“Raw Water”–Really?

Technically, "raw water" is unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized water from a natural spring. Are there really benefits to drinking water in a "natural" state? A small, but growing group of advocates believe there are. "Living water" as it is called by some, is organically laden with minerals, bacteria, and other "healthy" compounds claimed to boost "energy"…

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Surprise in Raw Cookie Dough

Looking forward to some raw cookie dough this holiday? Think again! When scientists examined 35 cases of E. coli food poisoning occuring in mid-2009, all but two of the hospitalized victims had eaten uncooked chocolate-chip cookie dough. Two-thirds of the patients were younger than 19 years old. While you might blame the eggs used, they had been…

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Beware of Raw Milk

Raw milk is touted by some as being more nutritious and is inherently antimicrobial, and therefore superior to pasteurized milk. But in reality there are no significant nutritional differences, and raw milk may contain a wide variety of harmful bacteria.A recent outbreak of campylobacteriosis in Michigan confirms this. Twelve cases of this illness have been identified among…

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