(NOTE: This article is from the old School of Natural Healing newsletter)

December 2005

by Lindsay Wolsey, MH

Before I get started, I have a confession to make. This newsletter came about while I was researching information for my teaching assignment for the Master Herbalist program. I thought that this information was important enough that it needed to be distributed to a wider audience than the 6 adults I was required to create a class for.

“All the drugs in the Pharmacopoeia cannot do as much for the life forces in your body as you can do for yourself with the simplest and greatest of all nature’s remedies-water.” Frederick M. Rositer M.D.

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

In March, I read an article on the Internet that said that 51 percent of the people living in Paris buy bottled water. City hall and the Eau de Paris water company were running a promotion to convince people that tap water is just as good as anything you can get in a bottle. They said it was cheaper, more ecologically sound, and just as healthy. They were giving out carafes for people to put their tap water in.

“People buy bottled water because of the marketing, and we realized that if we were to win them back to the tap we would have to do some marketing of our own. It’s all about giving Paris water an image and explaining why it is good for you,” said Franck Madureira of Eau de Paris. “If we can tip the balance and get a majority of the population back drinking the tap variety, we will consider the campaign a success.”

“Paris water has a mineral and sanitary quality that is just as good as anything you buy in a bottle. But it is between 100 and 200 times cheaper. It is delivered straight to your home. And there is no packaging,” said Anne Le Stat, president of Eau de Paris.

The capital’s socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoe said that he drinks three litres of tap water every day. “It’s good for the health. It keeps me in shape,” he said.

Is tap water, Parisian or not, just as good as bottled water? Let’s look at that.

Generally in the tap you find one of two types of water, hard and soft, depending on whether or not you have a water softener. In the town where I live, our water is so hard that within a month of moving into our home we had hard water deposits on our toilets. So, we bought a water softener to help prolong the life of our plumbing and appliances, and had a reverse osmosis water system installed in our sink so we could drink the water. At The School, we strictly use distilled water.

Hard Water: This is saturated with calcium, iron, magnesium, and many other inorganic minerals. All water in lakes, rivers, on the ground, in deep wells, is classified as hard water. (Many city systems take water from rivers or lakes, or reservoirs supplied with mountain water; they erroneously call their supplies “soft water” but it is soft only in comparison with water, which is harder.)

Soft Water: This water is soft in comparison with water which is harder. It may contain many trace minerals and chemicals, viruses and bacteria. It is not to be confused with “softened water.” Soft water may be classified as water, which is harder than distilled water.

Both hard water and soft water may contain chlorine or fluorine, if your community adds it to the water.

You generally find three types of water bottled in the stores: filtered, spring, and reverse osmosis.

Filtered Water: This water has passed through a fine strainer, called a filter. Some calcium and other solid substances are kept in the filter; there is no filter made which can prevent germs from passing through its fine meshes. Each pore of the finest filter is large enough for a million viruses to seep through in a few moments. A home filter usually only picks up suspended solids and is effective for the time, maybe only for hours, until it is filled up. Then it is ineffective even for removing suspended solids, and at the same time becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. If you’ve ever had filtered water when someone has forgotten to change the filter, you know that this can’t be that good for you.

Spring Water: This water is usually taken from a spring or lake that is billed as being formed by glaciers in a secluded area. It is full of minerals. It goes through a filtration process that removes bacteria, but leaves the minerals in. Depending on the brand, sometimes it tastes like dirt. I will drink this when my only other choice is the tap or a drinking fountain that is warm.

Reverse Osmosis: This is a system of water purification, which allows pre-filtered water to be forced through a semi-permeable membrane to separate impurities from our drinking water. However, this membrane allows only certain molecules to pass through providing the water pressure is exactly constant. The matter of water pressure is a problem still to be solved. Furthermore, the membrane also allows some iron and nitrate molecules to pass through. This is usually the type of system you see in grocery stores where you can come and fill your own bottles. The Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop here in town has one of these.

What is Pure Water?

Dr. Christopher said: “For the internal use of the body-the most perfectly designed form of animation on this earth–we should use only the purest liquid we can find. Pure fruit and vegetable juices, as a liquid food, is a pure liquid and very beneficial. We need now to think of a non-nutritional liquid for cleansing the circulatory system of the body, and that liquid is pure water.”

Dr. Norman Walker said: “Water containing nothing but hydrogen and oxygen is pure water, and this is the only kind of water which the blood and lymph can use in their work. Both the blood and the lymph require pure water to assist them in their functions.”

What is pure water? Distilled Water. This is water that has first been turned into steam so that all of its impurities are left behind. Then through condensation, it is turned back into pure water. It is the only pure water. The only water free from all contamination. Distilled water may well be considered the only pure water on earth.

Dr. Christopher discovered distilled water when he was sitting in his wheel chair in a health food store in Salt Lake City. One of his customers came in and dropped off a pamphlet The Choice Is Clear” by Dr. Banik. As Dr. Christopher read this information, he was sold on the virtues of distilled water. He was out of his wheelchair shortly thereafter. When he traveled, he made sure that he had steam-distilled water available wherever he went.

Conclusion

Now, I’m not as strict on this as Dr. Christopher, but I do make a point of getting the purest water I can find. I have family members who have suffered with kidney stones, calcium deposits in various places, arthritis, and other ailments that probably could have been somewhat alleviated with distilled water. And let’s face it, regardless of what the mayor of Paris thinks, tap water and bottled water taste different.