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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Although some homes in the suburbs have private wells, most wells of this nature occur in rural areas where there is no municipal water available. Unlike water provided by a town or city, the homeowner is completely responsible for the condition of the well water. Even if your drinking water seems to be clean and safe to drink, it’s important to get it tested regularly to make sure that it isn’t contaminated in some way.

Problems with Well Water

Many rural areas have been used for animal husbandry and an accumulation of animal waste products can infiltrate into the water supply. Even if animals have not been present on the property for a number of years, it’s still possible that the ground water could be contaminated.

However, animal waste is not the only problem that could involve the integrity of a rural well; many agricultural concerns used pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and herbicides. Not only would these substances be sprayed on the area, but inadequate storage could also have caused these chemicals to leak into the ground water, and the well.

Older wells are often equipped with motors that sit on top of the well casing to drive the pump. It has been found that these motors can leach carcinogens directly into the water.

Where your well is situated also will have a bearing on the possibility of contamination – wells should be at least 75 feet away from septic systems. They should also be ‘uphill’ from these systems to prevent sewage from leaking into the well during rainstorms.

Getting Your Well Water Tested

When you have decided to get your well water tested, be sure to submit your water sample to a state and EPA approved testing laboratory. Testing is recommended every spring, and if there has been any disturbance of the well site, such as flooding or work on the system itself. A state health agency can give you a list of qualified labs to conduct the testing of the follow potential problems:


  • Coliform bacteria
  • Dissolved solids
  • Nitrates
  • VOCs 
  • Heavy metals


Depending upon how many tests are conducted, you can expect to pay anywhere from a low of about $30 all the way up to $400, and testing will take approximately 2 weeks.

Results

Hopefully, your well water will come through testing with flying colors, and you can relax for another year. However, should your water be contaminated in any way, there are several approaches that you can take:


  • Bottled water can be used for drinking and brushing the teeth – a costly approach.
  • Water filters can be installed that will provide you with safe water. In order to prevent contamination by chemicals, many people opt to install a whole house water filter system. 


Although quality water filters of any kind are expensive, they will prove to be much more economical in the long run than bottled water.



by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Of paramount importance to humans, and every other living creature, is the perpetuation of the species. Some species simply lay eggs and very primitive ones will divide to make a new member, but most mammals develop the young inside the mother’s body for maximum protection and development. The more complex the creature, the longer will be the gestation, and generally the more ‘complete’ the infant will be. Human beings, for instance, have a gestation of 9 months, but the infant produced is actually completely helpless, unlike a baby cow or elephant. The reason for this is that the lion’s share of development has gone into producing our very complex brain.

When a woman is pregnant, she must take care to eat and drink only the healthiest foods to help assure that her child will be born strong and healthy. Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages, even in very limited amounts, are now frowned upon as they can cause a number of problems with fetal development, both big and small.

Probably, however, few women think that the water that they are using out of their tap could be doing every bit as much harm as alcohol or even street drugs. Few of us question the quality of our drinking and bathing water, but there are a number of dangers to the developing baby in nearly every water supply system.

Hidden Dangers in the Water

While drinking water may taste fine (except perhaps for the taste and smell of chlorine), there can be other contaminants in it that could affect the healthy development of the baby:


  • Heavy metals, such as lead could be found in the water. Lead and mercury can affect the development of the brain and nervous system, as well as other organs.
  • Chlorine breaks down into chloroform and chloramine (disinfection byproducts, or DBPs) fairly quickly and these can not only cause problems with the growth of the fetus, and later development of cancers. DBPs can also cause low birth weight, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
  • Fluoride can also cause developmental problems for the fetus, including affecting the proper growth of the brain, neurological system and organs such as the liver and kidneys. 
  • Runoff from agricultural areas can result in pesticides entering the water supply. These toxins are associated with leukemia and cleft palate. Pesticides can also cause miscarriage.
  • Nitrogen based fertilizers are also a serious problem for pregnant women and their unborn child. Nitrates impair the ability of the blood to transport oxygen, and will cause the ‘blue baby’ syndrome. 


Water can be tested to find out what contaminants and pollutants are in your household water supply, but results will probably only confirm what you have suspected – your water supply is not safe.

Purify Your Home’s Water

The worries of expectant parents as concerns the quality and safety of their water can easily be laid aside by the use of filtering and purification equipment. Installation of water filters that will remove harmful elements from the water can be as simple as installing a faucet water filter or as complex as having a whole house water filter system installed. A whole house system will assure that every drop of water that is used in the home is completely safe.

Pregnant women should also be aware that the greatest danger from chlorine does not come from the water they drink, but from showering and bathing. Chloroform and chlorine gas are released during these activities and enter the body readily through the lungs. Chlorine can also be absorbed through the skin, and regardless of the form in which it enters the body, chlorine has no problem passing through the placenta to the fetus.

Shower water filters are very good at removing chlorine from the water, and bath water filters can either fit over the tub faucet or consist of a construct that is passed through the water to remove chlorine.



by: Chris Tracey

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Fluoride has troubled people since it was first introduced into the water systems of America decades ago. The rationale for fluoridating water was to help prevent the development of dental caries in children. This assumption was based on findings from an early observation of people drinking water that was naturally full of fluoride – it was noted that these people had discolored and stained teeth, but few cavities.

Be this as it may, it should be noted that fluoridation was promoted by an adjunct of the fertilizer industry, which had been troubled by lawsuits from fluoride-laden factory fumes poisoning crops and crippling cattle. The efforts of the phosphate fertilizer industry led to about 3/4 of the US water supply being treated with this toxin; in effect, mass medication, whether anyone wanted it or not.

Dangerous to Children

Fluoride causes a number of potentially serious health problems, some acute, and some chronic. These will show up more quickly in children and will include:


  • Dental fluorosis involving not only discolored teeth, but teeth that have been eaten away by fluoride.
  • Weakening of the bones, perhaps leading to osteoporosis in later years, particularly in women.
  • Increasing the amount of lead absorbed into the child’s body from the drinking water. It seems that the acidic fluoride will leach lead out of old lead piping or out of solder used with newer copper or brass pipes.
  • Children who are diabetic may find that fluoride will skew their blood sugar levels and produce a more severe form of the disease.
  • Fluoride can also interfere with the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that ‘run’ the body. Generally, damage to the thyroid gland from fluoride causes hypothyroidism, where enough hormone for proper metabolism is not produced.


A Solution

For those who are worried about exposure of their children to fluoridation, the Aquacera Twin Countertop Fluoride Plus Water Filter System is the answer. Easy to install on your existing tap, you will find that this filter will remove around 90% of fluoride from the water – if you want to protect your children’s teeth with fluoride, have your dentist apply it topically at the office.

In addition to removing fluoride, the Aquacera Twin Countertop also provides safer, and better tasting, drinking and cooking water by filtering out heavy metals, chlorine, bacteria, cysts, sediment, and even arsenic. In order to get as much mileage out of the filter elements as possible, a diverter switch will allow you to choose between water that has gone through the filter and ordinary tap water. The latter can still be used for washing dishes or other cleanup chores. The filter elements have a capacity of 1500 to 800 gallons (or about 1 year of use) before they must be replaced.



by: Chris Tracey

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
This article is not about the not only questionable, but often dangerous, water found in Third World countries, it’s about the water that is available throughout most of the United States. We have a good record of preventing many diseases that would otherwise be present in drinking water by using chlorination to kill bacteria and viruses. And, as well as this has worked at preventing some very serious illnesses, chlorination also carries a health burden of its own. In dense of chlorine, it is the only disinfectant, at this point, that is capable of lasting from the water plant to the tap – there are other disinfectants, but they are not durable and will allow pathogens present in the pipes to re-contaminate the water.

In addition to chlorination, the addition of fluoride to the water systems serving approximately 75% of Americans is also adding to this problem. Many of the health problems posed by chlorine and fluoride will not make themselves known for years, but a growing body of evidence is demonstrating that while curbing infectious disease, our water supply is also causing many other problems.

Why Chlorine Is Harmful

Chlorine will have an impact on the health of growing children not only from water they drink, but also the water they bathe in. Because of the child’s small size, the energy required for growth, and the high activity level of children more water will be consumed, proportionately, by children than by adults.

Some of chlorine’s effects on children can be made apparent quickly, such as asthma and skin rashes. Part of the problem arises because as soon as chlorine in water comes into contact with anything organic, such as bacteria or your child’s skin, it trans forms into what are called THMs, or trihalomethanes, one of which is chloroform. Chloramine is also a byproduct of this break down. Later term effects of exposure to chlorinated water can include:


  • Cardiovascular disease including heart attack, high blood pressure, and strokes.
  • Cancers of the bladder, kidney, and rectum.
  • Irritation of the bronchial tubes and lungs.
  • Compromise of the immune system.


The Problem with Fluoride

Fluoride has been put into drinking water for decades to ostensibly prevent the development of dental cavities. Great idea, except that not only does it not work, but fluoride is also a serious poison that can do great harm to children. Fluoride is the residue of manufacturing fertilizer and is so toxic that no one knew what the heck to do with it. Then, someone got the bright idea that putting it into drinking water systems could kill two birds with one stone – it would get rid of the stuff and it would make a tidy profit for the manufacturer.

The most innocent negative effect of fluoride is fluorosis, which is the discoloration or sometimes destruction of the teeth by the fluoride in the water. However, fluoride provides a number of other side effects that are not so benign:


  • As fluoride interferes with neurological development, it has been found to lower IQs by up to 10 points.
  • Fluoride can cause deterioration of the bones.
  • When coupled with a lack of iodine in the diet, fluoride can contribute to mental retardation.
  • It is now thought that fluoride can contribute to the development of cancer.


Taking the Matter into Your Own Hands

Although Europe has basically suspended the addition of fluoride to drinking water with no rise in dental caries, it’s obvious that there’s no need to fear that you will be dragging your children to the dentist for fillings. And the reason why chlorine will continue to be used is unanswerable at this point.

Because of the vested corporate interests, it’s unlikely that fluoride will be removed from water any time soon. However, you can take steps to limit the exposure of fluoride to your children as much as possible.


  • Whole house filters, while very expensive, will remove all chlorine and fluoride as well as any breakdown chemicals that occur. All the household water, including bath and shower water, as well as drinking, will be pure and safe.
  • Smaller purification units are also available and can be attached right to the tap.
  • Make sure that you use a shower filter as this is probably the way most chlorine enters the body – as a vapor.




by: Chris Tracey

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