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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
For dedicated campers, there is nothing that is looked forward to so much as a trip into the wilderness. Eschewing established campgrounds, those who really want to get away from it all will find a place far away from other people to enjoy the wilderness. Travelling into the backcountry with family or a few select friends is one of the best ways to spend a vacation.

Those who are just beginning their ‘camping career’ will have to understand that they must take nearly everything they will need along with them, including food, shelter, extra clothing, first aid supplies, etc. One thing that no one will be able to carry in will be water – this will have to be found at the campsite, which is why so many people camp adjacent to a water source. These sites are also some of the most picturesque and add to the value of the camping trip.

However, regardless of how far you are from civilization and how crystal clear the water looks, no one should assume that it will be safe to drink. Microorganisms are too small to be seen by the naked eye, but can be present in water in large numbers – more than enough to make you and your fellow campers very ill.

However clean water may look, there can be contamination from animal feces or urine in it. the remains of dead animals may also be present, and fish do defecate in the water. Streams or other bodies of water that contain beavers or muskrats could infect those who drink impure water with giardia or other parasitic illnesses.

  • Although contaminated wells were often blamed for waterborne Salmonella, it has now been found that surface water such as streams, rivers, and lakes can also carry the pathogen.
  • Shigella is another nasty bacterium that can be present even in backcountry streams, and comes from human feces. This could be an issue from runoff from compromised septic systems.
  • Cryptosporidium is a protozoan carried by animals and humans, so it could easily be acquired from unfiltered water during a camping trip. Diarrhea and cramping are the main symptoms.

These and a range of other viruses, bacteria, and protozoans can not only result in immediate illness, but can also lead to dehydration, which can be life threatening. Getting seriously ill miles from help can be problematic, to say the least.

A Range of Options

There are an excellent number of camping water filters to choose from that will assure you that your camping trip will be safe and enjoyable. Most of these will add little weight to the backpack, either.

  • Water filter straws are probably the easiest of water purification units to carry. While most of these small water filters generally are usable for about 25 gallons of clean water, some of the newer filter straws, which are a bit heftier, will purify 1500 gallons of water, approximately enough for 1 year’s use. These are probably more inconvenient to use than other filter mechanisms.
  • Water filter bottles are another good choice for campers. Lightweight and able to filter out just about every organic or inorganic pollutant, the water can be drunk right from the bottle or squirted into a glass. About 100 gallons of water can be filtered with these.
  • Gravity feed water filters and purifiers can make certain that campers will have a nearly endless supply of water that is safe to drink. Some of these filters consist of a bag that is filled with water, hung on a tree branch, and produce pure water to a container below. Smaller countertop filters, such as Berkey the Go Berkey, can also be easily transported to the campsite.
  • There are also a variety of water purifiers and filters that operate by pumping action. The Katadyn Microfilters are among the most reliable of camping filters and only require putting one end into the body of water and pumping to provide safe water for drinking or cooking.

With the great range and variety of camping water filters that will supply safe water for a camping expedition, there is no reason for anyone to become ill.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Although the American public has been somewhat brainwashed about the benefits of fluoride, it is actually apparent that this toxic substance can cause a great deal of harm. Most American cities have fluoridated water, ostensibly to help prevent tooth decay. However, the level of tooth decay is no higher in European cities that do not add fluoride to the drinking water.

Fluoride is actually a byproduct of the fertilizer industry and is so toxic that dumping it proved to be environmentally hazardous. In seeking for some way to dispose of it, the idea was postulated of putting it into the country’s drinking water. This was not only a good way to get rid of the stuff, but also to make a profit from a poisonous waste product.

Fluoride Dangers

Until fairly recently, those who opposed involuntary fluoridation of water were considered to be crackpots, but a new finding by the American Dental Association (ADA) puts a somewhat different light on fluoride. The ADA now recommends that infants no longer be given prepared liquid formulas since these have been made with fluoride. All baby food and dry formulas should be prepared using fluoride free water, too.

Dental fluorosis, discoloration of the teeth by fluoride, is probably one of the more benign effects of this water borne poison, which also include:

  • Skeletal fluorosis, an arthritis-like condition.
  • Brain damage, since fluoride seems to have the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier. It has been linked not only to lowere IQs in children, but also to Alzheimer’s. 
  • Fluoride contributes to bone fractures and intensifies the effects of osteoporosis.
  • Early onset of puberty is seen in girls who have been exposed to fluoridated water.
  • Decreased male fertility occurs in areas where fluoride levels are high.
  • Fluoride can also cause hyperthyroidism.

Providing Safe Water for Your Family

The above are just a smattering of the health problems that have been associated with fluoridated water. If your water supply adds fluoride to the water, you can still remove this substance to provide water that is safe for everyone in the family to drink. There are 2 kinds of home water filter systems that will remove fluoride from water:

  • Reverse osmosis filters are excellent at removing fluoride from water. RO works by using the force of the tap water to push the water through a series of membranes. RO will remove not only fluoride but also heavy metals, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Activated alumina filters are another good option for removing fluoride. These units are less in cost than reverse osmosis, so will be accessible to nearly everyone. For best results, team them up with an activated charcoal and KDF filter to remove VOC’s and heavy metals.

Filters to remove fluoride can be simple countertop models, under the sink units, or whole house filters, but all will do a good job at making sure that your water is safe to drink.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
If you are dissatisfied with or worried about the quality of your drinking water, you may find that the MultiPure MP750SB Aquaserva Water Filter is exactly what you need. Designed to be installed beneath the counter, the MultiPure is a powerful filter that will provide you with a full year of clean, safe water before the filter cartridge must be replaced.

A small or crowded kitchen counter can make the use of a countertop water filter difficult, but the MultiPure MP750SB solves that problem by being mounted under the sink. A chrome bracket allows you to attach the filter securely to the cabinet wall. The included faucet can be emplaced either in the sink itself (where the spray attachment would otherwise be) or on the counter. The filter housing is stainless steel, and made to last for decades.

The Power of Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is the carbonized form of peat moss, coconut shells, wood, or even coal. The reason why the carbonized form of these substances is so valuable for filtration purposes is because it has been treated with oxygen or steam at a very high temperature. This has the effect of producing hundreds of thousands of tiny pores in the charcoal which increase the surface area hugely. This greater surface area allows more opportunity for harmful substances to ‘be caught’ by the charcoal before they can reach your drinking water.

Among the harmful substances captured by activated charcoal in the MultiPure MP750SB are VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These include such chemicals as benzene, alachlor, chloroform (released from chlorinated water), endrin, and tolulene. Some of these are pesticides and herbicides that enter groundwater from agricultural runoff, some are disinfecting agents, and others are byproducts of industrial processes. However, they cause a range of chronic and acute
health problems in those who consume them:

  • Central nervous system damage
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Leukemia (especially in children)
  • Assorted cancers in all ages
  • Disruption of the reproductive system
  • Endocrine system damage
  • Damage to the circulatory system

These are all serious and frightening medical conditions, but fortunately, they are largely avoidable with the installation of the MultiPure Filter. You will be able to enjoy a much greater peace of mind knowing that your drinking and cooking water is safe.

A Complete Filter

While the MultiPure MP750SB Aquaserva Water Filter shines at reducing dangerous VOCs, it is also great at reducing other harmful elements such as heavy metals, cysts, and silt, so your water will both taste and look clean and fresh.

by: Chris Tracey

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