Okay, here is a little back ground information about me that will help understand where I am coming from: I do not consider myself completely naive (and I am getting less and less naive with time and experience) but I am trusting and as a child I think I was brought up with a respect for authority, assuming, for example that professionals were intending to be helpful to you (ie: doctors had you best interest in mind, law makers wanted to protect you, etc...). If there is one thing that I have learned in my life it is that these assumptions are NOT true! I am not saying that everyone is out to get you and there are not some good intended professionals BUT in general the power of the dollar has taken over and I MUST look out for myself and family because no one else is! I really am not as cynical as I sound!!!
Okay, back to my water dilemma (I have a couple) ...
First, Drinking Water From The Tap: We just moved to a new city and the water is not so great. I can smell the chlorine in it, which just makes it undrinkable for me. Besides the fact that I do NOT want to be drinking chlorine (harmless as some may say it is, here are some health hazards of chlorine) I just can not seem to enjoy drinking something with such a stench!
Then there is fluoride, this is a topic that I could write a whole post about ... I just do not understand why we think it is okay for public officials (government) to administer a prescription drug to the general public. Again there is lots of controversy about the health hazards of this, go check it out for yourself, I was really amazed when I did. Here at Stop Fluoridation you can see some hazards but please do your own research.
Then who knows what else is in it and who is monitoring this and if indeed there is an issue with it how am I to be informed. It just does not seem safe to me. So one options (which many have started doing) is buying bottles water.
Second, Buying Bottled Water: This just has too many issues, first the issues of so much plastic, this is just not good in any way, click over and read my post about how plastic is horrible for our environment. Then there is the fact that a huge majority of bottled water is taken from a tap ... see issues from number one above.
With these two big issues, my husband and I have been researching water filters for weeks now and we think we have decided on a Crystal Quest, Triple Cartridge Under Sink Fluoride Filter BUT the bottom line is that they are costly and I am just not sure that I can trust that they are doing what they are intended to do. So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!!
Now my next water dilemma ... the other day over at Non-Toxic Kids, Katy Farber posted about PVC (the poison plastic) and Drinking Water. Please go read this, she talks about the lead used in making garden hoses ... they are not safe and we drink from them, water our animals and gardens and actually just handling can be toxic.
"Consumer Reports tested 16 brands of garden hose sold at national chains and on the internet. In some hoses they measured 10 to 100 times more lead than the EPA considers safe coming out of a faucet." Taken from Meta Effecient, who does list some lead free hoses!This has just been driving me crazy, we need to stop this. We are poisoning ourselves and our children. I find it hard to believe why anyone would question why there are so many more health issues today ... we are doing it to ourselves! So I guess my point is I hope that we all take a minute to tell our family and friends and help educate each other about the hazards of our drinking water ... also to help find solutions because I surely do not have them BUT I am looking and would love other ideas!