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Pure Water Fetishists

Posted in Thinking is dangerous by Skepdude on February 26, 2009

What is it with Complementary & Alternative Medicine communities and their crazed fixation on only ever coming into to contact with absolutely, scrupulously and perfectly pure water? And why does no-one ever point out that the minute they pour it into a glass, kettle or pot of dried lentils, all the effort to purify it has gone out the window?

The company I’d like to introduce you to is PureH20. Alas, the interweb has ensured that ‘2’ rarely gets to be subscript.

The website has a myriad of bullshit, fear-mongering, pseudoscience and amazing state-the-bleedin-obvious facts like

Water is absolutely vital for health

I would honestly like to know if there is anyone to whom that comes as a revelation. And I mean anyone in the whole world.
Did you know that

most of us have lost our proper thirst reflex by the end of our childhood?

or that

Bottled and tap waters contain many impurities like heavy metals and inorganic minerals that are likely to have an adverse effect on your health

So no shortage of bullshit to keep you entertained. Their purification system is definately a first in chemical synthesis though:

Water filtered using our patented system removes all the chemicals and impurities, both organics and inorganics, to provide you with one hydrogen atom and two oxygen atoms

(my bold)

Oh. I assumed they were selling water rather than HO2, who’d have thunk? As if all the sillyness wasn’t enough we get:

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Report: Some Bottled Water Not So Pure

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 15, 2008

Bottled water is widely considered to be a purer choice than tap water, but a new investigation finds that this isn’t always the case.

In its test of 10 best-selling brands of bottled water, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found mixtures of 38 different pollutants including bacteria, fertilizer, and industrial chemicals in some of the tested brands at levels that were similar to tap water.

Several samples of Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Choice brand sold in California were found to exceed that state’s legal limits of contaminants for bottled water.

“The bottled water industry really presents this image of purity, but our investigation demonstrated that it is really hit or miss,” EWG senior scientist Olga Naidenko, PhD, tells WebMD. “We found a lot of variation among the same brands which suggests that at the moment consumers can not have confidence in their water.”

But a spokesman for the bottled water industry denies the charge and accuses EWG of using “alarmist tactics.”

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A Naturopath On Water

Posted in The Rogues Gallery by Skepdude on August 12, 2008

It is a menace to the public when governments license nonsense. It is a betrayal of the public trust, it diminishes all professionalism, and it generally propagates confusion in an area where licensure is meant to provide clarity.

One egregious example is naturopathy, which is licensed in 15 states in the US. Naturopaths are health care pseudoscientists (here’s a good overview). Essentially, they are what happens when medicine is completely disconnected from science, evidence, and even common sense. They generally endorse any medical woo they come across, without any coherent philosophy – although they do weave together some recurrent themes.

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