Water: What you should know
Though it appears pure and healthy, there may be unknown substances lurking in your drinking water. Below, you'll find some resources to help you stay educated about the water you use countless times each day.
You can find the City of Tallahassee's Water Quality report here, and see for yourself what you're drinking.
It has a few chemical names that most of us are unfamiliar with, so if you're interested in the breakdown and potential risks, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has prepared extensive reports on water quality. You can access some articles here, and an in-depth report here.
EWG also has provided an incredible resource for choosing a good water filter. You can find it by clicking here.
The following article by Dr. Moleski was published in the Tallahassee Reports, Vol. 4, No. 5:
Flint Michigan: What’s in YOUR water?
Most people are aware of the tragedy with the water supply in Flint, MI. It’s hard to believe that something like this could occur in the United States. The very fact that such high levels of lead existed in the water for so long is hard to imagine. We think of something like this occurring only in third world nations.
This speaks to our dependency on the government to “take care of us.” We are dependent for our supply of water and electricity, for example. Perhaps we should think twice about some of these services. The people of Flint believed and trusted that their water was safe.
Consider water fluoridation. The health effects of fluoride are based on the use of pharmaceutical-grade fluoride. However, the majority of water authorities use fluosilicic/fluorosilicic acid, a waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This is known to have contaminants such as arsenic. The water is tested periodically for “safe” levels of contaminants. How many years does it take to know what a truly safe level is?
Here is an interesting quote from the EPA: “In regard to the use of fluosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this Agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long-standing problem. By recovering by-product fluosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized, and water utilities have a low-cost source of fluoride available to them…” The US government has approved use of this by-product, but the medical studies were conducted with pharmaceutical-grade fluoride.
The truth is that there are many chemicals and contaminants in water. Pharmaceuticals have also been found in water. According to Kathleen Doheny, pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs -- are in our drinking water supplies. In an investigation by the Associated Press, drinking water supplies in 24 major metropolitan areas were found to include drugs. They get into the water supply through several routes: some people flush unneeded medication down toilets; some gets into the water supply after people take medication and pass the excess in urine or feces. Some pharmaceuticals remain even after wastewater treatments and cleansing by water treatment plants.
Is it possible water can be tested for all contaminants? What about undiscovered substances in the water?
A good answer to all of this is to filter your home water. If the people in Flint were doing this, they would not have had a problem. You can install a whole house filter and/or an under-the-counter drinking water system to ensure that your water is free of contaminants.
A four or five stage drinking water system that includes charcoal filters, reverse osmosis, and remineralization filters can be purchased for about $300. A whole house system can run from $700 to $1500. The whole house system allows you to remove the chlorine from all the water in the house so you’re not inhaling chlorine gas vapors in a hot shower. Visit infinityhealth.us to find resources on water quality and filters.