One more miracle water story.

I guess I’m not quite ready to give up talking about the absurdity of miracle water. I know there are more than a few people who wonder what the harm is in a person believing a tree spouts healing water. Well, I was perusing The Skeptic Mag blog and found a link to this article in the Observer about a “miracle creek” in India that is drawing thousands of people to its shores.

A short time ago, fishermen tasted the water of this tributary coming from the Arabian Sea and found that it had suddenly lost its salinity. They spread the word, and it wasn’t long before people assumed the best and decided the water could now cure disease. Five thousand people rushed to drink the water. No harm, right? Wrong. Thousands of tons of sewage and industrial waste are dumped into the creek every day, and the reason for the sudden loss of salinity may be due to more pollution. People carried this water home to their families in the hopes that it would keep them healthy, when nothing could be further from the truth.

The good news is that the salinity has returned, which will hopefully bring a halt to “miracles.” The bad news is that it’s 2006 and stuff like this is still going on.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. This water probably do have healing properties… Like, let's see…Constipation maybe?

    Posology: Drink a few cups of water per day and you certainly won't have any problem to do your stuff when on the toilet. In fact, you will spend all day there!!!

  2. I guess it's a good thing then that I'm not a "holy man". Because if they asked me to add my "energy" or my "essence" to some water, that's what I'd do. Either that or spit in it.

    I would be amused by people going "look, I rubbed it on my ache and the pain went away". Our moms already knew about the placebo-power of plain old spit for ages. Just kiss it and it feels much better.

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