by Bob McCauley, CNC, MH
Raw foodists and natural health advocates ignored the importance of water to our health completely until quite recently. Most barely mentioned it and when they did they bowed to the notion that purified water was the best water to drink because it was “pure”, which it is. That’s the problem with it: pure water leaches minerals from the body.
The latest fad is “Harvesting Raw Water from a Wild Spring”. And this is a fad indeed. I wrote about this about a year ago and I find more and more people are doing it and when you challenge them things get nasty quick and they start insulting you. The raw food community as embraced natural spring that can only be taken from the actual source in glass jugs and carboys. Essentially I have nothing against the practice other than I find it to be an absolute waste of gas and time, even if you live close to the spring itself. Not to mention I wouldn’t consider consuming unfiltered water unless it was the only water I could find, which I could only imagine would be an emergency situation.
There are four of these public springs in Michigan. I live in Lansing and the closest one to my home is 1:15 minutes, next is 1:25 mins. Am I supposed to drive 2.5 hours and waste 3 hours every week or even once a month? As though I have nothing better to do than to drive for hours for water when I have something far better coming from my tap. I have a 200 ft rock well at my house that draws water from the sandstone Saginaw Formation. I triple filter it and you will not find better water.
I have 18 years in the bottled water business. My father held an MIT Doctorate in Environmental engineering and I learned the business of water from him (12 years with Wolverine Engineers, Mason, MI). I am a Certified water specialist D5/S5 in the State of Michigan. In all my years in the water business never heard the term Raw water or Wild spring until the last couple years. These terms have been invented by individuals who want to sound like they have found something new, when in fact they have found something quite old and outdated for the most part. The civilized world said goodbye to unfiltered water many years ago because filtration is to water what antiseptics are to open wounds. When antiseptics were invented it was a giant leap forward toward stopping infection and filtering water removed all the stuff that you find in water that doesn’t belong in the body.
The days when we use to have travel some distance to get water ended first with the Romans then again by The West beginning in the 19th century.
Filtration has become a BIG “No No”. Spring water is not filtered, which all water should be. Water filtration is one of the greatest advances in the last 50 years. We have been filtering water for 4000 years because people understood that we require clean water. Filtration has now become a dirty word because the same people such as David Wolfe and Daniel Vitalis are both promoting as well as selling it. I did a video rebuttal to some of David’s ideas about water, which I find absolutely absurd. I also see others in the raw food movement being duped into believing that going into the middle of nowhere to get water from a spring will actually make you healthier. If you look up Raw Water in Wikipedia you see that in its definition it warns: “Raw water should not be considered safe for drinking or washing without further treatment.” Since the term was recently invented there are no citations and almost no information about Raw water. And just because it comes from a spring does NOT by any means suggest that it automatically is high quality. You will have no idea what you are actually drinking unless you see the analysis. And if you want to know if it is contaminated you need to do a full spectrum analysis (such as I do on the well source of the water I sell every three years), and that will cost you $3000.
Those who promote drinking unfiltered water do so because they claim that water spins from deep within the earth as it reaches the surface and there is no truth to this. It would be nearly impossible to prove that water actually spins as it rises to the surface. They also say the water as Victor Schauberger stated that nature creates vortices as a result of a tremendous and sudden release of energy. A tornado is a good example of this. But water spinning as it rises toward the surface of the earth is unfounded and improvable. It’s another idea that has been invented out of thin air.
Harvesting Water: Another Invented Term. While you are inventing new terms such as “Wild Spring” and “Raw Water” why not invent the term “Harvesting Water” from nature.
Glass vs. Plastic. Another thing being pushed is that the water should be “harvested” in glass. Glass is recommended and desirable, but incredibly impractical given their weight and how dangerous they can become if you drop one. Again we seem to be going back in time before plastic had been invented. There was the BPA (Bisphenol A) scare with polycarbonate but now the standard is BPA-Free. The amount of plastic that could possibly leach into the water is a minuscule amount of toxins compared to breathing the air at the gas station while you’re filling up or riding behind a diesel truck or bus.
The Incredible Weight of Glass. A 5 gallon plastic bottle weighs less than one pound, 43 lb filled with water. A 5 gallon glass bottle (carboy) weighs 32 lbs, 75 lbs filled with water.
Completely Misleading. It is essentially misleading to suggest that ONLY unfiltered spring water should be consumed. Water has been filtered for more than 4000 years because people understood that the importance of taking stuff out of water that doesn’t belong there is quite important. Now we are told that only unfiltered water should be consumed. It’s ridiculous to suggest it should not be. Any bottled water sold in the United States MUST be filtered. I entered the bottled water business in 1993 it was the first thing I learned. Water that will be bottled must be ozonated and filtered.
Water does not levitate. There is a false claim that water “magically and mysteriously” levitates to the surface by “fructagenic” energy only understood through sacred geometry. It derives from a misunderstanding of the work of Viktor Schauberger’s work on energy found in nature.
“Water is Alive” is a concept embraced by many people out there and I’ve found that stating an opposite opinion to that sentiment brings howls of derision and bitter, nasty personal comments. The reason for this is that these people have made a religion out of water and you are attacking their religion. I am a Christian and when you attack Christianity I don’t reply to the personal vituperative attack. Turning an inanimate object into a god or an otherwise living being is called animism. Water is not god. It is not living and it does not have consciousness. David Wolfe has stated that “water has more consciousness than Jesus or Buddha.” It certainly does not. Daniel Vitalis goes along with this notion and it’s an absurd Gaia concept that promotes the inanimate as something living. Water is the healthiest substance we can consume, but it does not levitate, it is not alive and it does not have consciousness. I’m tired of hearing that it does. And I’m tired of people making a religion out of it.