By Bob McCauley, ND 

Water cures, but purified water destroys anyone who consumes it. Purified water is produced by distillation or reverse osmosis and should not be consumed for three reasons. It acidifies the body, leaches alkaline material from the body, including minerals, and because of the large size and shape of its water molecule clusters it does not hydrate the body well. In fact, long-term use can leave us dehydrated. Purified water has had all the minerals removed from it, which is a substance that cannot be found in nature. Because of its extreme purity, purified water absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, which makes it acidic and even more aggressive at dissolving the alkaline substances it comes in contact with. It usually contains little or no dissolved oxygen and therefore is considered dead water. Purified water enters the body pure, but does not come out pure. It leaches vital minerals from the body, turning it more acidic. Even purified water that has been ionized should be avoided. Even though ionization does increase purified water’s hydration properties, the trade off is not worth it because it will steal minerals from the body.


Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher, first introduced the concept of micro-cluster water molecule clusters. Using Magnetic Resonance Analysis, he demonstrated that water which had been distilled, polluted or passed through the body after consumption had lost its structure or inner order. Destruction of this natural crystalline structure leaves purified water useless to the body. It has been changed beyond its natural structure the same way cooking foods changes their natural chemical structure. Purified water proponents insist that rain water is the same as purified water because rain is condensed from clouds which are accumulated air moisture. Rain water, however, has a crystalline structure, thus it is completely different from purified water which has no structure. Re-mineralizing purified water will allow it to regain its crystalline structure at which point it can now be consumed.

The water found in plants is quite similar to distilled water in its purity. However, when we consume a plant such as a carrot, we do not only consume the water, but the whole plant as well, thus the water is buffered by the alkaline nature of minerals and enzymes of the plant. But to extract that water and consume it without neutralizing its purity and acidic nature, our body becomes the buffering agent and alkaline minerals are leached from it.

The list of purified water proponents who are raw foodists and other naturalists is long. Dr. Norman Walker, for instance, was a strong proponent of purified water, as was Paul Bragg.[1] I am one of the few naturalists who opposes the consumption of purified water, but I am not entirely alone.

“The longer one drinks purified water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state. Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of purified water.” [2] Since it has been transformed into an unadulterated chemical substance (H2O), purified water naturally seeks to balance or mollify its extremely pure, acid condition with an alkaline buffer. Removing minerals from water makes it hungry for anything that is not like itself. All things in nature strive to balance themselves. What is immediately available to purified water when it is consumed are the alkaline minerals and other alkaline material of the body, thus they are absorbed by the pure water and carried away with it as it leaves the body. It is the extreme characteristics of purified water that encourages this leaching of minerals. One person’s black hair completely turned gray after only two weeks on a distilled-water fast because all the copper, which is used to form hair pigment, was leached from his body. While purified water can remove toxins, it will also take with it vital minerals and other elements important to the body, which promotes osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and a host of other diseases.

Many will argue that taking mineral supplements will compensate for the theft of minerals due to purified water. If you have sea salt, algae, sea vegetables and a large variety of other raw foods in your diet, there may be a chance that this would occur. Trying to replace them with mineral supplements is impossible, regardless of whether they are angstrom-size or chelated for better absorption.

“There is a correlation between purified water and how it steals calcium from the body. [As this happens] the body begins to cannibalize itself to meet the calcium requirements of the body. Chronic digestive problems such as gas and diarrhea are common among purified water drinkers. As the consumption of soft water (distilled water is extremely soft) increases, the incidence of cardiovascular disease also increases. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood.” [3]

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