New 'Raw Water' Trend Exposes People To Deadly Diarrhea Diseases

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage warning campers and hikers about the perils of drinking untreated water that flows from the earth. And, Live Water's founder, who changed his name from Christopher Sanborn to Mukande Singh, per Fortune, claimed that public tap water is "toilet water with birth control drugs in it", which is spreading unsafe misinformation to the public. After his juice company collapsed, Evans said he drank nothing but Live Water.

As a company based in San Francisco, we find the onslaught of health hacks are often fueled more by mystique than action. "People don't even realize that because all their water's dead, so they never see it turn green". Among their biggest gripes with this most foul of brews are added fluoride, chloramine, and the lead pipes that it's forced through.

Have you ever taken a moment to consider the countless scientific advancements that make modern life longer, healthier and safer than life 100 years ago and just sort of gone, "Nah, I'm good"? But spring water can contain lots of other things, like Guardia or e.coli. "Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it's a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health", Singh (who changed his name from Christopher Sanborn) told the New York Times. Well, although there are regulations regarding bottled water, no such regulationsexistfor raw water as of now.

Live Water, which pulls water from Opal Springs in Madras, Ore., says its mission is a "new yet ancient idea: Fresh Spring Water delivered in reusable glass".

Raw water is produced through a solar-panel-powered device that absorbs H2O particles in the air
Courtesy of Zero Mass Water

Recently, a flurry of startups has sprung up which supply "raw" water to people at expensive rates. Giardia, another illness caused by unclean water, puts roughly 4,600 USA people in hospital every year. The draw for raw water fans is what they're not getting from the taps.

Another store Liquid Eden offers a variety of water options - including fluoride-free, chlorine-free and "mineral electrolyte alkaline", according to NYT.

But unfiltered water can contain animal feces, which spreads giardia - a disease that results in 4,600 hospitalizations each year, food safety expert Marler told Business Insider.

While "raw water" may be sweeping Silicon Valley, there are clearly safer alternatives for those who don't want to drink traditional tap water. Live Water's founder, Mukhande Singh, said that tap water has been poisoned. According to Fortune, the water turns green if not consumed within a month, so that's probably not an empty claim. "Now is that because I saw it come off the roof, and anything from the roof feels special?"

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