People are drinking 'raw water,' and they need to stop it now

A cool glass of water.
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A cool glass of water. Creative Commons

"Chloramine, and on top of that they're putting in fluoride".

If paying $4,500 for a glorified dehumidifier sounds too expensive for you, you can also buy raw water by the gallon from a number of mostly as-yet-unregulated companies.

Much of the raw water is collected by a company called Live Water, which was popularized in part by entrepreneur Doug Evans after his Juicero company shut down in September.

Rachel Yacobozzi, a holistic health coach in San Clemente, Calif., who describes herself on her Instagram page as "in love with her pup, chocolate and sunshine" might as well add Live Water to that list.

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"Tap water? You're drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them", he told The New York Times.

But tap water doesn't have that special something; "In the community of tap-water skeptics, many talk about water the way others might about fine wine".

"The earth constantly offers the purest substance on the planet as spring water".

See the FDA's guidelines for bottled water here.

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He is not wrong about the low level contamination by antibiotics and hormones found in some tap water, and obviously Flint, Michigan demonstrated that one can not always rely on the government to deliver fresh water.

Proponents of the raw water movement, which advocates the consumption of untreated, unfiltered spring water instead of fluoridated, filtered tap water, apply the same logic to H2O that other groups have applied to things like meat and produce: If it's been treated with any chemicals at all, it must be bad.

Canada's drinking water guidelines "set out the basic parameters that every water system should strive to achieve in order to provide the cleanest, safest and most reliable drinking water possible", Health Canada said.

Provision of water from the best available source, treatment, and distribution are regarded as major engineering and public health advances of the 20th century, and have been responsible for the dramatic reduction of numerous infectious diseases. Hepatitis A, E. coli, and cholera can also be spread by drinking unfiltered water, Marler said. Raw water may contain carcinogenic elements that have made their way into the water source, high levels of arsenic, and more. White dudes pretending to be eastern mystics really sells to raw water elites. "This is the opposite of 'raw water, ' which is essentially untreated ground or surface water, which nearly certainly contains any number of pathogens", a spokesperson from Zero Mass Water said. He told the New York Times that "real water" should also expire after a few months. "And I feel good drinking it".

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