THE SPECTRUM OF WATER, GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS
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By Suzanne Forcese
Because it is so familiar we tend to regard water as a normal liquid. Water is the most fundamental active ingredient in all the processes of nature. When in balance it is a nourisher of life; out of balance it can become the bearer of disease and death. Without it there would be no life. Even though we drink, bathe and cook with it do we really understand it in all of its complexities? Water Today called upon the experts for a deeper dive into our most basic need.
George Thorpe, P. Eng., of Bi Pure Water, explained "there are many different combinations of raw water and with all the combinations there are more than 100 different types of water." Basically there are two main categories – ground water and surface water. Our ground water consists of:
- Meteoric Water - rain droplets seep into spaces between rocks and become part of the water table
- Connate Water - liquids largely composed of water that also contain many mineral components as ions in solution. These liquids were trapped in the pores of sedimentary rocks.
- Magmatic Water - is the water that was formerly chemically bound up in minerals and has been released by heating in volcanic processes.
Surface water is the flow of water that occurs when excess storm water, melt water or other sources flow over the earth's surface. If surface water that recharges an aquifer is polluted, the groundwater also becomes contaminated and this contamination moves along the water to wells for drinking water. Adding to this complexity, each of these types of water has its own chemistry based on salinity, minerals, metals, pH, and dissolved ions. Added to this there are many pathogens and absorbed metals such as Arsenic, Iron and Manganese that can be found in water.
It takes a well-trained water treatment expert to properly diagnose and treat a water source for rural communities. An untrained water treatment plant operator or an extreme weather event has the potential to render a community's drinking water supply unpotable and dangerous to health.
To find out more about the importance of water to health, WT interviewed anthropologist and Founder of the Hydration Foundation, Gina Bria. "As much as a 2% reduction in hydration leads to measurable cognitive loss and reduction in human performance," Bria said.
Upstream of Bria, WT discovered Dr. Zach Bush, triple board certified physician who stressed the importance of hydration to the health and wealth of our civilization. "We are not solid creatures. We are a tiny bit of matter organized by an energetic force. In the human body that organization is managed by the water molecule." As the United Nations has decreed, water is basic human right.
Bria, who recently co-authored (with Dr. Dana Cohen) the book Quench, spoke of her studies among desert dwellers in drought conditions. She discovered a world- wide phenomenon. Desert dwellers were not on the search for water, but for plants. Within the roots and seeds of desert plants there is a gel-like substance that Bria's mentor, Dr. Gerald Pollack, coined as the "Fourth Phase of Water". A new understanding of water at this molecular phase allows us "a more efficient way to hydrate using less liquid water and more plant foods." Water is H2O. That is the indisputable chemical expression of a single molecule of water. However it is not the expression of water molecules linked together. Dr. Gerald Pollack, bioengineer and water scientist identified H3O2, what he identified as exclusion zone or EZ water. "It is nothing short of water's own specializing purifying stage. Water has the capacity to cleanse itself." In this exclusionary zone Dr. Pollack saw how molecules linked up over time and space. Together they became more tightly knit, not yet stationary ice crystals yet still fluid. Plants range easily between 80-98% water in composition. "The science (now that we know how to look for it) is that the water locked in plants is H3O2."
One more expert drifted into the conversation on the topic of this Fourth Stage of Water. Johnathan Butts whose work with technology involving water and hydrogen led him to observe "everything we have conceived and achieved with computer advancements are a fraction of the capabilities, which already exist in water." Butts views water as having 6 stages. "Water, vapor, and solid plus 3 allotropes, which are the structured versions of the 3 phases." In his view the "gel" (Pollack's Fourth Stage) comes into being from the unfolding of protein, the substance that is in a high concentration of water. "Nobody really knows what water is in its entirety. It is more like a super crystal and we have not even begun to tap into its potentials."
Butts described another phenomenon that has been observed by quantum physicists. "Water is morphogenetic in nature," he told WT. "Water can act as a receiver and a transmitter of vibrations both within a short range and a long range. It has the recipe to physically go to work and balance things. It's aware of everything in all its vibrations and if something is out of place, it encourages a shift." Butts gave the example of a cup of water in a forest. That water is aware of the vibrations from the trees and the wildlife passing by as well as the vibrations from the outer cosmos. It is constantly processing and computing this information and prioritizing what is in its best interest for balance. It allows all the vibrations to exist but shifts its frequency to allow only for those vibrations that are in harmony. We can either support that or interfere with it.
"When water is exposed to too much stress it gets locked into a pattern," Butts continued. "In its natural state, water flows. It turns to the left and right. There
are no right angles in nature as we have in water plants. In cities, water is trapped in straight lines and right angled turns. These 90 degree patterns are unnatural and place water under stress."
"We can remove that stress, return the water to what it was by mimicking what happens in nature, by introducing the same kind of vortexing that occurs when water flows over rocks."
Dr. Bush views agricultural practices as the first step in de-stressing water. Butts agrees. "Monoculture crops and over-fertilization have not only disrupted the microbial balance in our soils but have also contaminated our waters."
Butts estimates it would take 3-5 years for the soil to regenerate if it were not farmed during that time and it was allowed to take on the kind of structured water that occurs naturally. "That would give the microbiome enough time to get rid of the chemicals in the soil and re-populate."
"Our planet is a body of water as are we," Bria continues, "By molecular count we are 99% water. Our planet's pollution is our pollution. Its purity is our purity." Bria believes that within the problems that we have created with our water supply there is a solution to be found. "As water flows and makes its circuit around the globe whether through the vapors of the air, the world's ocean currents, the aspirations of trees, or underwater rivers, it flows and comes back to us wherever we are. Our place in this, besides protecting the waters that surround us, is to become alert to the power of the water inside us and to develop new ways to local solutions based on new science findings."
"Water," as stated on the United Nations website, "is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic developments, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment."
Bria stresses the connection between anthropology and water. "Every culture has a unique perception of water. The common thread in all cultures is that women are the keepers of the water. "We need to develop that intimacy with water to craft a new identity, to mimic nature's intelligence by bringing the strategies into our water challenged world." Bria encourages us to look at the Indigenous cultures to understand that water is our most powerful ally.
"Water," Jonathan Butts sums up, "is designed to be the bridge of relationships."
We will let that sink in.
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