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Water and Cancer
Water and Cancer
recommend that you should
avoid drinking water while eating food, as the water can dilute the
digestive juices in the stomach, thus leading to indigestion. They suggest
drinking water on empty stomach, a half hour before eating, or a couple
hours after eating.
Some believe it is important to drink water that
has not been fluoridated and others suggest you either oxygenate the water
you drink or alkalize it.
more communities are becoming concerned about potential links between cancer
and chemicals found in their drinking water. Whether you drink municipal
water or drink from a well, additives and contaminates linked to cancer
probably exist in your water.
water providers are required by federal law to follow guidelines that are
designed to keep these cancer-causing chemicals at "safe" levels in the
water, there is much debate at what actually is "safe." Because of these
concerns, water providers are now required by law to publish the results of
their water testing every year for public review.
Some of the
chemicals added to water to keep us healthy could oddly enough actually be
contributing to cancer rates. Studies concerning chlorine and fluoride have
determined high levels of these chemicals could cause cancer.
used to disinfect most community water supplies, produce Trihalomethanes (THMs),
chemicals formed when chlorine reacts with organic material, like bacteria,
in water. The American Journal of Public Health published an article in
regard to a 1992 study that linked trihalomethanes in water to incidences of
rectal, bladder and pancreatic cancer.
groups frequently target fluoride, which is added to the water supply of
most municipalities to help cut down on tooth decay in children, as a
possible carcinogen. The Journal of Epidemiology, in 2001, linked fluoride
as the genetic cause of cancer. A 1990 National Toxicology Program study
determined fluoride could be the cause of cancers affecting the mouth,
pharynx, colon and rectum. Another study, with results published in the
Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology in 2001, linked osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, with fluoride.
occurring radioactive agents like radium, uranium and radon, seep into the
water supply. High levels of these elements can cause cancer of the brain
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in rural areas with their own water wells are also at risk of drinking
potentially cancer-causing chemicals. Fertilizer, insecticides and
herbicides contain carcinogens that can filter down into the water supply.
Nitrate, a by-product of fertilizer, also shows up in water supplies. In the
human body, nitrate breaks down into nitrosamines, which are potentially
herbicide used on crops, is also found in drinking water. It is suspected of
causing breast cancer. Another chemical, trichloroethylene, a solvent used
in dry cleaning, is found sometimes in water supplies near facilities that
do not dispose of their chemicals properly. It is considered a possible
cancer-causing agent as well.
municipalities do not have the costly technology to filter these and other
potentially harmful chemicals from the water. Neither do most bottled water
companies, which frequently get the water they bottle from the same sources
as municipalities. Reverse osmosis filtering is one of the few effective
ways to remove potential cancer-causing chemicals from your water.
According to recent
news and reports, most tap and well water in the U.S. are not safe for
drinking due to heavy industrial and environmental pollution. Toxic
bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals routinely penetrate and pollute our
natural water sources making people sick while exposing them to long term
health consequences such as liver damage, cancer and other serious
conditions. We have reached the point where all sources of our drinking
water, including municipal water systems, wells, lakes, rivers, and even
glaciers, contain some level of contamination. Even some brands of bottled
water have been found to contain high levels of contaminants in addition to
plastics chemical leaching from the bottle.
A good water
filtration system installed in your home is the only way to proactively
monitor and ensure the quality and safety of your drinking water. Reverse
osmosis water purification systems can remove 90-99% of all contaminants
from city and well water to deliver healthy drinking filtered water for you and your
A report released by the
Environmental Working Group provides yet
another reason not to drink bottled water: disinfection byproducts,
fertilizer residue and pain medication. All these chemicals and more were
found in multiple brands of bottled water EWG tested.
The cost of bottled water is about 1,900
times greater than tap water, a price tag many people are comfortable paying
because they believe they are drinking something "pure." EWG's comprehensive
report counters this assumption, with data indicating chemical contaminants
in every brand of bottled water EWG tested.
Some store brand of bottled water
contained a cocktail of chlorine and fluoride found in municipal water,
making these brands identical to municipal water with the exception of their
price tags. In California these brands exceeded legal contaminant limits and
were also found chemically potent in stores in North Carolina, Virginia,
Delaware, Maryland and DC.
Samples EWG bought in San Francisco
contained disinfection byproducts which have been linked to cancer and
reproductive problems. EWG announced it filed a suit to require a store to
post a warning sign on its bottles that the water contains a chemical known
to the State of California to cause cancer, an act required under California
Other brands tested contained chemicals
including fertilizer byproducts, chemical remnants of prescription meds,
industrial chemicals, bacteria, arsenic, and even boron. The study also
included assays for breast cancer cell proliferation, conducted at the
University of Missouri. One bottled water brand spurred a 78% increase in
the growth of the breast cancer cells compared to the control sample.
The bottled water industry, unlike
municipal water sources, is not required to reveal the chemical components
of its products.
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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. The products and information contained herein are not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases
or medical problems. This is not intended to replace your
doctor's recommendations. The information is provided for educational
purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.