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.