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Over the last few years we have seen a host of health trends. The rise of intermittent fasting. Greater awareness of veganism. Alkaline eating. Dairy free. Gluten free. Fat free and low fat. Weight loss teas among others. The latest health trend growing in popularity is the consumption of raw water.
What is raw water?
Raw water is unfiltered spring water. Thats right. Many Americans have decided to stop drinking tap water and are replacing it with unfiltered water, potentially putting their health (and lives) at risk. To top it off, drinking raw water can cost a small fortune.
Live Water, a company selling raw water out of Los Angeles is selling their brand of raw water for $27 (£19.90) for a glass orb containing one litre of water and $69 (£50.85) for a glass gallon dispenser holding 2.5 gallons of water. Live Water’s founder, Mukhande Singh, is a keen believer in the goodness of raw water. In an interview with The New York Time, he said, “Tap water? You’re drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them. Chloramine, and on top of that they’re putting in fluoride. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health.” You can also find a video of Mukhande talking about Live Water below.
Raw water health risks
Drinking unfiltered water is not the smartest of moves to make. Companies like Vestergaard have products like LifeStraw to protect people from Cholera, Diarrheal Disease, Dysentery, Gastroenteritis, Giardiasis, Hepatitis E and Typhoid Fever. These are all diseases that you can get from drinking dirty and unfiltered water. Additionally, drinking raw or dirty water can lead to infections from parasites such as; Guinea worm, schistosomiasis, amebiasis, cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), and giardiasis.
According to the World Health Organisation, drinking contaminated water causes over half a million diarrhoeal deaths every year.
Industry professionals have taken to twitter to discuss the raw water and the potential impact it can have on your health.
To: Anybody who drinks or is considering drinking “raw water.” From: Everybody who has ever died of cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, or tooth decay. Message: Do! Not! Be! A! F! -ing! Idiot! https://t.co/6HmYfgGbTb
— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) December 31, 2017
I defy anyone in this story to go preach the merits of “raw water” to people in Flint or Puerto Rico. https://t.co/0c7vgDxwhF
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) December 30, 2017
I’m thinking about going on the raw water diet. Only explosive diarrhea and persistent intestinal parasites will get me ready for beach season.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) January 6, 2018
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) January 6, 2018
Dr Donald Hensrud, director of the Health Living Programme at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota told The New York Times, “Without water treatment, there’s acute and then chronic risks. There’s evidence all over the world of this, and the reason we don’t have those conditions is because of our very efficient water treatment.”
Snopes, the website that looks into the validity of facts, has cast its eye over raw water. On their page, they say that the claim of drinking untreated spring water, marketed as “raw water,” provides health benefits because they are “probiotic” is false. It goes onto say, “Not only can the latest health craze put you in danger of contracting dangerous diseases, the purported benefits have no basis in science.”
What do you think?
What are your views on raw water? Is it good for you or just plain dumb? Let us know in the comments below.