Alkaline water is a popular search phrase in Google, Yahoo and Bing. When you search the phrase you can’t help but notice the critics of alkaline water who discredit ionized water with little or no research of their own.
Mayoclinic.com’s nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. answered a question on that website, “Is alkaline water better for you than plain water?” She said that further study is needed because researchers haven’t verified the claims of alkaline water. I wondered if she knows Ray Kurzweil.
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. is more aggressive. Without doing any research on alkaline water he boldly states on his website that, “None of these claims are true. Furthermore, your body needs absolutely no help in adjusting its pH. Normally, the pH of blood and most body fluids is near seven, which is close to neutral. This is under very tight biological control because all of the chemical reactions that maintain life depend on it. Unless you have serious respiratory or kidney problems, body pH will remain in balance no matter what you eat or drink. As for water, you should consider the fact that alkaline water is common throughout the western states but to my knowledge it has not protected anyone from the diseases and disorders that occur elsewhere in the U.S. The health claims for water ionizers and for alkaline water are bogus. Save your money.”
Some of what he said is true, but not all is based on research and facts.
The most notorious critic is retired chemist Stephen Lower. He says that, “Alkaline water is Snake Oil; a Water Ionizer is a rip-off; Water Ionization is not possible because pure water does not conduct electricity. He says that even if Water Ionization were possible there would be no more health benefit from it then baking soda! He calls the scientists involved ‘crackpots.’”
Crackpots? Don’t let Dr. Ray Kurzweil hear that. It’s true that pure water cannot be ionized, because it has no calcium, magnesium and potassium who are conductors. Water Ionizers are designed for tap waters and spring waters.
Scientist Ray Kurzweil Debunks Alkaline Water Myths
Ray Kurzweil is a world renown scientist who was curious enough to do research on the amazing benefits of alkaline water. He confirms everything healthalkaline.com says about ionized water. To demonstrate his credibility here’s a summary of his achievements.
He holds scores of other national and international awards including the 1994 Dickson Prize (Carnegie Mellon University’s top science prize). Among his achievements are the Engineer of the year from Design News, Inventor of the Year from MIT and the Grace Murray Hopper award from the Association for Computing Machinery.
In 1999 President Bill Clinton in a special award ceremony in the White House honored Kurzweil with the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology. Kurzweil has received twelve honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.
In 2002 Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame established by the U.S. Patent Office. He received $500,000 Lemelson MIT Prize the nation’s largest award in invention and innovation.
Kurzweil’s ideas on the future have been touted by his many fans, who range from Bill Gates to Bill Clinton. The Wall Street Journal called him “the restless genius” and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine. Time magazine writes, “Kurzweil’s eclectic career and propensity of combining science with practical—often humanitarian—applications have inspired comparisons with Thomas Edison”.
Ray himself drinks 10 glasses of Alkaline Water a day. He believes it will help him live a long and healthy life. Read this short interview with Kurzweil in which he answers your questions about Alkaline Water.