"I'm inclined to say that for anyone who drinks / cooks with water containing inorganic minerals, and as a result comes away feeling or observing that this is best for them, go with it; likewise for anyone who drinks / cooks with distilled water."
Who could argue that!
Everyone has an opinion on the drinking of distilled water...for example, out of my last 5 Naturopathy classes about half of the authors say drink distilled; while the others say never drink distilled water!
We simply have to be smart about it and educate ourselves. I say before anyone goes running out to buy a distiller, made in China, with metal condensing pipes, they should have their water tested because they may already have soft clean water and a simple counter filter may be enough!
I also think it would be wise to test your distilled water to be sure that no heavy metal leached from the condensing pipes. I have a Love brand distiller, which I have not tested yet, but I will get a test kit and check on that on post the results next week.