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Why 'raw water' is best avoided

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We all want to drink pure water, but health experts say the latest craze – "raw water" – is best avoided.

Raw water is spring water that has not been treated, filtered or sterilized. It's said to be all the rage in California's Silicon Valley and spreading across the country.

The ads claim this water is “pure” and loaded with “helpful bacteria.”

Seattle attorney Bill Marler, a nationally-respected food safety expert, says that raw water could also contain E. coli, Hepatitis A, Cholera, as well as some other nasty stuff.

“Depending upon where you're drawing the water from, there could have been a raccoon or a deer doing his business [in the water], so you might have the risk of Cryptosporidium, Giardia. And those things can be potentially deadly, if you're an immune-compromised person,” Marler said.

He calls raw water dangerous and says the people selling it are misinformed.

"The reason we process water before we drink it is that it eliminates the risk of pathogens, viruses, bacteria and some protozoa. Those were the things that killed our grandparents and great grandparents,” Marler told me.

Keep in mind: There is nothing hazardous about drinking spring water that has been properly treated.

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