Some of the things that can kill you are choices – like smoking and eating junk food. But what if it was something that’s absolutely essential to your good health that could be poisoning you?
That seems to be the case – because a new report published by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that in the US drinking water of more than 16 million American homes is tainted with dangerous chemicals.
According to this latest study, the level of PFASs, or polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, exceed US government-recommended safety levels by far in 33 states. PFASs have been around for over 60 years and have been polluting our environment ever since. Many PFASs are highly resistant to breakdown and can persist in the environment for a long time, which explains why scientists have detected PFASs in human blood and breast milk.
Animal studies have linked exposure to PFASs with health problems, including liver toxicity, developmental problems, tumour growth and hormonal disruptions.
In this latest study, researchers looked at over 36,000 drinking water samples from nearly 5,000 public water sources that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collected from 2013 to 2015. It turns out that 66 suppliers were providing water to six million fAmerican housholds that had chemical levels well above the established safety limits.
But that’s just the data the researchers were able to get their hands on. Nearly a third of the US doesn’t report their water data to the EPA… so millions of people have no idea whether or not their water is safe to drink.
A 2014 study by the US National Health and Nutrition Examination found PFASs in 97 per cent of human blood samples. And when they end up in the body, PFASs have been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, immune system issues, and more.
Now, if you are living in the UK and Europe you might be thinking: “How is this affecting me?”
Hang on, I’m getting there…
This man-made chemical is one of the most widely used in the world, and it could be all over your home right now. It’s found in common household items like your non-stick cookware… your waterproof shoes… your couch… and even your carpet.
In fact, according to a 2016 analysis of everyday consumer items PFASs were found in levels exceeding thresholds recommended by the European Union in some outdoor textiles, leather goods and ski waxes. Since PFASs can’t be removed from water easily, and most standard wastewater treatment methods won’t work, they now could be coming out of your faucet and into your water glass.
Even if your water is clear of PFASs, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to drink right out of the tap. Other toxins that may be lurking in there – especially pesticides – have been linked to an increased risk in ALS, Parkinson’s, and even dementia.
A reverse osmosis water filtration system can make a dent in limiting your exposure, and a detoxifying diet like Paleo will help get rid of the toxins that are already in your body (and likely being stored in your fat).
But if your water is really contaminated… and you’ve been swilling it unfiltered for years… you may need something a bit more powerful.
Visit a doctor skilled in alternative and natural medicine who can check your body’s toxic load and see what dangerous chemicals (and metals) have made it into your system. If it’s a lot, he may recommend chelation therapy, which can bind to metals and other toxins and flush them out.
There are many natural chelating agents as well, including chlorophyll (like that found in spirulina), which helps your body flush out toxins.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
6 Million Americans Drink Water Tainted with Toxic Chemicals: Report, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_160327.html
What are PFASs, the toxic chemicals being found in drinking water? pbs.org/newshour/rundown/pfas-toxic-chemical-millions-peoples-drinking-water/