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American Waters…SOS!

American Waters…SOS!

Whether meandering eastern brooks under heavy sunlight or rushing western streams breached by salmon, rivers and waterways are as idyllic as America gets. Even a writer as wary of sentiment as William S. Burroughs wasn’t immune, noting, “What I want for dinner is a bass fished in Lake Huron in 1920.” The date is key: White bass caught in Lake Huron today contain PCBs (as well as mercury and the pesticides DDT and toxaphene) in levels high enough that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends pregnant women and children eat them no more than six times per year. Sport fishermen who regularly eat fish caught there, and in other Great Lakes, may have a harder time conceiving children, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. And Lake Huron isn’t as polluted as other Great Lakes. While we’ve stopped pollutants from many single sources, such as outlets from factories, we are a far cry from ending pollution from scattered sources like agricultural runoff. Can we turn back the clock to save our fish and ourselves from the toxic contaminants and invasive species we dump in our waters, not to mention preventing the waters from being siphoned to extinction by cities, agriculture and industry? Contaminated Waterways Aging sewer systems and small municipalities without public sewers spill untreated sewage laden with bacteria and viruses into the Iowa River and others across the country, as noted in American Rivers’ recent report America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2007. But treated sewage pouring into rivers isn’t much better, especially when hormonedisrupting chemicals from pharmaceuticals and laundry detergents (see “Virtuous Cycles”) sweep through treatment plants and into rivers, altering the reproductive abilities of fish. Not only can this lower their fertility, but estrogenic chemicals in the flesh and fat of fish caught downstream from waste-treatment facilities can cause human cancer cells to grow in vitro, as announced this April by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Center for Environmental Oncology at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research. Now, research into Atlantic salmon shows that hormone-disrupting chemicals may have played a major role in the near extinction of these fish. Salmon larvae exposed for 21 days to low levels of nonylphenol, which can end up in waterways from laundry detergents as well as from industrial discharge, face long-term health effects that threaten their survival. “A full year later, exposures...

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Why Purified Water and Distilled Water are Bad For You?

Why Purified Water and Distilled Water are Bad For You?

by Zoltan P. Rona MD, MSc During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins. Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled water or purified water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous. Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of purified water in the 1970’s when it first became a fad with the health food crowd. Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed. Reverse osmosis or purified water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. Studies validate the benefits of drinking purified water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time). Fasting using purified water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking foods in distilled water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value. Purified water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more purified water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Purified” water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water. The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from purified water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine. The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging. A growing number of health care practitioners and...

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The History of the Water We Drink

The History of the Water We Drink

Almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered with water. With that much water, people have taken it for granted that clean water would always be available. Increasingly, we are finding that this might not be so. Despite decades of effort cleaning up lakes, streams, and groundwater — and regulations and laws that have been passed to reduce industrial pollution of water supplies — new forms of pollution are being discovered daily.On one hand, we are told by health authorities – both local and federal – that municipal drinking water supplies are cleaner and healthier than ever. Yet there are reports, usually buried within documents not readily available to the public, indicating that major problems still face us — and that they may be worsening. Until the Middle Ages, most advanced societies devoted tremendous effort and financial resources to assure their people had clean water. There are a number of biblical references to the importance of clean water. Ezekiel mentions “healing” polluted water, and both Leviticus and Deuteronomy outline methods of public sanitation. In the book “The Water We Drink,” Dr. Joshua Barzilay and co-authors cite Roman laws against having a cemetery, furnace, tannery, or slaughterhouse within 25 meters of a well. Clean water for drinking and bathing was a major concern of the Romans. Most of us are aware of their extensive system of aqueducts. They had an elaborate filtration system, too, much of which is still used today. With the fall of the Roman Empire, however, came an end to public sanitation. Streets littered with garbage and even human waste became a common sight. Epidemics were the result, yet no efforts were made to correct the situation for nearly 500 years. In fact, for hundreds of years most war-related deaths were due to disease, not battle wounds. The Age of Enlightenment in the 17th century brought a shift toward science and reasoning as well as widespread industrialization. Yet a new problem appeared: the industrial pollution of lakes and streams. It wasn’t until the 19th century that poor sanitation methods began to be widely recognized as a major source for disease. Pasteur and Koch discovered that water contained microorganisms that could cause human disease, and an effort to clean up water supplies ensued. In the mid-19th century, a few decades before their theories were published, diarrhea related diseases were the third leading cause of death in the United...

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Water – The Stuff Of Life

Water – The Stuff Of Life

“Water and Salt – Your Healers From Within” Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj “Chronic pains of the body which cannot easily be explained as injury or infection should first and foremost be interpreted as signals of chronic water shortage in the area where the pain is registered. These pain signals should first be considered and excluded as primary indicators for dehydration of the body before any other complicated procedures are forced on the patient.” – Dr F Batmanghelidj The human body is a bio-electrical water machine that requires a quart a day for every 50 lbs of body weight. The blood alone is made up of a large percentage of watery serum. The lymph fluids which transport waste and nutrients, comprising four times the volume of blood in the body, are made from the water we consume. Every cell that makes us who we are literally owes its life to an adequate supply of fresh, clean water. When the body does not receive a constant, reliable supply of water, it has to ration what is available and cut back on certain functions to make the supply go round. Essential systems like the brain are prioritized, others are impaired or cut back until the brain has decided a reliable source of water has been garnered. Here’s the rub. Most citizens have become chronically and dangerously dehydrated (especially the elderly), since we decided water was too bland to drink and ignored it in favor of tea, coffee, beer, wine, addictive sodas, flavored water and other chemical-laced water alternatives. A disastrous and dangerous move for the body and society’s health in general, to be sure, compounded further since most doctors today cannot readily identify the many water-deficient diseases and associated pains. Thus the underlying dehydration process continues to wreak its havoc while the inevitable drugs given will switch off the warning signals (symptoms). Consider the following conditions: Heartburn, arthritis, lupus, asthma, ‘high cholesterol’, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer formation, hot flushes and menstrual problems, obesity, allergies, bulimia, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, angina, lower back pain, gout, kidney stones, skin disorders, diabetes, fungal/yeast overgrowths, multiple sclerosis, allergies, migraine headaches, general aches and pains, morning sickness, depression, heavy/burdensome periods, colitis, dyspepsia, peptic ulcers… Are all – in various ways – linked to a chronic state of dehydration? World-renowned water expert Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, in his latest bestseller, “Water and Salt – Your Healers From Within,”...

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Oxygen Rich Water

Oxygen Rich Water

Enagic water contains more oxygen than regular tap water. This added Oxygen varies according to the pH selected and is present in the form of alkaline hydroxide ions (OH). The body makes use of the oxygen bound in the hydroxide compound when the aspirated oxygen (O2) runs low in the blood stream. This benefit will be most apparent during exercise and physical labor. It has been written that Ionized Water “may also lower blood pressure and help the heart work less hard.” Quoted from Reverse Aging, Sang Whang. Dr. Arthur Guyton in the Textbook of Medical Physiology stated: “The first step in maintaining health is to alkalize the body. The cells of a healthy body are alkaline while the cells of a diseased body are acidic. Since our bodies do not manufacture alkalinity, we must supply the alkalinity from an outside source to keep us from being acidic and dying.” Oxygen is key to cellular health. We must keep the oxygen levels around our cells and in the blood at good levels. Acidic fluids cannot hold dissolve oxygen very well. We need alkaline fluids in our bodies to hold the oxygen. Technically speaking, the H+ atoms in an acid combine with the oxygen to form H20 (water). So the oxygen tends to neutralize the acid (uses up the H+ found in acid) but it also uses up the oxygen so that it is not available for cellular metabolism. However, alkaline fluids can hold dissolved oxygen, which is why the blood has to be slightly alkaline to carry oxygen to our cells. “Disease can not survive in an alkaline fluid. Oxygen rich alkaline body fluids are more capable of killing viruses.” There is a constant interplay of the pH of the fluids inside the cell and the fluids outside the cell. Normally, the pH of a cell is 6.5 or higher and the sugar glucose is broken down into nucleotides, which are the basic building blocs of DNA (the basic blue print of the body). If, on the other hand, the fluids inside a cell become too acidic (pH of 6.0 rather than the normal 6.5) the sugar glucose molecule breaks in half forming two lactic acid molecules which make the inside of the cell even more acidic. {1} “This is probably the main reason why acidosis results in degenerative diseases, and why raising the body’s fluid pH can result...

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