Written By JeanAnn Fitzgerald
The oceans contain ninety percent of Earth’s water, which is too salty for drinking. Only the other 10 percent is available to humans, animals and plants for hydration.
Unfortunately, too much of that 10 percent is polluted. Drinking water can be intentionally or accidentally degraded anywhere along its route to your faucet. (Before running into the streets screaming in terror, be advised that probably not all of the following pollutants are found in your particular water supply.)
In 2003, a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 19 of our country’s largest cities supplied drinking water that was contaminated at a higher level than the Environmental Protection Agency limits. Even though water may test fine at its source, deteriorated equipment and pipes can allow water contamination on its way to your home. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that $384 billion over the next 17 years is needed to repair and replace our country’s thousands of miles of pipes, thousands of water treatment plants, storage tanks, and water distribution systems.
In the United States, industry is the greatest source of pollution, and contributes the most deadly water pollutants. In 1996 the Environmental Protection Agency reported 40 percent of lakes, rivers and estuaries were too polluted to use for drinking, fishing and swimming. Manufacturing plants contaminate water with corrosives and poisons. The construction industry discharges gypsum, cement, abrasives, metals, and poisonous solvents into waterways and soil.
In this country, 98 percent of water providers who disinfect their water do so by adding chlorine to kill harmful bacteria. The chlorine does not discriminate, so it also kills the beneficial bacteria in stomachs and intestines that are necessary for proper food digestion and the killing of harmful bacteria from other sources. Sometimes the chlorine odor is so strong and the taste is so bad that many consider it too awful to drink.
Water supplies originating in heavy food producing areas such as the Central Valley of California contain pesticides, nitrate, arsenic, and bacteria from the agricultural and dairy industries. These contaminants are absorbed by the earth and leach into underground aquifers that are tapped for drinking water. Pesticides have been linked, among other things, to Parkinson’s disease of the central nervous system.
Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether
Water derived from some recreational lakes such as Tahoe has concentrations of MTBE (a known carcinogen in rats). This is the gasoline additive introduced in the 1980s to reduce smog. It got into Tahoe by leaking out of underground pipes connecting service station gas tanks to gas pumps. It also leaks directly into the water from boat motors, and the two-stroke engines of jet skis that excrete 25 percent of their gasoline into the water. People sensitive to MTBE can get seriously ill with flu-like symptoms. Other manifestations in rat studies were stomach upset, confusion, nervous system problems, kidney and liver damage, birth defects, lymphoma and leukemia, and tumors.
Another contaminant is sodium fluoride, which does occur naturally as the pro-fluoridation ads claim. Most fresh water supplies contain less than .01 parts per million, which is about ten times less than the .07 to 1.2 ppm added to drinking water. But fluoride is also a chemical by-product of aluminum, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. About 90 percent of the drinking water fluoride comes from the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Fluoride has long been used as a rat poison and is one of the basic ingredients in Prozac and Sarin nerve gasses. Fluoride destroys the digestively beneficial organisms in the stomach. People drinking water with unusually high levels of fluoride can suffer disfiguring tooth damage, bone disease, ulcers, reduced IQ, thyroid disease, and infertility. Because of this, international agencies like UNICEF assist developing nations to remove fluoride from their water. According to Reno journalist Ed Pearce, residents of Washoe County have twice voted to omit fluoride from their water.
Yet, we are counseled to add fluoride to our drinking water to strengthen tooth enamel even though it does not prevent cavities–as demonstrated by comparing fluoridated communities with those without fluoride, which have fewer cavities. It could be that it isn’t the fluoride that prevents cavities, but that parents concerned about the issue who vote to add fluoride to their drinking water are also religious about teaching good oral hygiene to their children, and that’s what produces the desired result.
Radiation is another naturally occurring water pollutant that emanates from natural deposits of radium and uranium. Drinking radiation-tinged water over time is a big cancer risk factor.
The radiation from nuclear plant disasters releases large quantities of radiation that travels worldwide. Being airborne, radiation spreads throughout the world and falls to earth with rain or dust, settles on vegetation, which cattle then eat. Or it falls into streams and lakes that are water supplies. In 2011, radiation from Japan’s Fukushima meltdown was found in American cities’ drinking water and in Vermont milk. Data at that time showed Boise, Idaho, had the highest concentration of radioactive isotopes in its rain.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed solution last spring was to dramatically raise permissible radiation levels in drinking water and soil. According to director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, this would “increase a long-standing 1 in 10,000 person cancer rate to 1 in 23 persons who are exposed over and thirty-year period of time.”
Improve Your Water Quality
The aforementioned water pollutants reflect the price we pay for the unprecedented quality of life we enjoy today. The summer of 1969 was a turning point in America’s attitude toward water pollution when the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, as it has done a total of ten times since the Civil War. A few months later, President Nixon founded the Environmental Protection Agency, and a few months after that, the first Earth Day was held, and within five years, the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts were signed into law.
While many continue efforts to stop unnecessary pollution of our environment, individuals opt to protect themselves by various means such as using other water sources or by filtering their household water. Next month, you can read about these proactive measures.
Staying hydrated or getting re-hydrated should not poison the body at the same time.
If you have had success curing or relieving disease through re-hydration, please contact JeanAnn at (775) 828-7194.
JeanAnn is a free-lance writer for health and metaphysics. Heal Yourself for Real plus three more e-books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. She also does handwriting analysis and numerology. JeanAnn’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
*This article was reprinted with permission from the author.