At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.
Woman Drinking Water and More
Drinking Water Can Be Deadly
If one drinks water from a pond and dies then you know that there was something in the water that killed him. The water itself did not kill him. The purpose of water is to transport things. It can transport good things (or bad things) into your body and can transport bad things out of the body.
Water can have many pollutants in it and filters do not remove minerals and also leave in many pollutants. Just like there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol or good fats and bad fats, there is also good minerals and bad minerals.
If you want to build a structure then using iron metal will work. Spinach has a lot of iron in it but it would not be good to build a structure with spinach. Consuming spinach will give your body iron that is good for it. No one has ever died from eating spinach due to the iron in it. But many people, including children, have died from consuming iron in supplements.
As far as drinking water crippling you, people can become crippled from osteoarthritis. This webpage is called Arthritis and Joint Pain by Lawrence Wilson, MD. It says:
Joint problems such as arthritis are one of the major causes of disability around the world. The joints are one of the most delicate structures in the human body and, in many people, they take a lot of punishment.
In most cases, medical doctors do not address the deeper causes of arthritis, but simply prescribe pain killers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS that have terrible side effects.
Arthritis is classified in medicine as either osteoarthritis, which usually involves the deposition of calcium in the joints to some degree.
Now people know that people need to consume good calcium. As far as drinking water making you blind, Dr. Wilson has a webpage about cataracts. It says:
Cataracts are a hardening and opacity of the lens of the eye. This can cause blindness in many older adults and is the most common, or one of the most common causes of impaired vision in older people. The eyes are one of the most delicate structures of the human body, and are therefore prone to difficulties, especially as one ages.
Our research shows that the presence of excess iron, manganese and/or aluminum within the lens of the eye is the cause of most cataracts. The form of these minerals are usually oxides.
I have known about the above for many years. This is actually about chemistry and I am a chemist. But I have not written an article about it since many do not like learning chemistry and there are many people that are strongly opinionated about water with bad minerals being good for you.
But recently I read a booklet about this and it had some great examples. The book is The Choice is Clear by Dr. Allen E Banik (optometrist, Doctor of Optometry, O.D.). Before writing this book, he was hired by Art Linkletter to write Hunza Land. Mr. Linkletter said about him "we needed a man with a scientific background and a deep interest in the study of geriatrics [aging]."
Before telling you the technical name for the good and bad minerals and explaining them, here is a simple lesson in biology. Plants create foods out of non-foods like water, sunlight, air and minerals. Animals consume foods. The bad minerals that are in dirt are good for plants. The minerals in foods are the good minerals.
Modern medicine does not officially recognize a difference between good and bad minerals. But medicine is not about health. It is about treating sickness. Now they do know that if you consume a supplement with more than 200 milligrams of potassium, you may need to be rushed to the hospital. They also know that it is okay to eat 3 medium sized avocados that contain about 3,600 milligrams of potassium.
Here is an article about The Difference Between Minerals from Food and Non-Food. It says:
Here is a webpage from BerkeleyWellness.com about potassium pills and about potassium supplements. You can tell from reading it that they recognize a difference in where the potassium comes from but have no idea what the difference is.
There are no doctors telling people that they need to be careful about eating foods with a lot of iron in them. But there are medical doctors telling people to never take supplements with iron in them unless a doctor tells you to. The best type of water to drink is pure water. Filters take out some things but leave many other things in the water. See The Essential Supplements and the Dangerous Ones.
You can filter a gallon of water in less than a minute. To distill a gallon of water takes about 6 hours with a home distiller. Distilled water is the kind of water the above book says to consume. But there are very good reverse osmosis water purifiers that make the water almost as pure as distilled water. It takes about an hour to purify water with the reverse osmosis water purifier. The good distillers and purifiers will have more than one filter as part of the system to help to make the water more pure.
When buying water, the container costs more than the water. In Arizona they have places to bring your own bottles (or you can buy theirs) to get water. They have the extremely good and expensive reverse osmosis water purifiers. The semi-permeable membrane that is used is similar to the one in your kidneys. They sell the water itself for about 25 cents a gallon. R/O water purifiers need water pressure to work. Water distillers use electricity to work.
Is distilled water the purest water that there is? Joel Fuhrman M.D. is the country's leading expert on fasting and during a fast he has his patients consume distilled spring water. That is when you take good spring water and distill it. In the college chemistry lab, we needed the purest water there was. So what we got was triple distilled water. That is when you distill the water 3 times.
Of course someone can say that they want to use quadruple distilled spring water. So you are just talking about different degrees of purity. Water is not a food and the minerals in it are bad minerals. But there are billions of people that make water into a food containing good minerals. China has over a billion people there but there is not a saying about all the water in China.
The Chinese, Japanese and Koreans do not drink water. It is uncivilized. They drink tea and there is a saying about all the tea in China. So you can take a pure water with no minerals in it and make it into a tea that has good minerals in it. According to the book SuperFoods Rx by Steven Pratt M.D., tea contains over 4,000 chemical compounds. This books lists the 14 healthiest foods and one is tea. Others include beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkins, soy, spinach, tomato and walnuts.
Here is a webpage called The Pioneers of the Natural Health Movement. It says:
One of the first nationally-recognized health advocates, Dr. Paul Bragg [N.D.] helped bring natural health to the nation’s attention by advocating deep breathing, water fasts, organic food, juicing and exercising. Called the “Father of the Health Movement in America,” Bragg opened health centers in Los Angeles during the mid-1920s.
I have one of his books called The Miracle of Fasting (Fifty-second Edition MMIX ) by Paul Bragg N.D., Ph.D. and his daughter Patricia Bragg N.D., Ph.D.. It says:
For years I have heard people say that certain waters were rich in all the minerals. What minerals are they talking about? Inorganic or organic? These are inorganic and are burdening their bodies with these inert minerals. which may cause the development of stones in the kidney, gallbladder and stone-like acid crystals in the arteries, veins, and other parts of the body.
I was reared in Virginia where the drinking water is called hard water. It is heavily saturated with inorganic minerals, especially sodium, iron and calcium. I saw many of my elders die of kidney problems. Nearly all the people were prematurely old because the inorganic minerals would collect on the inner walls of their arteries and veins, causing many to die from hardening of the arteries, strokes and heart attacks.
By drinking distilled water, you would be joining millions worldwide that drink unpolluted rainwater. Man evolved drinking rainwater.
Every liquid prescription that is compounded in any drugstore the world over is prepared with distilled water. It is not true that distilled water leaches the organic minerals out of the body nor is it dead water. It is the purest and safest water that man can drink.
What Some Experts Say About Water
Some say that pure water, like distilled water, is not good for you since it will leach minerals out of the body. It only leachs the bad minerals out of the body and the book about it describes examples of distilled water reversing serious health problems.
A webpage says:
Here is what Dr. Teofilio de la Torre says...
"Instead of drinking the hard water of springs or the chlorinated water of the cities, it will be to our advantage to drink distilled water . . . to prevent calcification of the body."
"Water hardness (inorganic minerals in solution) is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poisons in the intestinal tract. These (hard minerals) pass from the intestinal walls and get into the lymphatic system, which delivers all of its products to the blood, which in turn, distributes to all parts of the body. This is the cause of much human disease." ---Dr. Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic
"Once distilled, the water is as pure as water can reasonably be. While it's true that distillation removes minerals as it eliminates various other contaminants from water, I don't feel this is a problem. We get our minerals from food, not water." Andrew Weil M.D.
Technical Information About Water, Minerals and Chemistry
They call the good and bad minerals, organic and inorganic minerals. This has nothing to do with organically grown food and conventional food. There is chemistry and organic chemistry. Organic chemistry is the study of chemicals of things that are alive or were alive.
Life on planet earth is carbon based. The molecules that make up your body have chains of carbon atoms. So a water molecule has 2 atoms of hydrogen and 1 atom of oxygen. A molecule of common table salt has an atom of sodium and a atom of chlorine.
Organic things have a chain of carbon atoms and they can fuel a fire. Water or salt cannot fuel a fire. Dirt has minerals but cannot fuel a fire. Food has minerals but can fuel a fire. So organic minerals are part of a molecule that has a chain of carbon atoms. Petroleum used to be a living thing like a plant or animal.
Fire comes from the sun. The fossil fuel on this planet is stored sunlight. So back to biology. Air, water, sunlight and minerals are not foods and do not fuel a fire. But plants can turn them into foods that can fuel a fire. The formula for sucrose (sugar) is C12H22O11. See picture above of what it looks like.
So if you take the above and grow an acorn for a month, you get a little tree. You can burn it to get a month's worth of stored sunlight. If you grow that acorn for 200 years and then burn it, you get 200 years of stored sunlight.
In the above mentioned book, it says that the ionized water has bacteria in it that is bad for you since the ionizers breeds bad bacteria. With a filter, water passes through it and the filter captures some of the pollutants. With water distillation, the pure water evaporates leaving the pollutants behind in the container, and the water vapor that is a gas, is condensed back into liquid water.
With a reverse osmosis water purifier, the pure water is taken out of the water by it passing through a semi-permeable membrane that only allows pure water to pass through. I mentioned that the kidneys use this membrane. What if your kidneys do not work at all? Do you just die? No, you need to a center to get hooked up to a dialysis machine 3 times a week for many hours. Here is what Wikipedia says about dialysis:
Dialysis works on the principles of the diffusion of solutes and ultrafiltration of fluid across a semi-permeable membrane. Diffusion is a property of substances in water; substances in water tend to move from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. Blood flows by one side of a semi-permeable membrane, and a dialysate, or special dialysis fluid, flows by the opposite side. A semipermeable membrane is a thin layer of material that contains holes of various sizes, or pores. Smaller solutes and fluid pass through the membrane, but the membrane blocks the passage of larger substances (for example, red blood cells, large proteins). This replicates the filtering process that takes place in the kidneys, when the blood enters the kidneys and the larger substances are separated from the smaller ones in the glomerulus.
How Much Water Should You Drink
I say that you should get all of your water from food. Does water taste good? By definition water is a tasteless, colorless and odorless liquid. Instead you can get water from drinking green tea sweetened with stevia or from drinking herbal teas like yerba mate. These are foods.
You can get a lot of water from eating watermelon. How much water you need depends on how much you sweat and how much water is in your food. Also it depends on how much anti-water you consume. What is that? If you are dying of dehydration on a raft on the ocean, the ocean water will make you more dehydrated. It contains anti-water.
Also in bars they give you free nuts and pretzels since the anti-water in it will cause you to drink more. They put it into soft drinks (soda or pop) so that you will drink a lot more of it. Anti-water is salt. Salt is not a food. Put 4 ounces of it in a pint of water and drink it and you will be dead within an hour. What will be the cause of death? Dehydration, hypernatremia or hypernatraemia. Wikipedia says:
Hypernatremia or hypernatraemia (see American and British English spelling differences) is an electrolyte disturbance that is defined by an elevated sodium level in the blood. Hypernatremia is generally not caused by an excess of sodium, but rather by a relative deficit of free water in the body. For this reason, hypernatremia is often synonymous with the less precise term, dehydration.
Water is lost from the body in a variety of ways, including perspiration, imperceptible losses from breathing, and in the feces and urine. If the amount of water ingested consistently falls below the amount of water lost, the serum sodium level will begin to rise, leading to hypernatremia. Rarely, hypernatremia can result from massive salt ingestion, such as may occur from drinking seawater or excessive amounts of a salty liquid like soy sauce.
Note that there is no filter that can take salt out of the water. Water distillation and reverse osmosis purification take the water out and leave the salt behind with all the other pollutants. Read this article to understand how Salt Makes You Overweight. If you are overweight and eat all the food that you want, but do not consume any salt for a week, you will lose around 10 pounds. Then you will see how much water weight you carry around. This webpage about how stuff works, explains what happens if you drink seawater.
What is bottled water? It is water in a bottle. Sometimes they put distilled water in a bottle and sell it and sometimes they sell spring water in a bottle. What is spring water? If you are just talking to someone about it, you can tell them you are referring to water that comes out of a spring. But if you want to sell spring water, then you must go by the legal definition. The legal definition of spring water is any water that is potable.
So what is potable water. It is any water that is good to drink while smoking pot. Also it is any water that you can pour into a pot. Actually it is defined as "suitable for drinking." This means that it is any water that someone can drink without getting sick from it. So yes tap water is spring water. You can take your tap water and put it into a bottle and label it spring water!
Disclaimer: Since I am not a lawyer, I am not allowed to give any legal advice. Since I am not a medical doctor, I am not allowed to give any medical advice. So for legal advice or medical advice, consult a lawyer or a medical doctor respectively. To learn the definition of a word, consult the Merriam-Webster dictionary online. Respectively: 2: in the order given <Mary and Anne were respectively 12 and 16 years old>.
Since pure water is better at dissolving things, it is much better to store pure water in a glass bottle than a plastic bottle since the latter will cause some of the plastic to get into the water.
Here is a tip on improving digestion, that can also help you to lose excess weight. I have great digestion and have never been overweight. Instead of consuming liquids with a meal, that may dilute the digestive acids, drink all the liquid that you want before a meal. Then do not consume any liquid until at least an hour after eating.
What if you are consuming fruits that contain a lot of water like watermelon or peaches? Eat the fruits on an empty stomach first. Then wait about 15 minutes for the fruit to pass through the stomach and then eat other foods. You may notice a huge improvement in health and being thin just from doing this.
Water: The Shocking Truth That can Save Your Life by Patricia and Paul Bragg
Distilled Water vs. Spring Water by Dr. George Cromack (D.C.)
Help yourself! Drink Distilled Water
Pure Drinking Water
Chuck Bluestein (author) from Morristown, AZ, USA on February 08, 2014:
I used to live in Philadelphia. The Whole Foods store there sold reverse osmosis purified water. It cost around 50 cents a gallon if you had your own container. Now I live in Arizona and there are many stores that just sell water. One of them also sells ice cream.
All of them sell reverse osmosis purified water and nothing else except containers for water. One place in a small town sells it for 20 cents a gallon. You bring the container. I use the glass bottle because plastic can have stuff that enters the water. In other areas it costs between 30 cents to 50 cents a gallon.
One place that sells the water for 35 cents a gallon sells the gallon glass containers. I do not think that they like selling them. They cost $8 each. Now there is a supermarket here that sells organic apple juice in glass gallon containers for $8 each. So it is better to buy the gallon of juice and re-use those containers.
Note that the reverse osmosis purifiers always have filters with them. The filters cannot take out stuff that is dissolved in the water. But usually there is a filter before the R/O to take out sediment (stuff in the water that is not dissolved). Then there is a carbon filter after the R/O to take out some organic gases and other things that may have passed through. The smallest R/O purifiers take about an hour to purify a gallon of water. But I am sure that there are bigger ones that can do it quicker than an hour.
quicksand on July 26, 2013:
Fully worth bookmarking and referring to, over and over again. Thanks for this valuable info! :)
NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on July 26, 2013:
This is a great piece. Will be re-reading it in order to absorb all the information.
Mary Wickison from Brazil on July 26, 2013:
This is a lot of information to digest and you have brought forth ideas I haven't heard before. The normal mantra is 'water is good for you', ' drink water to lose weight' etc.
I nearly stopped reading when you mentioned the word 'Chemistry'. It wasn't one of my best subjects in school.
Once whilst visiting Yosemite, we were warned not to drink the water from the river, even though it appeared clean. Everyone thought that snow melt had to be one of the cleanest, purest forms of water. He explained that was a type of bacteria in that could cause illness.
Growing up we had water that tasted and smelled of sulpher, chlorinated water, and of course fluoridated water and because these were provided by the city, everyone assumes they were safe! Now, many years later, I read that because of the agricultural chemicals, waste runoff of animals, the water table in the central valley of California, where I am from, is virtually poisonous.
I now live in Brazil, and drink well water that we pass through a charcoal filter. Because of the heat we drink copious amounts. It is worrying to think that in doing so I am leaching the minerals out of my body.
I may have to begin doing as the Asians do and drink it as tea. I don't think I could consume 2 liters in simply foods.
Absolutely fascinating information that I am sure many are unaware of. I will be sharing this.