July 7, 2020

Magnesium Bicarbonate: importance for water

The acid-base balance in blood is controlled by the capacity of the respiratory system to remove excess carbon dioxide—also by the ability of the kidneys to excrete wastes in urine, and by a buffering system referred to as the bicarbonate buffering system. The greatest limiting factor for neutralizing acidic waste in the human body is the availability of bicarbonates which act as antioxidants. Bicarbonates can be delivered in water. In fact, neither the blood nor water are healthy without them.

Neutralization of acids depends on the presence of buffers. For example, if you add a weak acid to a glass of water that has no buffering capacity, the pH will immediately drop—just as you’d expect. But, if you add the same amount of acid to a glass of buffered water, the pH will barely change. A buffer neutralizes acid, leaving the solution’s pH unchanged. In water and in the human body, buffers are predominantly bicarbonates.

The bicarbonate buffering system (like all buffers) is composed of a weak acid (carbonic acid — H2CO3) and a weak base (bicarbonate – HCO3-). Together, they work to keep the pH of the blood and other internal fluids within a specific range. In solution, carbonic acid dissociates into hydrogen ions (H+ ) and bicarbonate ions (HCO3-). When acids are added to a bicarbonate buffering system, the bicarbonate ions re-associate with H+ ions and re-form carbonic acid. This reduces H+ ion concentration (acidity) and brings the pH back up. Buffers neutralize acids by scavenging hydrogen ions (H+).

H2CO3 + H2O  ↔ H+ + HCO3-
Carbonic acid + Water  ↔  H+ ion + Bicarbonate

Bicarbonates give blood the ability to resist changes in pH. Even tiny variations in blood pH can disrupt vital metabolic functions. Bicarbonates also help natural water to resist the effects of acid rain, wastes from aquatic life and other acidic influences. Dramatic pH swings in rivers and streams can be equally devastating. The ocean, too, is buffered with bicarbonates. It is capable of neutralizing an enormous amount of acidic waste. Our bodies mirror the Earth’s oceans in so many ways.

Under ideal conditions in the human body, there is much more bicarbonate than carbonic acid (the ratio is approximately 20:1). This is perfect for biological organisms that produce acidic metabolic waste. The high bicarbonate concentration at equilibrium is able to neutralize considerable acidity. However under stress, bicarbonates become a limiting factor. Diet, pollution, exercise, and age all draw on bicarbonate reserves and limit the body’s capacity to neutralize and eliminate acids.

For well over a hundred years, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) has been used to increase the buffering capacity of the blood and the fluid surrounding cells. It is well known to control chronic acidosis. Sodium bicarbonate has been used for indigestion and heartburn for decades. Athletes use it to enhance endurance and to reduce recovery time because it neutralizes lactic acid. Sodium bicarbonate has many documented uses in emergency medicine (although its use is being rapidly phased out in favor of drugs).

Dr. Mark Sircus has been a proponent of sodium bicarbonate for many years. His recent book elaborates on its chemistry and function for human health. He writes,

Sodium bicarbonate is the time honored method to ‘speed up’ the return of the body’s bicarbonate levels to normal. It has blood vessel dilating action, [it] increases blood fluidity, assist[s] oxygen dissociation—thus more oxygen flows to the capillaries and cells… has strong anti inflammatory action, helps with detoxification and neutralization of toxic substances of all kinds offering strong and almost instantaneous shifts in pH. …The body is always hungry for bicarbonate unless you live in some pristine valley…

While sodium bicarbonate is a time honored favorite, Dr. Sircus admits that its virtues have nothing to do with the sodium. It’s all about the bicarbonates. Rather than sodium, (which there is no shortage of) other mineral ions are often more advantageous when delivered with bicarbonates.

The alkaline mineral ions
By themselves, the alkaline mineral ions (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium etc.) are not easily absorbed in living tissues. They often end up as plaque, deposits in joints, and acid waste sequestered in fatty tissue. They can contribute to degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis and atherosclerosis. However, when the same alkaline ions are carried with bicarbonates, they are more easily absorbed, and they participate as a part of a buffering system that, reduces arterial plaque, and age-related calcification. Bicarbonates can carry all the alkaline minerals.

Alkaline water vs. alkaline bicarbonate water
Alkaline water —including alkaline ionized water— is very different from water that has an alkaline pH due to the presence of bicarbonates. Alkaline ions affect the pH of water but they cannot neutralize acids.  (Read the article on alkaline water.) Most alkaline water products have few bicarbonates, little buffering capacity and almost no ability to neutralize acidic waste. On the other hand, bicarbonate water is mildly alkaline yet it has what is referred to as alkalinity—the ability to neutralize acids. Alkalinity is based on buffering capacity and the equilibrium relationship between carbon dioxide and bicarbonate.

Carbon dioxide and bicarbonate are two sides of the same coin. The only way bicarbonates become available is through the presence of carbon dioxide to produce carbonic acid. The balance between the two is at the heart of metabolic homeostasis. The complete equation for the bicarbonate buffering system begins with carbon dioxide:

CO2 + H20 ↔ H2CO3 + H2O ↔ H+ + HCO3-
Carbon dioxide + water ↔ Carbonic acid + Water ↔  Hydrogen ion + Bicarbonate

In mammalian cells, the continuous production of carbon dioxide (from ATP hydrolysis and other metabolic processes) requires a continuous supply of bicarbonates to maintain equilibrium and optimal buffering capacity. When bicarbonates become limited, the buffering capacity of the cells suffer.

Bicarbonates in the stomach
In the stomach, bicarbonate ions pass almost immediately into the bloodstream in exchange for chloride ions to make hydrochloric acid (HCl). Although it sounds counterintuitive, drinking bicarbonate water on an empty stomach actually stimulates the production of stomach acid (HCl). It is an ideal drink first thing in the morning and before meals—as long as adequate time passes before the consumption of food. Bicarbonate water actually prepares the stomach for digestion and helps to overcome the waning production of HCl that plagues older individuals. While such knowledge has nearly disappeared from medical texts, the Materia Medica (1918 edition) had this to say about the affects of sodium bicarbonate in the stomach:

The effect of an alkali in the stomach will vary according to the nature of the stomach contents at the time of administration. In the resting period (after food is digested) sodium bicarbonate dissolves mucus and is absorbed as bicarbonate into the blood, to increase its alkalinity directly. In the digestive period it reduces the secretion of gastric juice, neutralizes a portion of the hydrochloric acid, liberates the carminative carbon dioxide gas, and is absorbed as sodium chloride. The time of administration must, therefore, be chosen with a definite purpose. In continuous hyperacidity and in fermentative conditions a dose an hour before meals will tend to prepare the stomach for the next meal.

The use of bicarbonates is not new. What is new is the use of magnesium bicarbonate in water to enhance bicarbonate reserves, to stabilize the structure of the water,  AND to supply much needed magnesium in an available form.

Magnesium Bicarbonate
In 2002, Dr Russell Beckett, an Australian biochemist and pathologist, released a product called Unique Water—made with magnesium bicarbonate. The product was the result of years of anti-aging research that came together when a group of animals were identified in a remote area of southeastern Australia living 30 – 50% longer than other animals in the same region. After eliminating all other possibilities for longevity, the water was revealed to have an unusually high level of magnesium bicarbonate. Springs in the region that fed properties with the oldest cows had the most magnesium bicarbonate in the water.
Beckett’s anti-aging research had previously revealed animals that broke the longevity rules had evolved more efficient ways of neutralizing acid waste. He recognized the importance of bicarbonates in the spring water and at the same time, he recognized the connection between decreasing levels of magnesium and many ailments associated with age. The combination (magnesium and bicarbonate) was an obvious winner.

Early trials conducted with Unique Water over a period of two years showed reduced incidence of colds and flu with less severe symptoms. (Most viruses, including the ones that are responsible for the common cold and flu, are classified as pH-dependent. They are infectious only in an acidic pH range. ) Consumption of magnesium bicarbonate water apparently improved bicarbonate reserves and protected the participants in the study. Later clinical trials revealed positive changes in the bio chemistry of the blood (improved albumin levels) and positive effects on the parathyroid hormone which is correlated with osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and atherosclerosis.

Another interesting note about the combination of magnesium with bicarbonate is that each component assists in the transport of the other within cellular tissues. Supplying magnesium and bicarbonate together in drinking water buffers and balances the water, and it supports metabolic functions that become compromised with age and many ailments.

Magnesium deficiency
Changes in diet (with more processed foods) as well as in water quality (where many individuals drink de-mineralized water) have significantly affected the average daily intake of magnesium. Unlike many other nutrients that are better supplied in food, water can be an excellent source of magnesium. Approximately 50% of the magnesium contained in mineral water is absorbed. This is greater than the amount absorbed from food. The ‘magnesium-in-water’ effect was identified years ago as beneficial for those on a low magnesium diet. As far as the authors are aware, no studies have been conducted to determine the absorption of magnesium from bicarbonate water. They suspect it is much higher than 50%.

The recommended adult daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium is anywhere from 360 to 420 mg per day, depending on age and gender. But as with all RDAs, this recommendation is well below optimal. Many researchers believe total magnesium intake should be at least 450–500 mg per day, and drinking water should contain a minimum of 25–50 mg/l. Unfortunately, most of today’s water contains below 6 mg/l of magnesium.

Blatantly ignored in modern medicine, magnesium deficiency is rampant, responsible (at least in part) for the increased incidence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit and many other conditions too numerous to list. Magnesium has been referred to as the “master mineral” because of its involvement in over 300 enzyme systems including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is required for energy production and for the synthesis of DNA. It also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm. Supplying magnesium with bicarbonates is an incredible way to deliver a double benefit for your health.

Making magnesium bicarbonate water
Magnesium bicarbonate is a salt that exists only in water. (You cannot buy magnesium bicarbonate like you can buy sodium bicarbonate). It only exists in aqueous form as a result of carbon dioxide in the water and accompanying ionic magnesium. Beckett and others have devised ways of making magnesium bicarbonate water by reacting magnesium with carbonated water. There are several products on the market, including Unique Water available in Australia, MagBicarb Water (a concentrate), and a natural spring water from Adobe Springs, California branded under the name Noah’s Water. But you can make your own with carbonated water and magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia).

How to take magnesium bicarbonate water

Most recipes for making magnesium bicarbonate water call for making a concentrate—then diluting to a final concentration of approximately 125 mg/l Mg and 625 mg/l bicarbonate. According to Beckett, the maximum magnesium concentration that can be maintained in solution as magnesium bicarbonate is approximately 120 mg/liter at pH 8.3. Higher concentrations of magnesium can be maintained in solution at low pH and if chlorides (such as sodium chloride) are added to the water. The authors of Dancing with Water have found that one of the best ways to balance magnesium bicarbonate water and to optimize magnesium levels in the final solution is with the addition of unprocessed salts—especially Ocean Plasma. These naturally contain a balance of other bicarbonates (such as sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, and calcium bicarbonate) and chlorides. The following recipe has been amended to accommodate the addition of unprocessed salts AND structured water for a final magnesium bicarbonate water that is balanced and rapidly assimilated on an empty stomach.

1 liter Carbonated water – chilled (also called selzter water; any brand – make sure it is just carbonated water with no flavorings or sweeteners. Don’t use Club Soda because it has added sodium and we will be adding our own balanced salts to the recipe.
3 Tbsp (45 ml) milk of magnesia (find a brand that only contains magnesium hydroxide and purified water. The “active” ingredient should only be magnesium hydroxide Mg (OH)2 . The “inactive” ingredient should only be purified water. One tablespoon should have 500 mg of Mg). Most brands have added ingredients including flavors, sweeteners, artificial colors, and even sodium hydroxide (lye) which is used to make household bleach). Generic brands are typically the ones without these added ingredients. Four brands we are aware of that do not contain added ingredients are: Kroger, Good Sense, Dollar General and TopCare – look for the original flavor of all of these. Check the label carefully.

1. Shake and measure 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of milk of magnesia (MoM); use the plastic measuring cup that comes with the MoM.
2. Without agitating it, open the chilled bottle of carbonated water. When the initial fizzing settles down (but don’t wait too long) slowly add the MoM and tightly re-cap the bottle to minimize loss of CO2.
3. Shake and set aside for about a half hour. The bottle will harden as the reaction proceeds—then as it nears completion, the sides of the plastic bottle will cave in.   Mg(OH)2 + 2CO2 ↔ Mg(HCO3)2.
4. After a half hour, shake again and store in the refrigerator.
5. When the liquid clears, (typically within another 20-30 minutes) all the magnesium hydroxide in the MoM should have reacted with the CO2 to become concentrated magnesium bicarbonate water with approximately 1500 mg of magnesium and approximately 7500 mg of bicarbonate. Sometimes, depending on the amount of CO2 that escapes during the addition of MoM, there may be a small amount of un-dissolved magnesium in the bottom of the container. Don’t worry about it.
6. (also see alternate step 6 below ) To make a gallon of dilute magnesium bicarbonate water suitable for drinking, start with about a half gallon of structured water (made according to the methods described in the book, Dancing with Water). NOTE: For this purpose, water with a low mineral content (<50 ppm) is best because other minerals tend to compete with the complete reaction of magnesium and CO2. Also, calcium competes with magnesium for absorption and most water sources today have a high concentration of calcium. Transfer 1/3 liter of the magnesium bicarbonate concentrate (333 ml) into the container and add balancing salts—either of the following:
• 2Tbsp Ocean Plasma
• 1/2 tsp Blue Ocean Minerals
• 1 tsp saturated salt solution made with any natural unprocessed salt
Fill the gallon container to the top with more structured water and allow to mature overnight. Buffers actually stabilize the structure of the water but it takes time for the liquid crystalline matrix to develop after the addition of the magnesium bicarbonate concentrate. The final solution contains about 130 mg/l of magnesium and 665 mg/l of bicarbonates. Depending on the source of water used for dilution, the pH will end up being between 8.0 and 8.5.

6. Alternate method
As discussed in Dancing with Water, the more refined the structure of the water becomes, the greater its capacity to communicate signals and information through its liquid crystalline matrix. The Water Cradle as well as Earth Resonance (ER) containers made usingparamagnetic materials, refine water’s structure to a greater degree than other methods of structuring water. When magnesium bicarbonate concentrate is added to water that is refined in the Water Cradle or in an ER container, you can use less of the magnesium bicarbonate concentrate and still benefit from the same effect (because the bicarbonate and the magnesium are more completely absorbed in the body, and because their resonance is communicated at deeper levels).

To make a less concentrated/ more bio-available dilution, add 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) of the concentrate from above to ½ gallon of structured water. (You can use slightly less than an ounce in the Water Cradle since it holds 7 cups). Add balancing salts
• 1 Tbsp Ocean Plasma
• 1/4 tsp Blue Ocean Minerals
• 1/2 tsp saturated salt solution made with any natural unprocessed salt
Allow the water to mature for 4 to 5 days in either the Water Cradle or in an ER container before consumption. Drink the same amount of this water as you would with the first method.

How much/when to take
Dr. Beckett has recommended two levels of consumption—a therapeutic and a maintenance level. The therapeutic dose is 2 liters/day on an empty stomach at least 45 minutes before a meal. The maintenance dose is ½ liter/day.
Most people should build up to the therapeutic dose – taking 2 or more weeks to get to the 2 liters/day level. Start with 500 ml (1/2 liter)/ day. Break this into 2 does and take one first thing in the morning (or even when you get up at night to go to the bathroom if your morning is rushed) – then later in the day before a meal or before bed – always on an empty stomach. If you take the magnesium bicarbonate water with food, the bicarbonates will be neutralized (and of little therapeutic value) by the stomach acid that is produced when food is ingested.
Depending on age and health, take the therapeutic dose for six months to a year, then reduce to the maintenance level. You may also want to take the therapeutic dose for 2-3 weeks out of each year thereafter.

Note: For people with the rare illnesses of Bartter syndrome or Gitelman syndrome, bicarbonate may be contraindicated.

Disclaimer: The information and instructions provided here are for educational purposes. They do not constitute a recommendation to consume this water, and no claims of health benefits from consuming this water are made

Azumar: Stone for the New Consciousness

Azumar-2In February 2013 a new stone was discovered in Arizona.  Made of quartz and kaolinite, the stone has a robin’s egg blue/turquoise hue containing waves of color from green-blue to deep teal,  depending on the trace mineral content.  The stone’s name (Azumar) comes from the words, “azure” (associated with the color of the sky, and the color of tropical water), and the word “mare” (ocean).

The discovery of Azumar coincides with a time of awakening and rejoicing on the Earth. It is no accident that this stone resonates with water and that it awakens ancient codes for joyful  living. Robert Simmons, author of the book, Stones of the New Consciousness says of Azumar:

There is an unmistakable watery feel to the flow of Azumar’s currents, …that energy transforms the body’s inner ocean to a moving sea of rhythmic bliss.  It is as if the liquid within us comes alive with joy and enhanced awareness. …It’s currents wash through the Liquid Crystal Body Matrix, bringing refreshment, joy and rejuvenation to every cell.  …This is one of the most powerful stones I have encountered for personal evolution and the enhancement of consciousness.

Azumar’s waves of energy gently sweep through the human body leaving a wake of joy and bliss.  In the presence of the stone, the physical body relaxes;  the emotional body lets go; and the spiritual body rejoices.

On a physical level,  Azumar supports changes in our evolving DNA as it restructures the water within the entire body. From this perspective, Azumar accelerates change and helps the body to assimilate new “Earth information” being transmitted by the Sun and other celestial bodies of light.

On an emotional level, Azumar supports the release of anger, fear, frustration and other lower emotions, replacing these with serenity, confidence and joy.  Azumar stabilizes emotional trauma by raising the frequency of the body’s internal water.  Long-held emotional patterns that are no longer necessary for a person’s evolution, are dissolved and released.

On a spiritual level, Azumar connects us with the joyful  flow of life, helping the human family to remember who we are as we take our place in the web of life. Azumar promises to teach us how to be like a drop of water—individual yet “at one” in the ocean of life. According to Robert Simmons, Azumar is an Earth Spirit stone  helping individuals to feel and harmonize with planetary consciousness. It aids the joyful expression of one’s deepest truth and encourages communion with the Soul of the World. As such, it stimulates the process of enlightenment.

Azumar and Water

One of the purposes of the book, Dancing with Water (and the accompanying website) is to help bring about a conscious connection with water—at a level where people can experience water every day with renewed, gratitude. Azumar comes at a perfect time to assist in this endeavor. The stone is grounded in the Earth’s water and connected with the World Soul.  It assists in the conscious connection with water and it also assists in connecting us with the entire natural world.  In the authors’ experience, the longer a person works with Azumar and/or drinks water infused with its energy, the more s(he) becomes connected with the natural way of things—the joyful flow of life.  Azumar is a stone for our time—awakening us to joyful living through our connection with the natural flow of water and of all life.

How to use Azumar to structure/enhance water
Azumar is similar to blue topaz in its immediate effects on water’s structure – BUT with a much higher vibration. Rough or raw Azumar exposes water to wave-like pulsations that rapidly organize water’s energy field  bringing  a refined molecular structure and codes for joyful living to the water. Drinking water  made with Azumar structures the water in the human body and carries ancient codes for joyful living deep into the cellular matrix. The body responds with relaxation and a feeling of profound joy. Polished Azumar  carries a gentler energy into the water, taking longer to infuse structure but producing a more calming water that is ideal for meditation.

Azumar should be placed around (at the base of) a water vessel. It should not be placed directly in your water.  Within minutes, the water is imprinted – however, patterns are more coherently  congealed when the energy is allowed to “mature” for a longer period of time.

Azumar2 smallAzumar sphere2 smallThe authors of Dancing with Water suggest a group of six small, rough stones spaced evenly around any water vessel and left for several hours or overnight. You can amplify the energy using quartz crystals, a Tensor ring, triskelions, or orgonite.  Ideally, the combination of orgonite and a tensor ring, amplify and protect the developing energy field.



Deuterium-depleted water: What is it?

hydrogen vs deuteriumDeuterium is an isotope of hydrogen that contains a proton and a neutron in the nucleus of the atom. The extra neutron doubles the mass of the hydrogen atom.

It is well-known that due to its mass difference, deuterium (D) behaves differently from hydrogen in chemical reactions (called the isotope effect). In other words, deuterium can, in some ways, be considered an independent element. When deuterium combines with oxygen, the resulting water is referred to as deuterium oxide or “heavy” water –D2O.  Semi-heavy water results when one atom of hydrogen and one atom of deuterium combine with oxygen: (HDO). Water with a reduced deuterium content may have the capacity to transmit information more clearly. The extra neutron may create a “pucker” in the water matrix that is involved with information storage and transfer. Water made with deuterium tastes and looks the same but has numerous distinguishing characteristics. For example:

  • Normal water boils at 100° C;  heavy water boils at 101.4 °C

    heavy water

    Left: Ice made with normal water; Right: Ice made with Heavy water

  • Normal water freezes at 0° C;  heavy water freezes at 3.8° C.
  • Ice normally floats on the surface of water;  ice made with heavy water sinks.

Gilbert Lewis was the first to produce a pure sample of heavy water in the 1930s. He accurately predicted its toxic effects on living organisms. His experiments showed that while tobacco seeds placed in typical water sprouted over the course of two weeks, those placed in D2O did not sprout at all. Tobacco seeds in 50/50 D2O sprouted— slowly. Subsequent experiments on cell cultures and living organisms determined  that increasing the deuterium concentration of the water in an organism could disturb normal cell function. Higher concentrations were lethal. While all this was interesting, most scientists considered deuterium to be so scarce that the study of its biological effects were ignored until the 1990s.

Is deuterium really scarce?

On average, one out of every 6400 atoms of hydrogen is deuterium—the equivalent of one or two drops in a quart of water.  That might seem like a small proportion—until you consider the amount of hydrogen in living matter. One out of every 6400 atoms translates to a mass of deuterium five times greater than the mass of calcium in human blood.  When scientists began to look at deuterium from this perspective, they became more interested in its biological significance.

Deuterium and DNA

Although mainstream researchers have overlooked the long term effects of low-level deuterium, research indicates that deuterium is coupled with DNA mutation and subsequent DNA damage. Deuterium affects the shape of molecules, including the shape of enzymes—many of which are involved in DNA synthesis and repair. The presence of deuterium in these enzymes slows DNA replication, it causes errors in transcription, and it hinders DNA repair.

Deuterium also has an effect on biological processes through the mechanism of hydrogen bonding. The bonds created by deuterium are stronger than normal hydrogen bonds. Tighter deuterium bonding stiffens proteins and requires more energy to break during metabolic reactions. Hydrogen bonds play a major role in DNA structure and are responsible for its helical shape. The class of enzymes and proteins that play a role in DNA replication and repair make extensive use of hydrogen bonds—another reason deuterium can have negative effects on DNA.

Deuterium also interferes with normal proton movement in any proton channel—including the channels involved in ATP (energy) production. Its presence causes the mechanism to “stutter”  reducing efficiency. With normal concentrations of deuterium, the “stutter” happens about once every 15 seconds in every proton channel. Multiplied by the millions of proton channels in a living organism, this approaches monumental proportions. Given these affects (and others), deuterium is now thought to play an important role for many biological organisms.

Deuterium and Aging

The most widely accepted theory on aging supposes that the aging process is correlated with a gradual accumulation of errors in DNA.  According to Kirk Goodall, a senior member of the technical staff with NASA, the number of irreversible errors in the DNA sequence is directly influenced, by deuterium.  The lower the deuterium concentration, the lower the frequency of the irreversible errors in DNA structures. The most recent research reveals that the ability to deplete deuterium decreases with age; weight gain, illness and lack of quality sleep are also factors.

Biological effects of deuterium-depleted water (DDW)

Since water is a major source of hydrogen, and since most living organisms are 50 – 75% water, scientists have begun to investigate the effects of deuterium-depleted water—water with a reduced amount of deuterium. Discoveries in the last fifteen years have been groundbreaking.   The biological effects of deuterium-depleted water (DDW), sometimes referred to as “light” water, have been highlighted in dozens of studies. Experiments on plants show a general increase in growth and productivity—up to 200%.  Experiments with chickens lead to a 50% decrease in mortality and a near doubling in egg production. Experiments with mice revealed increased life expectancy and an increase in sexual activity. Over ten years of research and clinical trials on humans in Hungary by Dr. Gábor Somlyai and his colleges have identified effects of DDW. His book, Defeating Cancer: The Biological Effect of Deuterium Depletion, chronicles the work.

What is deuterium-depleted water?

All natural water contains deuterium. Most water contains about 150 ppm. Water with a concentration less than 140 ppm is considered deuterium-depleted. According to clinical work conducted in Hungary, Japan and Russia, even this seemingly small reduction in deuterium may influence health.

Natural deuterium depletion

Since evaporation favors hydrogen over the heavier deuterium, water vapor is lower in deuterium. (Deuterium evaporates last and condenses first.)  In areas where there is a greater degree of evaporation (equator and deserts) the deuterium content of the surface water is high. On the other hand, where there is less evaporation (polar regions and mountains) the deuterium concentration of the surface water is lower. Natural deuterium concentration depends on a number of factors:

  • Temperature/Season— Water in cold climates contains less deuterium than water in warmer climates. Winter precipitation contains less deuterium than summer precipitation.
  • Water source (fresh vs. ocean)—Oceans contain more deuterium than fresh water. The deuterium concentration in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean remains fairly constant at 156 ppm. Polar oceans have a much lower concentration.
  • Altitude—Water at high altitudes has less deuterium. Water from the Rocky mountains in Western United States has been measured with 136 ppm deuterium.
  • Distance from coastline—Heavier water precipitates first so the surface water along western coastlines contains more deuterium than inland areas.
  • Distance from the equator—Equatorial waters contain more deuterium than water at the poles. Water from Antarctic ice measures 90 ppm deuterium and water beneath the Sahara desert measure 180 ppm deuterium.

Organisms in various parts of the world tend to have deuterium concentrations comparable to the water in the area. However, both plants and animals maintain a lower deuterium concentration than the surrounding surface water. This indicates that organisms have a preference for a deuterium-depleted status. In fact, the water produced in the body (referred to as metabolic water) is deuterium depleted.

First International Symposium on Deuterium Depletion

Water as Medicine

Dr. Batmanghelidj

When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, a doctor by the name of Fereydoon Batmanghelidj was taken as a political prisoner for over two years. As is often the case, adversity was the doorway to an amazing discovery. One evening, the doctor was called to assist a fellow prisoner who was experiencing excruciating pain due to a peptic ulcer. With no medications available, Dr. Batmanghelidj gave the man two glasses of water. To everyone’s surprise, and within a few minutes, the man’s pain completely subsided. By continuing to drink more water, the man was free of pain for the four remaining months of his prison sentence.

With time on his hands and with numerous subjects, Dr. Batmanghelidj found himself in a position to conduct extensive research on the medicinal effects of water for the prevention and relief of many stress-induced conditions. With water alone, he treated his fellow prisoners who suffered from ulcers and other degenerative diseases. When the time came for his trial and execution, Dr. Batmanghelidj presented the judge with a paper he had written on water as a treatment for peptic ulcers. His life was spared so that he could continue his research. His original work was eventually published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. This opened the way for further research which he eventually conducted in the U.S after his release from prison and following his escape from Iran.

Dr. Batmanghelidj’s research and the publication of numerous papers and books, initiated a paradigm shift in our modern understanding of water’s role in health and vitality. His simple statement, “You are not sick, you are thirsty!”  has become the basis for a significant change in our thinking and it has become the impetus for an even greater understanding of the life force—and indeed the lifeblood of the Earth—water.  We owe a great debt to Dr. Batman (a nickname). He is every bit the hero as the original Batman in comic books. Read the Batmanghelidj lecture 2003 to the Government Health Forum.

Linus Pauling


Albert Szent Gyorgyi


Mu Shik Jhon


Jacques Benveniste


Rustum Roy

Many renowned scientists have predicted that water would become the medicine of the future. These individuals include Nobel prize winners (Albert Szent Györgyi and LinusPauling), as well as other more contemporary scientists (Mu Shik Jhon, Jacques Benveniste, and Rustum Roy). Each of these scientists has had an interest, not just in water, but in the molecular structure of water. Dr. Szent Györgyi said: “Since the molecular structure of water is the essence of life, the person who can control that structure in cellular systems will change the world.”

The only way many of the properties of water can be explained is by understanding that water has a distinctive molecular structure—a repeating molecular pattern that is induced under unique circumstances. These special circumstances allow water to form a liquid crystal. Liquid crystals are a special phase of matter with orientational order. Like solid crystals, they are extremely efficient at transferring signals; the geometrically-repeating pattern provides a pathway for the efficient flow of energy and information. Yet, liquid crystals have significantly greater versatility than solid crystals because they are flexible and more responsive.

Gerald Pollack

Dr. Gerald Pollack, professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington has provided an enormity of evidence for water’s liquid crystalline state. His research has demonstrated huge (up to one meter in length) zones of crystalline water with a number of unique measurable characteristics including: molecular alignment, a negative electrical charge, greater viscosity, and an enhanced ability to absorb certain spectra of light. He and others have provided evidence that the liquid crystalline phase of water is more common than previously thought and that it is intimately connected with the generation and the preservation of life. His new book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid Vapor, is brilliant.

Much of the water in a healthy human body is in a liquid crystalline state. Many components of the body are also considered to be liquid crystals, including collagen and cell membranes. These tissues work cooperatively with water to create an informational network that reaches to every cell. The liquid crystalline organization of water accounts for the near instantaneous transfer of signals and other biological information within the human body.

Water’s liquid crystalline organization is based on tetrahedral geometry where oxygen atoms form the center of each tetrahedron. Under the right circumstances, tetrahedrons link to form a repeating hexagonal pattern. This is the reason that crystalline water has often been referred to as hexagonal water.  Quartz has as similar molecular structure to water, with the same geometric patterns. It may be the reason water is capable of amplifying and carrying signals—at lightning speed—similar to the way quartz crystals amplify and convey information in computers and in other quartz technologies.

We have been aware for some time that healthy DNA is surrounded by liquid crystalline water. This water is responsible for the DNA’s stability. It is also responsible for supporting the electromagnetic field surrounding DNA. Water’s crystalline matrix, with its helical channels may play another (as yet unrecognized), role next to the helical strands of the DNA. We know that as water loses its structure, the integrity of the DNA is compromised. Youthful DNA, surrounded by highly structured water has a much stronger electromagnetic field than DNA from older individuals. Given this information, it is easy to understand why structured water has been considered by some to be the key to life and why it may also be a key to longevity.

The Korean scientist, Dr. Mu Shik Jhon was the one who coined the term “hexagonal” water. He was also one of the first to demonstrate that drinking structured water could make a difference in health. His early work demonstrated that consuming hexagonal water increased the efficiency of some metabolic processes. Dr. Jhon also analyzed the DNA of cancer and diabetic patients and found that the water around the DNA was less structured than around the DNA of healthy individuals. His theory, referred to as the Molecular Water Environment Theory proposed:

Replenishing the hexagonal water in the human body can increase vitality, slow the aging process, and prevent disease.

Today, our understanding of water goes beyond Dr. Batmanghelidj’s admonition to drink more water. It goes beyond Dr. Jhon’s encouragement to drink structured water. Today, we can also take advantage of the fact that water can carry information into our bodies. In fact, water can carry patterns that will change the way our cells respond. In this way, water literally has the capacity to be medicine—without the consequences of drugs or surgery.

Mainstream science still holds tightly to the antiquated perspective that chemical compounds must be present in water to influence biological functions. Yet it is well known that biological structures change physical properties more than chemical compounds do. This is illustrated by the fact that proteins are inactive unless they are folded in exactly the right way. Their structure, not their chemistry, determines their activity. When water is structured, it not only has a greater capacity to store information but it also has the infrastructure to deliver messages with greater speed and accuracy. A growing body of scientific evidence confirms water’s role as an accumulator, transmitter, and transducer of energy.

Some modern scientists, including Rustum Roy who was considered during his lifetime to be the world’s leading authority on the structure of water, now believe that it is the structure and not the composition of water that is responsible for many of its unique effects. According to Dr. Roy, “Molecular structure is the alphabet of water; with it you can create sentences that contain a variety of information.” In the documentary film Water, Dr. Roy explains: “Water may be the single most malleable computer.”

Water as an information carrier
In 2003, a Swiss physicist, Louis Rey, published experiments using a relatively new technique called thermoluminescence. In his experiments, when two different substances, known to reduce hydrogen bonding to different degrees, were placed in water and diluted to the point where none of the original substances remained, the hydrogen bonding was correspondingly reduced or eliminated as though the water still contained these materials. This suggests that structural patterns in the water retained the information from the original substance and that they were able to convey the information to cells.

Earlier experiments conducted by the French scientist, Jacques Benveniste, showed that when a known allergen was diluted in water until none of the allergen existed in the sample—the water still consistently triggered an allergic reaction when added to living cells. After Dr. Benveniste’s initial discovery, he conducted experiments revealing that a molecule at a normally active concentration did not function in a medium without water. Further, he demonstrated that simply adding water was not enough to restore its biological activity. The water had to be organized or structured. The way he did this in his experiments was by vortexing it. In other words, the structure of the water (accomplished by vortexing), amplified signals enough to induce biological activity in his experiments.

The power of water’s memory
There is great power in accessing and utilizing water’s information-carrying ability. This characteristic of water has been referred to as water’s memory. Health professionals representing many different disciplines routinely create and prescribe water remedies made using devices invented to deliver high-frequency vibrational information to water which is held within the structure of the water. These vibrational water remedies are known as homeopathic remedies, Bach flower remedies, flower essences, gem elixirs, etc. Many of these remedies improve performance; they balance chakras, support organ function, increase energy, support immune function, and much more. Even vitamin formulas can be provided as vibrations and/or microdoses in water with amazing results. These are literally water medicines and they require that the water be structured in order to work.

For many years, proponents of homeopathy have structured water by shaking it. When making homeopathic remedies, solutions are diluted again and again, shaking or “succussing” each dilution before diluting it again. The key to the success of this process is in the shaking of the water. Turbulence creates tiny vortices in water. In homeopathic dilutions, the water contains no actual molecules of the original substance, yet it carries the all-important information housed in structural patterns within the water. There is no doubt that turbulence produces a degree of structure in water and that turbulence helps to communicate the information responsible for creating a unique structural matrix.

Structured water in nature
Structure can also be induced in water with sound frequencies and with magnetic fields. Nature uses a combination of methods to structure water. When magnetic fields, turbulence, and ionic minerals are present in and around water, the result is stabilization of water’s molecular structure which is capable of holding informational patterns for a very long time. Light frequencies (sun, moon, and stars), and the sounds of nature (crickets, birds, dolphins etc.), bring the full complement of healthy frequencies to water in its natural setting. The authors of Dancing with Water have referred to this as full-spectrum living water–the ideal for human consumption.

Structured water is the canvas on which informational patterns can be imprinted. Nature uses movement (turbulence/vortices), and the incorporation of minerals and gasses to create a stabilized canvas on which to incorporate the full spectrum of life-giving frequencies. When we use these same elements, it is easy to give the structure and the life force back to the water we drink.

Nature uses water to deliver healthful information to all her creatures. Water was intended to carry the vibrations of the Earth and of the cosmos which scientists have determined are necessary if we are to remain in harmony and balance. Water literally has the capacity to keep us “in tune. ” In a similar way, we can use water to carry individualized information—our own perfect medicine to support us with unique health challenges. This is the water medicine that many scientists have predicted. Today, it is a reality—and it is not difficult to make or to incorporate in a daily routine. The book, Dancing with Water (now in its second edition) gathers the science and it includes many ideas for creating powerful, personalized water remedies.