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The Deception and Danger of Patrick Flanagan and MegaHydrate

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Alex Tarnava is the CEO of Drink HRW, and the primary inventor of the open-cup hydrogen tablets. Alex runs the clinical outreach program for our company, working with over a dozen universities coordinating research. Alex has also published research of his own. You can find it on his ResearchGate. Additionally, he has been interviewed for many prominent publications, such as Entrepreneur and Forbes, and on many popular Podcasts. You can find all of his interviews and articles on his media page.

The Deception and Danger of Patrick Flanagan and MegaHydrate

In late 2020, we filed to the FDA to take immediate action against Phi Sciences, the maker of MegaHydrate, regarding evidence we submitted that poses immediate health risks to several groups of consumers, including pregnant and breast-feeding women & children. Last week we submitted a press release detailing the reason for the filing, along with the filing against Performix. MegaHydrate and other products with similar names developed by the late Patrick Flanagan have been on the market for years, decades even. The most influential “health proponent” vouching for their benefit is David “Avocado” Wolfe, a man who believes the “earth is flat”, "gravity is a toxin", “mushrooms are from outer space” and “chocolate is an octave of the sun energy”. Of course, he sells a variety of mushrooms, and chocolate, some of which is branded “sun chocolate” on his website, and does not establish plausibility on any benefits of these claims regarding origins or properties. I believe he used to sell anti-gravity hanging boots, also, but I cannot find this on his site. Now that I have drawn an example of the type of proponent Patrick Flanagan chose to attach himself to, I digress back to Flanagan and MegaHydrate.

Patrick Flanagan, deceased in late 2019, had a life and career full of wacky and dubious claims. Flanagan, and now whoever runs his website, push ideas such as “crystal energy,” water drops full of silica that he claimed, roundabout way, to be the key to long life. This “wetter water,” as he called it, pushes the concept of microclustering — something completely debunked, which I wrote about in the article “Hydrogen Water vs Alkaline Ionized Water: False Claims Clarified”. MegaHydrate further enters into my domain, and, as such, I elected to spend additional time breaking down what he claims.

Silica Hydride

I’d first like to point out that what Patrick claims he is doing (creating silica hydride) has not been substantiated scientifically, and in fact, analytical results show he is actually just using sodium borohydride to produce molecular hydrogen through a similar reaction to what we are doing with our patent-pending blend of magnesium and acids. Off the record, I was tipped off by multiple companies that used to work with Flanagan and MegaHydrate that test results indicating sodium borohydride as the primary ingredient are the reason major distributors dropped MegaHydrate. None of these large companies bothered to notify the FDA or the public, as it would have made them liable for distributing the product. The sodium borohydride results make a lot of sense, because Patrick’s dubious claims surrounding what he is doing to hydrogen are, in a practical sense, impossible.

As for hydride from a chemistry perspective, the reason we say it is ‘practically impossible’ is to exist in solution, as Patrick claims, the pH would need to be around 33, which of course is practically impossible.

H-H --> :H- (hydride) pKa =35 e.g. sodium hydride (NaH) (One way only)

Here is a write up at the Molecular Hydrogen Institute referencing hydride:

Previous FDA Action

It is also of particular note that the FDA has taken previous action against Phi Sciences, the distributor of MegaHydrate, for serious violations in marketing, labelling, and good manufacturing practices.

Sodium Borohydride

One key reason others originally suspected sodium borohydride was the incredibly high amount of H2 Blue that water using MegaHydrate powder will reduce. Of course, the H2 Blue chemical reagent is designed for molecular hydrogen, but other reducing agents can interact with it, giving “false positives”. In the case of sodium borohydride, it both produces hydrogen gas which will reduce the reagent, and additionally, acts as a reducing agent itself, directly reacting with the reagent.

Sodium borohydride is an ingredient that is neither generally regarded as safe (GRAS) nor possesses new dietary ingredient status (NDI). As such, the material is not subjected to any tests demonstrating it is safe for human consumption. That said, our biggest concern was the volume present.

Dangerous Boron Levels

From our Press Release, and what we filed to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

“The National Institute of Health has stated  "there is some concern that doses over 20 mg per day, the UL [upper limit] for adults, might harm a man's ability to father a child," and that "Pregnant and breast-feeding women age 14 to 18 should not take more than 17 mg per day." Clinical symptoms of boron toxicity have been reported in doses as low as 100 mg depending on age and body weight.. The tests commissioned by Drink HRW indicate that the recommended serving of MegaHydrate provides a user between approximately 19 to 25 mg of boron. This amount of boron is potentially unsafe by itself for the users described above. Moreover, depending on the amount of boron consumed from other sources, the boron supplied by MegaHydrate could raise an individual's boron intake to unsafe, even toxic, levels.”

Our Plea to the FDA

The FDA should urgently take action against Phi Sciences concerning MegaHydrate. Phi Sciences already has recent violations with the FDA, and as such, should be high priority. MegaHydrate being marketed is unacceptable. Phi Sciences needs to submit safety data to the FDA if it feels its product is safe — which according to guidance from the National Institute of Health (NIH) on boron, it isn’t — or remove its product from the market immediately.