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Go with the flow ‘ WATER 2

Last week, as I waited to observe the lunar eclipse, I thought about all the folk lore and facts that have surrounded the full moon and its effects upon people. As you know from my last newspaper column, I’ve also been studying the enormous role of water in our lives.
The one effect of the full moon I have witnessed is its pull on the tides in our oceans and seas which cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface. Astronomers probe the distant planets for signs of the capacity to contain water and thus form the possibility of the existence of life. These are yet more conclusive facts that this basic element water is a huge critical player in our lives.
Closer to home, we have all heard the following tips for a healthy life: Get eight hours of sleep at night, exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet and drink eight glasses of water a day. Without question, these are sound rules for life, and I try to practice them everyday. However, I must admit, I have never been able to get with this advice of drinking mega ounces of water. It always seemed as if I would explode if I swigged even half the recommended amount. I couldn’t quite get the point of it all and only knew that people smarter than I thought it was a good idea for the likes of me. So I drank water, but I always made sure it was mixed with something that gave it flavor or nutrition like tea leaves or fruit juice. I even counted ice cubes added to Diet Coke as meeting the water requirement.
But recently, statements about water have been coming to me from all different kinds of sources. And suddenly it all made sense. One of the strongest influences in my thinking came from a well-respected scientist named Masaru Emoto. You may have heard of Emoto’s experiments. He is the man who discovered that human vibrational energy such as thoughts, words and music affect the very molecular structure of water. As seen in the video ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?’, Emoto places water in a jar and then documents the effects upon it when people say either pleasant or ugly things in its direction. He freezes droplets of these water samples and then examines them under a dark field microscope that has photographic capabilities. Positive words created beautiful glowing snowflake crystal formations where as the negative words developed into dark irregular globular shapes. Just Google Masaru Emoto on the Internet to check out the amazing images of these results.
In light of all these findings, one has to wonder the long-term effects of harsh words to family members and violence in video games, TV programs and movies. What are we really doing to ourselves and our communities?
With our bodies made up of about 60 percent water, I guess I better pay attention to the vibes that come my way. Emoto’s work proved that the energy or vibrations of the environment will change the molecular shape and appearance of this very malleable substance. We can indeed affect life with what we communally say and do.
Now, couple the above discovery with these facts that were posted on America Online:
1. Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as three percent.
3. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100 percent of the dieters studied in a University of Washington research.
4. Lack of water is the No. 1 trigger of day-time fatigue.
5. A mere two-percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy, short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
6. Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79 percent, and one is 50 percent less likely to develop bladder cancer.
When they called water H20 in my high-school chemistry class, I was mighty impressed that it had a scientific classification right up there with exotic elements I had heard about. But nothing convinced me water was me like this latest information.
Need I go on? I can’t verify all these claims but if even a portion is true, it seems like an inexpensive route to better health. And I got to thinking; If my body, made up primarily of water, is responding to vibrations aimed at it from outside, then I better have an adequate pool of water to react. I don’t want any skimpy, tired liquid base within me calling the shots. I’m not sure I can totally kick the Diet Mountain Dew habit, but I do know eight glasses of water a day makes a lot more sense than it used to.