Brine!

The insanity has reached levels that simply could not have been predicted. The latest deadly thing we all have to avoid is mineral water. Because it has, um, minerals in it.

One of those minerals is the utterly deadly sodium chloride and mineral water can have as much as ELEVEN TIMES as much salt as… er… tap water.

Yes, it’s the loonies from CASH behind it all. They were astounded to find that there are more minerals in mineral water than in tap water. I was astounded to find that two of those mineral waters actually contained less salt than tap water! If I buy mineral water I damn well expect it to have minerals in it.

Today was a very hot day so I have been drinking some tap water. It was not a good day for whisky, it was a day for high volume fluid intake and doing that with whisky just makes things worse. And blurry.

Since I did not expect tap water to contain any salt and since sweating loses salt as well as water, I supplemented this water intake with some very nicely salted bacon sandwiches.

There is, apparently, some salt in tap water. About 0.04 grams per litre. No wonder I’ve never noticed. To get your RDA of 6 grams you’d have to drink 150 litres of tap water and that’s more than enough to kill you.

Eleven times 0.04 grams is what the howling idiots claim is a dangerous level – found in one brand of bottled water which had 0.45 grams of salt per litre. It is good to see the utter morons who still fall for this crap are well into the ‘worst rated comments’, and some sensible talk in the ‘best rated comments’.

There really is only one sensible response to all this now, and it’s started happening. People are starting to say ‘Oh, just get stuffed’ and realising that all these little Puritan groups have no real power at all. They are just noise.

I have yet to see a better response to the idiots than the one presented by BrewDog. More of this, please.

I also highly recommend BrewDog beers. Which reminds me, I haven’t had one of those for a while.

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18 thoughts on “Brine!

  1. .04 grams?

    You *do* realize I hope that that’s the absolutely mind-boggling quantity of FORTY MILLION NANOGRAMS!

    Are you saying you think you are not HARMED by being forced to have FORTY MILLION NANOGRAMS of TOXIC SODIUM CHLORIDE pumped down your throat?????

    ::sigh::

    – MJM

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  2. Just read the ‘Brew Dog’ response- excellent, dry and droll. Why is it ‘Portman’ feel the need to ‘educate’ us adults. Tis sad when so called political correctness runs amok. Luckily, only the proponents of this shite, and left wing ‘right on’ twats actually subscribe to this view. Everyone else treats this drivel with the contempt it deserves and gets on with living their life.

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  3. CASH are stupid twats. Never heard of homeostasis? Yes, of course they have. But, all the other scares (tobacco, alcohol, fat, sugar) had already been taken.

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    • CASH had an inauspicious start to it’s Salt Awareness Week in 2009, which amused me so much that I kept notes.

      To soften us and put us in a receptive state of panic they started threatening us with soup.

      30th January 2009

      “Next week is Salt Awareness Week, which will see the launch of a major campaign to encourage people to take steps to reduce their intake.
      http: //www.scotsman.com/news/tinned-soup-s-hidden-salt-poses-stomach-cancer-risk-1-756560

      31st January 2009

      High levels of hidden salt in soup ‘can increase the risk of cancer’

      “People who regularly sit down to a warming bowl of soup could inadvertently be doing themselves long-term damage, according to Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). ”

      “Dr Thompson said: “Soups are one of the worst culprits for hidden salt. Some brands of soup have as much as half the recommended daily intake per serving”
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/dietandfitness/4400451/High-levels-of-hidden-salt-in-soup-can-increase-the-risk-of-cancer.html

      CASH – Consensus Action on Salt and Health

      National Salt Awareness Week 2009 – Salt and Eating Out
      2nd – 8th February

      “Consensus Action on Salt and Health ( CASH ) is launching its 10th National Salt Awareness Week Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th February 2009
      http: //web.archive.org/web/20090828170703/http://www.hyp.ac.uk/cash/awareness/saltawarenessweek_2009.htm
      2 Feb 2009

      But nature had other plans.

      2nd of February 2009

      Heaviest snow in 20 years brings large parts of Britain to a halt – Times
      http: //www.sott.net/article/174700-Heaviest-snow-in-20-years-brings-large-parts-of-Britain-to-a-halt

      5 February 2009

      Death-trap fear as salt runs low

      “The gritting salt keeping Britain’s roads clear of snow and ice is running out amid a warning from the AA that some roads are becoming “death traps”.
      http: //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7872192.stm

      So by the 8th we were all very aware of the importance of salt.

      Incidentally, it seems that we were not alone.

      WASH

      “World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) was
      established in October 2005 with the aim of bringing
      about a gradual reduction in salt intake throughout
      the world.”

      World Action on Salt and Health held its 2nd annual
      World Salt Awareness Week (February 2nd – 8th
      2009), focusing on Salt and Eating Out.

      UK

      “CASH are awaiting news on the revised targets for
      salt reduction, in order to meet the 6g target in
      2010, due to be released early in 2009.
      WASH will update you as soon as possible”

      http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/docs/newsletters/49180.pdf

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      • Cash chose the right acronym to show the world what they are really all about.

        They can set all the targets they like. It will make no difference to me. Salt never goes off, it has nowhere to degrade, and I have a lot of it in plastic boxes.

        One day we’ll be back to the Roman days of using it to pay people.

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  4. Real Science in action as a contrast to madness of Chimp’s employees

    http://nautil.us/blog/using-sharks-tricks-to-prevent-lethal-and-costly-infections

    When TBT-containing paint was banned in 2001, marine anti-fouling strategies were forced to adapt. One of the most promising tools came about after materials scientist Anthony Brennan noticed one class of sea animals that stayed remarkably free of biofouling: sharks.

    The secret of the shark’s anti-fouling aptitude is a product of a clever adaptation in its scales, or denticles. Under a microscope, shark denticles look like diamond-shaped shingles layered on a roof. Their ridges create a surface with what scientists call “low wettability.” Similar to Teflon, water droplets bead up and slide off of denticles, which decreases drag in turbulent water. The constant, unimpeded flow of water over the shark’s body also makes it hard for barnacles to get established. Additionally, the tiny ridges keep would-be hitchhikers from getting comfortable—like trying to sleep on a foldout couch with the support bar smashed into your lower back.

    While Brennan and his team were designing plastic films that mimicked the surface structures of shark denticles, they realized that their prototypes were particularly successful in warding off tubeworms, a common biofouler. Brennan hypothesized that the tubeworms were struggling because the synthetic shark skin was actually keeping away bacteria, which tubeworms need to bond to a surface. Subsequent tests showed he was right. Brennan’s discovery would lead to the formation of Sharklet—a company that now sells strips of antimicrobial plastic films for use on everything from bathroom stall doors to medical product packaging.

    It seems that the catheter market is ripe for a sharkskin nano-coating, and indeed, Sharklet is currently developing just such a product. But researchers at Duke University may have hit on an even more effective, lower-tech solution. “It’s one of those great ideas that looks really obvious in retrospect,” says Vrad Levering, a postdoctoral candidate and the primary inventor of the innovative new catheter design. Cheaply producible using 3D printing, Levering’s design features an additional, secondary channel running alongside the standard catheter tube. The second channel can be inflated with air or water, causing the walls of the primary tube to compress or stretch. The deformation is sufficient to dislodge a developing biofilm from the walls of the tube; the bacteria then get harmlessly flushed away in the urine. “We wanted to go for worst case. We had [the biofilm] thick and funky on there,” says Levering. The double-barreled device is still a prototype, but so far, it looks promising.

    By using more focused, physical attacks rather than the indiscriminate chemical weapons of yesteryear, we might finally take command in the war against biological scum. If the trend continues, arteries, plumbing, and boats all stand to gain. Our blood, wastewater, and ocean liners could slide into the future along new paths of lower resistance.

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    • XX By using more focused, physical attacks rather than the indiscriminate chemical weapons of yesteryear, we might finally take command in the war against biological scum. XX

      Could be usefull to spray paint inner citys, and chav estates with the stuff.

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  5. This may come as a surprise to the non-scientists around here, but there is actually a recipe for Artificial Tap Water. This came about several decades ago, when a freshwater ecologist working out of Newcastle University was doing research on freshwater mussels. He found that the tap water in Newcastle (actually, pretty much everywhere is like this) was hideously variable, something which is anathema to a scientist.

    So, he developed Artificial Tap Water. Take three litres of pure distilled water, and make each into a different stock solution of mineral salts. To create ATW you take five ml from each stock solution and add to 1 litre of distilled water; hey presto Artificial Tap Water. This recipe has been propagated all around the world, most recently by a certain Rolo Perry, one of my PhD supervisors (I worked on soil-living parasitic nematodes).

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    • I once built an artificial estuary (with actual tides, I can’t help myself) using artificial seawater. It was populated with Nereis, Macoma balthica and my favourite, Corophium.

      It showed me why the aerobic bacteria were living well below the normally-regarded-as-aerobic top layer and well into the lower, anaerobic layers.

      The animals aerate their burrows. Corophium made U-shaped burrows so they didn’t have to turn around. Nereis made deep and complex structures.

      That was back in 1989 – Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 29; 601 – 612.

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