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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING A KNOWN WATER
You would think that drinking water that meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards would be safe and healthy, but it’s actually one of your biggest health risks. Even “safe” water may contain “acceptable” amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury, radioactive particles, and a long list of other poisons. Steam Distilled water is the only water that does not contain any such contaminants. Because Steam Distilled water is a “known” water, you can be confident that your family is consuming the purest water available on the market today. You know exactly what is in your water. Two Hydrogen atoms and One Oxygen atom. H2O and nothing more. Steam Distillation is the ONLY process that successfully removes not only chemical contaminants, but biological contaminants as well.
To illustrate our point on water quality and safety, here are reasons why you should use a known water for cooking and drinking:
- There are more than 75,000 chemical compounds used by industry and agriculture, with thousands more added each year – many of which are unregulated. 80% of these chemicals have never been tested for long-term, chronic toxicity or health risks to humans.
- It’s esitmated that 20 billion tons of chemicals, radioactive waste, and pollutants are introduced into the environment each year, and the belief is that most of these toxic chemicals eventually reach our water supply; either intentionally or unintentionally. In our area, it was once common practice to dispose of toxic chemicals in farmer’s fields or dumping toxic waste into the Rock River. It is believed that the Superfund Site in Southeast Rockford is the direct result of intentional dumping of Tricholoroethylene directly on the ground which in turn contaminated the private wells of 547 homes.
- In the United States, the EPA has evaluated and set standards for only a small percentage of the more than 700 chemicals found in drinking water supplies. It should also be noted, that in many cases, as the levels of these toxins increase, so do the standardized levels of what is to be considered “safe” for public consumption in drinking water.
- There were 403,000 people affected by the 1993 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Cryptosporidiosis outbreak. This microscopic protozoan reeked havoc on residents causing stomach cramps, fever, diarrhea and dehydration. At least 104 deaths have been attributed to this outbreak mostly among young children, the elderly and persons with a compromised immune system.
It was theorized that runoff from nearby cattle pastures may have entered the water treatment plant. It was also thought that perhaps melting ice and snow carrying Cryptosporidium entered the water treatment plants through Lake Michigan; but no verified cause was ever reported.
- Disinfection by-products (DBP’s) result from chemical reactions between organic and inorganic matter in water with chemical treatment agents during the water disinfection process. Studies have looked at the associations between exposure to DBP’s in drinking water with cancers, adverse birth outcomes and birth defects. Analyses of these studies have demonstrated consistent associations for bladder cancer and for babies being born small for gestational age. We actually have one of the highest rates of bladder cancer here in the stateline area per capita in the country! Early term miscarriages have also been reported in some studies. There has not yet, however, been any definitive results from these studies proving which type of DBP’s may be the cause of such health effects.
- Chloroform can enter the environment from chemical companies and paper mills, can also be found in waste water from sewage treatment plants and drinking water to which chlorine has been added (DBP). It can enter water and soil when waste water that contains chlorine is released into water or soil. Chloroform was readily used in medical practices as a sedative for surgical procedures over the use of ether at the beginning of the 20th Century. It was, however, quickly abandoned in favor of ether upon the discovery of its toxicity. Especially its tendency to cause fatal cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat resulting in death) in patients during medical procedures.
- Most developed countries do not flouridate their drinking water. Flouridated countries do not have less tooth decay than non-flouridated countries. Flouride effects many tissues in the body besides the teeth and it has been mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that warning labels be placed on toothpaste products containing Flouride that the product not be swallowed. Flouridation is not a “natural” process; rather it is a by-product of the fertilizer industry that is added to our public water supplies. 40% of American teenagers show visible signs of Flouride over-exposure. For infants, flouridated water provides no benefits, only risks of lower IQ, shorter attention spans, instances of brain damage and many scientists believe that flouridated water may also be linked to ADHD. Flouride supplements have never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Flouride is the only chemical added to water that doesn’t actually treat the water in any way.
- Prescription medications and human hormones have been found in the tap water of 41,000,000 American homes according to the Associated Press. There is a vast array of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones that may be present at any given time in any given municipal water supply. The U.S. Government does not require any testing for drugs in water supplies; nor does it set safety limits for drug contamination. It will be decades before we know the long-term effects of ingesting random cocktails of partially-digested prescription drugs.
- Herbicides and Pesticides are everywhere. They are on the foods that we eat and in the water that we drink. Many of the “revolutionary” new herbicides available today to the American farmer actually pentetrate the flesh of the fruit or vegetable that it is meant to protect. While the FDA recommends washing fresh fruits and vegetables to “lessen” the exposure to such chemcials, how is it effective when the water itself contains the same chemicals as the food? Atrazine ( the main ingredient in Roundup) is the most common water contaminant in the U.S., where it was initally approved for use in 1958. It’s been banned in Europe since 2005 and groundwater contamination was in fact one of the determining factors benhind the decision. An esitmated 70 million pounds of atrazine are applied to agricultural fields in the U.S. each year, the vast majority of it being used on corn. Atrazine has been shown in laboratory tests to block testosterone production, inhibit endocrine function, cause reproductive problems, cause miscarriages and reduce immune function in laboratory animals. There have been no case studies, as of yet, of its effects on humans.
- Our public waterways are being effected by the onslaught of runoff from commercial agribusiness. Dairy farms, beef cattle feed lots, chicken and turkey production as well as pork production all contribute to an overwhelming dilemma. What to do with their waste. Many commercial producers will employ a “lagoon” for both solid and liquid animal wastes. The problem with this method, is that if the pit itself isn’t properly prepared to hold the waste, it will leach into the ground and eventually end up in our groundwater. Further, if the sides of the pit are not high enough or collapse, a river of raw animal sewage can enter our waterways and potentially into our drinking water supplies. According to the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), commercial farms and feed lots produce more than 335 million tons of “dry matter” waste ~ the portion of waste remaining after water is removed ~ annually. That’s almost one third of the total municipal and industrial waste produced every year. What’s more, animal feeding operations annually produce about 100 times more manure than the amount of human sewage sludge processed in U.S. municipal wastewater plants. One dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as a city with around 411,000 residents. Unlike human waste, however, in most cases the law does not required that livestock be treated or regulate disposal practices.
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