- Creator(s): Judge Bowden of Atlanta (Lithium Spring Water)
Like Insulin, Lithium was discovered more than invented. However, its use has changed dramatically from its original purpose. Roughly between the 1880s and World War I, the consumption of bottled lithia mineral water was relatively common. There were some natural lithia mineral spring waters that locals used for a long time, not realizing exactly what it was. Lithium Salts (carbonate, chloride, or citrate of lithium) were in these waters, and one day someone saw a profit could be made. Water was bottled from Lithia Springs, Georgia, and sold starting in 1888.
The water was a huge success, but by the time of World War I, the U.S. started to crack down on food and liquid safety. Many mineral waters were scrutinized due to the lies they told or the problematic ingredients they contained. The original Lithia Spring Water is still sold today but ensures its safety through sanitization and purifying processes while keeping its minerals intact. It should be noted, though, that anything the company says about the water’s ability to help with sicknesses or ailments is in no way supported by the U.S. FDA. However, we don’t tend to see lithium used in this way. Rather, it has been used as a treatment for bipolar disorder. It should be noted, however, that the lithium used for this differs somewhat from what you get in mineral water.