High Quality Water

19 05 2010

A recently recognized threat discovered in your water supply is disinfection byproducts, or DBPs.

If you have not heard of DBPs before, you need to pay close attention as it turns out that DBPs, not chlorine, are responsible for nearly all the toxic effects of chlorinated water. Chlorine by itself is relatively harmless, but its side effects, by producing DBPs, is what causes nearly all of the problems.

As it turns out, DBPs are over 10,000 times more toxic than chlorine, and out of all the other toxins and contaminations present in your water, such as fluoride and miscellaneous pharmaceutical drugs, DBPs may be the absolute worst of the bunch.

Unfortunately, few people are aware of this toxic threat, and those who are aware may still not realize that not all water filtration systems are capable of filtering out DBPs. In fact, there is currently no point-of-entry, whole-house water filtration system that is certified to filter out these toxins.

If you fail to understand this fact, it is virtually impossible to make a wise choice when selecting how you filter your drinking water. There is a high likelihood you are unaware of this, and the deceptive marketing of the industry may lead you to make choices that are actually NOT protecting you and your family.

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How Can DBPs Harm Your Health?

Trihalomethanes (THMs) are Cancer Group B carcinogens, meaning they’ve been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

DBPs have also been linked to reproductive problems in both animals and humans, and human studies suggest that lifetime consumption of chlorine-treated water can more than double the risk of bladder and rectal cancers in certain individuals.

One such study found that smoking men who drank chlorinated tap water for more than 40 years faced double the risk of bladder cancer compared with smoking men who drank non-chlorinated water.

A second study found that rates for rectal cancers for both sexes escalated with duration of consumption of chlorinated water. Individuals on low-fiber diets who also drank chlorinated water for over 40 years more than doubled their risk for rectal cancer, compared with lifetime drinkers of non-chlorinated water.

As the vast majority of the U.S. population continues to receive and consume disinfected or chlorinated drinking water, we can assume that Americans are consuming disinfection byproducts every single day, and the number of related cancer cases could be substantial.

DBPs are Even More Dangerous Through Skin Exposure!

As bad as it is to consume DBPs, they may wreak even more havoc when they’re absorbed through your skin!

A study published in the Journal of Environmental Sciences last year found that swimming in a chlorinated pool presented an unacceptable cancer risk.

They concluded that the cancer risk of trihalomethanes from various routes in descending order was:

-skin exposure while swimming
-gastro-intestinal exposure from tap water intake
-skin exposure to tap water
-gastro-intestinal exposure while swimming

But the cancer risk from skin exposure while swimming was over 94 percent of the total cancer risk resulting from being exposed to THMs!

THMs formed in chlorinated swimming pools have also been linked to spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital malformations, even at lower levels.

This is one of the primary reasons I rarely ever dip in a pool. I far prefer to swim in a lake or the ocean.

The Intentionally Added Contaminants You Need to Watch Out For:

The impurities in U.S. tap water are enough to boggle your mind, but it is truly important that you become aware of these substances.

Let’s start with fluoride. Fluoride has been added to the U.S. water supply for over 50 years to prevent dental decay. However, swallowing fluoride is not a wise practice. This chemical:

-Accumulates in your bones, making them brittle and more easily fractured, and in your pineal gland, which may inhibit the production of the hormone melatonin, which helps regulate the onset of puberty

-Damages tooth enamel (known as dental fluorosis) and may lower fertility rates
Has been found to increase the uptake of aluminum into the brain and lead into blood

-Inhibits antibodies from forming in the blood

-Confuses the immune system, causing it to attack the body’s tissues. This can increase the growth rate of tumors in people prone to cancer

Other Dangers in Your Drinking Water…

As reported in New Scientist, a comprehensive survey of U.S. drinking water reveals that your drinking water is also likely laced with a wide variety of pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals.

The 11 most frequently detected compounds were:

Atenolol, a beta-blocker used to treat cardiovascular disease

Atrazine, an organic herbicide banned in the European Union which has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes in animal behavior

Carbamazepine, a mood-stabilizing drug used to treat bipolar disorder

Estrone, an estrogen hormone secreted by the ovaries and blamed for causing gender changes in fish

Gemfibrozil, an anti-cholesterol drug

Meprobamate, a tranquilizer used in psychiatric treatment

Naproxen, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory linked to increases in asthma incidence

Phenytoin, an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy

Sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic

TCEP, a reducing agent used in molecular biology

Trimethoprim, another antibiotic

So, What are Your Healthiest Water Options?

Your best bet for ensuring your water does not contain DBPs and various pharmaceutical agents is to filter your own water, at home, using a reverse osmosis filter.

While installing a filter to purify your drinking water is a wise decision as it will eliminate virtually all of the drugs and DBPs, it may not be enough. Your skin absorbs both water and chemicals — as illustrated in the study on swimming pool contamination and cancer risk mentioned above – so you could still be exposing yourself to dangerous levels of contaminants when you:

-Shower or bathe
-Wash your hands
-Wash laundry
-Rinse fruits and vegetables
-Wash dishes, glasses, and other utensils

The biggest risk here is your shower. You can easily absorb as many toxins in one shower as you would by drinking tap water all week long.

Why is Filtering Your Water So Important?

You simply cannot rely on municipal sources or government agencies to keep your water clean.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. recently told ABC News there are more than 140 chemicals in U.S. drinking water that are not regulated by the EPA. This includes, gasoline, pesticides, rocket fuel, prescription drugs and more.

Further, more than 20 percent of U.S. water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, yet fewer than 6 percent of the violations were ever fined or punished!

Adding to the problem are numerous outdated and overwhelmed sewer systems, many of which were built more than a century ago. In 1972, the Clean Water Act was enacted to upgrade many U.S. sewer systems, yet despite updates made in the ‘70s and ‘80s, many are still overwhelmed.

As a result, sewage spilling into waterways is a common occurrence. In fact, the New York Times reported that in the last three years more than 9,400 of the 25,000 U.S. sewage systems have violated the law by dumping untreated or partially treated human waste, chemicals and other hazardous materials into rivers, lakes and other waterways.

Nearly all municipal water supplies also have fluoride (a highly toxic bone poison) added during water treatment, both of which are detrimental to your health. Europeans have known for many years that fluoride is toxic and have long since removed it from their water supplies, but it still is used in the United States.

And then there are disinfection byproducts, or DBPs. If you have not heard of DBPs before, you need to pay close attention as it turns out that DBPs, not chlorine, are responsible for nearly all the toxic effects of chlorinated water. Chlorine by itself is relatively harmless, but its side effects, by producing DBPs, cause nearly all of the problems — including reproductive disorders and cancer.

So when you help yourself to a glass of water from your kitchen faucet, it may look much more pure than it actually is.

What I Use to Filter My Water

Your best source of water is having an artesian well in your backyard, as that is some of the finest water in the world. Very few people are fortunate enough to have this, however.

Fortunately, the alternative to having pure water is simple: use a high-quality filter for your home, including one for your shower.

My personal favorite, and the one I personally use, is a high-quality reverse osmosis (RO) filter. You just need to add a few minerals back to the water, but the water is far superior to distilled water. RO reliably removes virtually every possible contaminant that could be in the water, providing pure water for your health and the health of your family.

Most people fail to realize that taking a typical shower can expose you to nearly ten times more chlorine than you would receive by drinking unfiltered tap water all day long.

Purchase a shower filter here.

Reason’s to NOT drink BOTTLED water (about 40 percent of bottled water IS regular tap water): Mercola.com article.

Best place to find water:


For more info about healthy, high-quality water: here, here, and here.




One response

31 05 2010
shana donohue

Do you know which bottled water had been being bottled in Massachusetts near a hazardous waste zone? When I do a search online, all I get is “labeled as ‘spring’ water depicting a lake surrounded by mountains on its label”.

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