The United States of America is still a country that takes home the very well deserved award for laughable health trends or celebrity-sponsored diets that usually have their 15 minutes of fame before fading into obscurity. Whether we are speaking of the limited Grapefruit Diet or the detrimental Cotton Ball Diet, America is obsessed with health trends that show results quickly as opposed to over time.  


The rise and fall of numerous fad diets coupled with the obesity rates in America, shows this country’s peculiar and oftentimes love-hate relationship with health. Fad diets have long been proven to occasionally cause far more harm than good when it comes to a person’s overall health. The Oscar for the weirdest — and most likely harmful — fad diet easily goes to The Tapeworm Diet, where according to Legion Athletics, individuals “swallow a capsule filled with tapeworm eggs. As these intestinal parasites hatch and grow inside you, they actually absorb some of your food and nutrients before you do.” 


Unless you just went on an extended trip to Colorado or clubbing in Miami with Tony Montana, then a diet consisting of an entire water or juice cleanse for your system just seems unnecessary in the grand scheme of physiology (it also does not help that every “juice cleanse” product I see closely resembles more of a mall kiosk ripoff product than a legitimate medical product).



Summit Spring Raw Water

Summit Spring Raw Water (amazon)

One fad  that has caught the obsessive attention of the American public, not because of its supposed “health benefits”, but rather its potential danger to the consumer due to the real possibility of consuming live bacteria, is “Raw Water.” It is the newest and hottest health craze; described best as water that is unfiltered and in its most natural state, this type of water is untreated version of water that just comes from a natural body of water.


Reread that sentence if necessary. Unfiltered water straight from a river, spring or any other natural water source could very well offer a cornucopia of sickening bacteria, viruses and millions of other types of pathogens. “Unfortunately, this water could contain dangerous pesticides, bacteria, and animal waste products.” Dr. Sarang Koushik told ABC News. Dr. Koushik also said that “raw water” could contain a host of damaging bacteria; E. Coli, giardia, or cholera just to name a few. Without proper filtration to remove these bacteria colonies, those pathogens could still very well be present.


Now to be fair, not all products listed as “raw water” certainly have harmful chemicals and/or bacteria. Live Water, a major player in the niche sub-market of organic natural water and a provider of “raw water”, has verified on their website that their source, Opal Spring in Madras, Oregon, has been tested several times and never once tested positive for any contaminants. Still though, Dr. Koushik cited that “there were 124 hospitalizations and 13 deaths related to water contamination” from 2013 to 2014. If you plan on trying raw water anytime soon, please proceed with caution.


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