Hi, I am Tyler LeBaron. Here is information about me and some of my qualifications regarding this water.
Qualifications and Credentials
(Below are some relavent portions from my CV)
2012-present Tutor Biology 461 (Physiology)
2013 Tyler LeBaron; “Estimation of Hydrogen gas Concentration in Aqueous Solutions via Oxidation-Reduction Potential Measurements as a Function of pH” presented at BYU-I Research and Creative Works Conference, April 4, 2013.
2012 Tyler LeBaron; Determination of nitrate reduction in the presence of ascorbic acid at facilitative pH (Personal project—preliminary results and specific review presented in 2012).
2012 Tyler LeBaron; “"Testosterone Booster Recommendation Report” (A critical review of purported supplements) Available online: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22Testosterone+Booster+Recommendation+Report%22&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C13
2011 Tyler LeBaron; “Creatine recommendation report” (Review of current work and elucidation of creatine stability with respect to various supplements) Available online: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22creatine+recommendation+report%22+&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C13
2010 Tyler LeBaron; “Functional Water for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (A comprehensive literature review)”, presented at BYU-I Research and Creative Works Conference, December 9, 2010.
- Therapeutic effects of hydrogen gas
- Therapeutic effects of electrolyzed reduced water
- Biological effects of inorganic nitrates
- Biological and chemical properties of creatine
- Vitamins, minerals and nutraceuticals
- Supplements and ergogenic aids
- Physiology, biochemistry and organic chemistry
- I have interest in writing scientific articles
- I am proficient at using databases to search for articles
- I have interest in public speaking
- I consult for supplement companies and help in product development
- I am a competitive marathon runner
- I have coached track, cross country, and wrestling
- I speak, read, and write both English and Spanish fluently
I am currently a senior at the University studying biochemistry and physiology. Because of my passion for learning I have taken many additional classes (e.g. multivariable calculus, physics, etc.) that aren’t needed for graduation, but are necessary for me to have the level of understanding that I seek. Currently I am looking to do an M.D. Ph.D. program. I’d like to do my PhD work in pharmacology (including nutri/pharmacogenomics) so that I can apply that knowledge to the field of human nutrition; including vitamins, minerals, supplements, nutraceuticals, dietary interventions, exercise, hydrogen water, etc. I am extremely passionate about improving health and wellness via diet and exercise. I have finished all my biochemistry and physiology classes, and tutor both advanced physiology and senior level biochemistry.
Comparatively, I also have a strong background in molecular cell biology, organic chemistry, nutritional biochemistry, exercise physiology and other related areas. I read 15-30 scientific journal articles a week and thus keep myself fairly abreast in the recent scientific literature. Now as far as the water goes, I have:
- Conducted research at the world renowned Nagoya University on hydrogen water
- Presented research and article on changes of ORP as a function of pH and dissolved hydrogen gas.
- Communication with NASA regarding the water and protection of Astronauts during space travel
- Currently collaborate with some leading experts in Japan on the research with this water.
- Studied various colligative properties of the water
- Molal boiling and freezing point depression changes
- Tested the surface tension using a dynometer
- Quantification of the emulsification/saponification property as a function of pH
- Experiments to quantify antioxidant properties utilizing redox titrations
Moreover, I have extensively studied the scientific literature regarding electrolyzed reduced water and have punctiliously analyzed over hundreds of peer-reviewed studies (many of which would cost the normal person 7-90 dollars apiece). In fact I have written (and presented at a research conference) a literature review entitled “Functional Water for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease”, which is now available to you.
My passion is for truth and optimal health, the latter of which strongly depends upon the former. I am simply a hydrogen water advocate spreading truth to those who desire it.
I am a true scientific skeptic, meaning I will entertain almost any idea and diligently seek to understand it before accepting or rejecting it. This is in contrast to a “pathological skeptic”, who dismisses ideas unknown to him or that are contrary to his belief without first having evaluated the evidence.
“scientists/doctors” quickly dismiss the water without researching the
benefits. Their pretentiousness is preceded by the irony in which they
hypocritically do the very thing they are accusing hydrogen advocates of doing,
that is “dismiss scientific enlightenment”.
Nevertheless, much of the reason that good doctors/scientists reject ERW claims is because the claims given are truly scientifically/historically inaccurate (e.g. the false claims that “OH’s are antioxidants” or the “reason why Warburg received the Nobel Prize”). Indeed if only accurate statements were made concerning the water, then only the foolish would reject it and the wise would embrace it.
HOW I WAS INTRODUCED TO THE WATER AND THE EVENTS THAT MADE ME SEE THE NEED FOR TRUTHFUL AND ACCURATE CLAIMS
Since I was about 15 years old, I have been highly interested in health and wellness and have always liked the concept that optimal health is achieved by: 1) an alkaline pH balance, 2) a healthy mineral balance and 3) a healthy antioxidant balance. Therefore, it didn’t take very much for me to accept the water as optimal for maintaining health and longevity; all I needed to know was that the water truly provided these three health promoting properties.
It was in May of 2009 when I was working in Southern California that I met Dustin Long. He started bringing me the water and explained the alkaline properties, the increased minerals and the antioxidant ability of the water. A simple demonstration with pH drops, and the ORP meter and I knew I wanted a machine. After a few weeks of drinking the water and realizing the strong positive impact this water can have on health over the long-run, I called Dustin up and told him I wanted to buy a machine!
PROFESSORS AND MOCKERY
In the fall of 2009 when I was back at the University studying, I visited with a biology and a physiology professor about “ionized”/ “alkaline” / “micro-clustered” water. Not only did I have a very difficult time getting them to understand what I meant, but they took the opportunity to teach me about pseudoscience and quackery claims. In short they were both convinced that I was merely a victim of pseudoscientific marketing claims who was conned out of 4,000 dollars. My reputation was damaged and I felt like everyone (friends, family, strangers, etc.) were just laughing at me. I knew there was something to the water, but simply did not understand it well enough to convey these things to my professors.
I asked Dustin to help me out, he told me to tell them about the work of the Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg and how he found that acid and low oxygen is the “root cause of all cancer.” Surely they can’t deny the words of a respectable Nobel Prize winner—and they didn’t. Instead, they just explained the real reason why Warburg received the Nobel Prize and that actually his work ironically demonstrated that cancer can survive in oxygenated environments just as well as it can under hypoxic environments. This really backfired; needless to say they vented how swindlers make false claims “appear” like science just so that they can sell the product. Things like this happened a number of different times; I soon realized I could no longer trust or use virtually any marketing material because it not only exacerbated my reputation, but the marketing info was just more evidence that this water was nothing more than “snake-oil” on tap duping the public out of money.
I then told them about how the water helped my mom and I perform better in running. They just laughed at these non-scientific anecdotal testimonials and attributed any perceived benefit to placebo. They explained the only way to know for sure is to perform a study testing the hypothesis. By this time they were sure I was suffering from both “cognitive dissonance” and “belief perseverance”—and to some extent I was.
SCIENTIFIC STUDY AND GAINING RESPECT
I decided the only way to climb out of this hole was to perform the test. If it didn’t work, then they would respect me for having tested it and if it did work then I would gain there respect and apology. Over the next few months I found the actual peer-reviewed studies and then conducted a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study testing the effects of the water on time to exhaustion during lactate threshold running. I then presented my research at the upcoming undergraduate senior research conference; this was the first time I saw those professors since the last time we talked about performing a study. Obviously they were delighted that I carried out this study all by myself and wasn’t even a senior at that time; moreover, they were surprised by the results. They meticulously examined my study hoping to find errors with it; however, they could not and both requested a copy of my write-up. I am now not only highly respected by them, but we’ve also become good friends and frequently discuss various scientific findings (click here to get your copy).
I enjoy sharing knowledge and answering questions, it keeps me on my toes so to speak and I am always learning more. Dustin Long is in my up line and also a good friend. As we have kept in contact over the years not only have I answered many health questions, but I have also shown him many of the fallacies in the common marketing claims and how the water really works. At first he was taken back and perhaps a bit frustrated with all the contradictory information. Soon, he found that having a true knowledge and understanding of the water not only helped him answer other people’s questions/doubts, but also helped him sell more machines.
Indeed there is enough scientific understanding and real benefits to the water that we don’t need to be making up false claims and erroneous statements to sell the ionizers. It is time that we can talk to doctors and scientists without being laughed at, to friends and family without being satirized, to co-workers and peers without being ridiculed, and mocked that we “fell” victim to pseudoscience or that our “water” is bogus! No longer will the distributors be labeled as quacks and charlatans, but as bearers of truth and sincere helpers, and those who don’t listen will consequently be labeled as cynical and incredulous. Indeed it is time to revolutionize how we communicate about the water!