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Is Anything Safe to Drink?

Well, if you've read many of the articles on this site, you'll know, I the webmaster, do not believe in drinking soft drinks, although I do occasionally have a stevia soft drink, but I'm not going to recommend those either. The truth is the best safest drink is filtered water. Regular soft drinks will kill you via the sugar, and the diet drinks have been proven to make people even fatter than regular sodas.

You may have read the latest news that a lady developed weird bone disease from drinking tea recently.

A 47-year-old Michigan woman developed a bone disease rarely seen in the U.S. after she drank a pitcher of tea made from at least 100 tea bags daily, for 17 years, researchers report.

The patient's blood levels of fluoride were four times higher than what would be considered normal, the researchers said.

That's bad, of course, we have fluoride in our water anyway, and tea can increase those levels, but unless there was a misprint, if you go by the information given in the article only, a normal tea drinker would likely not be in any danger. Look closely at how many tea bags the lady used. It says she used a 100 tea bags daily per pitcher! I use about 8 bags per gallon. No wonder she had issues. Everyday more and more good things are said about tea, but every once in a while you see something like this, and if you don't read it carefully, you might come away with the wrong impression.

The teas you should avoid are pre-sweetened teas. Sugar and artificial sweeteners are what's killing us. Although, I think eliminating fluoride from our water supplies would be healthier.

What about alcohol? Well there for a while there were constant bits in the news suggesting that drinking alcohol in moderation was healthy. But isn't that a little like saying smoking in moderation is healthy? Well, maybe not, but the fact is that like smoking, drinking can be very addictive, and while I'm not trying to preach to anyone, I'm just not sure it's responsible for doctors, the media, and scientist to sell us on drinking in moderation either, not unless they also want to point out the psychiatric disorders associated with alcoholism which include major depression, dysthymia, mania, hypomania, panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, suicide, brain damage, neurological deficits, which include impairments of working memory, emotions, executive functions, visuospatial abilities, and balance.

How about that alcoholism also causes coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and cancers of the respiratory system, digestive system, liver, breast and ovaries? Alcoholism also accelerates the aging process.

Or how about the fact that drinking alcohol decreases testosterone production for up to 24 hours which of course goes against any beer commercial I've ever seen? I thought it was supposed to make you more manly not less.

Again, I'm not preaching, just pointing out that often times the person writing an article may or may not be skipping other important data just to make their own point. It just stands to reason that if the media suggests alcohol in moderation is healthy in some regards, then wouldn't it also be responsible to point out the negative issues at the same time.

The problem is you can come to many conclusions by cherry picking data. When it comes to health and fitness, you really need to look at the data as a whole.

Beware of energy drinks. - A recent article links them to heart problems, and really with some of the massive amounts of caffeine and who knows what else is added to those drinks, I wouldn't doubt it for a second. If you need a caffeine boost stick to a regular cup of organic coffee, or just plain simple green tea, but don't drink anything all day long. Remember to satisfy your thirst

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The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened .

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A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

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