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BPA. How Does it Really Affect Us?

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Have you ever wondered what’s in those water bottles that you hear about being detrimental to your health but that everyone uses? It’s BPA, or Bisphenol A. But what does that really mean and how does it affect our bodies?

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Well, BPA is an industrial chemical that disrupts hormone messages. It’s been used since 1960 to make certain plastics; water bottles, baby bottles, toys, and some consumer goods. Some canned goods not only contain this harmful plastic but also include resin in its deadly composition. It increases estrogen and decreases testosterone. It can seep into your foods and beverages and affects babies the most because of their small body systems. This is very bad because babies need hormones to grow correctly, and BPA blocks them. It has also been linked to Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancers.

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Discourse on BPA is highly controversial. But would you take a chance on your health or the health of your family? These days many bottles are required to be labeled if they contain traces of BPA.  If you see a recycling symbol on a bottle, you should check for its density. #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), and #5 PP(polypropylene) are safe to use. But most water bottles are made out of #1 density. They are intended for a single usage, but it is common for people to reuse plastic bottles even after one use.  If you see a water bottle with the #7 recycling symbol, you should probably not drink from it. Reports have said that these water bottles “may” leak BPA. But again, you should always ask yourself if you want to take those kinds of risks for your health…

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If you are one of those people that use water bottles from the grocery store frequently or switch out using different water bottles that you haven’t checked for BPA (when you bought it, it should say on the label), then you should think about getting a reusable, BPA-free bottle. Filtercon Technologies has one that not only is BPA-free, but also filters chlorine out of water so that city drinking water is better for your health. If you want to know more about BPA-free materials or Filtercon’s water bottle, check it out on the website http://www.filtercon.com.

Filtercon Technologies is a full-line water filtration company. We have systems for your faucets, under-the sink, or your whole house! Call 800-550-1995 to learn more or visit our website http://www.filtercon.com

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Say No to Fluoride in Your Water

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We’ve grown up thinking Fluoride was a good substance for our dental hygiene. In reality, it not only a toxin but a highly toxic fertilizer-industry byproduct that is in our municipal water supply. A water supply which ends up in our very own tap water at home, offices, and other locations. The city of Dallas is one of the many US cities considering the end of fluoridation in our water. The end of fluoridation in Dallas would make it the largest city in the US to stop fluoridating its water and save about $1.8 million dollars. What is making Dallas councillors change their minds about fluoridation?

Professor Paul Connett, who testified on June 11 about water fluoridation and the fluoride health risks. He presented various facts on the dangers of fluoride and how it is not a nutrient and that no biochemical process in humans need fluoride. The Food and Drug Administration classifies fluoride as an “unapproved drug.” 97% of Europe doesn’t even fluoridate their water so why are we? Most people believe that fluoride battles tooth decay but there are better alternatives such as dry brushing or baking soda. Alternatives that won’t lead to possible brain damage, which can be caused by fluoride. There are 11 known industrial chemicals that can harm the brain development in human fetuses and infants. There are currently 7 U.S. cities that have stopped fluoridation in their water supply.

If you are interested in reducing almost all of the fluoride in your water, consider purchasing a Filtercon under the counter and whole house systems. The Under The Counter filter has three stages where water is being filtered and conditioned by Activated Alumina, an Activated Carbon Block filter, and a Granulated Activated Carbon Block filter. It can be portable and used outside of your kitchen sink.  DSCN0880 resizedsm

The Filtercon Whole House Fluoride Filter can be added to the Filtercon Whole House Water Filtration and Conditioning System for a completely maintenance free, great tasting, fluoride free water from every faucet, bath, and shower in your home. Your home tap water will undergo three stages of water filtration and conditioning. Stage one is Activated Alumina, which will reduce the fluoride and Stage two is up to 69 lbs of high grade coconut shell activated carbon. Stage three is up to 20lbs of Quartz (Nature’s own filtration media) and Stage four is K.D.F. 55 Medium considering of high purity copper zinc granules. The water passes through our patented HYDROMAGNETIC  module which conditions the water non-chemically by restructuring and realigning the polarity of the mineral molecules without removing those healthy minerals from the water.  filterconfluoride

Call us at 1-800-550-1995 to speak with a Filtercon technician if you have any questions or for price assurance.   Reference: http://savethewater.org/fluoride-drinking-water-may-damaging-brain-expert-testimony/

Toledo’s Contaminated Water: Here’s What Went Wrong

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The contamination came from algae toxins—and it’s not likely to be an isolated incident

On Monday, the Toledo, Ohio, Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the municipal ban on drinking water.The ban had left thousands of Toledo and Michigan residents without drinking water, which was contaminated by a toxin produced by an algae bloom in Lake Erie. If consumed, the toxin could cause symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting. Residents were told not to drink the water, use it to brush their teeth, or—most confounding of all—boil it.

We talked to two experts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as Craig Cox, the senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to explain everything you should know about the contamination.

What is an algae bloom, and why is it toxic?

An algae bloom is a heavy concentration of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. It looks like a huge mat, turns the bay around Toledo bright green, and produces a neurotoxin called microcystin, which makes people sick.

How does an algae bloom form?

There are a few reasons algae blooms form, but it’s primarily caused by runoff from farm fertilizers. In Toledo’s case, the phosphorus and nitrogen from these fertilizers runs into the Maumee River, which drains right into the Maumee Bay of Lake Erie, where Toledo is located. This spurs the growth of the blooms. The summer heat has likely also played a role in this particular algae bloom’s growth.

Is this a growing problem in water?

Yes. The EPA says there is not a federal standard for blue-green algae in water, but experts say it is in the process of considering one. Farm runoff is not very regulated, so the expectation, according to Cox, is that this kind of water contamination could happen again and again. About 2o or so years ago the U.S. took action to prevent the amount of runoff draining into the lake, and things were looking up. But now, environmentalists are worried we’ve backtracked.

How did the algae get into the drinking water?

The water intake for Toledo’s water supply is located right in the middle of the Maumee Bay where the algae bloom moved to. The water intake brought in both the blue-green algae and the toxins it produces.

Aren’t there purification systems that prevent that?

Yes, but they don’t necessarily address the blue-green algae toxins. The algae bloom moved very close to the water intake system, and the water treatment system experienced much higher levels than they had previously. It put a lot of pressure on the system. The conventional treatment plan the city of Toledo has is a multi-step procedure that removes dangerous pathogens and decontaminates the water in a variety of ways. To directly address the blue-algae toxins, it is using activated carbon to absorb and remove the toxins.

How did the contamination go away in just a couple days?

The EPA worked with Toledo over the weekend to sample the water at both the supply system and the drinking water system, and a couple of things happened. First, the algae bloom moved away from the water intake system, which could have been due to the wind. The second is that Toledo enhanced its treatment system with the aforementioned carbon to specifically address the blue-algae and its toxins.

I thought boiling water decontaminates it. Why couldn’t the residents boil their water?

Boiling water kills things like bacterial organisms, but it does not get rid of blue-algae toxins. Instead, boiling water decreases the volume of the water, and therefore increases the concentration of the toxins, making it worse.

What can be done?

Creating buffers, like plants and trees that stand between farms and the water, may help catch fertilizer chemicals before they get into water ways, spurring algae growth. Farmers could also, theoretically, use less fertilizer, though there are no regulations in place as of now.

Written By Alexandra Sifferlin

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