Verify: Is it safe to hydrate with sparkling water?

David Schechter, WFAA 10:19 PM. CDT June 30, 2017

In the heat of the summer, staying hydrated is essential. That means drinking plenty of water. But what about carbonated soda water? Some people worry too much soda is bad for you. Is it?

Let’s kick this story off talking about Topo Chico, sparkling mineral water from Mexico. When it comes to Texas favorites, it’s hard to beat tacos and Topo Chico.

At Verify, we recently got a question, about Topo Chico, from a 20 year old college student. Take it away, Cooper Brehm.

“I’m addicted to drinking TC. I drink about 4 to 5 a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner– in between.  I am exclusively drinking Topo Chico. Is this okay? Is this healthy?” Cooper asked.

“I think this question is important because I know a lot of people like me that also drink a lot of carbonated water.  Can carbonated water substitute for water?” he added.

Is it healthy to drink a lot of carbonated water?  For answers, we’re looking at several research papers.  And checking in with Dr. Aubrey Frantz, the Chair of Life and Health Sciences at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

“Do you have any concern about someone drinking a ton of carbonated water?” I asked.

“There are no negative health effects to drinking pure carbonated water,” she said.

Cooper’s gonna love that. But, let’s dig a little deeper.

Some people worry, sparkling water can leach calcium from your bones. This study says that is a problem but it’s “confined to caffeinated beverages.”

This one found, “very low” levels of tooth enamel erosion from sparkling water.

A Harvard professor showed sugary colas can lower bone density in hips for women. But that’s only associated with the intake of cola “not of other carbonated soft drinks” like soda water.

“Where does carbonated water fit in the best ways to hydrate?” I asked Frantz.

“Carbonated water hydrates just as well as still water. As long as there is not added salt, sugar or other ingredients,” she said.

Dr. Frantz ran a few numbers and found drinking four or five Topo Chico’s, can add to about 3 percent of your daily average sodium intake. But most of us that’s no problem.

If you’ve got something you want to be verified, send me an email: david@verifytv.com

© 2017 WFAA-TV

Are Antibiotics Safe? Some are, Some not.

This antibiotic will ruin you.

4739Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…

The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.

In 2010, I took Cipro for a UTI and it changed my life forever. A round of antibiotics literally changed the path I was walking, into a path that I couldn’t even crawl on. Multiple spontaneous tendon and ligament ruptures, spinal degeneration, and arthritis that is widespread. We are talking multiple joint dislocations and surgeries to most of my large joints and spine. Twenty surgeries in the last 7 years if you wanna count. I said T W E N T Y. This class of antibiotics were supposed to be only used as a last resort antibiotics, if all other options had failed. They never were supposed to be given for common infections. They damage the body so seriously because they actually damage the mitochondrial DNA. Those affect all cell function. Fantastic. You now have tissue paper tendons and ligaments. You are a human piñata at a party and life is whacking you left and right. Do you know what it feels like to hear and feel your shoulder pull apart like taffy, or your achilles pop and tear apart like an old rubber band? It gets even better. Flouroquinolones cross the blood brain barrier. This can result in psychiatric events, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I was incredibly fortunate not to have the psychiatric side of this.

Here is another sickening truth…the damage is cumulative. The more exposures you have to these antibiotics, the more damage is done to your body. Not just for some people, ALL people. A hundred percent of people who take a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic, show changes in blood flow to the tendon, cartilage, and ligament in their bodies. Each person has a different breaking point depending on their own unique DNA. Some people fall apart or die after 1 pill. I fell apart after my 4th round of Fluoroquinolone antibiotics in my life and some people are on their 25th round and are still oblivious to what is happening inside them until they break. It might not even be a physical one. It may be a psychotic one. By then, it’s too late. The damage is done.

This was my nightmare. It gets worse. There is no cure. No treatment. No relief. No specialist even. Im telling you…if it hadn’t been for the knowledge that God is ever present and with me…I would have walked out in front of a bus. He is the reason I am sane…well mostly.

I am writing this in hopes that you will educate yourself and your families. Don’t take that antibiotic in ignorance one more time. Don’t take your chances. Don’t be afraid to demand an alternative. You get only one life.

I am convinced that a large portion of why God allowed this in my life, is so that I could use my loud mouth to educate you. To share the blessings and miracles He has given me throughout this journey and to be my obnoxious self for a cause that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. If you take a Fluoroquinolone by choice…please don’t tell me. It makes me have anxiety and it makes me worry about something I can’t control. Only you can control what goes in your body. When you tell me you take these antibiotics, it makes me feel physically ill. If you only understood the risk you are taking, you wouldn’t take it. Save the explanation. There are alternatives if you demand them. I’ve refused these medications on multiple occasions and so has my mom who is allergic to penicillins and Cephalosporins and Sulfa. There are other options if you demand them. If you don’t have Anthrax poisoning, or pseudomonas bacteria…my family doctor will tell you, they can figure something else out.

I am going to share some trustworthy Fluoroquinolone warning links. If you look them up…I am sure you will be glad you did. Do it for yourself and do it for your friends and your family.

Over the last 7 years, I’ve been to 3 Rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons and spine surgeons, physical therapists, physical medicine and rehab specialists and 3 different primary care doctors. There is no treatment but to try to put back together what breaks.

I have seen multiple docs from Mayo clinic and they are in the same boat as the others. They don’t know how to reverse it. They can’t. The science is not there yet. I contacted a doctor from Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, his name was Jay Smith, and he had been part of a research study of the effects of Fluoroquinolones on the musculoskeletal system in the athletic population. He actually wrote me back when I asked him for a consult and told him I would even fly there for an appointment if he thought he could help me. He said that he didn’t know how to treat it. They know the science behind the damage that Fluoroquinolones cause, but the science is not there yet in how to reverse it.

I will tell you this. I reached an incredibly low and dark place when he responded with this. You have to understand that I have had a miracle. God is what has gotten me through this and I can’t put the credit on anything else. The ministers at my church prayed for me with blessed oil. In the Bible it talks about this in James chapter 5. I had an incredible experience during that “administration.” My son was 8 years old at the time and he had a dream that night where God spoke to him and told him that “He was going to heal his mom, but we had to be patient.” This was 5 years ago. I am hiking mountains regularly now. My body still has many problems but my progress has been a miracle and all my surgeons and doctors will tell you the same. God is the great physician, and He alone is the answer. I did write a book about this. It’s called “The Magnificent Story of a Lame Author.” It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. There is also a link directly to Amazon from my blog homepage. I have had countless blessings through this and the credit for the improvement is God’s.

We have to get this information out there. Spread it to everyone you know. Print the FDA warning and show it to your friends and family and even your doctors. Sometimes the warnings slip through the cracks and they don’t know. You could save their lives. Alright people, let’s make a positive difference! Below are further medical study links and warnings associated with Fluoroquinolones. They were sent by a German contact who has compiled this information. Some cannot be directly linked, but if copied and pasted in the search bar, will be accessible.

  1. Ciprofloxacin not only damages cartilage in children and young people, but also in adults:

https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC164164/pdf/412562.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10663387 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11685846

  1. Cipro causes serious arthropathies in adults:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8453165 → DOI: 10.1177/106002809302700308

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-72450-3_21 http://www.zeitschrift-sportmedizin.de/fileadmin/content/archiv2003/heft06/Martinek.pdf
Tendon damage and tears (and other muscle-scelettal issues) can occur months after discountinuation of the medication:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080593/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7860672

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20215992 → DOI: 10.1097/CND.0b013e3181d23a9chttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4080593/
For patients with Myasthenia gravis the use of this medication can lead to death:

https://www.arznei-telegramm. de/html/2012_09/1209404_01.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21879778 → DOI: 10.2165/11593110-000000000-00000
The medication can lead to myalgies which require emergency treatments:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/24196595_Ciprofloxacin-related_acute_severe_myalgia_necessitating_emergency_care_treatment_A_case_report_and_review_of_the_lite rature

Cipro can lead to lasting vision disorders:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300586 → DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2007.01427.x

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2910230

Central nervous system disorders including suicide:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18677343

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51139497_Quinolones_Review_of_Psychiatric_and_Neurological_Ad verse_Reactions.

https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1590140841.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202555/

http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1064665

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC2360825/pdf/postmedj00087-0063.pdf http://www.psychosomaticsjournal.com/article/S0033-3182(07)71051-4/abstracthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3513220/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301640337_Quinolone_antibiotics_and_suicidal_behavior_analysis_ of_the_World_Health_Organization %27s_adverse_drug_reactions_database_and_discussion_of_potential_mechanisms

Heart ailments and arrythmias:

https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11505790 → DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1300083

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17388913 http://www.bvmj.bu.edu.eg/issues/25-1/13.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11772147

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319500

http://www.oapublishinglondon.com/article/1372 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15851230

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19387967

http://www.revespcardiol.org/en/a-case-of-prolonged-qt/articulo/13146861/  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21075583 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16386810  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319500  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22259166  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21271486

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17911203 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4410896/

http://cjhp-online.ca/cshp/index.php/cjhp/article/download/345/338&sa=X&scisig=AAGBfm2eyUpxyI0JDWKX7F3Wo4nv VpRTqA&oi=scholarr

http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002 -9343(09)00871-7/abstract

Long-lasting  problems of the gastrointestinal tract:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/pmc/articles/PMC2586385/ http://www.nature.com/ja/journal/v64/n1/full/ja2010137a.htmlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1198743X14001025

Serious kidney and u-tract problems, including kidney failure:

http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022 -5347(05)67379-X/abstract

https://www.arznei-telegramm.de/html/1995_12/9512120_01.html

https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12911170

Liver failure even after a single dose of Cipro; damages to the gall bladder;

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s100960100513 DOI:10.1007/s100960100513

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5036381/

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(94)91624-1/abstract → DOI:

1016/S0140-6736(94)91624-1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026643/

Cipro inhibits the very important liver enzyme CYP 3A4

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elliot_Hersh/publication/8642018_Drug_interactions_in_dentistry_The_i mportance_of_knowing_your_CYPs/links/53db72090cf2a19eee8b7819/Drug-interactions-in-dentistry-The-importance-of-knowing-your-CYPs.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21190921 https://www.aerzteblatt.de/pdf/113/21/p18.pdf?ts=25.05.2016+09%3A40%3A08

Incidents of blood thinning and fatal bleeding

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00063-003 -1268-7/ → DOI:10.1007/s00063-003-1268-7https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15070128 → DOI: 10.3171/jns.2004.100.4.0710https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17045852 → DOI: 10.1016/j.jcf.2006.08.002

Cipro given during pregnancy can cause either termination of pregnancy or deformities of the embryo:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0301211595025243 → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC105599/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15307429 → DOI: 10.1016/S0035-9203(03)80032-9)

https://www.innovativepublication.com/admin/uploaded_files/IJPP_3(4)_225-226.pdf

http://jms.org.br/PDF/v27n1a05.pdf

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0301211595025243 → DOI: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02524-3

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/2/3/e001077.full .pdf

Reproductive toxicity (reduction of sperms); Reduced fertility

http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/servlets/MCRFileNodeServlet/FUDISS_derivate_000000012195/Dissertation_Agnes_Foest.pdf

http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?rm08012

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17430273 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10623489https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850316/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23420823

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4312808/
Medication risks which are omitted from the package insert:

Cardiac death through Cipro

http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6196

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/834217
Lesions of the aorta

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/11/e010077.full https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26436523

Life-threatening rhabdomyolysis

http://www.arznei -telegramm.de/html/2013_05/1305046_02.html
Lethal Thrombocytopenia

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12451346 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09537100801993040

Multisymptomatic Syndrom which leads to permanent handicap

http://www.saferpills.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/FQ-induced-serious-persistent-multisx-adverse-effects-BMJ-Case-Reports.pdf

Retinal detachment with permanent vision loss:

http://jamanetwork . com/journals/jama/fullarticle/1148331 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183446/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24170197 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26967005

Uveitis and Optikusneuritis:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/25275293 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300586https://www.arznei-telegramm.de/html/1993_12/9312134_03.html
Fixed pharmaceutical reactions:

https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/48250/1/dv08224. pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4408714/

 

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Guillain-Barré-Syndrome

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24472364 → DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.12.009

von Willebrand-Syndrome

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(94)92748-0/abstract → DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(94)92748-0

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15070128

Permanent hearing loss

http://www.hc -sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/bulletin/carn-bcei_v14n1-eng.php
Systemic Lupus erythematodes.

http://www.ejmanager.com/mnstemps/36/36-1394092468.pdf?t=1411548312

Pyoderma gangraenosum

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3481820/

Stomatitis

http://databankws.lareb.nl/Downloads/kwb_2011 _1_fluor.pdf

Manic disorders

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11799346https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51139497_Quinolones_Review_of_Psychiatric_and_Neurological_Ad verse_Reactions

Pancreatitis

https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4026643/

Toxic and fatal epidermal Nekrolysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/9310730 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289163593_Fatal_ciprofloxacin-induced_toxic_epidermal_necrolysis_Lyell_syndrome_A_case_report_and_review_of_the_literaturehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15115708

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276439054_Fatal_case_of_ciprofloxacin_induced_Toxic_epidermal_n ecrolysis

Fatal Vasculitis and frequency of vasculitis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19669086 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5208583/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley. com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb02612.x/abstract → DOI: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb02612.x

http://www.cjhp-online.ca/index.php/cjhp/article/viewFile/508/505 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb02607.x/full https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2911319https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7645562

https://academic.oup.com/ndt/article/22/2/660/1885713/Ciprofloxacin-induced-ANCA-negative-cutaneous-and

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8262601 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7941927

http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Citation/1995/06000/UNUSUAL_ADVERSE_EFFECTS_OF_CIPROFLOXACIN__PURP URIC.17.aspx

Gangrene which requires amputation

https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19892516

Eat Pasta and Lose Weight

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We just ordered this spiraler from Amazon for less than $40 and already I am in love with this machine. I take Zucchini and Yellow Squash, cut off the ends and place on the spiraler above and turn the lever. The veggies spiral out the other end on the other side of the blade onto a plate.

Then I take the spiraled veggies and place them in my steamer until the noodles are tender. I make my own sauce or put butter and pepper on the pasta and enjoy. It tastes so good and it’s healthier for my family.

This specific machine has 3 blades and there are others with 5 blades.  Here is the link to the Spiraler I bought. Spiraler on Amazon

Do you have tight hip muscles? Try SMR.

Self Myofascial Release, SMR, is a modality that flattens out the knots in your muscles that become inflamed and the result is sore and tight muscles. These muscles become so tight that they can affect hip, shoulder and foot movement. When these knots affect the foot, it’s known as Plantar Fasciitis.  SMR is like a deep tissue massage that flattens out these knots so you can have more mobility and flexibility. There are different things you can use on your muscles. A ball, rolling stick, or foam roller.

This is a Foam Roller as well as other things you can use to release the knots. Find the painful spot, lean into it and hold for 30 seconds until the pain is mostly gone. Then stretch and do this everyday or it will come back. Be consistent. 🙂

If you have sore IT (iliotibial band) Bands like I do then you will get relief from this roller. It will be painful as you roll on it but the benefit is that you will have improved circulation, mobility and flexibility. Here are other benefits:

  1. Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, and even tendons and ligaments where you can access them with a foam roller.
  2. Through improved blood circulation, more efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level, leading to better overall cellular function and inter-cellular communication.
  3. Lengthening of short (tight) muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Some muscles (like hip flexors) and ligaments (iliotibial band) are prone to shortening, and are difficult to effectively stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. But with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury.

How Many Carbs are in Fruit?

Here is a list of the number of carbs found in fruit. From ditchthecarbs.com, The Ultimate Guide to Carbs in fruit. Very interesting guide for those who love fruit and are trying to lose weight. Eat fruit early in the day and not at night. The sugar from the fruit will store as fat due to low activity in the late afternoon and evening.

You have to read this "Ultimate guide to carbs in fruit". You will see which to enjoy and which to avoid in an easy photo grid. | ditchthecarbs.com

How to Make Cucumber and Lime Infused Water

Directions
  1. Pour water into a pitcher.
  2. Mix lemon slices, lime slices, mint leaves, and cucumber together in a bowl; add to water and stir.
  3. Refrigerate water mixture, stirring 1 time per day, until flavors have infused, 2 to 3 days.

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How does cucumber water help you lose weight?
Cucumber Lemon Water is the ultimate detox drink. It’s got the great taste, and the health benefits of the cucumbers and lemon juice flush your system and help you feel better. Drinking cucumber water for weight loss is also very popular recently because of one main reason….it works well!
What are the benefits of lemon and cucumber water?
The lemons are sweet and tangy while the cucumber provides a more subtle taste that helps balance out the flavors. In addition to the health benefits of cucumbers,cucumber lemon water has lots of vitamin C from the lemons, which acts is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and metabolism booster.