a reply to: Spider879
Here's the thing:
For as long as there have been idiots, there have been people willing to corner the markets presented by their idiocy. This particular derivative of
snake oil, leverages some absolutely demonstrable truths about government and health, to sell people something which no scientifically aware
individual would dare put in their bodies, unless the situation was so dire that dying of thirst would become a real possibility in the next thirty
Lets be realistic about what this stuff is, first of all.
This is water which comes straight from a mountain stream or similar watercourse, goes through a pumping station, does in fact get filtered through a
membrane, before being pushed into a bottling plant, bottled up, and put into circulation as a consumable product.
The "theory" being put forward by the people selling this stuff, revolves around the idea that bacteria are not always bad for you, which is
ABSOLUTELY true, and also relies upon the idea that not only is the water pumped into your house of low standard of cleanliness (which, depending on
your location and some other variables, may be true), but has had the bacteria stripped out of it, as well as any other mineral value that might be in
As with any pack of total balderdash involved in a hornswoggle, the notion that raw water is the answer to this, revolves around being able to trick
people into focusing not on the products SPECIFIC contents, but on the contents of alternative sources of water, AND on the small kernels of truth
that the artificer has placed within their scam, to give it legitimacy. After all, who cannot find an example of reports of poor water quality from
the tap? And who can honestly say that they have never seen a bottle of water on a shelf for sale, which was heavily filtered, treated, purified and
then placed on the shelf, removing components which were to be found in the original source?
Of course it is true that sometimes tap water quality is low. Of course it is true that most bottled water has been heavily filtered to remove
impurities. However, focusing on these things means the swindle works, because it takes all the attention off the product itself, the raw water.
Here is the main problem with raw water. The claim that bacteria can be good for you is accurate, but to suggest that all bacteria are good for you,
or even that the bacterial contents of raw water are good for you, is false.
All bacteria are certainly NOT good for you. There are countless cases of water infected with nasties, causing multiple organ failure, brain death,
skin conditions ranging from the fantastically painful to the necrotic, bladder infections, gastrointestinal and bowel troubles ranging from the
utterly terrifying to the outright lethal, and that is just as a result of bacteria, leave alone any chemical trace found in the water as a result of
chemical contamination, by whatever means.
So sure, its true that some bacteria which can be found in the wild are perfectly fine, maybe even beneficial to the human body, but there is
absolutely no way to be certain that those are the bacteria found within the raw water being sold to the public currently, because each bottle would
have to be tested to make sure that nothing untoward were found within it. Such is the nature of the thing, and this says nothing of viral content,
which, without sterilisation cannot be removed from water with any reliability at all. And the trouble with this is as follows. First of all the body
also contains viruses as a matter of course, just like it does bacteria. But just like with bacteria, not ALL viruses are good for the body, and some
of the ones which will inevitably make their way into this fad water, are simply terrifyingly lethal.
Above, I have provided a link to one such nasty, but there are far too many to count, which could easily find themselves inside raw water, with
absolutely no baffle to their being consumed by a person. Let me be perfectly clear here. The viruses and bacteria which can kill you, will not be
removed from the raw water you drink, by any process which leaves the good bacteria and viruses in the product.
Tap water may be dicey in places, and regular bottled water might be lacking in mineral benefits, but the answer to that is not to do the equivalent
of sticking your face in a stagnant pond, or down stream of a beaver dam, and sucking up a couple of gallons every day or so. That is fundamentally
stupid, asking for a Darwin award, and to pay to be awarded the thing to boot, compounding the stupidity even further.
I do not recommend this in the slightest bit, for that reason.