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Dirty water
February 24, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Clean, Health

An extreme case of dirty water in LA. Image via New York Times.

Let me start off by saying that this is not about being preachy. This is about knowing and understanding what we are feeding our bodies, giving it what it deserves, and ultimately working to live and stay as healthy as possible. Our water, whether from home or in a bottle, is not the best we can give ourselves, and like our agricultural system our water system is broken and poisoned:

Some water for thought:

–  More than half of the chemicals detected  in our water supplies (we’re talking thousands here) are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount.

–  Government scientists have evaluated over 800 of the contaminants most often found in water supplies, and have determined that many of them are associated with cancer or other diseases, even at small concentrations.

–  These contaminants are stored in our bodies and affect us in ways that are not clearly understood by scientists or doctors.

–  The Safe Drinking Water act has not been updated since 2000.

The way I see it, there are two schools of thought that come with intense and unsettling information like this. There’s the “Oh, you can’t worry about stuff like that” approach, or the “I’m going to kick-ass, take the reigns and do what I can to fix this” approach. We can all guess where I fall, but the truth is that hearing things like this, and even writing posts about it is not easy for me. It’s frustrating and scary, and if I really let it get to me, infuriating. We shouldn’t have to worry about where our food comes from, or what is lurking in our water, but the fact of the matter is that we do.

I often find that I have to hide my extreme passion for wanting to live a clean and healthy life so I don’t become “that chick,” but it truly is so important for me to share, with whomever will listen, that we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves to look out for our well-being. My goal in all of this is to make it as easy as possible to become educated, and even easier (and maybe even fun) to implement small changes in our lives. No more getting angry and no more wishing these things away–if you’ve hung around this long I hope you’ll join me in looking past the grim and, like anything else that I don’t want to have to do, try to make it into a game.

Sources & links:

Please read more about this important topic.  The NY Times article is amazing, and the Environmental Working Group is great resource for information on toxins in the things we depend on every day.

–  NY Times Toxic Water

–  EWG’s full report

–  Tips for finding a water filter

–  How does your cities water rank?

–  Bottled water scorecard

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