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Is Bottled Water Bad for Your Health?

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Is Bottled Water Bad for Your Health?

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The next time someone offers you a bottle of water, take a stand and say something clever like, “No thank you, I don’t believe in it.” This simple move will open up a conversation about the massive swindle that is bottled water … and possibly persuade one more person to give it up entirely.

Even beyond the issues of your health and the environment, bottled water represents a novel form of privatization, in which private corporations have succeeded, and quite successfully I might add, at making water a commodity.

I would say, and I suspect you would agree, that water is more a “right” than it is a commodity. And private corporations should have no more control over the selling of water than they do the selling of our air supplies. Well, this is already occurring to some extent as corporations make a profit selling water — which at times even makes water less available to the people living in the area.

Even public water supplies are being increasingly taken over by private corporations, and in some areas of the world are up for grabs by the highest bidder.

This has been publicized in countries such as Bolivia, where residents battled police and the military to protect their water rights from the US-based Bechtel Corporation, but you should know water privatization initiatives are being pushed all over the world, including in the United States.

If you’re interested in learning more, an excellent, eye-opening film on this topic that I highly recommend is Thirst.

Getting back to bottled water, however, many, many Americans still drink it, believing it is somehow healthier than tap water.

In 2008, U.S. bottled water consumption reached nearly 9 billion gallons, raking in revenues of more than $11 billion.

Folks, this is for a “product” you can get virtually for free by turning on your kitchen tap!

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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12:43PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

We are on a mission here at La Force and Oregon Purified Water systems"Rid the planet of those nasty plastic bottles and get people to drink delicious water"

12:41PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

www.bestwaternobottles.com

12:40PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

www.nobottlesbestwater.com

2:18AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

R/O water filters are by far and away the most, most expensive with relatively high maintenance requirements. If one is only worried about drinking(vs bathing and washing clothes) then any filter system(pitcher, on the tap, or countertop version) is better than none and far more cost effective than bottled water.

9:23PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Please explain to me Dr. M. , when there is a catastrophy like a tornedo, flooding, or hurricane....the Red Cross doles out bottles of safe drinking water???

6:40PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

thanks for sharing this interesting information

5:04PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Ta.

11:00AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Do you really know where your tap h20 comes from. And how much poison actually gets in it. So long as I recycle my bottles and caps , I'm still feeling safer than not knowing what is coming out of my tap.

2:51PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

READ ABOUT PRIMA WATER BOTTLES; 100% PLANT BASED! GREAT TASTE! SIMPLE COMPANY BEING PUT BY THE WAYSIDE BY BIG COMPANIES THAT DO NOT HAVE SUCH A CLAIM. I WITNESSED THIS MORE THAN ONCE; BIG NAMES ARE CERTAINLY TO BLAME FOR HUMANITIES FAILINGS. WANT THIS INFORMATION? KROGER REMOVED ABOVE MENTIONED PRODUCT FROM THE SHELVES, IN PART, DUE TO SWIRES ABILITY TO $HARE THE WEALTH. FOR WHAT PRIMO PRODUCTION HAS DONE FOR ME, I WILL DO FOR IT - PROMOTE GOOD HEALTH FOR ALL HUMANITY.

2:41PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

YES! BOTTLE WATER IS NO GOOD WHEN CONTAINMENT IS A CONTAMINANT

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