Thursday, August 14, 2008

Drinking Distilled Water Can Kill You!? No.

Dr Mercola is a questionable source of information because he is highly commercialized and out to sell a lot of products and promote himself...  Take what he says with a grain of salt.

The entire argument about distilled water seems to come from one source: PAAVO AIROLA and then repeated over an over again through commercial water purification sites to help sell water filters.

This is exactly how the lie about HIV got started... to fill the greedy pockets of pharmaceutical companies. ONE person makes a claim and everybody who stands to profit from the claim runs with it.

We all would do very well to research information rather than simply pass on disinformation.

I highly recommend www. NaturalNews. com for natural health information..


Will distilled water kill you?

Some web sites post information that is not based on fact or science.. Because AquaPrix installs a lot of the INNOWAVE, Inc.., A Mutual of Omaha Subsidiary, and Pure & Secure, Inc.. water distillation systems we have decided to post latest medical experts and scientific research that actually clarify any unsubstantiated claims or "old wives tales" regarding this myth..

FROM Dr.. Andrew Weil

First of all, let me review for the record what distilled water is - it's water that has been turned into steam so its impurities are left behind.. The steam is then condensed to make pure water.. The process of distillation kills and removes virtually all bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and other organic and inorganic contaminants.. Once distilled, the water is as pure as water can reasonably be..

For reasons I don't understand, any number of myths - some quite extreme - have grown up over the years about distilled water.. A quick Internet search today will take you to sites that put forth such views as "distilled water leads to early death.." Nonsense.. One claim holds that distillation removes all of water's beneficial minerals.. While it's true that distillation removes minerals as well as various contaminants from water, we don't know that the human body can readily absorb minerals from water.. We get our minerals from food, not water.. By one manufacturer's estimate, you would have to drink 676 eight-ounce glasses of tap water in Boston to reach the RDA for calcium..

Your question as to whether distilled water leaches minerals out of the body reflects another persistent myth.. While pure water helps to remove minerals from the body that cells have eliminated or not used, it does not "leach" out minerals that have become part of your body's cell structure.. Neither does distilled water cause your teeth to deteriorate, a false claim made by a filter manufacturer looking to boost sales.. As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to a neutral pH and has no effect on the body's acid/base balance..

I hope I've set your mind at ease.. Distilled water not only isn't dangerous, it's the purest form of water.. It's also the kind of water I drink..

Dr.. Andrew Weil - Published 12/19/2001

FROM Water Quality Association

Both RO - and distillation - treated waters have comparable low (TDS - total dissolved solids) levels.. Distilled waters have been used on board ships and in seaside communities to produce safe and palatable drinking water..

Notably, some major cities have natural TDS (total dissolved solids) levels in their delivered municipal drinking water actually lower than that from typical RO (reverse osmosis) water treatment systems.. In the United States, for example, the TDS (total dissolved solids) in Portland, Oregon, is 23 mg/L (milligrams per liter), 50 mg/L in Lake Tahoe, California, 64 mg/L in Boston, Massachusetts, and 41 mg/L in parts of New York City..

Such low mineral levels in water do not cause ill health, and will not deprive the body of minerals necessary to good health.. There are four main functions of water in the human body:

1.. To serve as a transporter of materials
2.. To act as a regulator of temperature
3.. To lubricate joints and other tissues, and
4.. To participate in our body's biochemical reactions

Demineralized (distilled) water is a good source to satisfy all these physiological functions.. On the other hand, the body takes in the nutrients and minerals necessary to good health through eating foods - not through drinking water.. The human body's own control mechanism (homeostasis) regulates the mineral content of the body fluids and the discharge of different types of ions from the body whether individuals are drinking water with low or high mineral content..

The amount of mineral nutrient obtained from water is truly insignificant.. One cup of milk, for example, provides the mineral equivalent of several gallons of ordinary hard water.. In warm-weather exercise, for example, the greatest danger is that of dehydration, and the proper advice to ward it off is to drink lots of plain water

There are many examples of real-world situations in which large populations have been and continue to be provided exclusively with low TDS (total dissolved solids) water, without any reported unusual or ill health effects.. This establishes the safety of people consuming reverse osmosis treated and other similar low-TDS (total dissolved solids) water..

It's important to note that no public health organization with authority over the drinking water quality anywhere in the world has enacted or even proposed a minimum requirement for total dissolved minerals in drinking water..

Water Quality Association - Published June 24, 2002

More source:
http://www. mercola. com/article/water/distilled_water. htm

Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water
Dr Joseph Mercola

During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins...

Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous...

Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of distilled water in the 1970's when it first became a fad with the health food crowd...

Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed. Distilled water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them...

Studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time)...

Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value...

Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes...

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact...

Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water."...

The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from distilled water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine...

The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging...

A growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products in the body...

There is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation. Meats, sugar, white flour products, fried foods, soft drinks, processed foods, alcohol, dairy products and other junk foods cause the body to become more acidic. Stress, whether mental or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body...

There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (distilled water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood...

The longer one drinks distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume distilled water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies...

Those who supplement their distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-distilled water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation...

The ideal water for the human body should be alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium...

Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea...

Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water. Avoid it except in special circumstances...

http://www. ionizers. org/microlite. html
http://www. ionizers. org/melody. html

Zoltan P Rona MD MSc


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