Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Time
The Deadly Chemical Chlorine In Your Tap!
The way you’re washing your produce right now might be causing you more harm than good. Correct me if I’m wrong, but most people would agree that you need to wash fruits and veggies before eating them, right? and then the assumption is that tap water is a safe way to clean them; there is Chlorine in tap water and Chlorine disinfects, pretty straight forward…Right, but there is one huge but, not only is chlorine itself a deadly poison considered as one of the greatest cripplers and killers of all time…The U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality even admits that drinking chlorinated water increases your cancer risk by a whopping 93%.But that’s not the big BUT…What most people don’t know is that Chlorine has a dirty little secret…Whenever Chlorine comes in contact with carbon-based organic matter it creates deadly disinfectant byproducts called tri halo methane’s (THMs) and halo acetic acids (HAA5s).These disinfectant byproducts are 100 times more toxic than Chlorine itself. These byproducts are known to cause cancer and damage the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. So when you wash your fruits and vegetables (which are carbon-based themselves and are covered in carbon-based pesticides) with your chlorinated tap water you basically make more THMs and HAA5s
The deadly chemical chlorine is added to almost all tap water in North America. Some of the most shocking research I found about the effects of chlorine had to do with pregnant women… Specifically, with a developing fetus in the womb… The worst part is that this “chemical weapon” is added to our water on purpose by the government. That”s right chlorine was used by the Nazis in WW1 to kill and disfigure their enemies on the battlefield.
Now we add it to our water supply like sugar to coffee!! Except this “sugar” is a deadly killer…
What I found was that pregnant women and their children who are exposed to chlorinated water of any kind may experience a host of long-term health effects including: 14% more birth defects… Chlorinated water that is consumed by pregnant mothers leads to babies with more birth defect.
The National Institute of Public Health in Olso, Norway has found drinking chlorinated tap water can increase birth defect like oral clefts, urinary tract and neural tube defects.
16.4% increase in MISCARRIAGES…
The California Department of Health Services conducted a study that found pregnant women who drank water treated with chlorine during pregnancy experience a 16.4% increase in miscarriages.
Severe birth defects and developmental challenges…
Two separate studies – one in Iowa in 1992 and another in Italy in 1996, found babies of mothers who drank chlorinated water were more likely to be born with smaller bodies and heads!
But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000.
Other recent studies have found that even some chemicals regulated by that law pose risks at much smaller concentrations than previously known. However, many of the act’s standards for those chemicals have not been updated since the 1980s, and some remain essentially unchanged since the law was passed in 1974.
All told, more than 62 million Americans have been exposed since 2004 to drinking water that did not meet at least one commonly used government health guideline intended to help protect people from cancer or serious disease, according to an analysis by The Times of more than 19 million drinking-water test results from the District of Columbia and the 45 states that made data available.
In some cases, people have been exposed for years to water that did not meet those guidelines.
Article by New York Times
Tap water cannot really be that bad for us, can it? After all, the water we drink has already gone through several stages of treatment by municipal water systems, has it not? The government surely would not allow contaminated, unhealthy water into our homes, would it? The answers to these questions, respectively, are yes, not necessarily, and yes. The truth is that tap water is one of the four most pressing health threats posed by environmental problems. Each year the correlations between contaminated drinking water and cancer, learning disabilities, and asthma are becoming stronger and clearer. Even if tap water has gone through municipal treatment before reaching your home faucet, it is often far from safe. In many cases, municipal water treatment facilities actually add dangerous chemicals to water in the process of treatment. Municipal water treatment methods are often old and outdated; consequently, they are simply incapable of dealing with the dangerous assortment of contaminants that may be present in drinking water. And, despite government regulations of drinking water through the EPA and FDA, dangerous contaminants may still be present in drinking water, even after municipal treatment and even with the government’s knowledge and approval. While the EPA sets maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for a broad range of drinking water contaminants, these levels are not at zero. As a result, dangerous chemicals and other contaminants are constantly present in our tap water.
Many people may say that attacks on the quality of tap water are simply scare tactics designed to increase profit for bottled water and water treatment companies. Yet, large increases in cancers and other diseases related to poor drinking water quality point unabashedly to a large problem in the current quality of our tap water. What follows is a brief listing of contaminants that could very likely be in your tap water as well as a discussion of how these contaminants may affect your health.
- Chlorine: Chlorine is perhaps one of the most dangerous and insidious poisons in our drinking water supply. Surprisingly, it is a municipal additive to drinking water. Water treatment facilities use chlorine as a powerful disinfectant to kill or inactivate biological water contaminants, but that same chlorine that is so toxic to biological contaminants is also poisonous to our bodies. Chlorine in drinking water is currently a leading cause of bladder and rectal cancer and asthma. Health officials are now linking chlorine ingestion to breast cancer, as well