Snopes drives me crazy!! People take their word like its gospel! Geez! I mean if I want to know if Mikey from the Life cereal commerical really died while drinking pop rocks and coke, then sure Snopes is my place to go. But if I want to know about health matter, vitamins, water, etc, then i take everything they say with a grain of salt.
Basically I agree with you, they have a very heavy establishmentarian bias.
As for the John E. water, I must say I am intrigued for a very specific reason. Do you know what my username refers to? Its an alchemical term. I have studied alchemy as a sort of hobby on and off for a few years. Its fascinating to me. The reason I am intrigued by Ellis' machine is that heating and cooling a liquid multiple times is one of the processes Alchemists used to achieve their ultimate goal. This of course is all folk lore and legend, but still....
Not really sure how open you are to such issues, but I throw it out there for contemplation. To be real honest, I have no idea how or why heating and cooling water might affect its properties. But the alchemical connection does interest me.