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Water Filters: Protection from Substances in Our Drinking Water

Posted Apr 27 2010 10:54pm
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There is a tremendous amount of research proving that the water we drink is actually unhealthy. With substances ranging from chemical toxins to pharmaceutical pollution, we are now at a point where what we drink, eat, and the air we breath can be detrimental to our health.

According to an article at, residues of pharmaceuticals such as antidepressants, painkillers and even birth control pills have been found in the streams, lakes, rivers . . . all the waterways of the United States. It has been an ongoing problem for years.

This originally came about from human and animal waste moving along through the sewer systems. But, Mercola explains, “Now it’s becoming clear that drugs are entering drinking water supplies from other sources as well, including the drugs you toss into your trash bin.”

Instead of finding a remedy to this problematic situation, the pollution has gotten worse and continues to do so.

A broad survey of the U.S. drinking water uncovered that the most often found dangerous pharmaceuticals are: atenolo (a beta-blocker); atrazine (an organic herbicide); carbamazepine (a mood-stabilizing drug); estrone (an estrogen hormone); gemfibrozil (an anti-cholesterol drug); Meprobamate (a tranquilizer); Naprozen (a painkiller and anti-inflammatory); Phenytoin (an anticonvulsant); Sulfamethoxazole (an antibiotic); TCEP (a reducing agent); and Trimethoprim (an antibiotic).

If this is not bad enough, traces of bleomycin (a cancer chemotherapy drug) and diazepam (a sedative are also in our drinking water.

For those with allergies or sensitivities to particular chemicals or pharmaceuticals this can be deadly. Multiple chemical sensitivity and allergies are on the rise. More and more people are becoming allergic and extremely sensitive to substances such as antibiotics. Being bombarded on a daily basis by trace amounts of chemicals and toxins in our foods and water is playing havoc on our immune systems, leading to even more allergies and sensitivities.

So, what can you do to protect your family?

One of the best strategies for reducing pollutants in the water you drink is to purchase a water filter or water filter system. You should purchase a high-quality filter that will protect your home drinking water. It is also advisable to use a filter for your shower water since skin can absorb toxins from the water.

According to , “There are six kinds of filters: pitcher/large-dispenser, faucet mounted, faucet integrated, on-counter, under-sink, and whole house.

To find out what contaminants are in your water, check out: .

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