#5 Flint, Michigan Is This the Tip of the Iceberg?

It has been several weeks ago when Flint, Michigan was in the headlines.  The story was the water that was being piped into the homes in Flint contained unbelievable amounts of lead. Three officials have been charged with a mix of felonies and misconduct and may serve up to 5 years in prison.  The Flint water crises is a huge drinking water contamination issue.

In investigative reporting over the last several weeks, high amounts of lead has been found in many, many municipal water systems. The majority of the time it has been found to come from the old lead pipes leading into homes. In 2004 there was a crisis of lead in the Washington, DC water supply.  So this is certainly not new.

Heavy metal in our drinking water is only one of the contaminates we are exposed to – there are hundreds.  I will only discuss a couple here.  I encourage you to do your own research on this issue.

Chlorine – the chemical people are most familiar with. The addition of chlorine in drinking water has been the standard in water treatment in the U. S. since 1904.  Chlorine has done a good job in killing off most microorganisms in the water.  The bad news is that the treatment does not absolutely ensure that by the time our drinking water comes out of our home faucet it is free of unhealthy microorganisms.

According to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, “The cancer risk to people who drink chlorinated water is 93% higher than those don’t.”  Also, according to the EPA we are ingesting 300 to 600 times what the EPA considers safe. The major problem with chlorine is when it reacts with other contaminates in our water, forming chemicals known as DBP’s.  The EPA and the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services lists chlorine as a probable human carcinogen.

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has stated that long term drinking of chlorinated water increases the risk of bladder cancer by 80% and chlorinated water has been officially linked to an increased incidence of colon cancer and breast cancer.

So if chlorine is so toxic, you ask, why haven’t government authorities done anything about it.  Again, we can go back to money and influence.  The EPA tried to have chlorine removed, but lost in court to the powerful Chemical Manufacturers Association.  So chlorine remains in our water supply.

Is there a better way?  A handful of cities such as Las Vegas and Santa Clara, Calif. have begun treating their water through a process called ozonation.  It is more expensive, but the side effects are minimal. Ozonation has been widely used in water treatment systems in Europe and Asia since the 1800’s.

If you have read this far and are feeling that this is too negative, hang on, I will provide solutions for you.

Fluoride. Scientific evidence shows fluoride is not safe to ingest.  It is a toxic waste

Product from the production of aluminum.  Studies stating fluoride benefited teeth were paid for by the very industry that needed to get rid of this toxic waste product. ALCOA Aluminum was the main company and Rockefeller being one of the principle owners.  Thousands of tons of industrial waste are poured into our drinking water each year.

Fluoride has been banned in 97% of Western Europe.  Research from the UK’s University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful. Tests have shown that the reduction of dental cavities from fluoride is primarily due to it’s topical application instead of ingestion.  It was never meant to be consumed.  Published in the Scientific World Journal, the review which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concluded that early research showing a reduction of children’s tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation was flawed and did not adequately measure the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption and that overconsumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption.

The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.  It is highly toxic to us and much more to our children. In addition, a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, has linked fluoride consumption with decreased IQ in children.  This is only one of many studies linking fluoride with diminished IQ in children.

Fluoridated tap water and toothpaste are considered the main sources of fluoride exposure, but if you are eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables you are exposing yourself and your families to over 180 times more fluoride than what you are getting in your water. Cyolite, a pesticide, is composed of sodium aluminum fluoride and is used widely as a pesticide on non-organic fruits and vegetables.  Also, if you think because you do not swallow your toothpaste it is not harmful, you are wrong.  Did you know that the receptors in your mouth carry anything we put into our mouth to the cells in our body within 20 seconds?

I will explain how to avoid fluoride in our drinking water later in Lu’s Views, but please stop buying fluoridated toothpaste, especially for your children.  I personally use baking soda and coconut oil and make my own toothpaste.  Plus there are plenty of non-fluoridated toothpastes in our local health food stores.

Good oral health and strong healthy teeth are not the result of drinking fluoridated water or brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, but rather it is about a healthy diet.

The Environmental Working Group analysis of 20 million gallons of tap water quality tests found a total of 316 contaminants, including industrial solvents, pesticides, prescription drugs, etc. in water supplied to the public.

The reason for writing this article is to make you aware of the serious problem at hand.  I will give you choices so that you can safe guard your families.  You do have a choice.  You do not have to expose yourself and your families to these contaminates.

Next week I will talk about bottled water.  This is not the answer.  Hang in there Baby

#4 Not All Water Is Created Equal

In last week’s newsletter I ended with “Why was it when I was a kid we did not go around with a bottle of water and why is the bottled water industry such a mega industry today?  Maybe it is because we drink, but do not satisfy our thirst.  Unfortunately, today the water we get from our facets (and in bottles) is not only contaminated, but is devoid of the minerals our bodies require.  We no longer have “living water”, but dead water that really does not hydrate us the way our body needs to be hydrated.”

 

In this week’s Lu’s Views I want to elaborate more on the fact that we are lacking in minerals and talk about some of the consequences of that in relationship to our health.

 

As I had mentioned in last week’s Lu’s Views, our body is made up of approximate 60-70% of liquid, not just water.  There are two pools of liquid in our bodies – inside our cells & outside our cells.  This liquid is made up of electrolytes – minerals.

 

Minerals are essential for just about every single metabolic process in our bodies.  When you are mineral deficient many of the processes in our bodies break down. Dehydration produces so many signs – which Big Pharma has labeled “diseases.”  Some of these are:

  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cramps & Twitches
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular Disease

But you say “I eat a healthy diet.”  Unfortunately, unless you buy organic vegetables, you are not getting the minerals your body needs from your food.  Even with organic vegetables, the soil they are grown in must be nutrient rich. Soil depletion has been well documented since the US Senate made their study back in 1936.

An example – apples in 1950 you would get 4.3 mg of iron – same apple in 1998 you would have to eat 26 apples.  That was almost 20 years ago, think of how much more our soils have depleted since then.  Minerals give our fruits and vegetables their flavor, that is why a tomato or apple today does not have that same delicious flavor we remember.  Think about eating that juicy peach or apricot we ate as a kid.  Does not taste the same today.

Back to the water.  So how do we hydrate our bodies with our water. The simplest way to increase the mineral content of the water we drink is to add a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt.  Why this particular salt?  Himalayan salt contains 84 different minerals.  “But my doctor says to cut down on my salt intake.”  The main reason we are ingesting too much salt is we are eating processed foods.  The table salt we use and the salt used in processed foods has been depleted of it’s natural mineral content, plus bleached to make it white.  Do avoid table salt.

Another easy way to add minerals to your water is to squeeze a little lemon juice in your water.  There are recipes on the internet to make your own “sports” drink.  DO NOT fall for the latest craze of buying these sugar laden sports drinks on the market today!  Adding unsweetened organic cranberry juice and a dollop of raw honey will give you a quick “sports” drink.

Remember, when you are sweating, you are not losing water, but minerals, and drinking plain water will not hydrate you or replace the electrolytes your body is losing.

 

I have added a short video that is very interesting on today’s subject.

I am not finished talking about water as yet.  Next week I will go into the contaminates in our water and give you some solutions.

 

#3 Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not A Drop to Drink

 

 

Some of my readers may recognize this line from the poem “The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel T. Coleridge.  It was written in 1798 and tells a tale of dark misfortune.

When reading the recent headline of the problems in Flint, Michigan, or when reading an article in the paper on the high amounts of chlorine and fluoride, in addition to hundreds of other toxins in our drinking water, you wonder if this is going to be our lament in the future.

As you may have guessed, my lead line in last weeks “Lu’s Views”, “what is our most important nutrient?” was referring to water. The human body requires more water than any other nutrient. Virtually everything that happens in our bodies requires the assistance of H2O to take place.  That means without sufficient amounts of water, life processes suffer. The following are some of the results of not properly hydrating ourselves.

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • 37% of Americans thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs.
  • A 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory & lack of focus.
  • Just 5 glasses of water daily may decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%.
  • Constipation is often caused by inadequate water intake.

How Much Is Enough

With all that being said, how much is enough?  You may have heard that eight cups a day is the recommended amount.  That is a good ballpark figure. It is true that our bodies extract water from the foods and other liquids we consume, but that was accounted for when the guidelines were established.  Most of us require an average of five to eight cups per day in addition to that contained in our food.

The best gauge of how much do we need is really up to each one of us.  When you get thirsty – drink water. Your body, within reason, can adjust to varying levels of water intake.  If you drink less water, your body won’t eliminate as much and you will get thirsty.  If you drink more water than you need, your body will eliminate the excess.   Actually drinking too much water can be a problem in and of itself.  Drinking too much water could lead to the depletion of vital electrolytes in our system.  If you are exercising and sweating a lot, or if you work outside and sweat a lot, you need to drink more water.  Also drinking too much water during a meal could lead to diluting your digestive enzymes.

You hear that some people say our body is made up of 60-70% water. Well that is only half true.  Our bodies contain liquids with electrolytes, not plain water. So the liquids we ingest should contain the minerals or electrolytes our bodies need, meaning minerals like magnesium, calcium (another important subject), sodium, iodine, potassium and iron – which in fact we are no longer getting from our water. (This will be another major discussion at a later date.)

Why was it when I was a kid we did not go around with a bottle of water and why is the bottled water industry such a mega industry today?  Maybe it is because we drink, but do not satisfy our thirst.  Unfortunately, today the water we get from our facets is not only contaminated, but is devoid of the minerals our bodies require.  We no longer have “living water”, but dead water that really does not hydrate us the way our body needs to be.

In next week’s issue I will go more into what are the contaminates in our water supply that are toxic.  Besides lead, there are many, many other contaminates to be concerned about.  But don’t worry, I will not leave you hanging without a solution to this major problem.  Stay tuned.