Originally Posted by pearen
Are we talking about the same Middle Fork? I'm talking about the one in Idaho, not the Mexico Middle Fork.
Everyone acknowledges that it is low probablility and low consequence. What is the mortality rate from giardia in America?
Seems like eating better and excercising more (rafters) would do more for your long term health than straining the pine needles out of your Middle Fork water.
Full disclosure: Not the first time I've been called reckless. I have had gastro-bugs before and likely will again. I prefer to hit it raw.
I guess I'll call you reckless again. I have degrees in Medicine and Biology and I don't acknowledge that it is "low probability and low consequence."
Removing stuff like Sheep liver fluke cysts, protozoa, coliform bacteria, etc seems a bit beyond the pine needle analogy you draw.
What does eating well and exercise have to do with drinking unfiltered water anyway?
Because giardia rarely causes a demise does not mean that the infection is innocuous. And, as I noted above, there is a lot more in that water than giardia to be concerned about.