Is the Restaurant Ice You Are Drinking Dirtier Than Toilet Water?

drink-strawAh! What can be better than your favorite soda over ice on a hot summer’s day?

Not so fast – there may be more than soda in that glass…

As the summer season unfolds and temperatures rise, many people can’t seem to help but indulge in their favorite soda drinks over ice.

We already know soda and soft drinks are loaded with harmful sugars, genetically modified corn syrup and derivatives, harmful chemicals, flavorings and additives. And lets hope you are not drinking diet soda sweetened with the neurotoxin aspartame, other artificial sweeteners or the highly synthesized sugar, Splenda (sucralose)!

Ice also hardens toxins in the stomach and intestines, making it hard to impossible for your body to eliminate them.

Here’s another reason to not drink soda (at least not with restaurant ice)- the ice has been found to have more bacteria in it that the water in the restaurant’s toilet bowl!

I know what you’re thinking – this is some kind of a joke or play on words.

But this is not a joke.

Ten popular restaurants were tested in Britain with these results:

“Scientific tests have shown that ice from branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Cafe Rouge and Nando’s all had higher levels of bacteria than samples of water taken from their lavatory bowls. Experts say it could be due to them being cleaned more often than the ice machines.”

1370943_glass_of_waterOne restaurant had double the amount of bacteria in their ice as found in their drinking water.

One reader commented: “Having seen the state of the toilets in some of these places, the report does surprise me!”

Not exactly a comforting thought!

The tests required a sample of ice in a sterile bag from each restaurant, as well as a sample of water from the restaurant’s toilet, taken by an accredited environmental health practitioner. The samples were then couriered to a lab for testing.

Experts determined that most of the findings were caused by ‘environmental issues’ such as a dirty ice machine (failure to clean machines, scoops and filters). Ice from one restaurant, Burger King, appeared to be caused by human contamination, most likely from an employee failing to wash their hands.

The scientists conducting the tests warned that E.coli and other pathogens can lurk in ice machines. Thinking that ice is too cold for germs is a mistake.

More comments:


“I work in a pub.. Seeing the state of the ice machine years ago ensured I never have ice anywhere.”

“We all know by now not to drink water or add ice to a drink abroad but I didn’t realise things were just as bad if not worse here. Where are all the health inspectors.”

Some of the restaurants are challenging the findings and “do not accept that they demonstrate any failings” but are you willing to take a chance with that?

Or you might be thinking, “Well these tests were taken in Britain, not the US, so I’m safe.” Don’t forget that most of these franchises originated in the US and have their home offices in the US, or they are world-wide businesses. All of their policies, practices and procedures are standard. What’s going on with Britain’s ice is certainly happening in the US, it has just not been tested by a lab yet.

What to do?

One reader suggests this: “So order your food, ask for a cup and go to the bathroom for your water…mmm..”

A far better solution is to stop drinking soda AND ice and bring your own water, preferably Prill water.

Prill water increases hydration because it is a de-clustered, energizing water that has smaller molecules than ordinary water. And it is perfectly pH balanced at 7.4.

It’s all too easy to get dehydrated in the summer. You can avoid that with Prill water. It measurably hydrates the body better than ordinary or bottled water. It also reduces free radicals in the body… and it costs pennies on the dollar compared to purchasing bottled water.

And that will do a lot more good for you than contaminated ice!

Wi-fi and Wi-Max – Why You Shouldn’t Use Them -Part 1

By Lynn Quiring

The hot new craze in Internet access is Wi-Fi and its soon-to- be big brother Wi-Max. Wi-Fi is a wireless connection that allows users to access the Internet without the computer being connected to a cable. And yes, it’s very convenient. Imagine walking from the sofa to the bedroom with your laptop and never loosing your connection. Imagine the freedom and flexibility afforded schools and office workers. No more ugly bothersome cables to tie you down. You’re free to roam the Internet with your fingers while roaming your home, school or office with your feet. Freedom to move and freedom to surf. Perfect for the individual who is on the go and up to date with the latest technology. You can even have free Internet access at your local coffee shop. Same for airports.

What a great idea. Or is it?

What exactly is Wi-Fi? Continue reading

It’s Sunburn Season – Sunburn Remedies for Hot Summer Sun

Sunburn Season and Tips

It’s “Sunburn Season” – July and August are vacation months and the time for fun in the sun before returning to school or buckling down on the job. Some people get more sun in these months than the rest of the year.

Naturally, that leaves them susceptible to sunburns. But did you know that many medications increase your chances of getting sunburned?

This article by pharmacist, Suzy Cohen, explains which drugs can cause serious sun photosensitivity.

Many people find themselves in a catch 22 – they don’t want to get sunburned, but they know they are more susceptible. Even so, Continue reading

Are Genetically Modified Foods Healthy to Eat?

The topic of Genetically Modified Food (GMOs) can be confusing. On one side we have big Pharma companies touting studies that show that Genetically Modified Food is perfectly safe for consumption. On the other hand, we have wholistic health groups and speakers saying GMOs can present serious health risks.

Who is right?

Here’s a reprint of a report written by Jeffrey M. Smith, author of “Seeds of Deception” from Spilling the Beans that helps shed light on the subject… Continue reading

Beware: Hidden Levels Of Phosphorus In Processed and Fast Food Harmful To Health

grilled chicken

Does this grilled chicken have additives?

Do you feel funny after eating processed and fast food?  Or even the grilled or roasted chicken you can get in a grocery store that says it doesn’t have the usual culprits like MSG?

I do…

I don’t eat junk food as a rule, and I stay as far away as I possibly can from fast food restaurants and grocery store grilled chicken.  However, on occassion, I do have to eat in restaurants.  Every time I do, I’ve noticed that I don’t feel well afterwards – especially from Continue reading

What is Health Prevention?

Normally, I mute commercials when I watch TV (which is not often). Last week, however, I forgot to set the mute, and I heard a commercial for a prescription drug that went something like this:

“Take XXX drug to prevent XXX (disease condition)…”

“Prevention is taking a prescription drug on a regular basis to reduce your chances of getting a disease.”

Wait a minute!

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Ivory Soap Is Not Pure Anymore

After years of touting “It’s so pure it floats,” Ivory soap is dropping it’s slogan… and changing it’s ingredients.

A friend of mine was recently shocked when she smelled a fruity and distinctly artificial fragrance from her new bar of Ivory soap. I recognized the scent immediately. It’s a common scent found in many personal care products today. I can only describe it as “Cherry Puke.”

A quick look at the package turned up the phrase “just a little scent” and fragrance/parfum in the ingredients list. What happened to Ivory being “pure?”

This particular package of soap was packaged for sale in Canada. I don’t know if they are selling the same formula in the U.S., but I would guess they are – or something similar. Proctor and Gamble probably feels they can’t compete with all the other soaps on the market that are scented.

And the truth is, the olfactory glands of the average American are so plugged they can’t smell anything unless hit over the head with a “fragrance” sledge-hammer.

How many hits of the “fragrance” sledge-hammer will it take to knock them down?

How long will it take people to figure out that many of their illnesses, poor memory, alzheimers symptoms, etc…are caused by toxic artificial fragrances?

How long will it take them to stop buying this destructive puke?

Could be a long time. The more artificial fragrance they smell, the duller their brain gets and the less they can reason or figure things out.

Are Pharmaceutical Medications Contaminating Our Planet?

Last year, the Associated Press found that public water supplies in virtually all U.S. cities tested were contaminated with pharmaceutical chemicals. These chemicals mostly came from pharmaceutical drugs in urine and from pills flushed down toilets.

Researchers are now discovering Continue reading

More Organic Fertilizer Found Spiked With Synthetic Nitrogen

In a follow-up to the previous article from The Sacramento Bee
(CA), “Organic Farms Unknowingly Used A Synthetic Fertilizer,” another large organic fertilizer maker has been found spiking its product with synthetic nitrogen.

In a raid last week, Port Organic Products Ltd. of Bakersfield, a major Continue reading

Synthetic Fertilizer In Organic Food

If you’ve been spending extra money buying only organic food, you may not be getting what you’re paying for. The Sacramento Bee has recently discovered that a California brand of organic fertilizer included distinctly UN-organic ingredients. 

In the article entitled, “Organic Farms Unknowingly Used A Synthetic Fertilizer” by Jim Downing, the Sacramento Bee reports: Continue reading