Deuterium is a non-radioactive stable isotope of Hydrogen. Deuterium has one proton and one neutron while the more common isotope of hydrogen (Protium) has only a single proton (no neutron). Oxygen that is in both the air we breathe and water we drink, can have between 8 and 10 neutrons per atom of oxygen.
Deuterium is referenced as “hydrogen’s evil twin” by some representatives of clinics that promise Deuterium depletion through diet, breathing deeply and drinking “Deuterium-depleted” water.
We are concerned that “Deuterium-depleted” water could become the next marketing rage in bottled water. Perhaps alkaline water (artificially adjusted higher pH when compared to that of the neutral pH of pure water) has lost some of its charm and deuterium-depleted water is the next newest thing being pitched at health-conscious consumers? Deuterium occurs naturally in soil, water and air. We could not find any process, except for x-ray diffraction performed in a laboratory, to completely remove the neutron and make hydrogen in water completely free from Deuterium … that is the reason for the term “depleted” or somewhat a reduction in Deuterium. It is also a stretch for us to understand the premise of heating and condensing water multiple times will result in depleting any Deuterium (removing the neutron) in water.
A Closer Look at the Topic About Deuterium in Water
After receiving several inquiries about Deuterium water from customers, we got curious and researched the topic by playing YouTube videos and talking with a couple of lab techs. (one from a private lab and a second from a university lab that measures the hydrogen-related isotopes in our environment). We also talked with a water quality official of a major municipal water supply. Since Deuterium is a stable non-radioactive isotope of hydrogen, the EPA Safe Drinking Standards do not require testing for Deuterium in potable water. The university lab tech. told us that one liter of water can be tested using an electronic enrichment/gas proportional counting protocol (with an analytical lab cost of $400 per sample). He told us that most municipal water samples that he has tested typically measure about 2 ppm of Deuterium in drinking water.
As mentioned above, a single oxygen can have eight or more neutrons when compared to that of a single Deuterium (one neutron). The more common Hydrogen isotope (Protium) has the lightest atomic weight of any other element on the Periodic Table. Deuterium with a single neutron has an atomic weight less than half of that of Helium. Helium has the smallest atomic radius since its two neutrons pull on its other electrons. Considering the nano weight of subatomic particles including a single neutron in Deuterium, it seems inappropriate to say Deuterium water is “heavy water”.
Questioning Some Claims About Deuterium “Heavy Water”
We viewed several YouTube videos such that some individuals state the weight of Deuterium “breaks” the Krebs Cycle and consequently, causes cellular mitochondria to malfunction in production of ATP. It seems inconceivable that the atomic weight of Deuterium (2) will cause such an adverse effect when one considers the significantly greater atomic weights of carbon (12), oxygen (16) and other elements involved in the Krebs Cycle.
One doctor that we watched on a YouTube video recommended taking deeper breaths to try to deplete Deuterium in the body. However, he did not explain how the additional oxygen in the lungs will chemically react within the body to deplete Deuterium. Anyway, we think drinking Watt-Ahh, with its positive ORP (Oxidation/Reduction Potential) and liquid crystal structure, will more readily deliver oxygen to the cells.
Be Mitochondric – Drink Watt-Ahh!
As an update since we posted this article: Interestingly, a holistic nutritionist gave us a bottle of cellfood liquid concentrate to try. He told us that he adds fewer drops of the concentrate than the dosage recommendation on the product instructions when he drinks it with the Polarized Water. The second ingredient listed on the cellfood package is “Deuterium Sulfate” which spurred us to learn how Deuterium is added to sulfuric acid.
We learned about the Girdler sulfide process. Deuterium in naturally-occurring water is captured by exposing the water to hydrogen sulfide gas while using cooling and heating processes. The resulting liquid product is referenced in the literature as sulfuric acid-D2 solution, deuteriosulfuric acid and deuterium sulfate.