Insecticide in Midwest Rivers and Anywhere that Crop Farming is Present

One issue with pesticide use on farms is that these chemicals can end up in water that is the drinking water supply for people downstream.

Here’s an excerpt from an article on two recent studies about the impact of pesticides on natural systems (meaning rivers, insects, birds, etc):

‘Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey tracked the toxins called neonicotinoids in six states and nine Midwestern rivers, including the portion of the Mississippi that drains southern Minnesota, and found that they were universally present throughout the growing season in every watershed tested. Continue reading

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Is there BPA or pthalate in your plastic water bottle or food container?

An interesting new study on leaching of BPA or Pthalate from plastic bottles and containers.

Leaching of phthalates is often associated with heat, like water bottles sitting in the sun in
front of the grocery store on the 4th of July weekend. You buy a case of water and end up with endocrine disruptors messing with your sexuality. Not what you had in mind…

This study looked at leaching both before and after exposure to UV rays. It shows that some containers leach without such exposure and others do not. A new paper in the journal Environmental Health
identifies specific plastic products—including AVENT baby bottles, CamelBak sippy cups, and Lock & Lock food storage containers—that leach estrogen-mimicking chemicals. Continue reading

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Is It Important To Remove Arsenic from Shower Water?

The following information is provided by one of my customers to help others who are dealing with arsenic poisoning. What I had asked Ed to do was to test his level of arsenic both before and after installing a kitchen reverse osmosis system. The point of this exercise is to determine whether it is necessary to remove arsenic from the whole house, thus eliminating exposure in the shower. Or…is eliminating arsenic from drinking water sufficient to allow the body to detoxify and eliminate arsenic. This is important to know so that you can regain your health and eliminate the accumulated arsenic from your body. The following are Ed’s exact comments:

1. Ed Kingham, lived in Carson City, NV since 1995, currently 62 years old. Excellent health, but noticing decline in physical endurance and mental acuity, and accelerating hair loss. Switched from RO water treatment to Nikken PiMag .5 micron filter in 2003. Continue reading

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Toxins in Drinking Water Increase in Spring and Summer

This is national drinking water week and I wanted to share this note of awareness with you.

As summer approaches the toxin levels in your water will increase. Chlorine and chloramine levels
are increased by cities to stem the growth of bacteria due to warm weather. As a result there
will be an increase in the carcinogenic byproducts of chlorination, among them the trihalomethanes
and haloactic acids.

As farmers take to the fields the levels of pesticides will increase and also nitrates. The latter
are a serious problem in agricultural communities. While USEPA allows up to 10 parts per million (ppm)
I am hesitant to drink water containing 3 ppm. Recent studies have shown serious problems at 5 ppm.
Also please note that it is never advisable to boil water containing nitrates. Boiling concentrates
the water and the level of nitrates will increase.

If you’ve not already done so I invite you to find and read your local water quality report to look
at the contaminants in your water. Different contaminants are resolved by different treatment methods.
You can often find the report by googling ‘your city, state’ water quality report.

And for any men reading this or for women to point out to their man, see the post below about pesticides
affecting male hormones…who wants that?

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Pesticides Affect Male Sexuality

The cottonwood and willow trees are budding here in southern Utah and for some reason that got me to thinking about the fact that soon farmers will be in their fields. Once they apply pesticides exposures will increase dramatically in both drinking and shower water.

In previous posts I’ve written about the links between pesticides and blood cancer and breast cancer but I wanted to point out to the men in the household that a number of pesticides have also been linked to male sexual function.

“It is telling us that the pesticides most prevalent in the human population have effects on the androgen receptor,” said Zoeller, who directs the university’s Laboratory of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Endocrinology.

“Considering all the evidence that human male reproduction is exhibiting troubling secular trends (sperm count and quality, hypospadias, cryptorchidism, testis cancer), this is highly troubling,” he said.

You can read the study here:

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/pesticides-block-male-hormones

Here is a another brief excerpt:

‘The researchers noted “a clear disparity” between today’s most widely used pesticides and the current knowledge of their risks, “with the majority of the published literature focused on pesticides that are no longer registered for use in developed countries.”

Of the tested compounds, the most potent in terms of blocking androgens was the insecticide fenitrothion, an organophosphate insecticide used on orchard fruits, grains, rice, vegetables and other crops.’

Personally I eat organic foods whenever possible and I always drink appropriately filtered water. You can learn more about my approach to water purification on my website.

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The Worst Drinking Water in America

Here’s an article in Daily Finance that identifies cities in the U.S. with the worst drinking water,
as rated by 24/7 Wall Street using data collected by the Environmental Working Group.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/01/31/ten-american-cities-with-worst-drinking-water/

There were a couple of interesting listings including Omaha and San Diego. Las Vegas was no surprise. Is your city listed?

In many cases cities meet all federal standards for drinking water quality and yet still distribute harmful contaminants to their customers. The only way you can be certain you are drinking healthy water is to be proactive. This means looking at your local water report and determining which water filter will actually remove the contaminants in your water. Many people buy the wrong filter … thinking that any filter will make their water healthy. In this case you will still be drinking contaminated water. The best water filter is the one that removes the contaminants in your water.

The drought in California is also worsening water quality in that state. In particular Fresno and the central valley have incredibly dangerous levels of nitrates. Likewise cities in southern California receiving water from the Delta are also anticipated to have declining water quality.

http://news.yahoo.com/health-experts-warn-water-contamination-california-drought-034954936.html

If you’d like to review your water report together sometime call me during business hours (9 AM – 6 PM Mountain Time)and we can do so. There’s no charge and no obligation. Learn more on my website.

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The Health Effects of Chloramine…and how to remove it

When chlorine is added to water it interacts with organic material to form a variety of cancer causing byproducts. Up to 17% of bladder cancers in the US are thought to be caused by these carcinogens, also known as disingection byproducts or trihalomethanes. If you’d like to know if these are in your water, simply look at the water report provided to you by your local water company. It will list trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids. Both of these groups of compounds cause cancer.

In an effort to reduce the amount of these disinfection byproducts in water many cities have turned to the use of chloramine, normally in the form of NH2CL. Chloramine is generally produced by adding ammonia to water containing chlorine. Chloramine is a weaker but more persistent and stable disinfectant that chlorine and so it remains in the distribution system longer, meaning the pipes that lead to your home.

The use of chloramine results in lower levels of the carcinogenic disinfection byproducts. Unfortunately chloramine produces its own set of byproducts, including nitroamines, iodo-trihalomethanes, and iodo-acids, which are also cancer causing. Skin irritation is a common complaint in cities where chloramines are in use. Chloramine use has other problems as well but the focus of this article is on health effects.

Chloramines are harder to remove from water than free chlorine. The carbon used to remove chlorine will not remove chloramine. And many water treatment dealers sell systems which use the wrong carbon in this situation. Chloramine removal requires the use of catalytic carbon. Chloramine is in fact so difficult to remove that I typically recommend both a whole house water filter and a kitchen water filter to do so. The whole house filter will remove the vast majority of chloramine, 95% or more, but a small amount will remain for removal by a drinking water filter.

There was a 37% increase in the use of chloramine by municipalities from 2010 to 2011 and 22% of people in the US are now estimated to be drinking water containing chloramines.

When purchasing a whole house water filter or drinking water filter first learn whether chloramines are present in your water and then purchase the appropriate filter to remove them. The presence of other contaminants in your water will also determine which type of filtration system will best serve you. See my website to learn how to choose the correct system to remove the contaminants in your water: www.cleanairpurewater.com

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Nitrates in Drinking Water May Cause Birth Defects

A report released on July 15 confirms what I’ve been suggesting for a long time: nitrates far below the USEPA of 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/l). People who live in farming communities (particularly in California, Illinois, Iowa, and Texas) are regularly exposed to drinking water containing nitrates in excess of 10 ppm. The study showed that women who drink water with nitrates in excess of 5 ppm are more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects, including spina bifida, cleft palate and missing limbs.

For years I’ve been telling people that I will not drink water with even 3 ppm of nitrates. Now my suspicions that even low levels of nitrates are dangerous have been confirmed by this study.

“We went beyond other studies to find out how much water pregnant women were drinking at home and at work,” said lead scientist Jean Brender, associate dean for research and a professor at the Texas A & M Health Science Center’s School of Rural Public Health.

The study focused on Iowa and Texas where nitrate problems are found in the groundwater. Nitrates can come from farm fertilizers and dairy waste. Other sources include septic systems which can contaminate your own or neighbor’s well water.

Read the entire press release here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/15/5568213/birth-defects-linked-to-bad-water.html

To learn how to protect yourself, visit http://www.cleanairpurewater.com/well_water/nitrates.html

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Your septic system may be the cause of nitrates in your well water

Nitrates are one of the most dangerous carcinogens in drinking water, but not as dangerous as lead or arsenic. EPA allows up to 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/l) of nitrates in water. I won’t drink water with nitrates of 3 ppm. Natural levels in an unpollutated river are about .01 ppm

If you have nitrates in your water they’re coming from one of three sources: animal waste, fertilizer, or your septic leach field. If you have both nitrates and coliform bacteria in your well then you can pretty much assume that what’s taking place on the surface of your land is making its way quickly into the well below. Continue reading

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Toxic lead in surprising places

As most of you know if you follow my blog or receive my emails I read Men’s Health Magazine. The February 2013 issue contains an interesting article about lead and Proposition 65 in California. Prop 65 requires the labeling of products that contain cancer causing chemicals. Lead is one of those – along with cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.

Many of you recall the banning of lead in paint because of the danger of children nibble on that paint. And you may know that lead was used in solder up until about 1986 so houses older than that may still have lead in the water. Continue reading

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