Sunday, February 1, 2015

TOXINS in Our Water Supply... Are they REALLY Dangerous?

What do all these chemicals cause? You should know.
CLICK HERE to see a list of contaminants and their health risks!

For years, I believed it was OK to drink water with a few chemicals in it (Ok, this has a lot to do with me preferring to look the other way). I had heard so many times that Bay Area Water is "good water," that I started to drink it straight from the tap.

What I didn't realize, is that the levels of toxins that are found in our drinking water are actually pretty high. I had to do a lot of research to find out that there is a big difference between what the Federal EPA says is a safe limit, and what the California EPA says is a safe limit. Most toxins in our water supply are WAY ABOVE the California EPA's guidelines, but they are under the Federal EPA's limits. And since I've done my research, and found out how many toxins are in the water (and what they can cause), I don't even feel comfortable drinking a glass of water in a restaurant anymore, knowing it probably hasn't been filtered. I've seen way too many studies that show that these toxins really can cause major health problems, including cancer, parkinson's symptoms and more. 

I know it might sound like I'm being overly cautious about the water - maybe even a little paranoid. But I have seen WAY too many cases of people who developed cancer and other diseases, and when I looked up their water reports, I discovered that they had high levels of the specific toxin(s) that caused that particular type of disease. I have a friend who has three friends with bladder cancer, and sure enough, their water had levels of trihalomethanes that were 3x the amount shown to cause bladder cancer in a Taiwanese study. I have many stories like this. 

So, I don't mean to sound paranoid,'s like how I used to warn my stepkids not to hold cell phones close to their heads, because they really can cause cancer (you can see an entire blog post I made about that topic, here).  As I once said to my stepson, "I'd rather have you slightly paranoid and alive, than happy... and DEAD."  

OK so I was kind of joking with him, but.... you get the picture. 



Just CLICK HERE to learn what's been in your water! 
When you get to the website, type in your Zip Code or Water Company (just a zip code will work).
A list of water companies in your area will pop up.  Just pick your company from the list.

Please not that the EWG database will show you information for what was in the water during their reporting period (in most cases, this is for the years 2004-2009, but in some cases it's 2004-2007 or 2008). They are a nonprofit so they can't offer reports for every single year. However this is an invaluable resource because it will give you some insight as to what has been in your water (and what could still be in it today).
I've seen them list toxins that could not be found on a basic water report.

For example, EWG's reporting revealed that Meza, AZ had levels of Radon (a toxin that can cause cancer with just one atom) that were extremely high in 2006. However, because this toxin is legal at any level,
it's not usually found on a basic water quality report.

So it will be to your advantage to check BOTH EWG's site and your company's most current water report online. You can also check the quality of your own water by sending a sample to a water tester. If you need a good resource for someone who can do this, email me. I know a guy who's been doing it for over 20 years and he can give a good discount to buy water filters from him. I'm going to see if he will let me create a blog page for him and his services.

When you are in EWG's database, you will see many toxins listed. 

Please note that I am not affiliated with the Environmental Working Group, but they are a great resource and as you can see, I am a big fan. To learn more about EWG, please watch the videos below. These folks do so much to educate the American Public about toxins in our environment. They make it pretty clear why you SHOULD be concerned about what's in your water (and air, and food, and household products), and stop looking the other way (as I did, for most of my life). I encourage you to visit their site and learn more about them, like them on Facebook, and spread the word.

This is a very powerful and inspirational video that will show you why you should care about the toxins in your environment! I get goosebumps every time I see it. It's also pretty funny at times.

Thank you to Ken Cook and all the hard-working people at EWG, for all you do to help us!

To learn more about EWG and join their mailing list 

To see easy ways you can donate to EWG, including simply shopping on through their Amazon Smile Program, CLICK HERE
Please note it will NOT cost you any money to donate through the Amazon Smile program. 
You will simply shop as usual on Amazon, but Amazon will make a donation on your behalf. You just have to be sure the link is and you have selected the Environmental Working Group 
as the charity you want to donate to.

Thanks for checking out View My Water Report.
Have a great day!

Laura Ellen