It is time to separate the myths, misconceptions and outright fabricated lies about distilled water and its relationship to health and to the physiology of the human body. Distilled water is simply the most consistently pure water available anywhere and is the only regulated water on the market.
Distilled water was the first water to be sold in supermarkets prior to the first bottled water vending machine, which was installed in Bill's IGA Grocery store in Brooklyn, Michigan in 1976. In the late 50's, 60's and 70's only distilled water was sold in stores and could be found in the household cleaning products and laundry detergent aisles -- since it was used primarily for steam irons and car batteries. Why? Because all other water except rain water and distilled contains other substances, including inorganic minerals that would build up and plug the holes of the steam iron and collect on the lead plates of the battery, shortening the battery's life.
Michigan was one of the first states to experience and recognize the serious consequences of ground water pollution as a result of the random disposal of the automobile industry's hazardous waste materials in urban rivers streams and vacant land along country roads. At the same time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was discovering the nationwide pollution of water tables from the indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste, along with chemicals from farming, nitrates, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in addition to leaching from landfills.
Now, three decades later, the chemicals remain in the water along with additional ones being introduced to our environment at a rate of approximately 1000 new chemicals and toxins per year. Despite that fact, municipal water supplies are only required to test for the 127 priority pollutants list in the 1972 Clean Water Act. They stopped testing and adding new chemicals to the list over 30 years ago due to the astronomical number of new chemicals produced annually. It is virtually impossible to remove them from the water. Water companies do not have the funds or ability to deal with this increasing dilemma.
For this reason alone, the bottled water industry has sprung up and grown exponentially over the years. Forbes Magazine reported that "... the bottled water industry is now growing faster than the economy."
In a race to grab a slice of the water profit pie, there are hundreds of water related companies who manufacture equipment, devices and methods of cleaning up and/or enhancing water. We are told that our city water is "perfectly safe and healthy to drink," even though, as in the case of San Diego's municipal water, it contains 24 of the 127 priority pollutants that are known to cause cancer in humans. It also contains trihalomethanes (THM) at twice the legal limit (6 carcinogens + chlorine), in addition to hydrofluorosilisic acid, used in rat poison and pesticides. The municipal water providers say all these carcinogens are at "safe levels" and meet EPA standards. Yeah, right. Give me a glass of water with well over two dozen carcinogens (that they actually test for), but just make sure they are all at "safe" levels and I'll feel safe and healthy.
So now we can buy spring water, glacier, mineral, sparkling, flavored, vitamin water, filtered, deionized, reverse osmosis, alkaline water, balanced water, vortex-ed water, zero water and far from last or least distilled water, just to name a very few!
If your goal is to get into the water business water and make the most money, I recommend running municipal water through a cheap carbon filter, bottle it and slap on a label that says "Spring Water"... that is, if you're unethical, like many water companies are. But guess what, it is not against the law to do that in most states. The only water that is regulated is distilled water; if you label it distilled, it must be purified by the distillation process.
If you buy your water from a vending machine, I highly recommend you check to see what the purification process consists of. If it is "filtration only," the water has only a portion of the chemicals removed and all of the inorganic minerals remain. The body cannot utilize inorganic minerals; only organic ionic minerals are healthy and can be utilized by the body. Inorganic minerals cannot be absorbed by cells and can contribute to plaque in the colon, kidney stones and several other ailments.
Reverse osmosis is the most common method of water purification which, when new, can eliminate more than 90 percent of carcinogens. However, the filters need to be replaced after treating a certain number of gallons of water. If they are not replaced, the quality of the filtered water begins to degrade rapidly to the point where the water coming out of the vending machine can be worse that the municipal water being filtered. When the filters have reached their capacity to hold chemicals, they start releasing the trapped materials with each vend as the water volume and pressure forces them loose.
The only water that can be trusted consistently is water that has been purified through the distillation process. This consists of boiling the water, killing all bacteria, cysts, amoeba and waterborne diseases, leaving all chemical and other pollutants in the boiling tank, collecting the steam and cooling it back to liquid distilled water. This water is then polished by a carbon filter to eliminate the possibility of volatile organic compounds that may have turned to a gaseous form and passed through with the steam. The result is pure, clean, healthy H2O plus nothing.
Distilled water is so pure that it is a natural solvent (hungry, empty of any other substance or compound). As a consequence, distilled water will easily dissolve inorganic mineral plaque buildup in the colon, kidneys (stones), gall bladder (stones) and other parts of the body and flush them out.
Our bodies consist of over 70% water which needs to be replaced daily from loss through perspiration, evaporation through breathing, elimination of waste through the colon and bladder. Water is needed to create blood, lymph, digestive juices, lubricants, bodily fluids, etc. Depending on the purity of the water we consume, our body needs to remove all of the carcinogens, toxins, chemicals, and worthless inorganic minerals (dirt) before it can be used. The cleaner the water is to begin with, the faster it can be used for hydration and other bodily functions. According to Andrew Weil, MD, ("America's Doctor" and one of Time Magazine's "Top 100 most influential people"), distilled water is not only the most consistently pure, clean healthy water -- it is the water he drinks regularly.
Dr. Weil also said that the latest fad of "alkaline water" is a scam. He calls it "bogus, save your money." He claims that the $2,000-$6000 machines sold worldwide produce alkaline water at 8+ pH. This does not in any way change the body or blood's pH, because the very moment that the alkaline water reaches the stomach, the stomach acid instantaneously neutralizes it before it ever leaves the stomach!
A well-known doctor on the internet claims that, "Early death comes from drinking distilled water." He and several other "professionals" that have quoted him have caused this myth to go viral on the internet. When you Google "Early death comes from drinking distilled water," there are close to one and a half million results. Most of these published false quotes come from individuals who are marketing water filters or alkaline water machines. In order to claim alkaline or filtered water is the best, they feel a need to malign or disparage the best, purest and healthiest water for drinking: distilled. Not only is it the best drinking water available, it is the cheapest in any supermarket in America.
Myths About Distilled Water
The most popular myth about distilled water is that all the important minerals that the body needs have been removed. First of all, most minerals found dissolved in water along with chemicals, carcinogens and toxins are inorganic in nature, not ionic or chelated* and able to be absorbed and used by our bodies. They instead cause plaque on the colon wall. A staggering statistic is that 33% or one out of three people over 55 will contract colon cancer! Dr. Charles Mayo, founder of the prestigious Mayo Clinic, not only recommends drinking distilled water, but says, "Water hardness is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poisons in the intestinal tract."
Another false claim is that "distilled water leaches valuable minerals from the body." First of all distilled water does not leach minerals from the body. People who make that claim are more than likely some uninformed "professional" with little or no knowledge of the body's physiology. When you drink distilled water or any water, it is absorbed through the walls of the intestines (colon) and the body removes nothing from the water that is not beneficial. Then the water is used to make blood, lymph, digestive juices, lubricants, bodily fluids, etc. Distilled water is simply pure H2O + nothing. It does not course through our veins, blood does! Blood delivers nutrients to the body's cells and carries away waste materials. Blood is not going to deliver a protein, mineral or vitamin to a cell and then take it away. To put it simply, distilled water does not leach minerals from the body. For those of you who believe that, I suggest you take a summer adult high school education course on science and chemistry.
Since the establishment of Distillation Station in 1976, distilled water vending, no one has been able to prove that early death comes from drinking distilled water, or that distilled water leaches minerals from your body. To date, no one has claimed the $10,000 offer by submitting a blind study or published paper proving in any way that pure, clean distilled water can cause an early death or leach minerals from the body. The offer is still open.
I personally have been drinking a gallon of distilled water per day for over 40 years. I fast all food for a minimum of 21 days annually. Over the years I have done three 40-day fasts on just distilled water. I fasted a year ago for 60 days: 40 days, then a break of 6 days eating only vegetables, and then continued another 20 days (for a total of 60 out of 66 days). No "early death" here, just perfect health and longevity.
I guess a man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument. Change your water and change your health. Drink distilled water purified nature's way: evaporation and condensation.