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I certainly hope that Blogmaster Roy will move this around so I don't look like I'm monopolizing the show here but . . .

I have wanted to respond to these researchers for weeks and the first hot weekend of California's Spring has reminded me.

Please (almost) completely ignore the TV news and front page newspaper reports about dangerous hyponatremia resulting from runners consuming too much water.

As this report says, far more athletes, weekend jocks and others, are hurt or sickened by dehydration. If I had to guess, I'd say the odds are about 1,000,000 to 1 that drinking too little water will hurt you in your particular activity more than drinking too much.

“Runners in Boston this year seem to have gotten the message,” said Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM, referring to the Boston Marathon (April 18.) Kenney is a past president of ACSM and an expert on hydration and related issues. “Despite relatively warm temperatures, this was a race where most participants appeared to be properly hydrated. While hyponatremia has gotten more attention lately, far more athletes are affected by dehydration.” (emphasis added)

Have a great weekend and drink plenty of water . . . fearlessly!

(Still waiting for enlivening excellent responses from Gutfeld, Frank, Evans, et al.)

JNG MD