As TIA newsletter subscribers know, I recently came across an ingredient called hexagonal water. 

First some H2o basics. Water molecules tend to associate, forming ever-changing 'polymeric' units that are sometimes described as clusters. Because these clusters last for nanoseconds, they are more conceptual than physical. One of the best descriptions seems to be that "water is one of a loosely-connected network that might best be described as one huge 'cluster' whose internal connections are continually undergoing rearrangement".

Structured water is clustered into smaller or hexagonal shapes and as a result is supposed to be more readily absorbed by skin cells. Hexagons are also said to be more efficient at detoxifying. There is no science to back this up, but there are several books on the "secrets" of water. There are also manufacturers of $500 machines that will convert your tap water to hexagons. Part of the sales pitch is that aging is the result of loss of hexagonal water from the cells.

The person credited with 'discovering' hexagonal water is Dr. Mu Shik Jhon, a Japanese scientist (or crank, depending on your point of view) who studied water for 40 years.  His theory that water in its truest form is hexagonal, and that this is the water that our body craves. He also claimed it had to be pure spring water that was treated with love.

A website that also cells protection from cell phone radiation says in typical gobbledegook: "North pole magnetic energy and water is known to stop the growth of pathogenic bacteria and cancer tumors while south-pole magnetic energy and water enhances organ functions and endocrine excretions. The structured water research will investigate the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water structured under different conditions of light, temperature, magnets, quartz crystals, pyramids and sounds."

By now, you won't be surprised that religious cranks seem to be drawn to funny shaped droplets. A website called is very concerned that we are drinking 'dead' water, which will not form lovely hexagonal, snowflake shapes. The snowflake shapes crop up in books and websites that purvey hexagonal water. However, they aren't pictures of water but of ice crystals.