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Monday, March 31, 2014
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.
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
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:
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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