Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Toxic chemicals in tap water are linked to more than 100,000 cancer cases. In many parts of the U.S., people rely on municipal drinking water. And, while relying on tap water makes a certain kind of sense due to the cancer concerns over drinking toxic bottled water – there’s still a problem.
There’s a growing body of research which confirms a troubling reality: there are cancer-causing chemicals even in tap water.
A recent study from the Environmental Working Group is the first of its kind to conduct a cumulative assessment of cancer risk associated with public drinking water. And, fair warning: their results will make you want to go out and get yourself a high-quality water purification system.
Is your tap water loaded with cancer-causing chemicals?
In their study, published in Heliyon, the team of researchers used statistical analysis to calculate the combined impact of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in tap water among 48,363 community water systems across the country.
Here are a few of their main takeaways: Tap water – within the U.S. – contains at least 22 contaminants in particular that are associated with increased cancer risk, including radioactive compounds like uranium and radium.
While most community water systems meet legal standards for contaminant concentrations, research indicates that even at these “legal” levels these contaminants can threaten human health. And some municipal water systems, including Washington D.C., tested positive for carcinogenic contaminants at levels exceeding the legal limit.
Smaller communities were at greater risk.
Overall, the presence of carcinogens in tap water is projected to contribute to at least 100,000 cases of cancer across a lifetime. “Decreasing the levels of chemical contaminants in drinking water,” they assert, “represents an important opportunity for protecting public health.” What does 100,000 cases of cancer over the course of a lifetime mean exactly? Here’s how to make sense of this important statistical projection:
In 2018, there were approximately 1.7 million new cases of cancer. Now, let’s assume the typical lifespan is around 70 – 80 years. This would mean that over the course of an average lifetime, tens of millions of cancer cases will occur – and as many as 100,000 of those are expected to be directly related to carcinogenic chemicals in the tap water.
So, what to do with this information? Should we forgo tap water and opt for bottled water instead? Unfortunately, the statement that bottled water causes cancer actually has some scientific weight to it. You see, a little known fact, most of the bottled water brands manufacture their bottles right before putting the water inside. This virtually guarantees a large amount of BPA will contaminate every bottle sold to the public.
Exposure to chemicals in plastic like BPA – an endocrine disruptor – may cause cancer or even affect fetal brain development in the womb. Even BPA substitutes have been shown to increase breast cancer cell growth. All told, many brands of bottled water have over 24,000 different chemicals in it, many of which are toxic too.
The myths and falsehoods of Distilled Water revealing the truths about water quality and its relationship to health and longevity. Think of what you need to merely survive. Food? Water? Air? Cell phones? Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60-70% of the human body is water; the brain is composed of over 70-72% water, and the lungs nearly 90%. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight, as is the brain; body fat contains 10-12% water and bone has 20-22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace 2.5 to 3 qts. Of water lost through the excretory system, with most of it replaced through drinking, and the rest from our foods.
DISTILLATION TAKES OUT ALL THE BENEFICIAL MINERALS. This is a statement used countless times, usually from literature from some filter companies trying to tell you, in effect, that their filters take out all the bad contaminants, but leave in the good, beneficial minerals. Fortunately, there are many reputable companies who would never think of making this kind of claim in their ads.
Distillation will kill and remove bacteria, viruses, cysts, as well as heavy metals, radionuclides, organics, inorganic, and particulates. And, yes, it will also remove minerals which will fall under inorganic contaminants. Whether the minerals in water are beneficial or useless has been an ongoing debate. All of our minerals are derived from our food: fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, grains, nuts and dairy products. The minerals in water are so scant that - for example, in order to obtain the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), one would have to drink:
Glasses of Tap water (RDA) Recommended Daily Allowance: 676 (8-oz./236.5 ml) Calcium 1,848 (8-oz./236.5 ml) Magnesium 848 (8-oz./236.5 ml) Iron 168,960 (8-oz./236.5 ml) Phosphorus
It seems insane to even think about drinking that much water. Most people cannot even drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day that is widely advocated by health experts. When you think of pure water, what definition comes to your mind? It should be just H²0 and that’s all.
It’s not H²0 with minerals and fluoride, because that doesn’t fit the description of pure water. For all intents and purposes, distilled water comes closest to the definition of pure drinking water. The
process of distillation removes the broadest range of contaminants over any point of use (POU) system.
DISTILLED WATER LEACHES MINERALS FROM YOUR BODY. What the proponents of this Myth want you to believe is that because distilled water is so pure, drinking it will leach minerals from your body, thereby robbing you of good health and nutrition. There is no basis of fact to document this claim. The national best-seller health and diet book: “Fit for Life II: Living Health” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, answers this question in the following excerpt:
Distilled water has an inherent quality. Acting almost like a magnet, it picks up rejected, discarded and unusable minerals and, assisted by the blood and the lymph, carries them to the lungs and kidneys for elimination from the body. The statement that distilled water leaches minerals from the body has no basis in fact. It doesn't leach out minerals that have become part of the cell structure. It can’t and it won’t. It collects only minerals that have already been rejected or excreted by the cells . . .
To suggest that distilled water takes up minerals from foods so that the body derives no benefit from them is absurd.” So it only stands to reason that the quality and quantity of water we replace daily has a direct bearing on our health and longevity.
1 0 Reasons to drink Distilled Water: 1: Unclean water diseases.In a study done by Texas A&M, it has been found out that nitrate pollution in the tap water supply may cause a baby birth defects like having a cleft palate or missing limbs. Another metal that may be found in the municipal water supply called barium may cause problems and further damage the heart. A study found that it is closely related to high blood pressure in lab animals. Fortunately, water that passes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard should not have this. A paper published by University of Rochester Medical Centre in 2007 found that copper found in tap water may increase the risk of having Alzheimer’s disease. The above are just some of the examples of the diseases that unclean water may cause. There may be others that we haven’t found yet. This is the reason why people have started to consider alternate source for human consumption.
2: It’s the most natural purifying method. The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle, is the process that distributes and reuses water on earth. It affects everything as a major part of the world’s atmosphere also comprises of water. The distillation process is the most similar way of purification. It is a process that first boils water. The unwanted chemicals and minerals are left in liquid state, while the pure water is converted to steam. Then it is converted back to water by condensation, a process that’s similar to evaporation in the water cycle.
3: It is considered the purest type of water. Distilled water has laboratory, industrial, medicinal and perfumery, and food processing uses. It can be said for certain that it is the most preferable type of water to use in these industries. Using it as drinking waterfalls into the last category. If you’re worried about any detritus or small, invisible particles in your water, distillation is the solution.
4 : It safely removes contaminants. Tap water is processed by adding fluoride, one of the chemicals that are used in swimming pools. Most municipalities use this method to treat the water that is being sent to all homes. This is the reason why the water that comes out of your faucet may contain chemicals and minerals that may harm your body when ingested. On the other hand, water that has undergone the process of distillation removes all these impurities that may include heavy metals and pesticides, as well as radioactive contaminants in some cases.
5: It prevents water borne diseases. There are species of parasites and bacteria that start their life cycle with human ingestion. Distilled water is your best bet at not contracting these diseases. Other immunity disorders may also be contracted from an unclean water supply. When worse comes to worst, it is also an effective way not to contract disease during epidemics. There are many water bourne diseases for more info see: - http://all-about-water-filters.com/dangerous-water-borne- diseases-we-need-to-fight-now/
6: Absorbs toxic substances from the body and eliminates them. Distilled water effectively removes dangerous toxins from your system, which makes it the ideal type of water to be used during a fast cleanse. This way, the minerals that you need for your health or dietary needs can be replenished in another way. It is also an effective way to eliminate poison out of your body, it is good for detoxifying your system or if you want to do a fast on distilled water adding a liquid vitamin supplement daily will help the body flush toxins as well as retain some minerals.
7: The minerals need by the body mostly come from food. There is a misconception that our body needs the useful minerals that are removed during distillation. What these people don’t know is that the organic minerals that our body requires for the day mostly comes from food anyway .At most, 8 glasses of hard water only fulfil 15% of the organic minerals calcium and magnesium daily, which are the minerals that comprise most of our daily allowance. Another type of mineral deposit that can come from tap and spring water is the inorganic kind. This may cause harm to the body when ingested at high levels. Barium and nitrite, mentioned above, belong to this category as an example of hard metals. Therefore, the percentage of organic minerals that come from hard water may be supplemented with food containing it while drinking pure, distilled water.
8: less expensive than buying by the Litre. A 5-litre container of commercially bought distilled water costs $3 to $5 each. In contrast, a litre that comes from your own distilled water machine may only cost you $.30 to $.60 per litre. These numbers may differ depending on local electric rates, the cost of countertop water distillers differ from non-electric water distillers. Both of which are readily available in the market.
9: Better than spring water In terms of commercially bought bottled waters, distilled vs. spring water is a rather heated debate. People largely prefer spring water because the images on the water bottles have mountains and running springs on them. This, however, can be misleading. Research that the Natural Resources Defence Council conducted found contaminants such as coliform, arsenic, and phthalates which are very much harmful to your health. Springwater contains most of the same impurities carried in well water or even tap water. It can also be said that some of the more disreputable brands of spring water are only tap water put inside a bottle and marketed for a hefty price. The marketing of such water use misleading words in order to fool customers into buying unprocessed tap water. An example of which is the usage of the words 100% pure on the bottles, which could very much mean that it wholly comes from an underground source and not that it is pure. Different brands of spring water that belong to the above that can be commercially bought may only be processed slightly, and pass the regulations for safe consumption. Commercially bought distilled water, on the other hand, needs to undergo the process of distillation before being marketed. Every bottle that you buy is sure to be distilled.
10: Other applications outside of being drinking water. As mentioned above, distilled water also can be used in laboratories. There are experiments that require high water purity. It may also be used for cooking and is a helpful way to catch the nutrients that may be lost in soups. Distilled water may also be used in making perfumes, required by medicine that needs to be diluted, used in aquariums, and also for automotive cooling systems. Once you learn about out all the different uses of distilled water you will see that it really is quite useful on a multitude of levels!
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