Why the Phiten necklace, Phiten bracelet and all other Phiten products are not exactly what they claim to be
It is really not my intention to dissuade you for wearing a Phiten necklace if this is what you choose to. I’m a strong supporter of the freedom of choice and of individual initiative and thus I’m perfectly happy both with the phi-ten company that chooses to manufacture and market their products using a proprietary technology and with the consumers who purchase those products.
But as Phi-ten company employs the use of titanium in their products, and by using a new and innovative process that unleashes some not so widely known titanium properties, I couldn’t have overlooked and, as curios as I’m regarding everything even remotely connected to the titanium metal, I did a little research.
And here is what I’ve found out.
The main claim of the phi-ten company is that they have discovered a new technology, which they call the Phild process, that allows them do solve titanium – and other metals - into water, thus obtaining Aqua titanium, which they subsequently use to impregnate different fibers used to manufacture their Phiten necklaces, bracelets and fabrics. Those aforementioned products later dispatch titanium ions that penetrate the muscles and stabilize the energy levels and the heat flow in the human body, achieving pain relief effects and a general improvement of the health level.
Solubility is a special concept that defines the ability of a substance to dissolve. There are two parts involved in such a reaction – the solvent and the solute. In process of dissolving, molecules of the solute are inserted into the solvent and surrounded by its molecules, forming a new homogenous compound - called solution. In order for the process to take place, both molecular bonds between molecules of solute and the solvent have to be disrupted. When we’re talking about simple elements that have an atomic, rather than a molecular natural state, such as titanium, the only possible way that a solution is formed is if the solute is in ion form.
Ions are electrically charged atoms of the basic element and due to this charge they form strong ionic forms with other components, due to the general tendency of elements to attire stable neutral electrically states. Though there are ionic forms of titanium, due to the valence values they have, it is impossible for them to solve in water, even if water is the ultimate solvent. The solvents that have the valence properties needed to properly solve titanium are weak acids such as hydrochloric or hydrofluoric acids containing components with three or four valence values.
I think that’s about settles the claim about dissolving titanium in water and permeating the fibers of Phiten necklaces. A further look of the pending patent regarding the phild process clarifies the issue completely. Probably due to the fact that the staff working with the international patent offices are much more science savvy than the average purchaser, the company merely applied for a patent concerning obtaining water tilled with dispersed particles of titanium, rather than a solution, in the chemical sense that I have explained in the above paragraph.
The effectiveness of such a solution in transferring the fine dispersion of titanium onto textile fibers is easily compared with that of transferring fine grounded salt onto a handkerchief. Sure, some of it would temporarily stick to any surface, by the mere adhesion force, but in the absence of a real chemical reaction no permanent bond would be possible
And of course, no further discussion about titanium ions is needed, as there are no titanium ions to begin with in any water based solution containing titanium.
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