Original by Gerold Kostecka

Water lonizers: Making History

Although many think water ionization is new, it actually began over two centuries ago. The invention of water ionizers was inspired by waters with unique properties found in only a few places on Earth, like Lourdes, France; Nordenau, Germany; Tlacote, Mexico; Delhi, India and the Hunza Valley in Pakistan. It was the naturally occurring water properties in these special places that captivated curiosity and eventually motivated scientists to try to replicate these properties.

Lourdes France

Over 200 Years In The Making

The earliest recorded ionization experiments date back to 1789 when Jan Rudolph Deiman and Adrian Paets van Troostwik used a machine to produce electricity which was discharged on gold electrodes in a Leyden jar filled with water. During the next 100 years numerous scientists toyed with ionization, but none had more influence to the process than Michael Faraday, who was one of the great pioneers of electrical energy. One of his inventions was a device used for creating electrolyzed water. Although not used during his lifetime, many years later this invention would help create what would eventually become the modern day water ionizer.

Father Of The Jet Engine An lonization Pioneer

Dr. Henri Coanda, was a renowned scientist and Nobel Prize winner. He is primarily known for his work in aeronautics: he is known as the Father of the Jet Engine. Less known was his obsession with water and its potential for health and vitality. As far back as the 1930’s, Coanda traveled to the Hunza Valley to confirm his belief that the water of the region had properties that had contributed to the long lives of the natives. His conclusion was that the water was, indeed, different. When frozen, the water assumed a crystalline, snowflake formation; it revealed a unique structure, similar to that of the venal system of humans and the vascular structure of plants.

Roots In The Hunza Valley

At the time Coanda traveled to Hunza, their people had the longest lifespan in the world. They were able to conceive and bear children when they were much older than other people throughout the rest of the world. They lived a long and healthy life without cancer, degenerative diseases or even cavities. The unexplained health and vitality of people in such a remote place inspired much debate and research.

Developments In Recent History

Certain aspects of recent research, which led to the subsequent invention of the modern water ionizer, are a mystery to this very day. It is believed that sometime after World War II, there was an attempt on the part of Russian and Japanese scientists to replicate the properties of the waters that Coanda had investigated. The Japanese improved the new electrolysis technology discovered by their Russian peers, which had no doubt been inspired by the original technology of Faraday.

Japan Embraces Water lonizers

The first versions of the modern day water ionizer were developed in Japan in the early 1950’s. Japanese agricultural universities began looking into the effects of alkaline water made from a water ionizer on animals and humans and the effects of acidic water on plants. After several years, researchers in Japan had collected enough data to confirm the non-toxicity of the alkaline water, and its beneficial effects in eradicating or preventing certain disease conditions. In 1958 the first commercial water ionizers were introduced in Japan.

A Health Revolution Begins

The use of water ionizers started in hospitals. In 1960, a group of Japanese medical doctors and agricultural research scientists formed a special medical and agricultural research institute to further study of water run through a water ionizer. In January 1966, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare acknowledged Japanese- made water ionizers as a legitimate medical device.

This technology has become widely used in Japan. In fact, over the last forty years, it is estimated that nearly 30 million Japanese citizens have used these devices. Today water ionizers are used in every developed country and are becoming more popular every day. 

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