Millions Of Americans At Risk For Cancer & Other Harmful Diseases Due To Toxic Tap Water

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Amy Goodrich
August 15, 2016

More than 6 million Americans are drinking water tainted with unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health problems, a new study by Harvard University researchers has revealed.

The authors of the study found that levels of chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, in public drinking water often exceed safety levels recommended by the federal government.

For decades, PFASs have been used in industrial and commercial products such as nonstick cookware, food wrappers, firefighting foam and for stain-proofing furniture. Long-term exposure to these chemicals has been associated with an increased risk of cancer, hormone disruption, high cholesterol and obesity.

Tap water from all over the U.S. is contaminated with heavy metals and toxins. Therefore, people should avoid drinking tap water unless it is filtered.

Millions of Americans at risk

Xindi Hu, the study’s lead author, and colleagues examined 36,000 drinking water samples collected nationwide by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between 2013 and 2015. They screened the samples for the presence of six types of PFASs.

Furthermore, they took a closer look at sites where the chemicals are commonly used. These sites included industrial plants that use or manufacture PFASs, military bases and civilian airports that use PFAS-containing firefighting foam, as well as wastewater treatment plants.

The researchers noted that discharges from these plants could contaminate groundwater as there is no standard method available to remove PFASs from wastewater. Also, the sludge that these plants generate is often used as a fertilizer and could contaminate groundwater too.

Xindi Hu and her team found detectable levels of PFASs in 194 out of 4,864 water supplies in 33 states across the U.S. Of those water supplies, 66 serving about 6 million people had at least one sample that exceeded the EPA’s safety limit of 70 parts of PFASs per trillion (ng/L).

However, Xindi Hu noted that the actual number of exposed people may be even higher than 6 million, because government data for PFAS levels in drinking water is not available for almost a third of the U.S. population, or about 100 million people.

States where the highest levels were recorded include California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Massachusetts and Illinois.

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Unsurprisingly, the highest levels of PFAS contamination were detected near industrial sites, military bases and wastewater treatment plants.

In light of the recent events in Flint, Michigan, where almost 12,000 children were exposed to lead from old water pipes leaking into drinking water, researchers once again fear for the public’s health.

According to Elsie Sunderland, senior author of the study and associate professor at the Harvard Chan School, PFASs are potent immunotoxicants in children, and recent studies suggest that drinking water safety levels should be much lower than what the EPA recommends.

Test your water supply

Unless you have your water tested, there is no way to know whether or not you are exposing your family to high levels of toxins through drinking tap water. Even if you have your own well, increased fracking activity or the use of PFAS-containing products near your home may contaminate the groundwater you are relying on.

CWC Labs is an internationally accredited and trusted laboratory that provides water and soil testing services via sampling kits available online.

Mike Adams, who directs the scientific analysis of all water and soil samples, recently explained why you can put your trust in CWC labs:

“The citizens of America no longer trust cities to provide them with safe, clean water. Our private testing service allows water consumers to get their water tested from a trusted, accredited, independent science lab that can’t be influenced by local city politics.”

For more information about CWC Labs, visit: CWCLabs.com

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DailyMail.co.uk

HSPH.Harvard.edu

Pubs.ACS.org[PDF]

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Top Harvard Nutritionist Warns Processed Milk Is Dangerous, Food Pyramid Is ‘Utterly Ridiculous’

[Editor’s Note]

For those seeking of additional information please read Dr. Mercola’s:

What A Food Pyramid Based On Nutrition Looks Like

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Ethan A. HuffAugust 2, 2016

In order to maintain strong bones and promote good health, you need to drink three glasses of milk every single day – at least according to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. But one of the world’s top scientists says this is horrible advice, calling it “udderly ridiculous,” and out of step with what we know about sound nutrition.

Dr. Walter Willett, M.D., Ph.D., from the Harvard School of Public Health, is the second-most cited scientist in the entire field of clinical medicine, so he knows what he’s talking about. And government recommendations concerning milk intake, he says, are absolute bunk, and shouldn’t be adhered to by anyone looking to reduce his risk of bone fractures.

There are a lot of reasons for this, one being that “milk” today is nothing but a highly-processed, milk-like substance that’s been heavily altered through pasteurization, homogenization and the addition of synthetic vitamins and minerals, making it a processed food that provides little in the way of actual nutrition. But beyond this, the idea that drinking processed milk somehow strengthens bones is an industry myth.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., a leading nutrition expert, milk and dairy products in general are something that people should avoid at all costs. Not only is milk a pro-inflammatory food (at least the processed kind), but it’s also counter-intuitive in terms of strengthening bones and reducing one’s risk of disease, and here are some reasons why:

1) The calcium in milk isn’t as bone-protective as we’ve all been led to believe. Studies show that vitamin D, magnesium and other nutrients are more important for strengthening bones than calcium. And the calcium in milk, when consumed by itself, may actually increase one’s risk of bone problems.

2) Processed dairy lacks the enzymes needed for proper digestion. When milk is pasteurized, the lactase enzyme that digests lactose is destroyed, which is why many people now suffer from lactose intolerance, and can’t stomach dairy products without supplemental support.

3) Drinking processed milk can actually increase your risk of cancer. That’s right, the calcium in milk has been shown to increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer by up to 50 percent. Milk consumption also increases levels of insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1, a hormone that’s known to promote the development of cancer.

Don’t bother with the USDA’s food pyramid; it’s garbage

Dr. Willett is also outspoken in condemning the USDA’s food pyramid as a whole, which recommends heavy intake of carbohydrates and low intake of fats, two pieces of advice that constitute a recipe for chronic disease and death. The pyramid also pushes the low-calorie myth, failing to differentiate between the types of calories consumed, and how they affect the body differently.

The scientific consensus is finally switching to an understanding that calories aren’t what we need to look at, but rather the ratios of the types of foods we eat, and when we eat them. We now know that saturated fats are actually good for the body, and should be consumed in high amounts along with clean proteins, complex carbohydrates in the form of whole vegetables and lots of hydration.

Sugars, grains, artificial sweeteners and additives, and low-fat foods, on the other hand, only fuel inflammation and weight gain, leading to chronic health problems in the long run. Salt, which has long been vilified, is another important nutrient that you need as part of your diet, just so long as it’s unrefined sea or mineral salt.

Check out the new book Food Forensics by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, to learn more about how to eat better and avoid disease.

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Sources for this article include:

DrHyman.com

BMJ.com

Harvard Study: Police Killings A Major Public Health Concern, But Underreported

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By: Sayer Ji
December 29, 2015

According to a new Harvard study, police violence kills more U.S. citizens, annually, than the flu and pneumonia combined. So why aren’t law-enforcement-related deaths being counted, tracked, and reported, like any other form of mortality affecting the public health?

A highly concerning new report published in the journal PLoS titled “Police Killings and Police Deaths Are Public Health Data and Can Be Counted,” reveals that police killings as reported by 122 major U.S. cities were responsible for more citizen deaths in 2015 than influenza and pneumonia deaths put together.

Click to read the entire report.

Alarmingly, the report revealed that, at present, there is no reliable public health data on the number of police killings that occur because of long-standing resistance by police departments to make these data public.

The report explained that, ironically, we only have a sense of how many citizens were killed in the U.S. by police in 2015 because of “The Counted,” a United Kingdom-based website launched on June 1, 2015, by the newspaper The Guardian. According to the report, “the website quickly revealed that by June 9, 2015, over 500 people in the US had been killed by the police since January 1, 2015, twice what would be expected based on estimates from the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI).” At the time of the writing of this article [Dec. 29th, 2015], 1126 U.S. citizens have been killed due to police violence in 2015.

When compared to publicly available U.S. statistics on other common causes of death, the scale at which the endemic problem of police violence occurs, and the extent to which it affects the public well-being, comes into clearer view:

It is startling that we, in the US, must rely on a UK newspaper for systematic timely counts of the number of persons killed by the police. After all, we have a world-class public health system that reports, nationally, in real-time, on numerous notifiable diseases and also on deaths occurring in 122 cities with populations >100,000 [4]. As of September 19, 2015, the cumulative 2015 total of 842 US persons killed by the police [1] notably exceeded the corresponding totals reported for the 122 cities’ 442 deaths under age 25 (all causes) and also 585 deaths (all ages) due to pneumonia and influenza, and likewise exceeded the national totals for several diseases of considerable concern: measles (188 cases), malaria (786 cases), and mumps (436 cases), and was on par with the national number of cases of Hepatitis A (890 cases) [4]. Just as epidemic outbreaks can threaten the public’s health, so too can police violence and impunity imperil communities’ social and economic well-being, especially if civil unrest ensues [1,3,58].”

The report makes the compelling argument that law-enforcement-related deaths are not just a criminal justice concern, but a public health concern because they involve mortality and affect the well-being of the families and communities of the deceased.

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