Homoeopathic effect of tap water?

Some critics who oppose drinking tap water also point out a possible negative "homeopathic effect" of the toxins once contained in the water. What is to be kept of this strange hypothesis, and what it looks like at all with homeopathic effects in tap water, is examined in this article.

Homeopathic theory of effects

Overall, homeopathy is very controversial, and the underlying theory of effects is repeatedly called into question by science. But homeopathy has been used for hundreds of years, so it can not be totally ineffective. However, this does not say anything about the correctness of the underlying theory.

According to the principles of homeopathy, an agent that triggers a certain disease or certain symptoms should cure this disease or these symptoms when given in a highly diluted state in pure water. The dilutions used, in homeopathy called "potencies", are very high - in most homeopathic medicines, not even a single molecule of the starting substance is present. However, according to the homeopathic theory, the "vibration information" of the respective starting material would remain in the water.

Scientifically demonstrated for the first time, such a possible effect only a few years ago in a closely controlled series of duckweed experiments. They were first poisoned with arsenic, which causes the plants to restrict their growth. In a water bath, which was a "homeopathic" arsenic solution, the test plants recovered much faster with each repetition of the experiment than in pure water.

Poisons Paradox

The homeopathic effect of water after cleaning would therefore not be harmful, according to the classical theory of homeopathy, but even useful: it would have to neutralize the effects of such toxins and to salvage the body from harmful environmental toxins - and not be harmful. The intended criticism of the tap water reverses on closer inspection to the contrary, if one would apply this theory in this way.

Plausibility of the theory

Overall, the theory is not plausible for other reasons - because tap water is of course not treated wastewater, but is practically always obtained from pure water sources. Only for waters that are extracted from wells near the shore, minor pollution from polluted river water could pass. However, the production of drinking water from such near-shore wells for private household use is only carried out in Germany in exceptional cases. As a rule, only the water demand of the industry is covered by such wells.

A treatment of drinking water according to the Drinking Water Ordinance also takes place usually without the use of large amounts of chemical agents. The majority of water treatment methods are physical methods

Poisons in drinking water and groundwater in general

Groundwater, which is used for drinking water, is not always completely pure. There are traces of various chemical substances. Particularly problematic are pesticides, which reach the groundwater through agriculture. But even substances that remain permanently in the water after wastewater treatment, such as hormones or drugs, can be a problem. However, the amounts available are minimal, so that a harmful effect even by cumulation seems rather questionable.

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