Two Plant Test

Two Plant Test

THE TWO PLANT TEST

How does the quality of your drinking water effect your health? We can best illustrate this point with a simple experiment. Plants. Let’s say you have two tomato plants of the exact same age and height and plant them in pots on your patio. One plant is given tap water exclusively and the other distilled water exclusively.

As the plants grow, you will notice that the plant that is provided with only distilled water will grow faster, taller and be more fruitful. How can this be? Well, like the arteries and veins within our bodies, plants use their root systems to draw nutrients and moisture needed to flourish. Nutrients come from the surrounding soil and by providing that plant with a known water, you are ensuring that there are no dissolved solids or herbicides that can cause harm to the plant or hinder it’s natural processes. The distilled water keeps the roots open like a straw which allows the plant to draw in more nutrients more easily than the plant given tap water. The plant that is given tap water exclusively will take longer to grow and in all likelihood produce less fruit. This is because the quality of tap water is inconsistent.

Tap water can also contain industrial by-products, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides / herbicides, biological contaminants (viruses / bacteria), prescription medications, hormones, arsenic and lead along with other chemicals that have been added as “disinfectants” to treat the water for consumption.

Just like the pipes in your house, your arteries and veins (as well as vital organs) will, over time, become clogged with dissolved solids from your drinking water. Dissolved solids include not only the list above of contaminants but inorganic minerals as well. Inorganic minerals are those found in the ground that cannot be processed by the human body. Such as, iron, magnesium, calcium and salt. Think of an iron nail representing inorganic iron. A person could suck on that nail like a lollipop from now until the end of time and not receive any beneficial iron whatsoever. The iron, magnesium, calcium and salts that we CAN utilize come from vegetables like broccoli, spinach, corn, beans and even tomatoes.

The only living thing on earth that can utilize these inorganic minerals and convert them into organic minerals are the plants that we just discussed above. We then in turn need to eat the plants or the animals that have eaten the plants in order to receive the benefits of those vitamins and minerals.

Companies that are trying to convince you that you NEED the minerals in water to maintain overall good health are relying on the fact that consumers are uneducated about water or simply are willing to believe what they see in a flashy ad campaign.

Consuming plants (fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds and whole grains) and pure quality drinking water is what keeps us healthy. If we consume inorganic minerals, our bodies will reject them and they will settle and deposit on our joints, in our circulatory system, and our vital organs; including the heart and the brain. As this plaque builds up, it puts more strain on those systems to function properly and can lead to serious health problems. New research studies are showing that dissolved inorganic solids deposited in brain tissues may be a link to Alzheimer’s. We all know the devastating effects of hardening of the arteries and heart disease. These deposits also cause arthritis, glaucoma, bone / joint degeneration and have even been linked to kidney, liver and thyroid disease as well as kidney/ gall stones. We actually have the highest rate of bladder cancer (per capita) in all the United States right here in the stateline area.

Start today to bring pure drinking water into your life and the lives of your loved ones to help prevent unnecessary illness. Take a hint from our friends the plants and drink to your good health!

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Sustainable Table on the Issue of Water Quality

Sustainable Table on the Issue of Water Quality

Sustainable Table.org ~ Water Quality

from their website sustainabletable.org

Industrial agriculture is among the leading causes of water pollution in the United States today. In the 2000 National Water Quality inventory conducted by the EPA, agricultural activity was identified as a source of pollution for 48% of stream and river water and for 41% of lake water.

Water pollution from industrial farms not only damages the environment and kills wildlife, but it can also sicken and kill people. And since these farms exercise little restraint when it comes to water usage, they tend to waste large quantities of water, even when neighboring communities are experiencing water shortages. Because small, sustainable farms are more integrated with their surrounding communities, they pay closer attention to the ways that they use water and how their practices affect local water supplies.

Most water pollution from industrial farms results from the storage and disposal of animal waste. Industrial livestock farms store manure and other farm wastes in gigantic tanks known as “lagoons” which can hold millions of gallons of manure and urine. Unfortunately, these lagoons often leak and – during large storms – they may rupture or simply overflow. When this happens, the environmental damage can be devastating. Leaking lagoons also release antibiotic residues and harmful bacteria that can leach into water supplies.

In order to dispose of manure after it’s been stored in lagoons, industrial farms spray the waste onto farm fields as fertilizer. Unfortunately, these farms produce far more waste than can be applied to fields, and once the saturation point has been reached, the waste runs off into nearby water systems. The most common form of water pollution in the U.S. is excess levels of nitrogen or phosphorous, both of which are largely caused by fertilizer runoff. When manure is spread on fields as a fertilizer, it can also introduce some of the more toxic substances present in livestock excretions, such as pharmaceuticals or bacteria. Water pollution from manure as well as synthetic fertilizers can lead to serious environmental damage and harm human health.

Agricultural water pollution can have a variety of negative effects. Not only do substantial environmental problems result, but many of the pollutants produced by farms (minerals, chemicals and pathogens, to name a few) can make water unsafe for human consumption.  Case in Point: Fish Kills. By polluting the nation’s waterways, a single factory farm has the ability to negatively affect whole regions, as was the case when manure spilled from a ruptured tank on a 3,000-head dairy farm in upstate New York in August 2005. Three million gallons of cow manure poured into the Black River, polluting an area one-fourth the size of the Exxon Valdez spill. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation cited the farm for numerous environmental and permit violations, and estimated that this spill killed around 200,000 to 250,000 fish.

Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, are the minerals in fertilizer that promote plant growth. But due to the over-fertilization of cropland, far more nitrogen and phosphorous are applied to fields than are removed by crops. Excess nutrients in water cause harmful plant growth – commonly referred to as “algal bloom”, which can cause fish kills. Nitrogen can also degrade ecosystems by making water more acidic and killing some aquatic plants while promoting the growth of other kinds of plants. Case in Point: Nitrogen and Dead Zones.  Excess nutrients in bodies of water can contribute to the excessive growth of plant life, a process known as “eutrophication,” which, in turn, can make water “hypoxic,” or low in oxygen. The effects of eutrophication can be vast. According to the USDA, “as much as 15% of the nitrogen fertilizer applied to cropland in the Mississippi River Basin makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico.” This pollution is one of the leading causes of the so-called Gulf “Dead Zone”, an oxygen-deprived area as large as 8,000 square miles – almost the size of New Jersey – in which no fish can survive.

Livestock manure is high in ammonia concentrations, and dissolved ammonia in water is not only highly toxic to fish, but can also be converted to dangerous nitrates. Elevated nitrate levels in drinking water are highly poisonous to humans, causing potentially fatal oxygen levels in babies (known as blue-baby syndrome), spontaneous abortions and possibly cancer. In a sample of wells surveyed by the US Geological Survey from 1993 to 2000, 2% of public supply and 9% of the domestic wells more common in rural areas were found to have nitrate concentrations high than the EPA’s maximum allowable level. The EPA estimates that about 1.3 million households in counties with industrial livestock facilities get their water from wells with dangerously high nitrate levels.

Manure contains a high level of pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms). When the waste is applied to fields, those pathogens can be transferred to local water supplies during a run off from either irrigation or rainfall. The impact of pathogens from manure is severe according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in every waterborne disease outbreak in the United States from 1986 to 1998 where the pathogen could be identified, it most likely originated in livestock.

Some other waterborne microorganisms do not originate on farms, but develop as a result of eutrophication caused by high nutrient levels. Pfiesteria piscicda, for example, thrives in many areas were algal blooms grow, and causes lesions in fish and large-scale fish kills. It can also cause a range of symptoms in humans, including respiratory and eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, as well as skin problems and cognitive symptoms such as memory loss and confusion.

Antibiotics and artificial growth hormones are commonly used on industrial farms, either injected directly into the livestock or added to their feed. Large amounts of both substances end up being excreted by animals and can thus pollute water along with everything else in livestock waste. Some hormones can remain functional in manure up to 270 days after excretion, and there have been many documented cases of hormones discovered miles downstream of farms. Although it is unclear whether these hormone concentrations can be high enough to affect humans, they have been shown to compromise the reproductive processes of fish.

An estimated 75% of all antibiotics administered to livestock are excreted, and for certain common antibiotics that figure can be as high as 90%. The overuse of antibiotics for livestock contributes to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, and some studies suggest that growth of these resistant bacteria may be promoted in waterways with high levels of antibiotics. Numerous studies have demonstrated that waterways are a prominent means of transmitting these dangerous types of bacteria to humans.

Some heavy metals, such as copper and zinc, are essential nutrients for animal growth – especially for cattle, swine and poultry. However, such elements are often present in animal feed in concentrations far higher than necessary for animal health, along with other heavy metals such as chromium, lead, arsenic and cadmium. Farm animals excrete excess heavy metals in their manure – which in turn gets spread as fertilizer, leading to soil and water pollution. The health hazards resulting from exposure to heavy metals in water include kidney problems from cadmium, nervous system disorders, kidney problems and headaches from lead; and both cardiovascular and nervous system problems from arsenic, which is also known to cause cancer.

Many salts are also present in large quantities in manure, including sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, sulfate, bicarbonate, carbonate and nitrate. When introduced to the environment, these salts increase the salinity of waterways, leading to changes in aquatic ecosystems and making water brackish, and therefore unfit for drinking.

In addition to the biodegradable organic matter naturally present in manure, animal bedding, wanted feed, soil, dust, hair and feathers are often mixed with manure in storage and can end up on waterways. The decomposition of organic matter can cause increased levels of bacteria, which in turn reduces oxygen levels in water and kills fish. This decomposition can also negatively affect the color, taste and smell of water.

Although much of the water used in the U.S. is obtained from surface water sources, many families continue to use wells to draw water from the ground. In fact, groundwater is the source of drinking water for 46% of the U.S. population and for 99% of the population living in rural areas. While public drinking water systems are regulated by the EPA, private drinking water wells are not regulated, and are not required to meet EPA clean water standards. Furthermore, unlike public water systems, private wells aren’t required to undergo routine testing by experts. As a result, families that rely upon private drinking water wells are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of water pollution from factory farms. Un U.S. counties that have industrial farms, approximately 13.5 million household depend on domestic drinking water wells.

Agriculture uses a staggering amount of water on an annual basis. In 2000, 41% of all freshwater used by humans in the United States was used for agriculture. Perhaps even more notable is that agriculture accounted for more than 80% of U.S. “consumption use” of water – that share of water which is not returned quickly to the environment.

Water overuse is particularly a problem on industrial farms that do not tailor their farming practices on a case by case basis. For example, a dairy that uses an automatic “flushing” system to clean out its animal houses uses an average of 150 gallons of water per cow per da, compared to an average of 5-10 gallons used by farms that monitor the water use in order to conserve it. Not only does water overuse hurt the environment, it’s also expensive. One estimate from the USDA concludes that increasing water use efficiency on irrigated farms by just 10% could save almost $200 million per year solely due to the associated savings in fuel costs.

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10 Reasons Why You Should be Drinking a Known Water

10 Reasons Why You Should be Drinking a Known Water

Featured Image provide by the EWG Tap Water Database.

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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EWG Water Quality in All 50 States

EWG Water Quality in All 50 States

July 31st, 2017 and August 25th, 2017 respectively; 97 WZOK and Q98.5 radio stations posted articles (blog posts) regarding dangerous chemicals that are in our public water supply. The articles contained information obtained by the EWG (Envrionmental Working Group). The reports listed on the EWG website are a matter of public record and contain valuable information about the true quality of our public drinking water. The EWG website even has a Water Database where you can input your zip code and see a list of the toxins found in public water systems in your area. The EWG collected datea from state agencies and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for drinking water tests conducted from 2010 to 2015 by 48,712 water utilites in 50 states. All told, the utilites, which had the opportunity to review the data for accuracy, tested for
500 different contaminants and found 267.

One of the points made by the EWG on their website, is that the levels of contaminants found, in many cases, are within acceptable parameters consistent with EPA guidelines however, they are concerned about what can happen to citizens over time. While some of the levels of contaminants may be acceptable for healthy adults; those levels could cause developmental issues in children, serious health issues including miscarriage in women who are pregnant, problems for women who are nursing and serious health issues in the elderly and people that already have current health
Problems.

Here in Machesney Park the following contaminants detected above health guidelines are: 1,4-Dioxane, Arsenic,
Bromodichloromethane, Chloroform, Radiological contaminants, Trichloroacetic acid and Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) all of which have been shown to cause cancer. Many of the contaminants of concern are not regulated by EPA guidelines.

If you would like more information or would like to see the results of your local public water authority in this study, you may follow the link below. You can also read the articles from our local radio stations for more information as well.

EWG’s Tap Water Database: www.ewg.org

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