Socrates Water ® https://socrateswater.com Know Thy Water ™ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:04:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://socrateswater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/socrates-glyph.png Socrates Water ® https://socrateswater.com 32 32 Black Friday Specials https://socrateswater.com/2018/11/22/black-friday-specials/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/11/22/black-friday-specials/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 22:41:49 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=11306 I have some GREAT Black Friday recommendations for you. Check them out… (For the Survival Still, click here and use the coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY to get a $55 discount!) (For the Countertop Distiller, click here and use the coupon code: GLENNSDEAL for $85 off and free shipping) To learn more about why distillers are the […]

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What Type of Water Should I Drink? https://socrateswater.com/2018/11/21/what-type-of-water-should-i-drink/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/11/21/what-type-of-water-should-i-drink/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 23:00:27 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=11298 For over 25 years I’ve traveled the world to teach people about water, water contamination and how it can impact your health. In today’s article I want to summarize some of the key points that EVERYONE should understand. I want to start with an extremely important point; we live in a toxic world, and it’s […]

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what type of water should i drinkFor over 25 years I’ve traveled the world to teach people about water, water contamination and how it can impact your health. In today’s article I want to summarize some of the key points that EVERYONE should understand.

I want to start with an extremely important point; we live in a toxic world, and it’s only getting worse.

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Think about it this way; until very recently, humans have lived in a chemical-free world. Of course, what I am referring to are the highly-refined and very powerful synthetic chemicals that are mainly created from petroleum. The first synthetic chemical from petroleum was created only about 150 years ago. Up until that time, synthetic chemicals simply didn’t exist.

But it wasn’t until about 90 years ago that the modern petrochemical industry was born and these chemicals were mass-produced. At this time, most of our environment was still pristine. There are people still alive (perhaps your grandparents when they were young) who drank water that was still mostly untouched by these chemicals.

Within this period of time another thing happened. The human population grew from around 1.7 billion people to over 7.6 billion! This is an astonishing growth rate! This 500% increase in population drove massive increases in chemical production.

Now over 60,000 different chemicals are in use today.

Over 5 BILLION pounds of chemicals are used every year in the USA (which is on top of the 5 billion pounds that were used the year before, and the year before that, etc). These chemicals include solvents, gasoline additives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. By the way, the term ‘cides’ refers to chemicals that are intentionally designed to kill things. They are often made from petrochemicals because these are chemicals that are based on the carbon atom, and all life-forms are based on the carbon atom, thus they are good at attacking living organisms.

These chemicals are widespread, and are now thoroughly spread throughout every part of our environment. Whether a chemical is burned, dumped, flushed, buried or sprayed it can find it’s way into our streams, lakes and rivers, which is where we get our drinking water.

Recently, the US Geological Survey studied 178 streams across the USA for pesticides. The study showed that EVERY SINGLE STREAM contained at least one pesticide. 20% of them contained more than TEN pesticides. Note that this study was only looking for pesticides and not the countless other types of chemicals in our environment.

Within the next 25 years the human population is expected to exceed 9 billion people. Like it or not, world chemical production will only increase and our world will become more toxic.

But we shouldn’t worry, because the government is ensuring that the water coming out of our tap is safe, right?

Well, it depends upon your definition of “safe”.

Seriously!

Survival WaterOne of the most important things that you must understand about water is that when the government says that the water coming from your tap is “safe”, they are using the LEGAL definition of the word “safe”, not the English language definition of the word safe.

Did they ever tell you this? No.

So, when the government tells you that your local tap water is “safe”, it still may contain dangerous chemicals! Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Almost deceptive even. I believe that this practice by the government is the number one reason that people are so misinformed about water.

A recent article by the New York Times says this, “Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times.

The article then quotes Dr. Pankaj Parekh, director of the water quality division for the City of Los Angeles, “People don’t understand that just because water is technically legal, it can still present health risks”.

Modern water treatment plants were designed primarily to protect against bacteria and parasites (which is hugely important). They are simply not able, however, to provide a high level of protection against the full range of potential contaminants. Especially when you consider that only 2% of the water that is sent through the taps is consumed.

So how dangerous are these chemicals?

We know that of the 830 most common chemicals, many are associated with cancer or other diseases. The majority of chemicals however have unknown affects on our health. This brings us to another important point about water.

survival stillDo you remember the chemical spill that happened in West Virginia in 2014? Over 10,000 gallons of MCHM leak from a neglected storage tank into West Virginia’s Elk River, just upstream from a major water intake facility. As a result, 300,000 residents were told not to drink, cook with, bathe or even touch the water. Even though this chemical was is in active production and use, there was no publicly released hazard data or evidence of it’s safety.

How can this be? This chemical is one of tens of thousands of chemicals on the market with little or no safety data. The fact is that in 1976, 62,000 chemicals were grandfathered into the TSCA, the USA’s main chemical safety law. What does grandfathering mean? It means that all of these chemicals were simply presumed to be safe by the EPA. The EPA is not even allowed to determine whether these chemicals are dangerous unless they first provide evidence that the chemical may pose a risk. A classic catch-22.

Now, let’s stay on the subject of this West Virginia chemical spill. It was a huge media event and it was the top story in the news for more than a week. The inference was that this type of chemical spill was a rare event, but is it?

Not in the slightest.

After the WV chemical spill, BusinessWeek reported that there were over 3,885 similar chemical spills in the U.S. in 2013!

That equates to more than 10 per day in the USA!

Pause for a moment and let that sink in…

Now, let’s take it a step further. This number of 3,885 chemical spills in 2013 is based solely on self-reports of accidents from 76 publicly traded companies. So how many unreported chemical spills came from the thousands of other companies? The military? Other government agencies? Twice this amount? Ten times this amount? The answer is simply that no one knows.

Lead in the Water.

It’s now been almost three years since the outcry over lead in the water in Flint, MI. Lead is a very dangerous heavy metal because it builds up in your system and can cause very serious health problems, especially for children and babies. The EPA sets a maximum level of lead at 15 parts per billion (ppb). At it’s highest, the lead level in Flint tap water was 158 ppb, more than 10x the limit!

It’s important to note that there is NO safe level of lead exposure. Even at small doses, lead poses a health threat, especially for pregnant women, infants and young children. Lead can damage growing brains and cause reduced IQs, attention disorders and problem behaviors. The fact is that hundreds of kids have permanent brain damage because of being exposed to lead in Flint.

So we must have solved the problem by now, right?

Wrong.

Just two months after the Flint, MI crisis hit the news, USA TODAY published an investigation that “identified almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years.

2,000 water systems! Of these 2,000 water systems…

  • 350 provided water to schools and daycares.
  • 180 failed to notify customers.
  • A Maine Elementary School had water that that was 42x the legal limit for lead!
  • A Pennsylvania preschool had water that that was 14x the legal limit for lead!
  • An Ithica, NY Elementary School had water that that was 333x the legal limit for lead! (this is so high that it’s on the verge of being toxic waste).

Since then there have been a number of other reports about how big a problem lead is. A CNN article reported that, “More than 5,300 water systems in America are in violation of the EPA’s lead and copper rule…What’s worse, the report reveals that the EPA is also aware that many utilities “game the system,” using flawed or questionable testing methods in order to avoid detecting high levels of lead.

We have personal experience of witnessing this “gaming the system”. About a decade ago we traveled to schools around the country to try to help them solve this problem. At the time, it was common practice for custodians in a particular school district to get to the school early and flush out the water lines because they knew that the State was coming to test the water.

Yes, lead is a big concern, but it’s only one of countless dangerous contaminants that can be in water.

Another example is atrazine. “Environmental Protection Agency data show that in some Corn Belt communities, atrazine levels can spike three to seven times above the legal limit in late spring and early summer. But by avoiding water testing during peak periods, some water utilities stay in compliance with drinking water regulations – and don’t have to tell customers they were exposed to a hazardous chemical in their tap water.

So here are some facts…

FIRST, we live in an increasingly toxic world. The evidence for this is staggering.

SECOND, you don’t know what is in your drinking water right now. Nor does the government know.

THIRD, there are many contaminants that have been found in water systems across the USA that are dangerous, and many more that have unknown health effects on your body.

FOURTH, water contamination can be dangerous to anyone, but it’s especially dangerous for babies because it can interfere with brain development.

So here’s what it comes down to…

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WATER FOR YOUR FAMILY!

You should do whatever you can to ensure that your family drinks the purest water possible. Don’t sit back and rely upon the government, because your standards are different from theirs. You want to protect your loved ones to the highest degree.

There are two primary technologies for purifying water; filtration and distillation.

FILTRATION, which includes reverse osmosis, is the most popular method because it’s cheap and because the constant replacement of filters is a good source of residual revenue for companies. There is a lot of variability in the performance of filters though. There are many different types of filters, each of which is specialized for a particular type of contaminant, so a good filter solution will include a combination of filters that is designed for your particular water analysis. For this reason, if you want to have a filter solution you should avoid the simple, mass-marketed filters and instead go to a qualified local water treatment specialist and have him design one for your water.

DISTILLATION is recognized as the gold standard for purification, because it is certainly the best way to purify water. A good water distiller will provide broader protection against contaminants in water than filters, and this protection will be much more consistent over time. Note however, that while distillation is typically a very consistent process, there are a number of Chinese distillers on the market that use materials that should not come in contact with high-purity water.

The only water that my family and I consume on a regular basis is distilled water.

We’ve been drinking distilled water for over 30 years, and this is what we will do for the rest of our lives.

Now, I want to be a little knit-picky here to clarify something…

Actually, there is no such thing as “distilled water”. Water is water. The only difference between different types of water is how clean it is. The only difference between highly contaminated ocean water, for example, and pure rain water are the contaminants that are in the water.

The word “distilled” just describes the method by which the water was cleaned. The process of distillation is usually a very thorough and consistent way to clean water, so it’s considered the gold standard of clean water. “Filtered water”, on the other hand, can describe water that has a huge variability in the water’s purity. Filters are not nearly as effective or consistent as the process of distillation.

My recommendations…

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I recommend the water distillers made by my father’s business. Before I launched the Survival Still and started my own company, I worked with my father for over 20 years. They are the best distillers on the market and that they are made in the USA by an ethical, fantastic company. I think you will find them to be quite reasonably priced, and surprisingly, even the larger automatic systems are priced lower than a professionally designed filter system.

I personally use and recommend the larger size systems, and I recommend getting a pump with the system so that you can have the water delivered directly to a separate faucet on your sink. An important thing to understand is that it’s not just about drinking pure water, but rather, everything that you CONSUME should be pure. This means that soups, coffee, tea, pasta, rice, protein drinks, and especially baby formula should be made with pure water, which is why I recommend the larger sizes.

If you want to talk to someone about the AquaNui products, call the company at 402-467-9300, and talk to Courtney Meder (my sister) who will be able to explain anything about the products and can help you choose the right option.

I am thankful that I am in the position to educate you on water contamination and steps that you can take to protect your family. If you are interested in learning more about my family’s products, please click here. Also, if you are going to purchase a product, use the coupon code 327417 in order to get a discount on your purchase.

I hope this helps you.

Glenn Meder

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My “Reset Diet” – What I’ve Learned https://socrateswater.com/2018/10/12/my-reset-diet-what-ive-learned/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/10/12/my-reset-diet-what-ive-learned/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2018 21:19:28 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=11243 Today I’m going to talk about what I’ve learned over the years about “dieting for health”. Over the years I’ve experimented with a number of different approaches, and have settled on a program that I call my “Reset Diet” (if there is an official diet out there with this name, mine is not associated with […]

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Pure distilled waterToday I’m going to talk about what I’ve learned over the years about “dieting for health”. Over the years I’ve experimented with a number of different approaches, and have settled on a program that I call my “Reset Diet” (if there is an official diet out there with this name, mine is not associated with it).

I call it my Reset Diet because it resets my habits, it breaks my food cravings, and I think (but I have no proof) that it resets my gut bacteria back to the way it should be. I do this short term diet every few years, and it gets me on track again with my health. I find that this approach produces tremendous results in a very short time.

I have to say that I am not advising this diet for you. I’m just telling you what works for me.

MY MOTIVATION

A few months ago my doctor told me that my blood tests showed that I had a slightly fatty liver, which he said was due to what I was eating. The numbers weren’t through the roof, but he was concerned enough that he wanted me to start on medicine to take care of it. I want to avoid medicine if possible though, so I told him to give me some time to correct my diet.

(In addition to my blood numbers, I also have a bigger gut than my ego will comfortably allow me to have – and it’s been bugging me.)

MY RESULTS

So I started my reset diet 28 days ago.

In that time, I’ve lost 17 pounds and my blood numbers improved considerably. My blood levels do not show a fatty liver anymore. My LDL cholesterol is way down and my triglycerides have fallen from 167 to 61! That’s more than 100 points! My doctor was amazed. In addition to this, I am sleeping much better and I feel better.

THE BACKSTORY

I hate the term “diet”. I typically focus on eating right in a general sort of way, and I try to avoid chemicals and additives, but that’s it. I don’t monitor calories, etc. For the most part, I think my approach is good enough. But over time, I have to admit that laziness sets in and my habits start to slide.

For the past year or so I’ve developed some bad habits, the worst of which was my late night snacking. I looked forward to my midnight snack. And over time, it started getting bigger and bigger and the sugar content went up. This really messed with my sleep. For the past year at least, I think I’ve been chronically sleep deprived.

But I also got addicted to certain foods. The weird thing about food addictions is that your body seems to get addicted to the foods it can least handle. Often times it’s foods that you actually have allergies for. And these cravings can be very strong in some people (some people don’t seem to have this problem).

So when people say that you should just “listen to your body”, that’s not always good advice. Some people say that this is caused by your gut bacteria, and if you eat the wrong types of food it causes bad types of bacteria or yeast to grow in your gut, and these third-party organisms actually control your “desires”. So they are sending bad desires to your brain.

This is one of the reasons that it’s sometimes hard to make incremental changes in your diet. These other organisms in your gut have taken over control of your desires.

But, from my experience, I can reset the bacteria in my gut and restore the proper balance of bacteria, which in turn controls my cravings again.

Willpower requires a lot of mental energy.

The most important thing that I’ve learned though is how my brain works. Basically it comes down to the fact that habits and cravings are much more powerful than willpower. Anything that depends upon willpower for success can have short term success, but in the end, it will fail. It’s like autopilot in a plane. If you have autopilot engaged in a plane, you can take a hold the controls and change the path, but as soon as you let go of the wheel the autopilot will take control again and resume its programmed path. Autopilot (your habits) will win in the end.

My Reset Diet allows me to reprogram my autopilot without relying much on willpower.

THE PROBLEM WITH WILLPOWER.

Willpower actually requires mental energy, and this mental energy gets depleted towards the end of the day. The more you tax your willpower, the faster your reserves will be depleted. Eventually it results in the backfire effect.

Any time your brain has to decide or make a judgement, it’s using the part of the brain that requires willpower and it uses up your reserve energy. For example, if you have to make a decision such as, “should I eat this now?” or “maybe I’ll have only one piece of cake”, you are making a decision, using judgement and negotiating with yourself. This exerts mental energy.

I’ve found that the key to solving this is to put yourself in the position where you don’t need to use willpower. Instead, use “Clear Lines”.

CLEAR LINES.

The concept of “Clear Lines” is simply that you draw lines in the sand and don’t cross these lines. For example, if you were to say, I’m not going to eat anything from 8pm until 8am, that is a clear line. There is no negotiation. There are no exceptions. It quickly becomes a habit and your brain doesn’t even challenges these lines anymore. In other words, you remove the judgement part of your brain from the equation, thus it doesn’t tax your mental energy.

Some of the clear lines I draw during my Reset Diet are…
• Three meals a day. No snacking. Nothing outside of this timeframe except for water or tea.
• No calories from drinks. It’s too easy to get a lot of calories from drinks, such as pop.
• No sugar, no bread, no pasta, no potatoes or carbs other than veges.
• Dinner is around 6pm. Nothing after 7pm.

But I’m a little more strict when I first start the diet, because I need a…

PAINLESS (ALMOST) CLEAN BREAK.

A key to my Reset Diet is to have a clean break. I find that this is the only way to break food cravings, thus this is the most important step for me. And I know this sounds scary, but it actually is not that bad. Here’s how it works…

Almased High Quality Non-GMO with Soy, Yogurt and Honey, Protein Powder, Supports Weight Loss, Optimal Health and Maximum Energy, 17.6 Ounces 2-Pack with 1 Blender BottleFor the first week or two, the only thing I consume is a specific type of shake, called Almased. That’s it. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner = Almased. But here’s the thing, when I consume Almased, I do NOT get hungry, ever.

Almased is one of the most scientifically studied nutritional shakes on the market, and it is the only one that I have found that leaves me with zero hunger.

Yes, I miss food during this time, but missing food is different than being hungry. I can deal with missing food for a short period of time. In fact, it makes food that much better when I do start eating again. And really, when I think about it, it’s worth it to sacrifice a week or two of enjoyment to dramatically improve my health.

Now, when I do these clean breaks, I may get a mild headache for a little while. Whether this is due to a flushing out of toxins, or a withdraw from food addictions or some people say it’s due to the bad yeast dying off in your gut, whatever it is I feel it as a “Good” headache. It’s like going to the gym, working out hard and then having the “Good” pain in your muscles which means growth.

GRADUALLY ADD MEALS BACK IN.

After a week or two of consuming only Almased for every meal, I switch to Almased for breakfast and lunch, and then for dinner I have a real meal. This meal consists of veges and some meat and fat (more on what I eat below). Luckily for me, my wife is a fantastic cook and she spoils me with terrific food for these meals. And I’ll tell you, after not eating real food for a week or two, I REALLY appreciate that meal.

I stick to this “two-Almased, one-meal” for another three or four weeks. Then I add in another meal for lunch, so it’s “one-Almased, two-meals”. Then I stay on this for a month or longer.

After this time, which is usually about three months later, this routine is fairly established. I feel good and this is how I like to live. After a period of time, I may slowly develop some bad habits again, but I try to keep as many of the clear lines in place as possible.

WHAT TO EAT.

As you know, there are tons of different philosophies on what to eat, from vegan to Mediterranean to paleo. For me, I’ve had best results from the Primal Blueprint diet, which is close to the paleo diet. This calls for a lot of veges and some meat and good fats. Low carb, no sugar and not a lot of grains. I stick to this during my Reset Diet, and then I relax a little bit and try to go more towards the Mediterranean Diet. Do your own research on this.

PREBIOTICS, TUMERIC AND FISH OIL.

At all times during my Reset Diet, I add in pre-biotics, turmeric and fish oil. Prebiotics are different forms of fiber that go through your intestines and make it deep into your digestive system. These are very good for supporting your gut bacteria. Note: I’m not talking about probiotics, which are capsules filled with bacteria, but rather pre-biotics, which help create the right environment for your bacteria to thrive.

I believe that Tumeric is also very important. Last time I wrote you I shared information on a study that showed the dramatic effect that Tumeric had on fatty liver. I’m sold on it.

I also take a tablespoon of good fish oil periodically.

GOOD, CLEAN WATER.

As you know, I talk a lot about water and the importance of having good, clean water. I believe that the single most important thing you can do for your health is to only drink high-purity water. The fact is, we live in a toxic world and these toxins can end up in our water supply and we can drink them for years without having any idea of what we are consuming. This is what I recommend for purifying your water (click here).

LEAST AMOUNT OF EFFORT.

I’ve found that the best diet is the one that takes the least amount of energy. While this diet is intimidating, I find that it is actually very simple to do and requires very little emotional or mental energy because my main goal is to retrain my habits.

As a final point, what you eat and how much you eat has a huge impact on your health. I don’t claim to be an expert at this, but I have done my research and I’ve figured out what works for me. It seems to me to be a small price to pay in order to keep your health up.

I’m always open to new ideas though, so please tell me what you’ve discovered that works for you. Put it in the comments below.

Glenn Meder

P.S. I have to say again that I am not giving medical advice. Do your own research.

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Storing Water for an Emergency and Some Notes on Rain Barrels https://socrateswater.com/2018/08/27/on-storing-water-and-rain-barrels/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/08/27/on-storing-water-and-rain-barrels/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2018 21:06:47 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=11137 Over the weekend I received a couple questions about storing water for an emergency and about rain barrels. This is quite an involved subject (I’ve actually created a whole course on it). So I want to first take a basic look at storing water, then I will talk more about rain water. First of all, […]

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Storing Water for an EmergencyOver the weekend I received a couple questions about storing water for an emergency and about rain barrels. This is quite an involved subject (I’ve actually created a whole course on it). So I want to first take a basic look at storing water, then I will talk more about rain water.

First of all, let’s look at what the Red Cross has to say about storing water for an emergency (this is very basic advice).

If You Are Preparing Your Own Containers of Water
It is recommended that you purchase food-grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores to use for water storage. If you decide to re-use storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles—not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they are heavy and may break.

Preparing Containers
Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap. Additionally, for plastic soft drink bottles, sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart (1/4 gallon) of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Filling Water Containers
Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean. If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water. Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your fingers. Write the date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place. Replace the water every six months if you are not using commercially bottled water.

I agree with these points for the most part, but this is very basic advice, and in my opinion, it’s inadequate.

I think it’s important to look at water storage like this…

Look at it like there are two different types of stored water. The first type is “Ready-to-Drink Water”. The second type is “Treat-Before-You-Drink Water”. It’s important that you do not confuse these two types!

READY-TO-DRINK WATER is safe drinking water that has been carefully bottled and capped to ensure its long-term safety, so you can simply grab it and drink it whenever you need it. This includes commercially produced bottled water or water that you have properly stored away for an emergency. The key word is “properly.” It’s quick, easy, reliable, and easy to dispense.

Think about it this way. Imagine a disaster strikes right now. What do you do? Your immediate priority is the safety of your family. You may have to get one child from daycare and another from school. Maybe someone in your household is injured and you must tend to them, or you have to check on your father who is in a retirement home. The point is, for the first 24 to 48 hours you will have a LOT to do. During this period, the last thing you want to worry about is purifying your drinking water. But even more importantly, you can’t afford to drink untreated water that will make you sick at this critical time.

So what do you do? The solution is simple. You reach for your bottled water, whether it’s commercially produced bottled water or water that you properly stored for such an emergency. Another source for ready-to-drink water is the storage tank of your electric home water distiller, if you have one. Some distillers have storage tanks that hold 15 gallons or more. This distilled water has already been treated and is safe to drink. Having a supply of ready-to-drink water is one of the most important parts of your preparedness plan.

TREAT-BEFORE-YOU-DRINK WATER is stored water that needs to be properly treated before you consume it. This includes water in rain barrels, cisterns, or even pool water. As the name says, you should treat this water according to the Red Cross recommendations before you drink it.

As I said, don’t confuse these two types of water!

A FEW NOTES ABOUT RAIN WATER. You’ve heard me talk about the hydrologic cycle, which is water’s built-in purification method. This “water cycle” is the source of fresh water on the planet, from lakes, rivers, streams, underground aquifers and glaciers. Distillation actually duplicates this process of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. So rain water must be pure and safe to drink, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Here’s why…

  • While rain water is water that has been cleaned by the hydrologic cycle, it does pick up modern day contaminants on the way down. For example, you’ve heard of acid rain, right? This happens because of air pollution. Rain, as it falls to the earth, absorbs the airborne contaminants and becomes polluted before it even hits the ground.
  • If a radioactive or chemical accident happened that resulted in a lot of dangerous toxins in the air, these toxins could travel hundreds of miles before rain washes them from the sky.
  • In a rainstorm, the rain in the first 5 to 10 minutes of the storm may contain toxins because the rain is cleaning out the air on the way down. The rain water that falls after the initial 5 to 10 minutes will typically be extremely pure water (unless the air pollution is happening at a very fast rate, like a nearby forest fire).
  • Rain barrels catch all rain water, including the toxins that are washed from the sky. This rain water can also become contaminated with whatever contaminants were on the roof, such as bird and raccoon poop and rotting leaves, etc.
  • For this reason, rain water should be considered “Treat-Before-You-Drinking Water”, which means that you should follow the Red Cross recommendations for treating this water before you drink it.

As a final note, I do have a course on “storing water for an emergency”, because there is actually a lot of information that you need to know, such as the types of containers you can and can’t use, the proper way to treat the water, the proper way to ensure that the water will stay safe for a long time, etc. You can see this course here.

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Let’s Have a Conversation About Cell Phone Addiction https://socrateswater.com/2018/08/17/lets-have-a-conversation-about-cell-phone-addiction/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/08/17/lets-have-a-conversation-about-cell-phone-addiction/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:13:54 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=11109 In my latest 5-Point Update I brought up an important issue that I’ve been thinking about lately; cell phone addiction. I really think this is a serious modern day mental-health problem. People are truly addicted to their phones. I look at young people today and they never, ever let go of their phones. Every 10 […]

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In my latest 5-Point Update I brought up an important issue that I’ve been thinking about lately; cell phone addiction.
I really think this is a serious modern day mental-health problem. People are truly addicted to their phones.
I look at young people today and they never, ever let go of their phones. Every 10 seconds the phone buzzes and they look at the latest message they’ve received from another friend who is also addicted. When they watch YouTube videos (they don’t really watch TV anymore), listen to music or even play video games they are checking their phones.
Every moment of the day they are bombarded with a new distraction. It’s constant sensory input. If there is silence, they turn on music.  From what I can tell, it’s this way for most of our youth, but it affects people of all ages too.
They have no silence in their lives. They don’t let themselves just be. Every moment has to be filled with some kind of input. I also think that this prevents people from fully feeling emotions, because before people can get a chance to feel something they are on to the next distraction.
And I haven’t even talked about the electromagnetic radiation that they (we) are getting exposed to. That’s a whole other issue, and I think it’s a serious one.
The easy thing to say is to just crack down on it. Take their phones away, or put in some type of limits. And I definitely think this is very important when they are younger. When Eric was younger, we would limit his use quite a bit and we would make Sunday’s our “electronics free day”.
But it’s harder when they get older. Like I said, this is an addiction. But unlike a heroin addiction, where you can change your surroundings and completely remove yourself from the thing you are addicted to, cell phone addiction is more like a food addiction. The hard thing about a food addiction is that you can’t just stop eating, so you have to continually expose yourself to that which you are addicted to.
A phone addiction is the same thing. You can’t just talk someone out of an addiction. To some level, they have to want to solve their problem, and most young people certainly don’t see it as a problem. It’s just a way of life to them.
I’ve been doing some research on this, and it doesn’t seem like this is very high on people’s radar, but I did find this article and this article. I think there are some good points in it, but it’s not the full solution. Nor do I have a good solution.
What do you think about this issue? Do you have any insights? Please share in the comments.

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5-Point Audio Update 6-12-2018 (Removing microcystin from water and more) https://socrateswater.com/2018/06/12/5-point-audio-update-6-12-2018-removing-microcystin-from-water-and-more/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/06/12/5-point-audio-update-6-12-2018-removing-microcystin-from-water-and-more/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:33:30 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=10926 Hi everyone! Here’s my latest audio update. If you want to receive these emails in your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter! Also, do you have a question about water that you want me to answer? Ask your question in the comments.   Hi! I hope you are enjoying the summer! I prepared a […]

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Survival StillHi everyone! Here’s my latest audio update. If you want to receive these emails in your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter! Also, do you have a question about water that you want me to answer? Ask your question in the comments.

 

Hi!

I hope you are enjoying the summer! I prepared a list of 5 things I think you will be interested in today…

FIRST, I want to share an article that my father wrote about the Salem, Oregon water contamination issue. This is a very interesting issue, and it absolutely illustrates why you should only be drinking water from a good water distiller. The problem in Oregon right now is microcystin (a type of cyanotoxin) which is a toxin produced by blue-green algae in ponds and lakes. As you know from my training classes, biological contaminants, such as bacteria, algae and parasites can be killed by boiling the water. Microcystin though is a toxin that the algae produces, so if you boil the water you will kill the algae, but you will actually concentrate the toxin in the water. These toxins are potentially very dangerous for your liver and kidneys, so you do NOT want to consume them. Distillation is the best way to protect yourself from these toxins in water. Read my father’s article here.

If you are looking for a water distiller for the home, I recommend these distillers.

The Survival Still is also a great way to protect your water supply.

SECOND, this is a very interesting interview that was on Radio New Zealand a few days ago. Dr. Michael Mosely wrote a book on “Gut Health”. I’ve not read the book yet (I have ordered it) but this interview was fascinating and it gives you an insight into a very important factor of health that simply wasn’t understood until very recently. Check it out here.

THIRD, you know that I am paranoid about online security. Here is a video that a comedian put together that explains how “phishing” scams work and how they can even be used to get around two-factor authentication. It’s very educational, although the comedian is not funny. I can’t tell if he’s trying to be funny or not.

FOURTH, do you own a business or have a product that you’ve developed? If so, I want to invite you to a brand new online class that I am putting on about some key lessons that I have learned over the years about online marketing. I think you will learn a lot from this class! The class will be next Tuesday at 3pm in the afternoon. Register here.

FIFTH, this is the song I’m listening to right now (from John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter). It will put you in a good mood!

If you have comments, or if you have water-related questions that you want me to answer please comment on the page.

Thanks!

Glenn Meder

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5-Point Audio Update 5-18-2018 https://socrateswater.com/2018/05/19/5-point-audio-update-5-18-2018/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/05/19/5-point-audio-update-5-18-2018/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 04:45:14 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=10870 Hi everyone! This is my second audio update. Give me advice on how you like it and how I can improve it. Also, do you have a question about water that you want me to answer? Ask your question in the comments. https://socrateswater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ScreenFlow-1.mp3 FIRST, I want to give a warning to anyone who has tried […]

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Glenn MederHi everyone! This is my second audio update. Give me advice on how you like it and how I can improve it. Also, do you have a question about water that you want me to answer? Ask your question in the comments.

FIRST, I want to give a warning to anyone who has tried to make their own DIY water distiller. There are a number of people on YouTube who provide instructions on how to make a DIY water distiller. These people talk with confidence like they know what they’re talking about, but MOST of them do NOT know what they are talking about. At the minimum, it will be a waste of your time, but worse, these distillers can be outright dangerous. The most common mistake that people make is that they make the distiller out of copper. This is a terrible idea, and it can be dangerous. Yes, copper is the best material for making an alcohol still, but copper should NOT be used for high-purity water. Hot, distilled water will absorb a lot of copper in a very short time, so the result is that you will get a much higher dose of copper that what you should get. Copper doesn’t absorb alcohol because alcohol is an organic molecule, whereas water is inorganic. This is why we are very careful to use only stainless steel in the Survival Still. I explain this in greater detail in my 5-Point Audio Update. If you have been planning to use a DIY water distiller, I suggest a professionally designed Survival Still instead.

SECOND, earlier in the week I recommended an online event from Marjory Wildcraft called the the Home Medicine Summit. It’s been going on all week, and will continue over the weekend. Some of the classes on the schedule for tomorrow include, Protecting Your Heart Health, Turning Trash Trees Into Productive Fruit Trees, Nutrition Hacks For Super Healthy Meat & Milk From Goats, Kombucha & The Human Microbiome and more. See the Home Medicine Summit event here.

THIRD, this week my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we went out to dinner, then went home and watched our favorite show on Netflix, “Doc Martin”. It’s a great show. I suggest you check it out!

FOURTH, last week in my audio update I mentioned that on my trip to China I wore my Pick Pocket Proof Pants If you are planning to travel, go to a concert, or go anywhere that many people are gathering, I suggest you get a pair.

FIFTH, as you know, I am paranoid about online security. One of the tools that I use now is Privacy.com. Privacy.com allows you to create single-use credit card numbers on the fly, so if a site gets hacked, such as Target, the hackers won’t get away with your credit card number. I know that this is ironic since I run an online store, but we use PayPal as our payment provider, which is the absolute most secure way to go. If you are as paranoid as I am though, you can use Privacy.com, or you can simply send us a check.

I’d still love your advice on how I can improve these audio notes. If you have comments, or if you have water-related questions that you want me to answer please comment on this page.

Thanks!

Glenn Meder

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5-Point Audio Update 5-9-2018 https://socrateswater.com/2018/05/10/5-point-audio-update-5-9-2018/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/05/10/5-point-audio-update-5-9-2018/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 02:24:12 +0000 https://socrateswater.com/?p=10830 Hi, today I wanted to try something different. Every week I send out a 5-Point Update email. Today I thought I would include a 5-Point Audio Update. Please give me your advice in the comments about whether you like this type of update and how I can improve it. FIRST, I want to tell you […]

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Glenn MederHi, today I wanted to try something different. Every week I send out a 5-Point Update email. Today I thought I would include a 5-Point Audio Update. Please give me your advice in the comments about whether you like this type of update and how I can improve it.

FIRST, I want to tell you about an important event that is coming up from my friend Marjory Wildcraft. I have a ton of respect for Marjory because she really goes all out to provide true value to people through her business “The Grow Network”. Now she’s putting on another world-class (FREE) event called the Home Medicine Summit.  She has lined up 42+ leading experts to show you how to live FREE of drugstores and be naturally healthy by using food as medicine and learning to make your own 100% natural kitchen remedies. These big names include Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett and so many more.

Register for the Home Medicine Summit event here. It will be well worth your time.

SECOND, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot of articles in the news lately about how vulnerable our electric grid is. The latest article talks about a new study that was done to test exactly how vulnerable our infrastructure systems are, “Positive Technologies reported on Thursday that its researchers were able to penetrate 73 percent of industrial organizations.” I personally believe that this is why everyone needs to be prepared, because a massive, long-term blackout would be very deadly. Please recommend the Survival Still to your friends who are not yet prepared.

THIRD, PrepperShowsUSA.com is having another give away this month. This time they are giving away a professional-grade pepper gun. This is not just your ordinary pepper spray, but this is what many police departments use. Click on the contest give away image on the page.

FOURTH, if you want some entertainment, check out the site People Are Awesome! Quite honestly, it’s amazing what people can accomplish. If you want to be inspired, check out this site.

FIFTH, my son is graduating from high school, so I asked him what he wanted for his graduation present. He wanted a trip to China! So Eric, my father, my brother and I hopped on a plane and went to China for 10 days in late April. It was an absolutely fantastic trip! I think it’s a hugely important thing to travel and see different cultures, so you can see life from many different angles.

Here’s the link for the Pick-Pocket Proof Pants (get a $15 discount by using this link).
Here’s the link for the Silent-Pocket Products (use the coupon code “happiness” for a 15% discount). 
Here’s the link for the Private Internet Access VPN.
Here’s the email for the tour company we used for China (tours@travelchinaguide.com). Make sure you ask for “John” as your tour guide in Beijing. His picture is below.

Eric at the Great Wall!
In this picture we are in the old part of Beijing and this is the way a wealthy merchant would get on his horse.
Me and Eric standing with the gentleman who found the Terracotta Warriors.
Eric and My father at the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian.
Me and Eric at the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. It was soooo ridiculously crowded, but we still loved it.
Yes, Eric, my brother and my father ate scorpions at the night market. No, I did not. I have endured a lot of ribbing for not participating, but I still think I’m the smart one.
“John” our Chinese Tour Guide

 

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Yes, “Raw-Water” is Bad For More than One Reason https://socrateswater.com/2018/02/07/another-reason-raw-water-is-bad/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/02/07/another-reason-raw-water-is-bad/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:17:16 +0000 https://survivalstill.com/?p=4023   A couple weeks ago I wrote an important letter about my mission regarding water. I asked an important question in that letter, “…in this age of ultra-high tech everything, and a modern lifestyle with conveniences unsurpassed in the world’s history, how can water purity still be one of the most significant problems of the […]

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A couple weeks ago I wrote an important letter about my mission regarding water. I asked an important question in that letter, “…in this age of ultra-high tech everything, and a modern lifestyle with conveniences unsurpassed in the world’s history, how can water purity still be one of the most significant problems of the world?

My answer was “Lack of education.” But I went on to say, “Let me be clear here, I’m not talking about the lack of education for people in third-world countries, I’m talking about OUR lack of education. The people of the world have a water quality problem because WE in the developed countries are not properly educated…From my experience, 99% of people in developed countries have a SHOCKING lack of knowledge about water. This lack of education means that people don’t really understand the problem, and if you don’t understand the problem you can’t solve the problem.

So today I want to give you an example of this lack of education.

In California, the latest craze is for people to spend a LOT of money to buy “Raw Water”, or in other words, people are drinking untreated ground water. Proponents claim that raw water’s health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes.

Why is “Raw-Water” suddenly so exciting? Because people are woefully uneducated about water, and this lack of education leaves them open to ridiculous marketing schemes and scams. This happens all the time. There are countless water scams, and there always have been.

I want to tell you a quick story of Eben Byers. Eben was a well-known industrialist, athlete and playboy in the early 1900’s. He won the US Amateur Golf Competition in 1906, and he took over his father’s company (Girard Iron Company) at a young age. At the age of 46 he fell and hurt his arm. His doctor (who wasn’t actually a doctor) told him to drink plenty of Radithor, which was water mixed with radium.

Around this time, science didn’t think radiation was harmful. In fact, they thought it might be good for you, or at least that’s what the marketers wanted you to believe. This was energized water! How could you go wrong with energized water?

You could even make your own at home by having a Revigorator, a water dispenser lined with radium (see picture). Back then, doctors made a lot of money by recommending radiated water to their patients.

So back to Eben Byers. He drank 1,400 bottles of this water, his jaw fell off and he quickly died of cancer (yeah, radiation will do that to you).

What’s the connection between Eben Byers and “Raw Water”? Simply ignorance. We can, however, forgive Mr. Byers because science hadn’t really figured out the whole radiation thing yet. But the people drinking “Raw Water”? All the information is there. They should know better.

Untreated water can have countless dangerous contaminants, from arsenic to chemicals to dangerous bacteria and yes, even radioactive metals. The fact is, science KNOWS that certain contaminants can cause serious health problems, from birth defects, to neurological problems to cancer and even death. But these people are choosing to believe marketing nonsense over truth.

I invite you to visit this page if you want to learn about HUNDREDS of other examples of how people have been conned into believing water pseudoscience from snake oil salesmen.

Water is not mystical. It’s not imbued with energy from the earth that will “ground” you or heal you. Water is either clean or it’s not. Yes, it’s this simple.

Your top priority should be to drink clean, pure water; water that does not contain contaminants that will give you cancer or other diseases.

BUT HERE’S MY POINT…the “Raw-Water” craze is a perfect example of one of the main reasons we still have a global water crisis. The root of the problem is OUR LACK OF EDUCATION. If you don’t understand the problem, you can’t fix the problem.

So if you want to help solve the global water crisis while improving your health do these three things…

FIRST, become educated! Study my articles as well as the training I provide on www.EmergencyWater101.com.

SECOND, don’t spread misinformation and call people on the bad advice they are giving to people.

THIRD, support our mission.

Thanks!

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What I’ve Figured out about Cryptocurrency… https://socrateswater.com/2018/02/02/what-ive-figured-out-about-cryptocurrency/ https://socrateswater.com/2018/02/02/what-ive-figured-out-about-cryptocurrency/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:38:52 +0000 https://survivalstill.com/?p=4017   Today I wanted to write an article that has nothing to do with water or my mission. It’s just fun. If you have been curious about cryptocurrency, I want to tell you about how I play around with it in a very limited way. First of all a disclaimer, I know very little about […]

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ripple for novicesToday I wanted to write an article that has nothing to do with water or my mission. It’s just fun. If you have been curious about cryptocurrency, I want to tell you about how I play around with it in a very limited way.

First of all a disclaimer, I know very little about this subject and in no way am I claiming to be an expert. In fact, I’m stating right now that you should definitely not take advice from me in this regard, but I can’t stop you from continuing to read this article if you insist. 😉

What I can offer is a novice’s perspective on getting to the point of at least playing around with it. Also, I will say that I think it is important to learn about this, because it’s going to be the future.

My philosophy as it pertains to cryptocurrency or any “investment” that you don’t understand, is that it’s gambling. I only put in the amount of money that I can afford to lose, and actually, I expect to lose it. So I put a couple hundred into it is all (I have doubled my money so far, but it could vaporize at any time).

The first thing to understand is that while you’ve not doubt heard of Bitcoin, there are a ton of cryptocurrencies on the market, and there are new ones all the time. Other cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin Cash, Etherium, Litecoin, TRON, Stellar, NEO, and many more.

For example, Ripple is one that has been around for a few years and as I write this, it’s only worth $1.12, which means that you can buy a lot of them. Ripple is an interesting cryptocurrency because they are trying to work WITH the banks of the world as opposed to most of the other currencies which are completely outside of the banking world.

Another interesting point is that the founder of Ripple was briefly as rich as Mark Zuckerberg about a month ago. His wealth obviously fluctuates with the value of Ripple, so it won’t take much of a swing for him to become the richest person in the world. It could even happen overnight. I predict that very soon, and perhaps by the end of 2018, the richest person in the world will be someone who created a cryptocurrency.

It’s important to understand that you don’t have to purchase full coins. For example, if you wanted to buy one Bitcoin right now, you’d have to pay about $8,600. But you don’t have to do this. If you only wanted to spend $200, you could buy 2% of a Bitcoin.

If you live in the USA, the easiest way to buy Bitcoin is to join CoinBase. It’s like the PayPal of cryptocurrency. But, the problem with Coinbase is that you can only buy four different currencies on CoinBase right now; Bitcoin, Etherium, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin.

One of the attractions to cryptocurrencies (at least for me) is to buy them when they are super cheap, which means you have to buy them before they make their way onto Coinbase. To buy many of the other coins you need to become part of a cryptocurrency exchange.

To purchase cryptocurrencies on an exchange you have to create an account, deposit money, and then you can convert your money into different currencies.

I’ve tried some different exchanges. Some exchanges had such an onerous sign up process and they were so confusing that I just gave up before I could use them. The one that I found the easiest is binance.com.

After playing around with binance.com for a while, I found it to be fairly straightforward and easy to understand,. But here’s the weird thing, binance.com (and I think this is true of other exchanges) don’t accept regular money. You can only deposit money via cryptocurrency. In other words, you need to first set up a Coinbase account, and then once you buy Bitcoin or Etherium with cash, you can transfer this amount to your account on binance.com.

So here are the steps to getting started…
Step One: Set up a coinbase.com account (it’s free). This is a straightforward process.

Step Two: Purchase an amount of Bitcoin or Etherium from coinbase.com. When you are on coinbase.com you just need to click on the “Buy” button, then choose how much money you want to spend ($200 for example) and then click the submit button. It may take a few days for the money to be transferred from your bank into your account.

Step Three: Open a biance.com account (also free). This is very simple, even simpler than Coinbase because you don’t have to link your bank account. Once this is done, you can transfer your $200 worth of Bitcoin or Etherium to binance.com and you can then buy some other currencies. See this video explanation that I found: https://youtu.be/lD_bpFQTITc

As a final note, if you are going to sign up for either coinbase.com or binance.com, please use my link because I will get $10 when you sign up and you will get $10 when you sign up. Thank you.

Here’s my link to Coinbase: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52afdf726ce2efb7aa00009d
And here’s my link to Binance: https://www.binance.com/?ref=25733366

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