Vitamin Water - Don't Buy It

Vitamin water is evidently sold extensively throughout the U.S.

I didn't realize it until I began to do some research on the topic, but Coca-Cola owns the Vitaminwater brand.

There are other brands out there, to be sure, but chances are that the concept of this type of product being healthy water was given a huge jumpstart by Coke's powerful advertising campaign.

No one who knows enough about health and nutrition to avoid drinking soda would even consider buying sugared water with or without the carbonation, unless he or she wanted to pay way too much for a beverage very similar to Kool Aid.

So the stuff is far from a healthy concoction. It isn't even decent drinking water.

Whoever drinks it ingests lots of sugar (maybe 33 grams or more) and some chemicals masquerading as vitamins. Everyone who knows anything about vitamins knows that for vitamins to have any beneficial effect they must be from plant sources.

Even then, processing methods for mass production of the vitamins often kill the product, rendering it useless for any nutritional benefit.

All those consumers who use vitamin water must be stupid, right?

Far from it.

I've seen some very intelligent folks - even some participants in marathons - even some professionals such as lawyers and real estate brokers - drinking it, apparently enjoying the taste.

Not stupid - just misled.

I wouldn't be surprised to find some medical doctors using this product.

Most medical doctors have had little or no education in the area of nutrition. I've known several who died at relatively young ages of a condition easily preventable had they known something about diet and exercise.

Now, finally, some M.D.'s are seeing the light - with the Deepak Chopras, Andrew Weils and Alejandro Jungers leading the way. Many more, also.

Dr. Terry Grossman, M.D. is another of those excellent, outstanding scientists who braved the wrath of his peers in the medical associations by establishing a successful alternative health practice here in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and in Southern California.

Dr. Grossman's first book, Baby Boomer's Guide to Living Forever, tells the story of Dr. Fred Batmanghelidj - an Iranian medical doctor who was imprisoned by Ayatollah Khomeini when the Ayatollah successful overthrew the Shah of Iran.

Soon after being locked up, the guards brought another prisoner who was in severe abdominal pain to him for treatment. The quick diagnosis was stomach ulcers.

Having no obvious means for treating the patient, Dr. Fred told his patient to drink 2 glasses of water every 3 hours. The ulcers went away.

Ulcers was a common affliction in that prison - since the warden had ordered that one prisoner each day would be selected at random to be taken out and shot to death.

Dr. Batmanghelidj was held in prison for 2-1/2 years, during which time he successfully treated over 3,000 fellow prisoners with ulcers and various other complaints using the same prescription - lots of water.

The book written by Dr. Batmanghelidj bears the title, Your Body's Many Cries for Water.

Water - just water. Not vitamin water.

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