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3 Ways Your Tap Water Is Deadly
Many of us drink tap water every day without any regard for how it affects our health. We rely on the government to properly filter our water and ensure that our water supplies are safe. Too many times we read stories in the paper of contaminated water with specific neighborhoods being told to boil their water. Using a water filter is one of the only ways to always protect you from contamination. Below are 6 ways your tap water can be deadly.
Lead is extremely poisonous because it inhibits oxygen and calcium from reaching your cells. Lead is used in both water service lines as well as household plumbing. According to the EPA, “In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water…can result in delays in physical and mental development.” The risk is even greater for those who reside in homes built before 1986 when lead pipes were more common.
Although Chlorine is used to decontaminate water, it is highly toxic when ingested. Several studies have shown that consuming highly chlorinated water can lead to miscarriage and birth defects. While small levels of chlorine are safe and fight contamination, over chlorination can be deadly.
With tens of thousands of toxins being dumped into water supplies, there are many documented cases of various contaminations of water. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization, found that between 1996 and 2001 more than 16 million Americans consumed dangerous amounts of contaminated water. This conclusion was based on water from a variety of locations from California to Washington, DC.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|American Health Care24 May 2011|