May 8, 2019
610 locations in 43 US states contain unsafe levels of PFAS chemicals.
One thing about the modern world is that even if you personally reject it and try to live a healthy and meaningful life, it creeps into your space whether you suspect it or not. Even if you don’t contaminate the environment you suffer the negative consequences of other people’s contamination.
Water may seem clean and taste okay… but how can you be sure it’s safe?
Millions of Americans may be drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals linked to behavioral problems, birth defects, cancer, high cholesterol levels and infertility, a new report finds.
Researchers from the Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University found 610 sources in 43 states that contained unsafe levels of man-made chemicals in water known as PFAS chemicals.
These locations include public water systems, military bases, airports and even firefighter training sites and affect as many as 19 million Americans.
Numerous studies have linked these chemicals to severe disorders, defects and conditions.
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are man-made chemicals that have been used in several industries around the world since the 1940s.
They are ubiquitous, appearing in everything from cosmetics to water-repellent clothing to products that scrub away grease and oil, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our drinking water is getting ruined because women can’t leave the house without their makeup masks or use a baking soda solution to clean grease and oil.
Is there anything women are not ruining?
For the study, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University in Boston analyzed data from the Pentagon and water utility reports.
The report included any place where the chemicals were detected, even if levels were below the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory threshold of 70 parts per trillion.
‘We, along with many states and academic scientists, regard that number as far too high,’ EWG Vice President Bill Walker told McClatchy.
The group says that a threshold says that even as low as one part per trillion could have result in ill health effects.
An interactive map published along with the report showed that Michigan had the most contaminated sites with 192.
‘This should be frightening to all Americans in many ways,’ David Andrews, a senior scientist for the EWG, told CBS News.
‘These chemicals…don’t break down in our body and they don’t break down in our environment and they actually stick to our blood. So levels tend to increase over time.’
These unhealthy chemicals are in the drinking water in many locations, and there’s no way for people to get them out of their bodies. It’s insane that this has been allowed to happen.
But I guess it was inevitable because women have to use makeup, detergent, shampoos, vaginal deodorants, perfumes, dish washing liquids and more.
Water is no joke.
The report came right after a study found that arsenic found in the water consumed by tens of thousands of Americans can change the structure of the heart and raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Drinking water contaminated with arsenic could change the structure of the heart, a new study says.
Past studies have found that the public water supply in California and bottled water from Whole Foods and Dr Pepper contain the toxic element.
Now researchers say that private water wells, particularly on Native American reservations, main contain it as well.
The study found that arsenic-laced water increased the risk of the heart’s main pumping chamber being thickened by nearly 50 percent.
This put sufferers at risk of several cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, high blood pressure heart attack and strokes.
The team, led by Hietzing Hospital in Vienna, Austria, is calling on the regulation of private water wells to prevent arsenic exposure in the first place.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust and can be found in air, food, soil and water.
In its inorganic form and in high levels, arsenic can be highly toxic, and even deadly.
A 2017 study estimated that roughly 2.1 million people in the US drink water from private wells that have high concentrations of arsenic.
According to the World Health Organization, people who drink contaminated water can suffer from acute arsenic poisoning, which causes vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea.
Long-term exposure, however, has been linked to cancers of the bladder, lungs and skin as well as developmental effects, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
As you can see, even naturally-occurring substances in water can be detrimental to your health.
What can you do about this? You could — and probably should — invest in a reverse osmosis device to treat the water you drink. It’s a cheap and simple system to set up that is also easy to maintain and yields good results, especially when compared to alternatives if you consider the cost-benefit relationship of each one.
Or you can just buy reverse osmosis water in the grocery store. The big blue bottles are hard plastic that doesn’t leech much estrogen.
Don’t become paranoid about this though. You should be aware, learn, and do whatever’s in your power to ensure you’re reasonably safe from these things, but you shouldn’t lose sleep about it.
As long as this modern world is allowed to continue perverting the souls of the people, there’s always going to be something toxic creeping into your personal sanctuary.
We should tear it all down and build it anew.