Mainstream water advice is all wet

If Al Qaeda had its own magazine, no doubt Barack Obama would have graced the cover as 2009 Man of the Year. That was the year when ol' Barry decided that forcing water down the throats of 9/11 masterminds was cruel and unusual torture.

Now, if only we Americans could get a little bit of that kind-hearted attention. Because while our Appeaser in Chief has been making sure terrorists are as cozy and comfortable as clams, mainstream medicine is still forcing water down millions of our throats every day. And our own government isn't doing a darned thing to stop it.

But now a brave Alabama researcher is being crossed off her colleagues' Christmas card lists for standing up and admitting that the mainstream's longstanding obsession with having us gulp down eight glasses of water a day is pure garbage.

Dr. Beth Kitchin is on a mission to keep you from spending your life with your lips glued to a water bottle and your butt glued to a toilet seat. In her latest research, Kitchin points out that there's no scientific basis whatsoever to the eight-glasses-a-day myth and that drinking more water won't help you lose weight, either.

In fact, one study showed that drinking water has such little effect on weight loss, you probably burned more calories lifting the glass to your mouth.

I've been fighting these water myths for years (even while our government sat on the sidelines), because excess water strains your kidneys, and fluoridated tap water has been proven to lower your IQ. So the next time some health nut tries to give you the business about chugging more H20, tell him what the science REALLY says about his advice.

It doesn't hold water.