Is Water Pollution causing cancer?
What’s Wrong with our Drinking Water?
Water pollution has become one of the greatest
toxic loads in the history of our planet. Drinking pure water and removing
toxins is important in maintaining health and avoid cancer. Treating cancer
alternatively looks at cancer and other diseases to see the effects of water
pollution and how each of us can rid our bodies of some of the toxins that are
in our water.
One hundred years ago, people died from
contaminated water. Cholera, diarrhea, hookworm, trichuriasis, were all traced
to water. With an increase in the population and the demand for water, came an
increase in water’s contaminants.
Our municipalities have the enormous job of
purifying the tremendous volume of water that flows into our homes. They have
kept the population as healthy as possible. However there is more that each of
us can do individually to ensure that we are drinking pure water.
Americans feel there is an abundant,
never-ending supply of pure water. Water pollution is often not a consideration
when we drink water. When we turn on the tap, only two percent of the water
that pours out is ever used for cooking and drinking.
In fact, we live in one of the few countries
in the world where you can drink from the garden hose without worry of becoming
Sadly, our aging water treatment and
distribution systems were not built to handle modern-day contaminants. Nor can
our aging water treatment plants keep up with our ever expanding population and
it would take billions of dollars to upgrade them. Water pollution is becoming
a major issue in cancer and other debilitating diseases.
Current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines allow for
“acceptable” levels of pollutants, such as chlorine, lead, arsenic, and aluminum
in our water.
But even with these less than stringent EPA treatment standards,
the 1993 and 1994 EPA reports indicate that some 53 million Americans drank from
city water systems that violated EPA standards. Water pollution and its effects
on the health of the population is an issue that is being studied.
In 1995, it was officially recommended by the
EPA that people with compromised immune systems due to AIDS, cancer,
chemotherapy, or transplant surgery consider options for pure water for drinking
as well as for cleaning and cooking foods.
In the past ten years we have continue to
pollute our waters with more chemicals, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals drugs.
It is true that tap water is mostly free of
bacteria and parasites thanks to chlorination. But bacteria represent only a
fraction of the modern-day hazards present in our water.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in
Atlanta, nearly one million people get sick from drinking contaminated water
each year with about 1,000 of those cases ending in fatalities. Water pollution
is present in nearly all water supplies.
The nation’s 50,000 municipal water supplies
are liberally laced with hundreds of potentially harmful substances that have
long-term ramifications for our health.
There are more than 75,000 chemical compounds
in our water with more being added daily. They come from industry, agriculture,
and consumers/homes. Small doses of them in drinking water are ingested every
day and no one knows what their long-term effect will be.
With water pollution in small amounts being
present in many of our water supplies other options must be considered. A pure
carbon filter/ultraviolet light water system in combination with a
healthy, low-stress lifestyle provides a thorough and efficient way to maintain
high energy levels and long term wellness preventing the development of cancer
Treating cancer alternatively involves
reducing the toxins in our body
The Pollutants causing water pollution
Landfills are still a major source of
groundwater contamination in spite of new regulations. Industrial waste and
municipal sewage continue to make their way into our waterways. Cesspools,
septic system’s underground storage tanks, and lawn treatments all run off into
our water. Rain and snow also help pollutants and pesticide in the air find
their way into the water. Even radioactive waste finds its way into our
environment as a result of inadequate disposal procedures and enforcement.
It is known that each of these situations
affects our environment and our health. To the extent that water pollution adds
toxins to our body which may overwhelm our immune system is still being
As I was dying of cancer, I really did not have time to wait for
the scientific studies to come forth with the water pollution findings. It was
important to select a
carbon – ultra violet water filtration
home system and begin to eliminate the toxins that I was ingesting
on a daily basis.
Treating cancer alternatively was my main focus. I attempted to
do everything I could to help my immune system begin to fight the cancer cells
that was moving through my body.
Water pollution caused by Gasoline & MTBE
We use a lot of gasoline in this country. Any
seepage, leaks, spills, or accidents lead to contamination. Gasoline hangs out
on sediments and contaminates runoff water or water flowing through filtering
beds on its way to underground aquifers. There are thousands of underground
gasoline storage tanks that still remain in the ground beyond their twenty year
One gallon of gasoline ruins 5 million gallons of drinking water
MTBE is a gasoline additive that has been used
since 1980 to limit gasoline’s air pollution. Experiments demonstrate that
laboratory rats and mice that breathe or drink water contaminated to any degree
with MTBE develop lymphoma, leukemia, testicular, thyroid, and kidney tumors.
According to a U.S. Geological Survey and the
Department of Environmental Study, MTBE has contaminated about 1/3 of the
nation’s drinking wells in 31 states. Water pollution is a serious issue that
has to be considered in drinking pure water for health and well being.
20 years ago 1 out of 10 people were diagnosed
with cancer and other debilitating diseases. Now we are faced with 1 out of 2
people being diagnosed with cancer.
Water pollution and the amount of toxins that
our bodies are ingesting are increasing. We are each responsible for the
decisions we are making in the health of ourselves and our families.
Parasites as a form of water pollution
The CDC estimates about 900,000 cases each
year of water-borne bacterial disease. Even though many municipal supplies have
been treated according to the Safe Drinking Water Act, millions of Americans are
still wary of drinking tap water. Studies show that as many as one-third of all
gastrointestinal illnesses are said to be caused by bacterial and parasitic
Bacterial and parasitic infections are the cause of at least 900
deaths each year.
Drinking pure water using a
carbon filter system with ultra-violet light has become even more
important as I consider these facts. I felt like I was in a race against time
in treating cancer alternatively.
I had taken for granted that the tap water or
bottle water I was drinking was safe. Now I had lots of questions and no time
to waste. It became important to invest in a
water filter system that would meet my needs.
Cryptosporidium is a kind of parasite that
causes acute and chronic cases of diarrhea, cramps, fever, and vomiting.
Because it is only 5 microns in size – 250 of them can fit on the head of a
Cryptosporidium can slip through typical
water treatment plants and enter our drinking water.
What is more, cryptosporidium is resistant to
chlorine. Once ingested, this unicellular parasite hatches eggs in the
digestive tract. In 1993, 400,000 people in Milwaukee suffered from
cryptosporidium contaminated tap water, and 104 people died.
As few as 30 parasites – one glass of water –
can cause long-term infection. There is no established cure. Healthy
individuals can recover in 1-2 weeks.
But crypto can be life-threatening to those
with compromised immune systems. About 50% of AIDS patients who contract the
parasite die from it. Individuals with cancer, on chemo or organ transplant,
along with the elderly and chronically ill, infants and children are all at
We live in Milwaukee – our
carbon filtered ultraviolet water system protected
This system was one of 2 residential systems that were effective
against the cryptosporidium.
Another chlorine resistant parasite is the
protozoa guardia lamblia. Guardia causes symptoms similar to colitis, irritable
bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance as well as cramps, diarrhea, and
nausea. It is often mistaken for other ailments. One to two weeks of
antibiotic or herbal antimicrobial therapy is required for recover.
Escherichia Coli (E.coli) is a common,
nonpathogenic bacterium that resides in our digestive tract and that of
animals. Its presence in water is an indication of fecal contamination. E.coli
infection from water or food can cause dysentery-like symptoms.
One of the ways that the government is
protecting the population from E.coli is by the
irradiation of all of our fresh foods. The challenge yet to be faced
by the population is the
effects of irradiation on killing the enzymes that are needed by our
immune system to fight cancer and other debilitating diseases.
Keep in mind that treating cancer
alternatively involves drinking pure water and allowing our body to flush out
toxins. There are many enzymes that organic whole food provides that are
necessary for good health and the prevention of cancer. E.Coli is controlled by
good farming and professional sanitary care of our fresh foods from the farm to
Additives to Water is a form of water
There are dozens of additives used to treat
municipal water. Chlorine and fluoride are the most common and the most
infamous. There is a whole category of additives known as flocculants which
cause pollutants to clump together for more efficient filters.
Even though the EPA classifies
some flocculants as probable human carcinogens, it still allows their use in
water treatment facilities.
It is estimated that in 99 percent of the US
population, their fatty tissue contains one or more of the toxins created by
chemicals found in water. Dr.
Ronald Klatz, MD, Pres. American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
In the early 1920s, the U.S. successfully
controlled the outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, dysentery, and other
waterborne diseases using chlorine.
Today, chlorine is still accepted as the only
cost effective method of killing bacteria in water supplies. Ironically, this
process that once rid our water of these infectious organisms is now responsible
for causing a new breed of dangerous pollutants as part of water pollution.
Historically, chlorine was the world’s first
biological weapon with its use as poisonous gas in WWI. Later it was drafted
for civilian use to poison the bacteria in our water. At its most benign,
chlorine makes it seem as if one is drinking from a swimming pool.
But chlorination is responsible for a more
insidious problem. It is extremely volatile and combines rapidly with organic,
carbon based pollutants from industry and the environment, to form a new breed
of dangerous chemicals call tri-halo-methanes (THMs).
There are hundreds of deadly THMs, among them
carbon-tetrachloride, bis-chloroethane, and chloroform.
According to a Norwegian study by Dr. Per
Magnus of the National Institute of Public Health, Oslo, THMs have mutagenic and
These toxins are cause for concern in causing
cancer and other debilitating diseases. Dr. Magnus found that the use of
chlorine leads to a 14% increase in overall birth defects.
In another study of 5,144 pregnant women
conducted by the California Department of Health Services, women who drank 5
glasses of THM contaminated water had a 16.4% rate of miscarriage as compared to
a 6.1% rate of those who had low levels of THMs in their water.
Immediately upon being diagnosed with cancer, we installed a
carbon filter on our shower/tub outlets. Pure water seemed to be a high
We also installed an activated
multi-stage carbon block with ultra-violet light on
all of our sink faucet(s).
These chemicals pulls the larger family of
chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as DDT, PCBs, TCE, 2,4,5_T have been linked to
heart disease, senility, and cancer of the bladder, liver, pancreas, colon,
breast, and urinary tract.
In addition to consuming disinfection
byproducts, there is concern that water used in baths, showers, dishwashers and
washing machines may contribute in
indoor air pollution. Chemicals resulting from chlorination of water
become airborne when passed through appliances used in the home. When THM
contaminated water is used for showers, toxic vapors are easily inhaled.
Fluoridation of Municipal Water
Fluoride is without doubt the most
controversial ingredient in water pollution.
Since it was first introduced into municipal
water supplies in the 1940s, it has been the subject of a heated battle between
established medical associations, scientists, researchers, politicians, and
Fluoride has been banned in Sweden, Denmark,
Holland, and abandoned in Belgium and West Germany. However these countries
and others are adding fluoride to salt, milk and other products.
Fluoride is the 13th most
necessary mineral for our bodies. The question is in the method of intake.
How interesting that all the articles on the dangers of the
fluoride in our waters does not take into account the importance of fluoride in
You will have to make the decision.
or fluorine deficiency is a medical condition in which a human or other organism
lacks the necessary compounds containing fluorine to keep bones and teeth
is the extent to which the condition truly exists, and its relationship to
fluoride poisoning has given rise to some controversy.
Fluoride in a concentrated form is a poison.
Sugar in a concentrated form is also a poison to our system. Should we ban
We must be careful to fully evaluate what we
are reading and thinking.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride exists naturally in
water sources and is derived from fluorine, the thirteenth most common element
in the Earth's crust. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even
reverse the early stages of tooth decay.
For over 60 years, water
fluoridation has proved to be a safe and cost-effective way to reduce dental
Today, water fluoridation is
estimated to reduce tooth decay by 20-40%.
As of 2002, the CDC statistics
show that almost 60% of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water through
the taps in their homes. Some communities have naturally occurring fluoride in
their water; others add it at water-processing plants.
The Controversy Over Fluoride
Opponents of water fluoridation
have questioned its safety and effectiveness; however, there has been little
evidence to support these claims.
Scientific research continues
to support the benefits of fluoride when it comes to prevention of tooth decay
and its safety at current recommended levels of 0.7 to 1.2 ppm. Dramatic
reductions in tooth decay in the past 30 years is attributed to fluoridation of
the water supply, and parents and health professionals should continue to ensure
that kids receive enough fluoride to prevent cavities.
The American Dental Association
(ADA), the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), the American Academy of
Pediatric (AAP), and the World Health Organization (WHO), among many other
national and international organizations, endorse community water fluoridation.
The CDC recognized fluoridation
of water as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th
There is a lot of information available about
fluoride but the information is also sometimes conflicting. Some leads us to
believe fluoride in drinking water is a good thing; and some says just the
Even information in clear
opposition claims to have solid scientific backing – how can this be?
This situation led us to ask:
How can a person make an
informed decision about whether fluoride is good or bad when everything they
hear is so conflicting?
Fluoride is a community health measure that
benefits people of all ages, income levels, and ethnicity.
Fluoride protects over 300 million people in
more than 40 countries worldwide, with over 10,000 communities and 145 million
people in the United States alone.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in
all water supplies and when adjusted to optimal levels, is effective in reducing
tooth decay and maintaining health.
Fluoride is not a medicine. Fluoride is a
naturally occurring element and a nutrient. (Reference: Dietary Reference
Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride, 2004.
National Academy Press, Washington DC)
John Dull, the chair of the panel,
stated that... “we’ve gone with the status quo regarding fluoride for many
years—for too long, really—and now we need to take a fresh look ... I think
that’s why fluoridation is still being challenged so many years after it began.
In the face of ignorance, controversy is rampant".
Excess fluoride consumption is
dangerous even as excess consumption of any substance.
Hydrocarbons plays a major role in water
Hydrocarbons are everywhere. They are the
mainstay of the chemical industry and they are both very stable and fat
soluble. When they enter our environment, they stay for a long time and are
hard to get rid of.
Hundreds of millions of tons of hydrocarbon
waste are produced in the US every year. Many make their way into our water
supplies through agricultural runoff, industrial effluents, sewage, and chemical
dumps. They end up in our rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and groundwater.
Hydrocarbons are so insidious; they have made
their way into such far-reaching places as the fat of the arctic penguin and
human breast tissue.
Water pollution has become a major factor in
cancer and other debilitating diseases. Water pollution has been treated and
controlled by government agencies protecting the majority of the population from
immediate sickness and illnesses.
However at the same time our water sources
have many toxins that may overwhelm our immune system. A healthy immune system
is able to keep our bodies healthy and free of mutated cancer cells. Pure water
helps our immune system to flush out the
toxins and mutated cancer cells.
Treating cancer alternatively looks at all
aspects of health and options of keeping our body healthy. Choosing a good
water filtration system for pure water is a choice that may save you and your
family from many different illnesses and diseases.
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