There is some seriously odd stuff on teh intertoobs. A coupe of days ago, one of our ‘regulars’ on Making Sense of Fluoride posted a link to a page entitled “Water Confusion“. It was confusing all right.
Apparently we are confused about “what kind of drinking water is the most health promoting”. I would have thought that one was fairly straight-forward: one that’s free of pathogens would be a good start. But no; apparently the issue is hydration
hydration [is] on top of the list of medical concerns among sensitive and knowledgeable healthcare practitioners.
So if a doctor isn’t overtly concerned about my hydration state then she’s neither sensitive nor knowledgeable? Hmmmm. (The site owner doesn’t agree with fluoridation either.) But wait, there’s more:
How many people and doctors know that Pepsi and Coke are highly acidic and actually push our bodies into dehydration because the body needs water to process these corrosive liquids and thus ends up in a water deficit.
A quick google search on that one reveals a number of alt.heatlth websites, many with claims about hydration that vary only in the nationality for whom the claims are made. Irish? American? We’ve got you covered. So my next stop was the invaluable snopes.com (a place I visit regularly ie whenever one of my FB friends posts one of those ‘important warning’ messages). Snopes debunks both the general claims about how much someone needs to drink on a daily basis – the ‘8 glasses per day’ mantra ignores the fact that food & drinks of any sort contribute to our daily intake) and the idea that cocacola is corrrosive or dehydrating. But wait, there’s more:
Apparently water is sensitive to thought and ‘fine’ classical music (it is?); has a memory (it does?); carries information (really?) & thus can have an effect on our intelligence & how we process information. In this worldview the bloodstream is the ‘river of life’ – one that’s disturbed by vaccines & improved by alkalising our tissues. So here there’s a conflation of several forms of woo: homeopathy, pseudoscientific arguments against vaccination, and the idea that bodily ills can be done away with by drinking alkaline water (the site’s owner obviously agrees with the line pushed by one Robert Young, that baking soda can be used to cure cancer.) And it’s a conflation with the potential to do real harm, if someone with a serious medical condition follows this melange of advice.
From my perspective, the ‘highlight’ of the page was the discovery that its owner is in some disagreement with one of the kings of woo, Joseph Mercola…
And my title? Drawn from the statement that
When chemical fluids in the form of vaccines are injected into the waters of life (our blood), a great disturbance is created…
Obi Wan Kenobi, where are you when you’re needed?