Technical Glitches Appear to Be Resolved . . .

Marek and Lolo by the Coney Island Fishing Pier
Marek and Lolo by the Coney Island Fishing Pier

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.

Sad News at AquaTrust.org

Miod on the Aquarium
Miod on the Aquarium

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.

Dr. Gerald Pollack on Structured Water

Curved Tree Over CalfKiller River
Curved Tree Over CalfKiller River

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:

Water and Health:
“Who knows, EZ water may become the next wonder drug.”

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.

 

Why a Structured Water Unit?

Waterfall off Hwy 111, north of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Waterfall off Hwy 111, north of Chattanooga, Tennessee

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.