Two Plant Test

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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Rock River 10th Most Polluted in the U.S.

Rock River 10th Most Polluted in the U.S.

Report: Rock River 10th Most Polluted in the U.S.

The Rock River Times – – April 4, 2012

For the year 2010, according to an Environment America report released March 22, the Rock River ranks as the 10th most polluted river in the country, up from 12th in a 2008 report.

Data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2010 “Toxics Release Inventory: (TRI) was used to compile Environment America’s rankings.

Not all of Wisconsin and Illinois need to totally despair; this literally flows as a good / bad news story.

Bad news: 3,370,392 pounds of toxic discharges dumped in Rock River. Good news: one beef processing plant near the mouth of the river is asserted to make all but 80,602 pounds of the total, only 3 percent comes from up river.

Obviously, people at the mouth of the river are very concerned, particularly the Rock River Valley Association, located in Moline, Il., one of the Quad Cities. Doug Riel is a vice president with the Rock River Valley Association and serves as chairman of its Engineering Committee.

“The Rock River Valley Association is very concerned with the continued dterioration of the water quality of the Lower Rock River,” said Riel. “The latest report by Environment America has mved the Lower Rock from the 12th to the 10th most polluted river in the United States. Clearly, for those who live, fish and boat on the Rock River, this is significant. For years, the Rock River has been a neglected river at the state and federal level; hopefully, this report will bring attention to its plight.”

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., in Joslin, Ill., about 26 miles upriver from the Mississippi, is report by Environment America as being responsible for 97 percent, or 3,290,330 pounds, of the toxic discharges. Yet, Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told the Quad Cities Dispatch that the company was compliant with the Clean Water Act, returning permitte water to the river, and the EPA data states it is “not sufficient to calculate risk to either humans or the environment.”

Shelley Vinyard, Clean Water advocate with Environment America, told the Rock River Times; “We analyzed the TRI data that is self-reported by the industries to the EPA. We didn’t look at if people were in compliance with their permits or not. The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972 with the goal of cleaning up our waters by 1985. This pollution is linked to cancer and developmental disabilities. Our waterways are overloaded with pollution.”

Vinyard said she would gather more specifics about the data from the Rock River and forward it to The Rock River Times.


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Rock River 2nd Most Polluted in IL

Rock River 2nd Most Polluted in IL

Rock is State’s Second Most Polluted River

Rockford Register Star Newspaper Online – – October 21, 2009

The Rock River is the dumping ground for more toxic chemicals from industry than all bu one river in the state, but the main source of its pollution come nearly 100 miles downriver from here. According to a new report from Environment Illinois released today, about 3 million pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the Rock River in 2007. The biggest source of the pollution is Tyson Fresh Meats in Hillsdale, just outside the Quad Cities. It released all but 918 pounds of the Rock River’s pollution from Illinois, according to the report.

Upstream from Rockford, the biggest polluters are the Alto Dairy Cooperative in Waupun, Wis. The facility released about 690,000 pounds of pollution into the river in 2007.

Max Muller, program director for Environment Illinois, said the data show companies use Illinois’ waterways as trash cans for their toxic chemicals. “there are common-sense steps that should be taken to turn the tide against toxic pollution of our waters,” said Muller. “Wee need clean water now, and we need the state and federal governments to act to protect our health and out environment.”

The group is advocating three measures to improve Illinois waterways: the reduction of industrial discharge into waterways by switching from hazardous chemicals to safer alternatives; tougher permitting limits and enforcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and adoption of the Clean Water Act to all waterways, including headwaters and small streams, which fall into a gray area of enforcement.

Although the Rock has high levels of chemical discharge, the waterways through the Rockford region are relatively clean, said Chuck Cowley, water pollution regional manager for the Illinois EPA. “It’s important information for people to know, but it’s certainly not an indication that there’s some sort of hazard,” he said. “the Rock River, Kishwaukee River and its tributaries support a very good fish population. That would not necessary follow if there’s something wrong with the Rock River. Just like any water body, there’s always room for improvement.”

Environment Illinois’ report uses data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory, which requires industrial facilities to release information about their discharges of a specific set of toxic chemicals. In 2007, the year examined in the Environment Illinois report, those facilities reported the release of 244 toxic chemicals or classes of pollution into American waterways, totaling 232 million pounds. Five Winnebago County companies reported toxic discharges into the Rock River, collectively accounting for 802 pounds of discharge. The largest source of pollution was the now-defunct Sonoco Products in Rockton, which released 750 pounds of nitrate compounds and about 8.75 pounds of lead.

The EPA does not require some polluters, including waste water-treatment plants and some agriculture facilities, to report their findings to the Toxic Release Inventory. Also, the data do not include all chemical discharges, just those from a specific set of chemicals.


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Researchers Ask Why Bladder Cancer Rates are Higher Here

Researchers Ask Why Bladder Cancer Rates are Higher Here

Featured Image provided by the UCSF Department of Urology.

Rockford Register Star

June 4, 1989

Researchers Ask Why Bladder Cancer Higher Here

Residents of Northern Illinois appear to be more susceptible to bladder cancer than other people in the nation, and researchers with the Illinois Cancer Council want to know why.

Possible reasons are:

  • Industrial solvents contaminating water supplies.
  • An aging population in Rockford. Bladder cancer is most prevalent in populations over 65.
  • Employee expsure to industrial solvents at work.

Katherine Mallin, an epidemiologist for the Illinois Cancer Council in Chicago, and researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford are trying to discover which of those, if any, is responsible for the high than average rate of bladder cancer.

“We don’t want people to be alarmed and to think they have an epidemic of bladder cancer.” cautioned Mallin, principal investigator for the project. “It isn’t that much higher,” she said. “But just because it isn’t high doesn’t mean you don’t want to investigate. There are different patterns of data that are important to explore and times when additional studies should be done.”

In Illinois, about 27 of every 100,000 men got bladder cancer in the years 1985-87, the latest years compiled by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In Winnebago County, about 32 of every 100,000 men got bladder cancer. In Boone County the rate was 34.7 per 100,000 and, in Ogle County was 29.9.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the national incident rate in 1985 was 16.5 per 100,000 (28.5 in males and 7.8 in females.) A report compiled from data gathered between 1970 and 1979 showed only slight increases, Mallin said, and the occurrence of the disorder has dropped regionally since the 1950’s.

Joel Cowen, president of Human Services Consultants, a Rockford medical consulting firm, said he could see no cause for alrm concerning bladder cancer locally. “But it would be interesting to see if elements in the environment are contributing to the cause.”, he said. The study includes interviews with about 300 bladder cancer victims or their families. The major contributors to bladder cancer are believed to be smoking and exposure to compounds called aromatic amines, Mallin said.

The compounds, which include benzidine and 2-napthylamine, are often used as industrial solvents. “Aeromatic amines used in industry are known to be associated with bladder cancer.” Mallin said, “But some of them are not used anymore and there are other supsected risk factors.” Mallin did not know if contamination of Rockford groundwater with industrial solvents was a factor. EPA tests have shown elevated levels of industrial solvents in some Rockford groundwater and the city has closed two wells bacause of it.

“I don’t know that the water is involved.” Mallin said. “We’re looking at a lot of different factors. I don’t know what the risk factors are in Winnebago County; that’s why we’re doing the study.”

Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in males and the tenth most common in females. It will cause an estimated 10,200 deaths in 1989, according to the National Cancer Institute. The study which begain in January, should be completed by the end of the summer, Mallin said. “We are nterviewing now and hope to finish interviews in July, then do an analysis.” said Mallin. “Basically, in general, we’re looking at risk factors.” According to Jim Walker of the Illinois Department of Public Health, 11 Winnebago County residents died from bladder cancer in 1987, while 466 deaths from the disease were recorded in Illinois that year.


UPDATE – 6/15/2017

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health website; from 1986-2014:

56,171 incidents of Bladder Cancer in Males statewide

20,267 incidents of Bladder Cancer in Females statewide

Cases of reported Bladder Cancer – National Cancer Institute (from the article); from 2010-2014:

(1) Cook County (Chicago): 1,043 

(2) Dupage County (Wheaton): 221 

(3) Lake County (Waukegan): 160

(4) Kane County (Geneva) : 105

(5) Winnebago County (Rockford): 73

(6) McHenry County (Woodstock): 66

(7) Dekalb County (Sycamore): 21

(8) Whiteside County (Morrison): 20

(9) Ogle County (Oregon): 14

(10) Boone County (Belvidere): 12

(11) Lee County (Dixon) : 10

(12) Stephenson County (Freeport): 10

(13) Carroll County (Mt. Carroll): 7

(14) Jo Davies County (Galena): 6

That’s a total of 239 cases just in our immediate area between Winnebago and Jo Davies Counties in 4 years. Please note that the top 4 Counties are in the greater Chicagoland area. These counties have a much higher population than our area in the Rock River Valley. We have included all of the counties in Northern Illinois to show the comparison of cases per capita.


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