We all know that water is not just water. Ever since we were kids we were aware of the fancier waters, the Evian’s and the Perriers. Obviously not all water is created equal. When we were young we all knew about and had those exotic french waters like Perrier and Evian. They cost more and were status symbols, but most of us realized they were just water (one sparkling, one not). Still, some people still think the water you drink reflects on the person you are. For example, the Bling h20 water website says:
Bling H20 is the inspiratinon of Kevin G. Boyd, Hollywood writer-producer. While working on various studio lots whre image is of the utmost importance he noticed that you could tell a lot about a person by the bottled water they carried. In Hollywood it seemed as if people flaunted their bottled water like it was part of their presentation. Whether the bottles had a cool shape or came from an exotic island, none truly made that defining statement.
Now I cannot begin to tell you how stupid I think this is, but that really isn’t the point of this entry. There are many seemingly stupid waters out there, from more hydrating: Perfect Water and BeyondH20 to exotic waters such as Kona Nigari, 10BC Glacier Water, and Glace Rare Iceberg Water. Still, if people want to spend more on unique water or water that is more water than water, go for it. It is your money and your choice. I quite like San Pellegrino sparkling water and order it on occasion when I am out for dinner, but I would be just as happy with a generic alternative.
My problem is with waters that are actually claiming or implying that they will make you healthier. The worst of these appears to be Kangen Water, which claims:
Everyday Kangen Water® is radically changing the lives of so many around the world. With its incredible alkalizing, anti-oxidant, and super-hydrating properties, this water is cleansing the bodies of those who seek a healthier lifestyle.
The benefits of clean, healthy water are numerous!
- Promotes healthy weight loss.
- Increases absorption of important vitamins and minerals.
- Boosts body’s immunity against disease.
Ah, but look at what they did, they changed from claiming that their water does anything and instead just imply that their water helps with weightloss, absorption of vitamins and minerals, and fights disease… what a scam. They go on to say:
It is well known in the medical community that an overly acidic body is the root of many common diseases, such as obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood-pressure and more…
Which is so far from true it isn’t funny. I have never found one reputable source that believes in overly acidic body being the root of many common diseases. In fact overly acidic bodies are very rare and only occur in cases of severe disease.
Further claims by the website include:
It is well known in the medical community that a polluted colon contributes to many diseases, but by simply alkalizing our bodies and cleansing our colons, common ailments can be resolved. For example, nausea, halitosis, various skin problems, and fatigue can all be vastly improved by Kangen Water™!
Again, it is not well known in the medical community. In fact, this is so much the opposite of common knowledge that Wikipedia says of colon cleansing:
Colon cleansing, which is based on a prescientific theoretical model adopted from Ancient Egypt, involves the use of herbs and/or enemas to remove food that proponents claim remains in the colon and rots, producing symptoms and general ill-health. In reality, the colon does not require cleaning, and the practices can be both expensive and dangerous.
Other curing waters include Qure water. Now, the people at Qure aren’t foolish enough to actually claim that Qure water will Qure disease, in fact, they say this:
Is the QURE brand name inferring(sic) that QURE WATER can CURE sickness and diseases?
Absolutely NOT! QURE’s brand name was developed after one of our unique processes that gives our water the ionic bonding property an absorption benefit. Our water spends some time in a special tank “curing” with its wholesome ionic natural alkaline minerals. Thus, the name “QURE”.
QURE WATER does not claim to be a medicine to cure or prevent a disease. However, it is common sense that if you take well care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising and properly hydrating your body, you may minimize your chances for sickness. Hydrating with QURE WATER is only one essential part of the overall good health equation.
Seriously, they didn’t name their water Qure to imply (I have a huge pet peeve with using infer and imply improperly. I know I am being a dick here, but the person who is making the statement is implying, the person who assumes something from a statement is actually inferring) that their water was a cure, but instead they named it Qure after a process that they invented the name of…. WTF!?!?
Its advanced mineral “QURING” technology allows QURE WATER to maintain a long term stable 9.5 alkaline pH to help your body compensate and balance from an over acidic diet.
That is so brilliant in its circular logic I don’t know what to say. The benefits of Qure:
- Helps reduce and neutralize acidity
- Aids body detoxification naturally
- Enhances nutrient delivery
- Aids fluid balance & replenishment
- Proper hydration for smoother, clearer skin
- Decreases food’s acidity
- Proper hydration promotes regularity
- Proper hydration aids weight loss by removing fat bound acids
- Proper hydration aids bone and joint lubrication
- Proper hydration for better digestion
- Hydrates your body more efficiently than most waters & beverages
So, the same crap as Kangen water.
The one that got on my nerves the most though was Oz Water. Maybe it gets on my nerves the most because Dr. Oz Garcia Ph.d is a ‘doctor’ to the stars and as such has very few credentials and a lot of hype. Apparently, according to Dr. Oz Garcia, he is “recognized as the world’s leading authority on healthy aging.”
One of the many products this guy sells is Oz Water:
OZ Water™ is uniquely infused with Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, which contains minerals expanding the entire spectrum of every element found in the human body. So every sip of Oz Water completely refreshes, replenishes and rehydrates the entire body. Additionally, OZ Water™ is 99.9% pure and has three times the electrolytes of any energy drink without any sugar, carbs or calories. Besides being refreshing and rehydrating OZ Water™ tastes and feels good so that you look forward to drinking enough of it each day.
Hmmm… Original Himalayan Crystal Salt. Interesting. What is more interesting is that this salt contains minerals expanding the entire spectrum of every element found in the human body... Seriously, WTF?!?! What does this even mean??? This is the stupidest, nonsensical sentence I have ever read!! This guy has a Ph. d??!!? Please, whatever school gave him his Ph. d, please take it back. I can’t find the school he graduated from in any of his biographical information, but I did find that he is proud to be a spokesperson for Vitamin Water… Hmmm… This moves him one step from the Rogues Gallery!
So, the Himalayan Crystal Salt caught my attention, but it really caught my brother’s attention. I might have let that go, like the way Milestones Restaurant used to have a Californian five grain mustard. Did the grains come from california? I doubt it, but it makes it sound more exotic. So, Jeff decided to search out what Himalayan Crystal Salt and he found this:
Himalayan salt is a marketing term for rock salt from Pakistan, which began being sold by various companies in Europe, North America, and Australia in the early 21st century. It is mined in the Khewra Salt Mines, the second largest salt mine in the world, located in Khewra, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan, about 300 km from the Himalayas, about 160 kilometres from Islamabad, and 260 kilometres from Lahore, and in thefoothills of the Salt Range.
2003 the Bavarian consumer protection agency Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit analyzed 15 specimens of Himalaya salt sold in Germany and could detect a total of 10 different minerals: sodium and chloride (98%) and other minerals. This agency states that these salts come fromPakistan and can, like all salts, cause hypertension (high blood pressure). German public television broadcaster ZDF presented the analyzed chemical composition of Himalaya-salt who states that the specimen contained 95-96% sodium chloride that was contaminated with 2-3% polyhalite (gypsum) and small amounts of 10 other different minerals. 
The above quote is from Wikipedia, the next is from Natural Health News:
Over the last few years a new scam has emerged in Europe which is rapidly spreading across the world. It involves ordinary rock salt from the “salt range” in Pakistan being marketed as luxurious and healing “Himalaya Salt”.
It is also sold as “Himalayan Crystal Salt”, “Hunza-Kristallsalz” or natural “Kristallsalz”, “VitaSal”, “AromaLife”, etc..
The scam is currently being introduced in India and the United States.
It will result in very high overall fluoride intake in anyone who follows the various “therapy recommendations”.
During the late 1990s recordings started to appear in Germany, featuring a monologue by a self-proclaimed “biophysicist” named Peter Ferreira.
The monologue centered around the “marvelous healing energies” of “Himalaya Salt” (Himalaya Salz) and “living waters” (Lebendiges Wasser) -> mineral or springwaters (“Quellwasser”).
This special salt was allegedly coming from the high mountain regions of the Himalayas, “untouched by human contamination”, containing “84 elements essential to human health”. The tape was copied and passed on by thousands.
The salt was sold at a price much higher than ordinary salt, up to 200 times as much. It was common to see it being sold for 24 Euros per kilogram.
It is claimed that the “magic salt” is coming from the Karakorum (Ferreira, 2002). However, as pointed out by the group TourismWatch there is no salt mine to be found anywhere in this Himalayan region. Most of the salt was coming from the second largest salt mine in the world, in Pakistan.
After the boom began, it was found that even ordinary road salt was being sold as “Himalaya Salt” by ruthless opportunists.
Apparently German TV investigated this guy who started all of this, Peter Ferreira, the self proclaimed biophysicist. It appears that he goes by the name of Peter Druf and was shown to be a fraud whose credentials could not be verified, his research center did not exist, nor did the salt mine that he claimed he got his samples from.
So, even though samples of HCS has been shown to only contain 10 minerals from a standard salt pit in Pakistan, Dr. Oz Garcia Ph.d, is quoting some fraud from Germany who claims that the salts have 84 minerals and come from a non-existent salt mine. That is odd, but the odder part is that Dr. Oz Garcia Ph.d, is claiming that the arbitrary 84 minerals in the salt are exactly the same number and variety of minerals in the human body and humans and HCS are the only 2 substances on earth that contain these 84 minerals. What about Chimpanzees and Apes? Do they have 84 minerals (not that I am recommending drinking them in water, I am not. Leave the primates alone people!). From the brochure on Oz Water:
OzWaterTM is infused with Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, the only substance on earth that contains all 84 minerals found in the human body. OzWaterTM not only hydrates but also replenishes the body with these essential minerals.
Further, there appears to be a lot of science on Oz Water:
OzWaterTM is Scientifically Proven. We are the only structured water that has been proven to dramatically improve intracellular hydration. This was shown through mainstream scientific markers in a 30-day human clinical study. The average increase in cellular hydration wellness was an amazing 22.3%. Further analytical studies of OzWaterTM compared to 40 other bottled waters have confirmed that OzWaterTM has a unique profile of energetic and bio-chemical properties that appear to be ideal for hydration and wellness purposes.
The only thing is, I can’t find the studies that they are referencing. They aren’t available on the website, at least not that I can find. I have emailed them and asked them for copies. I will tell you what they say here.
Bottled water won’t heal you. It won’t hydrate you noticeably more than any other water (avoid pure waters that don’t contain electrolytes. There are very few of these on the market, but they don’t understand how water works and they are dangerous). Bottled water is just water, most of it is tap water. If you are in the US or Canada, you are better off just drinking tap water. The testing and regulation of tap water is infinitely more stringent than bottled water. Bring a reusable metal bottle with you when you exercise. Stop using bottled water altogether if you want to make a choice for the planet. Otherwise certainly choose bottled water over coke or pop when you have the choice.
In fact, there are so many many problems with bottled water. If you want to see a very good informative video click here. Otherwise there is more information on bottled water below:
Problems with Bottled Water: