100 Years Ago, JAMA Thought that a Liter of Water at Meals Was Too Much

Topics: Aging and Costs of Aging, Obesity and Weight Loss, Vitamins and Supplements, Wellness and Health
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JAMA has a section called “100 years ago” in which the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) quotes a column from its archives, verbatim.

Last week, it was

January 13, 1912

WATER-DRINKING WITH MEALS

 “…While the ingestion of moderate quantities of water with meals may be harmless in persons with good gastric motility, since the excess of water is rapidly expelled into the intestine, it is likely to be harmful in persons whose motor power is below par: and it is probable that there are many such who do not consider themselves ill enough to consult a physician.

Furthermore, nothing that has been said is intended to lend any support in the American custom of drinking water that is ice-cold…”

I do think we’ve made progress since them. There’s Vitamin Water, Noah’s Spring Water (pH 8.4, sparkling and delicious), cold water to help you use lose weight, and water to hydrate athletes.

But it just goes to show: doctors, in all our wisdom, come to conclusions slowly. And that’s what most of us get paid for: slow conclusions and caution.

I get paid for something different: trusting patients own experiences with medication, supplements, food and beverage; and their own observations of what works (and doesn’t work) for them.

Informed by the best modern science, and that’s what it is, people can actually lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, obesity, overweight; eat an optimally anti-aging diet and the best foods, beverages and dietary supplements and minimize interactions between them;  and wipe out back pain, allergies and much more.