GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are in most of the foods and drinks we consume. Some studies show that the long-term effects of GMOs can cause damage to humans. Also, data shows that GMOs grown with pesticides and watered with chlorinated tap water result in higher numbers of food allergies. FARE, or Food Allergy Research and Education, says that researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans suffer from some type of food allergy. Our children have it worse as this disease is exponentially growing every year. Presently, 1 in every 13 children in the US has a food allergy. The economic cost of this creates nearly $25 billion per year for America.
The most common allergies are those to dairy, peanuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, and soy. According to the CDC, these types of allergies make up 90 percent of food allergies. Symptoms vary from mild rashes to life-threatening allergic reactions. Many people carry Epi pens in case they are exposed to a food they are allergic to.
The specific chemical that causes issues for humans is dichlorophenols. It is a type of chlorine in some pesticides that kills bacteria. If consumed in large numbers, it can cause renal failure, damage organs, and in some situations even be fatal. Recently, researchers followed 10,348 participants in a U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Of them, 2,548 had dichlorophenol levels measured in urine; 2,211 were included into the study. Food allergies were found in 411 of them, while 1,016 had environmental allergies. It was concluded that the pesticide chemical could be ingested from eating different fruits and some juices. This study suggested that the use of pesticides and other chemicals are indeed associated with food allergies. Unfortunately, it also showed that the trend is increasing.
Some people think that the easiest solution to prevent food allergies is to switch to bottled water so that they aren’t being exposed to as much chlorine. However, this is not the best solution because bottled water does not include all ingredients on its labels. One alternative is to know what you are buying by reading the labels. Luckily, organic foods follow specific codes where organic pesticides must be used in order to be labeled “organic.” Laundry and cleaning products with chlorine should be avoided. It is a good idea in getting a shower filter and find out exactly what is in your tap water. But the best solution is to invest in a whole house water filtration system that filters chlorine and chemicals out. You can save money while also saving water and your health. You and your family are worth the investment!
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The California drought has taught us many things. 1) We need to use less water in our homes 2) More natural disasters occur when our land is too dry 3) Less rainfall is good for our oceans? Yes, this is true. Rainfall has actually polluted the waters along the San Diego coast in the past due to the large amount of toxins that the water picks up along the way. So, less rainfall=less polluted waters.
According to the environmental group Heal The Bay, which assesses water quality for Southern California beaches and assigns them grades, 96% of the area’s 72 beaches are pretty healthy. That means that out of an A-F grade, they received either an A or a B. Their health ratings have increased 2% in the past 5 years, partially due to a program that plants water cleansing plants in creeks to filter water going to the ocean.
The areas that were rated among the cleanest in San Diego County included San Elijo State Beach and Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas, Ocean Beach Pier, Point Loma Lighthouse and Silver Strand in Coronado.
However, the areas that proved to have the worst water quality were Cottonwood Creek Outlet at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Seascape Surf Beach Park in Solana Beach, San Diego River Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, the pier and Cortez Avenue at Imperial Beach, the mouth of the Tijuana River, and beaches at Border Field State Park.
Sarah Sikich, who is vice president of Heal the Bay, says, “In a time of severe drought, it’s madness to send billions of gallons of runoff to pollute the sea when we could be capturing and cleansing that water for daily use. The rains will return, and when they do we need to capture this valuable resource to maximize our local water supplies and keep polluted water out of our ocean.”
We need to do so much more to help our environment and prevent runoff from polluting our oceans. To check out more about how you can help, visit healthebay.org. Also check out Filtercon Technologies for our water filtering products to make sure that you aren’t drinking dirty city water (www.filtercon.com).
Moonlight: Swami’s Beaches Score Low on Water Health. Encinitas Patch. June 18th, 2015. http://patch.com/california/encinitas/moonlight-swamis-beaches-score-low-water-health-0
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How did you celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday? If you participated in this environmentally conscious holiday, you weren’t alone. Over 190 countries in the world vowed to protect their planet in 2015. Many events took place all over the world, including a carnival and beach cleanup in Madagascar, collection of litter around the Great Wall of China, and an environmental film festival right here in our very own state of California. Some of you are thinking, “But Earth Day is only one day!” And to those, I say you’re wrong. We should be celebrating Earth Day every day! In the United States, California has been hit with a serious drought. So to be extra conscious about our drought and continue in the Earth Day spirit, I’m giving you 8 ways to be water-wise every day!
1) Turn off the faucet!
- Turning off your faucet when brushing your teeth can save a lot of water. Little steps like these may seem small, but add up and are effective on a larger scale.
2) Buy a filtering water bottle.
- Buying a reusable water bottle rather than buying single bottles of water can save a lot of money. But, buying a filtered water bottle can save a lot of money and also be beneficial to your health. It’s important to filter the chemicals out of faucet water so that you don’t ingest them. We recommend our Filtercon one that filters 300 bottles worth of water.
3) Make sure your pool/pond is equipped with a re-circulating pump.
- Re-circulating pumps help by putting pool/pond water back into it when it doesn’t need to be cleaned. These settings are usually in use when no one is using it and can save hundreds of gallons of water.
4) Take shorter showers.
- Limiting your shower time to less than 5 or 10 minutes can really help conserve water in your home. So wash, rinse, and get out!
5) Water your grass less.
- Everyone likes to keep a healthy lawn, but over-watering your grass can not only waste water, it also doesn’t even help because the top water evaporates quickly! Watering 1-2 times weekly is enough.
6) Only run the dishwasher when full.
- Turing on your dishwasher once a day can be extremely wasteful, especially when you’re only cleaning a couple of dishes! So fill your dishwasher until it’s full before pressing Start.
7) Encourage others!
- Teaching others how to be water-conscious maximizes the amount of water saved tenfold! So start right now by showing your family how to use less water with the other 7 steps shown here.
8) Buy a sustainable filtered water system
- Did you know that buying a sustainable filtered water system can save you money, time, and increase your health? Filtercon Technologies has a whole-house system that can put clean, filtered water into every spout in your house. Check out how our advanced technology works by clicking on the link below and scrolling down to the video at the bottom of the page!
How Filtercon Technologies whole-house system works
If you want to learn more ways to conserve water in your daily life, wateruseitwisely.com has can show you 100+ ways to save water. Let’s celebrate Earth Day every day!
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