FAQ

 

What is 4th Phase Liquid Crystal Concentrate?

4th Phase is a water purifying mineral solution. These beneficial mineral salts are in sulfate form rather than the chloride form that most companies have to offer (The requirement for sulfur is almost twice the requirement for chloride in the human body) and 4th Phase is unique in doing what other mineral supplements don’t do: purify the water.

 

How is 4th Phase used?

Use is very simple. Depending on the initial quality of the water being treated, you would add 4-8 drops of 4th Phase to every 8oz of water, or alternately, about a ratio of 1000 parts water to one part 4th Phase. This comes out to around one teaspoon of concentrate per gallon of treated water, a bit less or more depending on how pure your water is to begin with. Distilled water, for example would need less, questionable water would need more. More information is below.

 

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Why the name, “4th Phase?”

The name 4th Phase comes from the work of Dr. Gerald Pollack of the University of Washington (http://faculty.washington.edu/ghp/)

Dr. Pollack has determined that there is a fourth phase of water which is in the form of a liquid crystal, displaying many of the characteristics of a solid crystal, (storing and relaying information, amplifying biological signals, etc.)only in this case, it’s liquid. He has researched water for many years and has just published a new book called, “The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid and Vapor.”

Here is a link to a faculty lecture he gave on the subject in 2006:
http://www.uwtv.org/video/player.aspx?mediaid=16213809  This video is also available on YouTube.

Dr. Pollack asserts that water, in it’s maximum potential as a substance that enlivens and hydrates us, needs to be highly energized and it reaches this high energy state through a variety of ways, one of which is that it creates this liquid crystalline structure when it is in the presence of external energy sources like light (sunlight, for example.) When water is in this high energy state, it mimics the water that surrounds our cells and is found throughout the body, and it has many other properties as well.

 

Is 4th Phase expensive?

No, not at all. Because it’s so highly concentrated, it costs pennies per day. Here are some examples:

A 2oz bottle costs $19.95 and purifies up to 30 gallons of water. This comes to less than $0.67 per gallon. If you drink, say, half a gallon of water a day, the cost would be $0.34 per day.

A 32oz bottle costs $119.95 and purifies up to 500 gallons of water. This would come to $0.24 per gallon. If you drink half a gallon of water a day, the cost would be $0.12 per day.

Compare these prices to what it costs to buy a liter of bottled water, very often costing from $0.99 to $1.49. Not only do you save a great deal of money, but by using 4th Phase, you no longer need to increase the waste stream with empty plastic bottles but can reuse one as many times as you need.

So using 4th Phase saves resources, decreases pollution, keeps landfills from getting clogged with endless numbers of empty plastic bottles and costs remarkably less money too.

 

You mentioned biotite mica extract. What is that, exactly?

Let’s start off with biotite mica first. Other types of rock are quartz, granite feldspar, etc. Biotite is one type of rock, specified by several characteristics that are studied by geologists. The system of geology classifies rocks according to the different proportions of minerals that they contain, the type of surfaces they have, how permeable they are and so on.

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In Japan, in the 1960s, a scientist named Dr. Shimanishi researched this rock and determined that it is jam packed with ionic minerals. He was able to invent a process by which he created a biotite mica extract, a liquid made from biotite mica.

The liquid is purified and reduced (diluted) and it is this diluted liquid that we call 4th Phase Liquid Crystal Concentrate.

Dr. Shimanishi discovered that biotite mica extract is capable of sanitizing water, no matter how polluted it might be, no matter what the contaminants might be.

There’s a video that was done in Japan (we’re working on having it translated) that shows the viewer a number of examples of how the extract goes to work immediately when it comes in contact with polluted water. In each case, the water begins clearing until eventually there’s a sediment that either floats to the top and can be skimmed off or sinks to the bottom as an inert layer, and in each case, the rest of the water has now become crystal clear. At one point in the presentation, Dr. Shimanishi drinks the water from a formerly dark, muddy, polluted pond, just to make his point that the water has now become clean and refreshing.

 

I’ve heard that biotite mica extract is dangerous. What’s that about?

Biotite Mica Photos 2We are constantly researching our product and apparently, an online blogger sent around some misinformation on the subject, not really understanding what biotite mica is. Unfortunately, a lot of people, without doing their own investigation, wound up believing this blogger and became very confused. Considering that biotite mica has been used by literally hundreds of thousands of people since the 1960s without one single case of a problem (to our knowledge) ever coming to light, we find it sad that people would rather believe something said by an uneducated blogger than trust in the positive experiences of so many. The FDA has investigated the product and can find no hint of any problem. In Canada, this product has been given certification as a natural, safe product and from what we’ve researched, the Canadian authorities do not grant such certification without rigorous testing.

In January of 2013, one of the most respected health organizations in the US, The Hippocrates Health Institute, published an article on the benefits of biotite mica, citing the fact that an online blogger mistakenly caused fear and concern over the product. They went on to say that they ran numerous tests both on their guests and staff, as well as in a lab setting, and not only couldn’t find any evidence to back up the claims of the blogger but on the contrary, found that all the claims about the efficacy of the product were well founded. They now fully endorse the use of the product.

In any event, 4th Phase LLC will continue to vigorously research the product so if you find that you have more questions, please get in touch. For general enquiries, our address is info@4thphasewater.com

To more fully appreciate how this liquid works, here’s another aspect that helps to understand what’s going on; sodium, as a metal, is so dangerous that it has to be kept submerged in oil. The reason? Because when it comes in contact with moisture it becomes volatile. In fact, if even a small piece of it came in contact with water, it would explode. Second, chlorine is a poison, which is why it’s used in municipal water supplies. It kills.

Now suppose a dangerous metal like sodium comes in contact with chlorine, a poisonous gas. What happens? We get sodium chloride, otherwise known as salt, a common, universal food ingredient.

So it’s useful to understand that salt is not sodium any more than it’s chlorine. It is neither even though it contains both. It has become something else as a result of the interaction of the preceding two elements. Understanding this is useful because most people don’t understand that because a substance has, let us say, aluminum in it, does not necessarily mean that it’s nasty, toxic or harmful. It’s not that simple. It’s the form of the substance that makes the difference. Aluminum silicates are commonly found in most commercial table salts but that doesn’t mean those salts are toxic.

In the case of 4th Phase, there are many compounds that include iron-this or aluminum-that, but these compounds are not metals, they’re salts. In 4th Phase, they’re sulfate salts. And, they have a strong affinity for contaminants, whether they are in the water because it’s inherently polluted or whether they’re in there because they were purposely added.

Even if completely clean, chlorinated water were treated and was pure except for the chlorine, 4th Phase would cause a reaction which creates more chloride from the original chlorine gas. In short, this is a sign that 4th Phase is cleaning up the water.

So, 4th Phase does the same thing to the chlorine that it does to any other contaminants–it transforms it into an insoluble and perfectly safe salt (in this case, chloride). You can test this yourself by filling a glass with chlorinated water,   Now, smell the water. It will have a very noticeable, characteristic odor, like a swimming pool but not as strong. Now treat the water according to label directions and let it sit. A sediment will fall to the bottom and there’ll be no more chlorine odor because the chlorine doesn’t exist anymore. It’s become chloride, an insoluble salt.

 

How long should I wait before I can drink my treated water?

Biotite MicaThis is a great question that many people ask. The reason that it isn’t always clear how long to wait is twofold: first, although treating your water with 4th Phase will quickly clear away any questionable substances in the water, there could be a sediment, a cloudy opaqueness in the water. It will usually settle to the bottom. Second, the creation of the cloud and the settling take some time, depending on how many contaminants are in the water. Although the treated water will be pure (decontaminated) within a few minutes, it may not be very appetizing if it has a cloudy look to it. Some people don’t care about this and just drink the water but others prefer to wait until the cloud settles and in many cases, because a person is using 4th Phase as well as our gravity-fed filter system, there’s no need to wait. However, all of these things are, to a degree, determined by the initial quality of the water. If it is clean, or more or less so before being treated, then the clouding may not occur, so drinking the water within a minute or two is fine. However, there are many other instances where water is not clean even though it looks like it is. Even chlorine, which is found in most municipal water supplies around the country, is, from the perspective of pure water, a contaminant, and 4th Phase will clean that up too, changing the chlorine (a gas) into chloride salts which will precipitate out and fall to the bottom.

In many cases, people prefer to wait until the sediments completely settle and then pour off the clean water but if the water was initially of poor quality, then it’s going to take 12-24 hours or perhaps longer before the sediment falls to the bottom, at which point, you can decide what you’d like to do–pour off the rest of the water, use a filter system to eliminate the sediments, pour the sediments on houseplants or in the garden or drink them since they are inert and harmless.

So, you’re saying that depending on how polluted the water, it might be drinkable almost immediately but it could also take a couple days if it’s really polluted, is that right?

That’s right. Although the water is cleaned immediately, and you can drink it, the cloudiness, if it occurs, may not settle for a longer time. In fact, 4th Phase can be used as a test for the purity of your water. If you follow label directions and see no sediments occur, then you know the water you’re using is very clean. And the opposite is true too. If there’s a huge cloud in the water and it takes a long time to settle, then the water was filled with contaminants.

 

The label says, “treats up to…..” Why isn’t it more specific?

Again, this depends on the purity of the water before treatment. Here are a couple examples: if a person is using tap water for treatment and the tap water has fluoride and chlorine and maybe even ammonium (another water treatment), along with several other things that might be in the water, the use of 4th Phase will clean the water but most likely, a cloud will form and it may take overnight (or longer) to settle. In another example, a household may have a GAC (granular activated carbon) filter system or a de-ionization module, or a reverse osmosis unit or a purification system that uses one or more technologies such as UV or ozonation. 4th Phase can certainly be used on any type of water but if the water was initially cleaner than say, raw river or tap water, 4th Phase might not produce much of a cloud or any cloud. Should this be the case, it’s entirely possible that only a very small amount of treatment is needed. Since we can’t predict each users water quality, the label gives a range of “up to” a certain amount as stated on the label. In some cases, a good deal less than the amount on the label recommendations is all that’s required and the only way to find out how much anyone needs is to simply experiment with different amounts until each individual discovers what works for their own situation.

 

Can 4th Phase be used for other things?

Yes. Here’s a brief list:

  • As a soak/wash for produce that is not organically grown.
  • As an additive to hot tubs, jacuzzi’s, whirlpools, spas, etc., because it’s completely natural, less harmful to the environment than chemicals and lasts up to eight months between uses.
  • As an additive to a bath because, essentially, the same compounds that are found in mineral baths and spas in Europe and many other places, are the ones in 4th Phase so you can have an honest-to-goodness mineral spa right in your own bathtub, and at a tiny fraction of the usual cost.
  • As a replacement for chemicals that are ordinarily used for cleaning, for example, contact lens solutions.
  • At a dilution level determined through experimentation, as a spray for houseplants or in the garden.
  • 4th Phase can also be diluted at the rate of 1000:1 for agricultural purposes because it improves the moisture characteristics of soil. Add it to the water, stir or agitate, then water your plants.
  • As a mouthwash for reducing dental plaque.

 

Does 4th Phase do anything to the chlorine in our municipal water?

Yes, it transforms the chlorine into chloride(s), meaning, the chlorine is no longer in the water. It’s become chloride salts which fall to the bottom.

 

By what process does 4th Phase clean pollutants?

It’s essentially the same process that attracts the south pole of one magnet to the north pole of another magnet. If you bring them close together, they instantly stick to each other. But in the case of 4th Phase, the positively charged pollutants get so “stuck” to the negatively charged concentrate that they can’t be unstuck after that. They’ve been transformed into other compounds (the technical term would be “salts”) that are now harmless. The bonding that occurs cannot be undone. And along with this is the fact that these new salts seem to be attractive to plants, either in the house or garden. We’re doing research in this area but we hypothesize that these salts can be recycled by plants and turned into nutrition, not only for the plants but for the soil as well.

In addition, this cleansing process is seen in nature, but ever since mankind increased the amount of pollutants in our biosphere, we need a water technology that emulates nature to help restore our water back to purity at a rate which keeps up with this increased pollution.

 

You mean that 4th Phase can be used to grow things?

Yes, it certainly can. For those who would like instructions on how to dilute the product for this use, it’s simple: just use the same dilution that you do for drinking water, which is, about 1000 to 1. Other dilution strengths can be used too so it’s a good idea to keep an open mind and experiment a little bit to see what works best for your garden, houseplants, orchard, etc.

 

How do I stay well hydrated?

Traditionally, It goes like this: take your weight, divide by two and that is the number of ounces of water you should drink every day. Ex: weight–150 pounds. Half of that is 75 so you would drink 75 ounces of water every day, which comes to a little over nine glasses of water, each glass being 8 ounces. It’s important to note that sodas, colas, milk, coffee and a lot of other beverages, do not count towards the total. However, fresh juices, like fresh orange juice, apple juice, etc., do.

 

What about the ecological impact/carbon footprint of this product?

4th Phase as a product and as a company, is very unusual. We’re always striving to find better and better ways to reduce environmental impacts.

Here are a couple examples:

The top selling product in the largest chain of natural food stores in the US is bottled water. We don’t have hard figures to cite but we know that practically all those bottles of water are made of plastic, plastic that winds up in landfills more often than not. In some parts of the country, the plastic goes in the recycle bin but that, in itself, is not a guarantee that the plastic will be recycled. Without going into a long analysis of what happens in the recycling industry, we know that often, if pricing for raw plastic is lower than for recycled plastic, the bottles which were supposedly headed for recycling actually get dumped into landfills and the public never hears about that.

So, in order to guarantee that there’s a reduction in the amount of plastic going into landfills, the best option is to use as few of those plastic water bottles as possible. Since the public tends to be unaware of market forces that send off all those bottles to the landfill instead of the recycling stream, there are many more plastic bottles winding up in the landfill than is reported.

How do we avoid this issue? One way is to purify water with 4th Phase. Because 4th Phase will clean any kind of water, we can just take any bottle, fill it with tap water, filtered water or any other kind of water, add in the appropriate amount of 4th Phase, agitate and allow any sediments to settle to the bottom, or filter them out. If our water was initially clean, then the waiting process is practically instantaneous.

So, what we’re really talking about is reducing the number of plastic water bottles by something like 99.9%. Translated into everyday circumstances, that means that if someone regularly buys, let’s say, 1000 bottles of water off a store shelf, over a period of perhaps two or three years, switching over to 4th Phase means that their plastic water bottle consumption has dropped to just one bottle. If the person keeps using the same bottle over that period of time, then the ratio is now 1000 to 1. In fact, if you already have a water bottle, it can essentially be used endlessly, again and again and now we may be talking 10,000 to 1 or more.

Here’s some in depth information on the subject of how polluting and expensive bottled water really is:  http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2013/01/07/us-town-concord-bans-bottled-water/

Another impact from the use of 4th Phase has to do with water remediation.   As is well known in many parts of the world, pollution caused by effluents from industrial processes, petrochemical runoffs, illegal dumping of industrial wastes and hazardous materials, pharmaceutical drug residues, illegal drug residues, agribusiness fertilizers, medical wastes, acid rain, sulfoxides, nitroxides and other airborne pollutants all contribute to or directly create polluted bodies of water.

All of these issues can, to one degree or another, be ameliorated by using 4th Phase. This product has been shown to reduce and/or eliminate a wide variety of hazardous compounds by chemical bonding that creates harmless residues and sediments that fall to the bottom of lakes, rivers and other waterways, where the microbial life, plant roots and mycological colonies can make use of these compounds and completely break them down for reuse. We are only at the very beginning of studying this phenomenon and intend to publish more and more information on the subject as we move forward.

 

I’ve heard that people can get sick using this product but it isn’t a disease, it’s something called “detoxing.” What’s that about?

This is a very, very important point and requires some education and clarification. There is a mistaken idea prevalent in modern cultures that any type of health issue that arises is automatically cause for alarm but this bears closer scrutiny. In fact, “getting sick” is often a simple reaction of the human organism to the inevitable build up of toxic waste materials. Some of these materials are generated internally from the normal functioning of glands, organs, muscles and other tissues. Many other wastes, however, are built up from substances found in air, water and food. While the details lie beyond the scope of this article, the bottom line is that engaging in health-building activities such as the use of a water purifier like 4th Phase, can lead to feelings, initially, of light headedness, for example, or headaches or rashes.

Unlike “disease”, all these symptoms pass if allowed to do so. What’s happening is that the body is releasing the accumulated wastes that had built up beyond the point of homeostasis (the balance point that the body maintains) and with the introduction of a new health-restoring modality, whether it be improvements in diet, starting a regular exercise regime or any number of other things, the body, sooner or later, will most likely dump accumulated toxins. Before they exit the organism though, they circulate for a time and when they do, we don’t feel so good. People have reported detoxing symptoms like colds, flus, runny nose, coughing, mucus congestion, lowered vitality, no energy, skin eruptions, sore throat, constipation, diarrhea, etc.

The important thing to remember if experiencing these things is simply that the episode of discomfort will fade away on it’s own. We should certainly not interfere with it, though it might feel unusual to do so since we’re programmed to react by taking pharmaceuticals, running off to the ER and the like. Should we do these things, in all likelihood, we’ll only suppress the symptoms driving them right back into the body and not allowing it to free itself of toxic buildups.

So, once again, if such symptoms come up, it’s best to simply let them have their day and within short order they will all pass and we’ll feel much better than before they arose.

It’s suggested that reading up on this topic can be very helpful. Search the terms, “healing crisis,” “cleansing reactions” and “detoxing.”

 

Does detoxing take a long time?

It’s not a predictable phenomenon. One person might have a headache that lasts an hour or two, someone else could have a rash that lasts for a few days and then fades out. Because we’re all unique in many ways, the detoxing process is different for each individual, not only in terms of how long a detox will last but also, how intense it is. Depending on many factors like age, diet, exercise regularity and dozens of other parameters, detoxing is very often just a brief phase as the body rebalances itself on the way to a higher level of health and vitality.

 

How necessary is it to be fully hydrated?

In brief, it’s crucial. If you look over some of the information provided in our RESOURCES & LINKS page, it becomes clear that proper hydration reduces the daily cellular stress that occurs and is absolutely necessary for the body to carry out the millions of processes that together, we call “life.” Without high quality, energized, structured water, life would cease almost instantly. That’s how important it is.

 

I have a very high quality water purification system and when I use 4th Phase on my water, it leaves a slight yellowish residue on the inside of the bottle. Could you explain this?

Sure. In cases where this happens, it’s because the water being treated was already very clean. What’s happening is that some of the sulfate minerals in 4th Phase are naturally attracted to the glass because really pure water has a pH that is slightly acidic, like 6.7-6.9. When the slight acidity comes in contact with the alkaline minerals in 4th Phase, the resulting salts are naturally attracted to the glass. The stain is yellowish because the minerals are in a sulfate form and sulfate minerals are yellowish by nature. However, the stain on the glass can be easily removed since it just wipes off. Another option is to use less 4th Phase since you now know that your purification system is doing a really good job. Of course, if you want your drinking water to have a full complement of ionic minerals, you’ll have to decide how much 4th Phase to use. Again, a bit of experimentation in each situation can bring about a good compromise between pure water and high quality mineralization. After all, Mother Nature always adds other things to water. Some examples: The Great Salt Lake in Utah has ionic minerals in the water, as do the oceans of the world. Mineral springs found in many places around the world also contain an abundance of ionic minerals, and so too, can they be found in high altitude waterfalls and other pristine aquatic environments. To a degree, it’s true to say that 4th Phase is a convenient way to recreate the naturally occurring ions that are present in the waters of the world.

 

I like the idea of having really pure water and then adding in the 4th Phase. Is that okay?

Yes, that’s a good idea. Clearing the water of possible contaminants and then adding in the ionic minerals is a first class protocol for high quality water. While 4th Phase reduces and/or eliminates many harmful pollutants and industrial wastes, having a good quality filter system and 4th Phase is a great combination. First the filtering system removes the contaminants but also reduces the energetics of the water. Then adding in 4th Phase creates the dynamic structured matrix that re-energizes the water.

 

Why put minerals in my water? Don’t I get them from my food?

The minerals in 4th Phase are dissolved in the water in an ionized state. Only ionized minerals can be absorbed into the body. This is why obtaining minerals from food has been the best source. So what can be done if, due to soil depletion, food doesn’t contain the minerals we need? Go to the source that provides the minerals to our soils and dissolve it into a form that is readily absorbed by the body. This is what has been done to create 4th Phase. Biotite Mica, from which 4th Phase is made, is one of the most mineral rich stones on Earth, and by dissolving the Biotite as it exists in nature, one can obtain the complete matrix of minerals in a balanced state, just as nature intended.

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