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Experts Warn Raw Water Can be unsafe

Experts Warn Raw Water Can be unsafe

The risk of waterborne illnesses from untreated water is not theoretical.

But by shunning recommended water safety practices, experts warn, raw water purveyors may also be selling things you don't want to drink - unsafe bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make you sick.

Or, if you'd prefer to drink cleaner tap water, there are plenty of other filtration options out there to look into, including reverse osmosis filters, and of course, the good old-fashioned Brita.

The fact that people are voluntarily forgoing treated water was met with concern, horror and shock on social media.

Live Water founder Mukhande Singh claims fluoride is a "mind-control drug" and describes public water as "toilet water with birth control drugs in them".

"Without water treatment, there's acute and then chronic risks", director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program Dr. Donald Hensrud said, the Times reported.

As a company based in San Francisco, we find the onslaught of health hacks are often fueled more by mystique than action.

They say London water has been recycled seven times, while in recent years, America has suffered lead contamination disasters.

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As mentioned above, tap water isn't 100 percent safe either.

The New York Times notes in its story that there is "no scientific evidence that fluoride is a mind-control drug, yet plenty to show that it aids dental health". Well, although there are regulations regarding bottled water, no such regulationsexistfor raw water as of now.

Live Water is a company that sells it from Oregon's Opal Spring and says it is a natural probiotic, the Washington Post article says. The motivation behind this trend seems to be a misguided attempt to avoid harmful elements that may be found in tap water while gaining beneficial elements believed to exist only in untreated spring water. Giardia, another illness caused by unclean water, puts roughly 4,600 United States people in hospital every year.

While "raw water" may be sweeping Silicon Valley, there are clearly safer alternatives for those who don't want to drink traditional tap water. A puddle could be marketed as raw and you don't see many people getting on their knees every time they fancy a drink, do you?

"When water isn't treated, it can contain chemicals and germs that can make us sick or cause disease outbreaks", he said.

"Real water" should expire after a few months.

Not to be deterred by this argument, public health officials still believe that untreated water poses more of a threat to health than the substances added during filtration and chlorination do and that the main goal for drinking water is to hydrate the body and not to increase mineral intake.


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