Heavy Water For Life Extension?
Fiona Macrae (“It’s time to raise a glass (of heavy water) to a longer life,” The Daily Mail, Nov. 27, 2008) wrote …
“He [Russian biochemist Mikhail Shchepinov] found that water enriched with deuterium, which is twice as heavy as normal hydrogen, extends the lifespan of worms by 10 per cent. And fruitflies fed the ‘water of life’ lived up to 30 per cent longer.
“He now believes people could also benefit from the sweet-tasting water, or from deuterium-enriched ‘heavy foods’.”
According to the same source …
“Dr (Aubrey] de Grey, a ‘bio-gerontologist’ who leads the Methuselah Foundation, a charity which aims for ‘the defeat of age-related disease and the indefinite extension of the healthy human lifespan’, said the research was ‘extremely promising’.”
The carbon-deuterium bond is 5 to 10-fold stronger than the carbon-hydrogen bond, according to Mikhail Shchepinov.
J.C. Davis disagreed, writing …
“You’ve confused bond strength with how long a bond will take to break. The actual difference in bond strengths is much less than this.”
Do I advocate deuterium-enhanced water?
Do I advocate deuterium-depleted water?
Things shouldn’t be understood too quickly.
Would I drink deuterium-enhanced water?
Would I drink deuterium-depleted water?
Yes, if it came from a glacier, and it wasn’t in a store-bought container.
Would I eat deuterium-depleted food?
Yes, if it came from mountain-grown non-GMO beet sugar.
Would you make your own deuterium-depleted water?
No. Not enough bang for the buck.
Ordinary water contains about 150 D2O molecules per every 1,000,000 H2O molecules.
Deuterium-depleted water contains about 125 D2O molecules per every 1,000,000 H2O molecules.
Isn’t making deuterium-depleted water a bit like having 1,000,000 cockroaches in your house, and killing 25 of them, and thinking you’ve accomplished something?
Mercury in the air is more of a danger than “ordinary” water, yet — again — it’s an issue of not enough bang for the buck.
So Vibrant Gal and I don’t wear N-95 Particulate Respirator Masks whenever we go outdoors.
Remember the “ordinary” water in food.
Folks eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) get 25% of their water from food.
People who eat fruits and vegetables up that percentage considerably.
Cucumbers are 96% water.
Lettuce and celery are 95% water.
Mushrooms and watermelons are only 92% water.
And orange juice? It’s only 89% water.
Is all your food being watered with deuterium-depleted water?