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Reproductive Concerns w/ Tap Water
« on: January 26, 2016, 02:25:18 PM »

The Reproductive Concerns with Drinking Straight Tap Water

     Is your tap water safe to drink? It probably isnít if youíre a young male or if youíre pregnant with one. This is because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows your municipality to pass dangerous amounts of chemicals into the public water supply. While the legally allowed amounts are considered non-lethal, the potential side effects are anything but negligible. Is our water safe to drink? You decide.
 Syngenta Corporation, a giant in the agriculture industry, produces one of the aforementioned chemicals in the form of their flagship pesticide called Atrazine. Itís infiltrated much of the water supply in the Midwest due to runoff from regional farms. Researchers noticed that frogs from affected areas were significantly more likely to develop sexual deformities as well as sexual deviations (e.g. including shrunken testes, homosexuality, and male frogs becoming egg-laying hermaphrodites.) The feminized males even developed ovaries alongside shrunken testes and began to produce eggs. These ďmotherĒ frogs, however, lacked a female chromosome, and could therefore lay exclusively male eggs [that is to say, theyíre born with male chromosomes]. Atrazine apparently caused these changes by disrupting the frogsí hormonal balances. The hormones responsible for these actions are exactly the same estrogen and testosterone found in humans. Pursuant to a court order, Syngenta Corporation released internal records of their efforts to discredit and blackmail scientists who conducted research on the unsavory aspects of Atrazine. This is all about one of the top pesticides in the country, and there is a good chance that itís in your water supply.
     When it comes to preparing tap water for consumption, there are a number of factors to consider while choosing a filtration option. Opting to drink bottled water all the time isnít a bad solution for occasional use, but toxins can often leech into the water from the bottle. Plus, it requires excessive dependency on stores for a basic need.  On another note, most things can be removed from drinking water (including radioactive material) with simple distillation techniques. Distillation is the process of causing the water to evaporate, leaving behind the contaminants. Some chemicals have a lower boiling point that water though (e.g. Atrazine, chloramine, benzene, etc.) If you prefer to purify your water via distillation, look for a counter-top distiller with a carbon filter to eliminate these substances. Reverse Osmosis filters are another strong option to consider. It works by pressuring water against a semi-permeable membrane. Many prefer it over distillation because it retains a degree of minerals in the final drinking water, which may be beneficial and tastier. Some claim that distilled water isnít suitable for consumption because it will strip the body of minerals. Some supporters of distillation dispute this claim. However, both methods may greatly reduce the mineral content, and may benefit from mineral supplementation. Distillation will be slower than the reverse osmosis process, but it wonít waste any water. Reverse Osmosis generally wastes several gallons of water for every gallon of filtered water. That being said, reverse osmosis filters are a far more time-efficient option. You can even shower with RO water, which is a major benefit for people with brittle hair since chlorine-exposure is concentrated during showers. Chlorine can be damaging to hair, but whatís worse is that itís carcinogenic (turning your shower essentially into a gas chamber). Personally, Iíd recommend keeping both filters around the house. RO water for drinking and bathing, and distilled water for herbal infusions, cooking and medicinal purposes.


Research Sources
http://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=11-P13-00001&segmentID=7
http://www.durastill.com/myths.html
http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/water/voc_drinking.aspx
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/atrazine-health
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12948887
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23494929
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19183116
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2002/04/15_frogs.html
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/02/10/a-valuable-reputation


Sidenote:
The price of these types of filters can be a hurdle for some. QabasOrganica.com actually provides them with a layaway option that should help most overcome that though. Eat clean, drink clean - live & love clean! Happy rising.
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Re: Reproductive Concerns w/ Tap Water
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 06:50:47 AM »

In our location, it is safe to drink tap water. :)
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