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Monday, March 31, 2014
Fluoride is no longer viewed by many people as being a beneficent substance added to drinking water to prevent cavities – it is now viewed as a dangerous poison that has impacted the physical and mental development of Americans for decades. Based on faulty studies initially and a real boon to the artificial fertilizer industry that was unable to think of a way to get rid of the fluoride waste products, fluoride is an insidious toxin that has adversely affected the health of millions of people.

Over 75% of the people in the United States drink water that has been fluoridated, and this will not only affect water from your tap, but also from ice water from the fridge. The Aquacera Inline Refrigerator Fluoride Plus Water Filter is designed to make sure that you and your family will be able to enjoy safe ice water.

Why Fluoride Is so Dangerous

It might sound like the plot of a bad melodrama, but unfortunately, the truth of how our water came to be fluoridated is completely banal. The phosphate fertilizer industry used to release poisonous fluoride gas while making its product. However, the destruction of nearby crops and harm done to cattle meant that some other way had to be found to dispose of this poison.

Some genius had a wonderful idea, “Let’s put it into drinking water as a cure for cavities!” While probably not too many people thought this was an intelligent suggestion, and despite many protests, money won out and fluoride from factory scrubbers began to be added to water.

  • Fluoride damages teeth by causing fluorosis, which in its milder form simply stains the teeth brown, but can also actually destroy the teeth.
  • Fluoride has been linked to osteoporosis as it eats away at bone tissue, and can leave bones looking like Swiss cheese.
  • Fluoride makes it easier for children to absorb lead from drinking water, increasing the chances of lead poisoning.
  • Fluoride is responsible for the lowering of the IQ in America by 5 to 10 points since it’s been put into water.
  • Fluoride may weaken the body’s immune system.
  • Fluoride dampens down the thyroid gland, contributing to the development of hypothyroidism.
  • Fluoride increases the chance of boys developing bone cancer by a factor of 5.

Safe Water from the Refrigerator 

What easier and better way to assure that your cold water from the fridge is safe for everyone to drink than by installing the Aquacera Inline Refrigerator Fluoride Plus Water Filter. It’s easy to install this filter in your refrigerator, too, all that is needed is for you to use the push fitting to remove worry about fluoride in your drinking water. This filter will also remove arsenic,  heavy metals, chlorine, chloramines and a wide range of contaminants.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Invented by the Inuit for hunting seals and walruses in the frigid Arctic waters, kayaks make a great way for anyone to explore America’s waterways. Light in weight and highly maneuverable, kayaks add a new dimension to water recreation. Available as single or multiple person vessels, kayaks use a double bladed paddle for propulsion. The kayaker sits right on the bottom of the kayak (usually on a pad) with the legs extended out before them.

What to Keep in Mind when Kayaking

Kayaking is growing in popularity, but as with any outdoor sport, it is best done safely. There are 3 different levels of kayaking, and all have specific requirements if they are to be successful:

  • Recreational kayaking is the easiest and requires few water skills. This kind of kayaking is done in calm water such as bays or small lakes, and trips will take only a few hours and cover less than 10 miles. A very inexpensive kayak is perfect for this relaxed form of the sport.
  • Touring kayaking requires a higher skill level than recreational. Those who partake of this kind of kayaking will accessing larger lakes, rivers with some current, and even estuaries. These trips will last an entire day or weekend, and food and some camping gear will be taken along.
  • Sea kayaking involves longer trips on large lakes and along the coast. Rivers with significant currents will also be used, and sea kayakers will have to be skilled at handling their vessel. Sea kayaking can involve a day or weekend trip or even a much longer expedition.

Kayaks are available that allow the paddler to sit on top of the boat or inside, and these boats are available as inflatable or rigid body vessels. Regardless of your skill level and what kind of kayaking you have in mind, it is of the utmost importance that you wear a flotation device at all times while in the kayak. The flotation device will be your most important piece of equipment.

There are other safety considerations when planning on even a short recreational trip in your kayak: always kayak with a friend, let relatives or friends know where you will be going and when you will return, and keep a weather eye out. Weather can change rapidly, especially on large bodies of water like the Great Lakes or ocean so be sure to check current weather reports before setting out.

Staying Healthy on Your Trip

Kayaks do have storage space in them, and those who will be taking longer trips will be taking along extra gear and perhaps some food. Because it’s likely that you’ll be getting wet at some point of your journey, you may want to take along a change of clothing in a waterproof bag. Those who are camping will need a sleeping bag at the very least.

Water can be a problem – containers of water are heavy and take up a considerable amount of room if a sea kayaking expedition is planned. For those kayaking on fresh water, the simplest solution is to bring along your own purification unit. Bottle water filters are probably the easiest and most convenient way to enjoy safe water during your trip; you can simply fill them from the lake or river and squeeze or pump out clean water. Water filter bottles will generally filter about 100 gallons of water.

Water filter straws are another option and will allow you to simply sip right out of the body of water (or a cup if you prefer). These are very light in weight and small in size and will filter between 25 and 100 gallons depending on brand.

Those who are combining kayaking with camping will find that a portable/camping water filter such as a pump or gravity feed water filter will provide plenty of pure, safe water for all members of the party to drink.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Although cryptosporidium has probably been infesting the world for a considerable period of time, it has only really come to the attention of humans in the last few decades. A scientist isolated this protozoan from the intestines of a mouse in 1907, but the first verifiable human case didn’t appear until 1976.

This is actually quite a complex organism, and would probably be more interesting if it didn’t cause so many severe problems. Cryptosporidium has 6 forms, and it can reproduce both asexually and sexually. These protozoa can also switch from an active form to an oocyst (tough-shelled inactive phase), and travel from one host to another – most adult forms of intestinal parasites, such as giardia, will simply die if they leave the body, but not cryptosporidium. If the oocysts enter the water supply, those who drink that water have a chance of getting ill.

There have been outbreaks of cryptosporidium that have caused hundreds of thousands of people to become ill. Although water parks can spread this protozoan, municipal water supply systems that depend mainly on chlorine to disinfect the water are one of the largest sources of the infection – chlorine does not kill oocysts in concentrations that leave the water fit for human consumption.

Illness from Cryptosporidium

The tale of cryptosporidium probably begins with the oocysts being shed through feces and finding their way into the water system. Both animals and humans can be the source of oocysts, and agricultural runoff is as likely to be at fault as are substandard sewage pipes and septic tanks.

If you drink in some oocysts, they have their sights set on your small intestine, where they burrow into the intestinal wall. Watery diarrhea soon starts and will continue for up to a month, although most people only suffer through it for about 2 weeks. In addition to diarrhea, people can also experience cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Persistent diarrhea and vomiting can lead to dehydration which will need medical attention.

The greatest danger from cryptosporidium is to those who have weak immune systems – people with chronic medical conditions or those who have received an organ transplant are among these. Babies, young children, and the elderly are also at more risk than the general population.

Keeping Cryptosporidium Away from Your Home

Regardless of whether you have municipal water or your own well, it is a good idea to take steps to protect your family from cryptosporidium. The best way will be to use a good water filter religiously. A whole house filter is probably the ultimate way to exclude cryptosporidium (and most other pathogens). These filters often use a complex series of filtration steps to make sure that your drinking, cooking, and bathing water is absolutely safe. While they do represent a significant outlay initially, these systems pay for themselves again and again by keeping your family healthy.

by: Chris Tracey

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