Water filters; Luxury? Necessity? What would YOU do if this was your drinking water and you didn’t own a water filter?
Several top officials in Crystal City, TX, were recently arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.
The circumstances have left local residents with little recourse amid a sudden tap water crisis that saw their tap water turn black and smelly. “Not dark or murky water — black water,” Gawker reported. Schools Superintendent Imelda Allen took matters into her own hands. “She went ahead and did what she had to do: ordered hand sanitizer and bottled water for the district schools and trucked in huge five-gallon jugs to provide to cafeterias. No, she couldn’t get a water filter for everyone. her budget didn’t go that far. “I wasn’t going to wait for anyone to call me from City Hall,” Allen said “I know that leadership is not present at the time.” The spate of arrests was prompted by what is allegedly a deep level of corruption in the city. “All but one top official in [the] city of 7,500, about 130 miles southwest of San Antonio, is facing some kind of criminal charge. The mayor, mayor pro tempore, a council member and the city manager were arrested this month on sweeping bribery and conspiracy charges. And another member of the city council is in a federal detention center after he admitted to smuggling undocumented Mexican immigrants across the border,” the Post reported. “Mostly, [officials are] accused of taking bribes from a local gambling ringleader in exchange for allowing his illicit business to operate and snuffing out his competition. Then, the mayor was arrested again after allegedly scuffling with a local woman at a city council meeting,” Gawker reported. The city has since weighed in on its black tap water, which locals are comparing to crude oil. “The city said the problem occurred when the city’s elevated water tank was drained for the first time in decades and built-up sediment in the bottom of the tank got into the water,” CNN reported. Ian: So.. what do you think? What if this happened to you and you DIDN’T have a good water filter? Luxury or necessity?
Common contaminants found in our drinking water
Arsenic This toxic element is found naturally in soil and bedrock. Ingestion in high amounts can lead to serious health problems.
Chlorides Small amounts of salt are natural. Higher levels are unnatural and may indicate a faulty water softener, road salt, septic waste or fertilizer contamination.
Coliform Bacteria A natural part of the microbiology of soils, insects, and warm-blooded animals, coliform bacteria is the primary indicator for the presence of disease-causing organisms in water.
Fluoride Found naturally in water, but now artificially added. While low levels of fluoride are desirable, excessive amounts may stain teeth.
Hardness Interferes with cleaning tasks from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when dry. Hard water may leave film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, etc. Hair washed in hard water may feel sticky and look dull. These deposits also collect in household plumbing lines, water heaters and appliances, reducing their efficiency.
Hydrogen Sulfide A gas dissolved in water. It is easily detected by its rotten egg odor.
Iron Not considered hazardous to health, but when the level of iron exceeds 0.3 mg/l water may leave behind red, brown, or yellow stains on laundry, glassware, dishes and fixtures. The water may have a metallic taste and an offensive odor, or even restrict or clog piping and fixtures.
Lead Houses built before 1985 may contain lead pipes or lead-based solder. Lead can cause serious health problems in young children.
Manganese A metal found in rock, which does not occur naturally in its pure form. It is often accompanied by iron and hydrogen sulfide and causes black stains. Evidence of manganese staining is typically found in the dishwasher.
Nitrates Elevated levels can be an indication of farm chemical or lawn fertilizer contamination, or even septic saturation. Nitrates can pose a serious health risk to infants.
Sulfates High levels of sulfates can cause odors, leave spots, taste bitter and have a temporary laxative effect.
Ian: There are many, many more now in our water beyond this list. The US EPA tells us that there are 600 identified toxins for which they ahev insufficient data on danger levels. Then, of course, there are the toxins added by water supplies, including chlorine, chloramines and (see list) fluoride. Chlorine can combine with organics to create even more toxins.
We all know that soda packs lots of addictive sugar. Few of us know that soda has another ingredient that’s worth knowing about.
Some caramel-colored sodas could contain a potential carcinogen, suggests a new study from Johns Hopkins University.
Caramel color is a dark brown food additive. It helps give drinks such as cola their special hue. The one you think as ‘natural’ (ha ha!) It’s made by heating and caramelizing sugars. Sounds simple, right? The problem is this: some types of caramel color are made using chemicals such as ammonium hydroxide to push along the caramelization process. During the chemical reactions, something called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) can form.
Researchers tested 12 sodas purchased in California and New York for 4-MEI content. They found a wide range, from 9.5 micrograms per liter to up to 915 micrograms per liter. The sodas with the highest 4-MEI levels were Malta Goya and the New York samples of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Pepsi One. Researchers estimated that consumption of the studied drinks could contribute to anywhere from 78 to 5,011 extra cancer cases in the U.S. In some cases, drinks sold in California had lower levels of 4-MEI. California’s Proposition 65 law lists 4-MEI as a carcinogen and requires manufacturers to include a warning label on products with more than 29 micrograms of the chemical. It seems that the manufacturers used a different formula for products sold in California in order to comply with the state’s regulations, says study author Keeve Nachman, Ph.D., MHS. So is there good news? Both PepsiCo and Goya have released statements saying that they’ve reduced levels of 4-MEI in their products since these researchers took their samples. They say that all products now meet the California standards. Still, it’s possible that there’s no truly safe level of intake of 4-MEI, says Nachman. If you’re concerned about exposure to the potential carcinogen, it’s smart to read labels and choose products that don’t contain caramel color. Ideally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will step in and regulate this chemical. “What we think makes the most sense is for the FDA to set a tolerance level for the formation of 4-MEI for the caramel color that’s used in beverages,” says Nachman. Possible risks of caramel color don’t come with much benefit. “One other dimension to this whole thing is it’s not like the caramel color itself really serves an important function,” says Nachman. “Caramel color is just for changing the color of the beverage. It doesn’t play a role in flavor or preservation.”
My business Guru, Seth Godin, talked today about value of things. He used this example: ” A $400 bottle of water is too expensive to just about everyone, even to people with more than $500 in the bank. They have the cash, but they sure don’t want to spend it, not on something they think is worth less than it costs.” How very true. And how many ways do different people manage the mental work of purchase? As Seth points out, ‘worth’ to one person means something else entirely to another. If I said to you that you can buy 3ooo litres of purified alkaline hydrogen water, delivered home, you’d probably say no because you’d wonder where to put it, how to drink it and whether you dog might drown in it. The price might be important, and the actual value in the market for that amount of water in individual bottles is around $5000!But buying an UltraStream that uses your tap to convert the same amount of water into the elixer of alkaline hydrogen water, when a filter will produce over 3000 litres without wasting nary a drop at $199. How does the mind work out NOT to order one immediately?
Sherry Brescia sent me this excellent post about the best soda.
“I have a talent for hitting the grocery store at the precise moment when it’s mobbed, the lines are a mile long and there are cashiers in training. Recently as I waited in a L-O-N-G, slow line to pay for my groceries, I began doing one of my favorite things. Peeking in other people’s carts as they walked by. Most times when I do this, what I see isn’t pretty–there are a LOT of people out there whose 4 food groups are Kraft, Frito-Lay, Campbell’s and Kellogg’s. But recently my observations were especially disturbing… Because every single cart I looked in had soda in it. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
Some people are aware that plastic containers leach endocrine-disrupting compounds into food and water. Given that the term “endocrine-disrupting” is thrown around a lot, it’s important you understand what this means. Your endocrine system produces hormones that act as chemical messengers that govern certain processes in the body (such as sexual development in young people). An endocrine-disruptor is something that interferes with this process. Given that hormones work in microscopic doses, it doesn’t take much of a foreign compound to cause problems (this is why when health officials tell you that very little leaches out of plastic containers, they are demonstrating their fundamental ignorance of how hormones work). Endocrine disruptors are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and developmental disorders. This isn’t theory. This is known fact. Further, they can cause the feminization of males and the masculinization of females. You may have heard of BPA (Bisphenyl-A). Perhaps you’ve also heard about phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), plasticizers added to various products to keep them flexible. These are endocrine-disrupting compounds we’ve known about for some time. Now get ready for fumarates and maleates. Both of these classes of compounds are endocrine-disrupting. Maleates are chemicals that are structurally similar to phthalates, so it is no surprise they function similarly in the human body. The real bummer of all of this: these compounds (fumarates and maleates) do not appear to be regulated by any health agency; therefore, you are leaving your health in the hands of companies who do not have your best wishes in mind. I do not mean to sound like it is a big conspiracy theory, but plastics of all kinds that contact our food and water are not beneficial to our health. Companies hide behind statements designed to confuse the consumer, implying there isn’t enough information to demonstrate causality (when, in fact, there is). The incidence of cancer in the United States, by some estimates, now stands at 2 in 5. That means that 2 in 5 people will contract cancer in their lifetime (1 in 2 males, 1 in 3 females). The abundance of endocrine-disrupting compounds, combined with poor diets that cannot power a vital immune system, are a contributing factor (of many factors) to all of this. Focusing on the health of your endocrine system is one important way to assist with the prevention of cancer. One of the ways we accomplish this is to stop drinking any liquid out of a plastic container. Period. If it isn’t in glass or some other relatively inert material, don’t drink it. If you don’t like your tap water (and many people don’t, water which passes through a great distance of plastic tubing), then gather spring water in glass containers (such as large carboys). It may sound like a lot of work, but it contributes to a healthy endocrine system by keeping your body more free of harmful chemicals. Don’t be an uninformed consumer. You are too important to somebody on this planet to depart early due to a preventable health issue. Thank you, http://primaldocs.com/opinion/yet-more-harmful-compounds-found-in-bottled-water/