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[cdt-l] iodine treatment

You can by kits of Iodine tablets and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to do just
what you are talking about. The ascorbic acid removes the red color as well.
I have used it often and there is no after-taste.

I use Coghlan's, it comes with one each small bottles of Iodine and ascorbic
acid. I am sure there are others. Check your local hunting/hiking store.

Desert Rat (Bill)

>-----Original Message-----
>From: cdt-l-admin@mailman.backcountry.net
>[mailto:cdt-l-admin@mailman.backcountry.net]On Behalf Of James McCreight
>Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 1:32 PM
>To: cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net
>Subject: [cdt-l] iodine treatment
>Since I never got a reply on using vitamin c to chemically react away
>harmful iodine...  I asked one of my chemistry friends about vitamin c and
>iodine. He assured me that after questionable water is treated with
>iodine, adding vitamin c will remove the excess iodine. This protects the
>friendly beasties in your stomach from death due to oxidization by iodine
>and will also increase your vitamin c intake if you add slightly more
>vitamin c than iodine (or probably also if you add equal parts
>sincesome of the iodine will have gone to oxidizing the bad stuff in
>the water before you add the vitamin c). By adding the vitamin c, the
>iodine oxidizes the vitamin c instead of the friends in your stomach. The
>bi-products are nontoxic. The reaction is detailed here
>If you type in 'iodine vitamin c' into google you will see that using
>iodine is one way to measure vitamin c contents in fruit juices.
>JUST REMEMBER, you must wait for at least 20-30 minutes after treating
>your water with iodine BEFORE you add the vitamin c, else the iodine will
>oxidize the vit. c and not the ugly biota in the 'hoof print' water you
>are so eager to drink.
>and to all a good hike
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