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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Hunting seasons do not last a long time, generally only for a few weeks out of the year in the United States. Whether you enjoy hunting elk, deer, bear, or moose, you will want to take as much advantage of the time available as possible.
It is quite true that many hunting trips are basically weekend adventures, some hunters enjoy going on a real expedition compete with guide, horses for getting into the backcountry, and several days of camping out. Actually, whether or not you are able to actually target the game you wanted to, the whole experience is still one that you will treasure. That is, unless you spend it doubled up from cramping and running to the bushes every five minutes from acute diarrhea.
A Vital Piece of Equipment
The first thing you will be thinking about packing when preparing for your hunting trip will be your weapon and ammunition, regardless of whether you will be bow or gun hunting. After that you will have to pack adequate clothing, a quality sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and food. Even if you are going to be depending on a guide, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible.
One thing you should not neglect to include is a water filter. Those mountain freshets or deep woods springs can be contaminated with a number of unpleasant organisms that can make you extremely sick. Salmonella, E. coli, amoebae, protozoans, and other assorted pathogens can ruin your journey, and all can be deposited by animals in their feces and urine.
A clear as crystal stream is no guarantee of purity as these little creatures are microscopic in size. The only way to guarantee that you will not become sick from the water is to take a water purifier along.
International Hunting Trips
While it is quite possible to get ill from drinking the groundwater in the United States or Canada, those who leave these two havens of civilization will find themselves contending with some of the heavy hitters of the pathogen world. Journeys to Africa, Central and South America, and Asia for hunting opportunities will have to be scrupulous in providing themselves with safe water to drink. These regions have all the pathogens present in North America along with several other potentially deadly illnesses. And, because of the low water quality generally in these areas, there will be a greater chance of acquiring a major illness unless you take precautions. Not only should you provide yourself with a high quality water filter, but you should also provide backup protection. An extra filter and/or water purification tablets can help keep you from coming down with some of the endemic pathogens found overseas:
Don’t let your much-anticipated hunting trip be ruined by illness, a bit of foresight and the purchase of a good water filter can make the difference between disaster and success.
by: Chris Tracey
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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
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:
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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