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I have heard and read so many convincing arguments both for and against drinking rainwater that I am left utterly confused. However, after you have read the following, you can decide for yourself.  Notwithstanding this, Nature’s cycle of events that finalize in a Rain Water Catchment Tub are absolutely fascinating as you will see from this write-up.


Firstly, to digress from rainwater itself  (but you will see why in just a minute) ,,,, The human body desperately needs ORGANIC SULPHER to survive. Please Note, very very very carefully indeed: ORGANIC, NOT MINED SULPHUR.  ORGANIC originates from fruits and vegetables, but there is not nearly enough in these items to sustain a healthy body. Let’s see how this gets into the fruit and veg’ in the first place ,,,,,  It is quite an amazing and fascinating story  ,,,,  


1: Algae and Plankton in oceans absorb large quantities of ORGANIC SULPHUR from the sea-water and convert this into simple organic compounds.


2; When Algy ’and ‘Planky’ die, these organic compounds that were originally absorbed into them during their lifetime decompose and are broken down into a substance called ‘DI-METHYL-SULPHIDE’ (abbreviated  “DMS”).


3: As DMS is extremely fine and light-weight, it is easily carried up with evaporation into the atmosphere. As the oceans cover three-quarters of the earth’s surface area (137 million square miles to be exact), this is a heck of a lot of water for DMS to do its little tricks in!


4: Under the influence of Ultraviolet Light and Ozone, the DMS (now in the atmosphere, remember) is oxidized into a sulphur compound called DI-METHYL-SULPH-OXIDE (abbreviated to “DMSO”) and also an organically-bonded-sulphur compound called METHYL-SULPHONYL-METHANE (abbreviated “MSM).


5: The molecules of  DMSO and MSM  are extremely small and are thus very soluble, which means that they are quickly absorbed by atmospheric water that eventually forms rain-clouds. The water in these, now enriched with DMSO and MSM, eventually falls back to the earth as rain water..    


6: All nature readily absorbs DMSO and MSM because, as already pointed out, the molecules are extremely small.  So rejoice if you get a good soaking in a shower of rain, as this would give your skin an excellent opportunity to get a free rich dose of DMSO and MSM that are much needed for good health. It follows, therefore, that added to bathwater this makes it extremely healthy!




7: Also, by the same token, rainwater is EXCEEDINGLY healthy to drink,

as one’s internal organs, virtually starved of  DMSO and MSM, are presented with a feast a hundred times richer than that provided in fruits and vegetables. You are getting it AT SOURCE!


8: Normally fruit and vegetables give us a very meager supply of the much needed Organic  Sulphur in the form of  DMSO and MSM because of the latter’s  tortuous journey then into the fruit and veg’ via their roots). This is not nearly enough to sustain a healthy body.


9: Mined Sulphur is often recommended by so called  “Medical ‘Experts” (ha ha!!) as a solution for the lack of sulphur in the body, BUT THIS HAS A  ‘BIO-AVAILABILITY’ of about only 1% to 2% and, it can also cause allergies such as skin rashes, asthma and can also cause a lot of other  damage to health!    On the other hand, however, harmless DMSO and MSM  (as contained in rainwater) has a  bio-availability of 100%  and the human body is starving for it. This is a very strong argument indeed for drinking rain Water!


10: In Pharmacies and Health Shops, tablets called ”REAL-MSM” (Trade Name = “RealMSM”) are sold and these are made from natural organically-bonded-sulphur (i.e. DMSO and MSM). They are, therefore, nearly 100 times more efficient than the other (recommended but useless and dangerous) tablets containing mined sulphur.   ALSO, THEY HAVE NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS WHATSOEVER,  AND ARE  NON-ADDICTIVE LIKE A LOT OF ‘DRUG-ORIENTATED’ MEDICINES.


11; “RealMSM” tablets are made by a firm called “THRESHhold SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd”.,  P.O. Box 2,  Botha’s Hill, 3660 in Natal, and are obtainable at any “Dis-Chem” Pharmacy. The cost in 2006 was R104.99 for 120 tablets which works out at less than 88 cents per tablet (which are far cheaper than a lot of  ‘Health-Tablets’). 


12: Summary:  Taking ‘RealMSM’ regularly should form part of one’s daily ‘Tablets Regimen’. It certainly will not do any harm, and could make a world of difference to one’s health.

Drinking rainwater (after it being suitably filtered and boiled ) could also be very beneficial.


13: Negative conclusions as regards Rainwater

 I passed on the above writings to my Brother in Law, Allan Barton , in the U.K. (once a Chemist at I.C.I.) and he commented as follows:-

(a) The reading is very impressive, and it might have worked a few hundred years ago.

(b)  However, nowadays, with all the contamination in the atmosphere  (“Acid Rain” etc:), he feels this might cancel out any real benefits.

(c)  He said that such contamination might arise from chemicals such as  SULPHUR- DIOXIDE,  SULPHUR-TRIOXIDE, NITROGEN OXIDES, CARBON- DIOXIDE and similar Ozone destroying chemicals.


14: Positive Conclusions  and  Observations

Arising from Allan’s comments I therefore “went back to the Drawing Board” and came up with the following:-


(a) Such contamination of the atmosphere may not exist or be quite so pronounced in South Africa where (‘pure’) rain clouds come in from either the Indian or the Atlantic oceans. Once they are here , over the land, THERE IS NOT AS MUCH INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY TO PRODUCE CONTAMINATION OF THE ATMOSPHERE AS THERE IS IN ENGLAND. REMEMBER TOO, WE HAVE MILLIONS OF SQUARE KILOMETERS OF WIDE OPEN PURE UNCONTAMINATED BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE!


(b) From my own personal observations , I have noticed that, after a rainstorm, Egyptian Geese on my property prefer to drink from rain-water accumulated in ‘soily’ flower-beds rather than from my nice ornamental pond fed with ”Pure” (ha ha !!)   Tap-Water.

Conclusion:  They instinctively know which water is the healthier, although it looks less appetizing!). (Go to NATURE and study its ways !!!!)


(c ) For further advice I contacted a friend (Peter Jup) who retired to Port Alfred several years ago (as he used to work in a Medical Research Laboratory in Johannesburg).  He said “Good Heavens! ,,,  The tap- water here in Port Alfred, where I am, is putrid. It is so brackish it tastes awful.  So we collect rain-water in tubs and filter and boil it for all our drinking needs.  We have been doing this for years now, and we are all certainly none the worse for doing so”. (I haven’t seen any reports of the Population Register of Port Alfred dropping to zero!!!).



So, there you have it folks  ,,,  both FOR and AGAINST.  I leave you to make up our own minds. (To my mind, the “FOR’s” seem to have the leading edge!).    But a VERY important point that does arise from he foregoing, is the fact that you should give very serious consideration to taking “RealMSM” tablets daily in order to boost your apparently  too low intake of Natural Organic Sulphur.







I am a retired Electrical Engineer (Pr. Eng.) and worked for the Johanesburg Electricity Department for 30 years (being Head of a large Department), I am a Pianist and a Church Organist (I have given Recitals on the Johannesburg City Hall Organ at lunchtime Concerts). At presentI I play for Chapel Services at Elphin Lodge and at the Aldersgate Methodist Church., , , I came out to South Africa in 1953 to represent Ferguson Paiilin Switchgear Ltd. Manchester U.K.., , ,I was born on Merseyside (home of "The Beetles" !!) and served my Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship on Liverpool Docks., , , During the War I was evacuated to a Welsh Farm in North Wales ("Caerwys") and attended the Holywell Grammar School eight miles distant. There is lots more of course but this will give you just a tiny glimse of Yours Truly.

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