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The science is NOT settled…on water?

July 13, 2011

Drinking too much water ‘can be bad for your health’: Benefits are a myth | Mail Online.

If I ever I would agree that the “science was settled” on an issue, it would be the benefits of drinking agua.  Not so fast mon ami!  According to the above linked article, water is not so good for you as we once thought, in fact, it could cause harm.  Check it out:

It is said to help us prevent kidney damage, lose weight and increase concentration levels.

But experts now warn that drinking eight glasses of water a day is not good for you after all – and could be harmful.

Wow, what a turn around!  One would think scientists could at least have as much consensus on a substance that makes up 70% of almost all life as they do on global climate disruption.  To continue:

However, a report describes the danger of dehydration as a ‘myth’ and says there is no evidence behind claims that water prevents multiple health problems.

Myth.  That’s an interesting term to describe something you can actually die from.  If you have ever been dehydrated before, you would know it ain’t a damn myth.  Vomiting, head-aches, dizziness, shivers, cramping, these are all “real” symptoms of basic dehydration.  More advanced cases of dehydration lead to…uhhh, death.  Ask the 1.5 million African kids who die every year due to dehydration from diarrhea (yeah, diarrhea doesn’t kill you, it’s the loss of water that does).

The article continues:

Glasgow-based GP Margaret McCartney says the NHS Choices website’s advice that people should drink six to eight glasses a day is ‘not only nonsense, but thoroughly debunked nonsense’. She adds that the benefits of the drink are often exaggerated by ‘organisations with vested interests’ such as bottled water brands.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr McCartney also points out that research shows drinking when not thirsty can impair concentration, rather than boost it, and separate evidence suggests that chemicals used for disinfection found in bottled water could be bad for your health.

“Thoroughly debunked nonsense” makes you wonder why practically every government recommends the same daily water intake?  I also like the bit about “organisations with vested interests” – luckily the global warming scientists never have to worry about that ethical dilemma.

The next part is my favorite, and points to the “harmful” aspects of drinking water in the lede:

Worryingly, Dr McCartney also warns that taking on too much water can lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition called hyponatraemia, which sees the body’s salt levels drop and can lead to swelling of the brain.

That is worrying, if it wasn’t just rare but absurd to compare the deaths of hyponatremia (basically an electrolyte imbalance caused by too much water) to the deaths caused by dehydration.

It seems to me in the realm of scientific and medical journal article writing, the only way to get published is to counter actual “settled” science, unless we are talking about global warming, then you never get published if you are one of those “lunatics” that doesn’t believe the hype.

Dehydration is a real, life-threatening condition that can happen to anyone at anytime, especially in the modern age where there are so many more tastier choices than “high quality H2O”.  As with anything, overdoing it can of course be just as bad, but to suggest drinking water normally (or even the govt. recommended 8 glasses a day) could be hazardous is absurd and in my opinion negligent on the part of the doctors who suggest so.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2011 2:08 pm

    The only thing unsettled is how these morons ever get a platform from which to spout their nonsense.

    • JustFacts permalink
      July 13, 2011 2:25 pm

      The problem is, that now-a-days there are so many platforms that need filling, that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to whet the appetites of these so-called journalists.

      Just remember, the motto of the the New York Times used to be “All The News That’s Fit To Print.” Of course, now days the Gray Lady’s motto has been modified somewhat to “Print All The News That Fits.” And, the term “news” is entirely a misnomer.

      • July 13, 2011 3:03 pm

        That’s a good point, there are so many journal out there now that I am sure they suffer from a lack of material.

  2. July 13, 2011 2:45 pm

    No doubt this will be an additional mandate as soon as Michelle can get her eyes on this story.

    • July 13, 2011 3:05 pm

      Yeah, wonder how that will work, kinda hard to knock water and be taken seriously.

  3. July 13, 2011 5:20 pm

    I drank some watr once. I didn’t really care for it. Hic…hic…

    • July 14, 2011 5:52 am


  4. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:41 pm

    Is it the water or all the crap in it? Your body does an excellent job of telling you when you need water. Every creature on this face of this earth knows when to drink water.

    And as a cohort of mine, W.C. Fields, once said, “That reminds me of our safari in Africa. Someone lost our corkscrew and we were compelled to live on nothing but food and water for several days.”

    • July 14, 2011 5:54 am

      They specified water, not so much the additives. Love the Fields quote. =)

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