The health trend for drinking 'raw' water has been branded potentially deadly by experts.
The 'raw water' trend has recently surfaced and it’s truly crazy.
Currently, the trend is popular among people who believe raw water is healthier.
What is 'raw water,' you ask? Well, it is exactly what it is – untreated, unfiltered water.
Proponents of raw water contend that treatment and filtration strip beneficial nutrients which naturally occur in water and also attest that the fluoride commonly added to tap water is harmful to health.
Vince Hill, chief of the CDC’s Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, says
Drinking untreated water, and the pathogens that can lurk within it could expose Americans to disease outbreaks once again. When water isn’t treated, it can contain chemicals and germs that can make us sick or cause disease outbreaks. Anything you can think of can be in the untreated water, really, ranging from agricultural runoff and naturally occurring chemicals to bacteria and viruses.
The New York Times reports that:
One company selling it in San Diego has seen its sales double every year since launching three years ago as the 'water consciousness movement' grows.
Live Water, draws its product from a natural spring in Oregon and leaves the water completely unfiltered and untreated.
Some individuals even swear by its taste.
In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Singh said he believes that common drinking water contains "mind-control drugs".
"Tap water? You're drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them," he said. "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."
Raw water may contain minerals, but that you can get the minerals that you need from a healthy diet — and the risk of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites are not worth any benefit from trace minerals.
Websites like FindASpring.com guide people to natural springs near them to collect drinking water.
In Arizona, several are listed in the Tonto National Forest.
Public information officer Carrie Templin said the springs are not tested and could contain harmful bacteria.
The forest service strongly urges people to treat any water they find, she said.
"Water pulled from a spring or water that comes out of the tap — the water molecules are identical," she said.
"So the only difference is what else is in there and some of those things might be innocuous like the minerals, some of them might be not so innocuous — things like Giardia and bacteria have been found in springs."
The craze is particularly popular in Silicon Valley with some charging $60.99 for a 2.5-gallon jug.
Seattle-based food safety advocate and food poisoning attorney Bill Marler told Business Insider:
"Almost everything conceivable that can make you sick can be found in water."
"Untreated water can contain animal feces, spreading giardia, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and results in 4,600 hospitalizations a year."
"Cholera and hepatitis A, which resulted in 20 deaths in a California outbreak in 2017, can also be spread through unprocessed water."
"The diseases that killed our great-grandparents were completely forgotten about," said Mr. Marler.