i didn't see your post on the Water Fast forum until today - aww, bless you! personally i don't know how you even lasted a week ;)
no way could i have worked during my fasts!
fasting would definitely help you with your peeling lips - but, as you know, you gotta be able to take the time to do it properly. and it's not an easy thing to do!
anyway, in case you're like me, and you don't get thread notifications, i wanted to post you something about the acid/alkaline thing. so i came hunting for you! heh heh
i think you are onto something with the acidity. however, i don't believe that those Alkaline Water machines will help you. i've tried Alkaline Water and i like the taste but it didn't help and i wouldn't spend the money (if i had it!). which is why i posted you the moreless drink. check out the 'ask trapper' forum for a very recent discussion about the moreless drink (read the whole thread)