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Comparisons With Other Processes

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Charles Betterton and Brydon Bigcharles

Current water treatment systems go to extremes, like distillation, to create absolutely pure water; they take all beneficial minerals out of the water and this includes many bottled water products. Drinking nothing but distilled water may be leaching some essential minerals from our bodies; distilled is considered ‘dead’ water. Most modern water distilleries were designed long before anything of structure of water was considered important and produced pure but energetically ‘dead’ water.

Not only can complex filter systems remove most everything from water, they also remove water’s aliveness, leaving one with essentially ‘dead’ water.

REVERSE OSMOSIS (R/O)

Reverse Osmosis (R/O) is very popular today but R/O removes all beneficial minerals from the water, plus it wastes three out of four gallons of water in the process. The most prevalent of present systems pushes water through micro-porous membranes; meshed sufficiently fine to prevent the passage of most dissolved solids. This removes approximately 50% of the salt as well as other solids with each pass. R/O processes water for small water units placed outside grocery stores as well as the domestic water supply for small metropolitan communities. The wastewater from R/O units in some places is so concentrated with salts and other minerals that it become a threat to the good bacteria in septic systems.

One of the major disadvantages of reverse osmosis is the large amount of brine discharge that, in some cases, will have deleterious effects on enclosed bays, sometimes experiencing fish mortality. A second, subtler negative effect of R/O is the demineralization of water for human and animal consumption. This water becomes known as ‘hungry water’, with initial benefits of cleansing the body of unwanted toxins. However, prolonged use can demineralize the body, weakening the immune system.

DISTILLATION

This process evaporates the water and then recondenses it, leaving behind the dissolved solids. This process can be less costly as it is not necessary to shut down the processing plant occasionally, as with R/O for reconditioning. Distillation can refine the water to as little as 10 mg/l dissolved solids, compared with R/O’s 50% reduction per pass. The same problem of brine water, which must be drained or hauled off, exists with flash distillation. Another disadvantage is that volatiles, such as methane and chlorine, are transferred into the processed water.

ELECTRODYALYSIS

Electrodialysis, like reverse osmosis, also employs a screen, but in this case electrical energy is utilized. The electrodialysis process lets the salt through and keeps the water back. This is the opposite of reverse osmosis.

DEIONIZATION

This process involves the use of resins that carry either a positive or negative charge. These draw the elements to them and remove them from the water. They are easy to install and inexpensive for small manufacturing or laboratory use. A major drawback for high volume use is they must be recharged either by washing the resins with acid or exchanging them after as little as a thousand gallons.

ION EXCHANGERS (WATER SOFTENERS)

Some cat-ions will easily exchange with other ions under certain conditions. An example of this would be a soft water tank which uses sodium saturated salts to exchange sodium for calcium and magnesium. This system is valuable where corrosion in pipes and calcium build up on enamels, such as household appliances and swimming pools, is of concern. As the chief deleterious element in seawater and brackish water is sodium, this only increases salt problems for human consumption or agriculture. In our showers it is feeding these salts to the largest organ in our body, our skin. Ocean water is already 80% sodium, 8.5% magnesium and only a fraction calcium.

Ion-exchange resin water softeners, that is most water softeners, also remove all beneficial minerals in the water and add a great deal of sodium or potassium. They put out waste water that is incompatible with septic tanks because if you kill the bacteria, septic systems don’t do their job. For this reason many states have banned the use of water softeners for homes with septic systems.

KANGEN WATER

From hereon in I will call it ionization. Ionization is a process which uses electricity to electrocute the water. This can only happen because of the mineral content that is in the water. A person can not ionize distilled water as distilled water can not conduct electricity. Throw in a little salt and a little calcium and potassium and the water will sizzle and fry. Most people do not realize, but any water ionizer is in essence a hydrogen fuel cell. The electricity is poured to the metallic plates and because of the mineral content that is in the water, meaning the minerals are attached to the water molecules and clusters, the current goes through the solution tarring apart the most natural and essential relationship on the planet H2O. Water by itself does not have a ionic charge. Once you add minerals, which have a bi-polar ionic charge, the water is able to be ionized.

So here we have the most balanced, natural, and harmonious relationship in the world of one Oxygen and two Hydrogen’s being ripped apart from a man made outside force called electricity. The end result is that you have a mixture of frazzled H2O’s and OH-‘s and a free floating H’s. This is how the pH is increased.

Excerpted from Ultimate Destiny Network

The Harmful Effects of Drinking Water on Children

Children are especially vulnerable to contaminants and toxic elements in our water since their metabolic system is still developing. While some appear in our water due to waste water runoff, additional contaminants are actually added to our water supply… on purpose.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Children may be more vulnerable to some environmental risks and contaminants than adults for several reasons. Compared to adults, children proportionately eat more food, drink more fluids, and breathe more air than adults. As a result, they are exposed to more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults. They’re also more vulnerable than adults to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able to process and eliminate toxins. Fewer than half of the synthetic chemicals that have been developed and released to the environment have been tested for potential human toxicity, and fewer still for their potential effects on children.  The issue with these chemicals is the runoff from industrial waste invades our water supply every day.

Harmful effects of contaminated drinking water makes children sick

Children Are Especially Vulnerable toToxic Water 

 

Contaminated Water

We already mentioned the alarming results of industrial chemical runoffs into our water supply that harm our children but unfortunately there are more.  One that is of major concern is pesticides.

Pesticides have one purpose – to kill.  Again, you have to take in the developmental risks to children that are associated with this poison.  Some of the most harmful side effects are developmental neurotoxicity, which contributes to neurological disorders. There are also concerns about the effect of pesticides on the endocrine system.  Scientists have concluded that these chemicals might be disrupting this system which is comprised of the glands and hormones that guide our development, growth, reproduction and behavior.  Disruption of the endocrine system may also result in reproductive disorders, birth defects, immune suppression, and other harmful effects.

Manganese

Manganese is a mineral that’s naturally found in rock and soil. It is also unnaturally found in our drinking water. In addition to changing the color, odor and taste of water, it stains everything it comes in contact with. The U.S. EPA Secondary Drinking Water Regulations recommend a limit of 0.05 mg/l manganese because of the staining which may be caused. Staining? That’s their only concern?

Exposure to manganese has shown to be highly toxicity to the nervous system, producing a syndrome that resembles Parkinson’s disease. Young children absorb more manganese than older age groups but excrete less, so there’s an accumulation effect to their exposure. That’s why it’s so important for pregnant women and children to have access to clean drinking water every day.

According to Kristie Lenog, MD, A recent study carried out in Quebec, revealed that too much manganese in drinking water is harmful to children and can jeopardize their brain health and long-term intelligence.

Fluoride

Over exposure to fluoride isn’t just an isolated incident with water. Remember, this water is also used in processing the food we eat and the beverages we drink. The cumulative effect of over exposure can lead to poisoning.

In a recent article in the Journal NeuroToxicology, a research team led by Roger D. Masters, Dartmouth College Research Professor and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government Emeritus, reports evidence that public drinking water treated with sodium silicofluoride or fluosilicic acid, known as silicofluorides (SiFs), is linked to higher uptake of lead in children. This high level of lead toxicity produces behavioral problems due to the effects of lead on brain chemistry and the interruption of neurotransmitters.

Additionally, Professor Roger Masters, an Australian researcher had done extensive studies and has found that there is a link between Sif toxicity in water and violent crime, substance abuse and learning disabilities.

Flourosis

Dental fluorosis or mottling of tooth enamel is a developmental disease caused by over exposure to fluoride during stages of tooth development and its effects are permanent. Once you have it, you have it for life, and you can’t diminish its appearance which can range from white streaks on your teeth to severe discoloration and brown markings. The appearance of the stains and spots can even worsen and get darker over time.

According to the Center for Disease Control, children 8 and younger who are exposed to fluoride are at the highest risk for developing fluorosis because this is when their permanent teeth are forming under the gums.

Lead

Children and fetuses are the most susceptible to the debilitating effects of lead in the water.

Lead usually seeps into your drinking water through your plumbing. Some sources are corroded plumbing fixtures, lead pipes, soldered connections, metal faucets and fixtures and well pumps. Plumbing materials aren’t the only source of contamination. Over exposure to lead is also a result of contaminated air, water, soil, food, and consumer products.

Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, irritability, and in severe cases seizures, coma, and death. Lead poisoning in children leads to learning and behavioral problems, brain and kidney damage, seizures, lowered IQ, low birth rate and anemia. The damage from lead poisoning is irreversible.

You can’t eliminate lead from your water, so the CDC suggests that you eliminate your exposure to lead in drinking water by consuming only bottled water or water from a filtration system. The problem is, bottled water is not contaminant free and neither is filtered water. Besides, it’s expensive!

What Are Commercial Growers Using to Water Your Food?

The most common way for farmers to water their crops – our food – is through waste water. This is necessary because rainfall rarely supplies enough water and droughts are rampant.  Waste water consists of waste from homes, industry and storm water.  The use of waste water is readily available year round and often is the only source of water available, especially for urban farmers.Using untreated waste water to irrigate crops is a health risk, as it contaminates our food supply.

farmers use contaminated water to grow our food

Waste Water is Used to Grow Your Food

What About Natural Water Supplies?

Other options available to farmers include rivers, wells and ground water.

Let’s look at these options. First we have rivers. According to the Atlantic Wire, half of the rivers in the U.S. pose health risks due to pollution and the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) concludes that the majority of the rivers and streams in the U.S. can’t support healthy aquatic life.  Furthermore, 71% of the rivers in the north east and deep south were rated poor.

You can probably guess why. Pollution. This polluted water is the cumulative effect of chemicals, waste water and fertilizer. It kills plant life, erodes the soil and harms fish, wildlife and our food. Can you imagine growing food with water that kills life!

Wells and ground water aren’t any safer. Ground water is an accumulation of rain and melting snow.   Ground water always contains contaminants and natural impurities. The effects of pollution on this rain and melting snow further contaminate this water supply.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) some of these “natural contaminants” include chlorides, arsenic, boron and radon – a gas formed by the breakdown of radioactive uranium.  Ground and well water is also littered with byproducts of human activity and can contain fertilizers, animal manures, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides.

Well And Ground Water – Natural Water From The Earth?

Fifteen percent of Americans use wells, artificial reservoirs and springs as their main source of drinking water. Currently, no regulatory agencies or experts are overseeing the quality and source of this water before it is pumped through the pipes and into your home.  Although often unaware of it or unwilling to be accountable, the well owner is responsible for ensuring the well is built properly and the water’s contaminant level is at an acceptable degree.

One-half of our countries drinking water comes from ground water, which is an accumulation of rain, melting snow and waste water run-off.  This water is used for public drinking systems.  Ground water always contains contaminants and natural impurities. The effects of pollution on this rain and melting snow further contaminate this water supply.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) some of these “natural contaminants” include chlorides, arsenic, boron and radon – a gas formed by the breakdown of radioactive uranium.  Ground and well water is also littered with byproducts of human activity and can contain fertilizers, animal manures, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides.

Another deadly contaminant is Fluorosilicic acid. This is a waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry and contains toxins such as arsenic, lead and radioactive materials. According to Dr. J. William Hirzy, EPA scientist,  If the stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant, if it gets into a lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing!

In particular concern to those who use well water, one must also consider poorly built and closely located septic systems, the leaking of abandoned underwater pipes and structures, storm water drains that leak chemicals and the chemical spills and waste from local industrial sites.

The EPA confirms that all 50 states have been found to have ground water contamination.

You must protect yourself from these contaminants – your life depends on it.

Hidden Dangers in Water

Structured water can neutralize all toxins that have invaded your water supply and your body.  Is your tap water really that bad? Sometimes, yes! The government allows over 80 regulated and dozens of unregulated contaminants in our water supply. Some of the most harmful:

    1. Aluminum – a heavy metal toxin linked to neurological, gastrointestinal and liver damage.

    1. Arsenic – a powerful cancer causing agent. Over 25 states have unsafe arsenic levels.

    1. Chlorine – this is used to sterilize our disease-ridden water supply. But it also destroys the beneficial microflora in our body creating immunity disorders and cancer risks.

    1. Fluoride – this is a free radical that damages neurological tissue, decreases immune function and interferes with thyroid function.

  1. Chemical residues from prescription and over the counter medication are leaked into our sewers and water tables. Secondary ingestion of these medicines cause adverse complications and allergic reactions by people drinking these contaminants.

contaminated household water supply

Clean and Contaminated Water

So bottled water must be safe, right? Not really. Read the label on the water bottle. Much of the packaged water you purchase is simply municipal water in a pretty bottle. Even when filtered, which negatively affects the water by removing it further away from the naturally pure water of structured water, bottled water still contains the same contaminants as tap water.

There are also economic and environmental issues to consider when purchasing bottled water and the bottles themselves contain harmful chemicals. Bottled water costs 240 to 10,000 more than tap water.  Millions of barrels of oil are used in the production and transportation of bottled water. Only 10% of our water bottles are recycled and throwing your empty bottle into the recycling bin doesn’t necessarily  mean that it  will be recycled. Often you’ll see wording to on the bottle to “check to see if this can be recycled in your area”.  I don’t believe many – if any – people will take the time to do so. There’s a reason plastic water bottles have such a low recycling rate. The majority of the water consumption takes place outside the home. People consume bottled water in the car, while at work, while exercising or enjoying outdoor recreation. There simply aren’t any recycling opportunities in these instances. The end result is that  67 million empty water bottles litter our landfills every year.

And they don’t go away…Ever. The rules of biodegradation – which relies on bacteria to break down our trash – don’t apply to plastic. Bacteria don’t like plastic, so the bottle may remain intact forever.

There are also health concerns when you drink from plastic bottles. The water in stored plastic water bottles contain phthalates, a substance added to plastic that seeps into the water. The longer the bottles are stored, the higher the levels of phthalates are present.  Most Americans tested by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have tested positive for phthalates in their urine.  Rodents exposed to phthalates showed abnormal hormone level changes and an increase in birth defects.

There are legal limits for phthalates in tap water, but there are none for bottled water. Guess which industry fought and defeated the FDA’s proposal to setting a legal limit on this carcinogen? You guessed it! The bottled water industry.

You see plastic water bottles littering the landscape everywhere; the side of the highway, the park, at the beach. It’s not nice to look at, It’s a burden to taxpayers who have to clean it up and what isn’t cleaned up is killing our birds, mammals and reptiles.