Gold-filtered water?

Gize gold-filtered bottled mineral waterLadies, you can ditch the platinum and the silver; it appears that gold is making a comeback. And not just in the jewelry you wear, but in the water you drink.

A few days ago we did a post on lithium in tap water and its link to prolonged life in roundworms and in humans. In conjunction with this discovery, we posed the question, “what if the fountain of youth came out of your tap?” (We were joking, of course.) Since then, we’ve learned that there is water – supposedly sourced from natural springs and processed through layers of rock formed over 200 million years ago, located in Nova Scotia – that was actually praised as a fountain of youth and healing spring, 500 years ago.

What’s more: a Canadian company has stepped forward, claiming to have filtered this water through gold. Their special gold-filtering process results in a deluxe mineral water, with a discernible flavor, that contains calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine, hydrocarbonates, sulphates, silica and total dissolved solids in various quantities. The company is planning to make this water a new line of bottled water, called Gize – the only golden mineral water in the world. They will not release the details of the size or purity of the gold filter, which can produce 11,000 liters of water an hour. Small bottles (200 mL) will be sold for 5 Euro, approximately $7 USD, and large bottles (750 mL) will be sold for 15 Euro, or nearly $21 USD. Given that the water probably contains a few tiny gold particles, it’s surprising that it wouldn’t sell for more. The company is expecting it to get good demand from luxury spas and hotels.

Would you buy gold-filtered bottled water?

Fountain of Youth = Tap Water?

tap water fountainScientists have been searching for the fountain of youth for centuries. Wouldn’t it be ironic if it was right within our reach this entire time?

A new study shows that low doses of lithium in tap water can prolong life. Lithium is a nutritional trace element found in vegetables and drinking water. An earlier study confirmed that highly concentrated lithium can prolong life in roundworms; however, the dose of lithium analyzed in that study was too high to be safe for humans. A newer study examined the impact of lithium at a dose normally found in ordinary tap water and found the average longevity of both roundworms and humans to be higher when treated with lithium at this dosage.

Perhaps this finding is not surprising when we consider that previous studies have linked lithium with an improvement in psychological well-being and a decrease in suicides. The scientists involved in these studies have considered lithium in low doses as a potential future dietary supplement. Many people would say this is a better alternative than simply adding it to drinking water, as it would give people a choice to take it or not to take it. But if lithium could prolong life overall, and make the world a happier place to live with fewer cases of depression and suicide, perhaps it should be added to our drinking water in low doses – pending more scientific research that deems it safe, that is…

What do you think?

Say No to Drugs in our Drinking Water

Studies claim that adding drugs to drinking water could result in cognitive enhancement for the long-term betterment of society. This hypothesis has its roots in the successful fluoridation of water now hailed by some as a “tremendous human advancement.”

More recently, studies are showing that adding trace amounts of lithium to the public drinking water supply could limit suicides. This drug, which is normally used to combat bipolar disorder, some say could do for suicide what fluoride did for cavities.  According to the studies, communities with naturally lower levels of lithium in their drinking water have higher suicide rates than those with higher lithium levels. Scientists claim that the levels in fortified water are too low to be of any harm to humans. However, this claim has also been made about water fluoridation, in spite of the evidence that links fluoride to neurological defects, blindness, bone cancer and thyroid problems.

Opponents of water enhancement argue that lithium is far more dangerous than fluoride. Conspiracy theorists also claim that adding drugs to drinking water could result in a population much like that envisioned in Aldous Huxley’s famous novel Brave New World. Huxley predicts a future dictatorship in which the mass medication of society renders people complacent with slavery and less likely to revolt against the political regime. Whether or not this is likely to occur, we must consider that the automatic fortification of drinking water – with fluoride, lithium, or any other chemicals – is an infringement on the right of humans to give informed consent to medical intervention. Proponents of mass medication say the opposite – suggesting that our right to lithium-free water is no greater than our right to lithium-enhanced water, and that those opposed to it can simply drink bottled water (which opens up an entirely different can of worms…).  What do you think? Should the government add fluoride, lithium, or any other drugs to our drinking water? Vote on this issue in our latest poll!