Your Water, Your Health

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It is a common occurrence in my practice that a client is surprised to hear that the practice of drinking filtered water is not enough when it comes to reducing risks to one's health from water contaminants. Most people are very cognizant and concerned about the water they are drinking, but may not realize that the water they are using to shower and bathe is also being absorbed into the body through the lungs and the skin. It is estimated that absorption in a 10-minute shower is equivalent to drinking a gallon of tap water. A long soak in the bathtub would produce the  equivalent of 2-3 times this amount.

The Truth About Tap Water

I have seen many results from 3rd party water analyses over my decades of practice, and witnessed health conditions associated with contaminants that people were not aware existed in their water. These include industrial pollutants, heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic and thallium, and now micro plastics.

Here are some startling statistics on water:

  • 70% of industrial wastes in developing countries are disposed of (untreated) into waters where they contaminate existing water supplies.(1)
  • An estimated 500,000 abandoned mines in the U.S. will cost $20 billion in management and remediation of pollution; many of these sites will require management in perpetuity. (2)
  • In the U.S. state of Colorado alone, some 23,000 abandoned mines have polluted 2,300 km of streams. (3) Mining remnants in water systems are documented all over the world. (4) The authors of this particular study state:

    "A water pollution hazard, arising from mine tailings ponds, threatens the receptors including drinking water intakes, irrigation water intakes, water bodies, residential land, and agricultural land, woodland, and nature reserves in a watershed". (A table published by these authors is below, indicating the level of risk to certain land types and public drinking sources.)

  • Chlorinated solvents were found in 30 percent of groundwater supplies in 15 Japanese cities, sometimes traveling as much as 10 km from the source of pollution. (5) (UNEP 1996)

  • Roughly one unit of mercury is emitted into the environment for every unit of gold produced by small-scale miners, a total of as much as 1000 tons of mercury emitted each year.(6)

  • In a recent comparison of domestic, industrial, and agricultural sources of pollution from the coastal zone of Mediterranean countries, agriculture was the leading source of phosphorus compounds and sediment. (7) In the United States, the presence of glyphosate and other toxic compounds are widely discovered in water sources near conventional farms. (8) Glyphosate is deadly to animals and humans, and is a major carcinogen.
  • Micro plastics are emerging as a new threat to water systems all over the world. Plastic is a harbor for pathogens and their colonization and attracts other chemicals for binding and poisoning the human body. (9) Micro plastics could be a critical source for pulmonary risk, again particularly in the shower, as a significant amount of water that is absorbed in the shower is taken in through inhalation. (A table is shown below with the percentage of water samples in the world registering micro plastics.)

A Most Important Health Investment

One of the most important investments you can make in your home and in your daily health care is high quality water filtration, not only for drinking but for bathing and showering. While much focus has been given to drinking water sources, there is far too little conversation about how to protect your body (and your family's bodies) from these types of contamination through cleansing.

At True Nature Health Consulting, as a team, we investigate together all areas of risk and exposure in order to create the most comprehensive and dynamic plan for your optimal health. Water sources and quality are of utmost importance in this process.

 

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    Sources  1) UN-Water 2009  2) Septoff 2006 and http://www.abandonedmines.gov/ep.html)  3) Banks, et al. 1997  4) Accidental Water Pollution Risk Analysis of Mine Tailings Ponds in Guanting Reservoir Watershed, Zhangjiakou City, China, Renzhi Liu, Jing Liu, Zhijiao Zhang, Alistair Borthwick and Ke Zhang, December 2015, International  Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health     5) UNEP 1996  6) UNEP/GRID-Arendal  7) UNEP 1996  8) Kjaer et al., 2004, Glyphosate and AMPA in Drinking-water, WHOGuidelines for Drinking-water Quality  9) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals

 

Sources

1) UN-Water 2009

2) Septoff 2006 and http://www.abandonedmines.gov/ep.html)

3) Banks, et al. 1997

4) Accidental Water Pollution Risk Analysis of Mine Tailings Ponds in Guanting Reservoir Watershed, Zhangjiakou City, China, Renzhi Liu, Jing Liu, Zhijiao Zhang, Alistair Borthwick and Ke Zhang, December 2015, International  Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

5) UNEP 1996

6) UNEP/GRID-Arendal

7) UNEP 1996

8) Kjaer et al., 2004, Glyphosate and AMPA in Drinking-water, WHOGuidelines for Drinking-water Quality

9) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals