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Alkaline Water for Chronic Fatigue?

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Question: I have a friend who was told at the local health food store that she needed to drink alkaline water for her chronic fatigue/Epstein Barr virus. What do you know about this? Is it of any benefit? — Anonymous

Answer: Rumors are circulating on the Internet and elsewhere that drinking alkaline water is beneficial to health and can miraculously cure everything from obesity and high blood pressure to breast cancer. Alkaline water purportedly “neutralizes” the “acidic wastes” in the body. These “wastes” are said to include malignant cells and acid “accumulations.”

This theory seems very well developed and may sound plausible to some, but it is absolutely untrue. I get a lot of questions about alkalinity and acidity and whether eating alkaline foods (or acidic ones) influences the body’s pH in a healthful direction. There is no scientific research supporting this line of thinking. Alkaline or “hard” water (due to high concentrations of calcium) is common throughout the west but to my knowledge a lifetime of drinking alkaline water hasn’t protected people in the western states from the diseases and disorders that occur elsewhere.

The body’s normal pH is 7, which is neutral. It is under very tight biological control and will remain neutral no matter what you eat or drink. It sounds to me as if your friend was sold a bill of goods by an uninformed health food store clerk. Chalk this one up as a scam, and tell your friend to save her money.

Source: This question was asked of Dr. Andrew Weil, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and teacher at the University of Arizona in Tucson, specializing in alternative medicine, mind/body interactions and medical botany, and appeared on his website, “Ask Dr. Weil” at http://cgi.pathfinder.com/drweil/.

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4 thoughts on “Alkaline Water for Chronic Fatigue?”

  1. green2bs says:

    Hello. I ran across this article by Dr. Andrew Weil today, 10 years later about the effects of Alkaline Water. My question is this; 10 years later would this still be your answer?

    I have read and researched this topic to the extreme. I have read reports and findings by all kind of doctors and scientist. I have read reports of people who have had a change in their life because of their drinking alkaline water or water in general.

    Science and Technology verses education do not always travel at the same speed but it would be nice to know if doctors evolve or if once they state a position they are stead fast?

    And to anyone else who runs across this article I urge you to read more recent publications and science. Never base a decision about your life on a publication written 10 years ago.

  2. sagejustice says:

    Chronic Inflammation and Lyme Disease

    * Life Ionizers Admin
    * April 14th, 2010
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    What was to be called Lyme Disease was not made apparent until 1975. It was then that a group of 39 children in Lyme, Connecticut, all got what was thought to be rheumatoid arthritis. Under further analysis the likelihood of this occurrence was considered statistically suspect and in 1982 the correct cause was found. It was discovered that Lyme Disease was caused by the bite of an infected tick. Deer ticks that were infected with the spirochete organism Borrelia burgdorferi were responsible for the joint symptoms experienced by the children.

    Lyme Disease initially causes achiness and and can cause a distinctive “bulls-eye” rash at the bite site in about 50% of the cases. Other symptoms mimic those of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and a number of neurological conditions. Fifty percent of patients may manifest psychological disease, behavioral disorders, chronic depression, eating disorders, mood swings and panic attacks. Lyme Disease is often called the “Great Imposter” because of its many, many manifestations.

    The main treatment is a course of antibiotics to eliminate the infectious organism. However, once Lyme Disease takes over, chronic inflammation also becomes a major problem. Initially inflammation is an acute response by the body and is in fact a natural healing reaction. For example, swelling is a natural reaction by the body when trauma has occurred to an area of tissue. What becomes a problem is when the swelling does not subside. Once chronic inflammation gets a foothold, it itself becomes a perpetuator and cause of many other conditions that allow the original disorder, in this case Lyme Disease, to become even more deep rooted. It has been said that inflammation “boils” the pot of potential disease manifestations. In fact medicine today is very concerned with chronic inflammation and its impact on all tissues.

    Chronic inflammation leads to a dysfunction of the detoxification pathways in the body. The primary cause of this dysfunction is the over acidification of the body’s fluids and organs. It has been well established that the Phase I and Phase II detoxification enzymatic pathways in the liver, our primary detoxification mechanisms, are heavily compromised by chronic acidosis. The solution is to alkalinize the body by changing our diet and our source of drinking water. According to Dr. Allen Anderson, who suffered from Lyme Disease himself, the most important step in Lyme Disease treatment is to counter the chronic low grade inflammation present. And according to Kenneth Singleton, M.D., M.P.H. in his book Lyme Disease Solution, treatment involves three “core” components. The first core component is antibiotics. The second core component is what he calls the “Lyme Inflammation Diet”. He goes on to state; “The overall goal is to alkalinize the patient by eliminating acid foods such as sugar, coffee, most meat, chocolate and most grains. Most of the beverages in the Standard American Diet are highly acid, such as sodas, diet sodas, sport drinks and R/O (reverse osmosis) water. A much better choice is alkaline ionized water with a pH of 9 or greater. Along with diet and alkaline water, nutritional supplements are important depending upon the needs of the patients. The third core component in Lyme treatment is complementary and alternative therapies such as counseling, prayer, meditation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.”

    Expanding on one of Dr. Singleton’s points about alkaline ionized water, it is our position at Life Ionizers that everyone should drink the best water available. In our opinion that water would be alkaline, electron rich and microclustered, as is natural glacial water. For more information about water ionizer machines by Life Ionizers, please visit http://www.LifeIonizers.com or call 1-800-578-5939.

    Yours for Better Health,
    Dr. Peter L. Kopko, D.C.
    Chief Science Advisor
    Life Ionizers

  3. teergram says:

    I like to share my own incredible great experiences with Alkaline Water (Kangen). I was still suffering from lots of fatique 5 years after Epstein Barr virus. After about 6 weeks drinking Kangen Water I started to feel more energy. In the next months that increased (now I have energy like 10 years ago!). Also my stools normalised (after years of loose stools). Also my candida dissolved completely (incredible!!! after 20 years of looking for a solution). People (even if they are what ever doctor…) who write these kind of things like above are really dumb! So many people are benefiting incredibly from Kangen Water. Don’t wait with improving your health…. Kangen is absolutely GREAT! I’m so thankfull that Kangen crossed my path…

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