The Hippiecritical: Edition #3
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This week we cover: Raw Water, Erowid, New Age Statistics, Legal Psychedelics and Stardust.
How do you like your water, raw or well-treated?
Raw water is “water found in the environment that has not been treated and does not have any of its minerals, ions, particles, bacteria, or parasites removed.” (Wikipedia)
Companies like Live Water are selling raw water like hot cakes. It’s part of an “off-grid water movement” that involves drinking unfiltered, untreated water.
The trend seems to be a confluence of these forces: distrust of the public water supply (think Flint), the raw food trend, and the idea that anything “natural” must be good.
Add conspiracy theories about government mind control, and you’ve got the makings of a hit new age product.
“Proponents claim that raw water’s health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes. But the reality for any inadequately treated water from the tap or a spring is that those minerals can sometimes include arsenic, and those microbes can be deadly.”
The most damning coverage came from Men’s Health. Reporters went to Opal Springs, the source of Livewater’s raw water, and found that their pricey water is just “tap water from Jefferson County, which residents get piped into their homes for about one-third of a cent per gallon.”
(Btw, who expected such great investigative journalism from Men’s Health?)
Check out other people’s “trip” logs on Erowid
A couple named Earth and Fire (I kid you not) still run the website. Here’s a great article from the New Yorker covering the back story of Erowid in depth.
I find that the outdated web design and difficult navigation add to the charm of this well-meaning resource.
Got 5 minutes to kill? Here’s an example LSD trip report written by the aptly named HippieGirl.
60% of Americans believe in one of these New Age beliefs
A 2017 Pew research report found that almost six-in-ten American adults accept one of these “New Age” beliefs: psychics, astrology, reincarnation and that physical objects can hold spiritual energy.
Two other surprises I found in this report:
- The majority of Christians hold at least one New Age belief, just as much as religiously unaffiliated Americans.
- About 70% of women hold at least one New Age belief, compared to 55% of men.
Curious numbers here. How many of you identify as religious and hold one of these beliefs? Let me know.
Sage and other legal psychedelics
When my roommate told me that sage can be psychedelic, I went into a rabbit hole of researching legal psychedelics.
Check out this wider list of legal psychedelics, one of them being nutmeg!
We are (actually) made of stardust
If it’s any phrase that sounds woo-woo to me, it’s something that rings like We are made of stardust.
Every element was made in a star and if you combine those elements in different ways you can make species of gas, minerals, and bigger things like asteroids, and from asteroids you can start making planets and then you start to make water and other ingredients required for life and then, eventually, us. — Dr Ashley King
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