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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LifeSource makes false claims about their water filters

Ken Hoffman is a LifeSource salesman who has chosen to email me and make insulting remarks today rather than sticking with facts. He’s apparently offended by my criticism of LifeSource and their penchant for exagerating what their whole house water filters actually do.

Here are Ken’s latest remarks to me and an example of the dialogue:

“Cute! Real cute! Not really intelligent, but cute.”

And his previously:

“Your condescending comments and suggestions indicate an over-inflated ego. I surmise that you are paid “by the word”, rather than by the validity of your comments”

As you can see he’s attempting to take the conversation to a higher level.

The fact is that LifeSource lies to the public about what it is selling – nothing more than an overpriced carbon filter. The Beatron inside does nothing at all. The Beatron certainly does not soften the water. Continue reading

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Did Fukushima Affect Newborns in the United States?

We talked about Fukishima as the radiation was spreading across the U.S. on the trade winds. Traces of the fallout were found in U.S. water supplies on both East and West Coasts, but rain on the West coast at the time caused fallout levels to be higher there.

If I recall correctly EPA told us that the levels were safe. Turns out that may not be true.

In recent news is word that babies born on the West Coast during the months of April and May 2011 are 28% more likely to suffer from congenital hypothyroidism. If you live on the West Coast and have a child born during these months it is advised you see a doctor. Continue reading

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Mercola Needs To Stop Writing About Water Filtration

Unfortunately Dr. Joseph Mercola is spreading a great deal of bad information to his audience about water filtration. Whoever he is consulting with is giving him old and bad information. I suggest you ignore everything he says about water.

Also…the systems he sells are junk and do not perform as claimed. Continue reading

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My Favorite Bottled Water Is…

This past weekend I was in Las Vegas…not to gamble but to do some yoga with an incredibly gifted teacher, Olga Sam at Blue Sky Yoga…but I am getting off track…

I’ve been working too hard lately and this was a chance to get away even if for only a day. I treated myself to dinner at Morton’s, the infamous steak house. I know, many of you don’t eat red meat and I’ll lose traction on that, but stick with me for a moment.

My waitress offered me tap or bottled water. I asked if the tap water was filtered and she said yes. So I requested that. I tasted it and it tasted horrible. It left an aftertaste that was dirty, like old dishwater. Of course Las Vegas drinks Colorado River water and carbon filters don’t lower the mineral content (tds) or eliminate the radioactive metals or pharmaceutical waste.

Colorado River water in Lake Mead where Las Vegas draws its water has a tds of 635, too high for drinking in my opinion (http://www.swhydro.arizona.edu/archive/V4_N2/feature7.pdf), but the other contaminants contribute to bad taste as well.

So I told her it tasted horrible and I would like bottled water.

She offered me my favorite: Continue reading

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