So, weâ€™ve laid bare the extortionate costÂ of bottled water and highlighted the practice of selling tap water in bottles at a hugely inflated profit. Â Persuading people to buy filtered tap water in a bottle with a slick label is quite a coup for the drinks industry. Â
BPA is Here to Stay?
But itâ€™s not just the ever-rising cost to both your pocket and to the environment. Â Bottled water is problematic in other ways as well.
“Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. Â They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 15, 2018 12:00 pm
Single use plastics take five minutes to produce, five minutes to use and 500 years to break down, the vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, told reporters recently. Â
In a move that highlights just how catastrophic the risk of choking the planet in plastic really is, the EU has announced a plan to ensure that by 2030, all packaging on the continent must be reusable or recyclable.
No More Plastic Imports to China
The move is partly in response to China announcing that it will no longer accept plastic waste imports. Â For years, EU countries have met their own higher recycling targets and reduced landfill by shipping the excess to China. Â Here, the large-scale …
Water is big news. Â Of course it is, itâ€™s a massive part of our lives. Â We depend on it for life itself and yet weâ€™re all guilty of wasting it from time to time. Â So how did we become so complacent …
The cancer-causing contaminant Chromium-6, brought to the public gaze by Erin Brockovich, is at levels exceeding public health goals in 50 states.
Millions of people are trying to find a workable solution to protect themselves and their families and to avoid drinking contaminated water. Â
What Reverse Osmosis Water Does to the Pipeline
A reverse osmosis water system is sometimes touted as a possible solution on both a domestic and municipal level. Â After all, it removes contaminants and thatâ€™s the goal, right?
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis is not a solution on either front. Â On a city-wide basis, aside from the prohibitive cost of building the plant, the stripped-back water â€“ though admittedly free of contaminants …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 1, 2018 12:00 pm
According to this report published in January by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 173 million people – around half of all Americans – have been exposed to radiation in their drinking water. Â That means an increase in the possibility of developing certain types of cancer and can also have a detrimental effect on fetal development. Â
The “Erin Brockovich” Chemical
By studying 50,000 water systems countrywide, the EWG found that millions of people across 50 states are drinking water that containsÂ radioactive contaminants; including the most commonly-occurring radioactive element, radium.
In Texas â€“ one of the worst affected states – up to 80% of homes are supplied with water containing potentially dangerous levels …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On January 18, 2018 12:00 pm
The latest trend that seems to be gathering attention in 2018 is the craze for drinking so-called “raw water.”
When a small, Oregon-based start-up companyÂ started selling “pristine mountain spring water” to people in the San Francisco area, they tapped into the fashionable notion that the more “natural” something is, then the better for you it will be.
What is “Raw Water”?
Raw water is, quite simply, water that springs from the earth; or in this particular case, from “an ancient aquifer.” It is completely untreated and unfiltered.
One of several companies selling raw water around the country says that filtering and treating water to remove contaminants “disrupts healthy bacterias” that would …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 7, 2017 12:00 pm
There has never been running water here. Â Some of the dwindling number of residents, all of whom live in poverty, recall that there were wells up until around 30 years ago, where locals could draw water. Those wells are now dry or contaminated. Â People who live here have to make a seven-mile journey to buy water or depend on donations made to the local Baptist church.
Welcome to Sandbranch, just 14 miles southeast of Dallas, the fifth wealthiest city in America. Â
There hasnâ€™t been any investment here for a long time. Â The community doesnâ€™t have trash collections, proper sewerage or street lighting â€“ yet most of the residents donâ€™t want move, or lack …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 21, 2017 7:00 am
In 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of an 11-year study into the long term cognitive and neurobehavioral effects of lead exposure in children. Â
What Does Lead Do?
The children had been exposed to lead during their childhood, in some cases relatively low levels. Â 132 test subjects were re-examined in 1988 and the following neurobehavioral traits were identified as being related to lead exposure during childhood:
Poorer hand/eye co-ordination
Slower reaction times
“No Safe Level of Lead”
Although some lead can be excreted by the body, children are more susceptible to long term effects from lead exposure, as their …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 14, 2017 7:00 am
Americaâ€™s water system is undeniably in crisis.Â The projected cost of fixing the miles of pipeline that criss-cross the country runs to $1 trillion, according to some estimates.Â Thereâ€™s no quick fix.
Next Generation â€“ New Hope
But where there is a future, there is always hope.Â And where there is hope, there is a future.Â Maybe the next generation will come up with some answers, determined to put right what is broken and unsustainable.Â This possibility has been highlighted by eleven-year-old Gitanjali Rao, winner of America’s top young scientist award.
Horrified by the news of lead contamination in the water of Flint, Michigan, Gitanjali quickly realized the …
Thousands of people every year are affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly. Â According to the Cancer Statistics Center, 255,180Â new cases are anticipated during 2017, which are projected to result in some 41,070 deaths from breast cancer across America before the year is out.
Can We Reduce Our Risk Factors?
Despite these statistics, deaths from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989, largely due to better detection rates through screening, increased awareness and improved methods of treatment. Â
So what can we do to help our bodies stay as healthy as possible and actively lower the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer? Â