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Misunderstandings and Answers
In the past few years there has been talk about the unique and health-giving benefits of a type of treated water being described as kangen and the MLM company Enagic®.
The Enagic® Corporation of Japan is the owner of US registered trademarks KANGEN WATER® and ENAGIC®. This interest in kangen, in the USA, coincided with a push into the alkaline water market by the MLM (Multi Level Marketing) company Enagic®. Enagic® corporation has been doing a fantastic job of introducing the concept of alkaline and acid water to many people who otherwise would not know about the wonderful, healthful benefits of such treated water.
This article is written with the intention to address some of what is been said on other web sites and in public meetings regarding the treated water known as KANGEN, so that customers wanting the best value for their money, are able to make an informed opinion about Kangen and Enagic® water ionizers models, without the misunderstanding.
Misunderstanding Issue One: Kangen produced by Enagic® Corporation's water ionizers is different from alkaline, ionized water produced from other manufacturers' water ionizers.
Answer: Enagic® water ionizers produce the same type of alkaline and acidic water in that their machines contain a filter and ionizing chamber just like all other alkaline water ionizers.
The ionizing chamber in an Enagic® brand basically uses the same technology as do all other water ionizers to split the water into acid and alkaline streams. Kangen is used as simply another name for ionized, alkaline water. No where will you be able to find a definition of kangen that is different than alkaline water made from a typical ionizer because there is not any.
In trying to make a difference where there is none, one Enagic® representative's web site described Kangen by saying, "technically, in order to be classified as Kangen Water®, it needs to show a negative ORP (-ORP) in the range of -200mV to -450mV, while typical Ionized Alkaline Water shows anywhere between +100mV and -100mV, depending on the quality of the machine". Even most water ionizers from China can get at least a -250mV ORP reading (and it should be noted that AlkaViva ionizers can get over -800mV ORP.)
That been said, Enagic® through its MLM is doing a fantastic job of introducing the concept of alkaline and acid water to people who otherwise would not know about it.
Misunderstanding Issue Two: Kangen is better than alkaline, ionized water.
Answer: No, they are basically the same thing as discussed above. There are two ways the quality of kangen or alkaline water is measured - by how acid or alkaline the water becomes (pH) and by how much ionization occurs (ORP).
See Why Bigger is NOT Better Here
For example, independent tests carried out by ex Enagic® representatives (concerned about the high prices been charged), showed that the Melody ionizer produced as high an ORP (negative ionization) and pH as did the tested Enagic® models. Also when salt was added to the calcium port in the Melody, it produced a stronger acidic water than that achieved by the tested Enagic® machine.
Unfortunately when there are very high prices there can also be a need to justify the difference - such as in the following comment from an independent representative's website:
"This water technology is practically non-existent outside Japan. ... Even worse, there are some people who are trying to sell (the) cheaper Ionized Alkaline Water machines as if they were at the same or a similar level as with the Kangen Water® machines, only cheaper."
Misunderstanding Issue Three: Some Enagic® representatives' websites claim that their Enagic® units and kangen are recognized and approved by the Japanese Health Department, unlike all other ionizers.
Answer: In the 1980s the Japanese Health Department recognized that ionized alkaline water from water ionizers had proven health benefits and described water ionizers as health devices.
Major Korean corporations who also manufacture in Japan use parts from our manufacturers for their own ionizers and all have approval from the Japan Ministry of Health.
We challenge anyone to be able to produce a document or page from any government web site that say specifically that their water ionizers were the only ones approved as Health Devices by the Japanese Government.
Below are examples of comments from an Enagic®web site and ones that are often voiced.
"The Enagic® is approved by The Japan Ministry of Health, as a top quality medical device" or "Enagic® units and kangen water® are recognized and approved by the Japanese Health Department".
Misunderstanding Issue Four: The well known authorities on ionized water endorse or recommend Enagic® ionizers rather than other ionizers.
Answer: The best known authorities in the USA such as Dr. Robert Young (author of The pH Miracle), Dr. Theodore Baroody (author of Alkalize or Die), and Sang Whang (author of Reverse Aging) all recommend and sell AlkaViva water ionizers because they want to give their customers high quality kangen or alkaline water ionizers at an honest price. Other well know alkaline authorities that endorse and use AlkaViva water ionizers include Daniel Reed (author of The Tao of Detox), Harald Tietze (author of Youthing) and Ian Hamilton (author of The Untold Truth...).
Misunderstanding Five: Kangen or Enagic® ionizers cost more than AlkaViva water ionizers because they are better.
Answer: No, expensive is not necessarily better.
The Melody, for example, is priced at less than $1,700 and offers important user friendly features that are missing in Enagic® ionizers, such as auto cleaning in the background. The Melody also has an outstanding track record over 5 years and we challenge anyone to show how or why AlkaViva ionizer plates would not last as well as those from Enagic® that are bigger, use more voltage, have salt solution going through them and are cleaned more infrequently and less efficiently.
Please look Here at a report and video from an independent and USA government certified testing laboratory. Check out the Comparison Sheet before perhaps spending too much money on your ionizer.
Certain alkaline water ionizers are better and stronger than others and the Enagic® range of ionizers are decent, good models. Our models offer certain features not found in competing water ionizers but when you have a MLM company that pays certain Reps who do not make the sale a high percentage of the sale price you have to create an artificially high price because Enagic® and up to eight representatives need to make money from every single sale. It is estimated that Enagic® pays out well over $2000 on an average ionizer sale to its downline (and this does not include the profit made by the company itself). The highest retail price you pay for an AlkaViva water ionizer through Ionlife is around $3,000 and that is for a dedicated under counter ionizer. You do the math.
MLM "reps" typically do not have a thorough technical understanding of the properties of kangen, ionization and how the two together produce health benefits. In Multi Level Marketing (MLM) or Network Marketing, there are exceptions; reps who have really rolled up their sleeves and educated themselves, but the fact remains there can be a lot of "bogus" information fed to people who have been to MLM presentations. Going to a few MLM presentations does not make one an expert in something, especially something as complex and technical as ionization.
MLM "reps" can be innocently fed misinformation and led to believe in half truths. Then these misinformed "reps", who are motivated by the MLM dream, go forth and perpetrate these inaccuracies and mislead naive customers into falsely thinking they are getting something of great value. The price of Enagic® models has more to do with compensating the Enagic® MLM reps than the actual cost or the comparative technology inherent in their ionizers. To verify that, simply ask Enagic® about their compensation plan and see how much money is paid to the various levels of the network organization when one machine is sold.
Misunderstanding Six: Enagic® Corporation of Japan has been marketing "Kangen Water®" ionizers for 30 years.
Answer: Our research has led us to believe that what became the Enagic® brand was initially manufactured by Toyo Metal a/k/a Toyo Aitex who sold marketing rights to Enagic® (also called the Thohan Kiden organization). Toyo Metal water ionizer were called the Apex, Pure Porte 11 or Protec units and these early models were manufactured by and sold for less than $1000 in the USA. For a while the Pure Porte brand was also sold by IonLife before IonLife decided to only sell other manufacturers ionizers.
A company called HydroAnalytics previously imported, distributed and did hands-on repairs on this unit from Japan for the US, Western Hemisphere and European market before it was withdrawn from the US market, presumably due to lack of market penetration. In Japan the Thohan Kiden organization manufactures units, that are not sold through the Enagic®Corporation of Japan for similar prices to other alkaline water ionizer in the US market.
Here are some bullet points to consider in comparing Enagic® ionizers to AlkaViva ionizers:
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