Filtered Water Will Make You Smarter

Seriously.  Newborn rats raised on filtered tap water showed greater learning and memory ability than those drinking untreated tap water or bottled water.

A study by Chinese researchers published just this month, October 2014, shows a correlation between learning and memory abilities in new born rats and filtered or untreated tap water. The rats who drank the filtered tap water and whose parents were also drinking filtered tap water showed an increased ability to learn and solve problems than those drinking unfiltered tap water or bottled water. Continue reading

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What Water Makes the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Ever wonder what water makes the perfect cup of coffee?

Ever wonder why Starbucks coffee taste sharp, bitter?

Turns out there is an ideal set of characteristics in water that contribute to great tasting coffee.

A study by Christopher Hendon at the University of Bath, with who I have communicated, found that the flavor of the coffee bean is enhanced by the presence of certain ions in the water. Turns out that what I would define as healthy drinking water also makes great coffee.

First, start with fresh cold water. Of course you want to remove chorine or chloramine from your water no matter what. Either will harm the taste of coffee.

Herdon’s study concluded that the following composition makes the ideal coffee: Continue reading

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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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