In August 1989 , the Almaden Times carried an article by the undersigned entitled "Bottled Drinking Water---What the Labels Mean". Dozens of individuals visited or called and thanked us for this timely information.

Last month, Dr. Moller-Racke of the Mendocino Beverage Company posted a letter to the editor expressing his displeasure at our descriptions of the different types of bottled and mineral waters.

Our article was technically accurate in all regards. But, it always amazes me when individuals such as Dr. Moller-Racke complain when such facts reach the public's reading tables and popular consumer products become subjected to closer scrutiny.

Mineral water such as that marketed by Moller-Racke and dozens of others around the country is a multi-million dollar business. Simultaneously, it has fostered controversy in the health and nutritional fields for decades.

Many individuals(mostly the bottlers) extol the curative and nutritional values of mineral water. Others (mostly nutritionists and internal medicine specialists) caution against the drinking of such water.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs, when carefully surveying the problems with the state's drinking water systems a few years ago, went on record stating that

"Highly mineralized water is associated with the formation of (kidney) stones in the urinary system".

The noted medical pioneer Dr. Charles Mayo(of Mayo Clinic fame), has stated that

"Water hardness(excessive minerals) is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poisons in the intestinal tract."

Certainly Dr. Mayo, who had no monetary interest in water products of any nature---but who had considerable experience with internal medicine--- would not point accusatory fingers at mineralized drinking water unless he had not personally seen the trauma, physiological disorders, suffering and illnesses which were caused by such materials.

On the other hand, scores of studies have underscored the importance of mineral-free drinking water which life-extension specialists have determined has been a major factor in longevity. The Hunza people in the remote Himalayas are a classic example of individuals living well beyond one hundred years of age using water so pure it resembles single-distilled water.

Those who have traveled to Europe and the Mediterranean encounter a near universal consumption of bottled and mineralized water. The drinking water quality in that area of the world rates very poorly and the use of readily available, heavily mineralized water(and wines) was fostered more by necessity than of habit or affluence.

The minerals in high-priced mineral waters(domestic or imported) are chemically no different than those which are found by elementary analysis of soil(dirt) samples

If you like the taste of the water---that's great. Just remember that you are drinking water mixed with copious amounts of dissolved dirt, stone and rocks---and that's it!

We need minerals to maintain a proper balance of electrolytes in our body fluids---but we need minerals which our body can easily metabolize. Would you rather obtain calcium from natural sources such as milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products--or try to obtain it from sucking on a piece of lime(same as calcium bicarbonate in water)?

How about iron(rust in water versus natural iron in spinach)? And the list goes on and on.

Just imagine all the money your wife could save by not buying expensive fruits and vegetables for the family dining table. If we believed what the mineral water people tell us about the nutritional value of highly mineralized water, one could get terrific nutrition by pouring a few ounces of California adobe (dirt) and ground up rocks over their family's foods.

The human body can tell us which minerals, liquids, foods or other materials it will accept, and those which it recognizes as alien or foreign matter--and thus proceeds to reject.

The pathological character of inorganic minerals such as those found in highly mineralized water is easily demonstrable. Take your white corpuscle(blood cell) count about six hours after you've last had any food or water. It should be about 6,000 per milliliter.

Then, drink a normal glass of hard, mineral water. The white blood cell count will shoot up until it often more than doubles!

Inorganic chemistry doesn't lie.

This phenomena is called Leucocytosis and is our body's defense mechanism responding(via an increased white cell count) to an invading organism, germ, infection or foreign material. When pure water, fruits, vegetables and other naturally-grown materials are eaten, the white blood cell count stays level.

However, when materials such as processed or junk foods, and heavily mineralized drinking water are consumed, the body's defense mechanism springs into action, increasing the white blood cell count which prepares the body to do battle with and subsequently dispose of or dispense with the unwanted "invader"---in the present case, heavy doses of inorganic salts and minerals from drinking water.

Water is a cleansing agent, foods are nutrients. Dr. Moller-Racke's statement that "water is probably our most valuable nutrient" is therefore complete nonsense as any fourth grade life science textbook tells us. Water is our most valuable cleansing agent, flushing toxins and byproducts of metabolism from our body while furnishing pure hydrogen and oxygen to cells and tissue.

The cleansing attributes of pure water are impaired when it contains large doses of dissolved dirt and stone(mineral water)---and the body organs which must eliminate these unwanted materials are continually stressed and unnecessarily overworked.

Many individuals who experience a "rush" when they drink mineral water probably misinterpret this apparent therapeutic feeling as simply the body organs (skin, kidneys, lungs, intestines) working overtime to eliminate excess minerals which the body cannot use.

Health spas the world over rely on heavy use of mineral water(baths and drinks) to kick the patient's eliminative organs into high gear, thus providing the exhilarating feeling when the body organs and skin begin working hard at eliminating unwanted materials(excess minerals in this case).

If mineral water really had the nutrient value that mineral water advocates claim, they would have magically solved the world's massive hunger and nutrition problems. Let's just ship starving people mineral water or just cans and bags of dirt and ground up stone and rocks!

Even the American Medical Journal states that:

"The body's need for minerals is largely met through foods, not drinking water".

Visit our section on "THE SEARCH FOR HEALTHY WATER - A DISCUSSION OF STRUCTURED WATER" and learn more about why inorganic minerals are simply not capable of becoming part of the metabolic process in the body's cells.

Is mineral water good for you? The evidence clearly shows that there is no benefit---and there may be some adverse effects. Your body needs pure water---steam distilled water is the purest you can buy or make at home.

Read "Confused about your Drinking Water?"

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