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Natural News exclusive: Fluoride used in U.S. water supplies found contaminated with lead, tungsten, strontium, aluminum and uranium


(NaturalNews) The sodium fluoride added to U.S. water supplies is contaminated with the toxic elements lead, tungsten and aluminum, a Natural News Forensic Food Labs investigation has revealed. Strontium and uranium were also found in substantial quantities in some samples, raising additional questions about the purity of industrial fluoride used for water fluoridation.

These ICP-MS results, shown below, were determined with the very same ICP-MS laboratory instrumentation used by the FDA and various universities. Mike Adams, director of the lab and one of the world’s leading researchers into heavy metals contamination of foods, conducted the research.

Research summary and results

To conduct the research, Natural News acquired “pure” sodium fluoride from six chemical manufacturers in China who export fluoride for use in municipal water supplies and other industrial applications (such as pesticides).

Roughly 500 grams of white crystalline powder was acquired from each of the six companies in China.

From those original samples, approximately 0.5 grams of each sample was carefully weighed in laboratory vials, then digested using high purity “trace grade” acids suitable for ICP-MS analysis.

Following digestion, the samples were normalized using laboratory-grade water (in an acid matrix), then dilution factors were calculated in the ICP-MS control software.

Samples were then run via ICP-MS, following strict quality control procedures including the use of acid blanks, mid-range calibration checks, NIST-traceable standards and verifying the conformity of calibration concentration curves.

The results of the six sodium fluoride samples are shown here in parts per billion (ppb)

MAX aluminum: 283,218 ppb
MAX arsenic: 137 ppb
MAX strontium: 9417 ppb
MAX lead: 988 ppb
MAX uranium: 1415 ppb
MAX tungsten: presence confirmed in 2 of 6 samples but quantitative analysis not conducted on tungsten

AVG aluminum: 69364 ppb
AVG arsenic: 70 ppb
AVG strontium: 1751 ppb
AVG lead: 299 ppb
AVG uranium: 239 ppb

As with everything tested at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs, all samples are held in storage for future validation.

Comments from lead researcher Mike Adams

We now have irrefutable scientific proof that the sodium fluoride used in U.S. water supplies is contaminated with toxic elements, heavy metals and other elements which have radioactive isotopes (strontium and uranium) that are present in the environment at trace levels.

The presence of these elements in water fluoridation chemicals cannot be refuted by any informed person, as the evidence is easily confirmed by any competent laboratory running ICP-MS instrumentation.

We also know that U.S. cities which foolishly engage in water fluoridation almost never test their raw materials for heavy metals contamination. After all, there is no law against dumping toxic heavy metals into public water supplies as long as the bags of powder are labeled “sodium fluoride.” While the EPA does require municipal water suppliers to test their water for overall heavy metals concentrations, in reality the samples acquired for this testing are often acquired upstream from the fluoride insertion point, thereby excluding the fluoride contaminants from the tests.

My laboratory testing shows that metals contamination varies considerably from one source of fluoride to the next. For example, while 988 ppb of lead was found in the sodium fluoride from one source, another source showed as little as 53 ppb. But that low-lead source contained over 1,400 ppb of uranium, a potentially concerning figure considering the amount of lingering radioactive uranium still found on the planet thanks to decades of atomic weapons testing. (The most abundant forms of uranium are non-radioactive, of course.)

The industrial heavy metal tungsten, which I have confirmed exists in imported rice protein products, was also found in two out of the six samples tested (33 1/3rd percent). This indicates a very high likelihood that people who are drinking fluoridated water from municipal water supplies may also be drinking tungsten (which has been linked to increased stroke risk at high concentrations).

Why fluoride advocates are forced to lie about what’s really in the fluoride

Fluoride advocates have always used dishonest language to try to deceive the public about fluoride. I remember seeing an advertisement from a pro-fluoride city which claimed, “Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. Water fluoridation simply restores the natural level of that mineral in the water to protect public health.” Such a claim, we all know, is blatantly false in both its literal wording and its implied claim.

For starters, just because an element is “naturally occurring” does not make it healthy.Arsenic is also a naturally-occurring mineral in many water wells, but arsenic causes cancer and death. If the argument of fluoride proponents is that all “naturally-occurring minerals” should be “restored” to public water supplies, then by their logic we should also be dumping arsenic into the city water.

Secondly, sodium fluoride imported from China’s industrial chemical factories is not at all the same as a fluoride mineral found in groundwater. There are many different chemical compounds which contain fluorine elements in various configurations. Some are far more toxic than others, and all of them are, by default, labeled “fluoride” for purposes of municipal water fluoridation. This dishonest labeling is of course entirely intentional.

Thirdly, fluoride contamination of water wells around the globe is a very large and widespread problem. This is what gives rise to the epidemic of dental fluorosis, affecting tens of millions of children across the globe. Just because fluoride is found in some wells doesn’t mean it should be added to all other water supplies. The idea is ludicrous, and anyone who argues such an invalid point only admits they are irrational or unintelligent to begin with.

When they push “fluoride,” they don’t tell you about the toxic heavy metals you’re also drinking

The other dirty little secret of the fluoridation industry, we now know for certain, is that when fluoride proponents say children need to drink “fluoride,” they never mention the lead, tungsten, uranium, aluminum, strontium and other elements found in common fluoridation chemicals.

What is the public health impact of millions of children around the world drinking trace levels of lead with fluoride? It can’t be good: lead is well known to damage children’s IQs and impair learning. Even though the levels of lead in public water caused by contaminated fluoride are likely to be very small, they still contribute to other sources of lead exposure such as lead alloys in brass pipe fittings — which are still common in residential plumbing.

Article Written by Mike Adams of the Health Ranger

Photo Credit to : bhollar

Dangers of Swimming Pools

Cooling off in the swimming pool might sound refreshing this hot summer. However, before you and your kids go splashing around, you should beware of the toxins in chlorinated swimming pools.

swimming pools
Why Chlorine?
The act of treating water with chlorine started in the 1800s but became a regular feature in the early 1900s. Since then, several water districts throughout the US continue to treat their water with chlorine. It is added to many swimming pools because it has the ability to kill harmful bacteria. Chlorine in swimming pools is supposed to be regulated, but often times, it is not.

Chlorine By-Product in Urine
In a study by the University of Cordoba in Spain found haloacetic acids (HAAs), a by-product of chlorine present in the urine of swimmers only 30 minutes after they got out of the swimming pool. The EPA has limited the amount of this chemical in our drinking water because of its association with cancer and birth defects.

Bathing in chlorinated water is just as bad as doing a few laps in chlorinated swimming pools. Chlorine is absorbed through the skin very quickly. In some cases, when testing tap water, the results will show significant amounts of chlorine to maintain a swimming pool. With measures like these, what’s the point of rinsing off after a swim if it’s just with more chlorinated water?

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Test Your Water
Pick up a chlorine test kit from your neighborhood swimming pool supply store. Fill up a container with water. It should change colors, depending on how much chlorine there is. Next, fill up another container of water and this time soak your hand for 60 seconds before testing. The water will show hardly any chlorine. Why? Because in just 60 seconds, your body absorbed the chlorine. Imagine bathing a toddler in this water.

Scientific Findings
Chlorine is a pesticide used to kill living organisms. When we consume chlorinated water, it destroys our cells and tissue as discovered by Dr. Robert Carlson, a well-respected researcher from the University of Minnesota. Chlorine has been linked to heart complications and circulatory problems in a study by Dr. Joseph Price. It has also been linked to several cancers.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Filtered Water Is Better for You

Is filtered water really better for you? The answer is YES!

You might be like most Americans, buying bottled water. Maybe you carry around a water bottle to get your recommended 8 glasses a day. If you don’t know much about filtered water, you should.

Here are the top ten reasons why you should dump the water bottle and drink filtered water:
girl drinking bottled water
1. It tastes good. For those of you who have tasted filtered water, you understand the taste difference. There are no chemicals- no chlorine, no contaminants. It even smells different.

2. Water filters remove lead and other chemicals from water before you drink it. That way, your body is drinking clean, pure water without harmful substances. You might think that if you continue to drink bottled water, you are safe from such chemicals. However, you can absorb chlorine and other impurities when bathing.

3. Whole house water filtration systems may cost beaucoup bucks, but it is a lifelong investment that is worth your price in health. The cost in the long run is often times less than bottled water. Counter filters are also less costly.

4. Although controversial, there are studies showing that removing the chlorine and its byproducts from drinking water will reduce this risk of cancer like bladder cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and many other illnesses.

5. Some water filters can remove harmful contaminants while keeping healthy minerals that give pH balance to your drinking water. If you drink filtered water, it can protect your body from diseases and promotes good health.

6. Food tastes better when you cook with it.

silky water
7. You can reduce the symptoms of several gastrointestinal diseases simply by drinking filtered water.

8. Water leaves the stomach and enters the bloodstream quicker than any other liquid. It promotes good health for children and develops healthy immune systems.

9. Filtered water feels silky on your skin.

10. Plants especially enjoy it and seem to thrive with filtered water.

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Drugs in Drinking Water

Did you know that there are drugs in drinking water? It sounds almost unbelievable, but sadly, it’s true. An investigation by the Associated Press a few years ago found pharmaceutical drugs in the water supply of several metropolitan cities. Since then, it has raised many concerns.

Drugs in Drinking Water
How Did They Get There?
Whenever drugs pass through our bodies, they go into the sewer lines. Personal care products and drugs we apply externally are washed down the drain when we shower. Some people also flush expired or unused drugs down the toilet. That’s definitely not a good thing. The AP investigation also showed that the drugs stayed in the water even after going through the water treatment (or cleaning) process.

Effects of Drugs in Drinking Water
Yes, they are only low levels of drugs, but you are still getting dosed with anti-depressants, psychotropic, and other pharmaceuticals. Scientists are particularly concerned of the fish living in this water. It was found that fish are changing sexes from birth control and other medications. There is no scientific evidence on how drugs in drinking water will affect humans in the long run. Research is being conducted to further understand its health effects. Some studies on animals have found that behaviors are altered even with minimal consumption of drugs. Michael Thomas of Idaho State University in Pocatello found an association between low levels of antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs in water and autism. The concern then turns to the unborn child receiving these drugs from an unsuspecting mother-to-be.

Fish in water
How Can You Help?
Take drugs you don’t use back. There have been national events held by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, trying to get people to take back their unused drugs. More of these types of events are expected in the near future. Although the FDA advises to flush harsh narcotic pain medications in fear of accidental overdose, the very least you can do is NOT flush unused medications down the drain.

If you throw away drugs into the trash, crush them up. You should also add cat litter or coffee grounds so an animal or child will not get it them. They will most likely end up being incinerated which is much better than dumping them down the drain.

One way you can protect you and your family from drugs in your water supply is investing in a whole house water filtration system.

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Dogs Need Good Water Too

Water is not just important of us but also for our dogs. Drinking enough water is important for healthy living. Animals can lose all of their fat and still survive. However, if they lose 10% of body water, they can face serious illness. The quality of water is also something to take into account.

dog drinking water

Facts about Water:

Pharmaceuticals like sex hormones, antibiotics, and anti-depressants are often found in drinking water.

Chlorine is toxin used to kill dangerous bacteria.

Fluoride has been linked to cancer in pets.

Dogs can develop giardia from drinking lake, pond, or stream water.

Unfiltered water can contain parasites, bacteria, and other harmful viruses.

Farming chemicals and lawn contaminants have been reported to cause cancer in dogs.

Often found in plastic dog food containers and water bowls BPA can leak out and seep into your dog’s food and water. BPA increases estrogen, decreases testosterone, and harmful to kids. It is also linked to some cancers and Type 2 diabetes.

Knowing this, how do you know what water to give your dog?

Best Water Practices for Your Dog:

wilderness dog

Reusing water bottles for your dog’s water is a big No-No. Most water bottles were only meant to be used once.

For reusable plastic water bottles, look for plastic with #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) or #5 PP (polypropylene). These types of bottles do not normally leak out dangerous chemicals. Although, the best option is to use stainless steel.

Even though you can find distilled water in your grocery store, it lacks the beneficial minerals and important nutrients your dog needs.

Invest in a water filter that filters out chlorine and fluoride.

Water fountains are a great way to encourage your dog to drink more fresh, filtered water.

Wash your dog’s bowl at least once a day with hot water and vinegar.

Keep your dog from drinking out of puddles, rivers, and streams.

Use organic fertilizers and keep your dog away from dangerous lawn chemicals.

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Purchase in a filtered bath or showered for bathing your dog.

Merchants are nice in putting a public dog water bowl outside their establishment, but this can do more bad than good.

Use only green shampoos, cleaning products, and other household products.
Drinking out of a garden hose has the dual negative effect- leaching plastic and consuming chlorine and fluoride.

The Best Water Choice:
It really comes down to investing in a Whole House Water Filtration System. It is beneficial for everyone, and you will not have to doubt if the water is safe to drink.

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U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 EPA Issues

Water quality, air quality, and natural resources suffer a disproportionate amount of environmental degradation compared to each nation’s overall environment in the border region. The 14 metropolitan areas along the border have abysmal air and water quality. … problems include: illegal dumping, agricultural drainage, airborne dust and pesticides exposure, inadequate water supplies, insufficient or nonexistent waste facilities and degradation of natural resources and ecosystems.

Environmental Health Problems

As a result of regional environmental degradation, many border residents suffer from environmental health problems, including waterborne and respiratory diseases . These health problems can be related to air pollution, inadequate water and sewage treatment, or improper management of pesticides, and hazardous and solid wastes. The elderly and children are especially at risk. Rural communities are sometimes at a greater risk, as they are more likely to have inadequate water supply and treatment systems…

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Town Creek Water System contaminated with E Coli

A drinking water warning has been issued for Town Creek since the Town Creek Water System was contaminated with E Coli bacteria.

The bacteria was found in the water supply on December 21st. Three repeat samples were taken on December 22nd and one tested positive. Four repeat samples were taken on December 27th and all of those results came back negative.

Officials say they believe human error during sample collection as well as heavy rain were to blame for the positive test results.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.

The presence of E Coli indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in the wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Those symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

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