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Magnetized water has notable properties.

For a simple molecule, water--good old H2O--has some puzzling qualities. One is its response to magnetic fields. In theory, water is diamagnetic; it should not react to magnetic exposure. But a number of experiments with magnetized water (that is, water subjected to a strong magnetic field) show that its characteristics shift. Japanese physicists found that water's melting point slightly increases when exposed to a magnetic field, according to a December 6, 2004, report at physicsworld.com. Scientists have also discovered that water in a strong magnetic field displays a different near-infrared spectrum as well as refractive index compared to nonmagnetized water. Magnetic exposure also causes water molecules to bond into smaller groups, lowering surface tension and increasing its bioavailability. Smaller water-molecule groups pass through cell walls more easily than larger groupings. Consequently, smaller water groups transport nutrients into cells and carry waste out more efficiently. Exposure to a magnetic field can also make water more alkaline.

These alterations in water have physiological effects. One Chinese study found that activity of the enzyme glutamate decarboxylase increased by 30% in magnetized water (MW). Other studies have found that oral irrigation with MW reduces calculus formation (but not plaque) on teeth. MW also reduces calculi (mineral formations) in the urinary tract. Chinese hospitals have used MW to treat urinary-tract stones for decades. Chinese scientists have also investigated MW as a means of reducing antineoplastic drugs' toxic effects. Mice, divided into groups, received high doses of an antineoplastic drug. Mice that also got magnetized water injections (0.2 ml for seven days) lived longer and had higher white-cell counts than matching controls: "It is possible that MW can remarkably extend the life span of mice and attenuate the leukopenia by mitigating the toxicity of anticancer drugs in vivo."

I did find a few caveats about the use of magnetized water. Luc De Schepper, MD, PhD, reports that homeopathic remedies made with magnetized water can cause intense aggravation of symptoms. Furthermore, users need to remember that MW's increased bioavailability boosts the body's response to any supplements and pharmaceutical drugs, possibly creating an unintentional overdose. Finally, longer exposure to magnetized water does not necessarily have the best effect. A Cuban study showed that pawpaw seeds soaked in magnetized water for 24 hours germinated two and three days sooner than seeds soaked in normal water and seeds that received no treatment. A higher percentage of seeds germinated, too. However, when the soaking time increased to 48 or 72 hours, germination time for the magnetized water group decreased to one day sooner than the normal water group and two days sooner than the control group. The final germination percentages also declined: 92.2 percent of seeds held for 24 hours in magnetized water germinated compared to 85.0 percent held for 48 hours and 82.6 percent for 72 hours.

For those interested in testing magnetized water for themselves for very little cost, Jon Barron suggests using epoxy to glue the north side of 10 magnets (800 gauss or more) to a jar. (See www.jonbarron.org/baseline-health-program/11-04-2002_2.php.) He says water in the jar will respond within ten minutes.

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