The Athena by Ionways
Introducing the Athena
Biostone Filtration System
Dangers of Fluoride
Clinical Research & Articles
Medical Professionals for Alkaline Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Ionized WaterSunbow Farm uses, endorses and sells the Athena Water Ionizer by Ionways.
"When you drink alkaline water, you are drinking water with excess oxygen, not in the form of O2, but in the form of OH- which is very stable because it is mated with positively ionized alkaline minerals. Two of these hydroxyl ions can form a water molecule (H2O) and give out one oxygen atom. The alkaline mineral is used to detoxify poisonous acid compounds and when that happens the hydroxyl ion is freed to supply excess oxygen to the cells to prevent the development of cancer." Reverse Aging, Sang Whang, 1990, page 51
Alkaline neutralizes acid. Drinking alkaline water helps our body dissolve acid wastes and make it easier for the body to dispose of them safely. Since the accumulation of acid wastes is aging, the reduction of acid wastes is reverse aging. Alkaline water is not a medicine to cure any disease. However, if consumed regularly, alkaline water gradually reduces the accumulated acid wastes. As a result of acid reduction, there are many reports of natural health improvement in Japan. One American cancer center showed significant improvements in their cancer therapy by getting 1,000 patients to drink 7 glasses of alkaline water a day. Their research concluded that the alkaline minerals in natural, alkaline water with a pH 7.5 helped to neutralize acidosis and thus helped to prevent cancer. Water, the origin of Life, contains 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Alkaline water is water that contains a larger amount of oxygen as compared to hydrogen. By drinking alkaline water, we increase our intake of oxygen compared to drinking plain water. The advantage of drinking alkaline water is that while being absorbed by the body, it helps neutralize acidic wastes, making them more soluble in the blood vessels. Thus, acidic wastes will be easily drained out of the body in the form of urine or sweat.
Tap water can contain impurities, including inorganic poisons and pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi ( which regular water filters don't remove). Magnetic resonance imaging reveals that most tap water is organized into microclusters of about 12 water molecules each. In alkalinized water, the microclusters are reduced in size to only six molecules per cluster. This enhances the permeability, solubility, and absorption of the water, thereby boosting its detoxification effects. Nutrients, including water-soluble vitamins such as vitamins B and C, will be absorbed more fully. Drinking more water can boost detoxification. It takes 32 glasses of pH 10 alkaline water to neutralize one glass of pH 2.5 cola.
A quality water ionizer takes in regular tap water which has both acid and alkaline minerals in it and has a typical pH value of 7. The system then releases water with a pH value of 9 or higher with all the alkaline minerals from the original tap water. At the same time it releases acidic water with a pH value of 5 or lower with all the acid minerals in the original tap water.
Since this alkaline water has twice as many alkaline minerals as the original water but NO acid minerals, it is more than twice as potent as the original water. Inside our body, it will neutralize only acidic elements and discharge them safely out of the body. Drinking 8 glasses of regular water can leach out acidic wastes as well as some valuable alkaline minerals such as potassium. That's why doctors test your blood when you are going through a serious diet program. With this alkaline water there is no worry about losing potassium from your system.
According to Herman Aihara, the father of modern Macrobiotics, we still carry our own inner sea within each of us in the form of a saline interstitial fluid. This is the fluid that carries nutrient, messages, energy and even toxins to every part of our body, and that carries away the same toxic elements and more, as a result of daily metabolic process. It is very different to the water we drink, yet without even that, grossly contaminated and deconstructed form of H2O that we call tap water, we soon lose life force. Four days without food is tolerable. Four days without water is fatal. Not only is our body 75% water, our brain is 80% water and our blood 90%. Water is more than a carrier of other materials. It is a solvent, an infiltrator of cells, a digestion aid, a dilutor, a dilator, a nutrient transport system, a waste disposal system, an electrical message system, a chemical conduit, an energy combustor, a lubricant, a coolant and a latent heat bank. Some people even believe that water is the repository of emotion.
Dr Sherry Rogers M.D. — "Alkaline water rids the body of acid waste.... After carefully evaluating the results of my advice to hundreds of individuals, I'm convinced that toxicity in the form of acidic waste is the primary cause of degenerative disease."
Prof. Watanabe Ifao, Watanabe Hospital — "Antioxidant water improves body constituents and ensures effective healing to many illnesses. The uses of antioxidant water in gynecological patients have proved to be very effective. The main reason for its effectiveness is that this water can neutralize toxins. When given antioxidant water to pre-eclamptic toxemia cases, the results are very significant. During my long years of servicing the pre-eclamptic toxemia cases, I found that the women with pre-eclamptic toxemia who consumed antioxidant water tend to deliver healthier babies with stronger muscles. A survey report carried out on babies in this group has intelligence above average."
Dr. Batmanghelidj M.D. - "I have used water to cure people who were suffering from "incurable" diseases. I have cured people who suffered for 10 years, 20 years, even 30 years from painful conditions produced by dehydration." Clean, live, energized water, plays an important role in our health recovery and maintaining optimum health.
Dr Theodore Baroody, author of Alkalize or Die, offers a list of symptoms that may be precipitated by Acidosis (Chronic Acidity's Effect on Our Health) "Thus the saliva pH parallels the extra cellular fluid ... pH paper test using saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome ... The saliva pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 to 7.1 slightly alkaline range. The range from 6.5 which is weakly acidic to 4.5 which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5, especially when terminal." The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth, Carl J. Reich, M.D., Gilliland Printing Inc., Arkansas City, Kansas, 1996."
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Filtration: The Athena is the only Emco Tech ionizer that offers on-board dual filtration capability. It cleans your water to be 99.9% contaminant free. The Athena incorporates a pre-filter and the revolutionary Biostone Filtration System. The Athena comes standard with a .1micron filter, and is available in a .01micron upgrade which filters all viral and bacterial contaminants. The upgrade is recommended for those on untreated water sources such as wells. Both filter options clean the water extremely well - yet allow the naturally ocurring mineral content to pass through, which is essential for the ionizing process. You get clean and healthy water.
You want two things from an ionizer: clean and healthy water. To understand the technological advancements you'll find in the Athena, which create its outstanding performance, you should read the basics of how an ionizer works. Other considerations in performance are durability, or how long the unit will perform, and functionality.
Research states that the ideal level for drinking alkaline water is between pH8.5 – pH9.5 with an Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) of –250mv. It is unimportant if an ionizer creates big –ORP numbers at really high levels of pH. For most people, water over a pH10 begins to acquire an unpleasant taste due to the heavy concentration of minerals. What is important is drinking water at the mildly alkaline levels of pH8.5 – pH9.5 with good –ORP. Of course the Athena will create the big –ORP numbers at the higher pH ranges, but it is designed to give you the best ORP at the lower levels of pH. These are the levels that you will actually enjoy drinking. That is where the bang for your buck is. There is no need for ionized water to taste bad and be the "cod liver oil" of this generation!
Bio Stone Filter PerformanceFiltration
The Athena is the only Emco Tech ionizer that offers on-board dual filtration capability. It cleans your water to be 99.9% contaminant free. The Athena incorporates a pre-filter and the revolutionary Biostone Filtration System. The pre-filter makes the Athena the only ionizer that gives you ability to quickly and easily add a specialty cartridge to your system — onboard! No filter housings to hook up or difficult/extra connections to make. If you have a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system or a unique filtration requirement such as needing to remove lead or arsenic, you can order and install these specialty cartridges — directly into your ionizer.
The Athena offers you the absolute zenith of cutting-edge electrode technology. It employs the new "mesh electrode" which effectively increases surface area. When a cross section of an electrode is examined at 700 times magnification, you can see that the electrodes are now covered in a "super fine" mesh with very distinct high points and valleys. They are electro-plated platinum, providing the highest level of conductivity and durability. The cutting edge design and proven durability of electro-plated platinum electrodes ensures you get the best Oxidative Reduction Potential (ORP) alteration year in and year out.
The new mesh design on the plates also allows for the Athena's compact size. Do not be fooled by other manufacturers who claim that a large plate size is vital to ionization. Effective conductivity is the key. These manufacturers must claim this because their inferior plates need to be larger to get the same amount of conductivity that ours do. Rest assured you get the absolute best combination of time-tested, proven materials and the benefits of Emco Tech's cutting edge research and development. This is the technological advantage of the Athena.
An ionizer is an investment, and of course you want your investment to last. The electrodes are the crucial operating component in your ionizer. All other units on the market clean themselves using a simplistic "reverse polarity" system, which not only allows some scale buildup, but also prevents you from using your machine during its cleaning cycle. The Athena offers the patented new DARC (Double Automatic Reverse Cleaning) system. It completely eliminates the mineral scaling from collecting on the electrodes, ensuring you can enjoy many long years of healthy water. The DARC system cleans as you ionize — so you never have to wait for a cleaning cycle to complete.
You will also want your ionizer company to be around to take care of your needs many years after you actually make the purchase. This key value point cannot be emphasized enough. In the last two years alone, approximately 8 new manufacturers have come and gone in the market, and many more companies have fallen short attempting to sell their wares. With IonWays and Emco Tech, you buy with the absolute certainty that your company will be around to support you — long after the other "inferior" companies have left their customers "high and dry" without support. Their combined 35 plus years of experience and track record is unmatched — period.
The Athena offers a flow control valve that allows you to fine tune its performance by giving you complete functional control of the water pressure moving through your ionizer. There are no gimmicks or additional circuitry, just the time tested advantages of true flow control, which also provides the possibility of alternate installation options. The Athena is one of the only ionizers that can be installed three (3) different ways: 1) At your sink with a diverter from the tap, 2) At your sink plumbed directly to your cold water line. There is no diverter and you can operate the Athena while running the hot water out of your tap, and 3) Undersink completely out of sight with a small dedicated faucet (optional undersink kit required).
Mesh Plate Electrodes
Five of the most advanced mesh platinum-titanium electrodes in the world — backed by Emco Tech's reputation.
DARC Cleaning System
Will completely eliminate mineral scaling from the ever-important electrodes — increasing the life of your ionizer. It also means you never have to wait for a cleaning cycle to finish before you get another glass of delicious ionized water.
The enhanced performance and functionality of a dual filtration system (2 filters) which includes the revolutionary and patented 9-stage Biostone filtration system.
The MICOM control panel optimizes the pH and ORP of your water and helps keeps your ionizer in top working condition. A new indicator light alerts you if service is needed on your ionizer.
The Athena has a flow control valve that allows you to fine tune the performance and gives you true functional control of the water pressure through your ionizer.
LCD Flow Rate Indicator
This beautiful color Liquid Crystal (LCD) Displays flickers faster or slower to indicate the rate of water flow through your Athena.
This port allows you to add extra calcium to your ionizer. It is important to note that the Athena is a very strong ionizing unit and will not require the use of extra calcium in most areas of the country. Some areas however have soft water or water that is low in naturally-occurring calcium and other dissolved minerals. This feature is intended to boost ionization performance in those areas when necessary.
Low Pressure Alarm
Not enough water flow can damage any ionizer. Emco Tech has built in an LCD alarm that will illuminate when there is not enough water pressure into your Athena to operate it safely. This feature safeguards the water cell and protects your investment.
Temperature Shut Down
The Athena employs a thermal switch in the water cell to shut down the ionization process if the temperature in the cell gets too hot. This small but valuable feature gives you peace of mind.
The Athena has a glass tube fuse that will protect the expensive circuitry in case of power fluctuations or surges.
Hot Water Alarm
Hot water can damage your filters. This LCD alarm will illuminate to safeguard your Athena against damage.
Convenient User-Friendly Features
This feature audibly tells you (the machine actually speaks to you) what type of water you have selected each time you use the ionizer. The volume is fully adjustable, allowing you to turn it up, down, or completely off.
Alkaline and Acidic level indicators
The Athena has an LCD indicator which will numerically display the level of ionization you have selected. It also has LCD image icons that display the most typical use for any given setting.
Dual Filter Life Indicator
The Athena offers you a way to track the filter life in each of the two filters. It counts actual filter use — it is not just a timer like on less expensive models.
Change Filter Reminder
An LCD display will flash on the control panel as extra insurance that you know when to change each filter.
Methods of Installation
The Athena provides you with the right installation options. It can be installed at your sink with a diverter from the tap, plumbed directly to your cold water line or undersink (optional undersink kit required).
pH test kit
This kit contains test tubes, reagent liquid and a pH color chart to help you understand the ionizer's performance and so that you can be sure you are drinking the right level of pH.
The Athena comes with a step by step short, but very informative DVD movie, showing you everything you will need to know to install, optimize and maintain the performance of your ionizer.
Fantastic Owners Manual
This beautiful manual was written by the folks at IonWays — it's a great tool!
Comes with everything you will need to perform a standard installation. Unique or custom installations may require extra parts and or adapters which are conveniently available at most home improvement or hardware stores.
Sunbow Farm uses and endorses the Athena Alkaline Water Ionizer made by Emco Tech.