Not only should we put the kind of food into our bodies that will provide high quality fuel with few toxins, we also must of necessity provide our bodies with clean water that is free of toxins. Living water is water that is free of toxins and contains nutrients that the body requires for health. Living water brings life to the body, while "dead" water brings death to the body. The EPA has set standards for only 7 of the 70,000 toxic chemicals used in water treatment. However, only 50 of the 79,000 regulated public water systems in the United States use activated carbon filters. Without activated carbon filters, the majority of chemical contaminates are not removed. What kind of chemical contaminants are we talking about, and what are their effects?
In my opinion, the number one contaminant in water today is the fluoride added to our drinking water. It is causing serious and massive health problems in people who do not even suspect that it might be a cause. In addition, most physicians are unaware that fluoride poses significant health risks, even though numerous articles have appeared in mainstream medical journals during the last decade about fluoride's dangers, and the largest study of the effect of fluoride on children's teeth showed that use of fluoride did not significantly reduce cavities.
According to the book Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, fluoride is more poisonous than lead, and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic. The US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has classified fluoride in the top 20 substances most dangerous to human health. Even extremely small amounts of fluoride can damage the immune system, inhibit the action of enzymes, create arthritic conditions or encourage pre-existing ones, and cause dental fluorosis in children.
Fluoride has been shown to have a direct relationship to depression and symptoms of hyperthyroidism. It also has the ability to transform normal cells to cancer cells. This has been confirmed by research. It is also a cumulative toxin, meaning it is stored in the body until it reaches levels toxic enough to effect health (and it doesn't take long to reach that level).
What is fluoride exactly? It is derived from the element fluorine, which is a corrosive, yellow gas. For this reason, when it is found in nature it is always combined with minerals. It is considered an environmental pollutant, a by-product of the aluminum, steel, phosphate-fertilizer, glass, cement and other industries. The dumping of this substance into the environment in the past caused the destruction of crops and animals, and many lawsuits ensued. However, in an interesting turn of events, the public was convinced that fluoride was a valuable and necessary nutrient, and instead of dumping this lethal compound into the environment, they began dumping it into the water supply. It saved them millions of dollars.
Even though most chemical contaminants, such as chlorine, are removed by an activated charcoal filter, fluoride is NOT removed without a reverse-osmosis type filter. The concentration in water is supposed to be only 1 ppm (parts per million). However, in toothpaste it is 1000 ppm and in fluoride dental rinses it is 10,000 ppm. So not only should fluoridated water be avoided, but any fluoridated dental product. For Fluoride-free dental products, Click Here.
Lead is another extremely potent poison. The EPA estimates that 40 million Americans have excess lead in their drinking water, and it has been estimated that 60 to 80 percent of all cancers are the result of toxic chemicals in our air, water, and food. Lead poisoning can result in birth defects, mental retardation, high blood pressure, hyperactivity, and other brain and nervous system problems. According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a dosage of lead which would have little effect on an adult can have a huge effect on a child, so children, infants, and fetuses are the most vulnerable. Infants who receive formula get 40 to 60 percent of their lead intake from the water mixed with the formula. Also, children who are in periods of rapid growth absorb any lead present in their diet more rapidly than anyone else would. Often, the symptoms of lead poisoning are mistaken for flu or other common illnesses. Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all.
Among the chemicals used in the treatment of water are chlorine and alum (form of aluminum). Autopsy reports on Alzheimer's patients found 70% more aluminum in the brain than that of someone that did not suffer from Alzheimer's. Alum contributes to aluminum toxicity, which has been identified as a possible contributor to Alzheimer's disease. Of course, there is no EPA standard for aluminum.
Many are sensitive to chlorine and become ill when consuming it through the water faucet. Furthermore, chlorine is know to react with organic compounds, forming THM (trihalomethanes), which are known to cause various types of cancer. Drinking tap water has been linked to bladder cancer in 10 out of the 11 studies researched on this subject. Also, the combination of chlorine and cholesterol in the diet (not cholesterol by itself) has been linked to increased heart problems.
In tests on laboratory animals, fluoride has been shown to enhance the brain's absorption of aluminum. Three different osteoporosis studies have associated hip fractures with fluoridation. And excessive fluoride has been shown to damage the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, leading to limited joint mobility, ligament calcification, muscular degeneration and neurological effects. Fluoride is also linked to as many as 10,000 cancer deaths per year, with a high incidence of bone cancer among men exposed to fluoridated water.
So, it is obvious that we want to avoid unfiltered water. It is preferable to have a system that uses both activated charcoal and reverse osmosis.
What validation is there for the claims I have made? Here are some links that you can read for yourselves. Each link contains many more that you can follow, and I hope you will.
Toxic Chemicals in Your Water
Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine - By Dr. Joseph M. Price, M.D.
Drinking Water Contaminants
American Dental Association - Fluoride is Dangerous, especially for children's teeth
Fluoride and Health
There is much more that I could have included. I hope you will see just how dangerous these contaminants can be, and will avoid them.
How much water should we drink? Take your weight, divide by two, and this will tell you the MINIMUM number of ounces to drink per day. The more you weigh, the more water you need to drink.
I hope you will choose to drink living water, the only kind of water that can nurture your body. After you have filtered your water, you need to add minerals to it to make it living. If the water does not have minerals in it, drinking it will leach minerals from your body.
Sometimes people ask me why I can't write something positive. Well, asking me to write something positive and balanced about fluoride is like asking me to write something positive and balanced about Hitler....what could I possibly write? Some things are bad, period.
Here is a good ionic trace minerals supplement to add to your filtered water after it is cleaned. The supplement must be in IONIC form to be absorbable.
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