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Water and adverse health affects 4 years 7 hours ago #55255

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I have been hearing so much about water contamination lately. I just bought a water filtration pitcher and am looking into other methods. This is a new, disturbing study that was just published by Harvard:

Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems — polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking-water supplies for 6 million people in the United States, according to a new study led by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

The study was published Aug. 9 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

“For many years, chemicals with unknown toxicities, such as PFASs, were allowed to be used and released to the environment, and we now have to face the severe consequences,” said lead author Xindi Hu, a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School, Environmental Science and Engineering at SEAS, and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “In addition, the actual number of people exposed may be even higher than our study found, because government data for levels of these compounds in drinking water is lacking for almost a third of the U.S. population — about 100 million people.”

PFASs have been used over the past 60 years in industrial and commercial products ranging from food wrappers to clothing to pots and pans. They have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, high cholesterol, and obesity. Although several major manufacturers have discontinued the use of some PFASs, the chemicals continue to persist in people and wildlife. Drinking water is one of the main routes through which people can be exposed.

The researchers looked at concentrations of six types of PFASs in drinking-water supplies, using data from more than 36,000 water samples collected nationwide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2013 to 2015. They also looked at industrial sites that manufacture or use PFASs; at military fire-training sites and civilian airports where firefighting foam containing PFASs is used; and at wastewater-treatment plants. Discharges from these plants — which are unable to remove PFASs from wastewater by standard treatment methods — could contaminate groundwater. So could the sludge the plants generate, which is frequently used as fertilizer.

The study found that PFASs were detectable at the minimum reporting levels required by the EPA in 194 out of 4,864 water supplies in 33 states across the United States. Drinking water from 13 states accounted for 75 percent of the detections: California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois, in order of frequency of detection.


news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/08/unsafe-levels-of-toxic-chemicals-found-in-drinking-water-of-33-states/

Here is a copy of the report:

pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00260
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Water and adverse health affects 3 years 11 months ago #55259

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Thanks for this. I saw the news articles but haven't had time to find the details. But after a talk years ago with an engineer who worked at a water treatment facility, I decided to filter all my water. Now I may have to filter my filtered water.

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Water and adverse health affects 3 years 11 months ago #55260

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I'm just starting. Things are getting pretty bad, everywhere. It makes me sick because you can't escape it. Restaurant food is cooked with it, it's in the drinks...everywhere. I belong to Erin Brokovich's FB page and every single day it's another five areas. Fish are dying all over the world.

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Water and adverse health affects 3 years 11 months ago #55269

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I hardly ever eat at restaurants, since I consider the food served at such places to be junk food. No canned or bottled water or other drinks either, though that's mostly because I don't feel like paying for stuff I don't like. My vets and pet sitters started asking about filtered water for my cats years ago, which I took as a sign that something might be going on.

I still wonder about the unfiltered water I use when I shower. Probably not enough exposure to be an issue.

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Water and adverse health affects 3 years 11 months ago #55270

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I was actually thinking of my 3 dogs when I bought the filter. Every time I give them water, I feel like I'm poisoning them. Bottled water isn't any better. It's all my husband will drink and I keep telling him it's just tap water in a bottle, worse because of the BPA. I'm going to get my kids a filter too.

We don't eat at restaurants much. Ever since we started eating grass fed beef, I won't go back to the other crappy meat. The difference in looks and taste is amazing.

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Water and adverse health affects 3 years 11 months ago #55278

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Fun water fact: around half the water on the planet was formed by volcanic activity, and almost all of the rest came from comets during the formation of the planet.

I just had my cat at the vet, and she got a clean bill of health.

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Water and adverse health affects 3 years 10 months ago #55915

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I love my Pur water filter pitcher! Its so easy, cheap and the water tastes great!

Our tap water at the last place I lived smelled of chlorine. gross! The water pitcher took the chlorine smell right out- I was amazed how beautifully it worked! I use it for the dog's water, ice cubes, soups- everything.

Yes, grass fed beef is the best- also I've discovered Kerry Gold grass-fed butter from Ireland. I get it at Whole Foods. I agree restaurant food is mostly junk- high fat, high salt. But some people are trying to do things differently. We have quite a few "Farm to Fork" restaurants here in northern California wine country. They serve local meats and vegetables, mostly organic. They often list on the menu where everything comes from, and some restaurants have vegetable/ herb gardens on the property. Pricey- very, I can't afford to eat out that way often but when I do the food is the best.

www.barndiva.com/dine/

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Water and adverse health affects 1 year 11 months ago #64389

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Forgive me for raising all these posts from the dead, but I have been trying to consider what changed in my son's environment prior to diagnosis and one is that we had a brief but suspected-to-be-city-wide water contamination issue. He drinks a TON of water, filtered through our fridge, but I wonder how good that filter is... I haven't tested our water but am considering it. Has anyone linked ITP to lead poisoning or other possible water contaminants?

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Water and adverse health affects 1 year 11 months ago #64392

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Maria - no please, investigate as much as you want! The thing with ITP is that it can be difficult to link it to any one specific thing. You can have your son tested for heavy metals and if he has high levels, try a detox. One way to detox is to bathe in epsom salts..there are many other methods.
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Water and adverse health affects 1 year 11 months ago #64494

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For what it's worth, I bought an Aquasana whole home water filter.
I can't say that "did the trick" because I've changed a lot in my lifestyle. I'm also still trying to reach my goal of getting off meds for ITP. It's not that I believed anything would work like a light switch, but I do believe the body has means to self correct, and that it needs time to do so. So while I wait, I'm going to do as much as I can to eat whole, nutritionally dense food (based on Paleo), get "8" hours of sleep, reduce stress, exercise, and lower my toxic exposure (water, air filters, you can go on forever here...).
FWIW - My water tastes great. :-)
Keep the faith!
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Water and adverse health affects 1 year 11 months ago #64497

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I agree 100%! It took years for me to see the wisdom in all of that; I was a hard core believer in traditional medicine. It took totally wrecking my health with medications to see how wrong I was. If I could go back and do it all over, I would do things much differently.
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