By: Dr. Jesse Stoff
According to the Beatles, all you need is love. But as a physician, I find that it takes more than that to have a healthy life and lifestyle, such as good quality food and good quality clean water. Today, we're going to discuss the quality of the water that you drink.
PART 1: MY PERSONAL FILTER TEST - By: Karyn Anderesen
You can go nuts trying to shop for the perfect water filter for the kitchen. For months, I have explored just about every kind of filtration system and clean-water solution from a $3000 ionizer, a $2800 reverse osmosis system, a commercial water delivery to one of those $10 attachments to your faucet. The health concerns of what's in the water and metals in our pipes plus the whole 'Long Island Cancer Cluster' scare tells me it's time to take this water thing seriously.
COMPARATIVE STUDY VS. THE THE ZERO DIFFERENCE
So I asked Dr. Jesse Stoff (onco-immunologist) what filter he uses at home. I was SHOCKED when he told me he's using a $40 product... the ZERO WATER FILTER. Because I was prepared to spend thousands on my family's safety, my first thought was that he was giving me the economical solution - but when he explained the Zero system, it made complete sense. No plumbing, no big contraption- just a simple filter in a pitcher. The difference is that the Zero filter has a 5-stage filtration system (where others only have 2) and that it's the ONLY filter certified to remove 100% of LEAD, CHROMIUM as well as other contaminants like fluoride, chloride, mercury, pcb, arsenic and DDT. Also, Zero is the only filter on the market that comes with its own TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Tester to detect how many particulates and contaminants are in the water. This tool is crucial in letting you know just how safe (or not) your drinking water truly is- and when it's time to replace the filter.
Toxins, impurities and contaminants found in tap water are all known to make you sick - when taken for a long enough period of time. Municipal water works in most or all counties bring their water through an involved disinfecting process, then filtering it to remove pathogens while testing for bacteria such as cryptosporidium, giardia viruses and other organic chemicals. In suburban and rural areas, a common threat is from pesticide runoffs and lawncare chemicals seeping directly into the aquifer. This is known to weaken our immune system and could cause cancer if taken over a long period of time.
Water and air contamination causes serious health effects. Tap water is exposed to environmental toxins and despite the municipal treatment standards, it is essential to take proactive measures to purify the drinking water. We can obtain clean drinking water and high-quality indoor air through purification filters. Read on to know about the filtration systems that can be used in domestic applications.
Reverse Osmosis Filters
Reverse osmosis filters provide clean drinking water by desalinating water and removing certain types of chemicals. Reverse osmosis filters remove mercury, iron, lead, and calcium. Reverse osmosis is a process that helps in forcing water containing contaminants to pass through a semi-permeable membrane to a solution of weaker strength. The larger contaminant molecules will be left behind the other side of the membrane and you will be able to obtain clean drinking water at the other end. Reverse osmosis filter is a powerful technique for removing toxins from water without using electric energy. Since this technique takes the size of the contaminant molecules in consideration, it fails to remove ionized alpha particles like radon, organic chemicals like trihhalomethanes, and pesticides. Chlorine ions also cannot be removed by an RO filter.
Carbon filter are efficient at removing particles that are left untreated by simple RO filters. Pestocides, chlorine, radon, and trihalomethane s can be removed by carbon filters. Yet, these filters cannot remove minerals, salts, and soluble inorganic compounds from water. Carbon filters out odors and bad taste from water. These filters have a large surface area and works on the principle of absorption. Carbon helps in absorbing deleterious toxins from the domestic water supply. Carbon filters are also used as air purifiers with HEPA filters to clean air. Carbon filters consists of solid carbon as a bed, which work as a filtering agent. The carbon is in a granular, or blocks form. Water or air is made to run over carbon filters and the contaminants are absorbed by carbon.
Ionizing filters have a charged wire that emits ionized molecules. These molecules interact with the dust particles and some air-bone contaminants. Based upon the type of the ionizing filter, the pollutants are either captured by a collector plate located close to the ionizing unit or forced to stick to the room surfaces like walls. There are both fan-less and fan-based ionizing filters available. These filters are ineffective at removing bigger contaminating particles, such as pollen, and other allergens.
HEPA filters are made up of glass fibers that are arranged in a way that form a sheet. Several sheets are placed together to increase the surface area of attraction. When air flows across these sheets, contaminants get stuck. These filters help in removing air-borne allergens from the environment that cause asthma. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter forces the air entering the room to pass from a fine mesh of fibers, trapping the allergens.
How does Climate Change affect our Physical Health?
Climate change is having a serious impact on the air we breathe and the water we drink. The presence of environmental toxins in air and water are affecting our physical health. Health-associated deaths in the USA are expected to rise as our planet grows warmer. Contaminated toxic water can cause viral and bacterial health problems. Poor air quality can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Collectively, the toxic substances, if consumed in large ratios, can cause cognitive issues and cancer. Therefore, it is important that we take action by installing filtration systems.
On the one hand, it can come from the infrastructure of piping that goes from the well to your tap. In many cases, in many of the older cities in the United States, we still find lead pipes, not just lead solder joints and copper pipes, but actually, lead pipes that are carrying the water to our faucet. Slowly, the lead can leach out of the pipe and into the water as it reacts with other substances that are dissolved in the water. Other places in the United States where there's mining operations, the Southwest where we're mining copper, gold, silver, etcetera, the mining operations will disturb the aquifer and can contaminate it. Other places in the United States where we have coal mining operations, for example, we're mining for iron, there's iron smelting industry, for example. There's often a lot of contaminants that wind up into the aquifer that then becomes our drinking water. So it behooves each of us to be aware to some extent of what's in our water, the quality of the water, and to take some personal responsibility to filter that water to help ensure a quality and quantity life.