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August 2, 2013

Nutrients in Drinking Water

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Wellness care — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 2:11 pm

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You have better things to do than read the World Health Organization’s 169 page report on drinking water so I’ve done it for you. I thought that is was new but it turns out that it’s a report published in 2005 about a gathering of experts in 2003. Still, it’s the newest report they have on the subject.

Seems the project was prompted by the issue of more and more municipalities going to seawater desalination in order to meet the drinking water demands of a growing population of people. There was also a general awareness that folks living in areas where the water is “hard” (think has more minerals in it) tend to be less likely to die suddenly of heart attacks. There is a list of other apparent benefits.

The folks living in areas where the water is “soft” (less minerals in it, in particular calcium and magnesium) also tend to have a list of negative effects. Softer water not only doesn’t have the good stuff in it, it tends – because of it’s softness – to have some nasty stuff in it that it picks up along the way (lead, cadmium, etc. from the piping for example).

It was long, detailed, and convoluted, but here is the gist: (1) Hard water is good for a variety of reasons, and; (2) soft water is bad for a variety of reasons. The point of the exercise was to come to understand the questions better and to come to a consensus on whether or not to add minerals to drinking water, which ones, and how much.

Their review of the research, which is pretty limited, is a good lesson in the limits and complexities of scientific investigation. Things get complicated quick. In particular, because the research is almost entirely epidemiological, or based on animal studies, or some other lower level grade of research, the authors have to hedge their enthusiasm for making conclusions based on whatever results they see. The take home message there is that just because two things correlate does not mean that one causes the other.

In the end the researchers did what researchers always do: illustrate how complicated scientific questions can be and how little we actually do know, then ask for money to study the issues further so their answers to the basic questions can be more for sure.

What I learned for myself was:

1. My decision in 1980 to stop drinking tap water was a good one; the decision to drink distilled water in it’s place wasn’t so good. We’ve heard it within the Kangen water community many times that by drinking distilled water the body is then forced to rob it’s own stores of minerals to meet it’s needs. They hit this one pretty hard in the Report and didn’t seem to have any doubt about the downside of drinking distilled water.

2. My decision to drink Kangen water is still a good one. This Report highlights a long list of probable reasons why Kangen water is such a healthy choice (Note: they never mentioned Kangen water by name – their focus is water with minerals in it). It does raise the question of precisely what is in my tap water and what, precisely, are the concentrations of the key minerals in my Kangen water. These two things are dependent on the source water to a very large extent and only an analysis of the water will tell. I will be getting on that because I think it’s that important. Reading the local Government’s report each year is helpful of course, but that doesn’t tell me what comes out of my own tap. Join us for the next class in Lynnwood on the 7th.

3. I also was reminded of the value of “Gold Standard” research. The kind of research that has been done on JuicePlus+ products for the past 16 years. When almost every other supplement company (including 5 Hour Energy, any of the multis, you name it) makes claims about their products based on their “research”, they are invariably referring to borrowed research, which means they are making a correlation. (Carotenoids from carrots are good for you; our product has carrots in it, therefore our product is good for you. Hogwash!) Maybe the products are good for you, maybe not. JuicePlus+ is definitely good for you.

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3 Comments »

  1. I will also never drink tap water. I’m very glad I stumbled onto this post. Thanks so much.

    Comment by Keith V — August 7, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

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