Roddy MacDonald

Introducing Roddy MacDonald founder of Water for Health

Like many other people working in the natural health sector I became interested and later involved through having to find solutions for my own health problems.
During the 1980’s while in my early 30’s I was debilitated with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome. This wasFounder of Water for Health in the early years of recognition of ME and it was still regarded by many as being ‘all in the mind’ or was referred to as yuppies disease. In fairness my medical doctors were supportive and did their best to help. However they really did not have anything to offer and I was increasingly told that I would have to live with it. At that time you were told that if you had suffered for more than 5 years with the disease your chances of ever recovering were slim.

Thankfully I did not buy into that thinking.

About 2002 I picked up a copy of the book ‘Ph Miracle’ by Microbiologist Robert Young. It immediately made sense to me. At that time I was involved in the environmental sector – primarily in industrial waste water treatment. When operating biological waste water treatment plants there are two parameters that are critically important, one is the ph level, the other is the oxygen concentration of the water. Consequently the ph Miracle book made sense to me. I realised that if ph and oxygen levels were critical for bacteria in a waste water treatment plant they must also be critical for us since we are biological systems. I then began researching the subject further and implementing further changes and appropriate supplementation. This again had a further beneficial impact on my health.

In 2006 I visited the main European water treatment technology exhibition looking for new technologies for my employer. On entering the exhibition I passed the Korean pavilion and I was asked by an exhibitor if I was interested in ‘antioxidant water’ I thought ‘What is he on about’. That night the penny dropped and the following day I visited all the companies from Korea who were offering alkaline antioxidant water technologies.

I evaluated a number of products, decided on one, brought in a small supply for testing and on the basis of my results handed in my notice and formed Water for Health Ltd. I was then able to work in the sector that I had become deeply interested in, natural health and wanted to share my findings with other people and show what was possible to help people maintain or regain health.

At Water for Health Ltd we gradually introduced other products to our range with the focus being on quality products which enhanced body acid alkaline balance.

Over the years changes in diet and lifestyle helped me to regain my health from chronic fatigue and poor immunity when I was told I would just need to learn to live with it. However alkalizing did help me in other ways also – in particular significant improvements in digestive health. My IBS problems are fortunately now history.

Drinking alkaline water and taking greens and a few key supplements
has become part of my daily routine. It serves me well in helping me keep functioning at a pace which would not have been possible 25 years ago.

My own experience has taught me that proper nutrition with a focus on proper body acid alkaline balance can pay enormous health dividends. I consistently hear from clients and contacts that have adopted these principles and have markedly improved their health and the quality of their lives. Some of these had life threatening health challenges.

I firmly believe that if you give a sick body what it needs the body will respond and heal itself. The crucial thing being to understand its needs and do what it takes to meet that need at every level.

Roddy MacDonald


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The pH Balance

by Roddy MacDonald

“Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced pH.” (Dr. Robert Young).

After years and years of research, I have learned that most successful non‐toxic alternative cancer treatments have two common denominators:

1. maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of our body.
2. increasing the amount of oxygen at the cellular level.

So let’s take a quick look at these two concepts.

Back in high school chemistry, we learned about our acid/alkaline balance, also referred to as the body’s pH (“potential Hydrogen” or “powers of Hydrogen”). Our pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with around 7.35 being neutral (normal). The pH numbers below 7.35 are acidic (with 0 being the most acidic) and the numbers above 7.35 are alkaline (with 14 being the most alkaline).

Hydrogen is both a proton and an electron. If the electron is stripped off, then the resulting positive ion is a proton. Without going into all the details about protons (“+” charge) and electrons (“‐” charge), it’s important to note that alkaline substances (also called “bases”) are proton “acceptors” while acids are proton “donors.”

What does that mean to someone who isn’t a doctor?
Let me simplify it for you. Since bases have a higher pH, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen ions. And vise versa for acids.

Why is hydrogen so important?
Our universe is composed of millions of compounds, all derived from just 106 atoms. Of these elements, hydrogen is the first and most fundamental. Hydrogen is also the most abundant element, comprising 90% of all atoms in the cosmos.

In our sun and stars, hydrogen nuclei fuse to produce helium, the second element.
This generates the enormous energy that powers life on earth.
And just as hydrogen fuels the sun, so, in the human body, it is the crucial factor in the electrochemical process that produces ATP, as we just discussed.

In chemistry, we know that water (H2O) decomposes into hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxyl ions (OH‐). When a solution contains more hydrogen ions than hydroxyl ions, then it is said to be acid.
When it contains more hydroxyl ions than hydrogen ions, then it is said to be alkaline. As you may have guessed, a pH of 7.35 is neutral because it contains equal amounts of hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions.

Over 70% of our bodies are water. When cells create energy via aerobic respiration, they burn oxygen and glucose. I don’t want to get overly scientific here, but the fact is that in order to create energy, the body also requires massive amounts of hydrogen. As a matter of fact, each day your body uses about ½ pound of pure hydrogen. Even our DNA is held together by hydrogen bonds. And since the pH of bases is higher, they have a greater potential to absorb hydrogen, which results in more oxygen delivered to the cells.

The hydrogen ion concentration was found to vary over fourteen powers of 10, thus a change of one pH unit changes the hydrogen ion concentration by a factor of 10.

The pH scale is a common logarithmic scale. For those of you who never liked math, what this means is that a substance which has a pH of 5.2 is 10 times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 6.2, while it is 100 (102) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 7.2, and it is 1,000 (103) times more acidic than a substance with a pH of 8.2, etc…

Our blood must always maintain a pH of approximately 7.35 so that it can continue to transport oxygen. Thus, God has made our bodies resilient with the ability to self‐correct in the event of an imbalanced pH level through a mechanism called the buffer system.

In chemistry, a buffer is a substance which neutralizes acids, thus keeping the pH of a solution relatively constant despite the addition of considerable amounts of acids or bases.

However, due to our poor diet of junk foods, fast foods, processed foods, and sodas, most of us are putting our bodies through the ringer in order to maintain the proper pH in our blood.

Although our bodies typically maintain alkaline reserves which are utilized to buffer acids in these types of situations, it is safe to say that many of us have depleted our reserves.

When our buffering system reaches overload and we are depleted of reserves, the excess acids are dumped into the tissues. As more and more acid is accumulated, our tissues begin to deteriorate.
The acid wastes begin to oxidize (“rust”) the veins and arteries and destroy cell walls and even entire organs.

According to Dr. Robert Young, “ A chronically over‐acidic body pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. Over‐acidification interferes with life itself, leading to all sickness and disease.”

As we learned earlier, normal cells create energy via aerobic (with oxygen) respiration. Alkaline cells are able to absorb sufficient quantities of oxygen to support aerobic respiration.

However, when cells become more acidic, less oxygen is absorbed, and the cells begin to ferment glucose in order to survive.

This concept is essential to understand, because cancer cells thrive in an acidic, anaerobic environment and don’t do very well in an aerobic, alkaline environment.

Having an acidic pH is like driving your car with the “check engine” light on. It’s a sign that something is wrong with the engine, and if we don’t get it fixed, then eventually the car will break down.

According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, as blood starts to become acidic, the body deposits acidic substances in cells to get them out of the blood.

This allows the blood to remain slightly alkaline. However, it causes the cells to become acidic and toxic. Over time, he theorizes, many of these cells increase in acidity and some die.

However, some of these acidified cells may adapt in that environment. In other words, instead of dying (as normal cells do in an acid environment) some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are called malignant cells, and they do not correspond with brain function or with our own DNA memory code.

Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order is cancer.

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