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.


15 Responses to “Tourmaline: makes water wetter”

  1. Con-Tester Says:

    “[T]ourmaline … creates a resonance in the body that vibrates at the same frequency as water.“

    Actually, no, it doesn’t. It just feels that way. It’s the jelly in your cranium which you call a brain that’s wobbling and resonates with a standing wave of stupidity.

    However, these oscillations will be handy for regulating the output of the tourmaline-based perpetual motion machine that will inevitably follow.

  2. residentRsole Says:

    Does Kevin Trudeau have something to do with this ? That guy pops up all over the place. He also popped into jail for a short time years ago.

  3. residentRsole Says:

    Squeezing diesel from a rock ? Check this out. The Zimbabwean government is pissed off after a “traditional healer’s” claims of diesel (a refined and processed product) flowing from a boulder proved to be false. To make the story even more hilarious, no less than three cabinet ministers went, in person, to investigate the claim.

    The traditional healer said that the “the diesel was a gift from ancestral spirits who saw that their children were suffering because of the fuel shortage”. Can anybody guess what the cabinet ministers were planning on doing with that “gift” ?

    Why can’t the “ancestral spirits” build and maintain roads, hospitals and schools ? Why can’t they make their people smarter ? Why can’t the “ancestral spirits” solve all of Africa’s problems ? Oh, I forgot, it’s whitey’s fault that Africa has problems in the first place.

  4. Hi – just a question about pyroelectric properties and piezoelectric properties. I know that piezos create electricity when twisted, but also work in reveres; when electricity is applied, they twist. A good example is those tiny speakers used in phones / calculators. I’ve a friend who used these to rig a practice drumkit to a MIDI box and transformed percussive energy to electric so he could trigger sampled drum sounds on a computer.

    Is this true with pyroelectric substances? If so, your rant has holes in (though not as many as the dribble selling the products…) but I just thought I’d ask as you seem to have overlooked this possibility.

  5. Fred – you are correct that minerals which demonstrate the direct piezoelectric effect also experience the converse piezoelectric effect. This is no true for pyroelectric substances. There is a complementary effect known as the electrocaloric effect, where some minerals produce heat when an electric current is applied across them, but this is not reversible in the same sense that piezoelectricity is. In other words, Tourmaline is a pyroelectric substance, but not an electrocaloric substance. And in any case, the electrocaloric effect is very weak in naturally occuring minerals, and has only started having practical uses such as solid state cooling now that we can create artificial substances specifically designed to exploit this effect.

    But even if tourmaline was electrocaloric, where is the electric current coming from? It’s not like you have to plug the pads in.

  6. Why do so many people think just because something is not understood that it is false. I am an mechanical engineer and business man. In my profession almost every experiment performed has some level of uncertainly and gives minor to major unexpected results. This is due to limited information and incomplete understanding of what we are working with.
    I think your drawing conclusions on your false assurance of your complete and total understanding of the world. Have you noticed even though modern medicine(only <100 years old profession) and doctors (before modern times only known as monks, shaman, and witch doctors) are now the undeniable and undisputed experts on nature and the human body. At least engineering has a good 2000 years of practice.
    Open your eyes. In the past 50 years, with all the advances in modern science, some how the human race is noticeably less healthy compared with earlier times. In old times, the most common cause of death were pneumonia and other infections. Now we have obesity, heart desease, stress related items. We are a mess as a race. Part of it is the pharmaceutical companies and their invention of ‘drugs’ that serve one purpose but cause major side effects which many attribute our continuous health problems to.
    The only medicians that can be ‘possibly’ proven worth taken are those with hundreds of years of use. Mainly oreintal remedies. ALL oil based pharmaceutical company drugs are not proven. No old and natural remedy will ever be accepted by the FDA. It cost on average $800million US dollars to get a DRUG through the FDA and approved. Noone other than a huge pharmaceutical company has the ability to finance this. One final point. Big Business is only interested in the bottom line(profit) for its stock holders. Do you want to put your life in the hands of these groups. Please, do not hand out these assumptions about possible remedies unless you have proof to the unsafeness or ineffectiveness. Every commercial you watch on TV about drugs is just brainwashing you to think they are safe and affective(repetition of an idea will eventually lend to the acceptance of that idea). Try to be a truth leader not a sheep follower.
    I am in no means trying to insult or assault you. I am just tired of hearing people defend ideas that were brainwashed through money into their heads. Please, email me for a rebuttal if desired.

  7. Joey wins

  8. …the Stupidity Competition?

  9. Information warfare…

  10. True Skeptic Says:

    Fred, Moonflake and Con-tester and Joey are the sane and rational ones contributing constructively to this discussion.

    If I live in Edison or Galileo’s time I would ignore the kneejerk smart-ass know-all stone-throwing reality-fundamentalists and their perfect other half the wide-eyed kneejerk believers. I would check out for myself what the “heretics” have to say. Better still, humbly conduct my own research and experiments.

    Would certainly love to hear more on piezo pyro and electrocaloric aspects of tourmaline.

  11. Aside from the FIR of tourmaline, being either true or false, does it assist in reducing water tension, reduce the molecular cluster size of the water and cause a mild alkalization and ionization of the water? Does it serve any legitimate purpose in a water filter system or is it just hype? According to some company documentation, they claim that this is measurable, by certain devices and can therefore be authenticated. Is that not true either?

  12. “If we drink good water, we can remove all of diseases over %80 (WHO)”. Alkaline water can sucsess this. Alkaline water flushes acidic metabolites and toxins from cellular level. Supplies health sustaining minerals such as Ca, K, Mg, Na to the body. Contains smaller water clusters (51KHz) that hydrates the body up to 3 times more effective than normal water. Facilitate nutrients and mineral absorptions efficiently. Promotes general well-bing by restoring the body.

  13. I don’t know about toumaline, but I have been drinking ionized alkaline water for 10 years now and the problems I had in the past rarely come up. The problem is, people don’t act until they have a physical problem when that is almost too late. Cancer and disease don’t happen overnight, its compounded over years of not doing what’s healthy for the body. My mom has had cancer, my dad had cancer and heart problems…The hospital is the last place I want my ass to be.

  14. If the human body is made up of 70% water, then our healthy is related with firstly water quality. Water is consisted of hydrogen and oxygen ions. Its ingredients and mineral compounds directly effect on water quality. Many researchers have been studying on good water and there is no agreed decision. Recently one common decision on good water is alkaline, low ORP value, hexagonal water cluster and rich mineral ingredients as known alkaline reduced water, alkaline ionized water, antioxidant water etc. We know that there are lots of thermal and spa water all over the world which have therapeutic effect on some illness. Alkaline water has also such healing effect depends on its alkalinity, structure of water clusters, quantity of hydrogen ions that gives to water antioxidant characteristic. As a result various scientists believe that alkaline antioxidant water has healing capability on some illness like cancer, aging, constipation, atopy, hyertension, diabetes, etc.

  15. (haz)know Brain Says:

    What I wish to know is has anyone in this forum experienced tourmaline? Has anyone here applied tourmaline to the electrolysis of water? I have. I have observed and noted significant changes in the electrolysis. Selenium naturally becomes electrically charged when exposed to UV…it just does…period. And tourmaline has a naturally occurring energy that I have experienced first hand…period. It has proven to stabilize the electrolysis. Now, whomever in this forum is smart enough….tell me why.

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