by Randall Prue
We are sitting in the kitchen of Francis and Sofia Lafontaine in Clearwater, Florida. This is a very ordinary kitchen in a very ordinary modern bungalow, with perhaps one exception... a water tap extending from a wall separating the kitchen from what would most likely be a bedroom. Following the usual introductions from which you have been spared, the Lafontaines have agreed to talk to us about their quest for pure clean water.
Randall: I understand that you are particularly concerned about the water you drink. Would you mind telling The O Zone readers what you've learned, what you drink and why you have a tap in the wall?
Sofia: I think I should start, because it was my idea to buy bottled spring water about 20 or so years ago. There was a lot of talk about chemicals in the tap water and that the city water treatment plants couldn't remove these poisons.
About 15 years ago, we heard that distilled water was pure water vapour condensed and so none of the pollutants could possibly be in it. We had been wondering if the poisons could be getting into the springs that bottled water came from. The thing that really made up our mind was listening to a doctor who spoke at a hotel here. He said that distilled water was like a sponge -- because all the minerals were removed from it, it was "hungry" to absorb things. He said that as it goes through your body, it picks up poisons and stuff that we get from our food and from the polluted air. So, we started drinking bottled distilled water.
Frank can tell you about the next step we took...
Francis: Yes. A fellow at work told me that isopropol alcohol was used to clean the bottling equipment and that plastic absorbs and retains things like the alcohol, germs and toxins. He said that if we wanted really clean water, we would have to set up our own still with all glass fittings and use peroxide to clean it. So, we bought a stainless steel still and set it up with glass fittings.
We added a few drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide to every 5-gallon jug to kill any bacteria. We drank that water for a few years and were very happy with it. It was actually very tasty. Then Sofia heard an interview with a chemist on the radio. He was talking about distilled water. She can tell you what he said.
Sofia: He explained that any element or pollutant that would vaporize at the same temperature as water would still be in the condensed distilled water. We were a little concerned about this but didn't act on it right away.
Francis: A few months after that, I read a piece about distilled water removing minerals from your body; it said that because distilled water is so pure and void of anything, that it is like a sponge that will pull all the minerals out of your body, including minerals that your body needs.
Sofia: Something snapped in our brains when we sat down to put all this together. We decided that there were too many experts out there. We have to drink the water, so we decided to take matters into our own hands.
Frank got on the Internet. Amongst others, he found the oxytherapy site along with O Zone articles. We subscribed to the OXYTHERAPY mailing list. We noticed that the quality of water is a big concern to "oxytherapists".
Randall: What are the most significant items that influenced your next move?
Francis: The piece from the Keep Hope Alive newsletter about minerals in the water was a big one. That article recommends distilled water. We occasionally used more peroxide than the few drops for disinfecting. We were very pleased with the results, but also concerned about the possibility of stomach problems. We're still sorting it all out. We feel certain, though, that we made the right choice with distilled water.
Randall: For ten years, I was very happy with my well water. About the same time as I read that same article, I was given some other good reasons to stop drinking from my well, including a new neighbour -- a toxic dump site that the authorities have chosen to ignore.
Francis: I haven't told Sofia your story about the steam iron, yet, if you wouldn't mind repeating it.
Randall: The other day I put distilled water into a steam iron. This particular iron had been used with tap water and had collected minerals that the distilled water released and deposited (onto the collar of a new shirt, thank you). If that steam iron were my body, I think I'd want that crud out. If my body has any use for any minerals that go into it, I figure that it uses them fairly quickly or transforms them into a form that it can store and use later.
Sofia: That's very interesting, because we've come to see life differently. I think it started with our concern about the water. It's hard to describe, but it's little things -- like being able to compare your body to a steam iron; it's a different way of thinking. It's as if the water we have drunk has "spoken" to us. After breathing, we now see water as the first and foremost "oxytherapy". For me it's an intuitive thing, but we have been finding substantiation in the files and from the mailing list.
Randall: Can you give us some more examples of what else has influenced you?
Sofia: Certainly. I was very impressed by an item that was submitted to the OXYTHERAPY mailing list. It was titled "The Thinking Person's Guide to Perfect Health", with no author mentioned. I had the impression that a man wrote it, so I'll use a masculine reference if you don't mind.
He explains that your body's first defence against invading pathogens is peroxide. Antibiotics are produced only if the peroxide is overwhelmed. Maybe the same logic could be applied in medicine -- oxygen first, antibiotics second.
He does not recommend oral consumption of H2O2, but acknowledges the good results that many have obtained this way. His preference is intravenous peroxide.
We think that what we're doing with water is "preventive oxytherapy", so we were very interested by what he said about eliminating toxins and colon therapy. For us, it's all got to do with water. Water is mostly oxygen, isn't it? Even though there are two hydrogen atoms for every oxygen atom, the oxygen atom is much larger than the two hydrogen atoms.
I don't know if we're ready for intravenous therapies or even rectal insufflations. Maybe if one of us becomes ill...
We did feel strongly that we needed to expand our water set-up, though. We wanted to produce more of it, too, so that we can bathe in it as well as drink it. That's when we emptied our guest room off the kitchen and moved the still in there, along with some new stuff.
Randall: New stuff? Like what?
Francis: Before we answer that and show you our "water room", I'd like to show you the latest thing I ran across, and I'm sorry, I can't remember where I found it. Let me read it to you...
"For prevention, a major benefit can be derived from regularly drinking ozonated water. Water is a fascinating substance, and we all take it for granted. Chemically it is considered to be one oxygen atom bound with two hydrogen atoms. The bond angle between the two hydrogen atoms is known to be variable, depending on the amount of energy in the molecule. Research has shown that water whose bond angle is 101 degrees is 'dead' water, bereft of life- giving energy. When water is distilled the bond angle expands to 120 degrees upon evaporation, but collapses to 101 degrees upon condensation, and is therefore dead. A bond angle of 103 degrees corresponds to average water. A bond angle of 106 degrees produces activated, energized water, and is attainable by placing a magnet, north pole inward, against the water container. The highest energy obtainable in liquid water is at a bond angle of 109.5 degrees, and this is attainable only by ozonating water at 4 degrees C. Ozone will not stay in water for very long, even at 4 degrees C. To hold the ozone in the water over long periods, it is necessary to add a few drops of Concentrace, which is a solution of trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake with the sodium, cadmium, copper and lead removed. The ozone hangs on to the minerals without oxidizing them and remains available over many months. In general, unmineralized water should not be consumed.
Drink water that has gone through reverse osmosis, carbon filtering, and is then ozonated. There are some contaminants that will pass through reverse osmosis (R/O) and carbon, such as fluorine. Ozonating the water removes all such contaminants and energizes the water until the bond angle reaches 109.5 degrees. Ozonate water for 15 minutes per litre, about five minutes per glass."
That's all of it. What do you make of it?
Randall: Well, Frank, there's nothing in there that I haven't heard of in my studies of energy and natural health. I'm afraid that I can't offer anything conclusive and, like Sofia said earlier, I don't think anybody can. It remains a matter of personal choice, doesn't it? I mean, there are still people not only drinking tap water, but also defending its quality!
Sofia: I can tell that Randall is dying to see our water closet, Frank. Maybe we should talk more later.
The Lafontaines proudly opened the door to their water room...
A stainless steel feed pipe through an outside wall (the Lafontaines explained to me that they have spring water delivered by tanker truck) feeds a holding tank similar to what a house with well water would have, except much larger and also made of stainless steel.
Every line and container in the room is made of either stainless or tempered glass (like lab equipment). The holding tank supplies the still, which feeds a reverse osmosis system. Water from the reverse osmosis unit filters through a 3-foot high, 3-inch diameter carbon filter, then through glass tubing to a modified spring water dispenser/refrigerator -- the kind you see in many offices It chills the water to 4 degrees C. A diverter at the output of the carbon filter leads to a steel pipe running through the floor into the basement. Francis explained that this pipe supplies the bathroom.
The spring water fridge holds a modified glass bottle. A large bar magnet against the bottle is held in place by a wide rubber strap. Additional to the water inlet on the spring water bottle is one from an ozone generator. The tap on the fridge has been replaced with a line to the tap on the kitchen side of the wall.
A distinct ozone smell pervades the room.
Sofia: Would you like a glass of water, Randall?
The water is delicious. I can't tell the ozone taste from the ozone smell and it's all delightful. I hope Alice found something as wonderful in the land of wonders. After traveling all the way to Florida, I had to experience the Lafontaine's ozonated swimming pool. For the sake of brevity, it's got chlorine beat all too well! Sofia and Francis explained pool-side that they often drink some of the water while it's freshly ozonated, then put some aside. After a few hours, much of the ozone dissipates. They place jugs of water out in the sun for a solar energy charge then add Concentrace to restore the minerals. I tasted some of this version of their water from their fridge and it was equally delightful, if slight less ozone-perky!