There are 120 inorganic elements that make up the earth's
surface. Inorganic minerals are referred to as salts or mineral
salts. When these inorganic minerals are dissolved in water
they are referred to as "total dissolved solids" or
TDS. Throughout our lives we have been taught that we need
minerals in our diet; no one disputes this need. However,
many dispute the correct source and composition needed to
supply our bodies with these necessary minerals.
Should these minerals be organic or inorganic? Many feel
that our drinking water is a good source of minerals needed
by the human body. Is this so? Should we depend on our drinking
water or our food to supply our minerals?
- Minerals found in drinking water are known as "inorganic."
found in our food supply are known as "organic."
Perhaps the following articles and excerpts will be helpful
in determining answers for yourself.
Dr. Allen E. Banik with Carlson Wade
"It is believed that mineral waters help furnish elements
for body metabolism. But there is scientific proof to suggest
that many of these minerals are in an inorganic (dead) form.
While they may enter the circulation, they cannot be used
in the physiological process of building the human cell.
These inorganic minerals only interfere with the delicate
and complex biology of the body. They may also overwork the
For example, it would be biologically impossible to nourish
the body with iron by taking "iron filings" or
any other form of inorganic iron. The best way to nourish
the body with iron is through fresh and, preferably, raw
fruits and vegetables.
With this in mind, we can see that mineral water may give "dead" or "inorganic" minerals
to the body which cannot be properly assimilated.".
Dr. Henry A. Schroeder, eminent scientist and world authority
on minerals, says: "The minerals which the human body
needs that are in the water are insignificant compared to
those found in food."
The American Medical Journal states, "The body's need
for minerals is largely met through foods, NOT DRINKING WATER."
Fact: The organic minerals in tap water represent only 1%
of the total mineral content of the water.
One glass of orange juice contains more beneficial minerals
than thirty gallons of untreated tap water.
Paul C. Bragg, N.D., Ph.D.
Life Extension Specialist
"What the human body cannot utilize or excrete, it
must store. Consequently, the inorganic salts (inorganic
minerals) are stored and in time take their toll in the form
of hardening of the arteries, stones within the kidneys,
urethras, gall bladder, joints and an etiologic factor in
enlargement of the adipose cell (fat cell). To be one hundred
percent healthy, the human body must be free of inorganic
"When pure water enters the human body, it leaves no
residue. It is free of all inorganic salts. It is the perfect
drink for internal cleanliness and health. Reverse osmosis
water is crystal clear with every impurity removed, ready
for and perfect for human consumption, free from all pollutants
including inorganic salts, organic material, bacteria and
viruses. No other water excels as fit for human consumption."
-- Dr. T.C. McDaniel, Director of Professional Affairs,
The National Foundation for Prevention of Obesity
"The minerals in the Natural Waters are inactive. They
do not contain enzymes, the essence of life. Nature has made
provision to install life into these mineral elements by
means of the development of the growth and maturity of plants.
In the course of the plant's growth, the roots collect minerals
from the earth, convert them into live organic elements and
absorb them into the stem, the leaves, the seeds and the
flower and fruit.
It is natural that the use of fresh raw vegetable and fruit
juices should furnish the cells and tissues of the body with
the finest kind and quality of nourishment in the form of
ultra-microscopic minerals replete with enzymes."
We have been told for years about the importance of drinking
plenty of water every day. 70% of our body is composed of
water, in fact no life could exist on earth without water,
but is the water we are now drinking really beneficial to
us or harmful.
How does water work in our body? It helps us digest food,
maintain proper body temperature, gives our lungs the moisture
we need to breathe, provides for the form and function of
our body's 100 trillion cells, it is the primary ingredient
in all bodily fluids including blood supply, lymph, saliva,
glandular secretions and cerebrospinal fluid, to name a few
things water does in the body. Water constitutes, regulates,
flows through, cleanses and helps nourish every single part
of your body. But the wrong kind of water- with inorganic
minerals, chemicals and other contaminants- can pollute,
clog up and turn to stone in every part of your body. According
to Dr. Norman Walker, everything you eat or drink goes into
your stomach and then into 20-25 feet of small intestine,
from there food which can be assimilated is transferred to
the liver for distribution to the rest of your system; while
most of what cannot be utilized is passed on as waste into
the colon. Liquids pass readily through the microscopic blood
vessel in the wall of the small intestine so whatever the
liquid contains in colloidal form goes along with the liquid
right into the liver. (This includes inorganic minerals,
the most common of which is calcium-lime, a primary ingredient
in making concrete and cement). Once it reaches the liver
everything is cleared from it except for the hydrogen and
oxygen, that is pure water, and this is the only kind of
water which the blood and the lymph can use in their work.
According to Dr. Walker if a person drinks 2 pints of water
a day, this will total 4500 gallons of water passing through
his body over a 70 year span. If it is not distilled, Dr.
Walker estimates this 4500 gallons will include 200-300 pounds
of rock that the body cannot utilize. Most will be eliminated
through excretory channels. But some of this will stay in
the body, causing stiffness in the joints, hardening of the
arteries, kidney stones, gall stones and blockages of arteries,
microscopic capillaries and other passages in which liquids
flow through our entire body.
What is being added to our water or being found in our water?
Chlorine- being added to "poison" the bacteria
in our water, if you can smell it , it may inter the intestinal
tract to destroy helpful bacteria. (It was used as a weapon
in WW I ). It has been linked to heart disease, senility,
cancers of the bladder, liver, pancreas, colon and urinary
tract. Fluoride- one of the most potent poisons known to
man. Used in high concentrations as a roach and rat killer
and pesticide. In an update of Paul Bragg's book The Shocking
Truth About Water, he cites an ABC News study revealing that
more than 700 chemicals have been found in our drinking water,
and 129 of these chemicals have been cited by the EPA as
posing serious health risks. Yet the EPA requires testing
for only 14 of these chemicals.
Options: Distilled or Reverse Osmosis are the only options
we recommend. And the Reverse Osmosis is only if you know
that the filters and membranes are changed frequently. If
this is not happening the R.O. is drastically less effective
For more information: The Choice is Clear, by Dr. Allen
Banik; Water Can Undermine Your Health, by Dr. Norman Walker