PSA: water is H2O, it has a pretty fixed pH value. so does your body. if you were to somehow make your blood "more alkaline" you would almost instantly die
"alkaline water" is just water. it has no effects that regular water doesn't have. also it is not even alkaline. even if it was, it would not make your body more alkaline to drink it. that is not how pH works. stay hydrated but don't buy that shit
How did this become a thing? I look away for ten seconds and there's water on the shelf labeled "too alkaline to be tested by pH strips" god damn. Aren't there laws about this sort of thing?
@Thuslyandfurthermore the short answer is a combination of pyramid schemes and chiropractors
@applebaps I lived in a shithole that had alkaline water for years. It just tasted bad. That's all.
I mean it was also bad for your heart because it had a shitload of sodium in it too from the mediocre sodium substitution they used as a softening process, but hey.
@_ampersand also i guarantee you it wasn't even that alkaline, it was probably off the norm by like 0.1, 0.2 at best otherwise we wouldn't be talking
@applebaps I mean, 0.1 on log base 10 is still a decent chunk. But yeah nobody out here is drinking like pH 11 water, that shit would be crazy.
@_ampersand yeah lol. the marketed "alkaline water" you see is literally just water, it's exactly water
@applebaps So of course my boss is super into it lol I don't want to explain how buffered blood is
@_ampersand it's okay, even if you did they wouldn't listen
@applebaps I once had someone on tumblr tell me that cancer and numerous other diseases were entirely caused by pH imbalances in the body and I almost snapped my laptop in half
@photophoregirl imagine hearing that level of stupid shit daily at your job for 2 years and being ordered to sell this stuff to people or you're fired
@photophoregirl ah yes thanks for coming to the ""clinic"" today, let me give you this book on how vitamin C can cure cancer. make sure you bring your infant child back with you next time to get "adjusted"
@applebaps my mom has me see a chiropractor a few times when I was younger and one time the fucker went for my neck before I was ready and pulled a muscle. She didn’t take me back after that
In this case series, 12 patients with newly diagnosed cervical artery dissection(s) had recent chiropractic neck manipulation. Patients who are considering chiropractic cervical manipulation should be informed of the potential risk and be advised to seek immediate medical attention should they develop symptoms.
@photophoregirl see also
RESULTS: Twenty six fatalities were published in the medical literature and many more might have remained unpublished. The alleged pathology usually was a vascular accident involving the dissection of a vertebral artery.
CONCLUSION: Numerous deaths have occurred after chiropractic manipulations. The risks of this treatment by far outweigh its benefit.
@applebaps YUUUP i remember reading that and my blood going cold. I’m lucky I survived
it makes me really mad when i hear people talking about chiros like as if they know what the fuck they're doing lol. these assholes literally kill people all the time
@photophoregirl also they tend to be terrible human beings who believe in stuff like "the law of attraction" and other magical thinking nonsense
it's a rabbit hole i'd rather not dive down again but yeah. they also tend to be Very Handsy. i was sexually assaulted by the one i worked for and that's not even a rare thing
@applebaps THANK YOU!
@applebaps @photophoregirl i had a distant aunt die after getting her neck manipulated by a chiro; i never actually met her tbh but it is one of those things that gets brought up in the family sometimes, and i am very mad about chiropractors all the time bc of it honestly
i have a coworker who goes to one on the reg and i am occasionally tempted to say "hey maybe the reason you're not improving on this health issue is because this is garbage??" but, people,
pushing accomplishes nothing tbh. if they get a placebo effect from it then ok, whatever fine
much better to fight against them by legislating them out of existence, reporting them to insurance / CMS / licensing agencies, that sort of thing
death, now just ramblin
@photophoregirl @applebaps like i said she was v distant and i never met her - i am honestly not 100% she was alive at the same time as me? - it is just sort of at the status of family gripe at this point that occasionally gets brought up, which is weird, because she was a person who lived and then died early, but. it sucks but i have a weird detached relation to the situation.
@applebaps Even leaving aside for a moment that your stomach is full of HCl
@pagrus yeah. like, this idea fails before we even get close to the technical stuff
@applebaps i was amazed at how such a ridiculous thing could be on a store shelf, but i guess pharmacies in canada aren't banned from selling other kinds of water that have some kind of hippie woo attached to them,
@lyliawisteria i mean, to be fair to the pharmacy, it's just water lol. if it gets people to hydrate and makes the store money then Welp,
but like, wow don't buy alkaline water go drink cheaper water lol
@applebaps i'm talking about homeopathic bullshit. i'm sure the same people are buying "alkaline" water.
@lyliawisteria yeah i lump it all together, cause i mean, homeopathic remedies are also just water
stay hydrated, hippies
@applebaps where the hell did people get the idea that "alkaline = healthy"?
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