How significant is the presence of
free radicals in the body?
How concerned should we be about them?
Before explaining in detail how and why Willard Water is such an exceptional scavenger of free radicals, let's first try to explain what free radicals are, and why they are a problem.
To understand them, first of all, understand that like all matter, the human body is made up of tiny particles called molecules. Each of the molecules is composed of atoms, and each of the atoms is made up of a nucleus (a center) and electrons which spin around that center (the nucleus) in orbits. This composition keeps the atom and the molecule stable. If a molecule loses one of its electrons, or picks up an extra one, it becomes unbalanced and "highly reactive." Such an unbalanced, highly reactive molecule is what is called a free radical.
Having free radicals is not a favorable or stable state for a molecule to be in, and therefore such a molecule (that has become a free radical) will do what it can to return to a more stable state by taking an electron from some other molecule in order to restore its own balance. It is this "electron grabbing" by the free radical that causes the damage to the body, because the electron the free radical "steals" may be from a molecule contained in a normal (healthy) cell. In taking the electron from the healthy cell, the free radical damages the healthy cell and the body's functioning is damaged as a result.
It is a superior antioxidant and scavenger of free radicals, because it "is able to replenish its supply of electrons," according to Roy Jacobsen in his book "Aqua Vitae." (Aqua Vitae means "water of life.") In his book, Jacobsen goes on to say that Dr. Willard explained that substances which are antioxidants are those that give up electrons easily. . . they are reducing agents. But when a reducing agent gives up an electron, it undergoes a change. . . as Dr. Willard said "it's paradoxical that when a reducing agent gives up an electron, it becomes an oxidizing agent: In other words, it has lost an electron, and wants to gain it back." That's why, as we said, Willard Water is better than such ordinary antioxidants ?because it has that ability to replenish its supply of electrons.
Jacobsen quotes Dr. Willard as saying "When you have a reducing agent, for example H2S, where the sulfur has two extra electrons, it will give those up. But once this particle has been used up, it is used up," said Doc. "But with the Willard Water it is drawing from this vast reservoir [of electrons]". . . and it isn't used up. . . it can perform over and over again as an antioxidant, unlike the "normal" antioxidants, which can each only perform the task until they run out of their limited supply of electrons.
Dr. Richard Passwater's booklet "The Antioxidants" is fascinating reading, especially when read "with an eye to the fact" that anything said of antioxidants would also seem to be true of Willard Water, since it (the water) is such a powerful "better than ordinary" antioxidant and scavenger of free radicals. Furthermore, the water also contains selenium, which is a trace mineral discussed at length in Dr. Passwater's booklet as one of the finest of all nutritional antioxidants. (The selenium in Willard Water is contained in the fossilized organics included in the water, and therefore there is much more selenium in the dark Willard Water than in the clear Willard Water.)
At any rate, Dr. Passwater discusses the impact of selenium deficiencies on blood pressure. . . in short, such deficiencies can result in high blood pressure. It makes one wonder if there could be a connection between the presence of selenium in the water and reports from users of it of their high blood pressure coming down coincident with their use of the water. Also, one has to wonder if the presence of selenium, with its known antioxidant characteristics, is one more reason that the water is able to perform as such an antioxidant.
Another fascinating "coincidence" appearing in the Passwater booklet on antioxidants is that they have been found to be very effective at relieving many allergies, and the pain, inflammation and swelling of arthritis, and in slowing or halting the growth of cataracts, as well as slowing the aging process or at least slowing its acceleration. We find this an interesting coincidence, due to the number of reports we've received over the years from people who have told us how their allergies have seemingly "gone away" or been greatly reduced. . . their arthritis has been greatly relieved. . . and their cataracts have been very significantly reduced. . . their signs of aging have decreased. . . all "coincident with their use of Willard Water." Perhaps the water's antioxidant properties are somehow "making their mark" in such instances?
And, we found an analogy used by Dr. Passwater on the first page of his booklet on antioxidants to be seemingly applicable to Willard Water as well. Dr. Passwater, in commenting on the wide array of benefits to be derived from the antioxidants, said "If you did not understand that an antibiotic such as penicillin cured a great number of diseases by destroying the bacteria that cause those diseases, you would find it difficult to believe that one drug could work against so many diseases; it's much the same with antioxidants." We would urge you to remember this analogy the next time you wonder how one substance "Willard Water" can seemingly have so many, and so varied, apparent benefits.
Here are a few reasons:
Free radicals and peroxides show up in a person's blood (viewed under a microscope) as a network of white dots and threads, and an hour after drinking the water, another blood sample from the same person will show that these patterns (the white dots and threads) have been eliminated or greatly reduced (according to information in "Aqua Vitae" by Jacobsen, p. 45).
People often tell us they find "the water" unusual in that they can leave a glass of it sitting out for hours. . . overnight, for instance. . . and they find it still tastes fresh to them, unlike ordinary water which "goes stale." It seems obvious the Water isn't oxidizing as ordinary water does.
In one experiment (cited in "Aqua Vitae" on page 96), hay treated with Willard Water was compared to hay that had not been treated with the water, after both had been left outside during the winter. The hay treated with the Willard Water had a much higher beta-carotene content than the hay that had not been treated with the Willard Water. Beta-carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A and is susceptible to breakdown by oxidation. Apparently the Willard Water treatment protected the beta-carotene in the hay from oxidation.
The Willard Water was tested according to radioprotectors procedures (Prasad 1984) (see data in the box accompanying this article). The technical information accompanying the graphs of the results of that test is saying two things (in layman's language):
A) The Willard Water (referred to in the data as "Lignite Activated Water") was reducing free radicals after radiation. (This would be of significance, for example, to people receiving radiation, because, we are told, it indicates the water would remove the free radicals generated by the radiation and therefore could reduce some of the side effects of the radiation.)
B) It reduced free radicals in the solution alone, which means that even in a "normal" person (one who is not receiving radiation) the water binds the free radicals on the Catalyst Altered Water matrix.
Given Willard Water's even-greater-than-normal-antioxidant and scavenger of free radicals abilities, (with all the now known benefits that result from such abilities), along with its other helpful characteristics which have been discussed elsewhere, it becomes much easier to grasp the potential benefits of "the water." As we said, the growing body of information on the benefits of antioxidants, and other nutrients, is very interesting to those familiar with common reports of "coincidences" which often occur when people begin using "the water."
An additional test was performed to see if lignite-activated water is a free radical scavenger. This test used FDC blue, number-one dye in a water solution, which was irradiated with cobalt-60 gamma radiation (Kalkwarf 1958). When the dye solution had no lignite-activated water added and was irradiated, free radical scavenging by the dye occurred, as determined by the measured absorbance of light. Light absorbance decreased linearly as the dose increased (i.e., bleaching), which was the result of free radicals created by the radiolysis of water reacting with the dye.
When lignite-activated water at a 1:33 concentration was added to the dye solution and irradiated, the measured change in absorbance of light was decreased due to scavenging of free radicals by the lignite- activated water. When only the micelle at a 1:33 concentration was added to the dye solution and irradiated, the change in absorbance of light as a function of exposure was lower than for the dye solution alone or the lignite-activated water plus dye solution. The test indicated that the micelle portion of lignite-activated water was the stronger radioprotector to the extent that materials which exhibit free radical scavenging properties tend to be radioprotectors (Prasad 1984).
If the above won't help you out at a cocktail party, nothing will. As you have learned, reducing free radicals is of primary importance to maintaining good health. Since Willard Water allows your body to accept and process nutrients better, combining Willard Water with other known antioxidants is highly recommended.
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