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  • Clean Water – A Matter of Life and Death


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    Toxic substances and microorganisms that we consume are causing chronic health problems.

    We are all so naive and trusting.  We go through life blindly accepting that businesses, the media, our educational institutions, the medical community and government are going to shield us from harmful substances and situations.  The first mistake is thinking that people in these positions know more than you or that they even care what happens to you or your family.  Ignorance and indifference abounds in every segment of our society.  Every minute of every day, our health is being severely compromised and most of us, even so-called health experts, have no idea it is happening.  Unless we experience an health crisis, we mistakenly assume everything is fine.  Unfortunately, we are constantly breathing, drinking or eating toxic substances and infectious agents that could easily be eliminated from our environment.  The immediate effects tend to be subtle if even noticeable at all; however, the long-term impact can be catastrophic.  The fact that these toxins and contagions are not removed from the things we consume is not necessarily due to intentional negligence by oversight organizations, although it is a frequent occurrence, but rather a simple lack of understanding.  We need to take off the rose-colored glasses and realize that the majority of health problems we face are the direct cause of the dangerous, even deadly, substances and microorganisms we consume on a daily basis.  No one is going to protect your health for you, it is your responsibility.




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  • Toxic Water – The Silent Crisis


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    Do you really know what is coming out of your faucets or what actually constitutes clean water?

    All living organisms on earth require water in order to survive.  In fact, water was the facilitator which allowed organic compounds to merge resulting in the creation of Earth’s first life forms. It is safe to say that every mentally competent adult understands that the human body will die without water. Incredibly, this is the only statement regarding water and its relationship to the human body on which we all agree. Our biological need for clean water, while conceptually simplistic, is an extremely complex subject about which most of us are completely ignorant. Conflicting viewpoints, hidden agendas and contradictory information from so-called experts within governmental agencies and municipalities, academia, the scientific community and corporate America have left most of us turned off and tuned out of the entire matter.




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  • Water Is The Essence Of Life


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    Plenty of clean water is absolutely essential for maintaining even marginal health.

    One of the two most important components for obtaining and maintaining optimum health is proper hydration (the other being proper nutritional intake). Water is the building material for every one of our trillions of cells and facilitates every chemical reaction and bioelectrical signal within. It acts as both a solvent and a delivery mechanism, dissolving essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and glucose from food and delivering them to every cell in the body. Our bodies use water to flush out toxins the organs’ cells reject and eliminate them through urine and feces. Water has a large heat capacity which provides for efficient body temperature regulation. When sufficiently hydrated, the body is able to release heat when the ambient temperature is higher than the body’s temperature. Evaporation of water emitted from the skin’s surface (sweat) cools the body and aids metabolism. Water is a phenomenal lubricant for our joints and also acts as a buffer, or cushion, for the eyes, brain and spinal cord. Approximately 96% of the mass of the human body is made up of just four elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen with the majority in the form of water. A person possessing ideal health has a body consisting of over 70% water. Sadly, the amount within the average human body is between 50% and 60%. It is also worth noting that the more muscular the body, the more water it contains. Conversely, the more fat, the less water the body contains as fat cells possess relatively little water.




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  • The Effects Of Contaminants On The Body


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    Contaminated water can have tremendous consequences on the health of entire communities.

    Clearly, water is the basis for all life which is why we cannot live beyond 4 or 5 days without it. We can actually survive longer without food than water. Unfortunately, water is one of the single greatest sources of the contaminants found in the body such as harmful microorganisms, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, heavy metals and disinfectants. To list of all the possible adverse effects of these toxins and infectious agents on the body is impossible. However, all health problems, even conditions and symptoms that are attributed to the normal aging process or genetic predispositions, are either directly caused or exacerbated by contaminants.

    When a harmful stimulus enters the body, the immune system’s primary function is to excrete or expel it. This is typically accomplished by the digestive and urinary systems in the form of fecal matter and urine but expulsion also occurs through perspiration, saliva, menstruation and earwax and mucus secretion.




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  • Unsafe Water Effects The Health Of Entire Communities


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    Contaminated water can have tremendous consequences on the health of entire communities.

    Throughout history, extremely contaminated water has been identified as the origin of phenomenally high disease and mortality rates for entire communities. In many cases, people had to leave their homes and belongings in order to save the lives of their families. Thousands of these occurrences from around the world could be cited; however, one of the largest areas to be devastated by persistently high mortality rates and incidents of severe health disorders currently exists right here in the United States. A research study conducted by Dr. Michael Hendryx and Dr. Melissa Ahern in 2009 (“Mortality in Appalachian Coal Mining Regions: The Value of Statistical Life Lost”) found “increased rates of mortality and morbidity in Appalachia due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Compared to other regions of the country, coal-mining areas have had the highest mortality rates every year from 1979-2005. The highest mortality rates are in areas with the highest levels of mining.” In 2008, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked the health of the residents of Kentucky and West Virginia, the two states with most strip mining operations, second to last and dead last respectively in the United States.




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  • All Ground Water Is Contaminated


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    All ground water in the world is contaminated to some extent.

    While the situation in Kentucky and West Virginia detailed in the previous article (Unsafe Water Effects The Health Of Entire Communities) may be extreme in its scale and severity, it illustrates the lack of responsibility being assumed by businesses and government for the protection of our water supply. All ground water and tap water in the world is now contaminated in varying degrees. Polluted water exists in areas with relatively little residential, commercial or industrial development, even in locations considered pristine such as national parks and reservations. Rivers and streams originating in toxic areas transfer contaminants to “clean” areas. Rain water extracts pollutants from the air and deposits them into the soil and all bodies of water. Agricultural runoff from the huge tracts of commercial farming land shifts toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for miles in all directions. The same is true for urban runoff which adds oil, grease, road salts, metals, bacteria, viruses and toxic chemicals to its surrounding communities. Industrial effluents containing both organic and inorganic substances pollute water supplies through the discharge of their waste into streams and rivers and by run-off and seepage of waste storage units. Leachate from dumps and landfills poisons ground water with heavy metals, minerals, organic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, explosives, flammables and countless other toxic substances.




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  • Bottled Water Is Expensive, Inconvenient & Toxic


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    Bottled water is no cleaner or safer than tap water.

    Although it is generally accepted that tap water is unclean, most people do not realize that the vast majority of bottled water is also toxic. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a four year study of bottled water which showed that one-third of the bottled water tested contained levels of contamination that exceeded allowable limits under either state or bottled water industry standards. As absurd as the governments’ concept of clean water is, the bottled water industries’ standards can be even more dangerous. While there are a few bottled waters that test as relatively clean and energetically strong such as Fuji, Penta and Deer Park, they are still contaminated. Coupled with their high cost, this excludes bottled water as a viable source of beneficial hydration. However, if cost is not a concern, purifying natural source water found in some bottled water (and privately owned wells), with one of the systems discussed later in this article, is superior to purifying municipal water.




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  • Why Is There No Consensus?


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    Why is there no consensus regarding proper hydration and what constitutes clean water?

    What is clean water? Does my tap water contain harmful contaminants? What effects do contaminants have on my health? Is this bottled water pure? It would seem a simple matter to know the answers to these questions. Yet, there is no definitive consensus regarding these questions or any other health related issues for that matter. Why? Because the inherent structure and function of the human brain is incapable of differentiating truth from falsehood or essence from perception. Our minds rely on extremely limited cause and effect assessments. We all are simply guessing at what is beneficial for our bodies based on a subjective thought process that involves millions of contributory elements. Some of the most obvious factors that influence our opinions, beliefs, faith and other mental processes are age, gender, education, family dynamics, brain physiology, prior experience, training, language skills, IQ and psychological and intellectual expertise and capacity. These factors are dominated by the overall level of consciousness with which one is born, which is affected by our intentions, commitment, internalized goals and attention set. All these factors are further influenced by politicized cultural and societal presumptions that are accepted as ‘reality’ and intrinsic to social structure.




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  • Applied Kinesiology – The Ultimate Truth Detector


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    Muscle testing allows one to determine truth vs. falsehood

    Fortunately for some of us, the guessing game is finally over. No longer do we humans have to struggle to identify that which is true or life supporting. We can immediately know, for example, whether the water we are drinking will have adverse consequences. We can receive accurate, truthful answers to questions about the condition of our water, the existence of specific contaminants, their effect on our health, the best methods for cleaning our water or any other questions of concern. This method allows us to determine correct information that is independent of personal beliefs, experience or education with heretofore unparalleled speed, ease and accuracy. This innate ability to immediately distinguish between positive (truth) and negative (falsehood) energy has always existed within our bodies; however, the actual mechanics necessary to utilize this amazing gift was only realized at the end of the 20th century.




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  • How To Determine What Is Beneficial


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    Using applied kinesiology and the Scale of Energetics to assessment our water

    We are constantly being inundated with study after study of what is “good” for us and what is not. Even more frustrating is that much of the information is contradictory. One day a scientist releases a study that correlates alcohol consumption with an increase risk of a specific type of cancer. The following day, a major university reports findings that red wine is good for the heart. What is healthy one day is not the next. We are in a perpetual state of confusion regarding so many subjects where we must rely on the perceived expertise of others. The problem is that there is rarely a consensus about anything. The information and opinions regarding our drinking water and its consumption, contamination and purification is no exception. Conflicting research and the antithetical conclusions arise from several factors:




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  • What Is In My Water?


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    Do your really know what is in the water your drinking?

    Determining which treatment system(s) is appropriate for your household depends on a number of factors. Foremost is to determine the desired level of cleansing and the associated costs. Costs include the initial investment in equipment, long-term maintenance and parts replacement, possible water waste and energy usage. Besides budgetary considerations and what one believes to be an acceptable level of contamination, it is equally important to identify the contaminants present in the water. Identifying all harmful substances will allow for the selection an effective system that is geared toward eliminating the specific contaminants in one’s tap water.

    Owners of private wells should test their water annually since governmental testing and monitoring regulations do not apply to privately owned wells. Some local public health departments offer basic water testing services to their residents; however, these services are scarce and limited in scope. If your water is supplied by a utility, request a copy of their annual water quality report.




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  • Most Effective Methods Of Water Purification


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    A review of water distillation systems

    There are many types of water purification systems available that vary widely not only in the contaminants they remove but where they are removed (e.g. sinks, showers, whole house) and at what cost. It is important to distinguish between the primary objectives of water treatment systems, namely purification and disinfection. Water purification is the removal or elimination of any contaminant and all treatment systems will provide some form of purification. Water disinfection is the destruction or removal of microorganisms such viruses, bacteria, protozoa and other infectious agents. Only certain types of treatment systems eliminate biological organisms which are ozone generators, ultra violet light treatment and distillation. While these methods kill pathogens, the types and amounts of other contaminants they remove from the water differs greatly. No single method will provide complete purification and, typically, the higher the quality and effectiveness of the system, the higher the price tag and frequency of maintenance.




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  • Best Choices For Water Storage & Containers


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    Best choices for purifying water.

    For those individuals who are making wellness a conscious choice, the debate surrounding the use of plastic for beverage containers also continues. When used in accordance with manufacturers’ directions, certain types of plastic provide less toxic storage for water. One such plastic is BPA-free Polyethylene Terephthalate, commonly referred to as PET or PETE. While PET plastic may release fewer toxins, the controversy of possible leaching still looms large. Both varying temperatures and continuous contact with their liquid contents may contribute to the leaching of antimony. This is a toxic metallic element added to plastic to increase their strength and hardness, even those considered to be “BPA-free.” Some independent research indicates that the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in the production of plastics, mimics (human) hormones and could be linked to serious health disorders. It should be noted that debating the stability and safety of PET plastics in regards to bottled water sold commercially is irrelevant since it is not used by the bottled water industry.




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  • Our Recommendations For Purifying Water


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    Recommendations for creating the purest water

    If someone has an unlimited budget and wants the cleanest, energetically strongest water possible throughout their house, this author would install a custom whole house treatment system that would begin with a high quality absolute solid block activated carbon filter followed by high quality reverse osmosis device.  The system would then include another post solid block AC filter and would be completed with a high quality ozone generator that has a specially coated diagram to resist degradation.  This type of custom installation would eliminate 99.9% of all possible contaminants regardless of the initial condition of the source water and distribute that pure water to every plumbing fixture in the house.  Unfortunately, most of us do not possess an unlimited budget and must carefully consider what purification method will produce the best results for the money spent.




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