Tourmaline: makes water wetter
Today I happened to catch an infomercial so horrible that I was physically incapable of changing the channel, but instead just sat there open-mouthed and slightly dazed. It was advertising reflexology detox foot patches, which is bad enough in itself, but it was the claim made for one of the ingredients that really got me gaping.
Here’s an example from a similar product
Tourmaline is best known as one of the only minerals to naturally emit far infrared heat and ionization. Only purest grade tourmaline is used in Acupeds which creates a resonance in the body that vibrates at the same frequency as water. Tourmaline exerts a cleansing energy on our nervous system. This has a stabilizing and cleansing effect.
Amazing! What else can tourmaline, the wonder-gem, do, you ask?
[Tourmaline] has become a focus of research at universities and research centers worldwide.
The reason – infrared Tourmaline is the only one mineral to show permanent electricity on the earth and is also a natural (non-manufactured) source of negative ions and far infrared (FIR) rays.
It is also known to be helpful for improving circulation, relieving stress, increasing mental alertness and strengthening the immune system function (Niwa Institute for Immunology, Japan. Int J. Biometeorol 1993 Sep; 37(3) 133-8).
Around 1986, it was found in a research station in Japan that, even though tourmaline was broken down in smaller pieces, a positive and a negative electrode existed on both end of the crystal, and the electrodes never disappeared unless tourmaline was boiled near 1000°C.
In addition, when the positive and the negative electrodes of a tourmaline crystal were connected to each other, it was proven to show low electricity of 0.06mA.
Tourmaline, in your filter, is used to naturally transform water into mild alkaline water, reduce water clustering (what happens to our stored water) and has anti-bacterial and deodorant qualities.
Treated water applied to the skin gives an excellent effect of moisturizing and absorption.
In addition, Tourmaline generates FIR that purifies the water, and acts like a ‘supercharger’, assisting the water alkalizer to ionize and alkalize.
Tourmaline has been researched and found to activate animal & plant metabolism.
Tourmaline has an immediate and powerful effect on water in the filter with the surfactant effect (makes water wetter) increasing by 101%.
Makes water wetter! Amazing! I’m buying me some tourmaline filters and foot patches right fucking now!
Ok, seriously, it’s not a good indication that when you Google “Far Infrared Radiation Tourmaline”, you have to go about five pages deep before finding a reference that isn’t an alternative health or lifestyle site. To set the record straight, tourmaline is a pyroelectric substance i.e. when heated, it undergoes a change in electric polarity. One of the uses of pyroelectric minerals is in devices that detect infrared radiation. See for example Hamid, S. A. (1980), Tourmaline as a pyroelectric infra-red radiation detector, Zeitshrift fur Kristallographie, 151, 67-75.
I’m going to say that again slowly. Tourmaline is used to detect IR, not radiate it.
The ability for alternauts to totally misconstrue, pervert and distort scientific facts, continues to astound me. I’m not even going to get started on bullshit claims about your body vibrating at the frequency of water, whether or not water ‘clusters’ when stored, and the fact that dishwashing liquid is also a surfactant, but no one would consider this a good reason to drink water that’s been treated with it.