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Nature's Sunshine Products
Nature's Spring I
Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier

Nature's Spring...
Still the Best!

by Bev Lewis, Director of Customer Service


During the past few months, NSP Customer Service representatives have fielded many questions about our Nature's Spring water treatment appliance and how it compares to other more expensive and highly advertised water units.
I'm not a water quality expert, so I contacted Warren Clough, an NSP Area Manager and Certified Water Specialist. I asked Warren to help me explain the difference between the various products, and why we believe Nature's Spring is the most sensible way to produce pure drinking water.
Today, both science and the government readily acknowledge that "reverse osmosis" is the best method of removing impurities from our drinking water supply. Furthermore, Warren, a chemist with 55 years of experience, believes NSP's Nature's Spring reverse osmosis unit accomplishes this task as well as any water treatment appliance you might purchase.
Some other units on the market now are claiming to be a superior appliance. This device, called an electrolysis unit, separates the water into two streams, One comes out alkaline (about pH 8-11) for drinking. The second stream is acidic (pH 2-4), which is claimed to be better for washing skin.
Some people call this a water purifier, but that's a bit of an exaggeration, since only reverse osmosis units and distillers can be termed water purifiers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Electrolysis units do have a carbon filter that, like all carbon filters, readily removes chlorine and its by-products. And this does make water taste better. However, they do not incorporate a reverse osmosis membrane, leading one to believe that whatever toxic minerals (lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, etc.) come in from the public water supply will go out from the electrolysis unit.
Today, both science and the government readily acknowledge that "reverse osmosis" is the best method of removing impurities from our drinking water supply.
Carbon cannot remove minerals. An electrolysis unit doesn't take out minerals, toxic or otherwise. It simply separates them into two factions, not helping at all to detoxify the body of poisons ingested in foods and tap water, or breathed from the air. What is not seen, smelled, or tasted in these three can still impact your health.
On the other side of the issue, it is definitely beneficial to maintain an alkaline blood--within limits.
Years ago, people in the U.S. cultivated their own gardens or knew someone who could supply them with fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the soil. Today, with the introduction of so many supermarket substitutes for whole grains, canned or frozen vegetables and fruits (all with chemical additives, synthetic colorings and artificial flavorings), it's no wonder the average American has become acidic.
To summarize, why not streamline your diet, spend less than $300 for an efficient Nature's Spring reverse osmosis unit, and not worry about spending five times that amount on a fancy electrolysis unit?
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Reference: Sunshine Horizons Vol. 22 No. 5 May 1997 page 11.