Monday, October 28, 2013

Royal Berkey Review and Giveaway!

For a while now, I have wanted to do something about the water my family and I drink to ensure it is as pure and healthy as possible. When I was offered the chance to review a Royal Berkey water filter, I jumped at the chance. I have had the opportunity to have it in my home for about a month now, and I am loving it!


Many people, my family included, have bought water from the store because the water on tap just doesn't taste very good. The sad fact is that many water bottling companies are really just selling what is essentially tap water. That, combined with the fact that the plastic the water comes in is bad for the environment made us search for another way to get good water.

My family has tried several of the products sold in stores, like the Brita pitcher and water bottles. Unfortunately, when looking at all of the facts, it just isn't up to par. The Berkey water filter not only removes far more contaminants than other filters, it is actually much more economical in the long run. I made the comparison chart below to show you what I found, it was pretty surprising! I was going to also show you the comparison with the ZeroWater pitcher, but there just hasn't been much testing done on it, unlike the Berkey, which shows proven results.


The Berkey not only takes out much more contaminants than a pitcher water filter, it is also more efficient. Each size of Berkey is different, but they all have the capacity to hold more and filter more than a pitcher filter can claim. Another thing that the Berkey can claim is the ability to wash the filters and continue to use them.

When my Berkey arrived in the mail, I was so excited! I couldn't wait to take it out of the box and put it together! First, though, I washed every piece and let them dry. I found it fairly easy to put together, although there were a few washers that confused me for a minute. Now that I have put it together once, I feel confident that I can do so again much more quickly in the future.

Once together, it is encouraged to do a test of the system. The test is simply to add red food coloring to your water and if it comes out clear, then all is working properly! After doing the test, you must wait until the filters do their thing and all the water has been filtered. This can take a while, especially at first, as the filters have air pockets in them that need to be forced out. (I find that it works well for me to fill up the Berkey before going to bed at night, so when I wake up, it's all done!) Upon completion of the test, I found that my water came out clean and clear.

Now my water tastes like...nothing! Exactly like water is supposed to taste! Looking at all facts, it just makes sense to purchase a Berkey water filter. It saves you money and it is a more healthful option than the others out there.

More Than Alive is a company providing a wide range of products, all geared towards helping others become more healthy. You can find food, herbs, water filters, even books and clothing! They are so committed to helping others that they are giving away a Royal Berkey to one lucky winner!

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162 comments:

  1. I learned they also sell preparedness foods.

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  2. I learned that all Berkey items ship from Colorado directly from the manufacturer shipped via UPS ground. =) Thanks
    Kaci Guis.Harrison

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  3. I learned that they have a 2 year warranty on the water filter

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  4. I learned that they have a face moisturizer that contains only the purest gredients for your skin..They even went as far as explaining the 2 preservatives used also won't hurt you. #1 Derived from Glycin #2 a mild antibacterial agent.. This Company is definitely orientated towards giving you the safest, Healthest products possible...

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  5. I'm happy to learn that this system can be used with rain water and other natural sources.

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  6. These are awesome! I read about the wise food plans because I wanted to learn more. I can't believe 84 servings fit in that one container. They would be great for camping.

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  7. i leanrned the company sells supplements

    JOSEPH GERSCH

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  8. I learned that they also carry bulk items like organic cacoa and goji berries.

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  9. We had our water tested and was amazed that we fell outside the WHO guidelines for clean water.

    More Than Alive sells some nifty products like hair sticks and bulk herbs.

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  10. I've been trying to win a Berkey for awhile, because even with this tax return I don't think we'll be able to afford one :(

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  11. We would love to win a Berkey! We currently haul about 15 jugs to a local fill station weekly, with 6 kids we go through a lot of water! Our time is valuable and we would love to have the convenience of healthy and safe water in our own home! :)

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  12. I like that they are a Christian based company. They are also very generous people!

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  13. love their bulk herb selection and the Berkey's

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  14. I love More Than Alive. I didn't know they carried Berkey water filters.

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  15. Love that they have all sorts of products for a healthy lifestyle!

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  16. I learned that they sell supplements & bulk herbs.

    Harlena Dyer

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  17. Support for the Berkey is so great! It seems to be an amazing product!

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  18. I didn't realize they sold bulk herbs. I have visited their site before, but hadn't really looked around too much. I will need to head back there, and take another look!

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  19. I learned they carry food storage items. Cool!

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  20. They have bulk items like DE, AC, BC that I use all the time.

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  21. The vitamins look complete and like a good deal.

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  22. I learned they offer a lot more products than I thought!

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  23. I learned how to prime the berkey element.

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  24. they are the only water filter I know of that also removes flouride (with optional filter)

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  25. I love MTA! I learned that you should buy a filter big enough that you don't have to refill it more than once a day.

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  26. The elements in the unit are recleanable

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  27. I learned that they have a 2 yr warranty.
    Rebecca

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  28. the company sells food, herbs, and supplements

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  29. I think their survival food sounds fascinating and very tasty. Would love to try some, seems to last for such a long time.

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  30. I learned that they sell vitamins and oils too

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  31. I learned that they were married the same year as I was (2003) and they live in Tennessee. They sell all kind of wonderful water filters, herbs, vitamins. They also have a blog with lots of giveaways

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  32. I learned that the cost of the Berkey is far less than a average water filter that doesn't do half of what the Berkey can do. The blog was More than Mommy.

    robinmoss@hotmail.com

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  33. I learned that they warrant their product for 2 years and sell other health conscious foods

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  34. I learned that they carry some organic items.

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  35. I like their hair sticks. I aslo saw that they sell cinnamon sticks, which is pretty cool but I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have vanilla there:(. but otherwise its a very iinteresting company.

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  36. I learned they also have a travel berkey filter!!

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  37. I was pleased to learn that this company is run by a fun-loving, God-fearing family who is seeking to live a simple, healthy life and help others to do the same. With our contaminated well h2o, this would be a profound blessing.

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  38. They sell supplements & bulk herbs.

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  39. I love this company! I like what they stand for and have ordered their herbs and supplements before. I didn't know they had clothing accessories, I just learned something new! (-:
    I have long had a dream to own the Berkey! Great giveaway!

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  40. I learned that they have a great blog with lots of good information

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  41. wow i love that they have survival kits, that is so cool, living in florida and tons of storms, sometimes we go without electicity and this would so come in handy, very cool

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  42. I found the More than Alive website about two years ago and since then have been consistently impressed with their knowledge, expertise and range of items that are protecting for our lives.

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  43. I learned that they are a wonderful family owned company! It looks like they have a lot of fun in life while sharing great resources with the rest of us!

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  44. I discovered the health benefits of DE on the website. So interesting and exciting.

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  45. I learned that they carry a variety of essential oils, which I have enjoyed gaining knowledge in.

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  46. How neat! I didn't know they had food storage items! Now I do!

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  47. They carry a ton of healthy products and I really like how they share excerpts from herb books on the herb pages so you can learn about them before you buy!

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  48. I learned they sell so many products that are good for your health. I had a Berkey water filter but gave to my son when he moved out, really miss it!!!

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  49. They filter flouride.

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  50. They offer lots of fun giveaways - a big attraction for me!

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  51. They offer lots of fun giveaways - a big attraction for me!

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  52. I've been ordering from more than Alive for years. I learned about this giveaway from them.

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  53. Ive been enjoying More Than Alives website and content and newsletter for awhile now!

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  54. In the long run, they are cheaper than other options, not to mention the filter out so much more.

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  55. I have been looking at these for a couple of years. would love to have one.

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  56. I learned that the company is owned by a married couple, Vlad and Joy.

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  57. I love that they have live support.

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  58. I learned they also sell Wisefood.

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  59. I like that all the elements can be cleaned & I like their warranty

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  60. Didn't realize it took out pesticides--been reading about them for about a year now. Thanks for showing the list.

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  61. They offer FREE shipping when you order items totaling $100 or more :)

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  62. I've learned that they have a nice warranty of 2 years

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  63. I learned the owners have 2 children, hope to have more one day, and live life each day to its fullest...some really cool videos of them and friends enjoying themselves as well on their website.

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  65. I love the bulk herbs and wonderful blog!

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  66. I learned that they have a 2 year warranty on the water filter

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  67. living in Alaska, we have great tasting water, BUT we also have earthquakes and windstorms and blizzards that make us rely on to have the survival food and water systems. This place is great and I will be using Wise Food supplies – now can anxious to win the water purifier

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  68. Wow! I have heard great things about the Berkey! ~Rachel
    proverbs12.11 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. They really do have a lot of health supplies! I never realized the selection they offered! ~Rachel
    proverbs12.11 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. I have been ordering products from them for a long time. :-) I even pointed a friend there when they were having their Labor Day sale as she wanted an emergency preparedness pack. (We already have one...)

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  71. They do a 2 year warranty.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  72. I've been looking at their bulk herbs.

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  73. I learned that the Royal Berkey holds 3.25 gallons of water. Filling this twice a day makes 6.5 gallons of water which would be perfect for our family size. I would LOVE to win a Berkey........thank you for the opportunity.

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  74. They have soo many things, herbs, supplements and certain foods.

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  75. I learned that they have a 2 year warranty on the water filter

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  76. I learned that they are a christian company! Love that! I would love a berkey water filter! Thanks for the giveaway! Cindi

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  77. Thanks for the giveaway! I love More Than Alive. They carry lots of stuff I use and have great prices!

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  78. I learned they sell essential oils ,love that !

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  79. I love water!

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  80. This was a great review. I learned about the specific percentages of bacterias, etc. taht are removed by the Berkey filter. What a great product!

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  81. They have great prices on essential oils and supplements.

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  82. Wow...this company has a wide range of products. I especially like the range of bulk items.

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  83. I learned that it can filter water from a pond or lake, which is to say it will filter well water. It would be perfect for us.

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  84. I learned that Vlad and Joy started with a water filter, then began learning about herbs in an effort to live a healthier lifeswtyle.

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  85. I learned that there are pollutants in the water that damage our liver and kidneys

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  86. I never knew some tap water contained pharmaceuticals! Yikes!

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  87. Thanks so much for the intro to this great company...we have been buying wise food products and other items for some time now, but the selection on this site is amazing.. I have my eye on more than a few things :) The Berkey filter is a phenom product that would be wonderful for any family to have..I know the filters we currently use in our home can't hold a candle to this!

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  88. I love More Than Alive. Love that they send out such great e-mails full of useful information

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  89. I like the fact that it has a filter that gets out the microscopic impurities.

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  90. Started in 2003 when they were looking for a better food source

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  91. A very health conscious company. (Terry K)

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  92. I learned that I can use multiple water sources like rain with this!

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  93. I learned they also sell supplements.

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  94. I learned they are the only water filter,that also removes fluoride.

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  95. I love that they have emergency meal kits too!

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  96. I learned that Vlad is the son of an international chef from the Caribbean.

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  97. I learned that they have a good books section, including Nourishing Traditions, which I have heard is a great book. :)

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  98. The new berkely spigot installs the same as the old one.

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  99. I learned that a married couple opened this place. They did this to prevent getting sick. They created their own filter. That is awesome. They also have healthy food products.

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  100. I learned that I really want to win this Berkey filter! :)

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  101. I learned that you are able to make money with their company.

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  102. I learned they have a LOT of different water filter containers- including the Crown- which is HUGE!!

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  103. I learned arrow root powder can be added to homemade ice cream to prevent it from being too hard when frozen.

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  104. I like that you can return any product for a full refund if you are not satisfied.


    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  105. They have allllllll kinds of natural herbs and products that are used to NATURALLY take care of ailments and also simple things that improve your life. I am super impressed with the water filtration system. I have not been satisfied with every product I have bought before! (Ashley Trail )

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  106. I really like that they are a Christian family. They are an honest company that strives to provide the best products. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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  107. I like how many different supplements you can order from the website

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  108. I learned they are the only water filter,that also removes fluoride..... This is perfect for ourselves, our children, our families.

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  109. I learned they are the only water filter,that also removes fluoride. Amazing system

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  110. I like the barley grass powder.

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  111. I learned that they have a 2 year warranty on the water filters they sell.

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  112. Learned that they have a great 2 year warranty and there are health benefits.

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  113. They sell supplements

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  114. This company sells food storage items.

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  115. this company sells products to help a person live a healthier lifestyle using herbs, whole foods and even a great water filter.

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  116. I would love this its so had on a fixed income to buy filtered water and the we have is so nasty with all kinds od lead, rust, and other things

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  117. I learned the company was started by a couple in West Tennessee - close to where I am (I live in Nashville)!!

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  118. I love how much this their water purifier filters out. I can taste the chlorine in our water. Bleh! I love that it's a Christian company. They also have some beautiful scarves (scarf addict here), and essential oils! They have a great selection of items. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  119. I learned that besides selling water filtration systems they have vitamin supplements and skin care items.

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  120. I learned that I can buy emergency food supplies there.

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  121. I learned that it is run by a husband and wife team, and they sell all kinds of supplements and vitamins too!

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  122. I was more than impressed with the water filtering choices, as well as their bulk items.

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  123. learned the water filter also removes fluoride - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  124. I learned what Chia is. Very interesting

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  125. I learned that they also sell emergency food kits, supplements and a shower filter just to name a few.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  126. I would love this since we dont have drinkable tap water.

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  127. I learned they carry diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay, two things I am researching for health right now.

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  128. I learned that they carry the Wise products for emergency situations.

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  129. I learned that all of their products have a 2 year warranty!

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  130. They offer a 2 year warranty on the water filter.

    skater425@ymail.com

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  131. I learned that the water filters remove flouride.

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  132. I learned that they offer clothes, bulk foods, and other types of filters.

    michcon AT michmedia DOT com

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  133. I learned that the water filters remove flouride which could be good and bad

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  134. VERY interesting & compelling. I love that it removes fluoride. No one needs that!

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  135. i learned that they had food survival kits
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    rochelle johnson

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  136. I learned that chlorine (tap water, anyone?) was the first poison used as a weapon in World War 1.

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  137. I learned they have a liberal return policy of full refund if not happy!

    Richard Hicks

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  138. I learned they sell much more than water filters!

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  139. The systems and their components have a 6 month warranty

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  140. I learned they also sell bulk herbs on top of the water filtration systems.

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  141. They sell vitamins and oils too.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  142. I need to get a ProShower filter for only $59.95

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  143. I learned that they have a lot of food storage solutions and a Wise Essential Survival Kit. lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

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  144. I learned that these are a couple of real people who have a true, sincere reason for creating a company that offers wholesome products.

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  145. learn that they have a 2 year warranty. Vivian darkeve@care2.com

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  147. Thanks for the giveaway…More Than Alive sells a wide selection of bulk foods as well.
    brianeason62 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  148. I learned the company sells herbs and supplements.

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  149. I learned the company also sells food storage/freeze fry or dehydrated meals for cases of emergency.

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