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Re: [APD] Don't Drink Distilled Water [SAFETY] (was "Storing large amounts of RO water")

Charley Bay wrote:
> * your numbers are guesses

Not really. They are rough, but not guesses. My understanding of serum 
sodium is that it is alright until around 120 meq/L. Normal levels are 
around 130 - 140 meq/L.

> For example, unlike tap water, distilled water
> tends to absorb CO2 from the air, quickly going
> acidic.  Yes, drinking soda (carbonic acid) isn't
> all that good for you either.

Only because it tends to dissolve the enamel from your teeth. Water at 
equilibrium with the air is hardly acidic enough to eat at the enamel of 
your teeth in your lifetime.

> The EPA comments, "Distilled water, being essentially
> mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to
> dissolve substances with which it is in contact."
> (They don't say that about tap water.)

Did they analyze tap water for its ability to dissolve? If it didn't, 
washing in it would be pointless since that's kinda how washing with 
water works.

> Long-term mineral loss and decalcification is 
> associated with people that drink distilled water.
> That's true even if you supplement with minerals.

That doesn't even make sense.

> * Distilled water isn't good for you, although if
> your tap water has lead, parasites, and carcinogens,
> you can make a choice

I still have not seen an suggestion of a plausible reason why distilled 
water would be bad for you.

> Oh, hey-- Here's even a quack that agrees, tying
> long-term consumption of distilled (or very soft 
> water) to cardiovascular disease and other symptoms
> normally associated with aging:
> <http://www.ionizers.org/distilled_water.html>
> An excerpt:
> ---"
> The 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.

Cool. If he's published them, it would be good to read, otherwise it 
doesn't mean anything. I am a little suspect of someone claiming that 
deionized anything is detrimental to one's health when they are selling 
machines that do the opposite of deionization.

It is funny that they sell a "system" to add hydroxyl ions to water when 
you can do that by pouring a little lye into it.

Jerry Baker
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