posted on May, 13 2010 @ 02:42 AM
WINE-TREATED WATER - from digesting many romance novels over the years, I remembered reading about watered wine. While thinking "watered" wine did
not sound terribly appetizing to adults, it was also fed to children. This made me wonder if there had been water shortages or was the water too
unpalatable to drink.
One night Stan and I were discussing the Bible's instruction to "hurt not the oil or the wine." This conversation evolved into a Net search on the
history of wind and oil which uncovered some interesting information. Olive oil has many interesting uses and excellent reasons for storing it. Among
its versatile applications are fuel and lamp oil, treatment for burns and ulcers, soothing wounds, cooking and salad dressings; and anointing in
religious ceremonies. Today it is also connected to reduction of breast cancer and heart disease.
Since ancient times, in countries like Israel, Rome and (more recently) France, water was too polluted to drink untreated. By mixing 1 part red wine
to 3 parts water, sufficient purification was achieved. For killing bacteria in laboratory conditions, red wine ranked 3 to 4 times more effective
than pure alcohol or tequila. The effective ingredient is believed to be phenol compounds enhanced from charred wood of the wine-aging casks. This is
important because phenol compounds appear to be related to sulfur drugs previously used in basic antibiotics. (Source: Dr. Trichopolou, British
Medical Journal discussing the Greek Villager's Diet.) The full article is here. Do not assume this method kills Giardia and Cryptosporidia, etc.
View this treatment as secondary measures only.