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Don’t drink this water!

By Susan Burke March

To hear the raw foodies tell it, you’re missing out on “pure” nutrition by cooking foods. They’ll tell you that raw is the way to go, and of course, like all fads, there’s a small amount of insight or truth in something otherwise false or nonsensical. Read my column about raw and cooked foods here.

However, there’s no sense behind “Raw Water”, the latest craze in the United States. As reported in the New York Times, in San Francisco the co-op Rainbow Grocery charges $36.99 for 2.5 gallons of “unfiltered, untreated, un-sterilized spring water.” The founder of “Live Water”, an Oregon company marketing unfiltered spring water in glass bottles, claims that filtered water is “dead water”. Advertised as containing nutrients that “processing” removes, this means any number of harmful bacteria and parasites can be present, including those that transmit cholera, E.coli, salmonella, Hepatitis A, and giardiasis. Gee. Anything can be in water – collected downstream from, say, even an organic farm. That grows organic livestock. That produces organic waste. That gets into your very expensive “pure water.”  As noted in The Washington Post, “… raw water may contain minerals, but you can get the minerals you need from a healthy diet — and the risk of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites is not worth any benefit from trace minerals.”

5 thoughts on “Don’t drink this water!

  1. Ok, let’s discuss the “pure” water we get in 5 gallon blue plastic bottles from carryouts or delivered to our homes. Is it good or bad for your health? Anyone have this tested?

  2. “Raw water?” Some of it could be called “sewage.” I would put some of these folks in a time-travel machine and put them back in 17th century London…let them drink that ‘raw water’.

  3. As usual, Susan Burke March, gives factual science-based information about health and nutrition that is not only important, but could prevent serous health problems and actually save lives. (e.g. people have actually died from injected mega-doses of certain vitamins suggested by some practitioners of “alternative medicine” when there were conventional proven remedies and procedures available that could have helped them. These injections can destroy your kidneys or cause other serious health problems.) Cuenca is blessed to have Susan provide factual science-based advice based on international large, double blind studies.

  4. This “Raw Water” lunacy is the craziest thing to come out of California since Jerry Brown changed the penalty for people with aids knowingly donating HIV infected blood from a felony to a misdemeanor. Nobody in California should drink “Raw Water” unless they are a hard core mountain man who lives high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
    In rural parts of Ecuador there are some people who drink untreated spring water without boiling it but even they are not dumb enough to pay $15 a gallon for it or even 15 cents a gallon.

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