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Why didn't caveman have to boil their water?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 05, 2013 at 5:31 AM

So I've been watching naked and afraid on discovery channel and anytime someone drinks the water before boiling it they get sick. Then today I was watching planet earth and how they mayans had to live off water from flooded underground caves.

I know that a lot of cultures actually drank alcohol as their liquid. But alcohol dehydrates you if im not mistaken. Not all cultures could probably grow grapes and make wine. The civilizations must of had fresh water sources, the body can't really go three days without water.

So why were they immune to microbial in water sources? Does this go back to the theory of the gut flora and how it protects us from our environment?

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on August 05, 2013
at 08:49 PM

Hey fred, absolutely. I was using the example of dumping unused anti-biotics to mean the whole gambit of hormonal and AB residue. It's really tragic, our greed and laziness is killing us.

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:08 PM

Must have had. Have.

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:00 PM

No, must be confused. Viruses have been around for millions of years and cavemen were affected by viruses, just not the same ones we typically worry about today, they were different. True that many diseases changed with civilization, population increases and population management/living situations, but there were still absolutely viruses that caused health issues to cavemen.

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on August 05, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Cavemen did not have to deal with Viruses... Viruses are a product of civilization.

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on August 05, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Not to mention the runoff from feedlots and farms. All that industrial crap was not in the ancient water.

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on August 05, 2013
at 06:44 AM

Basically when you are drinking natural water so often your body recognizes most of the microbes in the water and can easily take the necessary steps to deal with them. You can build almost a tolerance. I'm sure cavemen actually would still get ill from time to time because of bacteria or viruses in the water.

There are actually still millions and millions of humans that don't have to boil water. Many people from places like India and Mexico drink untreated water without any problems. When I lived in Arizona we had a Mexican working for us and one hot day he went to this pond in the park that was so disgusting I wouldn't even touch it. Full of growth and animal feces, smelled horrible! He went right into that pond and started drinking the water like it was the fountain of youth, no problems at all.

It's actually a good quality IMO. Imagine in a post apocalyptic world without the conveniences we have today. Most Americans would get very sick and could even die off from water sources, while many Indians would be able to drink without issues.

Water is actually a very interesting element, it is pretty amazing to say the least! There are some cool documentaries about it if you are ever interested. Some of the chemicals put in water are questionable.

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:00 PM

No, must be confused. Viruses have been around for millions of years and cavemen were affected by viruses, just not the same ones we typically worry about today, they were different. True that many diseases changed with civilization, population increases and population management/living situations, but there were still absolutely viruses that caused health issues to cavemen.

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on August 05, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Cavemen did not have to deal with Viruses... Viruses are a product of civilization.

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:42 AM

The quality of water was definitely different then. You didn't have massive population densities shitting into their water supply as you do now in less-industrialized areas. Human pathogens in the water supply were thus much fewer and far between. Also, pick your sources, stagnant water is more contaminated than running water. Rain water is is unlikely contaminated either.

That's before you even start talking about human biology and adaptation to a microbe environment. Americans are always told to not drink the water when they travel, but that's simply because we don't have adaptation to the local microbes in the water supply.

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on August 06, 2013
at 02:54 AM

I think it all has to do with the individual person and the quality of the water. I go camping in northern Manitoba all the time and I drink the lake water with only a particle filter (sticks and fish shit). I have absolutely no side effects after two days or two weeks drinking the water.

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on August 05, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Also bacteria is also evolving -- our overuse of anti-biotics has weakened our defense mechanism (BTW, I am not an anti-medicine person) coupled with our habit of dumping unused anti-biotics into our water supply which helps the bacteria build resistance to out medicines. -- the bacteria is evolving faster than we are.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 05, 2013
at 08:49 PM

Hey fred, absolutely. I was using the example of dumping unused anti-biotics to mean the whole gambit of hormonal and AB residue. It's really tragic, our greed and laziness is killing us.

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

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on August 05, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Not to mention the runoff from feedlots and farms. All that industrial crap was not in the ancient water.

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:05 AM

To extend julius' answer, there are also westernes who drink water directly from springs, it is common in Scandinavia and the Alps, at least. The water is very clean though, but it has not been treated.

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235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

on August 05, 2013
at 06:42 PM

For most of the world the people indigenous to the land are able to drink the water without problem. The reason a foreiner to the land can not is because of the mineral content of the water. Here in the States, water treatment began to include other minerals such as flouride that the powers to be deemed were necessary for us to have a dialy intake of. As we became more industrialized over the years it became necessary to cleans the water to remove toxins caused by industrialization. There are still millions of people who get their water from local wells and that water is completely untreated and natural. When I lived in New Jersey I had access to a public well that was next to the first tee of a golf course in Wayne. The water flowed out clean and refreshing and Ice Cold even in the hottest summer days. It came from an underground aquifer, all natural, untreated and caused no harm to anyone.

If you are boiling your water it is usually because your water is coming from a contaminated sorce and/or it is stagnant. If you are really from Texas then you may be getting water from a fracking contamination source, in which case boiling it isn't going to help... Not when you can light it on fire straight from your faucet!!!

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