When you ask people if their tap water is safe to drink, the common answer, “Yes,” is “yes.” But the truth is, the fine line between “safe” and “dreadful” is a very narrow one indeed.
You may not realize it, but just about anything that flows through your home’s plumbing may not be exactly as it should be for your health. Small amounts of a chemical called disinfection byproducts (DBPs) may be present. At levels far lower than the state standards, your water may be less than safe.
What are DBPs?
Do you know anything about disinfection byproducts? They are produced during the disinfection process. Likelipid soluble hummus and hydrogen sulfide can dissolve in water. At higher levels, DBPs can cause cancer. Examples areottedilazide, which causes liver and kidney damage at levels far above the allowable limits, andercalcin, another antibiotic that can come with a ” beckoning” case of cancer. Atrazine, a weed killer, has been found in some homes in metrology testing as high as 100 times higher than what would be tolerated. Because of concerns about carcinogens, the Environmental Protection Agency has sought to reduce allowable levels of atrazine.
DBPs can be removed with granular activated carbon, a relatively inexpensive and effective filtering media. Other types of filtering media that can be used for on-going exposure to DBPs include submicron filters, carbon block filters, and carbon concentrators. Some of these can be installed under the kitchen sink and are obvious. Others can only be installed on the kitchen counter.
How Do DBPs Get Into Your Water?
DBPs are seldom mentioned by the media, which means they are not affected by advertising campaigns, their rate of contamination, or any other of the usual dynamics of public water supplies. Nor do they make the news. In simple terms, DBPs get into your water because when cleaning the pipes, a certain amount of chlorine is used. The chlorine breaks down the furniture, seasonings, and personal care products that wash down the pipes, and during the clean-out, some of the chlorine seeps into the baseboards and tanks. There is a certain amount of chlorine in the public water, although the levels are so low that they are rarely mentioned.
The “Smart” Approach
There is actually a way to avoid the occurrence of DBPs. We know that some chemicals can break down into the same kind of DBPs that are produced during chemical disinfection. If the public water supply were disinfected by using chlorine at a higher level then would result in greater levels of DBPs being present. The smarter approach for fighting waterborne disease is to limit the exposure of the public to DBPs.
The public water system also has other risks. Because of disinfection, all bodies of water, regardless of their location, must be treated at a potable level. If the disinfectant used causes the innate pH to drop too low, the bacteria will be unable to survive.
Adding chlorine to kill bacteria produce irritable bowel syndrome or IBS may have other health risks. I doubt whether gynecologists today will recommend that women take anything for IBS. But, one needs to remember that gynecologists were rarely called for tackling by the family doctor either. Today, women everywhere know to take birth control, especially for IBS.
In most public restrooms, it is not necessary to wipe the walls with anti-bacterial spray, and germs will be spread by air and touch. It is one of the best things to do daily to not expose yourself to these terms. Take an extra change of clothes whenever you finish a restroom. Think about wearing your seat belt.
Now pay close attention to your nose. If you can’t stop there, blow your nose with your elbow, and see what happens. Most people are infected by anaerobic bacteria, the bacteria that causes disease and death on infrequent, moist, and warm surfaces such as the floor, garbage bags, door handles, and animal pens.
Cancer in any form is dreadful. Not only because the word itself terrorizes our mind, but the visuals we recall are also too scary. Once it sets in, it is very difficult to get rid of it in totality and one has to surrender to whatever treatment methods are available. Injuries to nearby organs, side-effects, trauma for the body, and mind as a whole plus social stigma are some realities that stay with the victim for the rest of his/her life.
I can suggest three mantras: One, prevention is better than cure. Two, either you change your lifestyle or make some necessary additions to counter the cancer threat. Three, try alternative medicines or therapies.
WHY GIVE OPTION ON LIFESTYLE?
If you belong to the western world, (as per Wikipedia) chances are that you are more susceptible to catching this type of cancer. But you cannot move to the other part of the world for only this reason. Moreover, how would you know for sure that you could be a victim? Only, for this reason, I mentioned that either you change your lifestyle or…
IS CHANGING LIFESTYLE EASY?
Definitely not. We are all part of a society and have our stated norms of behavior, work culture, food (solids & liquids) consumption pattern, ways of recreation are all set. To some extent we can change our habits like avoiding late nights, getting full sleep, exercising, etc. But today’s expenses need extra work both physically and mentally. Somewhere we have to compromise which we cannot compensate with something beneficial.
A fully nourishing lunch induces sleep so some people either don’t have proper lunch or combine it with coffee and both are harmful. Work pressure forces to go either for smoking, extra cups of coffee or for over the counter pills as they are easily accessible. Even these have harmful after-effects.
WHAT COULD BE DONE HERE?
Remember Edison, who invented the Electric Bulb? He slept for just four hours and always got up refreshed. Develop a habit of sleeping less. Easier said than done, maybe your answer. To counter I present two incidents.
- I was working on a project and could not sleep for 3 days. On the fourth evening, somehow I had to accompany my boss to an overnight musical concert. When we departed, I was totally refreshed and went back to the office.
- Many of my hostel friends developed the habit of sleeping at three in the morning to get up by seven. The same pattern holds good twenty years after passing out.
It is all in the mind. You can train it the way you want. Think about the soldiers at war zone or the police personnel who hardly get time to sleep. When these people can manage why can’t you? Try meditation, even a 30-minute trance is enough to compensate for a full night’s sleep.
HELP YOUR BOWEL DISCHARGE EASILY.
The most common cause of rectal/colon/anus cancer is constipation. Piles are the first reaction. Eat veggies or fruits that have roughage e.g. Carrot, Radish, Lettuce. Those veggies that do not dissolve in full. Eat fruits whole, as the skin acts as roughage. If not allergic to Banana, it acts as a good bowel cleanser.
Drink plenty of plain water (not disguised as beer or canned juices). Avoid the lift when possible.
Get the wonder product “Isabgol” which is neither a fruit nor vegetable nor a medicine. It is the husk of the Psyllium plant seed. This husk absorbs water, becomes slippery and aids bowel to discharge without pressure. You can consume this either with water, curd, fruit juice or sprinkle liberal amounts in any dish as it is tasteless.
TRY ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
No system of medicine is foolproof. Doctors do not admit the fallacies. For example, Homoeopathy has no medicine for high blood pressure but works wonders for skin diseases. Colitis, skin ulcers, burns & wounds are treated in no time. It has no side-effects as well. Ready-made mixtures are available over the counter for hundreds of diseases that you can try.
As always, there are no shortcuts to success. Trial and error should be your mantra. Find out what suits your body, your taste, and let your mind guide you. After all, if you catch the dreaded disease, your mind suffers the most.
If you are experiencing wind, bloating, indigestion, and gut infection, then you should try these three simple techniques to naturally cure all your gut problems. First of all, you should eat plenty of whole natural foods which include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Next, you need to include foods and nutrients that have a mild laxative effect on your diet. Finally, you should do exercise regularly and drink lots of water to really have a good elimination of all unwanted toxins in your intestinal tract and restore your digestion system to its original condition.
At some point in our lives, because of one thing or another, we all have experienced slow bowel movement. If you fail to cure this, it could become permanent. And the next thing you know, you’ll start to have discomfort, like wind and indigestion. This could mean that your health is already at risk.
To overcome this problem, you have to first change your diet and eat plenty of natural foods. These natural foods include fruits and vegetables that are rich in fibers and water. Also, you may include whole grains, like oats and rice. Fibers in these foods absorb water in your tract and expand. They provide soft and moist bulk in your digestive tract to assist good elimination. However, when you are in this diet, try to avoid food like meats, cheese, eggs, refined grains, and wheat because they are all constipating in nature.
Next, you need to add food and nutrients that have a mild laxative effect. Flaxseeds (which you can grind and sprinkle on your food), prunes, and Vitamin C are the best examples. Keep in mind that you may need to have several grams of vitamin C to get this effect. So, make sure you eat plenty of citric fruits and take vitamin C supplement every day.
In addition, you may also buy fructo-oligosaccharides product (which is usually available in powder form) that you can find in your local supermarket or health store. Fructo-oligosaccharides are basically a complex carbohydrate that helps maintain the health of your gut by providing moisture and stimulating the growth of healthy lactic acid bacteria.
Lastly, you will need to exercise regularly and drink lots of water. Exercise helps you to stimulate the abdominal area and so it helps to improve your digestion. If you hate doing cardio exercises, then an alternative is to do breathing exercise that focuses on relaxing your abdomen.
Furthermore, if you are really into this thing and you want to do the extra effort, there is a helpful treatment, called colon therapy, which you may consider to do. It is basically a treatment that will help you to remove the old fecal material and it will clean up your bowel.
To conclude, there are three things that you should do to naturally cure your digestive problems at the core level. First, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain lots of fibers and water. Second, add some foods and nutrients, like vitamin C, that can give you a mild laxative effect. Third, you need to exercise regularly and drink lots of water. Follow these methods and your gut will thank you.
It suddenly became cold, but how is everyone?
I am still in an unstable situation.
Many people thank you for your cooperation in creating the newsletter that was held on Saturday, November 21.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
I think that it has already arrived at the member’s hand.
(Although I wrote my resolve expressive text, it is uneasy how well it was delivered to everyone)
Thanks to the cooperation of many people, work can be completed faster than usual, and the exchange meeting I was able to set up a lot of time.
I can appreciate the importance of “connecting” from the exchange meeting, and I am grateful to those who participated.
I upgraded it to HP before, but I
participated in a work study meeting held today “Saitama Prefecture Disabled Disease Association Council” sponsored by the general association .
Not only patients but also people from various positions are participating, I am delighted that I had a really meaningful time.
The lecture by Professor Michiyo Ito at the Tokyo Medical Insurance University has also been a great learning experience.
I wanted to think again about “what kind of things can be contributed by the patient society regarding the working part.”
We plan to hold a medical lecture at Konosu City Citizens Activity Center on Saturday January 23,
Details will be announced at HP at a later date.
Please wait for a while. (For members, I enclosed it in this bulletin.)