Arsenic has a complex and dangerous history. It has many forms and it can even transform from one to another just as a chameleon changes its colors.
At the atomic level, arsenic easily exchanges ions, making it capable of existing in many different chemical forms. It can combine readily with many other elements. Its shape shifting nature makes it a tough contaminant to remove from our water supply.
Arsenic combined with carbon forms organic arsenic, but can as easily exist in an inorganic form.
Dominant inorganic forms are arsenite, with a valency of 3, and arsenate, with a valency of 5.( Valency measures the ability of a compound to combine with other elements). Inorganic forms of arsenic are generally considered to be the most toxic.
Because it takes so many different forms it is even difficult to visually differentiate . It’s a rather weird chemical that even sometimes may act as a metal. It can take the form of a crystalline powder or brittle, silver and metal-like metaloid. Arsenic can be found naturally occurring in rocks and soil around the globe. (It’s in our local water supply but authorities tell us it’s ‘not enough to matter’!) Concentrations become higher in some areas through weathering and human related activities such as mining, fossil fuel combustion and pesticide use.
So.. is it hazardous?
Oh yes. Hazardous falls short as a description of arsenic’s many disguises. It is one of history’s most notorious poisons. It was used so often as a homicidal weapon within competing medieval royal families that any royal death was suspected to be arsenic poisoning.
- Joseph Graziano’s researched it at Columbia University (2004) He showed that chronic arsenic exposure contributes to reduced cognitive function in children.
- Long-term exposure just to small amounts of arsenic in drinking water can cause cancer of the skin, lungs, bladder and kidneys.
- It interferes with circulation and normal red blood cell reproduction.
- In Taiwan, arsenic has been linked to blackfoot disease, where ingesting arsenic through drinking water over time causes decreased circulation in the feet and lower legs, eventually leading to gangrene.
- In Bangladesh, large scale tube well installation in the 1970s and 1980s to provide freshwater for rural communities inadvertently tapped into arsenic-rich groundwater, leading to the mass poisoning of millions of people.
Arsenic is abundant in the U.S. The map on this page indicates areas of arsenic water contamination across the country. Texas, the Upper Midwest, New England and California are areas of high arsenic concern, as are Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the acceptable or maximum contaminant level (MCL) of arsenic in water at 10 parts per billion (ppb), but even 10 ppb could be too much. EPA is reviewing that standard. They now consider that even that low levels of exposure may pose considerable risks to humans.
It is estimated that as many as 25 million Americans, many of them private water well owners, drink water from a source above the current EPA limit for arsenic.
What can you do to remove arsenic from your drinking water?
Arsenic is so complex, so removal is a difficult process.
Three water treatment systems noted for arsenic removal: reverse osmosis (RO), adsorption media and distillation. RO systems and adsorption media are only partially effective at arsenic removal while distillation is clearly superior at arsenic removal from water.
Several forms of arsenic can be removed to some degree by RO filtration systems, but RO does not remove Arsenic 3 unless it has been pretreated with an oxidizing agent such as chlorine or ozone. In addition to the cost and trouble of pretreatment, RO systems lose effectiveness over time, and with temperature change they require frequent filter membrane replacements and waste copious amounts of rejected water. We’ve struggled to recommend RO systems to people wnatin g the purest of pure water but the physical maintenance required means most RO’s cannot live up to what is expected of them
Adsorption media water treatment systems offer promise for large-scale arsenic removal. Adsorption media use metal oxides distributed over a flow-bed to form a chemical bond with arsenic in the water. The metal-oxide media are later discarded. In California, the spent media must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Pretreatment is required to remove suspended solids, iron and manganese from the water. Regular media replacement is required because these systems lose efficiency over time. In the UltraStream we use KDF85, a patented broad spectrum media that removed or neutralises heavy metals.
In the case of arsenic and most other contaminants, distillation results in a 99.9 percent contaminant reduction. In Arizona, where arsenic in groundwater is a major concern, the University of Arizona has called distillation “the most reliable water treatment process for arsenic removal” (The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension publication). It certainly is, and it is simple, but not popular because it relies on the electricity to evaporate all the water to distill it, and the water cannot eb immediately consumed until it cools. Opponents of distillation will commonly point to its inability to remove volatile organic gases such as chlorine with a lower boiling point than water.
When you’ve seen as much as we have, you understand that good quality fitting matter. We had one customer with our old AlkaStream in WA. His AlkaStream blew up, flooding his kitchen. Our insurance company was not amused. We no longer sell this unit and have been helping people upgrade to the UltraStream with an undersink conversion kit that WE designed, using NSF approved fittings instead of what we got from our Asian AlkaStream maker.
I recently installed an UltraStream in an old friend’s home. She told me her tale of woe. She had been in her 2-storey home only one week when she came home to find the whole ground floor flooded. The insurance company came to the rescue with giant blowers, she and her family had to move out for a week, but the insurance assessor told her that this was quite common now because all our plumbing fittings came from China and they simply did not last as long as the old Australian made ones.
So I reluctantly post this picture showing the latest vendor of the same model as the old AlkaStream from the same factory. You’ll see it on E-Bay or in health food shops. Of course, it is cheaper than our UltraStream because it is NOT made in the USA. But as you’ll see in the pic, what you get is NOT approved fittings.
For many years we thought that the milky tiny bubbles that appeared in our glass of water from our electric ionizer was a good thing. In those days we thought it meant ‘microclustering’. Now we know it’s molecular hydrogen. But is it a good thing that we see all these bubbles? Here’s what Molecular Hydrogen Foundation‘s Biochemist Tyler LeBaron says:
DISSOLVED HYDROGEN VS. UNDISSOLVED HYDROGEN
HYDROGEN GAS IN THE WATER
The manner in which hydrogen gas is dissolved in the water has an effect on its stability and rate of exsolution (coming out of solution) and dissipation. Hydrogen gas can exist in water as fully dissolved gaseous solutes, colloidal and suspension forms, as well as large macrobubbles that exit almost immediately. There are many things to consider when discussing hydrogen in water including macro, micro and nano-bubbles, zeta potential, nucleation, solvation, Ostwald ripening, bubble coalescence, ionic strength, and other factors that affect solubility and half-life.
However, it is important to consider that simply bubbling hydrogen gas into water or producing it in water (e.g. metallic magnesium, electrolysis via water ionizers, etc.), does not necessarily mean that the water will contain a saturated level or even a therapeutic level of hydrogen gas. Indeed, some water ionizers are able to produce a high alkaline pH, and thus by default “produce” hydrogen gas, but the concentration of hydrogen gas in the water may be less than 0.05 ppm.
A great example of undissolved hydrogen can be seen with the “lighter demo”, in which a flame is held near the alkaline output hose of some “water ionizers” and a “crackling” sound can be heard along with small visible sparks as the hydrogen gas ignites. But, the hydrogen gas that ignites is only the “undissolved” hydrogen gas, which immediately evaporates into the air, thus offering no therapeutic value. Therefore, the “crackling” sound that can be heard with the “lighter demo” only indicates that hydrogen gas was produced via electrolysis, but the amount dissolved may actually be below the therapeutic level.
“MILKY” LIKE WATER & BUBBLES
Undissolved hydrogen gas can also be seen in some cases with conventional alkaline water ionizer where the water looks “milky” or “foggy” due to all the large hydrogen gas bubbles. Therefore, just because a water looks milky or you can see many bubbles in the water does not indicate that the water has a high concentration of molecular hydrogen. In fact, the actual concentration may even be below the detection/therapeutic level.
Conventional alkaline water ionizers were developed decades before the importance of hydrogen gas was known, thus their design was optimized to produce alkaline water not dissolved hydrogen gas. In fact, some water ionizers may produce very high alkaline water, but with no detectable amounts of hydrogen gas. This is also observed in many water ionizers that may produce an adequate level of hydrogen gas when the electrodes and hoses are clean, but after calcium builds up within the machine, the level of hydrogen gas can fall below the detection limit (this may take a few days to weeks or months depending on the source water and usage). This fact also underscores the importance of regular cleaning and maintenance, with different machines requiring different maintenance programs. This also explains the frequent observation experienced by alkaline ionized water users, that when they clean their machine the water “feels fresh and therapeutic like when the machine was brand-new”. Importantly, one cannot rely on ORP readings to verify that their water has high hydrogen gas levels. You can have a -700 mV reading while having over 1 ppm of H2, or less than 0.05 ppm of H2. (see: this article for an explanation).
In conclusion, there is an important relationship between the total amount of hydrogen gas produced and the total amount of dissolved hydrogen gas. The higher the percent of hydrogen gas that gets dissolved the more efficient the system. Thus, if a system were fully optimized you would not see any hydrogen bubbles or hear any crackling sound during the lighter demo. Although the presence of bubbles or the crackling sound doesn’t mean the water contains high hydrogen levels, it also doesn’t mean that it contains low hydrogen levels.
There are some really simple things you can do today to upgrade your home’s health quotient.
Open the windows
Bringing fresh air through the house will benefit your health by reducing chemical exposure emitted from your building materials and furnishings.
Clean your gadgets
Most people’s mobile phone and computer keyboard are about the grottiest objects in our home, up to 10 times dirtier than the toilet! Turn your keyboard over, gently tap the back of your keyboard to dislodge any debris. Old credit cards, pizza slices, cat fur, dog slobber… Wipe down your keyboard and mouse with a slightly damp cloth, followed by a dry, clean tea towel. If it still seems intent on retaining garbage, a vacuum is a good method.
Clear exhaust fans
Fans in the bathroom, laundry and kitchen let steam dissipate and prevent condensation (a precursor to mould). Turn the fan off, remove the grille, and wipe the blades with a damp microfibre cloth, then a clean tea towel. Wash the grille in soapy water and leave to dry before replacing it.
Look under the sink
It’s one of the most common locations for mould caused by leaks, and it’s a great place for pests and their droppings. Check include around the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.
Get a Peace Lily
Right now our office peace lilies are blooming beautifully. They absorb toxic chemicals from new furnishings and carpets.Skip the bedroom, as they emit carbon dioxide at night.
Audit your make-up drawer
Turf out-of-date products. They can get nasty as they age, causing skin irritation and eye infections. Turn over eye shadows annually, mascara every three months, and blushes and powders every two years. Keep them out of sunlight as this reduces their shelf life.
Seal up clothes
A vacuum seal bag keeps clothing dry, clean and free from pests, and allergens like dust mites.
Empty and clean the vacuum
If you don’t you have a readymade dust and allergens stash in the home. Replace disposable bags monthly (if you vacuum on a weekly basis) and your HEPA filter after 6 months.
I received an email a few days ago.
I was very interested in the claim it made.
(check the pic)
I emailed the advertiser because if there really was something ‘out there’ better than our UltraStream – I wanted to know.
After all, we had submitted it to a huge (and very expensive) testing regimen including a hydrogen test with AquaSciences LLC, which showed the UltraStream providing almost 4 x the H2 of a $4000 water ionizer.
Here’s my email.
“Can you show me the details of the hydrogen produced by the XXXXX? I am very interested.”
The answer didn’t take long…
“Hi, Non-electric ionizers do not produce as much molecular hydrogen as electric ionizers do. However you can supplement it with H2XXXXXX tablets, read about it here: http://XXXXXXXXX. The filtration test results are here: http://XXXXXXXXXX
Hi, XXXX, I looked at the results link you gave me and they have no molecular hydrogen report. The ad said the XXXXX is the best hydrogen producer. Can you assist?
I’m still awaiting a reply.
ORP or O.R.P or Oxidation/Reduction Potential is a measure of voltage in water.
It is not an antioxidant. It is not something in your water.
It is an indication (only) of the net positive or negative electrical charge in the water.
It has been touted as an antioxidant by thousands under undertrained water ionizer sellers. This is, sadly, what happens with many MLM schemes.
So let’s clarify it once and for all with a scientific explanation first.
To learn more, go here.
“I don’t understand why more people aren’t blogging about this.
Antibiotics cause significant weight gain. I see it in clinic all the time.
Guest Post By Lara Briden
It’s not unusual for me to hear a story from a patient like this: “I don’t know what happened. I was doing really well with weight loss, but then suddenly I just ballooned.”
When I hear that, I ask: “Did you take antibiotics sometime in the last 3-4 months?” Very often, the answer is “Um… Oh right! Yes, I did.”
Weight gain from antibiotics is a clinical reality. The research is finally starting to catch up.
What Is The Research?
In 2012, British researchers reported that children exposed to antibiotics early in life are more likely to become overweight later in life. Professor Martin Blaser from New York University’s Langone Medical Center has also done some fascinating studies. First, he demonstrated that mice exposed to antibiotics gained twice as much weight as untreated mice on the same diet. Professor Blaser then looked at humans. He monitored 92 subjects after one course of antibiotics for H. pylori bacteria, and found that their weight increased significantly. He also detected a dramatic increase in blood levels of the ‘hunger hormone‘ ghrelin. Made by stomach cells (and normally suppressed by H. Pylori), ghrelin is a strong appetite stimulant and promoter of belly fat. In Professor Blaser’s study, ghrelin increased by 6 times, and stayed high for at least 18 months. The satiety hormone leptin was also affected.
The ghrelin effect is just one mechanism for the weight gain caused by antibiotics. Antibiotics damage intestinal bacteria, and that translates into metabolic changes that we are only just starting to understand. Intestinal bacteria determine how many calories you absorb. They manufacture nutrients and reduce inflammation. Intestinal bacteria have a direct influence on lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
Antibiotics also damage mitochondria. That affects weight because mitochondria’s main job is to convert food into energy. If you have not yet heard of mitochondria, then get ready. You are going hear a lot more about them very soon. Mitochondria are major players in health. They are tiny organelles that exist in each and every cell. Mitochondria burn calories. They also boost communication between synapses in the brain, manufacture heme (the main protein in hemoglobin), and slow aging (just to name a few of the many, many things that they do for us).
How Many Courses Of Antibiotics Is Too Many?
I used to ask patients: “Do you take many antibiotics?”
I no longer ask that question, because the answer was invariably: ‘not many.’ By ‘not many,’ most people meant one course of antibiotics per year. One course per year is apparently now perceived as normal and standard. Eek!
One course of antibiotics per year is too many. A better figure would be one or two courses in a lifetime. Antibiotics are amazing, life saving drugs. I don’t like to imagine a world without them. But they are for life-threatening infections such as a kidney infection. They’re not for regular consumption.
I’m not asking you to say no to antibiotics if you really need them. The time to make the decision against antibiotics is not when you’re dealing with a full-blown chest or sinus infection. The time to make the decision is now, as prevention, before you get to that point. If you are prone to frequent infections, then you need an immune strategy like zinc, vitamin D and a dairy-free diet.
This is what I say to my patients: “I am prescribing an immune-boosting, antibiotic-avoiding strategy as part of your long-term weight loss plan.”
Probiotic Supplements Cannot Fix The Problem
Probiotics are not a solution.
I feel bad if natural medicine has somehow promoted the myth that [you can] ‘just take this probiotic after antibiotics’ and all will be well. All will not be well. Probiotics relieve symptoms, and they prevent infection with bad bacteria like Clostridium. But probiotic supplements do not recolonize your intestine.
There is growing evidence that antibiotics cause a permanent extinction of some species of intestinal bacteria. Probiotics cannot change that.
By Lara Briden
Lara is a natural health evangelist, hormone expert and author of Period Repair manual who first worked as an evolutionary biologist at the University of Calgary. She went on to graduate as a naturopathic doctor from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. Her love of science and the natural world has informed the way she practices medicine. During her nearly twenty years of practice, thousands of patients have entrusted her with their hormone stories. She shares what she’s learned at larabriden.com.
For the first time, scientists have discovered a classic formula for pi in the world of quantum physics.
Pi is the ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter, and is incredibly important in pure mathematics, but now scientists have also found it “lurking” in the world of physics, when using quantum mechanics to compare the energy levels of a hydrogen atom.
Why is that exciting? Well, it reveals an incredibly special and previously unknown connection between quantum physics and maths.
“I find it fascinating that a purely mathematical formula from the 17th century characterises a physical system that was discovered 300 years later,” said one of the lead researchers, Tamar Friedmann, a mathematician at the University of Rochester in the US.
Hey, me Too. Freaky!
The discovery was made when Carl Hagen, a particle physicist at the University of Rochester, was teaching a class on quantum mechanics and explaining to his students how to use a quantum mechanical technique known as the ‘variation principle’ to approximate the energy states of a hydrogen atom.
While comparing these values to conventional calculations, he noticed an unusual trend in the ratios. He asked Friedmann to help him work out this trend, and they quickly realised that it was actually a manifestation of the Wallis formula for pi – the first time it had even been derived from physics.
“We weren’t looking for the Wallis formula for pi. It just fell into our laps,” said Hagen. “It was a complete surprise,” added Friedmann. “I jumped up and down when we got the Wallis formula out of equations for the hydrogen atom.”
Since 1655 there have been plenty of proofs of Wallis’s formula, but all have come from the world of mathematics, and the new results have people freaking out. The results have been published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics.
“This almost seems like magic,” writes maths contributor Kevin Knudson for Forbes. “That a formula for π is hidden inside the quantum mechanics of the hydrogen atom is surprising and delightful.”
“Nature had kept this secret for the last 80 years,” said Friedmann. “I’m glad we revealed it.”
We just can’t help but wonder what other secret connections are lurking between quantum mechanics and pure mathematics.
Ian: And when we find out, what the hell we are going to do with it?
Kale is simply one on the healthiest food choices you can put on your table.
It’s a member of the cabbage family, power packed with vitamins A, K, C, with serious amounts of B vitamins as well as trace minerals. And… it’s low in carbs and calories.
However… there’s another really important attribute of Kale.
Along with Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy Pak Choy and cauliflower, kale is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning the flowers take the form of a cross. It also means that like other cruciferous vegetables, kale is rich in a chemical called sulforaphane, and this may be one of kale’s most important health attributes.
Sulforaphane is a sulphur-rich chemical that activates a gene pathway in animals as well as humans called Nrf2. When Nrf2 is ‘turned on’ by consuming sulforaphane rich foods, several important health-promoting mechanisms fire up. These include a reduction in inflammation, enhanced antioxidant protection, and powerful amplification of our ability to detoxify potential damaging chemicals.
Kale and all the other cruciferous vegetables are smart choices well beyond their simple nutritional content – they actually change the expression of our DNA for the better.
And.. now we also know that alkaline superfoods like Kale remove fluoride!
An’expert group’ of EFSA scientists and EU state risk assessment bodies (read: insurance men in suits) have finalised their own re-assessment of glyphosate, a chemical found in pesticides. They have decided that glyphosate is unlikely to cause genotoxic or carcinogenic threat, but propose new safety measures, tightening the control of levels of Roundup in food. I do wonder if EFSA is preparing itself so that if evidence on the herbicide’s risks make it untenable for the agency to claim safety in the future.
The European Commission will use this decision to work out whetherthey include glyphosate in their list of approved active substances. The report also contained the first Acute Reference Dose for glyphosate – 0.5mg/kg body weight – this is the estimated chemical intake over a short period that EFSA deems to cause no harm.
I’d love to see the EFSA scientists responsible for this decision consume 30 mg of glyphosate daily in a RoundUp capsule to be had with their breakfast, lunch or dinner, and are considering presenting them with this as a challenge.
I remember a story of diplomats at the US Embassy in Hanoi after the war demonstrating the safety of Roundup to an assembled local press by drinking a glass of it. And yet the evidence of the terrible results of indiscriminate use of this chemical, in deformed kids, was everywhere and impossible to disregard.
Every now and then we are reminded of the benefits of living in a first world country. Yes, of course, there are many problems.. But.. what if you couldn’t get your local water supply to clean up their water of FAECAL MATTER for 20 years?
This is what faced these people.
ScienceToday has just published report on pharmaceuticals seeping into our water. Worth a read. According to the WQA, (luckily) good catalytic carbon like we employ in the UltraStream is sufficient to block them. It’s not the first warning; another report here discussed it on September 9 posting the idea that all new drugs should be formulated to ‘decay’ to a safe standard in contact with water. (Good luck with that one!). Back in ……. another report said both prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, cocaine and oxycodone have been found in surface waters in Canadian rivers. In Sweden, a report tells us of high levels of the anti-inflammatory substance diclofenac are released from wastewater plants. And in August researchers reported on their study of areas along rural and urban parts of the Alafia River, in Hillsborough County, near Tampa, Florida. They found 17 pharmaceuticals. Another Swedish report talked about a drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety in humans and which regularly finds its way into surface waters through wastewater effluence, shown to reduce mortality rates in fish. (Which seem good but apparently throws out the whole ecosystem they live in!) Yet another one reported anxiety-moderating drugs that reach waterways via wastewater creating fearless and asocial fish that eat more quickly than normal. (The new Piranha in a pond near you?)
There’s no doubt of the need for a comprehensive water contaminant removal system going FAR beyond the ‘big box’ carbon filter.
Hey, I know we sell the world’s best water filter.
And a big reason we deliver so many is its good fluoride performance. It is the ONLY water filter we have seen that has actually been tested for fluoride reduction over its expected lifespan. We used Griffith University’s NATA accredited laboratory, at great expense) because we wanted an independent point of reference for our customers who, we know DO care abot what goes into their bodies.
The lab tests show around 80% net reduction. We have nothing to compare this to because we have never seen any other comparable tests.
We HAVE seen some products blithely claimed UP TO 98%. Sadly, consumer groups have never have the time or resources to ‘out’ people who make claims like this.
So this news is going to be big news.. and a real validation of what we’ve been talking about for 16 years.
I was just sent some REALLY interesting scientific studies that say that alkaline urine will remove much more fluoride from the body than acid urine. Wow.
Now.. if it’s not a ‘Wow’ for you, let me explain. The team here have been following our own version of the alkaline diet for well over a decade. i attribute my thriving good (69 next month) health to our diet which ALWAYS has good amounts of dark leafy greens – the alkaline ‘manna from Heaven! We’ve also been drinking alkaline water for all of that time from our own water alkalizers. So yes, my pee is alkaline! Or at least it was last time I checked.
The studies are clear. If your pee is alkaline, the fluoride that has got into you through either water, fluoride soaked foods, toothpaste… can be removed by an alkaline diet which in turn changes the pH of your pee.
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If you don’t understand alkaline water, you’re going to find a load of relevancy here on our website. We are THE alkaline water experts, the inventors of the best natural water filter, alkalizer and hydrogen activator in the world.
Relationship between urine pH and fluoride levels here
The merck manual explanation of the elimination of drugs by the kidneys here
(you can get on pubmed and find reams of the studies on individual drugs).
Heres an example of the effect of urinary PH on amphetamine excretion. In this case making the urine very acidic can treat an overdose (notice that the excretion rates have a similar difference with fluoride.
Here is one on adrenaline, although I suspect changes in the blood maybe even more interesting. It’s a small study..even so the effects are so pronounced that it reaches statistical significance.
There’s a lovely lady out there somewhere whom we’ve known for years now.
Her name is Merrilyn and she has Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has sought relief through alkalizing, and has experienced some relief over the years.
But RA is a cruel ailment. It hurts, it degenerates and it seem to seldom if ever leave. So when we saw this report on the effects of molecular hydrogen on rheumatoid arthritis I felt compelled to publish it.
From the report:
Especially in the early stage, H2 showed significant therapeutic potential, which also seemed to assist diagnosis and treatment decisions of RA. The possible expectations regarding the potential benefits of H2 by reducing the oxidative stress, resulting from inflammatory factors, are raised and discussed here. To learn more about the many benefits revealed in over 400 scientific studies, download our report here.
If you are wondering about fluoride, you’re not alone.
Now a new film is about to be released.
We’ve recently posted a new page on fluoride solutions here.
Please share this with your friends.
Visit any supermarket. You see them stacked, row after row, brand name upon brand name.
We are spoiled for choices … but we are fast learning that the ‘plastic habit’ can indeed be quite costly when added up.
And then there’s the plastic question. Naturally, it’s better to choose glass rather than cheap plastic which leaches toxic chemicals such as Bisphenol-A which could affect health when taken frequently and long term.
We are, of course, talking about bottled water. So why should we have to buy bottled drinking water? Why is this massive industry, totally dependent upon plastic, transport costs and robbing local areas of their good water?
Remember the sixties? The idea of someone charging for water in bottles would have been laughable. I still have a somewhat sinister regard for the fact that we’re being charged for water, and not without reasoning: There just could be something covertly sinister and devious going on.
There are indeed a number of people who have educated themselves enough to realize that they don’t want to choose drinking tap water with fluoride and other chemicals.
But why should we even have a need to choose the more expensive bottled water option and put up with the chemically-treated tap water?
Surely, it’s up to us to do something about this?
Fracking and our water supply
As a water lover I have to ask: why has the dangerous process of fracking technology been allowed to carry on without due study of the effects on our water supply?
Fracking uses hydraulic pressure blasts (some 40,000 plus gallons of water containing over 600 toxic chemicals) to fracture shale rock to get at its contents of gas and oil to be extracted. Much of this toxic chemical water contains methane, formaldehyde, mercury, uranium, lead and carcinogens – and is is never recovered. It inevitably finds its way into our groundwater. It can pollute wells, thus polluting our water supplies.
As well as environmental damage, the reckless insanity of fracking has now been linked to earthquakes and ill health with people and animals living in nearby areas.
It’s pretty obvious that fracking corporations are buying off the politicians and people connected.
So am I right? Is there something devious going on. Let’s look at the link between tap water to fracking.
Water, one of the most essential of life’s commodities is deliberately becoming more and more precious to obtain.
When you control the water supplies you can control the people.
It’s a crazy thought but.. perhaps the reason for fracking with its water-polluting deadly toxic chemicals going by unchecked is that it puts the people in a situation whereby their local water supplies in wells and taps is not longer usable so they have no other choice than to go to the stores and buy the corporation’s water supplies.
Think of the astronomical amounts of money the manipulators of all this could make from the quantities of water needed from folks all over the world in their everyday lives!
TV News alleges:
In 2013 and 2014, Sacramento residents were exposed to a carcinogenic chemical in their drinking water called aluminum chlorohydrate.
During those 2 years, Sacramento tested aluminum chlorohydrate (ACH) at its main water treatment plant and according to TV station ABC10, alarm bells sounded almost immediately.
But… the city didn’t warn locals or take action for a year.
It appears Sacramento residents were exposed to disinfection byproducts (DBP: considered likely carcinogens). They have already been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. DBPs are typically found in products like deodorants, body washes and soaps. In addition to being potential cancer-causers, they’ve been shown to disrupt hormones and congest the lymph system when absorbed through the skin. These byproducts have also been known to cause low birth rate and even miscarriages.
Even though the testing generated DBPs at levels considered unsafe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially with long-term use, it seems the city of Sacramento allowed the testing to continue. Sacramento’s Utility Director, Bill Busath says that the testing of ACH to replace another water treatment chemical called ALUM was intended to be a short-term trial, but continued for a full year because of the almighty dollar.
“There was an expectation that we would be able to save quite a bit of money,” he told ABC10.
Sacramento officials have finally admitted that the test created a dangerous situation, saying it allowed DBP numbers to rise to “historically high levels when using (ACH) aluminum chlorohydrate.”
ACH and ALUM are used to take river water and bond with impurities after they enter a treatment plant, but the ACH proved ineffective. To cope with the problem, city officials pumped in more chlorine, which bonded with the organic compounds, turning the chlorine into DBPs.
Busath said, “As soon as the levels got to where we thought that we wouldn’t be in compliance, and hence wouldn’t be protective of public health, we stopped the trial.”
But the trial didn’t end until May 2014, a full year after it began. Internal tests performed by the city show that time after time, the DBP readings went above what the EPA considers safe for long-term exposure. A city chemist noticed the problem three days into the test.
In an e-mail to managers, the chemist wrote: “I’m nervous about the distribution samples.”
Bob Bowcock, a man who grew up working in the water treatment industry and is an adviser to Erin Brokovich, explains that DBPs are especially dangerous for pregnant women and unborn babies.
“In first trimester pregnancies, there’s a significant rise in miscarriages, and in third trimester there’s evidence of low birth weight,” he said, describing how the water contaminated with DBPs is even more dangerous when its mists are breathed in while showering or washing dishes.
“I think the testing should have stopped immediately,” Bowcock said. “I think they should have called the Division of Drinking Water.”
But the lives of mothers and babies didn’t seem to matter to Sacramento city officials, who, it appears, ignored the warnings and, instead, expanded the test and told city council they needed enough money allocated, $850,000, to buy a truckload of ACH every week for a year for more testing.
In July 2013, Busath and other utility heads officially signed Sacramento residents up to be guinea pigs for a full year, telling the city council in a staff report that the State of California “has now mandated that the trial be extended from three weeks to a full year.”
But there is one little problem: the California EPA Division of Drinking Water claims it never told the city that it had to conduct a year-long trial of ACH or any other chemical. It was just the opposite.
“The city approached us,” said Division of Drinking Water Deputy Director Bruce Burton. “It was the city who asked us if they could use that chemical at their water treatment plant.”
When interviewed by ABC10, Busath said:
“The word mandate used in the council report was probably a poor choice of words.”
And when the news outlet asked Busath why the test continued, he repeatedly gave the same answer. “Because we had the anticipation of saving money with using ACH,” said Busath.
So, why didn’t Busath’s department share the troubling data with regulators and the public? Says Busath:
“As long as we were in compliance, we don’t need to contact them. All this trial, we were within the guidelines for the disinfectant byproduct levels, which is a one-year running average.”
At least once, in January 2014, the Sacramento River Plant where the chemicals were being tested was turned off, and the city took water from another plant on the American River. The city even intentionally switched water sources from the city to the county after one of the quarterly tests.
This was the subject of one email; “Request for emergency water service from Sacramento County Water Agency to the City of Sacramento.”
The emergency was that if Sacramento didn’t get water from another source, it was doomed to exceed yearly standards for its disinfection byproducts.
Ian: DBP’s are a very unfortunate result of the addition of chlorine to our water supply. If our water supply carried no organic matter, chlorine would not create DBP’s. In reality, there’s always some organics in our water, and hence, some DBP’s. Luckily for our clients, the UltraStream‘s powerful catalytic carbon neutralises DBP’s with ease.
We spend most of our day talking to people about their water quality.
We’ve been doing this for 16 years, so last night’s TV report on brain eating amoeba in your tap water comes as no surprise to us. As you can see from the image, it’s also well known and well researched.
So let’s get specific and not waste time. Naegleria fowleri likes warm water. If you drink water containing it, there is no problem. If, however, you breath it in, or get it up your nose, then it can go to the brain.
Yes, it is difficult to tell kids that they shouldn’t play with the hose on a hot day.. or if you are in a rural area, that they don’t take a refreshing dip in your dam. And yes, there is a chance that this could cause aegleria fowleri to get up your kid’s nose and into his/her brain. 300 deaths worldwide isn’t massive, but..
“It causes catastrophic meningitis encephalitis, and by the time these kids are diagnosed the treatments are usually ineffective,” says public health physician Dr Steven Donohue.
“We think that probably 98 per cent of cases die even in the best of hands, even in the most modern intensive care units.”
So here’s what you can do now.
- Keep kids and adults out of untreated water and away from hoses. Remember, the water has to go up the nose.
- Add chlorine to your water. Unfortunately, chlorine is also a carcinogen, so you’ll need a water filter to remove the chlorine after it does its job of killing the bug.
- Add a UV unit to your home supply. You may even consider a whole home water filter system incorporating UV.
UV kills bacteria of all sorts as the water passes an ultraviolet light. Remember, you need only treat the water that may get up your nose, which is usually your shower or bath.
- If you cannot add chlorine to your water supply ( it IS difficult to monitor and dose correctly) install a water filter with technology that can kill amoeba. Our UltraStream uses a patented technology called KDF 85. This water treatment reduces bacteria and other microorganisms by disrupting electron transport, causing cellular damage. KDF process media also kill bacteria by direct electrochemical contact and by the flash formation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide, both of which interfere with a microorganism’s ability to function. It’s expensive but good.
- Install a Sterasyl prefilter to your UltraStream. We’re on tank water at home and we use this to specifically block bacteria. Its specs are very impressive, and it lasts for hundreds of ‘clean and replaces’. Tested with live Cryptosporidium to a removal of 100%, tested with live bacteria to a removal of >99.99%.
- Install a shower filter with KDF. It’s not as good as the UltraStream because the water flows through much faster, but it’s far better than no filter.
- Keep away from showers that mist. Water mist surrounds the bather, and can carry Naegleria fowleri up the nose.If you’d like to discuss your own water supply situation, give us a call on 1300 255 292 or email us now.
I spent some time with John Biethan, our man in the US today on blab.im talking about Green Smoothies.
I’m a bit left-of-centre about Alkaline Green Smoothies as you will see.