Every day we are faced with challenges and decisions that either lead us down the road of improved health or leave us stagnant, simply tolerating the polluted environment that surrounds us. Some people think it’s crazy to drive 45 miles just to gather fresh spring water, but not me. I live in Orange County, CA where obtaining fresh, natural spring water is not as easy as turning on the tap.
In 1974 the Congress passed The Safe Water Drinking Act, which sets the national health-based standards for drinking water to protect against both naturally-occurring and man-made contaminants. Pesticides, human waste, and household chemicals all pose a threat to our drinking water. The public has reason to be concerned. Between 2004 and 2009, water suppliers across the U.S. detected 315 contaminants in water supplied to the public. Nearly two-thirds of the 315 chemicals found in the nation’s drinking water over the last five years — a total of 201 — are unregulated. Public health officials have not set safety standards for them, even though millions ingest them in their tap water every day. Among the most common are some that have been linked to serious health concerns.
The list of detected contaminants includes:
- 97 agricultural pollutants, including pesticides and chemicals from fertilizer- and manure-laden runoff
- 204 industrial chemicals from factory discharges and consumer products
- 86 contaminants linked to sprawl and urban areas or from polluted runoff and wastewater treatment plants
- 42 pollutants that are byproducts of the water treatment processes or that leach from pipes and storage tanks
Reports from the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Tap water disinfection is crucial for controlling waterborne disease, but the chemicals used can form harmful, DNA-damaging or cancer-causing byproducts in the treated water. The EWG’s analysis of tap water revealed 42 pollutants as residues of water treatment, storage and distribution, chemical byproducts of water disinfection, in water supplied to 237 million people in 45 states. Amazingly, 24 of these disinfection byproducts are unregulated, with no enforceable health-based limits for drinking water.
Nationally, two groups of disinfection byproducts — trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane) and haloacetic acids — top the list of the most commonly detected tap water contaminants. Disinfection byproducts are associated with damage to DNA and elevated risk of cancer (Richardson 2007; EPA 2005d; EPA 2007f).
The fifth frequently detected water pollutant is nitrate. Excess nitrate (and/or the related chemical nitrite) in water used to make infant formula can cause “blue baby syndrome,” a potentially fatal condition in which an infant’s blood is less able to carry oxygen (Knobeloch 2000; Manassaram 2006; National Research Council 1995). The greatest use of nitrates is as a fertilizer in agriculture (USGS 1999; EPA 2009b)
Drink up America!
Why spring water?
I often ask myself, “What would David Wolfe do?” For those of you who know him I need no explanation, but to put it simply; “What would you do to assure you are getting the best water possible?”
Spring water is water that naturally flows on the surface and can be collected in a spring. Spring water does not contain any bacteria and chemicals that why it’s very tasty in comparison with tap water. There is something to be said about getting your water from the most natural source possible. Spring water is living water that contains the mana of the Earth as well as essential information gathered and downloaded from all the natural forces acting upon it. Doctors report that people who drink spring water feel more cheerful and energetic, therefore they are more successful.
Scientifically speaking, spring water is much more effective at hydrating your cells than purified, distilled, or RO water, which are actually dehydrating due to the lack of mineralization. Minerals from the Earth are essential in making water alive and absorbable. Spring water is also naturally alkaline (pH around 8.5) allowing your body the charge it needs to maintain health and hydration. On the contrary, tap and bottled water by law have to measure in at a neutral pH around 7.0. When tap water is processed minerals are stripped out and disinfectants like chlorine are added, making it naturally acidic. To meet the legal pH standard lye must then be added to make it chemically neutral.
Why is water so important?
Water serves as our best detoxifier from environmental and internal toxins. It is essential to all chemical reactions in our body. Water is clearly the most important nutrient and the most abundant substance in the human body comprising about three quarters of the human mass and is a major component in every cell. Being just 2% dehydrated can seriously degrade physical and mental functions.
Why not upgrade your health significantly by gathering your own spring water? It is a lot of fun and very rewarding. And remember, use glass containers to store your water when ever possible.
You can find a local spring in your area by looking at www.findaspring.com.
Dr. Wendy Norman, D.C.