A few days ago, my financial whiz brother came into my house to test our water.
What?! Yes, exactly what I wondered!
When his kids started competing in sports, they began to be interested in health...
…including the health of the water they were drinking.
So my brother—wanting the very best for his children—started researching water. And water filters.
After he got his own household squared away with the best-of-the-best option in drinking water filtration, he bought a portable version for our dad.
Dad now lives with us, so water testing ensued by my brother to ensure our father had clean water to drink in his new setting.
But I’m a vitalist naturopathic physician! So I was a step or two ahead of my finance wizard brother!
We have a carbon block filter for the entire house AND reverse osmosis filtration for all outlets of drinking water: kitchen sinks, refrigerators and fancy pot-fill station. (Truthfully, I should say we will have reverse osmosis filtration at the kitchen sinks and fancy pot-fill station. These items don’t currently exist in the crazy-cool house we’re renovating. All drinking water is dispensed through the two kitchen refrigerators at the moment. And I’m using the term “kitchen” very lightly here.)
Why filter? What’s wrong with drinking well water or tap water from my local municipality?
First, let’s discuss what is routinely found in well water:
Microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites) from rainfall/snowmelt transporting these microscopic potential pathogens from the soil (human and animal waste) into your drinking water
Nitrites and nitrates, primarily from chemical fertilizers placed in the soil or sprayed on vegetation. Again, rainfall/snowmelt carries this into the groundwater that feeds into your well
Heavy metals (like arsenic, antimony, cadmium, lead; and things we wouldn’t consider “bad”, except for being delivered in toxic doses, like chromium, copper, selenium). Sometimes these are naturally occurring. Often, though, they’re from your own plumbing lines and environment: municipal waste disposal, petroleum refineries and gas stations, cement plants, electronics manufacturers, mining operations.
[Have you ever found buckets of weird stuff in your yard? I have! Literally buckets of rusting nails dumped and buried in my side yard. And there’s a creek on the property! ACK!]
Organic chemicals, widely used in agriculture. Also in other industries. Think paint, household cleaners, ink, dyes, pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, insecticides, etc), solvents, sealants, petroleum products (gasoline, oil, petroleum jelly/Vaseline, asphalt, tar, plastics, heating oil—over 6000 products we use and discard daily come from petroleum), disinfectants, pharmaceuticals.
[Are you starting to get the picture of WHY filtered drinking water—and even filtered bathing water—is so important?
I could write twice weekly for several years on this topic alone. Remember how I said previously that we can only be as healthy as our planet? We are to be stewards of this precious resource that provides our food/fuel!]
Have you ever flushed medications you no longer needed? Or tossed them into the trash—that will eventually get buried someplace and decompose into the soil, and eventually into the groundwater?
Have you ever taken a prescription drug or an over-the-counter product?
Do you pee and poo like every other critter on the face of this planet?
Your drugs have metabolites that your body must eliminate.
Have you read about fish being poisoned by pharmaceutical metabolites in their watery environments?
Our wells don’t come with filters. Our public waste-water filtration plants weren’t designed to process out the myriad of chemicals we ingest and eliminate—including prescription drugs.
What else might we find in well water?
Radionuclides from nuclear power plants, coal mining, uranium mining/milling. Some radionuclides occur naturally; most are disturbed from their natural environments causing contamination through groundwater movement, flooding, seepage from wastewater
Fluoride. [Wait. Isn’t that a good thing? It can be—when applied topically to baby teeth. But when it’s consumed through water or breathed in with air it can cause problems with teeth and bone development. To the point of potentially causing leukemia. Yikes! And... remember what the dental hygienist said repeatedly when those baby teeth were clamped around a fluoride tray? "Don't swallow!" Hmmm!]
“Ignorance may be bliss”…, but it can still cause great harm.
What about public water?
Actually, it’s pretty easy. All the things listed above AND…
Chlorine and chloramines. This makes sense from a public health perspective. Chlorine kills a bunch of potentially harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. From a personal consumer standpoint, though, I don’t want to drink chlorine. Nor do I want to consume chlorine’s odorless cousin, chloramine.
I want my water to be WATER: odorless, colorless, tasteless, clear, pure. Two hydrogens bonded to one oxygen, then bonded again to other trios of the same, holding a healthy mineral in the middle and forming a six-sided crystal.
Wishing you a WELL of clean, vibrant, healthy WATER,
Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI
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