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EXPOSED: Cities intentionally poisoning drinking water

The cities of Flint, Michigan and Sacramento, California both thought they found a way to save money on municipal water treatment. What neither city told it’s residents was that their cost-cutting measures would endanger public safety. In Flint,

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Flint Michigan and Sacramento California both exposed their residents to poisoned drinking water – intentionally

a state of emergency has been declared after it was found that children in the city had lead levels in their blood that were 10 times higher than what is deemed dangerous by the EPA. In Sacramento, the city added a chemical to the water called aluminum chlorohydrate, which forms carcinogenic disinfection byproducts. What’s truly shocking about both cases is that each city knew that their cost-cutting efforts could result in polluted drinking water and they did it anyways.

Update: Legionnaires Disease outbreak in Flint may be caused by Flint River water

1/18/16: The situation in Flint, Michigan discussed in this article is still breaking. Late-breaking news sources report that there is an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease that may be linked to poisoned water from the Flint River. 87 cases of Legionnaires has been reported, 10 of which were fatal. Most of the victims were and are children. Updates will be posted to this blog as they come available.

Sacramento secretly adds cancer-causing chemical to water supply

Starting in 2013, the City of Sacramento decided to conduct an “experiment” to save money on water treatment. Residents of Sacramento were never notified that they were taking part in the city’s water treatment experiment. The city replaced the alum normally used as a flocculent with aluminum chlorohydrate. A flocculent binds to sediment, silt, and other impurities to make them easier to filter out. However, early on in the experiment, it was discovered that the aluminum chlorohydrate was not working well at all. The city decided to double down on it’s failed experiment and added massive amounts of chlorine to it’s water to compensate.

Chlorine + Aluminum Chlorohydrate = Carcinogens

Clearly, Sacramento failed chemistry 101. The aluminum chlorohydrate and the massive amount of chlorine in the water formed carcinogenic disinfection byproducts known as trihalomethanes. Due to public outcry, Sacramento ended its experiment about a year ago, but the damage has already been done: Levels of trihalomethanes in Sacramento’s water remain dangerously high.

Sacramento also plagued by Chromium-6: The Erin Brockovich chemical

Trihalomethanes aren’t the only carcinogen threatening the health and safety of Sacramento residents: The north part of the city is also being exposed to Chromium-6 which is leeching from McClellan Air Force base. As late as June of 2015, The Sacramento Bee reported that water from 6 of the 11 wells used to draw water for the Rio Linda-Elverta water district were found to have Chromium 6 contamination that is well above the EPA’s safe limit for Chromium 6. Currently, nothing is being done about the Chromium 6 contamination.

Drinking water poisoned with lead in Flint Michigan

The problems for Flint began when Governor Rick Snyder disenfranchised the city management of Flint, and replaced it with an appointed “emergency” manager named Darnell Earley. The manager decided to save money in April of 2014 by switching Flint’s water supply from the Flint river, instead of using the Detroit city water system. The problem is, the Flint river is very salty, and that salt immediately began corroding the pipes in Flint’s antiquated municipal water system. Those corroded pipes released massive amounts of lead into the city water supply.

The problems were noticeable right away; the water started smelling like rotten eggs. Children and others exposed to the water began developing rashes and falling sick. Still, the city’s emergency manager insisted that there was nothing wrong with the water. In fact, the city responded to residents complaints by substantially raising the amount of chlorine in the water. This made the problem even worse by forming additional carcinogenic disinfection byproducts. Tests of Flint drinking water done about 30 days after the switch, in May of 2014 showed that the water contained 900 times the permissible level of lead.

EPA Investigation has begun

Many sources are reporting that Governor Rick Snyder was fully aware of the test results from May of 2014, but still chose to do nothing. In fact, as late as February 2015, officials from Governor Snyder’s administration insisted that there was nothing wrong with Flint’s water. Flint’s water supply was recently switched back to the City of Detroit’s water supply, but as of Jan, 2016, the contamination in the city’s water infrastructure is so severe, the water’s still not safe to drink. The EPA recently announced that it has begun an investigation to find out why Governor Snyder and his emergency manager decided to wait almost a year after finding out that Flint’s water was poisoned before taking action.

Is your city’s water poisonous?

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million americans are being exposed to a dangerous chemical compound in their water that is used to make Teflon. Oil spills earlier this year fouled water for thousands of residents in Montana. Studies have shown that fracking operations are contaminating water supplies all across the nation. Coal mining creates some of the worst water pollution. According to the EPA, 72% of all toxic water problems come from coal-fired power plants. The use of coal pollutes drinking water all across the south with toxic metals like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, and more.

Help is not on the way

Despite increasing water quality problems across the country, help is not on the way. Many cities continue to try and cut costs by neglecting water infrastructure, or by experimenting with cheap “substitute” chemicals. Chances are very high that your water supply is contaminated by one or more toxins that your city isn’t telling you about. Your only defense is to filter your water yourself. If you are concerned about your water quality, it’s best to have it tested, don’t take your local water utility’s word that it’s safe!

Filtration solutions that protect you and your family

Your best bet is to install a whole home water filtration system such as LIFE’s Dolphin Whole Home Filtration System. Water softeners do not filter out toxins, so if you have a water softener system, it’s not protecting your from toxic chemicals. The Dolphin system is the ideal whole home filtration solution because it uses ion-trapping technology to bind pollutants in water so they can’t enter your home. Ion-trapping is effective against a wider spectrum of toxins than conventional filtration such as activated carbon. Because of this, the Dolphin system is your best bet for protecting yourself and your family from unknown toxins that your city may be poisoning your water supply with.

Detoxification with alkaline water

If you live in an area such as Flint, Sacramento, or other areas where the water has been poisoned with heavy metals, alkaline water may be able to help you detoxify your body from them. Research has shown that alkaline water could detox your body of 10 different heavy metals. It also may help prevent your body from absorbing toxins. The pH of the water you drink determines what your body absorbs from it. Research from Sweden shows that women who drank alkaline well water absorbed nutrients like calcium and magnesium. Women who drank acidic well water absorbed toxins like mercury. The findings from the Swedish research were so definitive that researchers in the study concluded “alkaline water may protect against the toxic effects of mercury”.

 

Worried about what’s in your water? Call us at 855 790-8121 for a free, no obligation water quality consultation

 

References

 

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of

electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>.

 

Rosborg, I, B Nihlgard, and L Gerhardsson. “Hair element concentrations in females in

one acid and one alkaline area in southern Sweden.” PubMed NCBI. Ambio, n.d. Web. 3 Jul 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14703901>.

 

5 Amazing but True Facts about Water

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Some of sciences greatest mysteries have to do with the strange ways that water behaves. Water should be a gas at room temperature, but it’s not. You would think that ice is heavier than liquid water, but it’s not. Water can have amazing health restorative properties, or it can poison you. Test your knowledge of water with these five amazing but true facts about water.

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One of the most awe inspiring facts about water is: Without it, all life on Earth would perish

Most of our drinking water comes from just one ten thousandth of one percent of Earth’s water

A lot less drinkable water than you might think: Rivers are the source of most of the fresh water we drink, yet rivers constitute just 1/10,000th of a percent of all water on Earth. There is actually more freshwater underground than there is on the surface of the Earth. Most of the freshwater is locked up in glaciers and icecaps. Over 96% of the water on Earth is saltwater.

One of the scariest facts about water: Of that precious 1/10,000th of one percent of all water, most of it is polluted with man-made chemicals. This is why you should properly filter your water before drinking it.

Ice is lighter than liquid water

The solid form of water floats instead of sinking because ice is lighter than liquid water. The reason is that ice is actually less dense than liquid water. The reason that liquid water is liquid even though it’s less dense is that in liquid form, water molecules break apart. In solid form, water molecules bond together, forming a solid. But when they bond together, they’re actually farther apart from each other than they are in liquid form! This also explains why pipes burst when they freeze. They form a pyramid-like structure that spreads  water molecules out, and that bursts the pipe.

Why your fingers and toes wrinkle in the tub, but the rest of your skin doesn’t

After you’ve soaked in the tub for a while, your fingers and toes get wrinkly, but the rest of your skin remains smooth. The reason? The epidermis – outermost layer of skin – is thickest on the bottom of your feet and hands. As you soak, the epidermis absorbs water, which causes it to expand. The skin underneath is already wet, so it doesn’t absorb much, if any water, so it doesn’t expand with the epidermis. To compensate for its expanded surface area, the epidermis wrinkles. The epidermis on other parts of your body is simply too thin to get that wrinkling effect.

You also absorb any chemicals that happen to be present in that water into your skin, especially chlorine. This is why at a minimum, you should install a shower filter on your shower. Even better is whole home filtration, because that keeps the chemicals out of your home’s water supply.

Water should be a gas at room temperature

Water molecules are sticky, they stick to everything, including themselves. Other molecules that are similar to water, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, are gasses. But water’s unique stickiness holds water molecules together enough for water to remain a liquid at room temperature. Water’s stickiness can cause problems: It can make it hard to do your laundry, and it can make it hard for your body to absorb.

The stickiness of water molecules is affected by substances dissolved in it. Some substances such as the mineral bicarbonates in tap water, make water act stickier. That’s why you have to use more soap when doing laundry with hard water. Water ionizers convert  those hard-to-absorb mineral carbonates into mineral hydroxides. Those mineral hydroxides actually reduce water’s stickiness, which makes it easier to absorb. That’s why alkaline water hydrates you better and faster than plain water.

Ionized alkaline water is found naturally from only 7 springs on Earth

Most of the water on Earth, including tap water and bottled waters, is potentially oxidative. Oxidation causes metal to rust, and damages tissues and DNA in your body. There are just seven antioxidant alkaline water springs on Earth. All of them are legendary for their water’s ability to restore health and fight aging. Nordenau in Germany, Zam Zam in Saudi Arabia, and Hita Tenryosui in Japan are three of those legendary springs. To this day, people spend huge amounts of money to seek out the waters of these rare antioxidant springs.

It’s easy to see why: Antioxidants help the body fight off damage from free radicals and Reactive Oxygen Species. That damage is a significant factor in premature aging and the development of degenerative diseases. Antioxidant water is a really big deal if you think about it: Your body is about 70% water, how much better could your health be if all of the water you drank was antioxidant water? The only source of antioxidant water, outside of the seven known rare, antioxidant springs on Earth is a water ionizer.

Get the highest antioxidant benefit in your alkaline water – LIFE Ionizers guarantees it. Call us at 855 790-8121 and transform your water into the best water on Earth

Health Threat of Glyphosate Understated by EPA

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Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide (sold under the brand name Roundup) has been identified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The EPA is understating the health effects of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide

Despite a vicious backlash by Monsanto, the WHO believes firmly enough in their findings to stand their ground. So is glyphosate in your water? Probably. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide on the market today. You should definitely be concerned if you live around an area with lots of agriculture, such as farming. The EPA limits the amount of glyphosate allowed in water supplies, but it does not take into account other ways that you can be exposed to glyphosate. And you don’t have to live near a farm to be at risk!

How the EPA Regulates Glyphosate in Water

The EPA sets a Maximum Containment Level (MCL) for glyphosate in drinking water of 700 parts per billion, which the EPA believes is safe. However, most of the testing of glyphosate in the US is done on the chemical in isolation. In the real world, glyphosate is combines with other chemicals, such as surfactants and adjuvants. These additional chemicals make it a more effective herbicide – but may also make it more toxic to humans and animals.

The testing relied on by the WHO to determine that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen was different. Much of the research relied on by the WHO looked at the effects of glyphosate combined with the other chemicals it is commonly used with in real-world herbicide formulations. The research that the WHO used was a lot more comprehensive than the research that the EPA used. That’s why the WHO found reasons to be concerned about the effects of glyphosate and the EPA didn’t.

The other way you are exposed to glyphosate that the EPA isn’t telling you about

Tap water isn’t the only way that you are exposed to glyphosate. Your produce is most likely covered in it. Glyphosate is the most commonly applied herbicide used in agriculture today. It’s use has skyrocketed since the introduction of “Roundup Ready” GMO foods. In fact, it’s likely that you are exposed to more glyphosate by your produce then you are by your drinking water! Thankfully, glyphosate residue can be neutralized by alkaline water.

A LIFE Water Ionizer is your best defense against glyphosate

Filtration: Glyphosate can be effectively filtered out of water by granular activated carbon (GAC) filters, and all LIFE water ionizers come with two internal filters that have GAC filter media. But that’s not all a LIFE Ionizer will do to protect you from glyphosate. Every LIFE Ionizer comes with a free custom-configured prefilter system that targets the toxins found in your local water supply. LIFE Ionizers finds out what toxins are in your water by an analysis of your local water utility’s annual water quality report to the EPA. That report lists all of the toxins found in your water over the course of a year. If you have high levels of glyphosate, or any other toxins, LIFE Ionizer will configure your water ionizer’s filtration system to address them.

Glyphosate neutralization: Another way you can use a LIFE Ionizer to protect you from glyphosate is to soak your produce in high pH alkaline water. Acidic herbicides like glyphosate are neutralized and broken down by alkaline water, and the higher the pH of the water you use, the better. The top-of-the-line LIFE M-13 can generate alkaline water with a pH of 12, depending on the quality of your source water. LIFE water ionizers are the most powerful ionizers on the market, so no matter which model you choose, you will be able to get the powerful, high pH water you need to detoxify your produce of glyphosate and other acidic chemical residues.

 

A water ionizer can do a lot for your health. Call us at 844 419-2840 for a free, no obligation consultation with a healthy water expert

San Diego Toilet-to-Tap: Unsafe to drink?

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You might be surprised. San Diego county is thirsty. The ongoing, severe California drought is taking a heavy toll on water supplies, most of which comes from LA. San Diego is responding to the challenges that drought brings in a number of ways, one of which is to recycle the water from sewage and reuse it as potable water in a process that’s been called “Toilet-to-tap”. Many people in San Diego have expressed concern that the recycled water is unsafe, but is it?

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Toilet to tap: Is it safe? Yes. It’s the rest of your water you should worry about

Reverse Osmosis: How Toilet-to-tap is done

The process used to make recycled water in San Diego is far more extensive than the process that San Diego uses to treat its water supply from LA: Once the solids are filtered out, the reclaimed water is filtered by reverse osmosis, which removes over 99+% of everything in the water, leaving literally pure water. In fact, the pure water produced by reverse osmosis is much cleaner than the water San Diego currently imports from Los Angeles.

Reality Check: If you live in San Diego, and are concerned about unsafe water. You have more to fear from the water imported from LA, then you do from recycled water.

Where the rest of San Diego water comes from, and why you should be concerned

The rest of San Diego’s water is imported from LA . It is filtered using activated Carbon filters, but carbon filtration does not remove some potentially very dangerous contaminants – pharmaceutical drug residues. The fact is, the recycled water – treated by reverse osmosis – is actually of better quality than the water that comes from LA. The reason the water that San Diego gets from LA has pharmaceutical residues in it is that ALL of the water supplied to San Diego ultimately contains residues from other cities sewage. Which means nearly all of San Diego’s water is already toilet to tap, and it has been for decades.

Why all of San Diego’s water supply is already toilet-to-tap

Los Angeles imports its water from the Colorado river, via the California Aqueduct. Many cities along the Colorado river treat their sewage, and then discharge the treated water into the Colorado river. Thanks to lax treatment standards, and weak EPA enforcement,  the pharmaceutical drug residues in Colorado river water come from other those cities’ waste water. Essentially, San Diego’s water supply is already toilet-to-tap water that has not been treated by reverse osmosis. There are many other toxins in San Diego’s water as well. San Diego made #9 in LIFE Ionizers 10 worst cites for tap water quality.

Pharmaceuticals in your water: What you can do

You can use the same process that San Diego is using to recycle waste water: Reverse Osmosis (RO). Home RO systems are just as effective as municipal RO systems, so you can make your tap water 99%+ pure by filtering it with RO. There are, however some limitations:

  • Amount of water you get is limited
  • 30% of the water treated by RO is lost
  • RO water must be remineralized to make it good for drinking

50 Gallons: Because of these limitations, an RO system is only a practical solution for your drinking water needs. Reverse osmosis is a very slow process, home systems filter almost continuously and then store the filtered water in a tank, so it’s ready for you when you need it. A typical home RO system can produce about 50 gallons of water per day.

Water loss: Reverse osmosis systems continuously flush themselves when in operation. This creates a waste stream of water. The water can be captured, and used for watering plants and other non-potable uses.

Remineralization: The World Health Organization recommends you get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from drinking water. Reverse osmosis removes all minerals from water, so you need to add the calcium and magnesium back in to RO water to make it healthy to drink. This is done using a remineralization cartridge.

You must remineralize it To use RO water with a water ionizer: If you filter your water with reverse osmosis, and want to turn it into alkaline water with a water ionizer, you must remineralize it. Water ionizers work on the minerals in water, not on the water molecules themselves. So pure, reverse osmosis water won’t work in an ionizer until you add minerals to it with a reminerailization cartridge.

Toilet-to-tap is safe, it’s the imported water that’s unsafe

Toilet-to-tap water, treated by Reverse Osmosis as San Diego is doing,  is perfectly safe to drink. It’s the imported water from LA that contains drug residues and other toxins! The worst thing about drug residues in tap water is that their effects haven’t been adequately studied, so nobody really knows what those residues may be doing to us. If you are concerned about the quality of your water, there are home water filtration options that can help.

 

Concerned about the quality of your water? Call us at 844 506-3210 for a free, no obligation water report analysis. We can help you find the filtration you need.

Drugs in Drinking Water – What you can do

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Over 80% of municipal water supplies in the US are contaminated by small amounts of pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs. Research shows that these drugs are having an effect on fish and other aquatic life, but their effects on humans have not been studied. Making matters worse is the one thing we do know: Chlorine in tap water makes many of these drugs even more toxic. In fact, one of the most common drugs in drinking water, acetaminophen, forms two toxic compounds when mixed with chlorine in drinking water. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for studies to show harmful effects to do something about the drugs that may be in your water. There are home water filtration systems that can reduce and even eliminate many drugs in water, and the chlorine that makes them more toxic.

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LIFE’s Super Filter provides comprehensive protection against drugs

Effects of Drugs in Drinking Water not well Understood

Many health experts and water treatment authorities believe that the small quantities of any one drug found in your drinking water won’t hurt you, but laboratory testing shows that drugs in these tiny amounts can have ill effects on human cells. Making matters worse is that fact that there is often more than one kind of drug found in drinking water. Health experts and water treatment authorities both admit that the effects on human health of having a mixture of drugs in drinking water is unknown. This means that you’re a basically a guinea pig in ongoing efforts to find out when you drink unfiltered – or improperly filtered – tap water. This also goes for some bottled waters, because some brands of bottled water are nothing more than filtered tap water.

Chlorine makes drugs in drinking water more toxic: Another problem with drugs in drinking water is that those drugs are mixed in with the chlorine used to treat tap water. Chlorine reacts with some drugs, such as acetaminophen, to form toxic compounds. No studies have yet been performed on the effects of drugs in drinking water mixed with chlorine.

Protect yourself: Filter chlorine from your water before you drink it!

The Most Common Drugs Found Drinking Water

One of the most common drug found in water is acetaminophen. Pain relievers, antidepressants, drugs used to treat livestock, and antibiotics are also common. All of these drugs are found in small quantities, but over time can build up in your body’s cell tissue.

Common drugs found in drinking water

Acetaminophen Sulphamethoxazole Dehydronifedipine
Codine Estradiol (sex hormone) Antibiotics
Ibuprofen Meprobamate Clofibric Acid
Monensin (used on cattle) Carbamazepine Estrone
Naproxen Phenytoin Cotinine
Azithromycin Roxithromycin Tylosin
Virginiamycin Amoxicillin diclofenac
Prednisone Tetracycline Caffeine
diphenhydramine Sulphathiazole Many more!

 Water filters that can reduce chlorine and drugs in drinking water

Reverse Osmosis: The most effective filtration system for removing drugs from drinking water is reverse osmosis (RO). An RO system removes over 99% of contaminants from water, but it also removes the healthy minerals you need to get from water like calcium and magnesium. For this reason, RO water must be remineralized to make it good for your health.

Carbon Filters: Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters remove about half of the drugs commonly found in tap water. They also reduce chlorine, and you need to get chlorine out of your water. Chlorine makes the harmful effects of drug residues worse

LIFE Super Filter – Replacement filter – The LIFE Super Filter uses ion-trapping (NASA filter technology) to block drug residues in water. If you can only afford to have one filter for your drinking water, get the Super Filter – it has the widest spectrum of protection of any single filter.

Yes! The Super Filter fits in your standard 10 inch filter housing. You can use it as a replacement for filters in your existing filtration system.

LIFE Water Ionizers Protect you from Drugs and Chlorine in Drinking Water

LIFE Ionizers use patent-pending Vitamin C Ceramic Block filtration, which is used in laboratories and hospitals to eliminate chlorine from tap water. No other ionizer made provides the same amount of protection from the toxic effects of chlorine as a LIFE Ionizer.

Additionally, LIFE Ionizers come with custom-configured pre-filter systems that are set up based on the contaminants found in your local water quality report. LIFE Ionizers provides these pre-filter systems free with every ionizer to make sure you have the right filter to protect yourself from the toxins found in your water. If your water is very toxic, you may need reverse osmosis treatment to make it safe.

How toxic is your water? Find out with a free water quality report

Water ionizers provide another layer of protection from toxic acidic substances found in drinking water. The process used to make alkaline water, called electodialysis, divides tap water into alkaline and acid streams. Any acidic compounds that survive filtration are automatically rejected into the acidic water stream by the electrodialysis process.

 

Is there something in your water you should be concerned about? Find out by calling us at 888 790-8121 for a free, no obligation water quality consultation