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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Salmonella bacteria are often spread through contaminated food, but it is quite possible to acquire salmonellosis through drinking water, too. If you live in a town or city and receive municipal water that has been chlorinated, you will not get salmonellosis from the water – chlorine kills salmonella entirely.

However, if you have a well or if your municipality relies on deep water wells to provide water, the possibility will always exist that the water can become contaminated with these bacteria and make you and your family ill.

How Salmonella Gets into the Water Supply

Salmonella spreads when fecal matter that contains the bacteria is able to enter the well. Flooding or even slight earthquakes can cause a well to be vulnerable to these bacteria as groundwater flow may shift.

Leaking septic systems or sewer lines are usually where the problem begins, but as both domestic and wild animals can carry salmonella; this is another possible source of infection. Humans, as well as animals, can be infected with salmonella and be completely free of symptoms, too.

Several years ago, a municipal water supply in Colorado, which depended upon deep wells to supply the town’s water was contaminated with salmonella, resulting in about 15% of the town’s inhabitants coming down with salmonellosis.

Salmonellosis symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. This illness also has the capacity to spread from the intestines to other parts of the body. In addition to causing infection body wide, salmonellosis can cause dehydration and arthritis. If dehydration occurs, hospitalization will usually be necessary to provide intravenous rehydration therapy.

Don’t Take Chances

We have all heard the expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and this applies to keeping your household safe from salmonella infections. It is true that boiling water will kill salmonella bacteria, but this is a rather time consuming and clumsy approach to the problem.

Water filters – those designed specifically to remove organic pathogens and pollutants – are excellent at trapping these dangerous organisms so that you and your family can drink water without worry.

You will have a wide variety of filters to choose from: under the sink models, countertop units, or even whole house water filters. However, when you do shop for a water filter to keep your well water safe for drinking, pay attention to the specifications of the filter – you will need one with a very small pore size so that there will be no chance of bacteria getting through the filter. Reverse osmosis filters or ceramic water filters are very good at providing water that is safe to drink, and these make the perfect filtration systems for the entire home.

by: Chris Tracey

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
At this point in time, few would dispute that breast milk is the best food for human infants. Not only is it exactly what is needed for the growth of the human brain and body, but it contains antibodies that will help the new child build its immune system. Formulas based on cow’s milk tend to make infants overweight – cow’s milk is designed to help the calf build muscle tissue quickly, rather than develop the brain.

Not only does breastfeeding help to form a closer bond between mother and child, it may also help to prevent Type 1 Diabetes. Babies who are breastfed have a much lower incidence of this terrible disease than do those who are given a bottle of formula – and the longer nursing is continued the less likely the chance of diabetes.

That being said, there is a downside to nursing an infant, and that concerns the contaminants that may be present in the water. Over the decades, a number of very dangerous substances have found their way into the water table. Prior to legislation, companies simply dumped their industrial ‘garbage’ wherever they wished – into streams or lakes, or simply on the ground. Many of these elements can now be detected in drinking water, and will be passed on to the child in breast milk.

The Villain List

It’s a bit depressing that so many dangerous substances were dumped so profligately until the 1970s when the EPA came into being. Although there had been previous legislation aimed at providing clean air and water, these measures were largely toothless.

Over the years, a number of very dangerous chemicals and substances have been added to our environment: dioxin, DDT, PCBs, heavy metals, and assorted volatile solvents. Most of these will persist in the soil and water for generations to come, and can have serious impacts on the health of those who ingest them. If a nursing mother drinks water containing these substances, they can be passed on to her nursing child. Contaminants such as these have been linked to:

  • Immune system damage.
  • Impaired neurological and motor function.
  • Liver damage.
  • Kidney damage.
  • Gastrointestinal upsets.

These problems have discouraged some women from breastfeeding for fear of harming their children. However, infant formula must be prepared with water and human milk contains more than enough benefits to outweigh any disadvantages – lessened chance of sudden infant death and a stronger immune system.

Protecting the Infant

While good nutrition by the mother will go a long way to providing the baby with nutritious, healthy milk, every family can take a further protective step: use a quality water filter.

Advanced technology has provided the way to remove basically every harmful pollutant from the water. Filtered water will be free of VOCs, POPs, heavy metals, and chlorine. These water filters will help assure that the water consumed by the mother will not contain substances that might be passed along to the child during nursing. Using a water filter will not only guarantee that your drinking water is safe for both mother and infant, but will help give everyone in the family water that is good for them.

Finding a good water filter for a nursing mother isn’t hard; there are many excellent products on the market. Always check to make sure that the specifications on the filter will cover all possible pollutants; pitcher filters generally only provide better tasting water rather than purified.

by: Chris Tracey

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
There is literally no place on Earth that can be guaranteed to be free from disasters. Wherever you live, you will be subject to the possibility of an emergency situation developing – earthquakes on the West Coast, hurricanes on the East and Gulf Coasts, tornadoes in the Midwest, wildfires anywhere it’s been too dry, and blizzards and nor’easters in the northern states all mean that most of us can find ourselves without the usual conveniences of modern life without much notice.

Although emergency crews and rescue squads will be at work to help alleviate the situation as quickly as possible, the sheer magnitude of some disasters will mean that it could be days or even weeks before life returns to normal. All of us are dependent on the infrastructure for our survival – electricity, heat, water; all come to most of us in one way or another – and it’s very easy to revert to a much more primitive state when these services aren’t available.

The Three ‘Vitals’

We don’t think about it much, but there are three things that are absolutely necessary for our everyday survival: shelter, water, and food. We are so used to these being there all the time that when even one is missing, the loss is sharp. When a disaster such as a hurricane and its associated flood occurs, all three may be lost to your family.

Although shelter is considered to be the most important, water is a close second and will take precedence under certain circumstances, such as high temperatures. When a disaster occurs, your home may still be livable, but you and all family members will need water soon. If the electric lines are down or there is a break in the water main, you may have to find some means of providing safe water.

Dehydration is a real problem and although it is more likely to occur during the summer, no one, especially children, can go without water for a very long period of time. The greatest problem here will be the ability to find water that will not make anyone ill. Flooding can often overrun septic systems and seriously contaminate the ground water. Depending on agriculture or industry found in the area in which you live, standing water may be polluted with fertilizers, pesticides, and industrial chemicals.

Safe Drinking Water

The government recommends that every household have an emergency supply of water on hand, enough for 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days. What percentage of American households actually has this on hand is probably unknown, but it is doubtful that the number is very high. Most people will have to find water nearby if the emergency lasts for a prolonged period.

For those who have to locate a groundwater source for household use, keep in mind that all groundwater or standing water must be purified before it is consumed. Boiling, of course, is a way to guarantee that all pathogens are completely killed. Boiling the water for 5 minutes or more will kill any bacteria, viruses, cysts, or protozoans that are in the water; however, it will tend to concentrate inorganic pollutants, like pesticides.

Filtering and purifying groundwater is possible in the home for those who have non-electric water filters in their home. Even if you already have purification system in place, lack of electricity could easily have rendered it useless for the duration of the emergency.

Countertop gravity feed water purifiers, which usually come with some kind of ceramic filtering element or ‘candle’ are probably the easiest way to get clean water during a disaster. Depending on the size you choose, you can produce 10 or more gallons of safe drinking water every day. Camp filters are another good option and will allow you to clean standing or ground water for safe use.

Water purifying filters are one of the most convenient ways to avoid illness and provide plenty of clean, pure water during a disaster.

by: Chris Tracey

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