Some filtration companies add various types of silver to their filter compositions, claiming that the silver creates a "bacteriostatic" condition to reduce bacteria contamination. That may be true for non-pathogenic(benign) bacteria types, but we have yet to see any type of filter manufacturer recommend the use of their filter under water conditions when bacteria which causes illness are found.
The same story is true regarding home-use type reverse osmosis systems: no manufacturers claim(or can legally claim) that their system is a "purifier", capable of dealing with biological contaminants.
In three recent national emergencies(the Northridge California Earthquake, the Loma Prieta California Earthquake and the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), officials warned the public not to drink water processed by methods than boiling or distillation. We saw no evidence whatsoever of dealers or manufacturers promoting reverse osmosis or filtration technologies for these situations.
So, here were cases when it was important to remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water. And, both filtration and reverse osmosis failed to be effective in removing those dangerous contaminants. Why, one would ask, is there any reason, other than aesthetic water taste or odor, to buy a water treatment system such as reverse osmosis or filtration if it is the intent of the consumer to be protected against dangerous water contaminants such as bacteria?
A homeowner buys a homeowner's insurance policy to protect him or her 24 hours a day, 365 days per year against the house burning down. The policy protects the homeowner on the days when there is no danger to the homeowners property as well as on the day when the house may burn down.
So, if a homeowner buys a water treatment system, he or she is buying it with the intent that it will protect them on the "good days" when there may NOT be dangerous contaminants in the water as well as the day or hour when there could be dangerous contaminants(bacteria) in the water.
In the case of carbon filtration and reverse osmosis, these systems will work only on the "good water" days and fail on the "bad water" days. Is that a smart investment?
THE EXCEPTION - CERAMIC FILTRATION SYSTEMS
An exception to the situation above is ceramic filtration technology where ceramic materials are compressed into a densely packed arrangement, effectively blocking the movement or migration of particles smaller than 0.2 to 0.3 microns. This is the size of the smallest known microbiological contaminants. Therefore, ceramic filtration systems are useful in removing bacteria from unsafe water supplies.
When combined with carbon, these systems become even more effective in dealing with water contamination problems which may contain BOTH bacteria and dangerous organic chemicals---problems one may find in Y2K or other domestic emergencies. See the section on Emergency Water Systems.
This is what a normal, natural collection or cluster of pure water molecules looks like---a six-sided, hexagonal form. What you see at the right is the energy pattern emitted by six symmetrically arranged water molecules. This arrangement of water molecules is created by the loose hydrogen bonds between atoms of hydrogen and oxygen in adjacent water molecules .
Biochemists and particle physicists tell us that this hexagonal form is the form which occurs naturally in pure rain, fresh snow AND occasionally in DISTILLED WATER. For information on how to transform the entirety of distilled water in this HEXAGONAL WATER, go HERE.
They also say it is the best type of water "structure" for
- maximum hydration of the body's cells;
- maximum transfer of nutrients into the cells; and
- is best suited for electrical communications between cells.
All of this remained unknown until recently when extremely sensitive electronics devices were able to identify low-level energy patterns which are radiated from various materials, including water.
Finally, these same biochemists tell us that a HEALTHY BODY has water molecules which are PREDOMINANTLY SIX SIDED in structure as shown above. A WATER DISTILLER will produce water with this hexagonal characteristic---identical to naturally occurring water from pure rain or fresh snow(remember all snowflakes have six sides/points).
PENTAGONAL(UN-NATURAL) WATER STRUCTURES
Here we see another type of water molecule arrangement---one which has five(5) molecules joined by the weak hydrogen bond. It also is a "clean" type of water but has an un-natural or deformed cluster structure.
Biochemists who have studied these water structures in both nature and in humans tell us that this type of "unnatural" water structure is found in humans and animals where the IMMUNE SYSTEM IS MALFUNCTIONING. In particular, this type of pentagonal(5-sided) water structure is found in AIDS, HIV and other immune deficient individuals and all protein systems that are disease producing.
This is indeed astonishing. Whereas the six-sided water "cluster" found in rain, show and distilled water is found in YOUNG or HEALTHY individuals and other healthy protein forms, unhealthy individuals, older individuals and protein systems which are prone to disease have this deformed, un-natural water structure.
There is no reason to believe that those individuals who possess this un-natural type of water structure in the bodies, and whose immune system is dysfunctional got that condition by drinking reverse osmosis water. What one can conclude at this point is that there seems to be a distinct, "un-natural" structure to the all-important aspect of cellular water in both illness prone humans, disease producing proteins and reverse osmosis water.
While the process of "osmosis" is a known NATURAL phenomena, the process of "reverse osmosis" is EXACTLY OPPOSITE to that original, natural(osmosis) process. In other words, REVERSE osmosis is an un-natural process---and appears to be producing a relatively clean but un-natural type of water.
It is possible that in the rush to produce water treatment systems(for drinking) which produce water which is relatively free of inorganics, heavy metals and organic contaminants, the equipment engineers have overlooked perhaps the most important aspect of water itself---its intrinsic, natural structure and its healthful aspects for the body.
It is also important to remember that reverse osmosis systems were initially developed to produce "clean" water for industrial purposes 50 years ago. No thought was given at that time to the factors discussed above, obviously because of the lack of adequate instrumentation to measure the extremely important energy aspects of the "water structures" shown above.
MINERALIZED TAP WATER---WATER COMPLETELY WITHOUT STRUCTURE
Here we have water at probably its worst energy state---possessing no structure, no organization whatsoever and, according to biochemists, essentially useless in the three areas we noted above(cellular hydration, nutrient transfer and inter-cellular communications).
Dissolved minerals(inorganic materials) such as calcium, sodium, chemical compounds completely "de-structure" the water molecules, breaking the loose hydrogen/oxygen bonds illustrated at the beginning of this page.
Water which is produced by simple carbon, sediment or even ceramic filtration procedures does not remove the inorganic materials which produce the un-structured water product shown below.
The result is a "mish-mash" of water structures, similar to what biochemists tell us occurs in situations where proton densities are low(er).
Naturally, this brings up the next and perhaps most controversial question related to water treatment, filtration and purification systems, MINERALS IN THE WATER---do we need them?.
Sources for the above include Dr. L. Lorenzen and Dr. J. Mushuk
IS IT REALLY WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT TO PURIFY YOUR DRINKING WATER?
It is important to remember that every type of home water purifier as well as every type of "purified" drinking water has it's individual advantages or meets a specific customer or industrial need.
In the final analysis, selecting a specific type of home water purifier or type of "purified" bottled water simply reduces to how pure you want your drinking water. Once you decide how pure the water needs to be, you have selected the system you need:
Minimally purified(filtered) water: use a carbon filter(do not use silver-impregnated filter systems)
Partially purified water: use a reverse osmosis system(and have the unit checked for proper performance every couple of months)
Completely purified water: steam distillation with carbon pre filtration.
WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU?
How do you know what type of water purifier is best suited for you, in your residential area?
First, consider the fact that the quality of tap water in your area may be vastly different from that of a friend a few miles away who receives his or her tap water from a completely different set of water sources.
Additionally, seasonal changes to water sources may dramatically change the quality of your water on a monthly or even weekly basis. The reaction of municipal water treatment facilities to changing source water conditions can produce even more dramatic changes in the taste, odor and visual condition of your water(chlorine, ammonia, lime, acids, etc.)
Also, each of us have different bodily capabilities to ward off colds, infections or even chemical contaminants from air and water. Therefore, a chemical, salt or metal contaminant from water which might not affect another person might be successful in attacking your body, or vice versa. And this could vary from contaminant to contaminant, and possibly from chemical to chemical.
Considering these variables and unknowns about possible chemical contaminants, and combinations thereof, inadequate water treatment, outdated water plumbing systems and other hazards, water purification at the POINT-OF-USE, in the home using a STEAM DISTILLATION SYSTEM WITH A CARBON PREFILTER will ensure the highest quality of drinking water possible .
Choose the system which is CONSISTENT WITH THE OTHER PORTIONS OF YOUR FAMILY'S LIFESTYLE. If you are concerned about good nutrition, good rest and exercise, steam distilled water is CONSISTENT WITH THAT LIFESTYLE!
Rapidly increasing pollution of water sources used by our municipal water systems has forced a great number of your friends and neighbors to find more reliable sources of pure, clean drinking water.
In this search for better drinking water, the consumer is faced with two alternatives: bottled water or home water purifiers. Bottled water comes under many labels---"spring", "mineral", "drinking", "purified", "filtered", "distilled", and others.
On the other hand, a home water purifier will produce various qualities of drinking water in the consumers home---the quality depending directly on the technique used---filtration, reverse osmosis(a type of filtration) or steam distillation.
Many people are misled or confused by these various systems---in many cases assuming that the quality of water obtained from any one of these three types of systems would be basically the same---very pure, very clean, etc.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Only distillation is capable of removing virtually all of the five major categories of water pollution: bacterial contaminants, inorganics(salts), heavy metals, organic (carbon-based) chemicals, and radioactive contaminants.
A wide variety of articles which have appeared in local and national newsprint related to the problem(s) associated with the analysis and purchasing of home water treatment devices is given below. The list will expand on a regular basis so plan to revisit the site to review and enjoy the subsequent articles.
"Censored Science "- What the media and science is keeping from you regarding your drinking water.
"HOME WATER PURIFIERS---SORTING FACT FROM FICTION --WHEN NEEDS TURN TO GREED": A candid look at how many water dealers and manufacturers have forgotten that providing pure water to the public is a service function. The view of many of these companies is one of how best to rip off the customer instead.
"Drinking Water - Sorting Facts from Confusion:" a collection of questions you should review which will assist you in determining what type of issue are important when considering a home water purification system or simply purchasing water for drinking purposes.
Reality vs. Hype in the Water Industry: a candid look at the reality which sets in once water dealers feet are placed to the fire by circumstances which expose various types of water treatment devices to serious challenges.
Home Water Purification Systems: the Good, Bad and the Ugly: another insight into the inner workings of the water purification industry.
Drinking Water - Natural versus Synthetic: a unique view of water and its relationship to good health.
For a lighter side look at system comparisons, Go to "Politically Correct Water Purifiers"