
Meanwhile, here is a link to an excellent podcast featuring Dr. Gerald Pollack, in which he discusses his research into the Fourth Phase of Water and much more.
Sorry for the lack of updates in the past several days, but following a trip to New York, I returned home to discover our youngest cat, Miod, dead on the bedroom floor. Yes, our brilliant and funny boy, who taught himself to pee in the toilet on his own, without help or prompting from us, is dead at just under three years of age. Far too soon.
Our neighbor had been feeding our animals in our absence, and our other cats and animals are fine, so we really don’t know what caused his death. There was one clue in the form of a half-eaten mouse, leading me to think that although I don’t poison, perhaps it had gotten into something toxic elsewhere, and as Miod was our champion mouser, it took its toll. We’ll never really know, but I miss him badly, and even our dog is in mourning.
In any case, I’m back, and I will be updating more frequently. As always, we welcome questions or comments, and I try to answer promptly.
Those nominated will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with those in the most serious need given highest priority.
Clearly, by nominating someone they are not guaranteed to receive a donated unit, but they will certainly stand a much higher chance than if they were not nominated. On the other hand, if they are chosen, the donated unit will cost them nothing, and we will even pay the shipping.
We Will Donate a Structured Water Unit for Every Unit Claimed or Sold
We pledge to donate one structured water unit for every unit claimed through IndieGoGo, or purchased on our website, and it is part of our mission to continue this practice for as long as we remain in business.
We are hoping to ultimately donate units to a lot of people, all over the world, in order to help as many people as we possibly can.
To nominate someone, please email me at cori@AquaTrust.org, and include the person’s name, contact information, and why you believe that
they deserve and are in need of one of our donated structured water units.
Please note: I apologize for the focusing issues in the video, but although the camera was mounted on a stationary tripod, the sun was peeking in and out of the clouds, causing the camera to continually focus and refocus of its own accord. I will try to upgrade the video in the next day or two.
So if structured water is so great, should we be using it for everything?
In a word, no.
Structured water has many benefits, from improving hydration, to killing bacteria and reportedly making toxins unavailable to the body, to even making it easier to clean your house.
But the very properties that provide these many advantages make structured water unsuitable for some purposes.
Structured Water is Not the Best for Fermenting
In my own experiments, I found that structured water is not as good as regular water for fermentation, which I had suspected, since fermentation relies on bacteria as the primary fermenting agent.
It logically follows that, since structured water kills bacteria, when preparing a fermented food such as miso soup, or when taking probiotic supplements, doing so with structured water would be counterproductive at best, as it would likely at least partially nullify their beneficial effects.
Start Slowly and Build Up Over Time
Additionally, when first starting to drink and use structured water, it is advised to start slowly and build up the quantity over time, as structured water can apparently chelate and remove toxins and heavy metals from the body. Because of this, drinking too much, too quickly, could possibly create what is called a healing crisis, where a die-off of bacteria and yeast can create severe flu-like symptoms, making you feel far worse before you start feeling better.
By starting slowly, paying attention to any changes, and listening to your body as you begin drinking structured water, you should be able to prevent a healing crisis from occurring.
Go More Slowly if You Are Already Ill
Generally speaking, a healthy person without much toxic overload should be able to adapt fairly quickly, as was my case. When I began drinking structured water, I had not yet run across the advice to start slowly, and so I replaced most of my water with structured water right off the bat, and suffered no ill effects.
It would. however, benefit a person who is already in a healing crisis, or who already knows they have toxic overload, such as a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments, to take it much more slowly, and maybe keep a running record of any changes you notice.
Ultimately, we are all individuals, and no one really knows how their body will respond or adapt to anything new, until we try it for ourselves. Direct experience is the only way to know for certain. The key to reaping the greatest rewards, while preventing any possible ill effects, us to start slowly and to pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Your Body Knows What it Needs
Your body is intelligent, and it knows what it needs. Yet too many of us have stopped listening to our bodies, or are simply too distracted to pick up on its’ subtle messages.
Listen to your body, do your best to give it what it really needs, and you will likely have a longer, healthier and more joy-filled life. From my own experience, I believe that structured water can help, and can make the journey both easier and more pleasant.
One thing that may or may not be related is that, since I switched to giving structured water to our cats, there was a rapid cessation of peeing in inappropriate places outside the litter box. This had become a problem, and upon switching to structured water, quickly ceased to be an issue.
Interestingly, this includes our youngest cat apparently teaching himself to pee directly in the toilet, rather than using the litter box, which he is doing entirely on his own without any prompting from us.
I did show a video to Marek several months ago, which demonstrated how to train cats to use the toilet, but neither of us have implemented it in any way, with any of our three cats.
Miod seems to have made the decision from watching his big brother Bear, who has developed the habit of peeing into the top-hole litter boxes from above, and from watching us.
And, just maybe, he picked up on our desire for the cats to learn how, in order to ditch the litter boxes. We already know cats are psychic, as any long time cat aficionado can attest.
In any case, it’s pretty cool. 😉
Even better, the cats are calmer and happier overall, and fight less frequently than they used to. They have always been buddies, but boys will be boys, and since the switch to structured water, there are fewer scuffles and disagreements among them.
We know from Dr. Pollack’s work that structured water is naturally alkaline, in the range of 9.0 or so, which makes me question whether alkaline water companies may have missed the boat, and that perhaps it’s not actually the alkalinity in and of itself that is beneficial, but the physical structure of the water.
This might explain why some alkaline waters appear to be beneficial, while others are not, or may even prove harmful. Clearly this can vary by individual, but it is something I plan to learn more about, and will post about in the future.
Structured Water is Optimum for Hydration
In any case, since according to Dr. Pollack the vast majority of water in our cells is structured water, it makes sense that it would hydrate better and more quickly, as there would be no need for the body to process it further prior to absorption, since it is already in the optimum form for the body’s use.
Similarly, most of the water in plant cells is structured water, so it is logical to assume that the same would apply in that case.
In fact, according to several people who have done their own research, structured water helps plants and trees to be more resilient to stress from heat, drought and freezing temperatures, and more productive than the same varieties receiving only regular water. In all likelihood, this would be an excellent indicator that they are healthier overall, which would also increase their resistance to stresses from pests and other environmental stressors.
Faster Plant Growth with Structured Water
Although I have yet to conduct side by side tests, I have been watering all of our plants with structured water, and they are thriving. Most of the plants are far ahead of where they were this time last year, though to be truthful, we did have a much milder winter overall.
But, especially for the plants I’ve overwintered inside, which have never been subjected to freezes this year or last, they have started putting out significant growth much earlier than usual, and are thriving overall.
This indicates to me that it is the structured water helping them, as nothing else about the care I give them has changed, and as we are still subject to periodic freezes, I am not yet using fertilizer on them.
Since I grow organically, my usual fertilizer is liquid seaweed, though as things get really growing I’ll also give them fish emulsion and/or one of Fox Farms liquid plant foods.
From my own research, as well as from everything I’ve read, structured water is healthy to drink, and brings many benefits to those who do so.
I am personally noticing better sleep, better focus, and I am definitely getting more done than I was before I started drinking it, which is a huge bonus. My eyes have continued improving, and I no longer feel like they have a coating of gritty gel at the end of the day. Obviously, this is a godsend.
Is Structured Water a Chelating Agent?
According to some sources, structured water seems able to help the body in ridding itself of toxins, and many therefore advise starting slowly, drinking two to four ounces at a time to start, until your body adapts, thus avoiding a “healing crisis” that comes from removing toxins too quickly.
This suggests that structured water may act as a chelating agent, similarly to chlorella or kombucha, which makes sense when taking into account further advice to store it only in glass, stainless steel or lead-free ceramic containers, and never to allow it to sit in plastic.
One source goes so far as to say that because structured water pulls toxins out of your body, it will do the same thing with plastic, and thus becomes filled with toxic petrochemicals the longer it sits in plastic. I have not confirmed this, but plastic does contain numerous toxic chemicals, so I am erring on the side of caution, and either using structured water immediately, or storing it in glass.
Structured Water Acts a Lot Like Soft Water Without the Added Salt
There are also reports from many sources that structured water will remove buildup in your pipes and appliances over time, as well as leaving dishes and laundry cleaner, which improves with time. When installing a whole house unit, it is advisable to empty the water heater tank of any sand, gravel or other calcified build-up, in order to avoid off tastes and off smells in the water, which the structured water will otherwise dissolve over the course of the first month or so.
This is similar to advice given when installing a water softener, and as noted before, structured water does share a number of characteristics with softened water, even though no salt has been added. As I previously mentioned, structured water feels “wetter” than water from the tap, and seems to behave more like naturally soft water than like hard water.
I have already started my own informal experiments using structured water for our aquariums, our pets, our house plants, and more. Although I haven’t noticed the cats drinking much more water since I changed their water, I have noticed that their fur is getting silkier.
Our dog Lolo is definitely drinking more water than he was before. Of course, his drinking harder to miss, since he is a lot bigger, and is usually a lot louder when he drinks. 😉
According to at least one source I read, because structured water hydrates the cells so much better than regular water, it is possible that the body may need as much as 30% less structured water to do the same job. Every animal, and human, will respond to it differently, according to their body’s needs.
UPDATE: While we and our animals may be drinking marginally more than we were before switching to structured water, it is a small difference if any, though we are definitely better hydrated than we were.
The bigger difference seems to be with plants, as watering them with structured water generally results in a noticeable growth spurt, resulting in them needing to be watered MORE OFTEN than when watering with regular water. This is my observation specifically with potted plants; with plants in the ground, I expect that such differences will most likely be less marked.
Experiments – Effects on Plant Growth
I did do one experiment accidentally, when I had some structured water left after watering the plants on our porch, and used it to water one of four roses in front of our house. Before I watered it, its’ growth was equal to the other four, but by the next afternoon, it had started putting out noticeable new growth. Coincidence? Possibly, but I’ll know more soon.
I will also be doing side by side comparisons, sprouting seeds and watering established plants with structured versus regular water, and documenting the results, so stay tuned for more information on this and much more. I am particularly interested to see the differences in wheat grass and sunflower microgreens, both of which grow very quickly. I’ll post photos as I go along.
Another Accidental Experiment
I have already seen some preliminary evidence that plants respond better to structured water, when I was watering plants in the house a few days ago, and realized with horror that one of the herb plants I recently transplanted was drooping severely because it had been peed on by one of our cats. Yikes!!!
I immediately flooded the plant with water, and then decided belatedly that since structured water is supposed to hydrate better, that perhaps it is also superior in washing cat pee out of potting soil. I promptly saturated the soil twice more with structured water, to give the mint plant the best chance at survival, and it does seem to have worked.
Ironically, this is almost a side by side comparison, because I ran into precisely the same scenario with a parsley plant a few of months back, prior to having structured water available for the task. And still I let the cats live. 😉 Granted, I thoroughly drenched the soil in that pot several times as well, and as of this writing, both plants are still alive, though the mint plant does seem to be a lot happier overall.
UPDATE: The mint plant is still doing fabulously well, and growing like a weed, while the parsley plant finally gave up the ghost.
All of the herb plants I’ve been watering with structured water have put on considerably more growth than is usual for this early in spring, but it also coincides with an unusually warm winter and early spring. That said, the plants I’m watering with structured water are definitely outgrowing those I’m watering with plain filtered water.
Experiments – Effects on Fermentation
My next step is to do some experiments with fermenting using structured water. I have run across several references that state that structured water allows beneficial aerobic bacteria to flourish, while killing harmful anaerobic bacteria, which suggests that fermentation using structured water may actually be safer than using regular water.
My initial experiments will be side by side tests fermenting water kefir and kombucha, since again both can be conducted fairly quickly, and the results should be pretty obvious from the end product.
I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Okay, the results of this test are in, and structured water is NOT recommended for fermenting kombucha and water kefir, as the resulting drink is far less complex and flavorful as that fermented with regular water. The water kefir, in particular, was really, really sweet, and barely fermented even after nearly a week. Yuck.
Boy, am I glad I didn’t try this with my mother cultures! I already knew that structured water would be a bad idea to use when fermenting traditional miso, as miso is primarily fermented with anaerobic bacteria, but it remains to be seen if there is anything else that it will be better for fermenting.
As spring progresses, and our vegetables start producing, I will try lacto fermenting a few different things using regular and structured water, more out of curiosity at this point than anything. At this point, I recommend using regular water for fermenting.
Being the science geek that I am, as soon as I learned enough of the technology regarding structured water to do so, I realized that because of my own weird and circuitous journey through life, I already had the knowledge to put together a couple of basic units for our own use.
I wanted to see first whether the technology as I understood it really worked, if there was really a noticeable difference in the water, and to see if structured water was really worth all the hype. I was also unconvinced that the prices asked for many units on the market were justified.
Feeling Better Hydrated
As it turns out, my understanding of the technology was accurate, and the prototype units I made, while not particularly pretty, worked well on the first try. I made a large portable unit for use at home, and a much smaller travel unit for my husband to take on the road. Both units work well.
What I can say personally, after a relatively short time of drinking the resulting structured water, is that I immediately noticed that my eyes felt less dry. I have been wearing contacts since my twenties and, like many contact wearers, any time I get dehydrated I feel it first in my eyes.
I drink the majority of my water either with chlorophyll, or as herbal tea, recently mostly as Ayurvedic Three Seed (CCF) tea, and I feel far more hydrated than before I was using the structured water. It has been particularly cold here in Middle Tennessee, with unusual warm spells in-between, and I tend to get a dry throat as I walk about feeding and tending to our animals, which has been less of an issue since I started drinking structured water. My skin is less dry as well.
The first time I drank ordered water I did not like the taste, though as I have continued drinking it I find that I now far prefer it to regular water. Detoxing? I don’t know, but I find it interesting. I am clearly digesting better, but since I started the CCF tea just a few days prior to the structured water, and started taking Triphala and Ashwaganda a few days after, I’m not sure just what to attribute to the structured water and what to attribute to the Ayurvedic herbs. Only time will tell.
Structured Water Feels Wetter
Another thing I noticed immediately was that the water feels noticeably “wetter,” much like chemically “softened” water, though nothing in the water has been removed, and nothing has been added, including the salt used in common water softeners.
That is one of the things that struck me first about structured water technology – there are no moving parts, nothing is added or taken away, and structuring the water is an entirely mechanical process perfected by nature, that we are just now learning to put into practice for ourselves.
Even though we have been surrounded by it for millennia.
What can I say – sometimes we humans can be slow learners.
In my research on structured water, I found information that ran the gamut from denying that such a thing exists, numerous statements that even if it does exist it is of no real benefit, to apparently exaggerated claims that structured water, a.k.a. vortex water, magnetic structured water, etc., can magically heal nearly any illness or malady, including cancer and wasting diseases, then clean your house and wash the dishes.
Okay, I made that last part up, but hey, I’m allowed to dream, right?
Discoveries by Dr. Gerald H. Pollack
In the end, it was the statements made by Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, of the Pollack Laboratory of the University of Washington, Seattle, that intrigued me the most, excited me with the possibilities, and impressed me with the breadth of his knowledge, and his down-to-earth style and humility.
This is no grandstanding salesman; Dr. Pollack is a credentialed scientist who has been researching water and its properties exclusively for nearly fifteen years, has published several highly regarded, award-winning books and dozens of scientific articles on the subject, and readily admits that we are still largely clueless about how water really works. But what surprised me the most about his findings of an implied fourth phase of water was that there is so MUCH of it . . . literally everywhere.
Please note that Dr. Pollack refers to the fourth phase of water as “Exclusion Zone” (EZ) water or “ordered” water, rather than structured water, but they appear to be one and the same.
And, while Dr. Pollack admits that while truly comprehensive research on how drinking structured water affects cells in the human body still needs to be done, when asked by Dr. Mercola whether it is a good idea to drink structured water, he responded: “That’s an open question. My inclination at the moment is to say that if you are able to drink this kind of water, it will be good for your health.”
The Next Wonder Drug
Then again, there is a list of research topics on his website, on which appears the following:
He went further in this article, when speaking about the healing properties of healing waters such as those in Lourdes, in the Ganges and around the world, and in comparing them with the EZ (Exclusion Zone) water he was observing in his lab, he stated: “For spring water and fresh ice melt . . . the high EZ content may explain the recognized health benefits. EZ water should rehydrate tissues better than ordinary water because of its higher dipole moment. To appreciate this argument, picture a bean with positive charge localized at one end, negative at the other. The positive end of that dipole orients toward the negatively charged cell, which then strongly draws in that dipole. The larger the dipole, the stronger will be the draw. Since EZs contain masses of separated charges, or large dipoles, EZ water should hydrate cells better than ordinary water. That’s why EZ water may particularly promote good health.” (Emphasis mine)
Considering how reluctant good scientists tend to be about giving definitive answers on any subject before they are absolutely certain, and considering the great pains he took to qualify his answers, his comments are good enough for me. I am personally now drinking and cooking with structured water, serving it in my home, giving it to our animals, and watering our plants with it, so far with excellent results for all.
So How Did We Get Involved with Structured Water Units?
My name is Cori, and I grew up in Southern California, where being health conscious just came with the territory. My search for better water started when I was in my teens. I was introduced to the concepts of organic gardening and soil conservation when my dad bought a small health food store as a side business, and I became the relief cashier after school.
A sophomore in high school, I started reading the magazines on the shelves during slow times, and I was shocked when I learned how tainted our public water supply was. I started thinking about a better solution.
At seventeen, I started college with a major in Marine Biology, which, quite obviously, has quite a lot to do with water. Although an occasional professor noted some of the many anomalies in science regarding water, they were usually glossed over, and I rarely got satisfactory answers to my questions. It became fairly clear that there was a lot that even the professors did not know.
My First Job in the Water Biz
In my twenties, shortly after moving to Florida, I worked for a company called National Safewater Associates, aka NSA, that made a variety of water filters that seemed a step in the right direction. Through them, I began learning about water filtration and safety, and ultimately realized that their solution was only a partial fix.
After marriage, my then-husband and I built a number of aquariums together, and I opened an art business in which we had several of them displayed. During this period, I learned more about water quality and filtration, along with becoming very familiar with working with plumbing and dental fittings, as they both played key roles in the bizarre and unusual aquariums we were building.
In the meantime, I was still researching better ways of ensuring a clean and healthy water supply for us and our pets, and was still not happy with what I was finding. Most sources, and a majority of doctors, agree that distilled water is not the best for vibrant health. Reverse osmosis was out of the question because the process wastes three out of four gallons that flow through the system. Water softeners add too much sodium and are not safe to use with septic systems. I kept looking.
Still Seeking a Solution
Following our divorce, I began writing a series of articles for a local paper called the Sand Key Sun, one of which was on different ways to ensure a supply of clean, potable water in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. In the 2004 train of hurricanes that hit our state, our area was badly affected by two of them, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and in both cases I had friends who were without power for several days.
Happily the worst thing that happened to our home was that we lost telephone service for several days, which we typically did even during heavy thunderstorms, and we had little damage from the actual hurricanes. Though no one I knew lost access to potable water, we all saw what happened during Katrina the following year, and as it can happen entirely without warning, it pays to be prepared.
Ultimately I started hearing about structured water, but most of the information I found initially had little in the way of explanation.
Enter: Dr. Gerald H. Pollack
Then I discovered the work of Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, and it rocked my world. Here, finally, was what I had been looking for all along – a simple and elegant explanation that made sense out of all of water’s anomalies, while also providing the answer to precisely what structured water is, how it occurs, and why it hydrates the body so very well.
Here is a TEDx presentation in which Dr. Pollack explains his most important findings, thankfully in clearly understandable layman’s terms, so that most people will grasp it quickly.