Are You Pouring Money On A Bottled Water Scam?

Bottled water – good for you, or just a scam?

In my opinion, bottled water could be classed as a scam as I believe it to be obscenely over-priced.

Regular tap water, as you probably know, must go through stringent quality checks before a water company can distribute it to households.

Bottled water, on the other hand, does not generally have to meet the same level of standards, in terms of purity, contaminants or filtering.

Nor is there anywhere near the same level of regulatory control.



Additionally, bottled water can be dormant on shop shelves for some time before it is purchased.

This, combined with the plastic bottles it comes in, can often lead to the presence of more bacteria than in utility’s water.

Furthermore, bottled water rarely benefits from fluoridation, meaning that regular drinkers may be leaving themselves open to an increase in tooth decay.

Some would argue that bottled water is good for you, despite the lack of fluoride in most.

However, a good counter to that would be a case we had here in the UK a few years ago.


In 2004 Dasani, produced by Coca Cola, had to be withdrawn from sale because it was discovered that they had illegally added high levels of bromate to the water.

So much so, that samples were found to contain than twice the UK’s legal limit.

Excessive intake of bromate has been associated with increased risks of cancer.


Sure, bottled water is essential in some instances, often when travelling abroad.

However, with the quality of domestic water services being what they are in the UK and US, do you really need to pay anywhere between 10 and 1,000 times as much to have your water supplied in a bottle?’

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  1. New York – August 14, 2008 – Dr. Vyvyan Howard, a prominent fetal toxicologist said in a recent Canadian TV interview that current brain/fluoride research convinces him that we should stop water fluoridation.

    Dr. Howard, President of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment and Senior Lecturer, Developmental Toxico-Pathology, University of Liverpool, England, made presentations at three Toronto Canada meetings of the International Society of Fluoride Research, Fluoride Action Network and the Citizens for a Safe Environment.

    Studies done in several countries show that children’s IQ are likely to be lower in high natural water fluoride areas, said Howard. These studies are plausible because fluoride is known to affect the thyroid hormone which affects intelligence and fluoride is also a neurotoxicant, said Howard. Such studies have not been conducted in countries that artificially fluoridate the water such as the US, UK and Canada, but should be, he said.

    Howard’s assessments came before publication of “Fluoride and Children’s Intelligence: A Meta-analysis” in Biological Trace Element Research by Tang et al concluding “A qualitative review of the studies found a consistent and strong association between the exposure to fluoride and low IQ.” (e-published ahead of print 8/10/08)

    “This new brain research together with the NRC’s evidence of fluoride’s thyroid and bone damage and the CDC’s recommendation against use of fluoridated water in infant formula as well as the National Kidney Foundation’s withdrawal of their fluoridation support makes a strong case for ending this 60-year-old fluoridation experiment.” says attorney Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc

    Fluoride, added to water supplies ostensibly to prevent tooth decay, is also in virtually all US non-organic foods and beverages from pesticide residues and processing with fluoridated water.

    “There have now been over 40 animal studies which show that fluoride can damage the brain, and no less than 18 studies which show that fluoride lowers IQ in children, and only 2 that don’t,” says Paul Connett, PhD, Executive Director, Fluoride Action Network (FAN).

    In 2006, the U.S. National Research Council’s (NRC) expert fluoride panel reviewed recent fluoride toxicology and concluded, “It’s apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”

    Michael Connett, Project Director for the Fluoride Action Network co-authored a poster presentation at the International Association of Dental Research entitled, “Fluoride and its effect on human intelligence.” which identified 20 ecological studies that purport an association between high fluoride exposure and decreased human intelligence.

    “The weight of evidence that’s on the table now says that, on a precautionary basis, we should stop this practice (fluoridation),” said Dr. Howard.

    FAN is now working on getting an additional 7 Chinese studies published for the first time in English-language journals by the end of the year. These additional studies include two studies showing that fluoride can pass the placenta and damage the brain of the fetus, and 5 more studies finding a reduction in IQ among children exposed to excess fluoride.

    “The Canadian Dental Association says there is no evidence to support the claims that fluoride in drinking water can lead to lower IQs,” reported the Lethbridge Herald

    Here’s the evidence:

    The President of the Ontario Dental Association further displayed ignorance of current fluoride research, apparently widespread in the dental community, when he insisted in the CTV broadcast that fluoride incorporates into children’s developing teeth to prevent decay. That theory was discarded long ago in favor of science which shows fluoride gets into tooth enamel by topical means alone.

    A study by Yoder concluded, “The majority of dental professionals surveyed were unaware of the current understanding of fluoride’s predominant posteruptive mode of action.”

    “No child is, or ever was, fluoride deficient. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control tells us that 1/3 of U.S school children are fluoride-overdosed causing dental fluorosis – white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. It’s time to stop fluoridation,” says Beeber.
    After 60 years of water fluoridation, the CDC reports that 51% of 6 – 11 year-olds have cavities and 40% of 6 – 11 year-olds have fluorosis

    Take action to end fluoridation here:

  2. I feel far more comfortable drinking bottled water when I am on vacation but I do have to say that it is well over-priced considering the fact thta it is a “free” resource.

  3. Bottled water is a huge scam. I know what the city does to clean the water but I have no idea what the bottled water companies are doing. Sometimes I think they just fill the bottles from the tap and laugh at us. Plus the amount of waste generated by throwaway plastic bottles is obscene.

    People constantly ask me how I can drink the city water – like I am slowly trying to kill myself or something.

    • I know some people in the world die due to a lack of clean water but even so, there are some who drink water from rivers all their lives with no ill effects!

      You’re right about plastic, though I read today that the US has taken the lead in recovering non-degradable products from landfill in order to recycle them which sounds like a promising move.


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