Does KDF Media add copper and zinc to water?

A number of water companies, particularly those who do not use KDF Media®, suggest to consumers that KDF is dangerous because it adds copper and zinc to drinking water. This concern was brought up in a conversation recently and so that customer and I looked at several water samples to see if it is valid.

I compared water tests of incoming city water before treatment with tests after my Urban Defender whole house water filter, which contains 3.6 lbs of KDF Media, and/or sometimes my Kitchen Defender, which contains 1 lb of KDF Media. Flow rates in the two systems are very different. Here are those results: Continue reading

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NSF Adds New Standard For Reduction of Pharmaceuticals and Unregulated Contaminants from Drinking Water

There’s some interesting news from NSF, the outfit that certifies water treatment devices for removal of certain contaminants. In a press release issued on August 26, 2014, NSF said the following:

“NSF has certified 56 products to NSF/ANSI 401 at varying levels, providing home water treatment options to consumers concerned about these contaminants. NSF International has developed the first American National Standard that validates the effectiveness of water treatment devices that are designed to reduce trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water. The standard, named NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants, addresses the ability of a water treatment device to remove up to 15 contaminants from drinking water. Types of contaminants include some pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals used in manufacturing such as bisphenol A (BPA).” Continue reading

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Water Drought in California – How Do You Contribute?

Certainly farmers are major users of water in California, but do you know how you contribute? Look at this graphic which describes how it requires 800 gallons of water to produce just one bacon cheeseburger:

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You can learn more about the water footprint of various products here:

http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/productgallery

Here is an excellent article with an info graphic on the severity of the California drought and the impact of pumping on aquifers. This only stands to get worse if it doesn’t start raining:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/wests-historic-drought-stokes-fears-of-water-crisis/2014/08/17/d5c84934-240c-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html?hpid=z6

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BPA Free Plastics Still Leach Endocrine Disruptors

I thought I would share this interesting article on the chemicals used as alternatives to Bis-phenyl A (aka BPA). BPA is used to manufacture polycarbonate water bottles and baby bottles. Once it was discovered that BPA leaches into the fluids in the bottle and then into people’s bodies companies began substituting other chemicals to perform the same function in making polycarbonate bottles. One of these is BPS. A recent study shows that nearly 81 per cent of Americans have traces of BPS in their bodies.

You may read more here: Continue reading

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Water Crisis in Toledo – How To Treat Your Water for Removal of Microcystin

Water tests have shown the presence of the toxin microcystin, which is produced by a blue green algae called microcystis, in Toledo’s water supply.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2014/08/03/Water-crisis-grips-area.html#03J28PeYGPhMfbgR.99

Here’s a study by Jung Ju Lee, M.S., E.I. at The Ohio State University in 2009 that shows the complexity of removing this poison from the water: Continue reading

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How To Remove the Insecticides Found 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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