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 …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 26, 2017 12:00 pm
The third annual Imagine a Day Without Water took place on the 12th October. Â Schools and workplaces participated with utilities and water organizations to look at how much we depend on water. Â
The True Value of Water
The recent hurricanes that have seen thousands of people having their access to clean, safe water cut off, highlight just how vital water is to our health and well being. Â
Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. Â Imagine a Day Without Water 2017Â isÂ the thirdÂ annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 19, 2017 12:00 pm
We recently looked at the plastics that we unknowingly drink when we crack open a fresh bottle of water or turn on the tap. Â America is the world leader in plastic fiber contamination, with a horrifying 94% of nationwide samples testing positive. Â India and Lebanon are the closest runners-up; but for now, the dubious honor of topping the plastic fiber contamination table belongs to us. Â
Plastic is Not Fantastic
Plastic fibers are expelled into the air and into our water supply all the time. Â The problem is that our current methods of treating drinking water are inadequate. Â Thatâ€™s not a new fact; horror stories about the problems with Americaâ€™s water infrastructure …
Yet another unpalatable fact about Americaâ€™s drinking water emerged upon publication of a report into the presence of microscopic plastic fibers in an astonishing 94 percent of samples tested.
Itâ€™s not just America that is swallowing untold quantities of plastics from industry, homes and manufacturing; around 80 percent of samples worldwide tested positive. Â If itâ€™s in our water, then itâ€™s in our food. Â If itâ€™s our food, then our bodies are awash with plastic fibers of unknown origin. Â
It gets worse. Â Plastic doesnâ€™t biodegrade. Â Instead, it just gets smaller and smaller until itâ€™s a tiny particle measured by nanometer (one nanometer is one-billionth of a …
Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and itâ€™s wonderful to see the heroic relief efforts of individuals and the large-scale aid that has been arriving since the Tropical storm hit. Â
There was also a big-hearted offer from Blackwater Draw Brewing Company, promising that affected residents could collect as much water as they needed. Â But this isnâ€™t regular water â€“ itâ€™s reverse osmosis water, used in the …
The dangers of so-called â€˜energy drinksâ€™ are becoming well known.Â Â But whatâ€™s the alternative for anyone who needs an extra shot of energy now and then?
Shocking New Evidence
Experts have been warning the public about commercially available sugar and caffeine cocktails for years.Â Recently, a study by Dr. Emily Fletcher, deputy pharmacy flight commander at Travis Air Force Base in California, hit the headlines.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, warns that consuming just one serving of commercial energy soda can be enough to harm your body.Â Â Using electrocardiogram, researchers found that a single 32 oz can of energy soda was capable of causing profound changes in …
Itâ€™s been quite the week in Flint.Â Dressed in custom-made gowns and bright, sharp suits, excited seniors of Flint Northwestern High School rode charter buses into Detroit for their prom.Â At almost the same time, the news began to emerge that Nick Lyon, Michiganâ€™s health chief, was to be charged with involuntary manslaughter, along with four other officials.
Conspiracy of Silence?
Failure to tell residents in Flint that the water flowing into their homes was contaminated with legionella is one of the accusations the defendant’s face. Â Twelve people died as a result, and 100 people in total contracted the disease.Â Officials knew for months about the outbreak, but kept silent.
During the last few days, the New-York based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published a reportÂ regarding water violations across the nation, and uncovered some chilling truths.
The coast-to-coast study identified that an astonishing 1 in 4 households may not be drinking safe water.Â Thatâ€™s a shocking 77 million people at risk.
Looking the Other Way?
And you know whatâ€™s just as scary?Â No-oneâ€™s fixing it. Â Underfunded, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is virtually toothless.Â A lack of meaningful penalties and enforcement means that violations â€“ including arsenic and nitrate contamination â€“ go unchecked.Â
â€œAmerica is facing a nationwide drinking water crisis that goes well beyond lead contamination.Â The problem is two-fold:
The power of the review is awesome, and we donâ€™t use the word lightly.Â In ye olden days, before Google, if we bought something that rocked our world, weâ€™d tell our friends, our mom and our work colleagues so they could all go out and buy one as well.
Word of mouth, in other words.Â Now, we have the potential to reach thousands of people in the space of a day by posting our own reviews on the internet.Â Itâ€™s a powerful tool and one that should be respected by companies across the world; the message being, happy customers say good things about your product and service.