From Bottled Water to Nutrition Choices

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Suzanne Gelb Image ‘Healthy Water — How Necessary is it?’ Dear Dr. Gelb: I see so many people walking around with spring water or some kind of bottled water. Is there really something unsafe about our city water that is pumped into our homes? Thirsty And Curious A: Dr. Gelb says . . . Dear Thirsty And Curious: Good resources for your question would probably be a scientist or a chemist or a professional with expertise in this area. I can only say that I rely on the appropriate regulatory body to keep my water safe. I do drink water from my faucet and from public fountains, and I imagine that most, if not all of it, comes from the same source. Keep in mind that while it is important to live healthily and do what is necessary to support that goal, sometimes excessive fear can cause us to take precautions that are unnecessary, as well as inconvenient and expensive. Some people have made this argument when comparing the price of a glass of water from a faucet to that of bottled water in the grocery store. Yet others swear by bottled water, and with good reason, they believe. To each his own. Good luck. ‘Meat — Good Or Bad?’ Dear Dr. Gelb: If red meat is bad for us, why do so many of us continue to eat it? Do we really want to die younger? Carnivore A: Dr. Gelb says . . . Dear Carnivore: Without meaning to sound too cynical, I believe that if we chose to follow though with everything that scientists and researchers tell us about what’s good for us and what isn’t, I’m not sure we would end up with much that is good for us, or that in some way is not harmful. Personally, I tried the vegetarian way of life for some time, and I am now back to eating a variety of foods. I am pleased to say that my doctor and my taste buds indicate to me that my body is very healthy. I believe in eating varied diet, unless of course one has been informed of medical reasons to do otherwise. However, each person needs to find what works for themselves and commit to that pursuit. In that regard, always consult with the appropriate practitioner/s when considering issues about health, diet, and related matters. ”Suzanne J. Gelb, Ph.D., J.D. authors this daily column, Dr. Gelb Says, which answers questions about daily living and behavior issues. Dr. Gelb is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Honolulu. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Services. Dr. Gelb is also a published author of a book on Overcoming Addictions and a book on Relationships.” ”This column is intended for entertainment use only and is not intended for the purpose of psychological diagnosis, treatment or personalized advice. For more about the column’s purpose, see” “An Online Intro to Dr. Gelb Says” ”Email your questions to More information on Dr. Gelb’s services and related resources available at”