I'm A Fool and I Can Prove It.
Bottled Water - No, Thank You, Not for Me!
Majid Ali, M.D.
I’m a fool.
Really, I’m a fool. I can prove it. Today I paid
$4.50 for a small bottle of water. Perhaps you will
take a kinder view of me when you find out how I
discovered I am a fool. I bought a small bottle of
water for $4.50 because my wife, Talat, asked me to
fetch her some water when we were in a movie
In 2010, I recall someone telling me that many
families in Pakistan lived on less than 300 rupees a
day. The cost of a bottle of Dasani water which I
bought today for $4.50 would have bought 450 rupees
worth of food in Pakistan. So I still think that
bottle of water was a travesty, though I would
happily do this again if Talat asked me to do it.
Notwithstanding the above, bottling of water, it
seems to me, is most regrettable. It is violation of
rights of a large segment of humankind. Below, I
reproduce some texts from my two of my previous
articles on the subject.
Scientific Reasons for Not
Drinking Bottled Water
Following are my scientific reasons for not drinking
· Drinking plasticized bottled water denies me many
benefits of healthful fluids. Such as organic
vegetable juices and herbal teas.
· I do not know the condition of the water before it
· I do not know the conditions prevailing in the
· I do not know the conditions under which bottled
water is transported.
· I do not know how much cancer-causing and
immune-suppressing plastic materials leached out of
the plastic bottles into the water.
· I do not know the quality control data, if any
exists, concerning the bottled water. Water-bottling
companies are always mute on the subject.
· I do not know the price other people pay for the
pseudoluxury of drinking bottled water.
Philosophic Reasons for Not
Drinking Bottled Water
Following are my philosophic reasons for not
drinking bottled water:
· It is saddening to imagine the enormity of toxic
polutants emitted by the plastic industry that
manufactures billions of plastic bottles.
· It is disturbing to imagine the horror of billions
of plastic bottles floating on and sinking into
planetary waters to poison the habitats of all
· It is heart rending to imagine cancerization of
cells of unborn babies bobbing in toxic wombs.
· It shames me to think that I am enriching
eco-monsters who poison people everywhere. Consider
· Some three billion cases of bottled water sold
last year — an increase of 14 percent over 2006,
according to Beverage Digest.
· Fiji water sales volume increased by 30 percent
from 2006 to 2007, and the company reported
double-digit growth in 2008.
· In August 2006, the CSE, a public trust group in
Delhi, India, released a technical analysis of 12
popular soft drinks made by the soft-drinks giants
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. It found that bottled
products of these companies contained toxic
pesticides, including lindane, DDT, malathion and
chlorpyrifos, at up to 36 times the European
standards for bottled water.
· In Nairob, Kenya, children drink water collected
in discarded plastic bottles that are spread on
metal sheets and exposed to the sun for several
hours. In April 2010, National Geographic magazine
reported that the ultraviolet rays of sun kill
microbes in the water. It did not concern itself
with how much toxic plastic leached into such water
and what would be the expected long-term toxicity of
· Kenyan children are exposed to plastic carcinogens
in concentrations that are several hundred to
thousand times higher than those in formula bottles
used in the U.S.
The drinking water of nearly two-thirds of the
world’s population is under incremental jeopardy.
Children are most vulnerable to the evil schemes of
eco-monsters who want to privatize public waters, as
they once did in Bolivia. Drinking bottled water is
one sure way of strengthening their grip. Read full
The keynote speaker, Dr. Mehmood Khan, abruptly
screamed and pulled me out of my internal narrative.
He was a corporation man who continued ranting about
the water wars. I looked around. He held the
audience in rapt attention. I wondered how many of
them might have connected the dots. The program
listed the keynote speaker as the chief nutrition
scientist of Pepsi Cola company. My mind drifted
again to a large article published in the journal
Nature which I had read several months earlier.
Scientists at The Centre for Science and Environment
in Delhi, India took on the soft-drink giants
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. In August 2006, they released
a technical analysis of 12 popular soft drinks made
by these companies and sold in India, claiming that
they contained toxic pesticides, including lindane,
DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos, at up to 36 times
the European standards for bottled water. I wondered
how many doctors might have been aware of what kind
of polluter Pepsi Cola company had been in India and
other poor countries. I wondered if the nutrition
scientist of PepsiCo ever spoke about carcinogens
his company spreads worldwide.
The polluters have the loudest voices when they
piously pontificate at charity events. With a few
hundred dollars they can win all the good will of
the uninformed audience, which their companies
crave. Nutrition science is about health
preservation, disease prevention, and reversal of
chronic diseases with nutritional remedies. I wanted
to ask if the PepsiCo’s chief nutrition scientist,
an endocrinologist before his exaltation at the
company, had ever done any of that.
Endocrinologists, of course, do not practice
nutritional medicine. Why be a skunk in a garden
party? I told myself.
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