The latest health fad to be adopted by America's elite, "raw water", is drawing scepticism from experts.
Is drinking "raw water" a great way to get beneficial minerals and microbes removed by filtration-or do people who pay $15 a gallon for untreated water have more money than sense?
Per a report in the New York Times on Friday that manages to be unusually irritating even by the Times' rich-people-trendpiece standards, "raw water" is now somehow a thing on the West Coast and "other pockets around the country". Haas, who was recently recognized by the National Water Research Institute for pioneering work in microbial risk assessment, notes that water treatment is an important development that helps to stave off a number of contaminants - found both in nature and in the delivery pipes - so drinking untreated water is actually likely to increase health risks.
"Raw" water, though, is hardly without its risks, and in fact untreated water remains a serious issue for many places in the world. He believes that raw water is an offshoot of other natural food trends, like drinking unpasteurized milk.
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.
See the FDA's guidelines for bottled water here. Cases like the travesty in Flint, Michigan, are very real, and they bring with them very real health consequences. Raw water trends are arising in some of American's wealthiest regions, however, including San Francisco's Mission District, where safe, low-priced alternatives to the already-safe tap water are easily afforded.
Marler says that because filtered water is the norm, people may not realize how unsafe untreated water can be. In the span of 12 months, at least 130 people fell ill after drinking water at a camp.
"Almost everything conceivable that can make you sick can be found in water", Marler said.
There have been countless infections across the United States in recent years, such as the norovirus from a spring water site in New Mexico that left 100 people ill, or giardia from a spring and stream camp that sickened 21 in Alaska. If you still want to have it run off your dirty roof and into your mouth you can do that, but the modern world does what it can to prevent foodborne illnesses. "Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it's a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health", Singh (who changed his name from Christopher Sanborn) told the New York Times. The Times reported in 2009 on gaps in regulations that meant unhealthy water could still be considered legal.
Have you ever taken a moment to consider the countless scientific advancements that make modern life longer, healthier and safer than life 100 years ago and just sort of gone, "Nah, I'm good"?