Be Heathy by Choice, Not by Chance


I kept trying to simplify this page, yet there is so much pertinent information regarding water that seemed necessary to share, I decided to "go with the flow." The short story is our water supply is polluted and hazardous to our health, bottled water is not a viable solution, filtration is necessary and not all water filters produce the same results.  The longer version awaits you.  In the meantime, check out How To Transfrom Your Tap Water and about Creating Healthy Enhanced Water.

Because it is essential to the sustenance of life, water is one of the most important substances on Earth and has become a highly precious resource.


Readers Digest featured this cover on its August 2011 copy. "How Safe Is Our Water? It may contain rocket fuel, birth control pills, arsenic, and more shocking ingredients." It's impossible to predict which contaminants may be in a particular area's water pipes, or in the water purchased from a commercial bottler, but some statistics are illuminating:

  • In surface water testing, 80% of streams and creeks were found to contain synthetic hormones, detergents, insecticides or other chemicals. These sources form part of the nation's water supply (USGS stream survey)
  • Approximately 500,000 cases of illness in the U.S. per year are caused by drinking water contaminated with sewage (National Resources Defense Council)

Municipal Water almost always contains chlorine, a known carcinogen, and may have a myriad of other substances such as arsenic, pharmaceuticals, hormones and a variety of undesirable toxins.

Over 100,000,000,000 dollars (that's one hundred billion dollars) is spent annually on Bottled Water, mostly because of public perception of the dangers found in our tap water. However, bottled water sold in the US is not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water. In fact, many bottled water manufacturers use ozone (a toxic gas) for disinfecting their product.

FDA rules allow bottlers to call their product "spring water" even though it may be brought to the surface using a pumped well and treated with chemicals. A key NRDC finding is that bottled water regulations are inadequate to assure consumers of either purity or safety.

Water BottleThe bottom line is bottled water is expensive, not necessarily better than tap water, produces a host of health, economic and environmental issues too broad to cover here.

The materials in Plastic Bottles have been known to contain cancer-causing chemicals that leach into the water, hence into our bodies. They are also toxic to our environment, creating tremendous waste and pollution. It takes 1,000 years for one plastic bottle to breakdown.

There are many choices when it comes to Water Filtration. Distilled water and reverse osmosis, are popular, as they remove the toxins from the water and are extremely clean, but they tend to strip away many of the components found in water that are vital for life. They leave the water dead, with no nutrients.

It's hard to think about anything that's more important than clean water to basic health and yet water is seldom looked at in relation to disease.


"Pi mag water is the best water I ever drank."

"As a regular drinker of bottled water I used to spend over $40 a month. I was looking to have healthier water, reduce my monthly expenses and reduce the amount of plastic that winds up in landfills.  The Nikken PiMag Sport bottle addresses all of those issues and I am so impressed with the quality of water produced."

PiMag Sport BottleSince our body is 75% water and our brain tissue is 85% water, good hydration is critical in almost every bodily function: the regulation of blood flow, delivery of vital nutrients, disposal of cellular waste, nerve impulses and brain function.

Over 80% of our society exhibits signs of de-hydration. This alone is a major link to our burgeoning health issues. Symptoms of dehydration are fairly common and include dry mouth, hunger, headaches, mental confusion and difficulty concentrating.

We live and die on a cellular level and to be healthy our cells need essential minerals. Most filtration systems simply filter toxins, all to a different degree, yet do not recognize or implement the necessary ingredients to provide water as nature intended: clean, pure, mineral-rich, alkaline, alive and flowing.

Years ago, near a small town in Japan, scientists discovered an area with unusual topographical features. The surrounding hills contained magnetite and calcium. A small stream flowed over silicates, the material that forms natural crystal.

They observed that the water in this stream had amazing results on the surrounding plants. They named this substance Pi Water, "the water of life" and they set out to duplicate these conditions in the laboratory to provide water the way nature intended, straight from the tap.

Nikken WaterfallThe result is cleaner, mineral rich, alkaline pH balanced, energized water with better taste, using natural filtration with no added chemicals.

  • A Multiple Filtration System with an exceptional level of performance to reduce contaminants, the same way nature does, without adding chlorine or other chemicals to the water.
  • Special Ceramics to substitute for the effects of the essential minerals
  • Magnetic Technology to assist in reducing mineral build up and to help condition water without adding salt or other chemicals. It is an intelligent alternative to complicated and expensive water-softening devices.

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Pi water solutions are environmentally responsible. They reduce the number of discarded bottles that become trash in landfills and decrease consumption of fossil fuels used in manufacturing water bottles. Pi products are made with non-leaching, recyclable, biodegradable materials and they are economically brilliant as they cost a fraction of bottled water.

A variety of models are available as "intelligent solutions" for all one's water needs: at home, in the shower and "on-the-go."

Early Death Comes from
Drinking Distilled Water

During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water.

Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins. Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous.

Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the 1970's when it first became a fad with the health food crowd.

Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed.  Distilled water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them.

Studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time).

Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure.

Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value. Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water."

The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from distilled water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine.The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.

A growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products in the body.

There is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation. Meats, sugar, white flour products, fried foods, soft drinks, processed foods, alcohol, dairy products and other junk foods cause the body to become more acidic. Stress, whether mental or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body.

There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (distilled water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood.

The longer one drinks distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies.

Those who supplement their distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient, but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-distilled water drinking counterparts, even after several years of mineral supplementation.

The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.

Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented. Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals). Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water. Avoid it except in special circumstances.

About the Author

Dr. Rona is a leading proponent of natural, harmless, health-building alternatives to conventional medical care.  He has a general practice where he has provided preventive medical counseling for seventeen years and is a past president of the Canadian Holistic Medical Association.



"Water is the best of all things."  

Pindar (c. 522 BC to c. 438 BC)

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