I Say No to Distilled Water Only
Bragg. Norman Walker. Herbert Shelton.
you recognize the names of the above three "big gun writers"
of the modern natural health and raw food movement.
of these men advocated a predominantly uncooked vegetarian diet
(though Walker allowed cheese and Bragg allowed occasional meat
or fish and Shelton ate cheese and drank clabbered milk in private),
and each also advocated distilled water as the only kind of water
amazing to me how blindly most health seekers follow the advice
of the above three gurus as well as the advice of modern health
writers who use Bragg, Walker, and Shelton as their main sources
if you spend more than about ten minutes reading many modern natural
health writers, you'll quickly learn that all serious health seekers
should shun any kind of water other than distilled water. Why? Because
Paul Bragg, Norman Walker, and Herbert Shelton said so.
I bought into this commonly-accepted "truth" back in 1993
when I started my health journey, and I continued to buy into it
for more than five years before I started to question its validity.
to question the value of drinking distilled water for the long-term
when I finally opened my eyes enough to realize I was relying on
information that was, in most cases, more than 50 years old.
me say here that I still consider distilled water the short-term
water of choice when detoxing or working to heal a serious health
challenge. To quote Dr. Zoltan Rona, author of the article "Early
Death Comes With Regular Drinking of Distilled Water,"
who feels the same way:
is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour
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. (Click
here for the full text of Dr. Rona's article.)
my eyes because I started hearing from long-term distilled water
drinkers who had been consuming only distilled water and who had
developed troubles with their hair either thinning or falling out
in clumps. I've subsequently learned that hair loss is a condition
often associated with various mineral deficiencies.
I'd been advised by a serious natural health student whose opinions
I value that distilled water might well contribute to such problems,
I started telling people with hair problems that they might try
going back to filtered water or bottled water to see if doing so
wouldn't help resolve the symptoms. Interestingly enough, many reported
that their hair loss problems improved when they stopped drinking
deeper, I started reading more carefully the advice of natural health
experts who weren't necessarily coming out of the raw food and
Natural Hygiene schools of health, and I couldn't find a single
one of them who recommended distilled water as the water of choice.
all of these experts advocated drinking lots of water -- at least
eight full glasses of water every day -- and all of them said a
good filtered or bottled water was just fine. For example, I know
Lorraine Day, MD, (no relation) doesn't advocate distilled water
and neither does the Iranian medical doctor F. Batmanghelidj, who
wrote what I consider the bible on water, "Your Body's Many
Cries for Water."
medical doctor whose practice is devoted to natural health feels
the same way about distilled water. Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a living
foods advocate, writes on page 509 of his book Conscious Eating,
"distilled water is dead, unstructured water so foreign to
the body that one actually gets a temporary high white blood cell
count in response to drinking it."
my understanding of medical doctor Zoltan Rona's article is that
long-term distilled water consumption may well contribute to high
blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. Dr. Rona writes,
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. (Click here
for the full text of Dr. Rona's article.)
what these health-oriented MDs have concluded about distilled water,
doesn't it make sense to further research the topic rather than
relying on opinions formed more than 50 years ago?
you prefer to ignore what these health-oriented medical doctors
have discovered in their active practices, then let's take a look
at the brutally deceptive "organic and inorganic mineral"
argument that so many natural health writers use to justify distilled
water drinking. (They also mistakenly use the same argument to erroneously
conclude that all supplements and all cooked foods are bad.)
their oversimplification of the organic and inorganic mineral theory
and, indeed, their general lack of understanding about college level
chemistry and physical laws, calls into deep question the validity
of many of their conclusions about health and diet.
health writers who like distilled water better than a ripe nectarine
usually write a lot about the Hunzans, the folks in Pakistan's Hunza
Valley who allegedly live healthfully well into their 90's and beyond.
Interestingly enough, these same writers don't mention the point
that the Hunzans drink a glacial water so full of minerals it's
almost milky in appearance.
you'd like up-to-date facts about organic
and inorganic minerals instead of over-simplifications and erroneous
point involves alkalinity and acidity. Natural health writers generally
agree that the body maintains best health when it maintains a pH
leaning to the alkaline side rather than the acidic side, and yet
distilled water quickly turns highly acidic, about 5.8 in an open
it still make sense to you to drink eight glasses a day of distilled
water that can potentially help to over-acidify the body?
been putting off writing this article for over a year because I
didn't feel that I had all the facts. I still feel the same way,
but I also feel confident enough with what I have learned to present
my current viewpoint to help others make a more informed decision
before investing a lot of money in an expensive distiller that may
well contribute to health problems in the long run.
will note, of course, that the most vociferous advocates of distilled
water are also those who sell high-profit margin distillers. They
are also the ones who continue to quote Paul Bragg and Norman Walker
as the sources of their extensive research.
one more very important thing. The World Health Organization
has research that clearly proves the dangers of drinking distilled
here for their report on "Nutrients in Drinking Water"
and then click
here to read "Health Risks from Drinking Demineralised Water".
closing, I trust this article raises some questions in your mind
that you can now research in more detail on your own so you can
then come to an informed conclusion about what type of water is
best for you and your family.
note: We received a letter on 1/21/10 from Randy at http://cyber-nook.com,
an excellent resource and informational site on all things water.
He has the following counter-point about the distilled water claims
made in the article above:
would expect that a paper with the alarming title, "Early
Death Comes With Regular Drinking of Distilled Water", by
Dr. Zoltan Rona would contain conclusive and compelling scientific
evidence to support that claim, particularly when it seems to
be one of the main sources of the claim that "distilled water
is harmful to health" - the paper has been reprinted or quoted
in books and on hundreds of web pages.
the paper is apparently a statement of beliefs based primarily
on Dr. Rona's clinical observations (rather than experimentation)
and misunderstandings of how the body regulates extracellular
and intracellular pH and the differences between soft water (water
lacking calcium, magnesium and other "hardness minerals")
and distilled water (water lacking all minerals and other contaminants).
is an article
on cyber-nook.com discussing distilled water and the health claims
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