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Clean Water

‘ What’s your water like?’ asked the doctor.

‘Oh, um… pretty normal,’ Mum replied.

In the month following her diagnosis Mum had spoken to more specialists, therapists and naturopaths than you could shake a stick at, and had become inured to sharing intimate details about herself.

But mercifully, this time, the doctor was only interested in the quality of water coming out of Mum’s kitchen tap.

In our post recession world, asking for ‘just tap’ has become du jour. But the unpalatable truth is that pesticides, heavy metals, hormones, drugs and even rocket fuel regularly make their way into the water system.

How do these contaminants get there?

* Pesticides and herbicides are drawn into the supply as rain-washes over the land

* Heavy metals are picked up from pipes and joint fixtures

* Hormones – such as oestrogen – contaminate the system thanks to women on the contraceptive pill and men taking Prozac.  These drugs ultimately end up in the rivers and groundwater supplies which are then used as sources of drinking water.

So what does this have to do with cancer?

Let’s start with runoff from farms.

Emerging evidence suggest fertilisers may pose cancer risks. People exposed to high levels of nitrates in drinking water have increased risk of stomach and liver cancer, according to studies in China. Nitrates are a common component of fertilisers.

Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, has also been linked to cancer – as well as endocrine disruption and DNA damage, according to numerous studies.

One report observed a higher incidence of multiple myeloma in those in contact with Roundup (glyphosate) compared to those who never used the chemical.

And, despite previous safety claims, a recent report demonstrated that Roundup was in fact capable of entering the groundwater supplies.

But, getting back on tap.

There’s also the problem of heavy metals – such as lead – in our drinking water.

Not only do heavy metals cause significant oxidative stress but they also have the ability to displace essential minerals – like zinc, magnesium and selenium – that your body needs to stay healthy and cancer-free.

And finally, there’s oestrogen.

Many experts believe the female sex hormone is one of the main drivers of cancer – and not just breast and prostate cancer – but also endometrial, cervical, colon, brain and testicular cancer.

According to a recent piece in the magazine Icon, one of the sources of unwanted oestrogen is tap water in big cities where the water is recycled.

So is Evian the answer?

In short, no.

Plastic bottles leach phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA) – oestrogen mimics – which means you’re back to square one on that front. BPA has also been linked to both breast and prostate cancer.

Added to that is the huge environmental cost of drinking water from plastic bottles … and the fact that forty percent of bottled water IS actually tap water.

So what can you do?

There are many water filters out there and it’s really up to the individual to research and find what works. Carbon filters are meant to be great, and the reverse osmosis filter gets the thumbs up from a lot of experts.

According to Dr William Campbell Douglass: ‘Not only will reverse osmosis keep the bacteria out, it’ll also rid your water of the chlorine, too — not to mention the fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, hormones, drugs (legal and illegal), rocket fuel and everything else that’s oozing out of your tap.’

Getting clean, high quality water is paramount for cancer patients, according to Dr Leigh Erin Connealy:

‘I would say all tap water around the United States has chemotherapy and medications and radiations and birth control pills and blood pressure pills and every kind of medication you possibly know not to mention the chemicals that are in the water,’ she said at the recent Healing Cancer World Summit, presented by Kevin Gianni.

While Mum has had a water filter in her home since the ’80s, it’s only in the last year that she’s made a conscious effort to drink more of it, and that’s important too.

As Dr Coldwell said to me recently: ‘Healing and cleansing starts with four litres of water a day.’

And since our bodies are composed of 75% water, it’s worth making sure what we’re drinking is clean.

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16 Responses to Clean Water

  1. Fiona says:

    Can water filters remove hormone?

    • Laura says:

      Hi Fiona, Apparently RO units can – I’m not sure about other filters…

      • Kathryn Siuda says:

        Do not use RO water. It is not alkaline because all minerals have been removed. The reason water is good for us is that it keeps our body alkalized with minerals. Get a SOLID carbon filter as a starter. A loose carbon will not work because the water makes tunnels and it keeps going through these tunnels, over and over. There are also ways to add minerals to your water and there are ways to break it down and make the water more missable. Ionizing water is also good. Starting with a SOLID block filter is the best place to go for an easy start on making your water healthy.

        • I agree that reverse osmosis is no good . It was origonally developed for industry to provide water free of all minerals and chemicals. If you really want safe drinking water visit our web site systems remove Pesticides E-coli viruses chemicals and odours. This is not a reverse osmosis system.

  2. Julianne Pulver says:

    I’m terribly confused about what is the best type of water filtration. I’ve got some friends who have purchased a very expensive alkalising unit, however, I’ve read somewhere else, that it is not good for you. Reverse osmosis produces a lot of waste water but the water is pure. Then there are other types of filters of varying costs. At the moment I’m just using a brita filter which is probably not sufficient. Any thoughts?

    • Laura says:

      Hi Julianne, I know figuring out which filter to get is a minefield! A Brita filter is a good start, the only problem is that it doesn’t filter fluoride – which may or may not be an issue in your area. The water from a RO unit is very pure but again, as you mention, there are downsides. I recently heard that the RO can leave water acidic – but that can easily be remedied by adding an alkalising solution ( using sachets or drops) to your water. I think ultimately doing something is better than doing nothing! Good luck with it all.

      • If you collect reasonable tank water, you can use it for drinking (boil first if you like) and for showering. I think it is wasted on toilets, let them have the fluoride and chlorine! Dare I say, fewer showers expose us to less of the nasties in our treated water. Sometimes a good wash is sufficient.

  3. Corinne says:

    We did a bit of research before we bought our RO. It seems there is 5, 6 and 7 stage systems. The ones that add the minerals back in we found were a few stages back before filters so we thought you’d probably be wasting your money. So we have a little bottle of cell food next to the tap. I put a drop in every glass. It’s liquid minerals that have been oxygenated.

    I didn’t know about acid outcome but maybe it’s not in our case. But only RO can get fluoride out of water. So that was my main concer, but as we can see there is so much more out there! Scary stuff. As far as the waste goes our system uses 1L of water (waste) for every 1L made. We did find models that wasted 600ml/L made but it. Put the membrane under a lot more pressure ie it wears out faster. So we didn’t go down that path in the end. We paid $880 (plus installation if you cant do it yourself) for our system with 10L storage tank. I really recommend the tank option as making RO water is a very slow process. When the tank fills up the unit automatically stops producing water by pressure (no power required which is good). The bonus is when you turn the tap on you get great pressure coming out of the tap. Double bonus! Thanks for such a great article! Again!

  4. Nicola Corcoran says:

    Another great post Laura! We bought a reverse osmosis filter which leads into an ionizer – we wanted fluoride and hormone free water, but also felt that alkalinity was important. The only problem we have found is that the water is stripped of its mineral content, so we’ve recently fitted a re-mineralisation cartridge. It’s a bit of a beast, and slow, but worth the thousand pounds we paid for it to know our water is clean.

  5. I’ve recovered from breast cancer without any medical treatment and view my water filter system to be the most important investment for my long term health.
    IAfter extensive research I installed a Kangen unit (this water was fed to the miners in Chile who were trapped underground which is why they looked so well when they emerged) It alkalizes, removes toxins, heavy metals, hormones etc and I use the varying PH settings to provide water to clean the house.
    Unlike RO , it’s alive and as water was originally before we polluted it to death. It’s therefore a powerful anti oxidant so mind no to use it on the days you have conventional cancer treatments as they rely on oxidation to work.

  6. PS. contact Ian Oakley from ‘Ecotek’ for more info.

  7. Ann Haslam says:

    my bio Resonance practitioner researched this for ages he said get a CBR2-3 stage from ro-man below.It will filter out chlorine and chloromines and heavy metals but will leave in dissolved solids like calcium and magnesium so it’s not dead water
    Best news is only £80-90 replacement filters are £3 every quarter and others u replace annually
    He said you need 1 micron prefilter, 1 for heavy metals and 1 for cholormines
    NSF approved in the USA
    literature on filters order from
    Check this out
    But advise pentek filters below note NSF approved

  8. Adam says:

    We’ve been drinking RO water for years, and then found out that it’s actually quite acidic.
    We’re now drinking alkaline, non-processed water (called alkalife) which comes in BPA free bottles from the blue mountains. They’re apparently going to have the big 15L, reusable bottles for us soon.
    Please keep us up to date which water you find the best 🙂

  9. chloe says:

    Alkaline water also well known as ionized water ??

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