Thursday, February 20, 2014

Water cures cancer - you're doing it wrong.



Ah, Facebook...

So my wife has this thing where she will either like or share a post that she doesn't have time to read "now" but doesn't want to miss and not read later (or so she says).

I don't like this particular tactic because it makes her look like she likes some pretty far out stuff sometimes. Something that she did this to yesterday really got my blood boiling today and I thought I'd take a second to share. I'm not going to reference the original post, but I will say some things about it. The content of it can be found here - http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/w/water-cures.htm#.Uwax-vldXTc

The post on Facebook has over 4400 comments since September 2013. The company that posted it is a "naturopathic" company that touts juicing and eating your veggies. The post itself has over 57,000 likes and 223,000 shares. I am not going to name the company or link to the post for the sole reason that they do not have the article on their site, just the Facebook page. But the info-graphic says things like "scientifically proven" on it, and that's part of the reason that it really pissed me off.

To summarize, the "method" is "popular in Japan", and drinking four glasses of water first thing in the morning will cure a host of diseases, including "Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases." It will also, apparently, cure Tuberculosis in three months and cancer is six months...

WHAT!?!?! Of course, there is no evidence to back this up. There are no peer reviewed studies or experiments that show even ANY connection to drinking water as a CURE FOR CANCER!

The hardest part for me is when someone with cancer sees this and is afraid. Here is this "story" with hundreds of thousands of people sharing it, offering a "cure" for cancer that is so simple. Just drink water in the morning. It will fix everything!

Most of the stuff I can find on the site that shared this is good, normal (if slightly pseudo-scientific) stuff about why you should (and how to) consume healthy plant materials. Looking it over, it's somewhat backed by research) they recommend a lot of foods rich in a variety of anti-oxidants and what not. On their site I did run into some wackiness (using onion juice to regrow hair), but most it's mostly harmless stuff.



-SR




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