Fewer Regulations for Bottled Water than Tap Water

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The fact that bottled water is losely regulated in comparison to tap water is getting major attention in the media. The reasons for this spotlight is that it has the potential of having a direct impact on public health. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA where as Tap water supplies are under EPA. As a rule of thumb, there is a positive corelation between better regulation and tougher enforcement of quality standards.

Bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information as municipal water utilities because of gaps in federal oversight authority, according to reports released yesterday by government auditors.

Bottom line: The Food and Drug Administration oversees bottled water, and U.S. EPA is in charge of tap water. FDA lacks the regulatory authority of EPA, John Stephenson of the Government Accountability Office told a House panel.

The Safe Drinking Water Act empowers EPA to require water testing by certified laboratories and that violations be reported within a specified time frame. Public water systems must also provide reports to customers about their water, noting its source, evidence of contaminants and compliance with regulations.

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How alkalizing worked for a cancer patient

Green FoodThere are three ways to alkalize the body for optimum health. Diet alone, alkaline water alone or diet and alkaline water. I have a neighbor that I see out walking every day. She literally looks like a skeleton. Her body is so devoid of fat that her face looks like a skull as her eyes are very sunken in. I thought perhaps she had cancer and I wanted to offer to let her come by my home daily to get some alkaline ionized water to help her get better. As she and I began to talk she told me that indeed she used to have cancer. Stomach cancer to be exact, but that she had healed herself through diet! Now that is what I want to hear!

Fanny told me that she had been cured for 15 years but that all the other patients that were seeing her same doctor when she was diagnosed died within a few months. Rather than traditional cancer treatments, Fanny had chosen to transform her diet. While she didn’t know the term “alkalizing” that is exactly what she did when she turned to a completely plant based diet. While I can’t fault her results, her complete lack of body fat sill concerns me. She told me that she eats no oils or fats, even from things like nuts or avocados.

I am not a doctor and don’t even trust all of traditional medicine, but everything I have read says that our bodies do need fats. So I applauded Fanny’s commitment to her diet and health as well as her amazing results but would love to see her add some healthy fats back into her diet. Then again, my father-in-law used to say, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!”

ByNedaleeRuiz                                                                                                                                                    Nedalee is the author of The Desperate Parents Handbook http://www.desperateparent.com/
Nedalee recommends http://www.healingwatermachines.com/ for more articles on health and healing andhttp://HealingDiets.blogspot.com for articles on diet and nutrition.

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Bottled Water Rises: Is this Good or Bad?

There’s no question about it, sales of bottled water are on the rise. According to Lauria’s bottled water association, in 1990, 2.2 billion total gallons of bottled water were sold worldwide. In 2007, it was 8.8 billion. In just the last year, wholesale dollar sales for bottled water grew 7.8%, to $11.7 billion in 2007, according to the bottled water trade group. Increased purchasing of bottled water is a good thing, Lauria said, because allot of the sales growth is coming from people who are making a health-conscious decision not to buy unhealthy drinks such as soda and sugary juices. “We’re finding that most of that growth is in category switching,” Lauria said, citing consumer research. “People are making a decision at lunch to buy bottled water as opposed to something else.” The Container Recycling Institute found that between 1997 and 2005, sales of carbonated drinks remained relatively flat while sales of noncarbonated drinks, including bottled water, almost tripled. The plastic water bottles that are produced for U.S. consumption take 1.5 million barrels of oil per year, according to a 2007 resolution passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. That much energy, if conserved, could power 250,000 homes or fuel 100,000 cars for a year, according to the resolution. Cornell University professor and environmentalist Doug James said the irony of bottled water is that it’s marketed as clean and healthy when its production processes contributes to unnecessary ad unwanted environmental degradation. “Fiji water, for example,” he said. “A one-liter bottle is taken out of the aquifer of this little island, and shipped all the way across the world, producing like half a pound of greenhouse gases so you can have this one-liter bottle of water.”

There is a way we can still drink water without using all the energy, damaging the environment, or even going to the store! As a matter of fact, there is an option of water out there that is 6 times more hydrating than even the most expensive bottled water as well as containing high amount of disease fighting antioxidants as well as containing age reversing properties! Even though it sounds too good to be true, you can rest assured that this water is just a phone call away from being yours. Ionized alkaline water comes from an ionizer machine that is connected right to your very own sink. All you have to do to get a delicious glass of water is go right into your kitchen and pour. No more trips to the store, no more CRV taxes on the bottles, just one payment and the best water on the market is you’re to keep forever. The best argument in comparing this water to bottled or tap isn’t that it’s much better for the environment, (even thought that’s a wonderful thing), the bottom line is this water is way better for you! During the ionization process the water’s molecular foundation is reconstructed so that it’s smaller, making it easier to penetrate your cellular system at a much quicker rate. This in turn gives you more energy, detoxifies your body, flushes your system and prolongs life. It’s an easy decision to make; Ionizers are the way to go.

ByNedaleeRuiz                                                                                                                                                    Nedalee is the author of The Desperate Parents Handbook http://www.desperateparent.com/
Nedalee recommends http://www.healingwatermachines.com/ for more articles on health and healing andhttp://HealingDiets.blogspot.com for articles on diet and nutrition.

Copyright © 2008 By Nedalee Ruiz Permission granted to reproduce in entirety only including links and author credits.

Bottled Water – Unhealthy body, unhealthy environment

Bottled water is not only illadvised for its water quality but also for the PET bottles it is packaged in and shipped from hundreds of thousands of miles accross the globe to reach us. This hurts the environment in every possible way. The carbon burnt as fuel, The amount of garbage that such ships litter the oceans with but above all its PET Plastic bottle that is not bio degradable. Trashed at beaches world wide and dumped in the ocean in coastal cities, this PET bottle wrecks havoc to the environment.

As humans we have responsibilities not only towards ourselves, our immediate families but also to the overall environment… to the Earth. It is our home. Environmentalists and concerned citizens accross the globe are raising their voices against the extensive use of PET Bottled water. This is with all the more reason because things such as water purifiers and water ionizers are available as a much healthier and environmentally freindly alternatives.

A Dying Ocean

California-based sea captain and ocean researcher Charles Moore discovered what is now known as the Eastern Garbage Patch—an aggregation of plastic and other marine debris occupying some 700,000 square kilometers in the North Pacific Ocean—during a crossing of the North Pacific in 1997. In a 2003 article inNatural History Magazine, Moore reported being astounded that he couldn’t be further from land anywhere on Earth yet he could see plastic bags and other debris coating the ocean’s surface as far as the eye could see.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135° to 155°W and35° to 42°N estimated to be twice the size of Texas. The patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.

The area is frequently featured in media reports as an exceptional example of marine pollution.

Formation

Like other areas of concentrated marine debris in the world’s oceans, the Eastern Garbage Patch has formed gradually over time as a result of marine pollution gathered by the action of oceanic currents.The rotational pattern created by the North Pacific Gyre draws in waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean, including the coastal waters off North America and Japan. As material is captured in the currents, wind-driven surface currents gradually move floating debris toward the center, trapping it in the region.

The Size

The size of the affected region is unknown, but estimates range from 700,000 km² to more than 15 million km², (0.41% to 8.1% of the size of the Pacific Ocean). The area may contain over 100 million tons of debris.

Sources of pollutants

It has been estimated that 80% of the garbage comes from land-based sources, and 20% from ships at sea. Currents carry debris from the west coast of North America to the gyre in about five years, and debris from the east coast of Asia in a year or less.

Plastic photodegradation in the ocean

Unlike debris which biodegrades, the photodegraded plastic disintegrates into ever smaller pieces while remaining a polymer. This process continues down to the molecular level.

As the plastic flotsam photodegrades into smaller and smaller pieces, it concentrates in the upper water column. As it disintegrates, the plastic ultimately becomes small enough to be ingested by aquatic animals which reside near the ocean’s surface. Plastic waste thus enters the food chain through its intense concentration in the neuston.

Impact on Wildlife

The floating plastic particles resemble zooplankton, which can be inadvertently consumed by jellyfish. Many of these long-lasting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals, including sea turtles, and the Black-footed Albatross. Besides the particles’ danger to wildlife, the floating debris can absorb organic pollutants from seawater, including PCBs, DDT, and PAHs. Aside from toxic effects, when ingested, some of these are mistaken by the endocrine system as estradiol, causing hormone disruption in the affected animal.

We urge you through this blog, to stay away from bottled water and be a responsible human. We owe this to Earth and to our future generations. Use a good water ionizer. It is much healthier and environmentally freindly.