Saturday, March 30, 2013

Drunk and On Drugs

Earlier tonight, I watched an episode (-and-a-half) of The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour. Now at 12:12am, I must admit I admit I inhabit that very same dimension.

To boot (to wit?), I am listening to Elvis Presley Lives 25th Anniversary Concert.

Fucken awesome.

I cannot believe that people are having border problems. Elvis was a druggie. And he was awesome.

Jonnie Cash was a druggie. And he was awesome.

I could go on. Druggies are sometimes awesome. To ban them from the U.S. is to ban the U.S. from itself.

I love the U.S. for what it's supposed to stand for.

Intensity.
Righteousness.
Truth.
Freedom.
Liberty.

Yum. I love that shit. Elvis included.

What happened? What happened to the truth and Elvis and honesty and stuff? Where did it go?

If I can't get drunk and on drugs, then this isn't the United States (or Canada) that I signed up for when I came into this world.

It doesn't matter how healthy and perfect I'm supposed to get. I'm supposed to get drunk and on drugs to make it all worth while.

Come on world , come on righteous ones, smarten up.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Structured *Alcohol*! and the Biophotonic Device, Part 3: TEST #5

It wasn't long into my structured alcohol tests that mom called, wanting to take part in the wine study. Happy to oblige, I headed over to her place, Biophotonic portable water structuring unit (the "unit") in hand, ready for another hard evening of scientific research.
mom happy to take part in the biophotonic portable water unit study
Mom, happy to donate her wine tasting talents to the advancement of science.

In the previous post, one major question that emerged was whether the unit simply "breathed" wine, which would have caused a taste improvement regardless of any structural benefits.

So...

QUESTION: Does the unit improve the flavour of wine *beyond just breathing*?



METHOD
For this experiment, mom had on hand a "medium priced" bottle ($15/750mL). Perhaps we could answer a second question, that being whether the unit will improve medium wines or "merely" poor-quality wines (as it seemed to have done with beer, here.)

biophotonic portable water unit and glasses of different configurations
There were four glasses: unstructured, unbreathed; structured, unbreathed; unstructured, breathed; and structured, breathed. I ensured only the pourer knew the contents, and the drinker would have no idea what glass contained what wine.

Mom & I each had our turn picking favourites, and I went so far as arranging the glasses in order of preference (mostly on taste, but also on smell). I will say that compared to my previous experience with wine and the unit, the difference was not nearly so vivid.

For maximum potential of noticing changes, the structured wine was run through the unit 6 times ("for best results").


RESULTS
Me: Though not extremely different, I "correctly" picked the structured, breathed wine as the preferred wine. The unstructured, breathed wine came second. I actually picked the unstructured, unbreathed wine ahead of the structured, unbreathed! But, the difference was only slight. Plus, by that point I had sampled quite a bit and my capacity to differentiate has somewhat diminished.

mom deliberating over favourite wine
Mom, in deep contemplation over her preferred wine. "I think I'll need another taste..."
Mom: Mom, on the other hand, preferred the unstructured, breathed wine to the structured, breathed wine. Her comment was that the taste was "stronger". Apparently, the edge that I find the unit takes off wine and am happy is gone, she likes. Although, she did prefer the structured, breathed wine to the unstructured, unbreathed.


CONCLUSION & FURTHER STUDY
On a decent bottle of wine, the structured unit seems to help, but only slightly. Proper breathing is better than using the unit as a breathing substitute, and depending on how you like your wine, you may or may not want to use it in combination with breathing. (I do.) So far I'm drawn to believing it does have a breathing effect, however it takes an edge off the wine that some may or may not like. So, there may very well be a structuring effect on the wine, though I'm wary of concluding this and will endeavour to keep the experiments going in the name of good science.

Keep in mind, the above results are very preliminary, but continue to motivate me forward.


This post is part of a series of articles exploring the Natural Action Technologies' biophotonic portable water unit. I seek to expose whether or not this technology, while seemingly sound on paper, actually translates to "real world" benefits. In other words, "Is it worth it?" You can find more info on the unit at http://naturalactionwater.com; in Victoria, BC (where I picked it up) you'll find it for sale at Triangle Healing. Note, I'm not currently receiving any $$ nor endorsing it, though if I do become convinced beyond doubt, I hope that changes!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Structured *Alcohol*! and the Photonic Device, Part 2: TEST #4

wine bottle and glasses used in the biophotonic portable water unit researchTonight at a dinner gathering I had the chance to test the Natural Action Technologies portable water unit aka Photonic Water portable unit aka the device aka the unit.

The test subject: me.

The test material: a lower-priced bottle of red wine.

Method
Turning around in my seat so as to not see anything, a short distance away an assistant poured two glasses of wine, one of which had been given several pass-throughs in the unit. Having been somewhat trained in the art of wine tasting, and so finally after many years having the opportunity to use this skill for scientific discovery, I first gave a good "sniff" to each glass.

One glass definitely appealed to me more than the other.

Next I swirled the wine around to give it "legs". The glass I had preferred the smell of took longer for the legs to form, the legs looked more even, and they took longer to descend. (At least so it seemed on my 15-second inspection...I wanted to get to the best part!...)

It was time for the definitive moment. Would I myself notice any real difference? Could I choose the correct one?

YES. THERE WAS A DEFINITE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN THE TASTE OF THE WINE. It tasted less "sharp/edgy" and had a more welcoming gentleness to it. (Disclaimer: I'm not a wine terminologist.) So much so that one "type" of wine, I would be happy to drink, and the other I would probably avoid.
daniel tourigny and the biophotonic portable water structing unit

WOW!

Caveats: The two wine glasses were different in shape (see above photo). Also, rather than direct effects of structuring the liquid, is this simple aeration of the wine? The wine had not been allowed to breathe, so perhaps it was simply adding oxygen similarly to what "wine breather" devices do (but doing it differently). For sure, no doubt the vortex-inducing patterning of the liquid moving down the golf-ball looking spheres of the unit would infuse it with oxygen. Makes sense to me. But is there more to it?

In any case, I can say that this unit will make red wine taste better, at least less expensive bottles. At least ones that haven't been allowed to breathe.


I am looking forward to making and sharing further discoveries of the effects of structuring
alcohol...stay tuned!!!

This post is part of a series of articles exploring the Natural Action Technologies' biophotonic portable water unit. I seek to expose whether or not this technology, while seemingly sound on paper, actually translates to "real world" benefits. In other words, "Is it worth it?" You can find more info on the unit at http://naturalactionwater.com; in Victoria, BC (where I picked it up) you'll find it for sale at Triangle Healing. Note, I'm not currently receiving any $$ nor endorsing it, though if I do become convinced beyond doubt, I hope that changes!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Structured *Alcohol*! and the Photonic Device, Part 1: TEST #3

In the first two tests, plain boring water was structured and given to plain boring healthy stuff. Now for some fun.


TEST #3: Structuring booze at a barbecue.


I had been invited to a bbq dinner, so I brought the portable water structuring unit along. I had been a bit nervous about how to present the unit, but soon found the crowd was happy to give a go and structure their alcoholic beverages.

Beer (high and low quality) and wine comprised the test materials.

TEST 3A: A High Quality Beer and the Portable Water Unit

One thing about this device, is that if things are carbonated, they become very agitated by going through it. I think that contributed to a ho-hum reaction after running a nice, local microbrew through the unit several times. It was all foam by the time it had gone through.

Verdict and Recommendation: It did not improve the flavour of a really good beer. If using on good beer in the future, running it through the unit only once, or maybe twice might be the way to go. For now, though, I do not recommend running good beer through the unit, due to the intense loss of carbonation and likely otherwise little flavour improvement (since it's already a great-tasting beer).

TEST 3B: A Low Quality Beer and the Portable Water Unit

Using a fellow bbq attendee as a test subject (let's call him, "Len"), I proceeded to prepare two glasses of Molson Canadian from a can. In one glass, I had poured the beer through the unit at least once. In the other, regular Canadian.

It was a blind test, so he had no idea which one he was sampling.

Verdict: According to Len (paraphrasing), the structured beer was definitely better --> smoother and tasted like a higher quality beer. So, at this point I am comfortable to recommend that you should run your low quality beer through the device. (Better yet, buy good beer.)


TEST 3C: Wine Drinkers

The bbq also had a share of wine drinkers. Though informal (ie, no blindtests) and fairly brief, two out of three wine drinkers who drank the structured wine expressed that they noticed a positive difference in the wine. (They had poured an unknown-quality red wine through the unit one time.) Although not a perfect score, the positive expressions towards the unit leaves me wanting to conduct more research.


Stay tuned for my next blog post, where I'll talk about my "WOW" wine experience!


This post is part of a series of articles exploring the Natural Action Technologies' biophotonic portable water unit. I seek to expose whether or not this technology, while seemingly sound on paper, actually translates to "real world" benefits. In other words, "Is it worth it?" You can find more info on the unit at http://naturalactionwater.comhttp://naturalactionwater.com; in Victoria, BC (where I picked it up) you'll find it for sale at Triangle Healing. Note, I'm not currently receiving any $$ nor endorsing it, though if I do become convinced beyond doubt, I hope that changes!

Structured Water and the Photonic Device: TEST #2

So far so good. (ie, this device seems like maybe it does what it claims to do!)

TEST #2: Structured Water on Sprouting Legumes

I'm a regular seed & nut & legume soaker/sprouter, so I decided to give a go and see if using the Photonic water unit would work at speeding up time to rootlet formation.


results of sprouting with the biophotonic portable water structuring device
Using identical everything, except the water, I soaked and rinsed the two samples with the respective water (regular tap, and structured tap).

The Result: In the end, I found no discernible difference in sprouting rate between the two.

Caveats: I did not look for difference in taste (a significant omission), and it was perhaps not enough time to notice simply by visual observation, the sprouting having only been after a day (ie, the effect on growth rate might take longer to notice.)

A glimmer of hope and possible future follow-up: I find that in almost every batch of sprouts, I get a few 'hard' pieces of lentil (or something) that refused to soak in water. I've even chipped teeth because of this. However, this batch had no hard pieces. That being said, neither the regular water nor structured water had hard pieces.

HOWEVER, that's not the end of the story! It is mentioned somewhere (I can't find where exactly right now) that nearby unstructured/poorly structured water will be "imprinted" with the structured water structure. Forgive my non-scientific babble, but I hope it gets the point across --> after a whole day (and unlike just 15 minutes of TEST #1), the regular water may have been "contaminated" by the structured water, through some sort of vibratory-recalibration-from-across-the-room mechanism (or something). I won't worry about this issue as a main cause of the failure, for now, but it gives me food for thought.


This post is part of a series of articles exploring the Natural Action Technologies' biophotonic portable water unit. I seek to expose whether or not this technology, while seemingly sound on paper, actually translates to "real world" benefits. In other words, "Is it worth it?" You can find more info on the unit at http://naturalactionwater.comhttp://naturalactionwater.com; in Victoria, BC (where I picked it up) you'll find it for sale at Triangle Healing. Note, I'm not currently receiving any $$ nor endorsing it, though if I do become convinced beyond doubt, I hope that changes!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Structured Water and the Photonic Device: TEST #1

I spent $300 today on a device that purports to structure water (and other liquids) and thereby making me healthier.
Natural Action Technologies' biophotonic portable water structuring device

The Natural Action Water portable unit by Natural Action Technologies (aka Photonic Water Systems). Check it out here and here.

Sounds wacky. How the heck can a cylinder filled with golf-ball looking spheres, with no moving parts or filters, do anything at all to water? There is no shortage of debunkers to this whole "structured water" thing, like here.

On the other hand, if it does work to any significant degree, then the whole world should be using it. In every pipe on the planet. Given to everyone and everything that we want good health for.

So, does it work?

If it doesn't, I will become jaded at new age and wacky-science-type products (labelled "pseudoscience" by skeptics), which seem to always cost (for me, currently) a lot of money. If it does, well, that would be pretty damn cool!!

In the first of likely many experiments to answer this question, I took an opportunity this very evening, as I was preparing to make my famous kale chips.

TEST #1: Re-hydrating wilted kale leaves

wilted kale being revived with structured vs regular tap water

close-up of kale revive structured vs regular tap water
The "structured water" kale is on the left, and the regular water kale on the right. Both started with tap water, after which I ran one glass worth of water through the device six times. (On the instructions, it says that six is the number of times you can pass the liquid volume through for absolutely best results. Although once is supposed to be "good enough," I did the max to maximize any chance of a noticeable result.)
Did I notice a difference?...

Drum roll...

YES. I would say, definitely. The kale on the left was all firm after about 15 minutes or so of sitting in the water, while on the right much of it was still wilty.

Given that structured water is supposed to increase hydration (ie, it gets absorbed by cells better), this makes sense. Still, I must say I had been prepared for nada, so I was excited to see something positive, it being only test #1!

Caveats: Having designed the test in the moments I was preparing the kale chips, I dropped the ball when it came to recording what the two bundles of kale looked like before they were immeresed. I'm pretty sure they were of similar status (and would make sense, since they were obtained together), but can't promise they were. Also, the two glasses I put them in were made of different materials and located in different parts of the kitchen (so influenced possibly by different EMFs and atmospheric differences).

Still, even with these caveats, SO FAR I AM IMPRESSED.

Let's keep it coming!!


This post is part of a series of articles exploring the Natural Action Technologies' biophotonic portable water unit. I seek to expose whether or not this technology, while seemingly sound on paper, actually translates to "real world" benefits. In other words, "Is it worth it?" You can find more info on the unit at http://naturalactionwater.comhttp://naturalactionwater.com; in Victoria, BC (where I picked it up) you'll find it for sale at Triangle Healing. Note, I'm not currently receiving any $$ nor endorsing it, though if I do become convinced beyond doubt, I hope that changes!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jaded at The Man

This posting is dedicated to the status quo within each of us.

Dear Establishment,

I love you. You've done a lot of great work up to this point, made a lot of advancements. Great job! And...

(slap!)

What the fuck will it take? Seriously? What?

Are you that dumb that you can't see why so many people are pissed off?

Are you that dumb that you choose to employ the same strategy -- and even more of it -- to pacify the pissed off-edness that your strategy caused in the first place?

Are you that dumb that you still think you can invent something, come up with a new "tactic" to get what you want?

What will it take for you to change your ways? Do you really need a shit-kicking that will bring you to your knees? Really? Can't you become willing without it?

Stop lying to yourself.

Come on now, sit and be still for a while. Listen. Tune in and turn on. Take a workshop. Forgive yourself. Recognize the mistake(s) and move on.

Oh, you're too busy and comfortable and set in your ways? It's easier and safer to just keep doing what you're doing?

Ok then, fine. I love you anyways, but really, damn, save yourself now. Look at the way nature works and honour it; stop bullshitting yourself into thinking you have a better way that works.

You won't win. Seriously, this is a game you're gonna lose. How many more clues do you need? Another pandemic? More nuclear fallouts and oil spills? More extreme weather? More financial meltdowns? More riots, more tent cities, more rebellion?

Come on buddy, get real. I only want the best for you. You've got the resources at hand that will help with the change, and boy if you chilled out for a second, you would see the will you need is right here too.

I'm here -- as are my brothers and sisters -- for you when you are ready.

Blessings,
Dan

PS Answer key to a few the questions posed: 1. No, you're not that dumb. 2. No, it doesn't have to take a shit-kicking to become willing. 3. No, you're actually not that comfortable, nor is it actually easier nor safer to keep doing what you're doing than to change. 4. a. WTF will it take, and b. how many more clues do you need: I don't have the answer to that.
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