Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Youth & Coffee / Safe Water
Youth & Coffee / Safe Water
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 09:16:35 -0500
Caffeine is addictive. Ask anyone (myself included) who has withdrawal
headaches on the second day of a campout when the elixir is forgotten.
Addiction is one good reason not to allow Scouts to imbibe while under
your supervision, irrespective of their home habits. "Soft" drinks like
"Jolt", etc. are part if the same ilk. In fact, our Troop bans
softdrinks, and their sugar content (and hot dogs & hamburgers for other
reasons) on campouts.
However, caffeine can have a theraputic use. My understanding is that
it is one of the active ingredients in asthma medications because it
dialates the breathing passages. So if one of your charges forgets or
looses his inhaler, and is having an episode, temporary relief is at
hand. Those with a medical background may wish to comment.
I always thought that PolarPure was a flavor additive ;-). I think
that we have to "tighten up" the distinctions in this thread between
water FILTERS which take out the big stuff, and water PURIFIERS
(add-ons) which get the little stuff.
One method, not yet discussed, is distillation. With a proper vessel
and a coil of tubing one can secure the pure stuff from steam (not just
drinking previously boiled water), and learn a vocational skill as well.
It has been noted that only a few decades ago remote water sources were
pure enough to drink, and now they're not.
My hypothesis is that the water sources have not gone bad, but that the
water we drink (from the tap) everyday has gotten better. Clean water
standards, and municipal water supplies, have been improved to the
degree that our bodies are now ill-prepared to fend off the least of the
"bugs". Obviously polluted or Cholera, etc. ridden sources are out of
that universe. Maybe, too, some of us ar "dumber" because we drank
flowing water downstream from goldmines which used Mercury ;-).