February 22, 2012

Go directly to jail for saying
water cures dehydration

Everyone knows that water is the best cure for dehydration. But did you know that anyone selling water in Europe will go to jail if they tell you their water cures dehydration? It sounds crazy, but it’s true!

This past November, European Union officials voted to prohibit bottled water sellers from labeling their product with the claim that drinking water can prevent dehydration. This law completely forbids water sellers from making the claim. In fact, they will face a two-year jail term if they defy the edict.

You might wonder how this idiotic situation developed. Well, water sellers applied for the right to state, “Regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration” as well as preventing a decrease in performance. That seems reasonable to me. However, last February, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) refused to approve the statement.

A meeting of 21 scientists in Parma, Italy, concluded that reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could subsequently control. You know, my last dog was more intelligent than the morons in charge of protecting your health. She knew, when dehydrated from a good run, to drink up. Sometimes even I don’t understand what the world of “health care” is coming to.

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Just look at the reported (by UPI) exchanges in Europe over this nutty issue:

Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large. The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true. If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”

NHS [British] health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 liters per day.

The Department for Health disputed the wisdom of the new law. A spokesman said: “Of course water hydrates. While we support the EU in preventing false claims about products, we need to exercise common sense as far as possible.”

This idiocy is present in the U.S. as well. Our FDA for decades has prosecuted cases where companies made legitimate unquestionable claims based on abundant science about a product. If you don’t heed the warnings you read in these alerts and contact your elected officials to reign in the FDA, eventually you’ll have zero access to real healthcare. And those trying to offer you real health care will end up in jail for two years.

I predict this. When a soft drink or Pharma giant comes forward and wants to say that their product can help with dehydration, it will pass without hesitation.



Ref: UPI, November 19, 2011.


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