Drinking water

What does the research say?

(Keywords: drinking water, chiropractic help, latent heat fusion, head neck pain )

It goes without saying that water is important, we cannot live more than a few days without it. But how much? And what about quality? Is the water from the tap in Chicago the same as the stuff that I drink in Holland? Decidedly not! Four years of living in Illinois convinced me that they pumped the water straight from a sewerage farm called Lake Michigan whereas the Dutch are masters of everything to do with water. They have to be as 60% of the Netherlands lies beneath sealevel.

So, if you are seriously interested in healthy living, and the quality of your water is 'shit', sorry about my misguided sense of humour, then you might think

The wisdom of the ages suggests that we drink too little water. It's probably correct. But the anecdote going back some eighty years, started by a medical doctor who suggested we should be drinking 8 glasses per day turns out, according to new research, that it was simply his opinion, and not based on any solid evidence. In short, like many medical anecdotes, it's pure myth.

There is little evidence that drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day improves your health, say scientists from the University of Pennsylvania. Kidney experts, Drs Negoianu and Goldfarb, explained that drinking extra water may be a waste of time. (Journal of the American Society of Nephrology)

  • Toxins

It has been claimed that consuming lots of drinking water clears toxins, keeps organs in better condition, improves skin tone and prevents you from putting on weight. The researchers say there is not one published study proving the benefit of drinking so much water for ordinary healthy people. It’s probably a myth.

Persons suffering from certain specific diseases do benefit from more water, as it clears certain substances like urea and sodium, and this may apply to healthy people, but there is no proven evidence.

In chiropratic we recommend everyone drink more water, so that tissues remain fully hydrated. Good clean water, not the SH-1-T that comes out of sewerage plants like Lake... oh, dear, better be careful, may be sued! That doesn't mean you have to drink an extra 8 glasses a day. Personally I drink at least 5 glasses of water a day, and numerous cups of very weak tea with fruit. But that too is just an anecdote, without any real justification.

  • Athletes

It is well known, of course, and proven, that athletes should be drinking water; but plenty more water? Amongst other things drinking too little water makes an athlete's skin tight and ‘dried out’, but there is not one study confirming this need for ordinary people.

More controversial, is should that water be loaded with sugar, glucose, fructose... simple sugars.  Prof Tim Noakes, MD, in the chair of sports and exercise at South Africa's premier Cape Town University has come full circle from being an advocate of "carbo-loading" to a low carb fan.

Veteran of some 70 marathons his latest book, Waterlogged, concerns overhydration in the athlete. He advocates: "drink when you're thirsty."

(I'm a Kindle fan, but frankly livid that Amazon has joined the ebook bandwagon. The kindle edition is MORE than a paperback, with zero expenses associated with distributing and selling books. Pure greed. Throw in the postage and your ebook is marginally cheaper)

Should we be carrying waterbottles when running? Noakes says, definitely NO.

  • Headache

Another myth is that drinking more water helps headaches . One small trial did not produce statistically significant data. There is of course plenty of research proving that a chiropractic adjustment will help your headaches ! Well, 70% of headaches come from the upper neck.

  • Weight loss?

Certainly there is no evidence that drinking more water will decrease your appetite , and help you lose weight . There is simply no research showing that it helps; it’s purely anecdotal and has no solid basis in science. However that doesn't mean that drinking more water doesn't help! It's just not been proved.

"We must be skeptical even of our skepticism."

- Bertrand Russell.

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In conclusion

Drs. Negoianu and Goldfarb concluded that there is no clear evidence to indicate that consuming extra water is good for the health - they also stressed that there is no clear evidence of a lack of benefit. "There is simply a lack of evidence in general," they wrote.

As famous scientist Carl Sagan said: Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. We simply do not know. For sure, that is.

Water for Kids

Absolutely don't start your children on the notion of colas and artificially flavoured drinks stuffed with sugar/sweetners and chemicals. Drinking water, weak teas and the drinks suggested above are just as fine for your children as for you.

For more information about water, click here. Read this page with your kids. You and they will enjoy,

I promise! WATER FOR KIDS ...

Pure water and Auto-immune diseases

Whilst cleaning up our water supply has been one of the greatest public health achievements of the Twentieth Century, a fascinating new study (this is no April Fool's joke!) is that our pure drinking water is possibly the cause of auto-immune diseases.

And doctors are now treating patients by deliberating putting parasitic worms in the drinking water of patients suffering ... Read more: DISEASES OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ...

Infantile Colic

Is your baby suffering from Infantile Colic? Do you know what the Rule of Three is? Read more … COLIC CHIROPRACTIC

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Our opinion?

I confess to enjoying both tea and coffee. About two cups of each. When half the world's scientists are saying that they are full of anti oxidants, thus good, and the half are saying they are full of caffeine, thus bad, then I delude myself that it's okay.

In this lovely painting by Lorraine Harrison it would seem that the teapot and the coffeepot are in fellowship, in agreement: Drink more water not and cola filled with either sugar or chemicals. Aside: I'm not strongly convinced of this, but I THINK that instant coffee, like instant-everything-else, is probably not good. They use xylene to extract the caffeine, and traces remain. It's toxic stuff. And teabag-tea tastes so S-H-one-T that I stick to loose tea, despite having to dispose of the tealeaves.

My rule: Treat ANYTHING that is processed by the food industry with a tad of suspicion. Mostly they seem to screw it up.

So, drink more water, but don't get neurotic about the eight glasses per day. And consider other delicious ways to get it down.

A little chopped piquant fruit (mandarin, lemon, plum ...) in a pot of very weak tea is delicious. Kept hot, or cold, in a thermos makes it available for hours. Best strain off the leaves after ten minutes though, otherwise it gets bitter.

In summer, squeeze half a lemon (or less) and a teaspoon of honey into a couple of litres of water. Keep in the refrigerator, and enjoy it all day. Drinking water need not be drudgery. Keep a glass of drinking water on your desk all day. That's what I do.


It's the magical polar nature of water that enables us to make an MRI scan like this:

People come to Jesus Christ for all sorts of bizarre reasons. It was the polar nature of water, and in particular the Latent Heat Fusion that finally convinced me in the existence of a Creator. To believe otherwise was just far too far-fetched, too improbable. LATENT HEAT FUSION ...

A slipped disc like the one above at L4-L5 generally causes pain and tingling down the side of the leg and towards the web between the great toe and the second toe. If severely pinched you won't be able to lift the big toe. Bread and butter for the Chiropractor but each case is a challenge and when severe these slipped disc rules have to be followed to a T or it won't heal. And you know what that means: surgery.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr B  came initially for a painful and stiff neck and then asked whether chiropractic could help the cold numb feeling running down the side of his thigh for six months. Meralgia paresthetica is a double crush syndrome with the nerve affected in the back and groin. He's 80% improved after five treatments.

2. Mrs C has a long history of severe, disabling migraine headaches since having her wisdom teeth removed. She clenches her teeth at night. After six treatments she has no migraines but some jaw joint discomfort remains; a bite plate is in the offing.

3. Mrs U has the trophy for the worst back this year. After major surgery with plates and screws two years later she still had paresis in the lower leg and severe disabling back pain. She's doing far better than expected, in no little part due to a lift in her shoe for a very short leg.

4. Mr V is 86 years old and hurt his back helping his wife into the car. Just one treatment of the sacroiliac joint and he's eighty percent better. It's not always like that.

5. Mr W lay on his back knocking down a pillar. Turning his head causes severe vertigo. He needs the Epley exercises, not pills, research shows. Update, he's fine.

6. Mrs X, a young mother has severe lower back pain, with numbness down the posterior thigh, calf and side of her foot. It started after a long drive in the car. After six treatments she is 60 percent better, but it's slow and is going to take the full 6 weeks to heal.

And now a setback, after lifting her child she now has leg pain. It's going to the be difficult.

7. This lady is a 70 year old woman, is on maintenance care for a nasty lumbar stenosis despite having to do everything at home. Her husband has a hospital acquired infection after a total shoulder replacement. After four operations he is incapacitated.

8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.

9. This man is a 73 year old engineer, still working, is doing fine after a long episode of lower back pain. Some pain on the side of the hip remains after five treatments. I reassured him it's not hip arthritis.

10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.

11. Mr C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.

13. Both Mrs E and I can't believe how much better her lower back and leg pain are. Surgery for a scoliosis and spondylolysthesis three years ago helped greatly for one year. But then her leg went lame and weak. He was responded extremely well despite all expectations.

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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