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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Alkaline water – the real deal or snake oil? 3

realized writes: it seems more and more common that my friends are getting into these water ionizer which apparently can change the pH of a water from about 7 up to a 9.5 (more alkaline). There seems to be no real documentation and the only “news” I can find on the subject are press releases.
The companies selling these things operate on a pyramid. They have discussions and invite people in to “sell” the product. In these discussions you hear about friends of friends who were dying of stage 4 lung cancer and stopped all treatment but then started drinking this water and all of a sudden they are cured.
Has there been any actual scientific studies done on the benefits of drinking alkaline water (please don’t compare alkaline water to alkaline foods)? Is it just snake oil? Why are so many people spending anywhere from $3000-$6000 on these machines? Does it do anything to benefit the body?

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