The History of Electrolyzed Water
Our journey to
understanding electrolyzed water begins with a man who was self
educated. He worked for a book binder and at nights he read the
books brought in for binding; he read voraciously. One of the most
influential books he read during this time was the first set of
Encyclopaedia Britannica, published in just three volumes.
The section that
interested him the most was the section on “electricity.”
today is considered the father of electrical engineering.
amazing. I know this personally because one of the early science
classes I taught was inspired by his research. Here is a quotation
from Faraday: “There is no more open door by which you can enter
into the study of natural
philosophy than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.”
We have to keep
in mind that “natural philosophy” today is “science,” and the
experiments he performed using just a plain, wax candle are even
today amazing because in the eyes of the children in my humble
little class on the science behind the candle registered gleefully
the entire hour. I know they went home to show their parents.
In 1834, Faraday
founded the principle of “electrolysis” in water. He wrote up the
principles, the rules, and the how-to’s. But that was it. He could
think of no use for it and the concept was shelved. Later on, other
scientists would dabble with this concept (Nicholson & Grotthus),
but they to found no practical use for it and again the subject was
Now if you are
researching electrolyzed water machines, you will most likely run
into the Hunza water. Someone is always talking about the Hunza
water. Here’s what I found at one site (selling, of course,
It is thought
that Dr. Henri Coanda, a renowned Rumanian scientist and subsequent
Nobel Prize winner, was the first to explore water within the realm
of applied science. He is known primarily for his study of fluid
dynamics and his aeronautic inventions. However, his obsession with
the structure of water was not to be extinguished. His scientific
quest was based on a personal search for a source of longevity and
his hunch that it was the water of Hunza that would satisfy his
mission. In the 1930's Henri Coanda personally journeyed to the
country of Hunza to investigate his hypothesis that the water of
Hunza had a unique chemistry that fueled the remarkable health and
longevity of the native people. [http://healingalkalinewater.com/testimonios/articulos/articles/article2.htm]
The thing they
want you to believe is that their machine will deliver you something
nearly identical to Hunza water. This is bulltwaddle.
I have no idea
what Hunza water has to do with electrolyzed water other than Hunza
water has minerals in it that raises its pH.
shelved until right after WWII when the Russians again began
dabbling with it. When the Japanese heard of this, they too got
interested. Perhaps the studies of “healing” Hunza waters enticed
them to experiment with water electrolysis, we don’t know, but we do
know that working together with the Russians, they produced the
first “water ionizers.”
In the early
fifties, Japanese universities put their “electrolyzed water” to the
test in numerous studies. The first thing they learned was that
plants thrived better on acidic water, and that cut plants lived
longer in acidic water. Human and animal studies would take longer,
but they quickly realized that they did not thrive on the acidic
water and those studies quickly concluded that drinking acidic water
was not beneficial at all, but in fact was obviously detrimental to
After 10 years
finally certified electrolyzed water for medical uses. It’s funny,
but there are a lot of “skeptic” sites on the web that “attempt” to
debunk electrolyzed water. Some tell you that it’s impossible to
make water acidic or alkaline without adding chemicals. Another site
claims that the Japanese are easily fooled by quackery.
I remember in
the mid eighties when
dumped their televisions on our shores for less than they cost to
make and within just a few short months destroyed the American
So who is easily
fooled? I’ve found only one American company that manufactures
The first use
for electrolyzed water was its acidic form. At a pH of 4.5 to 3.0,
it can kill all bacteria and parasites on very expensive cuts of
fish without harming the fish. Sushi is a way of life in Japan, not just a food. This has
saved the industry untold millions over the years.
Next the acidic
water was used on wounds because it killed fungus, bacteria, and
even viruses on contact. The first video I ever watched on
electrolyzed water showed patients soaking their feet in acidic
electrolyzed water was used to clean instruments and used throughout
hospitals. In the eighties, Korean officials passed the machines for
use there, and as usual, the first uses were in hospitals.
been able to create water with a pH of 13, which is now used in
hospitals because water at that pH kills all pathogens on contact.
Even though it is water, they’ve discovered that users should keep
covered and not get splashed with even water at that pH.
Today, it is
estimated that 20% of homes in Japan have electrolyzed water
machines. All the hospitals have them, for sure. Millions of units
and other devices for making electrolyzed water are manufactured
yearly. Hospitals everywhere are adopting the technology for cleaning
since, in the end, the water is environmentally sound since it
eventually reverts back to a neutral pH.
There are many
companies making these machines and touting benefits. Some of the
companies are honest, some less than honest. Multi-level Marketing
companies charge thousands of dollars for their machines.
Bawell company because I heard about it from a friend and
reader who raved about their machine and Bawell approached me asking
me if I’d like to try one out. They are easy to install and much
easier on the pocketbook. You can visit their site by simply clicking
on the picture of their Premiere Water Ionizer.