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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If You Knew What Was In Your Tap Water You Would Never Drink It Again

[Editor’s Note]

“The plain fact that fluorine is an insidious poison harmful, toxic and cumulative in its effects, even when ingested in minimal amounts, will remain unchanged no matter how many times it will be repeated in print that fluoridation of the water supply is ‘safe.’”
– Dr. Ludgwig Grosse, Chief of Cancer Research, U.S. Veterans Administration.

“This record is barren of any credible and reputable scientific epidemiological studies and/or analysis of statistical data which would support the Illinois Legislatures determination that fluoridation of the water supplies is both a safe and effective means of promoting public health.”
– Illinois Judge Ronald Niemann (presided over litigation involving fluoridation)

For more information on Fluoride’s health issues please read:

Rethinking Fluoride Fluoridation – Over 25 Disturbing Quotes About The Neurotoxin Fluoride
Breakaway Guide To Fluoride

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Wes Maxwell
July 21, 2016

Water is essential to all life on Earth. When it comes to humans, our bodies require water for virtually every biological process needed to stay alive.

Playing a crucial part in the body’s overall digestive system, water helps to flush out your kidneys and liver, and to rid your body of any previously ingested toxins.

If water is such an essential tool in the removal of harmful substances, why would we ever want to contaminate it?

Unknown to many, most tap water has been found to contain traces of a myriad of potentially harmful toxins, including antibiotics and heavy metals. According to the Global Healing Center, “There are more than 80 ‘regulated’ contaminants and more unregulated toxins, like the rocket fuel component perchlorate which are present in most tap water.”

Harmful toxins in tap water

While some toxins are more harmful than others, arsenic, fluoride and chlorine present the greatest risk of harm for humans.

An extremely toxic heavy metal, arsenic in tap water poses grave potential health concerns. Classified as a Category I carcinogen, arsenic is almost certainly a cancer causing agent. While the EPA has set standards for arsenic levels in tap water at 10 parts per billion, several U.S. states have been known to exceed those standards from time to time.

Additionally, fluoride’s presence in most, if not all tap water, presents further negative potential health effects. One of the most toxic substances known to man, fluoride is deliberately added to tap water in the United States to help prevent tooth decay.

While no significant scientific data exists to support this claim, fluoride is still widely accepted as one of the most effective ways to inhibit the growth of cavities. Proven to be more toxic than lead, some countries around the world have caught on and banned the fluoridation process of tap water.

Chlorine in tap water poses increased risk for development of tumors

Chlorine, another toxic chemical added to most tap water, poses additional potentially severe adverse health concerns. Injected into tap water to kill bacteria, chlorine triggers the creation of free radicals in the body by bonding with other compounds to form Trihalomethanes (THMs), causing serious cell damage.

According to Global Healing Center, a research study conducted on the potentially harmful effects of ingesting chlorine found that rats drinking out of chlorinated water supplies developed tumors in their livers, kidneys and intestines.

Despite incontrovertible evidence detailing the negative health risks associated with consuming harmful toxins like arsenic, fluoride and chlorine, the government continues to allow their presence in most tap water.

If you’d like to make sure that the water you’re drinking is as toxin-free as possible, check out Natural News’s blog entry discussing the benefits associated with alkalizing your water naturally, using lemons, cucumbers, ginger root and mint.

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