John Beithan is our US operations manager. He’s been with us long enough now to become one of the team, even though we only meet on Skype. The last time we had ‘quality time’ together was when we shared our exhibit of the UltraStream at ExpoWest,. the largest natural products expo in the world.
I asked John to tell me his experience with his conversion to ‘the Alka-Way’.
“About three years ago I started working with a nutritionist because I was having some health problems. He suggested I was probably dehydrated and wanted to sell me a $4,000 electronic ionizer. I always wanted one but I just wasn’t going to spend that kind of money. It didn’t make sense. A few months later he called to let me know he’d been testing and loved his new non-electronic UltraStream natural ionizer that was priced under $700 – designed by an Australian company who had sold $4,000 ionizers, but developed the UltraStream for obvious reasons. He suggested I get one and I did.
A week and half after using the UltraStream leg cramps I had were gone. From that point forward things just got better. Over a period a few months my blood pressure dropped 30 points and today, I feel better and better every single day. It’s been 3-years now without a flu, cold or allergy problem since using the UltraStream. I’m convinced it’s the combination of good clean hydration and hydrogen rich water. Beyond that, it’s the education Alkaway provides.
I’m proud to be benefiting and working with Alkaway in Australia, a small company that continues to walk the talk of the alkaline lifestyle after sixteen years. You CAN feel better every single day. I help people with that. That’s what I do and who I am.
Contact John here
Pre-Olympic rowing and sailing events in Rio a month later resulted in a high number of illnesses among the athletes, with one Olympic sailor from Germany claiming he contracted MRSA so severe he had to undergo surgery. Some of the athletes in the test events resorted to pouring bleach on their water bottles and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash between events. In fact, the water is so disgusting that coaches are telling sailors to wash their hands after touching wet gear during the competition. The US rowing team is even wearing special suits knitted with antimicrobial material in the hopes of reducing exposure.
Unfortunately, with the competition only weeks away, it’s far too late to move the venue to a more suitable location. Hopefully this will be a lesson for the International Olympic Committee in the future — choosing a venue with known public safety issues based on the reassurance that the problem will be solved a few years down the line is a terrible idea.
Mindfulness is the inherent trait of being aware of one’s present thoughts and feelings.
In a new study of 399 people that measured health indicators including mindfulness and blood glucose, researchers found that those with higher scores for mindfulness were significantly more likely than people with low scores to have healthy glucose levels.
The results show an association and do not prove a cause, but they are part of a program led by Brown University where researchers are studying whether interventions that increase mindfulness can improve cardiovascular health. Their overarching hypotheses are that people practicing higher degrees of mindfulness may be better able to motivate themselves to exercise, to resist cravings for high-fat, high-sugar treats, and to stick with diet and exercise regimens recommended by their doctors.
The researchers therefore sought to identify factors that might explain the connection they saw between higher mindfulness and healthier glucose levels. Their analysis of the data showed that obesity risk (mindful people are less likely to be obese) and sense of control (mindful people are more likely to believe they can change many of the important things in their life) both contribute to the link.
“This study demonstrated a significant association of dispositional mindfulness with glucose regulation, and provided novel evidence that obesity and sense of control may serve as potential mediators of this association,” wrote the authors led by Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health. “As mindfulness is likely a modifiable trait, this study provides preliminary evidence for a fairly novel and modifiable potential determinant of diabetes risk.”
The study, published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, did not show a direct, statistically significant link between mindfulness and type 2 diabetes risk, which is the medical concern related to elevated blood glucose. Participants with high levels of mindfulness were about 20 percent less likely to have type 2 diabetes, but the total number of people in the study with the condition may have been too small to allow for definitive findings, Loucks said.
Measuring mindfulness, gauging glucose
To gather their data, Loucks and his team enrolled 399 volunteers who’ve been participating in the New England Family Study. The subjects participated in several psychological and physiological tests including glucose tests and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), a 15-item questionnaire to assess dispositional mindfulness on a 1 to 7 scale. The researchers also collected data on a host of other potentially relevant demographic and health traits including body-mass index, smoking, education, depression, blood pressure, perceived stress, and sense of control.
After adjusting their data to account for such confounding factors as age, sex, race or ethnicity, family history of diabetes, and childhood socioeconomic status, the researchers found that people with high MAAS scores of 6 or 7 were 35 percent more likely to have healthy glucose levels under 100 milligrams per deciliter than people with low MAAS scores below 4.
The analysis found that obesity made about a 3-percentage point difference of the total 35-percent point risk difference. Sense of control accounted for another 8 percentage points of the effect. The rest may derive from factors the study didn’t measure, but at least now researchers have begun to elucidate the possible mechanisms that link mindfulness to glucose regulation.
“There’s been almost no epidemiological observational study investigations on the relationship of mindfulness with diabetes or any cardiovascular risk factor,” Loucks said. “This is one of the first. We’re getting a signal. I’d love to see it replicated in larger sample sizes and prospective studies as well.”
Brown University. “Everyday mindfulness linked to healthy glucose levels.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 February 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160223132541…>.
Will Smith, one of our fave Hollywood identities since ‘The Fresh Price of Belair’ has put his backing into a new biodegradable water bottle.
The website shows all the usual sweetness and light natural images… and yes, we applaud any effort to reduce the plastic avalanche of the ubiquitious water bottle. But…
Is it really an answer?
Is any throw away water bottle an answer? Perhaps a paper water bottle is better, but there’s still no recycling, as we have with a simple stainless or glass water bottle that we fill with our lovely AlkaWay water at home – pure, hydrogen-rich and alkaline?
Will, we’d love to talk to you about really changing the way we drink water. Call me.
Identify and Eliminate Silent Inflammation Now.
Silent inflammation is a growing problem among all Westerners, especially as they grow older. Perhaps yours was caused by medications, alcohol, poor diet, toxic metals, chlorine or stress.
Do nothing about it and you may be leaving yourself open to more complicated health issues and diseases. If you already have any adverse symptoms that just refuse to leave, think about taking these steps to identify, eliminate and prevent body inflammation.
Identify the Symptoms
Chronic fatigue, recurring sinus infections, gastrointestinal issues, mood disorders and chronic vaginal and urinary tract infections are common symptoms. Add to that headaches, dizziness, achy joints and sensitivity to chemicals used in perfumes, cleaning agents and pesticides. Your medico may recommend medications like Nystatin to eliminate external yeast, but it doesn’t always treat internal inflammatory sufficiently. This is the same with joint pain. Ibuprofen may relieve elbow or knee pain, but it’s isn’t designed to eliminate it.
Systemic yeast AKA candida Albicans, a natural yeast-like fungus that occurs not just on the skin but in the digestive tract. Causes could be a poor diet, corticosteroids or stress. These can increase the levels of candida Albicans in your body and cause it to overtake the natural bacteria in your system. This condition is known as candidiasis, which can be the cause of many of the symptoms listed above. Many natural medicine practitioners say that if left untreated, candida overgrowth can even lead to various autoimmune diseases, such as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome and even multiple sclerosis.
Check Your Diet
According to Dr Oz, one of the best ways to eliminate systemic yeast and reduce silent body inflammation is to start eating more alkaline foods.
You may like to look at reducing your intake of foods that are highly acidic, including dairy, white bread, oats, brown rice, cheese, pasta, sugar and beer. Most meats are also highly acidic, but the secret to success is to increase your alkaline food intake to counteract the acidic effects of the meats you eat. Thus, a balanced diet of less meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts can help reduce inflammation in your body. Even better, go gluten-free with your diet. Gluten foods, which contain wheat, rye or barley, tend to increase systemic yeast, especially for those who have allergies to gluten-laden foods.
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What we define as ‘clean‘ may not be so great for our bodies.
We can.. if we choose, rethink our approach to personal hygiene. Shower for 20 minutes every day and live to be 100, and you’ll spend 12,167 hours of your life washing yourself. That’s a long, long time to run a tap. Expensive, too. Then there’s the health problem. Although you might think you’re clean, reeking of perfumed body wash, you’re actually not. Showers are overrated, according to James Hamblin, senioreditor at The Atlantic and medical doctor. As part of a video series called “If Our Bodies Could Talk,” Hamblin has spent the last three episodes focusing on the human microbiome. The last episode, called “You Probably Don’t Need To Shower,” challenges the notion that we need to be constantly cleaning our skin. There is a microbial ecosystem that lives on our skin. As scientists learn more about the relationship between this system and our health, it leads to questions about the wisdom of scrubbing away the bacteria on a daily basis with powerful detergents. Not only does soap eradicate the bacterial populations, but it also creates fluctuating cycles of dryness and oiliness that make us shower and slather on chemicals even more. In the episode, Hamblin speaks with journalist Julia Scott, who went one month without any kind of skin care products and sprayed herself with live bacteria in order to rebalance her skin’s microbial populations. Hamblin also interviewed Dr. Larry Weiss, head of AOBiome, a company that develops the soap-alternative made of Nitrosomonas eutropha bacteria that Scott used. Microbiologist Martin Blaser, who bathes instead of showers, tells Hamblin that there are good bugs and bad bugs: the good ones helps us to live our lives, whereas removing the bad ones may not be doing us any favors. Hamblin decided to give showerless-living a try:
“At first, I was an oily, smelly beast. The odor of bodies is the product of bacteria that live on our skin and feed off of the oily secretions from the sweat and sebaceous glands at the base of our hair follicles. Applying detergents (soaps) to our skin and hair every day disrupts a sort of balance between skin oils and the bacteria that live on our skin. When you shower aggressively, you obliterate the ecosystems. They repopulate quickly, but the species are out of balance and tend to favor the kinds of microbes that produce odor. “But after a while, the idea goes, your ecosystem reaches a steady state, and you stop smelling bad. I mean, you don’t smell like rosewater or Axe Body Spray, but you don’t smell like B.O., either. You just smell like a person.”
While most of us may not be ready to go completely shower-free, there is certainly value in rethinking one’s approach. At the very least, detoxify the products you use, opting for gentler, greener cleansers. Shower less aggressively, without scrubbing at your skin. Use less soap; try the ‘pits and bits’ tactic, soaping only in those key places, while sticking with plain water on the rest of your body. Wash your hair less. (Switching to the ‘no poo’ method allows me to stretch my hair for 5-6 days in between washings.) As Grist reports humorously, one mystery still remains that Hamblin has not yet clarified: Is he single? Want to save the water without sacrificing your ‘long shower experience? Go here and save up to70% of your water
Lots happening these days behind the scenes.. with at least 5 websites to manage we’ve had to work out a way to post on them all at once. It’s almost happening, with our US website becoming the one that ‘spawns’ all the other blogs.
Pharmaceuticals in our waterways. Here
Thyroid Health: Six factors. Here
Colon Cancer and H2: a new study. Here
Fluoride; Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics! Here
Totally toxin free test result for old Keith Here
The most alkaline food? Here
Our national water crisis. So who doesn’t need a water filter? Here
Daniel’s Technicolour pH test. Here
H2 and Alzheimers: what’s new? Here
The Dark Lord of Nutrition: Fructose. Here
Inflammation: Friend or Enemy? Here
Starting your Day with an alkaline breakfast. Here
Eleven ways to get h2 into your life. Here
Biosecurity. What does it mean to you? Germ warfare? Clean air? Clean water? All of these things, obviously relate to our home and personal biosecurity.
And a prudent citizen has performed their due diligence in these matters, for the sake of themselves, their family and their livestock. many, many people have seen fit to trust the local water authority, and we’ve seen many campiagns that encourage us to ‘just drink tap water’. So how does that sit with this report? What would YOU do? I’m guessing it would be a little late to call your filter shop.
Know how long a plastic water bottle can take to decompose? Up to 1000 years. Know how many bottles of water America alone drinks in a single year? approximately 50 billion.
Scared yet? You should be, because unless we start firing our garbage out of giant cannons and into the sun, it’s safe to say that some day soon we’re all going to be living on one great big floating ball of trash. It’s a pretty bleak prospect, but thanks to people like Icelandic Product Designer Ari Jónsson, such a grimly apocalyptic scenario could be avoided if we all just got a little greener. Take his water bottle for example. It’s made from algal, a product of algae. It’s 100% natural and 100% biodegradable. It keeps its shape until it’s empty and then it begins to decompose.
In Thailand they believe it takes a lot. In order to raise awareness about the dangers that sugar poses to our health, The Diabetes Association of Thailand commissioned Thai designer Nattakong Jaengsem to come up with a campaign that would encourage the public to reduce their sugar intake. And as you can see from the gruesome pictures below, the result is shockingly effective. We all know that sugar is bad for us, but often we only think of the negative impact it has on our teeth and our weight. But too much acid-forming sugar in our diets can also cause Type 2 Diabetes, which dramatically reduces the body’s ability to heal and can lead to cuts and sores that can then get infected and even result in amputation. The campaign, titled “Sweet Kills”, aims to show us what Type 2 Diabetes can do, but instead of using simple photographs, Jaengsem instead decided to recreate diabetes-related injuries using the very thing that causes them: sweets. The resulting images may be difficult to look at but one thing is for certain: they’re sure to make you think twice about reaching for the sugar bowl. Click here to see more (if you can handle it.)
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals contribute to reproductive health problems experienced by hundreds of thousands of women, costing European Union an estimated €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) a year in health care expenditures and lost earning potential.
~ Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Tattoo aficionados who appreciate the creative license behind professional inking can now take solace in the potential health benefits of tattoos. Now we hear that researchers have found that getting tattoos could strengthen the immune system, helping fight common infections. About 14% of Americans have at least one tattoo and spend nearly $1.65 billion annually on getting inked. Typically the common associations between tattoos and any medical report have been regarding allergic reactions or skin infections. More seriously, healthcare professionals had found contaminated tattooing equipment can transfer blood borne diseases like tetanus and hepatitis B and C. But now, a study published in the American Journal of Human Biology indicated that the immune-boosting effect increases with multiple tattoos. Christopher Lynn, PhD, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, and team studied 29 individuals between 18-47 years old who were receiving tattoos at one of three tattoo studies in Leeds and Tuscaloosa, AL, between May-December, 2012. The researchers collected the individuals’ saliva samples before and after the tattooing procedures to measure levels of immunoglobulin A – the antibody primed for first line of defense against common infections. The study also assessed information regarding the total number of tattoos for each participant, lifetime hours spent receiving tattoos, etc. The team wasn’t surprised to discover those participants who were receiving their first tattoos showed a significant reduction in their immunoglobulin A levels – ironicall, a response to an increase in cortisol triggered by the stress and pain often associated with getting tattoos. Lynn noted that even though the first tattoo could make the individual more susceptible to catching a cold, subsequent tattoos sessions help the body adjust its immune defenses. Researchers acknowledged size limitations of their study sample, but believe their data provide important insight into the body’s physiological response to tattooing. – See more
We’re about to send our specifications to the factory for our UltraStream H2 MkIII. Lots of ‘better’ for the same piece, and what I love.. everyone who already has an UltraStream will receive all the benefits when they order their next UltraStream replacement filter. Ah, simplicity; the last bastion of creativity. Like the picture on this blog.
Devoted soda drinkers began to lose their minds when an infographic outlining the harmful effects a single can of Coca-Cola has on the body in one hour began circulating the Internet. Now a new infographic has revealed what a Big Mac from McDonald’s can do to the body in the same amount of time. In June 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that manufacturers have three years to rid their products of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) – the main dietary source in trans fat – and can be found in Big Macs. It may not seem that farfetched that a Big Mac from the popular fast food chain isn’t great, or even good for that matter, for your body. After all, the “generous dollop of sauce” on each burger has over 30 ingredients just by itself, including high fructose corn syrup and soybean oil. The website Now Fast Food Menu, which typically assesses nutritional information at different eateries, created an infographic that details the “serious harm” that a Big Mac can cause in just 60 minutes. Warning: McDonald’s lovers should proceed with caution. First 10 Minutes: Our brains prefer high-calorie foods
- Our brains evolved during a time when food was scarce, so we became adept at choosing high calorie foods. A regular Big Mac contains 540 calories and raises your blood sugar levels to abnormal levels.
- Junk food triggers your brain’s reward system by releasing much more ‘feel-good’ chemicals – such as the neurotransmitter dopamine – which ignites feelings of pleasure. This process works in a similar way for drugs like cocaine and contributes to the likelihood of compulsive eating.
After 20 Minutes: Addictive Sugars
- Did you know that the Big Mac bun has high levels of high fructose corn syrup and sodium? Both ingredients are addictive and make your body crave for more. These are also harmful ingredients that can cause obese, diabetes and heart disease.
After 30 Minutes: Sodium Attack on Your Body
- A Big Mac consists of 970 milligrams of sodium. This huge amount of salt can spur dehydration. With symptoms that closely mimic those of hunger, it’s easy for dehydration to trick you into thinking you need to go back for a new round.
- Too much intake of sodium makes it hard for your kidneys to eliminate salt. This aggravates the situation: the sodium overdose makes your heart work faster in order to pump blood through your veins. This causes high blood pressure and can ultimately lead to heart diseases and strokes.
After 40 Minutes: Craving for More!
- Are you still feeling hungry after just having a Big Mac? This is because you have lost control over your blood sugar, making you crave even more fast food.
- The first time you consume a high calorie meal, your insulin response can bring down your glucose levels making you want to eat more. The high fructose corn syrup in the Big Mac bun is quickly absorbed by the GI tract, causing insulin spikes and even bigger hunger pangs.
After 60 Minutes: Slow Digestion
- Normally the body takes about 24 to 72 hours to digest food. However, hamburgers take a lot more time because they are greasier. After consuming a Big Mac, it can take more than three days to fully digest.
- It takes approximately 51 days to digest trans fat. The Big Mac contains 1.5 grams trans fat. Different studies have proved that trans fat can be linked to heart diseases, obese, cancer and diabetes.
- If you want to enjoy a Big Mac, try to keep it an occasional event. The ingredients can cause serious harm to your body, especially when consumed on a regular basis.
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Just in time for National Potato Chip Day, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guidance for the food industry on ways to reduce a potential carcinogen in the salty snack food, as well as in French fries. Starchy foods, such as bagels, were recently targeted for being linked to lung cancer. Now officials are flagging foods like French fries and potato chips for containing acrylamide, a dangerous chemical that may cause cancer. In 2002, it was found that many heated foods contain the chemical acrylamide. It’s been demonstrated that high doses of the chemical in food causes cancer in animals, and researchers say that it’s fair to believe it can have the same outcome in humans. But potato-based foods aren’t the only ones being alerted, the chemical is also found in grain-based foods like cookies, pretzels, crackers, toasted bread, and cereal – and even coffee. To put the cancer concern in perspective, acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke and plastic products. Cooking time and technique have a lot to do with acrylamide levels. “Acrylamide forms in foods from a chemical reaction… this reaction is part of the Maillard reaction, which leads to color, flavor, and aroma changes in cooked foods,” the guidance said. The chemical usually forms when food is baked or fried above 248° F. Frozen French fries that are intended to be cooked in a consumer’s home are not naturally filled with the chemical. Fries with a larger surface area relative to the volume may reduce acrylamide since is tends to form in the surface layer instead of inside. When it comes to potato chips, higher temperatures and longer cooking time result in higher acrylamide levels. The chemical especially increases towards the end of frying. To combat the chemical formation, the guidance suggests lowering the temperature when cooking and using techniques like flash, vacuum, or batch frying. In addition, smaller or thinner pieces of potatoes require less heat and cooking time, which could also help reduce acrylamide. This may seem like a lot of work (after all, cooking frozen foods is supposed to be a quick meal option), but there’s no such thing as being too careful. – See more here:
England will soon be home to Europe’s largest floating solar farm, if not the world. The 6.3 megawatt array consists of 23,000 solar panels that sit on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir at Walton-on-Thames, a suburb of London near Heathrow Airport. According to The Guardian, the £6 million (about $8 million) project will help power local water treatment plants that provide clean drinking water to London and south-east England’s 10 million residents “This will be the biggest floating solar farm in the world for a time—others are under construction,” Angus Berry, energy manager for Thames Water, the utility which owns the site, told The Guardian. “We are leading the way, but we hope that others will follow, in the UK and abroad.” Thames Water said in a press release that their floating pontoon will cover around a tenth of the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir, the same area as eight Wembley football pitches (London’s famous 90,000-capacity soccer stadium). It will be the largest floating solar farm on the planet before Japan’s mega-solar farm finishes in 2018, which will have a capacity of 13.7 megawatts. Thames Water, which has goal of generating a third of of its own renewable energy by 2020, said that the low carbon, renewable energy produced at the facility is expected to generate 5.8 million kilowatt hours in its first year—equivalent to the annual power consumption of around 1,800 homes. Floating solar panels has a number of benefits. For one, compared to mounted panels, floating panels are naturally cooled because of the bodies of water they sit on, therefore boosting power production efficiency. The panels also shade the water itself, and limits the growth of algae. Berry also told The Guardian that the project makes use of a space that is not currently used for any other purpose, adding that the array will have no impact on the ecosystem. Also, as as Quartz noted, a floating platoon is easy to assemble: “Rather than using heavy machinery required for ground-mounted installations, the panels are clipped together and pushed out from the bank of the lake.”
One can’t help be impressed with the Kangen success story.
Every would-be dealer talks about how many they have sold, how many millions they have turned over, and (of course), how much better they are than anything else on the market. The Kangen company began in the US a few years after we began in 2000. It began, I am informed, by purchasing the old Sanastec water ionizer company in Japan, and then applying a very clever multilevel marketing system to the product. The technology is old. The same system has been used for 30 years. Recent developments and new science has exposed the problems of using electrolysis to create high concentrations of the therapeutic element in the water – molecular hydrogen. I admit that the MLM approach is clever. So clever that it has taken me years to understand why they have done so well. But I think I have it. Any MLM company sells two products. a) the product it actually offers and b) the business opportunity. There’s a kind of ‘swings and slides’ effect here. If the seller can charge enough for the product to pay high commissions to multiple distributors all the way down or up the chain, they will be successful because they have sold the business opportunity. Kangen has certainly done that. Their price tag is way above competitors even though their technology, especially related to continuous H2 output, is way behind. Do you get this concept? It’s tricky. By charging top dollar for your MLM product you attract the ‘killer sharks’ of the MLM world. These denizens of the selling world could sell Donald Trump a holiday in Mexico City. They will sell the product opportunity. They’ve been doing it for years for different companies that demonstrates they are really only interested in the business opportunity, and selling the product is a byproduct of this product offering. Now.. I’m not judging it. The company began after we began and they are waay, waay richer than we are. I can really only conclude that the system is what they are really selling, and we don’t have a system. The other byproduct of this approach is that the ‘buyers’ who bought the business opportunity will sell the same opportunity. Yes, they will talk about the ionizer, but the money is in the sales of the business opportunity, not the product. Which to me, is a shame. But.. the company has created a replicating system where each dealer sells their mother in law, uncle, auntie and best friend the business opportunity, using their friendship or kinship to make an easier sale. But the BIG fact is that on average, 98% of distributors never recoup their investment in an MLM scheme. So let’s get real about this. If you’ve been approached by a Kangen distributor, you know he or she is talking about you making money as much as or more than he or she is talking health. And the chilling statistic is that only around 2% of all buyers earn their money back in MLM schemes. So.. you have two products you are being sold; so let’s look at them separately. I’ll try to ‘pitch’ each product to you so you can discriminate on what you are really being sold.
- The Water Ionizer“This water ionizer produces filtered, high pH water. if you clean it regularly, it will give you reasonable amounts of molecular hydrogen infused in your water. Yes, there are many similar products available, and yes, other less expensive products have been shown to produce more H2 with less frequent cleaning…. but..” …and here comes opportunity/product #2.
2. The business opportunity “Hey, have I got a deal for you. What do you know about network marketing? Not much? Good! Did you know that it can set you up with residual income for life? Did you know you don’t need to own a shop, an office or even to buy stock? And look at me. I’ll show you my commissions and yes, of course you can do the same? Yes, the water ionizer is very expensive.. but look at the money you can make!” When I wrote this article I shared it with some friends who have been in MLM and know water ionizers. They brought up a point that I had not covered. Here it is. There is a ‘gradient’ of integrity in selling. The top MLM sellers may have very little integrity but great persuasive powers. But down the graph a little the average distributor isn’t a good or experienced salesperson. So they’ve taken – for them – a big rish in investing in this busimness opportunity, and for 9*% of them, they quickly hit the wall of lack of sales. It’s at this point that they either: a) Create a glowing testimonial in the hope that it will bring in customers and b) begin to fudge facts.
And here’s the hidden edge of MLM. An MLM company can’t legally fudge facts.. but hey, what can you do if your distributors are a little lose with the truth? So any MLM company that promises high commissions has, knowingly or unknowingly, upped the ante for this sort of behaviour. Yes, you will be told that you can lose your distribution rights if you do it.. but what MLM company enforces this? It’s not in their interests to do so because they have an army of unpaid distributors out there beating the bushes for them at ZERO cost.
So please.. if you are talking to our alkaline specialists give them a break. TELL them you’ve been to a Kangen meeting and that you are really not as interested in the water ionizer as the money you have been told you can make. Be honest and don’t waste your our our time. And.. if all you wnat is the best and latest water ionizer technology, the best possible filtration and molecular hydrogen capability, go here.
Crystal City water crisis? Water contamination is becoming a far too common occurrence in the USA. First there was Flint and now there’s Crystal City. Recently Crystal City residents took to social media to share horrifying images of the dark-coloured water coming from their taps. Some residents even compared the sludge to oil, it was so dark reports Garrett Bernger. The city has explained that it was caused by sediment flushed into distribution lines when their water tower was drained for maintenance. Despite tanks not being cleaned for up to 30 years the city did not believe that the sediment would get into distribution lines and therefore did not see it necessary to warn residents prior to the incident, which would have given them an opportunity to take appropriate precautions. The American Water Works Association calls it the Replacement Era. An estimated 1.9 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) of distribution pipes supply Americans with drinking water. Many of them are nearing or have past retirement age. A big investment — perhaps as much as $US 1 trillion over the next two decades — must be made to replace them. Age, however, is only part of the story. The deterioration of any particular pipe depends on a bundle of pressures: What material are the pipes made of? Cast iron, ductile iron, polyvinyl chloride, or, occasionally, wood? Each has a different lifespan. What are the chemical properties of the soil and water? Some are more corrosive. What is the climate? Cycles of freezing and thawing or drought can weaken pipes. The need to replace these pipes, most of which have a useful lifespan of more than 75 or 100 years, will continue to grow. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency forecasts that the rate of replacement will rise until 2035, as national investment in water mains peaked in the boom years after World War II. The graphic below shows the percent of current water mains installed by decade. The patterns reflect America’s growth. Older pipes weave beneath the colonial cities on the East Coast. Philadelphia, for one, still uses water mains installed before the Civil War. Cities that grew fast in the latter half of last century have newer systems. More than half of San Antonio’s water mains were laid in the ground between 1980 and 2010 — which seems appropriate given that its population grew by 70 percent in that period.
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo likes to freeze her face – but with ice instead of Botox. The 46-year-old actress has always felt she looks younger than she is, but in recent years she’s started to see a difference in her skin. Ellen feared her face was getting saggy so she has adopted a technique used by Hollywood actresses of yesteryear to try and maintain a youthful complexion. “I fill up a bowl of ice and alkaline water, and I take it to my bathroom, and I splash my face like 10 times, until my face feels frozen,” she explained to Into The Gloss. “I do it after (cleansing) and I just feel like it tightens everything. Didn’t the old movie stars used to do it? I got this idea that my face feels puffy and it’s sagging, so I thought, ‘Let me just freeze it!’ “I’ve been reading and researching a lot about alkaline water, too, and its healing properties. They say if you have a cut and you stick your finger in alkaline water for like a day, it’ll heal faster. So I thought what if I just put alkaline water on my falling face, what’ll happen? Maybe it’ll pick it up?” As well as her unusual face splashing routine, Ellen has regular facials to keep her skin in tip top condition. The star does her best to use paraben-free products and stick to a natural, organic plan as much as possible, but admits she has tried cosmetic procedures in the past. “There’s only so much I can do at 45, I’m going to age, it’s fine,” she continued. “I don’t have Botox, I don’t have fillers, I don’t have anything, so you know, I really have to eat well and exercise and do everything, because I don’t want to put stuff in my face. I have done Botox before, and I can see why you’d get addicted to it. So I thought, if I have to see my lines, it’ll force me more to take care of myself. I guess because I make my living on camera, I’m vain? I think it’s important for me to look as good as I can look. I get paid to keep up my appearance, so I feel like I need to keep up my end of it.”
Forbes magazine has recently reported that Aldi is not only planning to expand their natural food selection, but also replace the confectionery at the checkout, designed to tempt customers while they wait, with healthier items. This could be brilliant news for lower-income shoppers if the supermarket attaches their usual affordable price tag to the new products. On top of this the supermarket are also ensuring that all of it’s dairy products are free from artificial growth hormones and all private label products, that are reported to take up 90% of the store, are now free from synthetic, hydrogenated oils and added MSG. Jason Hart, Aldi’s CEO has said, “At Aldi, we truly care about our customers, and we’re responding with guilt-free checkout zones and increased food options they can feel good about”. This comes after Aldi’s existing efforts to make organic and healthy food’s affordable for everyone when they expanded their organic food range of products in 2014, while still maintaining their low-price positioning.
I’m biased. That’s obvious. After all, I invented the UltraStream water alkalizer, ionizer and H2 infusion system. But I am (at age 69) constantly remionded of WHY I care for myself. My GP tells me I am genetically susceptible to bowel cancer so he attempts to get me ‘bare-assed’ every couple of years for a colonoscopy. Each time it’s the same. ‘Some forms that may become carcinogenic’. I can’t help being slightly suspicious of this repetitive verdict because as I see it, any growth in your colon can be described this way. Anyway, I was not surprised when I got this report in my inbox.
Baystate Noble Hospital has notified colonoscopy patients that the scopes used in their procedures may not have been properly disinfected.
(My thanks to Erin Elizabeth!) Springfield-based Baystate Health said Friday that because of a lapse in disinfection procedures, 293 patients who had colonoscopies at Noble between June 2012 and April 2013 are at risk of As Baystate explained the situation Friday, Noble Hospital began using new colonoscopy equipment in June 2012. The new colonoscopies required a different approach to disinfection than instruments used previously at Noble. Due to a failure in training, the disinfection of those endoscopes between procedures did not adequately expose the devices’ single water irrigation channel to high-level disinfection during the last phase of cleaning, Baystate said in a news release. Sterilization issues involving endoscopes used to look inside the body for various procedures have cropped up across health care in recent years. In 2015, failure to disinfect endoscopes possibly exposed 281 patients in Hartfordto drug-resistant bacteria and was also implicated in the deaths of two patients in California. The duodenoscope is different than the endoscopes used for routine upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or colonoscopy, according to the FDA. In 2013, an Atlanta outpatient surgery center sent letters to 456 colonoscopy clients warning them they may have been exposed to HIV as well as hepatitis B and C. That same year, study at five hospitals nationwide finds that three out of 20 endoscopes retained bits of “biological dirt” from past patients, putting people at risk for hepatitis and infection, as reported in the AARP Health Talk website. This national concern led Baystate Health last year to convene a multidisciplinary team to assess the safety of endoscopes and disinfection processes throughout the organization. This team continues its work, Baystate said. Ronald Bryant, president of Baystate Noble, said: “On behalf of Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Health, I apologize to all those affected by this failure in safety. The safety of our patients is our very highest priority, and we take full responsibility for our part in allowing these patients to have potentially received unsafe care.” Bryant stayed on after the Baystate takeover. His tenure as head of the hospital goes back to 2011. Dr. Stanley Strzempko, interim chief medical officer of Baystate Noble Hospital, said: “We appreciate the partnership of the Department of Public Health in identifying this problem and responding to it. We’re working closely with the primary care providers of those affected to By Erin Elizabeth (Erin Elizabeth is a long time activist with a passion for the healing arts, working in that arena for a quarter century. Her site HealthNutNews.com is less than 2 years old but has already cracked the top 20 Natural Health sites worldwide.)
Soon after the World Health Organization announced that eating processed meat could increase the risk of cancer, another study has found that industrialised food additives could increase the risk of developing autoimmune diseases. The study, lead by Prof. Aaron Lerner and Dr. Torsten Matthias, found that various additives commonly found in processed food can weaken the tight-junctions in the gut. Tight-junctions perform vital functions:
- They hold cells together.
- They have what is called the Barrier function, which can be further subdivided into protective barriers and functional barriers serving purposes such as material transport and maintenance of osmotic balance:
- Tight Junctions help to maintain the polarity of cells by preventing the lateral diffusion of integral membrane proteins between the apical and lateral/basal surfaces, allowing the specialized functions of each surface (for example receptor-mediated endocytosis at the apical surface and exocytosis at the basolateral surface) to be preserved. This aims to preserve the transcellular transport.
- Tight Junctions prevent the passage of molecules and ions through the space between plasma membranes of adjacent cells, so materials must actually enter the cells (by diffusion or active transport) in order to pass through the tissue. Investigation using freeze-fracture methods in electron microscopy is ideal for revealing the lateral extent of tight junctions in cell membranes and has been useful in showing how tight junctions are formed. The constrained intracellular pathway exacted by the tight junction barrier system allows precise control over which substances can pass through a particular tissue. (Tight junctions play this role in maintaining the blood–brain barrier.) At the present time, it is still unclear whether the control is active or passive and how these pathways are formed. In one study for paracellular transport across the tight junction in kidney proximal tubule, a dual pathway model is proposed: large slit breaks formed by infrequent discontinuities in the TJ complex and numerous small circular pores.
In human physiology there are two main types of epithelia using distinct types of barrier mechanism. Dermal structures such as skin form a barrier from many layers of keratinised squamous cells. Internal epithelia on the other hand more often rely on tight junctions for their barrier function. This kind of barrier is mostly formed by only one or two layers of cells. It was long unclear whether tight cell junctions also play any role in the barrier function of the skin and similar external epithelia but recent research suggests that this is indeed the case. Glucose (sugar), sodium (salt), fat solvents (emulsifiers), organic acids, gluten, microbial transglutaminase and nanometric particles are all culprits according to The Jerusalem Post.
Both Cassie and I are gluten intolerant and sometimes we wonder if Cassie is Celiac. So this article was of great interest to us.
Celiac disease was first described over 8,000 years ago by a Greek physician who had no idea that this disorder was a type of autoimmune reaction to gluten. (1) This information didn’t become clear for thousands of years later, when researchers realized that celiac patients were triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in numerous foods eaten all over the world (especially bread!). Even in the past 50 years, we’ve come to understand much more about how celiac disease symptoms and gluten intolerance symptoms manifest, along with the dangers of untreated food allergies, such as malnutrition, stunted growth, neurological and psychiatric illness, and much more. The Most Common Celiac Disease Symptoms Celiac disease — often triggered by an allergy to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley or rye grains — is believed to affect about a little less than 1 percent of all adults (most statistics indicate a diagnoses rate between 0.7 percent and 1 percent of the U.S. population). For people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, following a gluten-free or gluten sensitivity diet is considered “medical nutrition therapy” and is the only definitive way to improve symptoms and prevent future health problems. The presence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance has been rising significantly over the past several decades, although the debate is still out as to why this is. According to certain reports, celiac disease rates have risen by nearly 400 percent since the 1960s. While celiac disease rates are still very low compared to other common chronic health problems — like cancer, diabetes, obesity or heart disease, for example — what’s alarming is that many experts in the field of food allergies and gluten intolerance believe the many more people might actually have celiac disease but not even realize it. For instance, researchers from the University of Chicago estimate that only about 15 percent to 17 percent of celiac cases are actually known in the U.S., making roughly 85 percent of people with celiac disease unaware of the problem. (2) Many celiac disease symptoms boil down to dysfunction within the digestive track, including within the gut and intestines. Celiac disease is a type of autoimmune disease characterized by an inflammatory response to gluten that damages tissue within the small intestine. The small intestine is the tube-shaped organ between the stomach and large intestine, where a high percentage of nutrients are usually absorbed — however, in people with celiac disease this process stops working right. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, this disease can be difficult to diagnose because it affects people on all different levels in various ways. In fact, in people with gluten allergies it’s believed that there are hundreds of symptoms of celiac disease within the body that are related to the effects of the disease on the immune and digestive systems. (3) Celiac disease symptoms typically include:
- cramping and abdominal pain
- diarrhea or constipation
- trouble concentrating or “brain fog“
- changes in weight
- sleep disturbances including insomnia
- chronic fatigue or lethargy
- nutrient deficiencies (malnutrition) due to absorption problems within the digestive tract
- chronic headaches
- joint or bone pains
- changes in mood, such an anxiety
- tingling numbness in the hands and feet
- irregular periods, infertility or recurrent miscarriage
- canker sores inside the mouth
- thinning hair and dull skin
Gluten is sometimes called a “silent killer” because it can be the source of lasting damage throughout the whole body, without someone even knowing it. The microbiome is considered “ground zero” for where celiac disease symptoms first start and spread throughout various tissue. Celiac disease symptoms can range in terms of intensity and depend on the person’s unique response, so not every person will experience the same reactions or signs. For some people, practically no symptoms might be present. For others, their symptoms might start out as ongoing headaches, unexplained weight changes or feeling more anxious than usual. This can then continue to progress and turn into insomnia, feeling “wired but tired,” having joint pain, and even causing symptoms of depression and eventually cognitive decline or dementia in older people. It can be hard to recognize celiac disease because symptoms are usually very similar to those caused by other digestive diseases and autoimmune conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), iron-deficiency anemia, food allergies like lactose intolerance, sensitivity to FODMAPs, or digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis. (5) Less Common, but More Serious, Celiac Disease Symptoms While the list above represents more common symptoms of celiac disease, there have also been findings that suggest that damage done by this disease goes far beyond the gastrointestinal tract and that it manifests in ways different than what we previously thought. Research related to food allergies, including gluten intolerances, over the past few decades has revealed that gluten can have effects on almost every system in the body. (6) And whether or not someone displays any classic symptoms, all people with celiac disease are still at risk for long-term complications. While not everyone with celiac disease will experience such drastic symptoms or problems, it’s possible that the underlying inflammatory reactions to gluten will cause health problems within the gut microbiome, brain, endocrine system, stomach, liver, blood vessels, smooth muscle and even the nuclei of cells. This is why celiac patients are at a higher risk for numerous diseases, including:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Heart complications
- Multiple sclerosis
- Skin disorders (like dermatitis or eczema)
- Autoimmune thyroid disease
- Anxiety or depression
- Other food allergies
What Causes Celiac Disease Symptoms? A gluten allergy (or sensitivity, meaning the type that isn’t confirmed as celiac disease) increases the production of inflammatory cytokines. These are sent out from the immune system in order to attack perceived threats throughout the body. This happens in certain people due to a combination of both environmental and genetic factors. People with celiac disease usually are genetically predisposed to having a gluten allergy (including abnormalities in human leukocyte antigens and non-HLA genes), although having celiac disease in the family alone doesn’t mean someone will necessarily be diagnosed. One of the hallmarks of celiac disease is elevated levels of antibodies formed from contact with gliadin, one compound that makes up the protein gluten. Exposure to gliadin can turn on specific genes in someone’s immune cells that trigger the release of cytokine chemicals. Cytokines are normally beneficial when they do their intended job — helping repair and protect the body from things like bacteria, viruses, infections and injuries. However, we know that cytokines are also pivotal players in causing chronic inflammation, the root of most diseases. High inflammation levels are tied to generally poor health and higher rates of disease. High inflammation ups the risk for myriad health problems, including mental disorders, autoimmune diseases and even cancer. Research also suggests that people with other autoimmune disorders and diabetes are at a higher risk for having celiac disease because they share some of the same genetic factors and immune reactions. Why and how exactly does gluten cause such problems? It all comes down to the chemical composition of this protein and how it impacts the digestive organs. Gluten is found in certain grains and is considered an “antinutrient.” Antinutrients can be both good and bad — for example, some are called “phytonutrients” and are found in many vegetables and fruits. Antinutrients are present in plants that have evolved to protect themselves from threats by forming “toxins” that repel insects, bugs, rodents and fungus. Gluten is one type of natural antinutrient that acts like a toxin when humans eat it — since it can damage the lining of the gut, bind essential minerals making them unavailable to the body, and inhibit digestion and absorption of essential nutrients, including protein. How Celiac Disease Affects the Digestive System When celiac disease symptoms increase, it’s a result of gluten kicking off inflammatory responses that are tied to dysfunction mostly within the digestive, endocrine and central nervous systems. Much of the problem begins in the gut, where a large percentage of the immune system is actually held. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, essentially an “alarm” is sounded within the gut environment that sends the immune system into a tailspin. Exposure to the gliadin protein increases gut permeability, which means small tears (or junctions) in the gut lining can open wider and allow for substances to pass through and enter the bloodstream. The immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi, which are the tiny protrusions that line the small intestines. Normally in someone who is healthy, the gut wall does a great job of keeping particles from emptying into the bloodstream, but irritations caused by food sensitives causes this system to break down. This process is known as “leaky gut syndrome,” and when you develop this condition you can become highly susceptible to other food allergies or sensitivities that you didn’t previously have, due to the immune system working on overdrive to get things under control. Gluten is also said to have certain “sticky” qualities that can interfere with proper absorption and digestion of important nutrients when people have a gluten intolerance, which leads to poorly digested food within the digestive tract, deficiencies and further inflammation. (8) When the immune system recognizes that foods aren’t being properly broken down within the intestines, leaky gut syndrome symptoms can increase as the body continues to assault the lining of the small intestine, causing reactions like abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation and intestinal distress. Leaky gut syndrome makes it possible for lipopolysaccharides to dysfunction, which are structural components of our small microbial cells that live within our guts. When these are able to penetrate the gut lining by sneaking through small openings in the gut wall, they increase systemic inflammation. How Celiac Disease Affects the Central Nervous System Many people think of celiac disease caused by food allergies as only damaging the digestive system, but in fact, the brain is one of the most susceptible organs to inflammation. Gluten increases inflammation and gut permeability but also can contribute to a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier, which means that certain substances can make their way to the brain that are normally kept out. This is exactly the reason why celiac disease symptoms can commonly include brain fog, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping and fatigue. And the brain isn’t even the only other organ that’s vulnerable to the effects of untreated food allergies — many people might not experience obvious signs of gastrointestinal troubles from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity but can still find that the immune system is “silently attacking” the body elsewhere, such as the muscles or joints. Antibodies that are intended to attack gliadin appear to cross-react with certain brain proteins, meaning they bind to neuronal synapsis and contribute to complications within the brain. In some serious cases, when this occurs dysfunctions can show up in the form of seizures, learning disabilities and neuro-behavioral changes. How Is Celiac Disease Different than Gluten Sensitivity? Some researchers even speculate that a high percentage of the population might have some form of sensitivity to gluten, whether they truly suffer from celiac disease or not. In fact, it’s been suggested that nearly everyone has some level of negative reaction to gluten that falls somewhere along a spectrum, with some people (especially those with confirmed celiac disease) having reactions that are much more serious than those of others. We now know that it’s possible to have “gluten intolerance” without having celiac disease. This is a condition known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). (9) Even people who are not clinically allergic to gluten (they test negative for celiac disease and don’t appear to have some of the classic signs of not digesting the protein correctly) can experience similar widespread problems when eating foods with gluten, which tend to decrease substantially when they avoid eating it. While rates of celiac disease diagnoses remain relatively low, more and more people are also identifying themselves at sensitive or intolerant to the effects of gluten. Why is this? One reason might be an overexposure to gluten, since this stuff is everywhere today! Gluten is included in many processed foods in one form of another and lurks in everything from cookies and cereal to ice cream, condiments and even beauty products. Another reason more people are choosing to stay away from gluten is that knowledge of its effects is steadily rising. The “gluten-free movement” has been growing in popularity — even big-name food manufacturers are now offering gluten-free flours, breads, cereals, etc. There is even gluten-free alcohol nowadays! There’s also such thing as an allergy to wheat, which is different than an allergy to gluten. People with wheat allergies can also benefit from following gluten-free diets, but they don’t necessarily need to severely restrict rye, barley and oats from their diets like celiac patients do. How to Deal with Celiac Disease Symptoms and Diagnoses If you can identify with the celiac disease symptoms described above, it’s best to visit a doctor for screening tests and a confirmed diagnosis. Diagnoses are usually based on test results from a small bowel biopsy followed by clinical and serological responses to exposure to gluten to confirm the diagnosis. Positive anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies or anti-endomysial antibodies are used to confirm the diagnosis. Following a gluten-free diet during an elimination diet period can also show whether symptoms go away once gluten is removed. Follow a Strict Gluten-Free Diet There is no known cure for celiac disease, which is chronic and autoimmune in nature, so there are only ways to minimize symptoms and help rebuild the immune system. First and foremost, it’s crucial to follow a completely gluten-free diet if you have celiac disease by avoiding all products containing wheat, barley or rye. Gluten makes up about 80 percent of the protein found in these three grains, although it’s also hiding in many other products and contaminated grains too. Keep in mind that because a large percentage of people’s diets is now based on packaged foods, most people come into contact with gluten more often than ever before. Modern food-processing techniques even often result in gluten appearing in trace amounts in products containing other “gluten-free grains,” such as corn or gluten-free oats. It’s important to read food labels very carefully and avoid products made with additive ingredients that contain even small traces of gluten — such as nearly all flour products, soy sauce, dressings or marinades, malt, syrups, dextrin, starch, and many more “sneaky” ingredients. The Celiac Disease Foundation offers helpful resources for how to strictly avoid gluten, including this list of gluten sources, when grocery shopping or eating out at restaurants. (10) The good news is that you still have plenty of options when following a gluten-free diet, and today there’s even a plethora of gluten-free food items available on the market, including ancient grains and gluten-free flours. A lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet will allow the immune system to repair itself, which will keep symptoms from flaring up. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to many months depending on the severity. Avoiding gluten allows the villous atrophy in the small intestines or gut lining to close up once again and helps prevent future complications caused by ongoing inflammation. Correct Any Nutrient Deficiencies Many people with celiac disease also need to take supplements to help rebuild their nutrient stores and heal symptoms caused by malabsorption. (11) This can include deficiencies in iron, calcium and vitamin D, zinc, B6, B12, and folate. These are a common celiac disease symptoms because the digestive tract cannot absorb nutrients as well when damage and inflammation occurs, which means even if you eat a great diet otherwise, you might still have deficiencies. (12) You can talk to your doctor about performing tests to confirm any deficiencies, and then you can take quality supplements to help speed up the healing process and fill in any gaps. Your doctor might prescribe dietary supplements in high doses or encourage you to take a gluten-free multivitamin. Most gluten-free foods are not fortified with additional nutrients (like many packaged enriched wheat products are) so supplements are another way to cover your bases. Of course, loading up on nutrient-dense foods is the best way to obtain more vitamins and minerals naturally. Consider Having Additional Tests Done to Check Bones, Skin and Joints Some doctors will order a bone density test or other tests to determine if deficiencies have caused problems like bone loss or joint inflammation. You might also consider having various leaky gut syndrome tests done to determine how severe your condition has become. Medication is not normally required except in some cases. If your skin has developed a disorder due to autoimmune conditions, such as dermatitis herpetiformis, medications can help clear up symptoms while you work on tackling the root causes by following a gluten-free diet.
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My old friend George met us at Brunswick Heads recently. He’s been having some serious health problems including very bad back and so we’d given him some I LOVE H2 hoping it would assist, which, says George, it did. But our conversation was about our mutual brush with Alzheimers’/Dementia and this little video is of our discussion. If you have a friend or family member in a similar situation, pass this on! And if you didn’t see the original video I’m talking about on this video, here it is.
How do you ‘chill out’ at the North Pole? Happy Christmas to all of our AlkaWay Friends!