Look, donâ€™t shoot the messenger, but thereâ€™s something else to worry about in Americaâ€™s water. Â
Bosses at coal-burning power plants country-wide are required to file reports with the Environmental Protection Agency this month, looking into the toxins that are being released into groundwater from vast, unlined “ponds” containing coal ash and debris.
“Coal ash ponds need to be addressed as potential environmental and human health issues.”
~ Avner Vengosh,Â ProfessorÂ of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Coal Ash Court Cases
130 million tons of coal ash is produced each year. Â Arsenic, Chromium-6, mercury and radium are just a few of the dangerous substances potentially leaching into the water supply. Â And …
The PR job is a good one, to be fair. Â When it comes to bottled water, people are prepared to throw a lot of money at it, regardless of the environmental price and the sky-high cost to their pocket. Â
Bottled water costs more than tap water. Â A lot more. Â In fact, a new report from The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that some people are paying an astonishing 10,000 times more per gallonÂ for bottled water than they are for the water that comes out of the tap.
But hereâ€™s the next shocker: frequently the water that you buy in a bottle isâ€¦ermâ€¦tap water. Â
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 about …
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 of …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 29, 2017 12:00 pm
Okay, maybe not dreads Christmas. Â But dentists are hyper aware of the damage that sweet things such as candy and soda do to our teeth. Â
Therefore Christmas, arriving as it does, on a fresh wave of sweetness in the wake of that great testament to candy itself, Halloween, poses all kinds of threats to our teeth unless we take extra good care of them.
The Usual Suspects
As well as sugar, many people often consume more alcohol than usual around the holidays. Â Alcohol attacks teeth in two ways: firstly with the sugar it contains and secondly with acid, which damages enamel. Â
So you clean your teeth and visit your dentist. Â …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 13, 2017 3:50 pm
Detox is for January.Â We will reach those cold, post-Christmas days soon enough.Â Our glittery Christmas dress hung away, its sparkle dimmed at the back of the closet and the freezer filled with little vacuum packs of turkey.
But for now, the buzzword is Pretox.
Prepare Your Body
From now until the start of the Christmas frenzy is the perfect time to prepare your body for the onslaught of less sleep, more socializing, rich food and higher levels of alcohol than you perhaps usually consume.
In order to feel strong and healthy over the holidays, so that youâ€™re always up for more festive fun, follow our five-point Pretox checklist!
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 9, 2017 12:00 pm
The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean is almost 7 miles deep. Â Its perpetually black depths are commonly referred to as the most remote place on the entire planet. Â Extraordinary creatures survive in the dark with water pressure of eight tons per square inch. Â But something else has been discovered in this inaccessible ocean trench. Â Astonishing levels of man-made pollution, along with plastic bags and soda cans. Â
Plastics on the Menu
Weâ€™re steadily choking our planet with plastic, according to recent research. Â Up to 13 million tons of plastic finds it way into our oceans every single year, where it can then be ingested by wildlife. Â Of course, lovers …