#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

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