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  1. Bottled Water Lecture

  2. Who is Susceptible to Scams?

  3. History of Water-Related Scams

  4. Examples of Past Water Scams • Medical use of hydrotherapy • Drinking radon or radium water

  5. For that Healthy Glow Drink Radiation

  6. Radon or Radium Water Devices

  7. First Bottled Water Scam

  8. Modern Day Drinking Water Scams • Bottled water scams • Health quackery scams • Water treatment scams • Water testing scams • Water supply scams

  9. Bottled Water Industry and Associated Scams • All bottled water is not a scam • Fraudulent vendor claims are scams • Deception by sales persons are scams • Special formulations are often scams

  10. New Bottled Water Promotions Designer Labeling

  11. Bottled Water—the Good • It is convenient and portable • It is a good diet drink • Healthier than many drinks containing sugar, caffeine and other additives • Fits special niches (some are scams)

  12. Bottled Water—the Bad • Expensive in comparison to tap water • Not necessarily better than most tap water • Not regulated as much as tap water • Some niche uses are scams • Associated with push for global privatization

  13. Bottled Water and Health Claims • Bottled water is tied to many health claims • Minerals • Ionized • Treated with magnetism • Treated with some form of light • Treated with sound waves • Treated with electricity in some way • Treated with a special catalyst • Naturally occurring (some remote area)

  14. Bottled Water Health Scams • Oxygenated water nonsense…made of H20 • Special mineral water for any element you desire • Water for special needs

  15. Two Categories of Water Treatment Scams 1. purchase treatment devices that do not work 2. purchase treatment devices they do not need

  16. Water Treatment Devices • Produce oxygenated, super-oxygenated or antioxidant water • Produce special structure-altered or special clustered water • Produce alkaline or ionic forms of water • Produce water with some special form of energy or other magical properties

  17. Oxy-Plus Water Treatment Devices

  18. Health Treatment Claims Devices for producing water with micro-clusters

  19. Health Quackery Treatment Scams • The Bio-Alkalizer for around $1500

  20. More Water Treatment Nonsense The magic of magnetism Catalyst altered water

  21. Magnetic Water Treatment Nonsense

  22. Limited Freshwater Supply Driving Privatization

  23. Why Drinking Water Scams Work • Because survival is more important to us than truth, logic and reason • Because we are prone to be superstitious and use irrational thinking • Because many people are scientifically illiterate and cannot tell the difference between science and pseudoscience • Because science education does not equal logical and critical thinking