Raw water: Inside the latest health drink craze

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A start-up is selling unfiltered, untreated and unsterilized "raw water".

If the at-home "unfiltration system" isn't your bag, the effort to fight against lead, Chloramine, and Fluoride polluted H20 isn't all lost.

What is raw water but water - just less regulated?

They even endorse wacky charlatan Doug Evans, who rewarded shareholders stung by the failure of his Juicero juicing company by indulging in a 10-day cleanse, drinking nothing but "Live Water". But health experts have warned against such practices claiming that the bacteria generally found in water can have a slow but extreme impact on the health of humans, so consuming raw water can be extremely risky for health. This company's stand against filtered, treated water has already found fertile ground in the minds of plenty of people in Western California, riding on the public outrage around the water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, the United States enjoys some of the safest drinking water in the world. "Spring water and mountain stream water may look pure, but it can be contaminated with things like bacteria and viruses". "Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it's a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health", Singh (who changed his name from Christopher Sanborn) told the New York Times. "Bottled water's controversial. We've curtailed our water selection". Source can work anywhere, and many arrays are deployed in deserts where water is scarce, Friesen said.

Here's one of those trends that puts the nut in health nut: drinking untreated - or raw - water that comes with a $15 a bottle price tag and a host of health warnings.

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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. However, people seem to be extremely afraid of all these processes and additional substances, so they started drinking raw water.

Another raw water supplier, Live Water, in Los Angeles, Calif., claims a range of vague and scientifically unsupported health benefits. The CDC said when the US began disinfecting community water in the early 1900s, the country saw a dramatic decrease in diseases including typhoid and cholera.

Many people are not so convinced about the validity of this fad.

As per Singh, "real water" should expire after a few months.

Dr Donald Hensrud, the director of the Healthy Living Program, compares raw water to the anti-vaxxer movement and warns of the dangers of taking Living Water's claims at face value. "And I feel good drinking it".

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