I Found Uranium In My Drinking Water

Three years ago I discovered uranium in my body.  I did a hair analysis at that time in order to determine the levels of minerals in my body.  I wasn’t expecting to see uranium.  I thought hard about where this might come from and then tested my water. Sure enough my water contains 3 parts per billion (ppb) of uranium.

I feel no ill effects from the uranium but as you might imagine I want it out.  I’ve experimented with various filters and finally today installed a filter that will remove it from the water entering my home.  Uranium is a radioactive metal that does have negative effects when ingested.  I have been concerned also about exposure in the shower so looked long and hard for a way to remove it, hence my search for a whole house water filter.

I have continued to test my hair periodically (more on this in a future blog post) and continue to find low levels of aluminum, arsenic, mercury, and the uranium.

EPA allows up to 30 ppb of uranium in drinking water so one lesson from this for me is that metals will accumulate at levels far below the EPA maximum contaminant level (the maximum EPA allows in public water systems).  The uranium may not kill me but I’m also certain I’ll be better off with it removed.

I have no idea where I am getting aluminum, mercury, or arsenic.  These are not in my water so they must be from my food.  I’m taking precautions in those areas also and hope to eliminate them.

Having tried various filters I finally came across one that is specific to uranium and nitrates.  Nitrates are also dangerous carcinogens and I have low levels (2.5 ppm) in my water.

Yesterday I started doing a spring raw juice cleanse and a heavy metals detox using natural zeolyte.  Afterwards, I’ll test my hair again to see if I have successfully eliminated the uranium and other metals.

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About James McMahon

Studied ecology at the University of Illinois, mountain survival at Eastern Washing University, Deep Ecology at Naropa, River Ecology with The Nature Conservancy and Luna Leopold
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6 Responses to I Found Uranium In My Drinking Water

  1. Mike says:

    What filter did you find that removes uranium?

  2. Lise says:

    Thank you, James. I also have toxic levels of uranium in my body based on a nails analysis (and zirconium). Did you have your hair retested? Did filtering the water eliminate the issue? Also, did you use an air filter that removes uranium? Any info on that please? Thank you in advance.

    • Uranium most likely comes from drinking it in your water. It is removed using reverse osmosis. Then your body will slowly cleanse.
      See my custom reverse osmosis system for removal.
      You can also have it in your hair from showering.
      Uranium decays to radon in the air. Breathing radon is deadly.

  3. Kay Thomas says:

    My drinking water has 240ppb of uranium. Tastes wonderful but is a heavy load to bare. I would need back to back RO systems to remove enough to be below the Federal standard.

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