‘ERIN BROCKOVICH’ CARCINOGEN IN TAP WATER OF MORE THAN 200 MILLION AMERICANS

UPDATE: With the release of EWG’s Tap Water Database, we found an additional 32 million Americans who have been supplied water with chromium-6 contamination.

 

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Why There Is No Such Thing As ‘Safe’ Tap Water

Posted on: Monday, November 13th 2017 at 3:00 am

Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder

This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

Despite being at the top of the global food chain and industrial developmental ladder, the United States has a poor track record for delivering uncontaminated drinking water to the public. Even the nicest restaurants are guilty of serving you directly from the tap. It’s time to get real about the ‘tap water problem,’ one of the most significant vectors of toxicity of our age…

Water is life, as the saying goes. And it’s more than just a poetic phrase. Water is so intrinsically connected to life, if you counted all the molecules in the human body, 99% of them would be water!

On average, a human life can be sustained for up to three weeks without food, but a person won’t survive more than a few days without water. Under extreme conditions, an adult can lose around one liter of water per hour, all of which needs to be readily replaced to maintain a healthy fluid balance. So, what could be more important than consuming high quality, non-contaminated water?

In the United States, most of the water we utilize comes from our domestic water tap. We cook with it, we bathe in it; we use it on our yards, and in our pools. And we rarely, if ever, consider how clean or safe it is to do so. But when it comes to drinking water, quality is not something that can be sacrificed in exchange for plentiful supply.

One of the most profound technological developments in the modern era was the implementation of mass public sanitation infrastructures and the subsequent availability of water free from feces and other biological contaminants. Indeed, this, along with improved nutrition and refrigeration technologies, was what was behind the widespread reduction in epidemic outbreaks in ‘infectitious diseases’ in the mid-tweintieth century and not the introduction of mass vaccination campaigns which came afterwards.  Drinking unclean water can cause either acute or chronic effects, depending on the nature of the contaminant, and the concentration. Dysentery, a common water-borne bacterial infection, causes acute reactions such as intestinal inflammation, and severe diarrhea. A serious condition, dysentery causes rapid dehydration, and an infection which can be fatal, if left untreated. It is still a common third-world killer today. 

Yet, with the introduction of modern water sanitation technologies, another problem emerged: chronic, culminative poisoning to nonlethal doses of contaminants, such as most industrial chemicals. Fertilizer runoff, and other industrial pollutants, contaminate streams and rivers worldwide. 

The Illusion of Safety / Not MY Tap!

It’s easy to think that living in the United States gives us a free pass from such concerns. But recent headlines speak to a darker reality.

You’ve heard about the ongoing battle for clean water in Flint, Michigan. But unsafe tap water is not a localized phenomenon. A recently released report found that 62 million Americans are exposed to unsafe drinking water. And often, these flag-raising issues don’t trigger safety responses until people start getting sick.

Safeguarding the health of our bodies includes ensuring that the water we drink has been properly filtered, or comes from a known-clean source such as a spring or an uncontaminated well. Only trust bottled water that comes from a reputable company.

And don’t let being in a nice restaurant in a big city lull you into a sense of complacency. From New York City to Encinitas, Portland to Boulder, veritable meccas of food quality and health consciousness are serving unfiltered tap water. You don’t have to see it to believe it.

Lead and Fluoride: Lethal Offenders

Among the most common water contaminants, none are as dangerous to our health as lead and fluoride. Studies show even low-dose lead exposure can cause brain damage and developmental problems in young people. Lead leaches into water systems through old, corroded pipes like the ones found in many turn-of-the-century cities and towns. This problem will worsen in coming years, as 20th century infrastructure continues to decay, and increased testing efforts raise awareness.

Fluoride is one of the greatest cons ever perpetrated on the American public. While some areas of the country can have high-levels of naturally occurring fluoride, the type that is added to about 90% of municipal water supplies are the silicofluorides, fluorosilicic acid (FSA) and sodium fluosilicate (NaFSA), by-products of the aluminum industry.

Done under the assertion that it helps prevent dental caries in underserved populations, this claim has been widely debunked in recent years. Authors of A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride, concluded that “Available evidence suggests that fluoride has a potential to cause major adverse human health problems, while having only a modest dental caries prevention effect.” These studies show that dental remineralization occurs when small amounts of fluoride are topically applied to teeth, not when ingested.

Although the medical establishment works hard to hide the dangers of fluoride, science is beginning to sound the alarm. In 2014, fluoride was added to a growing list of developmental neurotoxins, and the evidence of a link between ingested fluoride and the development of cancer is deepening.

What are some of the lesser-known but still frighteningly common contaminants being found in our drinking water? We’ve compiled five of the top reasons to find an alternative to tap water. (And no, single-step carbon filters don’t fix the problem.)

1) Disinfectant By-products

Chemicals like chlorine, bromine, and iodine are in the class known as halogens (“salt-producing”), and are frequently used as industrial disinfectants. Water treatment facilities are dependent on them, especially chlorine, to kill harmful bacteria that is commonly present in public water systems.

Trihalomethanes, a class of chemicals that includes chloroform, are dangerous by-products of these treatment processes. Trihalomethanes have been linked to colon and rectal cancers, as well as birth defects, low birth weight and miscarriage.

Scientists suspect that trihalomethanes in drinking water may also be causing thousands of cases of bladder cancer every year. In a 2007 report, a startling 50% increase in bladder cancer risk was identified in a group of subjects who consumed water with trihalomethane concentrations higher than 21 parts per billion. The current EPA limit for total trihalomethanes in drinking water is 100 micrograms per liter, or 1 part per billion in water.

Shockingly, 600 disinfectant by-products that are known to cause harm to the human body have been identified in municipal tap water. Even more alarming is the fact that potentially harmful interactions between these chemicals are not reflected in any of the toxicology studies of individual chemicals.

While the water-treatment industry has sought alternatives to chlorination, initial efforts have not found safe alternatives. Until that time, treatment facilities will continue mixing these dangerous chemicals in the petri dish of our public water supply, until the cost to public health clearly outweighs the short-term benefits

2) Radionuclides

It’s hard to dispute that we live in an age of radioactive fallout. From the nuclear weapons tests of the last century, to the meltdowns at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, highly toxic, radioactive elements called radionuclides have found their way into the environment, and inevitably, into our food supply.

Our water is not immune from these contaminants. The disaster at Fukushima prompted the Japanese government to authorize the dumping of 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, the radioactive version of hydrogen, into the Pacific Ocean. This nuclear waste makes its way into the broader atmosphere via condensation of contaminated water, and eventually into groundwater supplies.

And it doesn’t take a meltdown to release this dangerous radiation into the environment. High levels of tritium have recently been found in the groundwater around the Miami, Florida nuclear complex at Turkey Point. Believed to be the result of seepage from underground cooling canals, these leaks are even more troubling due to their positioning between two national parks known for flourishing marine habitats, and their value to the public as recreation areas.

3) Pharmaceuticals

Scientists were alerted to something “fishy” going on in the Potomac River in the late 1990’s, when fish were found with both male and female sex organs. It was soon discovered that phytoestrogens in the water, likely from synthetic birth control pills, were affecting the hormones of these aquatic “canaries in the coal mine.”

This signaled a big wake-up call regarding the presence of pharmaceutical drugs in public water supplies.

Drugs are xenobiotics, treated by the body as foreign substances that must be eliminated. This means they don’t biodegrade well, and are often found persisting in the environment as pollutants. Not unlike pesticides, a wide range of pharmaceuticals can be found in minute but still significant quantities in environmental and municipal water samples, making second-hand pharmaceutical exposure a now-pervasive problem.

It is often argued that the concentrations of drugs showing up in municipal water supplies are so low as to render them insignificant. This is a dangerous brush-off, considering that most of these drugs are formulated to be effective at low doses. Furthermore, the long-term effects of these “accidental” exposures have never been tested, especially in combination with other chemicals.

While the EPA doesn’t want to “alarm the public”, a representative admits they “are concerned”, and have allocated funds to research this issue further.

4) Fluorosilicic Acid

Fluorosilicic acid is another dangerous waste product that has found its way into our drinking water. A by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry, fluorosilicic acid is heavily contaminated with toxins and heavy metals (including arsenic, lead and cadmium), as well as radioactive materials.

And it doesn’t get into our water supply merely by groundwater leaching; it’s actively used in water treatment as an alternative to sodium fluoride in the government’s dangerous fluoridation campaign.

Fluorosilicic acid has been shown to contain the carcinogens arsenic and lead, and its high salt content leaches lead from water pipes. Fluorosilicic acid is so dangerous, the website PolyProcessing.com explains the difficulties of ensuring safe, industrial containment: “FSA interacts negatively with metals to produce a flammable hydrogen gas, meaning a stainless steel chemical storage tank is not a viable option. It attacks glass, eats through concrete, and poses a serious storage concern.…”

Not a pharmaceutical grade substance, even the EPA admits that the use of fluorosilicic acid (in the form hydrofluorosilicic acid) constitutes a practice akin to turning the public water supply systems of the United States into “hazardous waste disposal for these products.’

In 2013, concerned researchers petitioned the EPA to mandate a switch from using these industrial chemical waste products to fluoridate drinking water, to pharmaceutical-grade fluoride. Despite an estimated 100-fold decrease in risk of cancers, the EPA rejected the switch as being “too costly.”

5) Chemical pesticides

Groundwater provides the drinking water for more than half of the U.S. population, and is the source for most springs and wells that supply many rural homes. Just like the run-off in the bottom of your potted plant, when our nation’s farms and fields get watered, all the fertilizers, herbicides, and other chemicals used to treat them pass right through the soil, eventually leaching into groundwater supplies.

Knowing which substances are passing into your glass can be helpful for both monitoring and advocating tighter controls on agricultural practices that contribute many of these chemicals to the nation’s water table. These are just a few of the offenders that you don’t want in your glass!

DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane)

You may have heard that DDT, the insecticide made famous for its near-decimation of our nation’s bald eagle population, was banned from use in the 1970’s. So how can it still be a problem?

Thanks to a chemical phenomenon known as biopersistence, this widely-used chemical is still posing a cancer risk to Americans.

Biopersistent chemicals are resistant to break-down through metabolic processes. Once inside the body, these chemicals accumulate, often in fat cells and adipose tissue, where they can wreak long-term havoc on hormones, and overall health.

Another factor in this ongoing contamination is the fact that DDT remains legal for use in many countries. DDT molecules can travel vast distances in the atmosphere, leaving toxic soil in their wake.

DDT is acknowledged to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as well as causing reproductive health issues and liver damage.

HCB (Hexachlorobenzene)

Originally used on cereal crops to prevent the growth of fungi, HCB is another dangerous chemical whose dark effects were brought to light in the 1970’s. Although use has been discontinued in the U.S., use worldwide has not been eliminated. HCB has been detected at measurable levels in air, water, soil, and food samples in the United States in recent years.

A by-product that is produced via numerous chemical processes, HCB ingestion is known to cause liver damage, neurological symptoms, and tainted breast milk. Large doses can be fatal.

To demonstrate HCB’s ability to biopersist, studies found that 30 years after acute exposure, breast milk of affected women still contained up to 150 times the allowable limit for consumption.

Dacthal® (DCPA, dimethyl tetrachloro terephthalate)

Dacthal is a popular herbicide used to control grasses and weeds. Unlike HBA and DDT, Dacthal is still legal for use in the United States, despite its growing fame as a dangerous ground water contaminant.

Dacthal first hit the radar as a chemical troublemaker around 1999, when the EPA launched large-scale monitoring of public water systems. Dacthal degradates were found in concentrations as high as 15% in several states, primarily where agriculture was prominent.

Dacthal bio-persists in adipose (fatty) tissue, and was found in animal studies to negatively impact multiple regions of the body, including liver, kidney, thyroid, and lungs.

A comprehensive groundwater study conducted by the Michigan Department of Community Health to gather toxicological data, determined that the herbicide Dacthal and its metabolites constituted a public health hazard.

For more information on tap water research, consult GreenMedInfo’s Tap Water Research database.

The Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water database allows you to search by state for relevant information about the safety of tap water in your area.

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Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

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Conventional wisdom dictates that people should consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily for good health, which makes sense in light of the fact that the human body is made up of about 75 percent water. But the importance of adequate water intake extends far beyond just avoiding dehydration as clean water may be perhaps the most important “nutrient”for effective detoxification and cancer prevention.

From the perspective of healthy digestion, water is critical to keep things moving. It pushes food along through the intestinal tract while helping to keep the gut lubricated and flexible. Water also helps flush toxins from the digestive tract, preventing their buildup and any resultant disease, most notably cancer of the colon.

Water also provides nourishment for the body’s cellular system, serving as a primary foundational component of the very structure of cells. Everything from body temperature to nutrient synthesis to toxin elimination to joint maintenance is regulated by cells, which absolutely must have optimal water intake in order to perform such duties in the interest of life.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), water creates saliva used for digestion, maintains proper membrane moisture levels, promotes the growth, survival, and reproduction of cells; flushes waste (mainly in the form of urine), and lubricates joints. It also aids in the manufacture of hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain, controls body temperature through sweating and respiration, protects the structural integrity of the brain and spinal cord, converts and breaks down food for nutrition, and delivers oxygen throughout the body.

Water and Cancer Prevention

Water also helps protect the vital organs, specifically bladder, colon, and breast tissue, against cancer. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals that water intake is inversely related to each of these types of cancer; meaning the more water a person drinks, the less likely he or she is to develop these potentially fatal conditions.

Water-Cancer-Prevention

Israeli researchers evaluated a series of studies looking at fluid intake in relation to cancer and discovered that maintaining optimal hydration is essential for thwarting this increasingly common disease. One study identified a statistically significant correlation between high fluid intake and decreased risk of bladder cancer among nearly 50,000 participants.

“When fluid intake was modeled as a continuous variable, the risk of bladder cancer decreased by 7% for every increment of 240 mL in daily fluid intake,” the study review explains. “Study participants in the highest quintile of fluid intake had a 49% lower incidence of bladder cancer than those in the lowest quintile.”

Corresponding research identified elevated fluid intake as a detractor in the risk of adenocarcinoma of the colon in middle-aged men and women. Participants who drank at least five glasses of water daily were found to have a significantly reduced risk of colon cancer compared to those who drank two glasses of water or less daily.

“This suggests that increased water intake may have an important role in reducing colon cancer risk by decreasing bowel transit time, reducing the mucosal contact with carcinogens, and decreasing the concentration of carcinogens,” reports the Journal of Clinical Oncology paper.

Most people don’t realize that a deficiency in this key “nutrient” can cause so many ailments, including cancer.  Are you drinking enough water, and doing so every day? Share this with friends to make sure they do!

Lead-Contaminated Water Becoming Increasingly Prevalent

May 04, 2016 | 91,962 views
 

By Dr. Mercola

In April 2014, the state of Michigan took over management of the city of Flint, and as a cost-saving measure decided to switch the city’s water from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to water from the notoriously polluted Flint River.

What followed was a human rights travesty. People started suffering health problems, including rashes, hair loss and vision problems, yet state managers insisted the water was safe. This stance was maintained even in the face of third-party independent water testing.

In August 2015, Virginia Tech scientists led by Marc Edwards, Ph.D. discovered Flint’s tap water was contaminated with, in some cases, astronomically high levels of lead.

They also found a number of other toxins, including high levels of trihalomethanes — carcinogenic byproducts from water treatment — and dangerous bacteria such as E.coli and Legionella, the latter of which is suspected of causing an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. As noted by The New Yorker:

“Incompetence, bureaucratic buck-passing, and environmental racism — Flint is majority African-American — and a catastrophic departure from democratic accountability in the one-eyed pursuit of reducing public budgets are the unsubtle culprits in this still-unfolding saga of mass poisoning.

These are all common-enough themes in an era of tottering infrastructure, vanished manufacturing, and gutted public-safety regulation.”

United States Has Long Been Lax on Lead

Lead is a well-recognized neurotoxin. Even the Romans in the second century B.C. understood its dangers. European countries began banning the use of lead in consumer goods in the early 1900s, yet the United States still to this day doesn’t take as firm a stance against it as we should.

In fact, as noted by The New Yorker, while the League of Nations banned lead-based paint in 1922, the U.S. allowed its use for decades thereafter. Lead-based paint wasn’t banned in the U.S. until 1978.

Even more egregious, the U.S. actually introduced leaded gasoline in 1923, and the ramifications of this greed-riddled move have had near-unfathomable repercussions for the global community.

The auto and chemical industries used the same techniques back then as they do now; promoting, defending, manipulating government officials, and molding public opinion in order to profit from a toxic product, all while knowing exactly the kind of harm it causes.

Non-toxic alternatives were readily available, but using lead allowed the oil industry to rake in higher profits. Human health was also traded for dollars in Flint. At most, the measure could save the city $5 million. But what was the ultimate cost to human health?

Estimates suggest anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000 children in Flint may have been poisoned by lead, and the effects may reverberate throughout the rest of their lives.

Flint Was Not the First Lead Scandal

Flint is by no means an isolated incident. As noted in the featured article, Edwards also blew the whistle on lead-contaminated water in Washington, D.C. back in 2003.

As in Flint, some of the lead levels in the water were high enough to be classified as hazardous waste, and as many as 42,000 children under the age of 2 may have been poisoned by lead-contaminated water in Washington DC between 2000 and 2004.

As in Flint, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was well aware of the contamination but kept it quiet. A water-quality manager who reported the problem to the agency was fired, and when Edwards began to bring the issue to the public’s attention, the EPA ended his contract with the agency.

Health Agencies Have Betrayed Public Trust

The Washington D.C. and Flint poisoning events reveal a baffling modus operandi of public health agencies. Instead of taking swift action to protect public health against the threat of lead poisoning, the problem is swept under the rug.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was also in on the charade, producing a 2004 report that concluded the water-lead levels in Washington D.C. were of no major concern. This paper was subsequently used by cities across the U.S. to cut back on costly lead-abatement programs.

According to Edwards, what these agencies did in Washington D.C. was “the most fundamental betrayal of public trust” he’d ever seen, adding that “in general, academic research and scientists in this country are no longer deserving of the public trust.”

Michigan Officials Now Being Criminally Charged Over Flint Water Crisis

While lack of accountability has and continues to be part of the problem, Flint residents may end up getting some measure of justice as three Michigan state and local officials are now facing criminal charges.

According to the state Attorney General, that’s just the beginning. More charges may be brought as the investigation continues.

On April 20, charges were brought against Michael Glasgow, a Flint employee, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) employees Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby. Glasgow faces up to five years in prison plus $6,000 in fines for evidence tampering and willful neglect of duty.

Busch and Prysby are both charged with six counts of criminal activity, including misconduct in office, tampering with evidence, conspiracy, and violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. If found guilty, they each face a prison sentence of up to 20 years, plus as much as $45,000 in fines.

For everyone who is sick and tired of government corruption and wrongdoing, this is a ray of hope for change, as the threat of personal accountability and jail time may be the only deterrent strong enough to get officials to think twice about their actions.

On the downside, the two state employees will receive state paid legal defense, which means the tax payers will be footing the bill. In related news, a judge recently also dismissed a class-action lawsuit by the residents of Flint.

Lead Contamination Is Far More Widespread Than Most Realize

Today, lead contamination may be far more widespread than previously realized, as municipalities have dragged their feet when it comes to replacing old water pipes. Many are simply unaware there’s a problem with their water.

For instance, while nearly 5 percent of children in Flint tested positive for elevated lead levels, 8.5 percent of children in Pennsylvania have elevated lead levels, as do 6.7 percent in parts of New York State, and 20 percent in Detroit. In the U.S. as a whole, more than half a million children between the ages of 1 and 5 suffer from lead poisoning.

Many parents have been shocked to find out their children’s school serves up lead. According to a recent investigation, at least 350 schools and day care centers across the U.S. test above the EPA’s “action level” for lead content in water.

One Maine elementary school tested 41 times above the action level, and a bathroom sink in Caroline Elementary School had a lead level of 5,000 ppb — the cutoff level at which the EPA considers it “toxic waste.” In Baltimore, schools have relied on bottled water for years due to elevated lead levels in the tap water.

What’s worse, lead is but one environmental toxin implicated in poisoning children and adults alike. As Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., an environmental health specialist at the University of California at San Francisco, told The New York Times, “Lead poisoning is just ‘the tip of the iceberg.’”

Chemical runoff from agriculture, industrial discharges, firefighting foam, mercury discharges from dental offices, water fluoridation, fracking operations, and toxic waste from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) also contribute to the water contamination problem.

Old pipes can be replaced, thereby addressing lead contamination, but in order to address all of these other contaminants, more drastic changes are required. Preventing the chemicals from ever entering the water system is the only way to adequately address them, and that would require significant changes to entire industries.

Is Your Water Contaminated With Lead?

If there’s a silver lining to the Flint debacle, it’s that it has brought widespread attention to the issue of lead contamination across the country. Considering the faltering infrastructure, hundreds of U.S. cities with aging water lines are suspected of having an unacknowledged lead problem. John Oliver recently dedicated an entire episode to the lead issue in Flint and elsewhere, noting that a recent investigation found excessive lead levels in nearly 2,000 water systems across all 50 states.

Moreover there are more than 7.3 million lead service lines across the country — any of which may be leaching lead into the drinking water. In addition to that, an estimated 24 million American homes still have lead-based paint on the walls. The cost to remediate all these buildings is high — $16.6 billion dollars a year for 10 years. Lead abatement programs receive a mere fraction of that.

Last year, only 110 million was allocated to lead removal. However, while the expense may seem astronomical, research suggests that each dollar spent on lead paint abatement could result in anywhere from $17 to $221 in societal benefits such as lowered medical bills and reduced crime, which would make it money well spent over the long haul.

How to Avoid Lead Poisoning

The issue of lead in your home and water may be most pressing if you have young children, but adults can certainly be adversely affected as well since elevated lead is associated with neurological dysfunction. So what can you do to protect your family against lead exposure? Harvard Medical School offers the following suggestions:

  • Was your home built before 1978? If so, get it inspected to determine whether it has any lead paint.
  • Lead paint removal should be done by a certified professional to ensure safety. The dust is highly toxic. For more information on this, see the EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Activities Professionals page.
  • Get your water tested for lead.
  • Be mindful of the fact that certain household objects may also contain lead. For information about lead-containing products and recalls, see the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s website.
  • Get your child tested for lead. Ideally, all children should be tested at ages 1 and 2, and again at ages 3 and 4 if you live in an older home. It’s also recommended to test your child’s levels whenever there’s concern about exposure. A level of 5 or higher is considered dangerous.

Water Filtration Is No Longer a Luxury

Even if you don’t have a problem with lead in your water, I strongly recommend filtering your tap water since most water sources are so severely polluted. In general, most water supplies contain a number of potentially hazardous contaminants, from fluoride, to drugs and disinfection byproducts (DBPs), just to name a few.

Moreover, while there are legal limits on many of the contaminants permitted in municipal water supplies, more than half of the 300+ chemicals detected in U.S. drinking water are not regulated at all. Some of the legal limits may also be too lenient for safety.

If you have well water, it would be prudent to have your water tested not only for lead but also arsenic and other contaminants. If you have public water, you can get local drinking water quality reports from the EPA. You can also check out the Environmental Working Group’s drinking water quality database, which covers 48,000 communities in the U.S.

Among the top rated water utilities are in Arlington, Texas, Providence, Rhode Island, and Forth Worth, Texas. At the bottom of the list are Pensacola, Florida, Riverside, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unless you can verify the purity of your water, I strongly recommend using a high quality water filtration system. To be certain you’re getting the purest water you can, filter the water both at the point of entry and at the point of use. This means filtering all the water that comes into the house, and then filtering again at the kitchen sink and shower.

One of the best I’ve found so far is the Pure & Clear Whole House Water Filtration System, which uses a three-stage filtration process — a micron sediment pre-filter, a KDF water filter, and a high-grade carbon water filter — to filter out chlorine, DBPs, and other contaminants. Here’s a picture of what the setup looks like.

Water Filter System

Undeniable evidence from numerous studies proves that fluoride causes cancer

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/053953_fluoride_cancer_water_safety.html#ixzz48Ckp2DDa

(NaturalNews) The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently released a document calledEvidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts that highlights the many health hazards caused by the consumption of fluoride. And the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) recently submitted a compilation of its own to OEHHA, which is soon to make a final decision concerning fluoride’s toxicity, providing additional evidence that fluoride causes cancer.

FAN has been working for many years to raise awareness about the toxicity of fluoride, with the eventual goal of getting it removed from public water supplies. And its most recent efforts involving OEHHA could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, so to speak, as it has the potential to unleash the truth about fluoride on a massive scale, and spark a revolt against its use.

According to a recent FAN press release, OEHHA’s report was birthed out of an inquiry into the science of fluoride’s toxicity. It is also a prelude to the group’s scientific advisory board Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) meeting to be held on October 12 – 13, 2011, which will make a decision on the status of fluoride as a carcinogen.

The OEHHA report already states that “multiple lines of evidence (show) that fluoride is incorporated into bones where it can stimulate cell division of osteoblasts [bone-forming cells],” an admission that already recognizes fluoride as a cause of bone cancer. The report goes on to state that fluoride induces “genetic changes other cellular changes leading to malignant transformation, and cellular immune response thereby increasing the risk of development of osteosarcomas.”

To add to this, FAN presented OEHHA with additional studies from the National Research Council (NRC), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and several esteemed universities that all illustrate a link between fluoride consumption and various cancers, including liver and oral cancers, and thyroid follicular cell tumors.

With this mountain of evidence, the only logical conclusion OEHHA can come to in October is that fluoride is a toxic poison — and just like lead and other known toxic chemicals already are in California, worthy of being publicly identified as dangerous.

“While we understand that there will be tremendous pressure put on the CIC and OEHHA by the proponents of fluoride and fluoridation, we ask that the Committee continue to rely on its high level of scientific knowledge and integrity when deliberating and reaching a final conclusion on the carcinogenicity status of fluoride and its salts,” wrote FAN as part of its official submission.

To read the entire FAN press release, which contains further details about the cancer studies included, visit:
http://www.prnewswire.com

How Fluoride in Water Actually Destroys Teeth & Bones (video)

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Fluoride toxicity causes the bones to dissolve. It actually causes the teeth to dissolve, believe it or not.

Ty Bollinger: But isn’t fluoride supposed to be good for our teeth?

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: That’s what they tell us. I don’t believe them, but that’s what they tell us. If you get enough fluoride into your teeth, your teeth will rot and fall out.

Ty Bollinger: Wow.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: That’s one of the toxic reactions to fluoride. That’s one of the signs of fluoride toxicity actually.

Ty Bollinger: Okay.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Is rotten teeth.

Ty Bollinger: Your teeth fall out.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Right. Does the same thing with your bones. It rots your bones. It causes the bones to become soft and brittle.

Ty Bollinger: Is that why—I read a study within the last couple of years that fluoride has been linked to osteosarcoma. That’s why?

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Yes, yes, absolutely.

Ty Bollinger: Bone cancer.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Absolutely, bone cancer. It weakens the bone. You know it weakens the teeth, weakens the jaw, weakens the bones. You know long bones, femurs… look at all the hip replacements that have to happen. We have weakened bones and they become harder and less flexible as we get older. They shouldn’t get more brittle.

If we have a decent diet, we’re getting plenty of minerals and we mineralize our bones, they should become stiffer, not more brittle.

Ty Bollinger: But almost inevitably in most elderly they’re brittle. I remember my grandma before she died. I think she broke her hip.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Couldn’t even give her a hug?

Ty Bollinger: She broke her hip one time just walking.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Sure. Absolutely.

Ty Bollinger: Yeah.

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Terribly brittle bones. We’ve been fluorinated in the United States for about 70 years, heavily fluorinated. And osteoporosis is rampant. It’s rampant in men, elderly men. Testosterone, which is our “boy hormone” should keep our bones strong. And despite that, the fluoride’s still eating away at our bones.

Ty Bollinger: So you think that’s one of the major problems with the osteoporosis?

Dr. Daniel Nuzum: I think so. Absolutely.

Ty Bollinger: The fluoride, okay.

CellFood Inventor Dr. Everett Storey

In 1946, Everett Storey – a man called ‘a genius’ by Albert Einstein – was engaged in an exhaustive process of exploring the fundamental laws of matter. Storey was a physical chemist, microbiologist, publisher, and author. Storey was an expert in “Heavy Water” and in the uses of Deuterium, the non-radioactive isotope of Hydrogen. He worked on the American top-secret “Manhattan Project” and developed the triggering mechanism enabling the Hydrogen Bomb to exist. A Humanitarian and lover of life, Everett Storey vowed after the war to never again have anything to do with destruction of any kind. He made it a Statement of Policy of his laboratories. “There are to many human needs to be filled for us to waste our time and energies on negative pursuits”. After the war, Storey and his colleagues discovered a more personal crisis: they were dying of radiation poisoning, a result of their exposure while witnessing bomb tests. It was then that Storey developed the conceptual blueprint for Cellfood. He theorized that the very same water-splitting technology could be used to heal a human life. By utilizing hydrogen’s deuterium isotope, and a blend of the required trace minerals, enzymes and amino acids, he would create a solution— an ‘electromagnetic equation’— that could release vital oxygen and hydrogen into his bloodstream, remove toxic radiation, nourish and rebuild his systems, and return him to health. From this, he created CELLFOOD® (Deuterium Sulfate), a product he claimed was the key to any disease treatment in the world.Saved by his very own invention, Storey lived a long, healthful and productive life. And while Storey has been credited with many discoveries, his favorite achievement was designing a substance to heal the body and restore the environment; CELLFOOD®. Everett L. Storey’s formula has the unique ability to dissociate the water molecule into nascent Hydrogen and nascent Oxygen. This splitting of the water molecule results in the release of nascent Hydrogen and Oxygen gases simultaneously in a chain reaction that only involves about one five-hundred thousandth of the available moisture in the body at one time. This results in an additional source of Oxygen. Genius.In 1985, the United States Congress passed the DEUTERIUM FREEDOM ACT OF 1985, in which Storey was recognized for his amazing work and the development of CELLFOOD®. In 1995, CELLFOOD® was classified as a nutritional supplement and not as a drug or patented medicine.