Why is it that water (H2O) which is the second most simple element next to oxygen (O) seems to be much too complicated for some medical doctors to figure out. Not only is water the number two simplest element it also happens to be the most important next to oxygen for our survival, or for the Earth’s survival for that matter. All living things require water to survive and without a continuous supply, the average human will perish in a few days.
Poisoning of America
Water is required for our bodies to produce blood, lymph, digestive juices, lubricants, bile, extracellular fluid, and cytoplasm, the fluid inside the plasma membrane. It is common knowledge, that most municipal and private water supplies are severely polluted with everything from:
- trihalomethanes- 1. chloroform 2. bromoform 3. fluoroform 4. iodoform 5. chlorodibromo-
- methane 6. dichlorobromomethane 7. chlorodifluoromethane (carcinogens)
- heavy metals
- even jet fuel and pharmaceuticals
Considering the fact that since the government established “the priority pollutant list” of 126 known cancer-causing chemicals, over 1000 chemicals have been introduced to our environment annually over the past 50 years. And there are no guidelines for what is to be considered safe levels in drinking water established for any of these, some of which can be found in every water supply in America, including:
- rivers streams
- municipal water supplies
As a consequence of this alarming condition of America’s drinking water sources, the bottled water industry has morphed into a $15 billion profit center, including bottled waters, sports drinks and another $7 billion in water purification equipment sales – such as reverse osmosis (RO) distillation, filtration, plus the current fad of ionizers that produce alkaline water.
Regardless of the process or the technology behind it, the main purpose of these devices is to produce the cleanest, purest, healthiest water possible. The most commonly used method for cleaning up tap water is the carbon block filter which removes the water’s bad taste, smell, chlorine, nitrates and many chemicals. It is indeed the most economical form of water treatment available; however, it comes with several serious drawbacks.
- It does not remove all chemicals present;
- chemicals can build up in the filter to dangerous concentrations which end up in your body if you don’t change the filter regularly;
- a carbon filter is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs;
- the filter can develop channeling from water taking a path of least resistance, therefore, unfiltered water can pass straight through the filter unobstructed.
The second most popular and most effective filter system is reverse osmosis. The RO process involves a special membrane which most pollutants cannot pass through, in addition to pre-filtering and post filtering to ensure that 99% of the pollutants are removed.
The most effective process of removing everything from the water including bacteria and cysts is steam distillation along with a post carbon filter to catch any residual volatile gases that escape with the steam. Because distilled water is pure, clean H2O and has a pH of 7 (neutral on the pH scale of 1 to 14 with one being acid and 14 alkaline), it is used in science and medical laboratories and research facilities including biology and chemistry laboratories because of its pure neutral qualities.
Organic vs. Inorganic Minerals
Unlike with RO and distillation, filtration and the ionizers do not remove the hardness or inorganic mineral from the water. According to Dr. Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association, the Harvard Medical School and many doctors and nutritional experts have determined that there very few of the minerals found in water are inorganic. They cannot be chelated or absorbed easily by our cells or tissues and as a consequence contribute to many ailments and diseases related to the intestinal tract. They also contribute to kidney stones, gall stones, hardening of the arteries and plaque buildup in the colon.
Dr. Charles Mayo said, “Water hardness is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poisons in the intestinal tract. These [hard, nonchelated] minerals pass from the intestinal walls and get into the lymphatic system, which delivers all of its products to the blood. These, in turn, are distributed to all parts of the body. This is the cause of much human disease.”
Since the ionizers and filters are ineffective at removing the minerals from the water (including chemicals and other toxins) advocates, manufacturers, and sales associates malign the use of RO and distillation. Alkaline “miracle water” advocates teach the fallacy that the minerals in water are truly beneficial for our health. They”warn” that RO and distillation remove these “valuable” minerals. They also go so far as to say that, because RO and distilled water are so pure, they will leach good minerals from your body, depleting its supply.Promoters of alkaline water even say that distilled water is acidic, not neutral (pH of 7) which causes it to dissolve and leech even more minerals from the body.
The alkaline water industry is now extremely profitable and has become so by making false medical claims that alkaline water can cure a myriad of diseases and prevent many others. In order to claim that alkaline water is superior to any other purified water, they must find fault with the two purest and healthiest water purification processes available. The main reason for the popularity of the alkaline water machine is because of the exorbitant profits and the fact that it is sold through multi-level marketing (MLM) and each machine retails at between $2,000 and $5,000.
Trading Truth & Integrity For Profit
There are medical doctors promoting MLM water filters for the whole house, shower or sink, prompting them to claim that, “drinking pure, clean, healthy distilled water will result in early death.” This is not only a false claim, it would cause anyone with common sense to question the scientific knowledge and medical judgment and reliability of these doctors or any other “nutritional experts.” Unfortunately, when you Google their erroneous statement, “Early death comes from drinking distilled water,” you will find 227,000 results from other ignorant people, many of whom are healthcare providers, quoting their lies.
The next time that you hear anyone claim:
- that the minerals found in water are totally beneficial to our bodies’ health;
- that distilled water is acidic;
- that distilled water will leach valuable minerals and nutrients from your body; or
- that “early death will come from drinking distilled water;”
… ask them, if these claims were true, why would the government allow tens of thousands of naval sailors to continuously drink distilled water found on all Navy ships for well of over five decades? Why would the Mayo Clinic and many other hospitals, medical centers and clinics recommend distilled water to their patients?
“America’s Doctor” – One that Can be Trusted
Dr. Andrew Weil M.D., has appeared in USA Today, Oprah, Larry King, Good Morning America, cover of Newsweek (4 times), has two medical degrees from Harvard, and is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He was nominated for Newsweek magazine’s “top 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Weil states that, “the minerals that our body needs come from our food, not from our water, and the pH of foods or water does not have an effect on the body’s pH. Alkaline water machines and their product, alkaline water, are “bogus.” Don’t buy one or alkaline water, save your money.
Our Body, Not Food or Water Regulated The Blood’s pH
Whether you’re drinking distilled water with a pH of seven or orange juice with a pH of 5.5 or alkaline water with a pH of 8.0, when these reach the stomach, their pH is changed to the pH the body requires. If we were to drink something extremely acidic, the duodenum will neutralize the acid; and if it is extremely alkaline, the stomach will produce additional acid to neutralize it.
The distillation process involves turning water into steam, leaving behind all of the pollutants, then capturing the steam, cooling it, converting it back to a liquid free of pollutants. This is how mother nature has been purifying water since this planet was created. The hydrological cycle is the process of water being heated by the sun, evaporating and collecting in the atmosphere in the form of clouds, cooling, condensing, and falling back to earth as pure (distilled) water free of pollutants which were left on the earth’s surface.
The Land of Hunza (Burusho or Hunzakuts)
The Hunza people living in the Himalayan Mountains are known to live well over 100 years with few diseases and little or no sickness, extremely healthy, vibrant and strong. It has been determined, that in addition to eating homegrown fruits and vegetables and hormone free meat, their primary source of drinking water is melted glacier water (distilled water). These glaciers were formed thousands of years ago before the atmosphere was polluted, as a result of pure rain and snow (distilled water).
Conclusion: Simple Simon Science Lesson on Water101
Water: H2O (Two hydogen molecules and one oxygen molecule bonded together) The formula for water is H2O plus nothing! Nothing means zero quantities of something.
Add carbon dioxide (CO2) to H2O (water) and you have H2O + CO2 or H2CO3 Carbonic Acid.
Add sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3 ) to H2O (water) = NaHCO3 or Alkaline water.
The best water to drink is the cleanest, purest water which is H2O + Nothing= Distilled Water.
The Proof of The Pudding is in The Eating
The author of this article has been drinking one to 1-1/2 gallons of distilled water daily for over 40 years, in addition to fasting (not eating food) a minimum of 21 days per year and as a result I am in perfect health and sickness and disease free. So for those of you who have a desire to argue, feel free…
But, “a man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man [or doctor] with an argument.”