Ask the Goat: DripDrop success lies in original purpose

So what is it about the DripDrops that makes it superior to sports drinks, salt tablets or other hydration systems?

Ask the Goat by Chris Knodel

Ask the Goat
by Chris Knodel

Much of it has to do with its developmental history. DripDrops wasn’t created for athletic performance; it was developed as a medical-grade rehydration system to save lives. The following information is from news articles, press releases and the DripDrop website:

“As a student at the Mayo Medical School, Dr. Eduardo Dolhun witnessed scores of people —many of them children— dying unnecessarily from dehydration while on a relief mission in Guatemala. Miles from a hospital and without enough equipment, he saw firsthand how effective Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) were and realized their potential to combat dehydration on a massive scale. From medical clinics to Mayan villages, a mission to improve care has grown DripDrop into a global force for good.”

“Oral Rehydration Solutions were created by doctors more than 50 years ago to treat deadly dehydration in developing countries. They contain a precise, proven ratio of salts, sugars and other ingredients. Today ORS save over three million children around the world each year, and are recognized by ‘Doctors Without Borders’ and the ‘World Health Organization’ as one of the most important medical advances of the last century.”

“In 2007, while running a private family practice in San Francisco, Dr. Dolhun grew tired of prescribing poor tasting rehydration solutions to his patients. He set out to create a new formula that his patients might actually drink; one that combined efficacy with great taste. By 2010, Dr. Dolhun had perfected his formula for DripDrop, the first ORS to combine medical grade hydration and excellent taste. After a few years distributing DripDrop in relief settings, he recognized that an American healthcare system that favors expensive, invasive IV therapy to treat dehydration was ripe for disruption.”

“Today DripDrop works with leaders across many industries to reduce dehydration’s impact on health, performance, and safety. After winning the support of the nation’s top hospitals, we’re now focused on making our breakthrough hydration solution available to everyone. Since its inception, DripDrop has been a company founded on care: doctors caring for patients, parents caring for children, friends caring for each other. In addition to making our hydration solution available to everyone, the DripDrop team is committed to reduce suffering caused by dehydration and create a new standard in wellness.”

DripDrop works to save lives and alleviate suffering caused by dehydration worldwide. Our philanthropic work raises funds and partners with qualifying organizations to:

* Distribute ORS at or below cost on the frontlines of medical relief.

* Educate people about proper hydration, recognizing and treating dehydration, and the power of ORS.

* Support research on dehydration and ORS.

“The DripDrop Foundation is supported by a combination of major gifts, grants, strategic partnerships, and proceeds from sales of DripDrop in the United States. Before the official incorporation of the DripDrop Foundation in September 2014, DripDrop Founder Eduardo Dolhun personally delivered the product to disaster areas, where he also donated his time and medical expertise. Dr. Dolhun brought DripDrop to Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, Uganda and Malawi. The DripDrop foundation will help Dr. Dolhun and the organization scale these efforts for greater impact. Also in September, 2014, the DripDrop Foundation donated much-needed ORS product to ChildFund International, one of the organizations delivering critically-needed medical supplies to Sierra Leone and Liberia, in an effort to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and improve the health outcomes of those affected with EVD.”

“DripDrop has been invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), and will begin to formulate a commitment to action with appropriate strategic partners.”

Chris Knodel is a Mangum Track Club member and Sandhills Region native. He is the author of “More, Better Quicker – The Irish Goat: A Fat-Boy & His Path to Ultra-Distance.” His column will appear each Thursday on

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