[Homeroast] Distilled H2O

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Tue Jun 4 14:03:08 CDT 2013

You could also live in a bubble with purified air since most assuredly you
are breathing airborne contaminants as you typed...

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On 13-06-04 02:18 PM, John Nanci wrote:
> I could not even get through your post, but just had to comment on 
> this (being a 20 year water chemist).  You have a very interesting way 
> of interpreting that link - that those compounds are 'allowed'.  The 
> piece I don't think you know is that most of those nasty ones (like
> arsenic) the MCL is set at what current, common instrumentation can 
> see.  The translation to that is that if they can detect it it's over 
> the limit.  That's totally different from saying they allow 0.02 mg/L 
> arsenic.  In the world of analytical chemistry you cannot say there 
> can be none there as you can't prove the absolute absence.  You can 
> only reasonably prove the absence to a certain level.  The same go for 
> lead, cyanide and mercury to name just a few.  Those 'allowable'
> limits are no such thing in practice - they are as low as we can see 
> which is as good you can regulate for.
> And as for rain water being distilled water, I see where you are 
> coming from but - um, ever heard of acid rain?  I've analyzed rain 
> water and it does not hold a candle to the purity of real distilled 
> water.  Great statement in theory, but it does not hold up in practise.
> John

All I said is that rain is distilled water, and I did note it picks up
contaminants on the way down, which is why I don't drink it, I drink my own
homemade distiled water. However, the resident biologist stated that "There
is and never has been anywhere on this earth that distiller water exists for
consumption or use by organisms.", which I thought was leaving out an
obvious source of distilled water that in fact all life on earth depends
upon. I could also mention condensation on rock faces, on leaves, etc... I
think distilled water is quite prevalent in nature.

To your measurement point, what you are saying is that the "allowable" 
level equates to the level of error of the measurement devices. That is all
fine, but that still means you can be taking in small amounts of dangerous
chemicals with every glass of water, many of which bioaccumulate. Seems to
me it would be safer to try to eliminate these as much as possible,
especially if there is no downside to doing so.


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