Hydration and Catalyst Altered Water

People must be properly hydrated for their body to function well in relation to digestion, detoxification, and for effective energy treatments. As a general guideline for proper hydration:

Consume one (1) liter of clear, filtered, non-chlorine water per
50 pounds of body weight per day.

Example: a 150 pound person would drink about three liters of water each day.
In addition to this, for as much caffeine-containing liquids as you consume, drink an additional,
equal amount of water.

Causes of Dehydration

There are many things that cause dehydration, the most common are vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss, malnutrition, and failure to replenish liquids lost from sweating and urination—simply not drinking enough water. Many illnesses and diseases trigger acute dehydration due to the increased body temperature and sweating that usually occur. Your body uses water-based fluids to expel toxins as well as to keep your system flexible, lubricated, and running smoothly.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

The initial symptoms of mild dehydration in adults appear when the body has lost about 2% of its total water. Mild dehydration symptoms are often (but not limited to):

  • being thirsty
  • flushed face
  • dry, warm skin
  • reduced amounts of, and/or dark, yellow, urine
  • dizziness made worse when you are standing (orthostatic hypotension), weakness, fatigue, tiredness, cramping in the arms and legs
  • crying with few or no tears
  • recurring or lingering mild illness
  • headaches, head rushes
  • dry mouth, dry tongue, thick saliva
  • loss of appetite
  • chills
  • episodes of visual snow
  • decreased blood pressure

Athletes may experience up to 30% loss of performance, skin flushing, low endurance, rapid heart rates, elevated body temperatures, and rapid onset of fatigue when dehydrated. In moderate to severe dehydration (5% – 10% below requirements) the consequences are more pronounced. When the body reaches 8% – 10% or more fluid loss immediate medical help is needed. Symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration may include:

  • low blood pressure; racing pulse
  • increased heart rate and respiration
  • diminished consciousness, fainting
  • peripheral cyanosis (blue tint at finger nails or extremities)
  • severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back
  • cool, lightly moist extremities
  • (very) low blood pressure
  • convulsions; muscle cramps
  • a bloated stomach or nausea
  • sunken fontanel
  • mental confusion
  • very minimal, sometimes painful urine output
  • sunken dry eyes, with few or no tears
  • skin loses firmness and looks wrinkled; lack of elasticity (when a bit of skin lifted up stays folded and takes a long time to go back to its normal position)
  • rapid and deep breathing
  • mild fever, extreme fatigue, lethargy
  • paresthesia (tingling of limbs)
  • hypovolaemic shock (decrease of blood/plasma volume)

These are the most common symptoms in response to severe dehydration. Age also plays a part—symptoms of dehydration in a child will not be the same as those experienced by a teenager, adult, or in the elderly.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used for medical assessment or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. This is for general information only. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. No representation or guarantee regarding the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the content of this information is made or implied.

Treatment for Dehydration

The best treatments for mild dehydration are drinking water and stopping body fluid loss. Water is always preferable to sport drinks, commercially sold rehydration fluids, alcohol, juices, coffee, or tea. When mildly dehydrated avoid unnecessary sweating. If a person shows minor symptoms give them plenty of water and have them drink it slowly. Electrolytes are also important to replace and are found in foods with natural sea salt. A lack of electrolytes in the body can interfere with the chemical reactions needed for healthy cell operation and is known as water intoxication. Slowly replenish the body's liquids with water first, then follow that up after symptoms have subsided with a small salty snack or a light meal. If there is only dry food, it is better to delay eating as water is necessary for digestion.

The correction of severe dehydration is by the replenishment of necessary water and electrolytes through oral rehydration and/or intravenous therapy. In the case of severe lack of fresh water, e.g. at sea or in a desert, drinking seawater or urine does not help, nor does the consumption of alcohol. If a person is showing some of the more severe symptoms of dehydration as listed above, seek medical attention.

Preventing Dehydration

For the average medium-build person, in a temperate climate such as Seattle, Vancouver, or the United Kingdom, they lose approximately 2.5 liters of water per day. This is through the lungs as water vapor, through the skin as sweat, through the kidneys as urine, or through the bowels (a less significant amount, in the absence of diarrhea). Water loss increases or decreases based on the activities a person engages in. Heavy exercise can cause a body to loose more than two liters an hour.

In extreme cases, the losses may be great enough to exceed the body's ability to absorb water from the gastrointestinal tract. In these cases, it is not possible to drink enough water to stay hydrated and the only way to avoid dehydration is to reduce perspiration through rest and/or moving to a cooler environment.

Your body requires water, not soda pop, not juice, not alcohol, tea, coffee, or sugar-drinks. Pay attention to your fluid loss. Replenish it. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated; avoid becoming thirsty in the first place. If water is being lost through abnormal conditions such as vomiting or diarrhea it can quickly develop into a medical emergency.

Drinking water slightly more than the needs of the body entails no risk, since the kidneys will efficiently remove any excess water through the urine. If you develop a full bladder about every 5 hours and the urine is only lightly colored or colorless, chances are that dehydration is not occurring.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used for medical assessment or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. This is for general information only. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. No representation or guarantee regarding the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the content of this information is made or implied.

Plastic Bottles, Filters, and pH Levels

Buying and using plastic bottled water isn't necessarily healthy. When water sits in the bottles for months before consumption, chemicals can leech out of the plastic into the water. This is also seriously destructive to the environment in the manufacture, distribution, after-consumption recycling, and disposal of billions of plastic bottles. For information on filters and bottled water, go to:


Counter-top filtration systems are becoming very popular and as many web-surfers know, there are quite a few different brands and claims made by websites and manufacturers of water filters. Of course, there's a price range from a few dozen dollars for a plastic, portable system you buy at the drug store to several thousand dollars for a system that offers a pH acid-alkaline selection range, has multiple filters, cleans itself, is shiny-designer stainless steel, with key-pad electronics, and talks to you. There are significant drawbacks to either of these extremes.

A couple of the drawbacks to the least expensive water filters is simply the poor quality of filtering out chlorine, other additives, and toxins and the temporary nature of their construction. There are three possible serious drawbacks to the high-end filters (those from about $750 up to $5,000) that offer pH adjustment and contaminate filtering. The drawbacks are: (i) the pH levels are unstable and temporary (at most a couple of days); (ii) water technology changes and improves so rapidly, and costs are coming down so rapidly, that purchasers will be soon caught with a very expensive system, that is out-dated, they are reluctant to replace, that has temporary pH (alkaline) stability; and (iii) some of the very high-end systems are down-line pyramid schemes where the actual system costs about $750 and it sells for $5,000.

After over two decades of research and testing at least eight systems, I have found the most effective water system for cost and health to be a combination of two things:

(a) a counter top or under-the-counter system with a good quality replaceable filter in the range of $125 to about $200 for the actual system. The replacement filters should be about $50 to $60 and last 5 – 6 months. One system that meets a high standard of filtering, with reasonably inexpensive filter replacements, and has repeatedly received quality standards awards is the Aquasana counter top system (www.aquasanacanada.com or .ca, they have a Canadian office) which delivers excellent quality water, with little environmental damage, no plastic enviro damage and is at least 80% - 90% less than the cost of bottled water. [I do not receive any advantage for this endorsement. There are other filter systems that are very similar. I mention this company to give you a place to start looking.] That's the first part. The other part of the combination is…

(b) treating this counter-top filtered water with Catalyst Altered Water concentrate (explained below).

Regarding alkaline water [with pH level over 8]: Water filters purify the water of contaminates and additives like chlorine and heavy metals and bacteria. That does not make the water alkaline. Purified water must be modified or treated to change it from pH neutral (around pH 7) to high alkaline (roughly over pH 8). I have tested six electronic pH water filters that create pH water. The point to consider, in all of the electronic systems I tested, is that any pH level above 7.5 is unstable because it is created with a temporary ion charge. As the water sits and is not consumed, within two days or so the water will have reverted to pH neutral. That is an important consideration.

Catalyst Altered Water—CAW

There are books that can explain exactly what Catalyst Altered Water is, which would require a short seminar on chemistry. Here it is briefly: A catalyst promotes a rapid change in its environment but is not itself affected.

Catalyst Altered Water is water that has been permanently altered at a molecular level, so the water molecules are in very long water molecule chains and not the usual molecular structure of molecule dyads. Catalyst Altered Water (CAW) is water of long-chain water molecules, estimated to be upwards of 100,000 molecules in a “water chain”. Within these long molecules, there are particles called micelles. A micelle affects the electron make-up of water and allows (a) the long chains of molecules, (b) the establishment of a high, stable pH level above 10.5 and (c), allows the CAW to act as an excellent anti-oxidant—possibly one of the best anti-oxidants available. [An anti-oxidant neutralizes the free radical molecules that are harmful to cellular development.]

There are two types of Catalyst Altered Water, dark and clear. The clear Catalyst Altered Water is “straight” CAW. The dark CAW has elemental bio-available mineral nutrients added to it. Either the clear or the dark Catalyst Altered Water is excellent for personal health. The dark CAW facilitates bio-available trace-mineral replacement and is slightly more expensive.

Catalyst Altered Water has a high, stable pH level. As a concentrate, dark CAW has a pH level of 12.34 and mixed has a pH of 10.79. The clear CAW concentrate has a pH level of 12.71 and a mixed pH level of 10.87. [Figures are +/- 2% when mixed with distilled water at pH 7.84 at the recommended ratio of (measured) 1 oz concentrate clear or 2 oz concentrate dark per 1 US gallon.] This high, stable pH level has a strong prohibitive effect on bacteria and viruses.

Anti-oxidant Properties: The electron makeup of the long CAW molecule chains acts as a powerful anti-oxidant that stabilizes free radicals without the CAW becoming a free radical itself. That's what a “catalyst” does—promotes rapid change in its environment but is not itself affected. Catalyst Altered Water, because of the abundance of electrons, facilitates the flow of body energy, which has a significantly positive effect on body-energy work (much more than drinking “ordinary” water).

One of the little understood properties of Catalyst Altered Water is, as it exists at a molecular level (long molecule chains), it closely resembles the fluid make up of cytoplasm, the body's intercellular fluid. This more easily facilitates the rapid replacement of intercellular fluid and the repair of cellular structure.

The principle chemical reactions that enable life are water-based. Because of the elemental components and biological make up of our bodies, in fact of all living things, without going into the details of the chemistry, CAW greatly improves water's efficiency in all body processes. It acts as an influential healing agent in raising the body's pH level, enables body energy transmissions, is a powerful anti-oxidant, transports nutrients across cell membranes, and promotes rapid cell repair.

Burns and CAW: One of the benefits of Catalyst Altered Water is it's amazing effect on healing burns. It appears that because of the molecular propertues of CAW it can act something like a "second skin". When it is sprayed repeatedly on a skin burn pain goes away and healing is often scar-free. The book Aqua Vitae has more information about this. Fill a clean atomizer spray bottle with the CAW-neutralized water (not the concentrate, the mixture). Spray the burned areas lightly every thirty to forty-five (30 – 45) minutes so the burned areas are damp/wet. Don't dry it off, let it air-dry itself, and spray again in 30 – 45 minutes. Do this until the burn is healed.

After purchasing Catalyst Altered Water concentrate, preparing catalyst altered water for consumption is as follows:

  1. put one (1) ounce of CAW clear concentrate (or) two (2) ounces of CAW dark concentrateone or the other not both—in an empty, clean 4 liter jug (glass or plastic, preferably plastic);
  2. fill the 4 liter jug with filtered, chlorine-free water; and,
  3. let stand for thirty minutes

This creates a permanently altered, high pH catalyst altered water for consumption and cooking.

Consumption of CAW (the diluted mixture not the concentrate)

One glass (10 oz) the first day, then increase to two (2) 10 oz glasses the second day. After the second day, drink as much as you want, but the recommended minimum amount would be at least two large glasses over a day. Personally, I drink at least two liters a day of the Catalyst Altered Water mixture and have since 1986—well over twenty years.

During the first few days you may experience mild body discomfort as your body adjusts to a healthier water diet. Use it for cooking and drinking. It is wonderful for plants, gardens and pets. The book Aqua Vitae is about Catalyst Altered Water. For information:

Purchasing CAW

Catalyst Altered Water concentrate is available to the public through area wholesalers. As far as I know it is not available “retail”. It is NOT sold in a pyramid scheme. CAW is purchased directly from Richard Clark or the British Columbia wholesale distributor, or an authorized distributor in your area. If you cannot find a distributor in your area contact Richard Clark at 1-855-875-9311 (Toll Free North America) or Local: 604-542-9310.

CAW concentrate is usually sold by the gallon, although smaller volumes are available. The cost is CAD $120 per gallon or $50 per liter or $17 for an 8-ounce sample bottle. clear CAW concentrate. Dark CAW is a special order. Prices vary. Plus shipping. Prices are subject to change without notice. Different distributors have different pricing. The dark is a little more expensive because you use two ounces instead of one for each gallon of treated water. One gallon of clear CAW concentrate should last one person, on a high water intake of drinking and cooking, about six - eight months.

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