unadapted baby can be serious. Their formulas should include distilled water.
Prickly heat or rash are caused by hard water deposits left on diapers
and clothing. Often small amounts of nitrates can be fatal to a
Q. What will distilled water do for my complexion and scalp?
A. I recall a large house-to-house cosmetic company that
went broke. Their amazing success was due to one simple product:
perfumed distilled water. A cotton ball was saturated with this
preparation to clean the pores. The patrons were so excited about
this preparation, they asked what was in it. As soon as they discovered
the truth, they made their own. Hard water will seal the pores,
much as it spots windows. These spots are visible under black light.
No wonder we have so many skin infections, pimples and other eruptions!
Switch to distilled water, with non-detergent soaps, and many complexion
problems will vanish.
Q. Can animals and wildlife tell the difference?
A. Place the nine different kinds of water before a goat
and he will pick out the distilled water. You can't fool him. Birds
given distilled water will return year after year. Thoroughbred
horses have lost many a race due to changes in water. The late great
race horse, Secretariat, drank only distilled water. A breeder of
thoroughbreds from San Diego told some amazing stories about his
own horses. Acres U.S.A. has numerous case reports on the value
of pure water in animal production. Whenever possible, distillation
is preferred. If more race horse owners knew this simple secret,
they could have fattened their purses many times.
Q. Does hard water affect appearance, taste?
A. Here is a curious twist in the food department . . . certain
vegetables like peas, beans and legumes are effective water softeners!
They absorb a certain amount of the mineral hardness in the water,
becoming wrinkled in appearance. In turn they lose as much as 50%
of the valuable nutrients [B1]. Coffee and tea are also affected
in that not enough true flavor comes through because of the hardness
content in water, which explains largely the reason for the different
taste from one place to another.
Q. Some writers advocate calcium found in
hard water. They say it is good for your heart, arteries and bones.
A. The answer is very simple. If calcium is in the heart
tissues, in the arteries and in the bones, it is good for you. However,
if it is found on the outside, it is definitely not good
for you. Hard water deposits its calcium and other minerals on the
outside. The choice is clear!
Q. Are others concerned about drinking water?
A. When I started my practice the only waterborne virus diseases
were hepatitis and poliomyelitis. Today there are over one hundred!
Sources in the literature would probably fill a booklet this size.
The diagnosis of one river, the Connecticut, once revealed how foul
our "fresh" waters have become. A random sample of the
Connecticut disclosed disease bacteria including typhoid, paratyphoid,
cholera, salmonella, tuberculosis, polio, anthrax, tetanus, plus
countless other viruses. And that is not all. Repulsive parasitic
life forms such as tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, pin worm, and
blood flukes were also present in abundance. John Dvorak [Omaha
World Herald, August 29, 1970] made this statement: "Fish
placed in the river near Omaha, Nebraska, had an unacceptable taste.
Fish from between the mouth of the Platte and just above Kansas
City tasted 'acceptable.' However, in the Kansas City area, river
pollution perforated the skin of the catfish." Water
samples taken from the Mississippi River below St. Louis were found
to be so toxic that even when diluted ten times with clear water,
fish placed in the mixture died in less than one minute.
Q. Do we need the inorganic minerals found in our water?
A. Absolutely not! We get our organic minerals from the
foods we eat. Fruits, grains, nuts, vegetables and meats supply
all the minerals we need. The longest-lived peoples, such as the
Hunzakuts in the Himalayas, the Vilcabamba in Ecuador, and the Abkhazia
in Georgia (south Russia), live to fantastic ages. They drink glacier
water, which checks out as simply distilled water. If you would
like a clearer understanding, let me put the gist of my book in
a single paragraph. Pour a cup of tap water in a pan and boil it.
The vapors that rise are pure distilled water. It is fit to drink.
The spots that remain are inorganic minerals and chemicalsunfit
to drink. Rain
water will not spot your car. Tap water will. We do not want to drink
water that "spots." Only the purest water free of all
minerals and chemicals should enter our bodies. At one time our
entire planet was covered with vapors, which condensed into rivers,
lakes and oceans. As these vapors condense, they change into the
purest water we can drink. A simple rule to follow is this: "If
water 'spots,' it is unfit to drink. If it does not 'spot' / then
Q. Does distilled water leach organic minerals out of our systems?
A. Of course not! "It is only inorganic minerals
rejected by the cells and tissues of the body which, if not evacuated,
can cause arterial obstructions, and even more damage. These are
minerals which must be removed and which distilled water is able
to collect." So said Dr. N. W. Walker, age 100. In
the business of telling people how to live to be 100, he has a track
record. Living Health by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond confirm
Q. What do the experts say?
A. Experts say it will take 25 years and $70 billion to make
a dent in our world pollutions. For our immediate relief, we need
to go back to our organic gardens, raise our own beef, and distill
our own water! If we waitit may be too late. The fire of pollution
keeps burning and destroying. To survive, we must act now! The prophet
Isaiah graphically foretold of our day; "The earth is
drooping, withering ... and the sky wanes with the earth, for earth
has been polluted by dwellers on its face... Therefore, a curse
is crushing the earth, alighting on its guilty folk; mortals are
dying off, till few are left." (Isaiah 24:4-6. Moffatt
translation) . . . "even the beasts and birds and the
very fish within the sea are perishing." (Hozea 4:3).
I quote these from Our Polluted Planet, Ambassador College
Press, Box 111, Pasadena, California 91101. Dr. Paul Bragg, who
lived to 94, a life-long exponent of vibrant health, wrote a startling
book, The Shocking Truth About Water, which should be studied
by everyone. No hard water had ever touched his lips. He had the
blood pressure of a 20-year-old youngster. Let me quote his first
experience with hard water. "When I was a small boy,
my father took me to the P. T. Barnum Circus. The most fascinating
freak to me was the lady who had turned to stone. Here was a woman
on a bed, and
they could actually drive spikes and nails into her body. She was so
full of arthritis and acid crystals that she had no feeling left
in her body. She lay helpless and rigid. She could move only her
eyes. This lady suffered with complete ankylosisthat is, there
was no joint in her entire body that could make a simple movement.
All the nerve tissues in her body were paralyzed and dead. The man
who explained these freaks said that this lady was born in Hot Springs,
Arkansas. The lady who had turned to stone was a complete mystery
to me as a child. But not today! The water in Hot Springs is some
of the heaviest water in the United States. I have seen analyses
of it and the concentrations of calcium carbonate, potassium carbonate
and magnesium carbonate are very, very high. The poor lady in the
side show was a victim of this inorganic water. Her vital organs,
were not strong enough to help force those inorganic minerals out
of her body, so they deposited themselves in her joints. This was
an unusual case, of course, but I have seen many, many cases of
arthritics who were complete cripples, absolutely helpless. There
are more than 20 million people living in the United States today
who have arthritis to some degree."
Dr. Bragg was a shouting testimony on how to live in a 20-year-old
body for 90 years or more. Was distilled water one of the factors?
The choice seems clear! Why wait for crippling and aging disease?
Why not start while young and avoid that which is sure to come?
Youth is not measured in years, the future of everyone can be glorious,
vibrant, and full of the adventure of achievement. Continued youth
is within the reach of all hands. Health is like the air we breathe.
We don't miss it until we are deprived of it. "Personal
liberty is not a license to do whatever you wish, but freedom to
do what you ought."
Q. Why didn't so many of the early practitioners write down what
they had to say rather than pass on their observations to you verbally?
A. Thirty-five years ago a writing that contradicted official
science was a one-way ticket to prison. Victor Irons went to prison
for what he wrote about Green Life. Wilhelm Reich died in
prison for his findings on energy outside the electromagnetic spectrum.
The late Dr. Carey Reams spent his life and fortune defending his
Biological Theory of Ionization and spent time in prison
just the same. Only recently has this judicial tyranny been lifted
somewhat. We owe citations to many people, even though they didn't
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H. W. Holderby, M.D., in his amazing Report On Water, has this to say:
"Now a new poison has been added to our drinking water and toothpaste.
It threatens our health and lives. Millions of people are slowly
poisoning themselves to death".
"The medical and dental world has just been rocked to its very foundation
by government sponsored investigations of toothpaste containing
fluorides. For fluoride is derived from fluorine, a deadly chemical
to humans, and while not dangerous in small amounts, the government
investigations of 156 cancer deaths which occurred in the past three
years indicates that fluorine accumulates in the human body and
eventually causes cancer and/or other illnesses which are fatal.
Toothpaste is the second largest source of fluorine, next to water
which is Number One."
"Fluorides attack almost everything. Their chemical action is such that all
containers must be lined with rubber or plastic, for it eats through
all metal material. What must it do to the tissues of the body?
It is called "The
Wild Cat" of
the chemical world. It unites with more chemicals than anything
else, forming new compounds. How can it help the teeth, which are
made up of calcium, when according to the U.S. dispensatory (24th
Edition, page 1456): "Fluorides are violent poisons to all
living tissues, because of the precipitation of calcium."
"Medical authorities now state it can cause cancer, Mongoloid births, kidney
disorders, bone diseases, impotency and even madness."
A copy of Dr. Holderby's report is available from Natural Foods Associates,
P.O. Box 210, Atlanta, Texas 75551.
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A poison bottle has a skull and crossbones on it, but there was no
skull and crossbones on the faucets in Madison when I came here,
to tell me that I was drinking and cooking with one of the most
deadly poisons known to man. It was not until 16 years later that
I learned about Madison's fluoridated water and could take remedial
action. Sixteen long years of fluoridating my system,
seven of them wracked by pain and despair because I did not know what
was wrong and my doctor could not help me.
I've studied every book and article I could find on fluoridation. I've
talked with those who know fluoridation. I've been to the health
authorities, the men who should have helped me, and was told to
move out of Madison if I thought that fluoridated water harmed me.
Mothers would not feed their children the fluoride tablets which
would strengthen their teeth against cavities and so the children
would have to be doctored whether they wanted it or not.
The question most often asked is, "How do you know that fluoridated
water harms you?" That poses a problem, for how do
I know? If, every time I ate an egg it decided to return the way
it came, I'd know that an egg was taboo in my diet. Or if I were
to drink some lye water and burned myself from end to end, I'd know
that my body says, "No, no! Mustn't touch!"
But how do I know that fluoridated water is a no-no? There's no warning
burn, the stomach does not rebel (at first); there's no smell,
no taste to warn of danger. So how do I know?
Only by bitter experience do I know, and that is a long, long story.
I'll just hit on the high spots. I was the Paddock tomboy. I could
jump and run, climb trees, swing as high as anyone else. I spaded
the garden, cleaned the hen house, loved the outdoors. I joined
the WACS and marched along with those much younger than I. I went
to Alaska and helped my brother-in-law build a garage. I was healthy.
Oh, yes, I had my troubles. My days when my stomach rebelled against
certain foods (a dormant ulcer): the days my back ached from
the slipped disc which had somehow come into my life. But, all in
all, I was a healthy individual. And then I came to Madison! Gradually
that health gave way to aches and pains, to allergies and sleepless
nights, to intense nervousness.
When I came to Madison in 1949, I did not know that Madison's water was
fluoridated. I did not know why, suddenly, my dormant ulcer should
start kicking up, why there was constant pain in my right side,
why cold chills ran up and down my left side when I lay in bed.
Neither did my doctor know, for he'd never been taught to say, "Possibly
you cannot tolerate fluoridated water. Let's quit it and see."
Instead he said, "Getting old, Mona, getting old."
No, it was up to me to find out what had happened. It was up to me to
determine why I was so sore that I could not turn over in bed without
pulling myself over by grasping the edge of the mattress; why I
could not sleep through a night without such pain that I must spend
the last three hours in the reclining chair. It was up to me to
find out why I had suddenly developed allergies; and to determine
that after six months without fluoridated water I no longer needed
the shots which had been given me on a regular basis for over seven
years. And I found it out by myself, just by not using Madison's
Washing dishes became an impossible task, for my lungs and ribs seemed ready
to break out in rebellion. The doctor thought the sink was too low;
he told me my lungs were okay, there was nothing wrong with my liverthere
was nothing wrong with me.
Then why couldn't I write? My job depended on my writing notes on the
margins of the students' papers, and I found myself writing about
five times the size letters I'd always written. As I wrote my arm
would suddenly twitch and the stroke would jump up the page about
an inch. It was aggravating and humiliating. Yet what could I do?
I was okay physically, my doctor said I was.
Then I found out about Madison's fluoridated water and I quit drinking
it. The Natural Foods people in Madison helped me to obtain food
and water that was not fluoridated, that was not poisoned by fertilizers,
herbicides, and insecticides. I owe a mountain of thanks to them
and my only way of repaying them is to help let the world know about
the damage fluoridated water can do to the health - mental and physical
- of some individuals.
You may say, "But possibly it was the herbicides and insecticides
which harmed you." Yes, they harmed me, but I've found
out by drinking just one glass of Madison's water (not changing
my diet in any other way) that the old pains and miseries will
return. And so now I know.
Now I know that if I am to live in Madison, and my work demands that
I live here - I must not drink its fluoridated water. Now I know
that I must carry my own food and water with me when I am to be
away from my apartment for any appreciable length of time. I have
a special drawer in my desk at work where I have three small jars
of water on hand at all times. I cannot go down to the break room
and have a cup of coffee with my coworkers; I must sit at my desk
for my break. I cannot go to office parties, church gatherings,
or to the restaurants in Madison for a
"snack" with friends during a shopping tour. I cannot go to conventions
in some cities in Wisconsin without carrying my food and water with
me. And where am I to eat while my friends are banqueting?
Recently I rebelled, decided that one meal with friends would not hurt me.
I was wrong. It took me three weeks to undo the damage. My ankles
remained swollen for that period, and are still tender to the touch.
The old pain in the intestinal tract returned, my heart did a thump-thump
at the least exertion, and my eyes watered, my hands trembled as
with the ague.
I recently found it necessary to go to another dentist who told me,
on my second visit, that my teeth were mottled. Mottled teeth? Why,
I asked? He did not know. Nor do I.
The small Wisconsin town where I spent the first 19 years of my
life contains about two parts per million of fluorine in its water.
Was that sufficient to cause mottling? I suppose so, for the U.S.
Public Health Service has found mottled teeth in Kewanee, Illinois,
and Marion, Ohio, which both have naturally fluoridated water.
Could my jawbones have been affected by the fluorine I got from the drinking
water as a child? Could that be why, after coming to Madison and
drinking its fluoridated water my jawbones ached when I ate carrots
and chewed meat? Could that be why large fillings fell out of my
teeth after I came to Madison, why the dentist could find no reason
for the constant pain in one incisor?
Could be, for that pain left me after I quit drinking Madison's fluoridated
water; but the damage is there. Important teeth are gone and store
- bought ones replace them.
The damage is there, too, for I cannot use Madison's water for any purpose
- not even for bathing and for washing dishes. That statement seems
incredible, but it is true. I suppose it is the steam which affects
me. Some say it is possible; others say it is impossible. All I
know is that my lungs and ribs are no longer sore. I sleep through
the night, I roll over in bed with practically no pain. I write
between the lines with small, compact letters, and my pen does not
jump the page. My doctor says, "As long as it makes you
comfortable. That's all that is necessary. Who is to say why you
are affected, and the vast majority of people are not? Who is to
say that you imagine things, and be right in their assertion? You
are getting better every day. You're free of pain. Let them talk."
But I do not let them talk any more. I talk back. I'm fighting it now,
out in the open. I'm locking horns with those who say I'm a kook,
a food faddist, a hypochondriac. I may not see the end of fluoridation
in my time - but they will know that I'm not silent. The end of
fluoridation would not help me, for the remnants of it will be in
the pipes for many, many years, and my body is so sensitized to
it that I could not drink the water even if they never put another
drop of fluoride into the water in Madison. Sad, but true!
So keep up your good work. I'll fight in my small way- Others will
join forces. And one day we will lick it. Correspondence
from Ramona H. Paddock, Madison, Wisconsin to Dr. Alien E. Banik.
* * *
It might be of interest to you to know that I can substitute your thesis
on distilled water, The Choice Is Clear, which I have
On a St. Patrick's Day many years ago I was hospitalized with a massive
coronary thrombosis. I was "a fat old man" with
all the "qualifications" for becoming a typical cardiac
The emergency procedures of the medical doctors undoubtedly saved my
life, but I had serious doubts as the efficacy of their long range
cures which included heparin shots, etc. Instead, I put myself on
a strict regimen of diet, vitamin therapy, distilled water, and
The results have exceeded my expectations. I feel better at 67 than
I did at 47. My arteries have softened; my joints have limbered;
my vision is sharper; my nerves are calmer; and my head is clearer.
Your book and Dr. Bragg's have convinced me that the distilled water
has been the most important facet of my rejuvenation program!
Good luck in your fight against pollution. Your book should be required
reading in schools and colleges. Ben H. Martin, California.
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"Seven years ago I broke my arm. Later on arthritis set in, and I was unable
to raise my arm, or sleep on my right side. After reading your book
and applying your theories, my arthritis disappeared, and I can
now sleep most comfortably."Mrs.
P. B., Nebraska
"I was completely exhausted doing even a part of my housework. Now
I can work all day and enjoy it." Mrs. J. L.,
"I just finished reading your book, The Choice Is Clear. You spelled
it out very clearly. I consider it a most excellent presentation.
I would like to obtain these books in quantity to help spread the
gospel." Pastor C. N. K., California
"Your book proves one of the most exciting breakthroughs in healthful
living. It made a believer out of me. Please send me a hundred copies
to give to my patients." Dr. W. G. H., Iowa
"Through the years I lost four parakeets with infectious arthritis. Pronounced
incurable. This disease again struck the fifth one. His little feet
were all crippled, and he was just wasting away. After applying
your suggestions, my parakeet is now well and happy. The deposits
are dissolved from his feet, and he can nimbly hop on his perches.
He is eating again, to a point of being plump."Dr.
J. C. T., Atlanta, Georgia
"My doctor said, 'You have an incurable disease.' A month or so ago,
my ankles began to swell. After drinking distilled water, the swelling
went down. I am now beginning to feel better all over. I never realized
the marvelous benefits of distilled water." V.
Soft Water And Hard Arteries
Some years ago. Lancet magazine stated there may be a correlation
between soft water and hardening of the arteries and that "hard
water" saturated with calcium and magnesium added elasticity
to the arteries.
Some of our unwary writers, advocating the inorganic way of life, somehow
twisted their thinking to the "hard water" theory. It
is my firm belief that once you believe in the organic way of life,
you better stick to it all the way.
Dr. Henry Schroeder, of Dartmouth Medical School, an opponent of the
"hard water" theory, has long been intrigued by the physiologic
and pathologic effects of trace elements. He lays the blame not
on soft waternor its lack of calcium and magnesium, but to
its high cadmium content derived from the plumbing
in the soft water supply. Cadmium competes with zinc to coenzyme
processes, replacing zinc in metabolic activities related to fat
utilization. He feels that cadmium is the key factor in the
pathogenesis of both arteriosclerosis and hypertension. His excellent
The Trace Elements and Man is now in print.
So it is not the soft water that is to blame, but in the chemicals
water picks up through our water mains. Distilled water, or any
water, must not travel through copper, iron or lead pipes. For a
simple experiment, pour a little water in a glass jar and let it
evaporate. Do likewise with distilled water, and note the results.
It is now well recognized that gallstones are formed from the constituents
of bile and contain cholesterol, bile pigments, and inorganic calcium
salts. If calcium contributes to gallstones and kidney stones, why
would it not cause hardening of the arteries? The choice seems to
be very clear!
This book was written to help you understand the relation of water to
your health and longevity, and subsequently the health of our nation.
As you plan your future and that of your children, don't overlook
the underlying cause of all aging diseases. Learn the facts; become
aware of the truth and build a strong, healthy America.
We do not live alone, nor do we work alone. Only by the combined efforts
toward a common cause can we move the mountains before us. With
this thought in mind, I humbly submit my small contribution to you.
May it grow in your heart as it did in mine.
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Additional source papers backgrounding the points made by H. W. Holderby, M.D.
(page 34) are listed below:
Cytological Effects of Sodium Fluoride on Mitotic and Meiotic Chromosomes of
Mice, by Aly H. Mohamed and Mary W. Chandler, Department of
Biology, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri. Presented
as an invited paper at the American Chemical Society Symposium on
Fluoride Compounds in the Environment, San Francisco, California,
August 29 - September 2, 1976.
Fluoridation and Cancer Age-Dependence of Cancer Mortality Related to Artificial
Fluoridation, by John Yiamouyiannis and Dean Burk, Delaware,
Ohio and Washington D.C. Fluoride, Volume 10, No. 3. Presented at
the 8th Conference of the International Society for Fluoride Research,
Oxford, England, May 29-31, 1977.
Dental and Medical Aspects of Fluoridated Drinking Water, by Albert
W. Burgstahler. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Volume
68, No. 2 and 3, 1965.
A Statement Concerning Fluoridation, by Jonathan Forman. Copyrighted,
Jonathan Forman, M.D.
Fluoride, The Aging Factor, by Dr. John Yiamouyiannis. Health Action Press,
Delaware, Ohio, 1983.
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