And Not a Drop to Drink...
Uploaded: 21 Jul 2012
All life came from the oceans. And our physical makeup reflects this. If you’ve ever been admitted to hospital with a serious illness or after an accident, the first thing they did was put you on a saline solution drip. This is salt dissolved in sterile water, often with added glucose or dextrose.
You will notice that it’s not administered in tap water, but sterile water - which has had all bacteria and fungi removed. These could cause cellulitis, abscesses, septicaemia, and endocarditis.
If bacteria and fungi were the only contaminants in tap water, we’d be well off.
Because a nine-year study of tap water in 45 US states by the Environmental Working Group completed in 2009 found 315 chemicals, two-thirds of which are unregulated. These include nuclear industry by-products, rocket fuel additives, industrial solvents, freon (banned in 2000), paint stripper, fumigants, phosphorus, butane, dieldrin (banned), fire extinguishing chemicals, paint thinners, and petroleum product constituents (for the complete list of unregulated contaminants and their effects, click here).
Some are known carcinogens and neurotoxins. Tap water also contains animal growth and sex hormones due to runoff from industrial farms, as well as other harmful farming chemicals. Lead from water supply infrastructure components as well as nitrates from industrial farming runoff are also present in the water you drink.
“EWG research reveals...an average of 200 pollutants in each of 10 babies tested at the moment of birth. Nothing is known about the safety of the complex mixtures of low doses of a myriad of industrial chemicals in the human body” - Environmental Working Group.
There is simply not enough space to deal here with all of these. So we’ll just concentrate on four of the better-known and most controversial ones - chlorine, fluoride, lead, and nitrates.
There are three ways your body takes in water - ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption. If you take a 20-minute bath, your skin absorbs two quarts of your bath-water.
Video: Is chlorine in drinking or bathing water safe? No, says Dr. Ralph (six minutes).
Chlorine creates potentially lethal chemicals called disinfection by-products (DBPs). These include trihalomethanes - known potent carcinogens. And because it’s meant to kill bacteria, it also attacks the good bacteria in your gut - which means it attacks your immune system. Dr. Ralph explains - and shows how you can avoid these problems in the home.
Video: Watch how quickly and easily your skin - and washed vegetables - absorbs chlorine in tap water (seven minutes).
There are other serious issues with chlorine. The paper industry uses vast amounts, then dumps its effluent into waterways. This contains organochlorines and dioxins. These are highly toxic and carcinogenic. The US Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t consider chlorine to be toxic at all. Yet they’ve seen and recorded hormonal imbalance, infertility, foetal development problems, and immunosuppression in animals which drink this witches’ brew.
Our bodies can’t excrete dioxins - they accumulate in fatty tissues and remain as a bio-burden for the rest of our lives.
The EPA now admits that this may soon be a major health problem.
And please don’t believe that bottled water is safer. Many tests have shown that it contains just about everything tap water contains - and some bottled waters even come straight from the tap with just one extra filtering process added. Plus, the bottles themselves may contain bisphenol A - an oestrogen mimic which is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, attack the immune system, decrease fertility, and advance puberty in girls.
Don’t believe the advertising. As a former advertising copywriter, I know exactly how to manipulate you into buying whatever I want you to buy.
And don’t believe the bare-faced lie that chlorine is the only substance available for disinfecting drinking water. More than 2,000 municipalities throughout the world (including Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, and Moscow) purify their drinking water by bubbling ozone through it to form hydrogen peroxide.
Personally, I distill all my drinking water, add food-grade hydrogen peroxide, and drink at least six pints of it daily.
Incidentally, I was also a reporter for a national Irish daily newspaper in the 1970s. One of the stories I covered was the resignation of the Chairman of the Dublin Board of Water Conservators, a distinguished academic, in protest at the repeated release of chlorine effluent into the river Dodder by a paper mill and the failure of government to put proper legal sanctions in place (the maximum fine for this at the time was £100).
I phoned the company’s Managing Director for his comments and received a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse. Three minutes later, the editor rushed into the newsroom and pulled my story. So the public, who had to foot the bill every time for the cleanup and restocking of fish, never got to hear about it. Turned out the paper mill Managing Director played golf with one of the newspaper’s directors.
For his services to truth in the news and the public good, that editor was later appointed to the board.
Link: Water treatment expert Robert Slovak explains how chlorination of drinking water may actually be killing you - video interview by Dr. Mercola.
Link: Text interview by Dr. Mercola - chemist and cleaning products expert Stephen Ashkin on chlorine in drinking water and laundry and dish-washing products.
Link: Natural HealthCure web-page on the hidden dangers of bottled water.
“Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time” - Dr. Robert Carton, PhD, former Environmental Protection Agency scientist.
The fluoride that goes in your drinking water is NOT pharmaceutical-grade but hexafluorosilicic acid - an unpurified waste product direct from the smokestacks of the phosphate industry that comes accompanied by a slew of other dangerous pollutants, including arsenic. The fluoride acts exactly like a drug on the human body.
Back in the late 1970s, I lived and worked in London at the height of the IRA Tube-bombing campaign. Although most Londoners were decent and welcoming to ordinary Irish people, some were not. I found it impossible to get a job as a journalist, so I worked as a temporary PA in many different corporations and organisations. One of these was the British Dental Association, where I was PA to the General Secretary for almost a year.
One day, I was asked to collate by hand a lot of data from the archives. These were kept in a locked room from which nothing was allowed to be removed or photocopied. While combing through the files, I came across a very interesting document.
It was the strategy paper for ensuring that fluoridation would be accepted and implemented in the UK. It wasn’t written by a dentist but by someone who, from the terminology and language used, semed to be a top-level psychologist and social anthropologist retained by the chemical industry.
Here’s how it was done:
Think back to your own teenage years for a moment. There was always a cool dude that everyone wanted to be friends with, wasn’t there? Well, that cool dude is what’s called an “opinion leader.” If he (or she) told you that red was green, you’d probably have believed him just for the chance to bask in his radiance. And if he continued to treat you as part of his inner circle, then red did actually become green for you.
Well, all those cool dudes grew up. Many eventually moved into positions of power in various pursuits - medicine, dentistry, politics, industry, science, the media, government service, etc. They were still cool dudes, of course, and almost everyone wanted to be around them - and be thought well of by them.
The strategy was to identify those opinion leaders useful to your quest and co-opt them by whatever means necessary. Once you had them in your (very deep) pocket, those who surrounded and admired them and those they came in regular contact with would easily be persuaded by them into seeing how right and proper your cause was.
And it worked.
This technique is one of the principal ways by which whole sections of society can be manipulated into supporting and implementing changes that would never in a million years pass on a straight public vote.
Essentially, it’s a very subtle form of mind control. And the really neat thing about it is that there’s never a paper trail - it’s all done by word of mouth and face to face. By cool dudes.
From my extensive research, from reading and participating in multiple Morgellons, Rosacea, and Lyme Disease forums, and from my correspondence with systemic demodicosis sufferers from all over the world, I am now 100% certain that this exact same “cool dude” technique was used to resurrect a moribund and outdated diagnosis developed in mental asylums in the late 1930s and promote its use today by dermatologists and doctors - 100% certain.
So did all dermatologists and doctors know?
There’s no question that some did. But the vast majority just followed, blinded by the radiance of cool dudes.
Because dermatologists and doctors are sheeple, too.
And here’s the “cool dude” technique written down in black and white:
"In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of MAGNETIC AND ATTRACTIVE PERSONALITIES effectively exploiting the latest communication techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason" - Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Now, let’s get down to the business of the toxin itself.
Here’s what the Journal of the American Medical Association said about fluoride in 1943:
"Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems. The exact mechanism of such actions is obscure."
The level the AMA set for diagnosis of fluorine poisoning from drinking water was ONE part per million.
And here’s what the Journal of the American Medical Association said in 2000:
“Since 1950, opponents of water fluoridation have claimed it increased the risk for cancer, Down syndrome, heart disease, osteoporosis and bone fracture, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, low intelligence, Alzheimer disease, allergic reactions, and other health conditions. The safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation have been re-evaluated frequently, and no credible evidence supports an association between fluoridation and any of these conditions.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency maximum level for fluoride in drinking water is FOUR parts per million, with a non-enforceable “secondary standard” of two parts per million.
And, remarkably, the EPA also states: “Exposure to excessive consumption of fluoride over a lifetime may lead to increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults, and may result in effects on bone leading to pain and tenderness.”
Someone must have forgotten to send them the memo.
And the CDC says: “The safety of fluoride in drinking water at levels recommended for preventing tooth decay has been affirmed by numerous scientific and professional groups. Scientists have found a lack of evidence to show an association between water fluoridation and a negative impact on people, plants, or animals.”
OK, that’s enough chemical industry propaganda straight from the mouths of the people whose salaries you pay. Let’s get to the facts, shall we?
Sodium fluoride is the active ingredient in modern rat poisons. Sodium aluminium fluoride (cryolite) is used as an agricultural pesticide.
Fluoride was first used in drinking water by the Nazis because German scientists found that it made concentration camp inmates and the populations of occupied cities more pliable and easier to control. It also made them sterile and sickly by attacking the immune system through depression of thyroid gland function.
Consequently, it became a major part of the infamous Nazi eugenics programme.
At the end of the war, American intelligence agencies got hold of the German data on fluoridation and picked up where Hitler left off to investigate the possibility of chemical control of an entire nation.
“The drug program (fluoridation) was part of a much larger CIA program to study possible means of controlling human behaviour” - Rockefeller Report.
The Soviets were next to use it in the Gulag system for exactly the same purpose.
It also causes lower IQs in newborn infants, reproductive problems, arthritis, bone and other cancers, and bone fractures, even in young people, damages the endocrine system, is highly implicated in osteoporosis and other diseases, and increases lead absorption in children.
“I say this with all the earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years research into the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and pathology of fluorine. Any person who drinks artificially fluoridated water for a period of one year or more will never be the same person mentally or physically” - Charles E. Perkins, chemist.
Because of its pesticidal use in industrial farming (as cryolite), non-organic food can actually contribute up to one-third of your fluoride intake. Examples are lettuce (particularly head lettuce like iceberg), grapes, carton juices, citrus fruits, raisins, black and green teas, potatoes, some breakfast cereals like Shredded Wheat and Wheaties, and mechanically recovered meats (MRMs). Another source is soft drinks.
“We would not purposely add arsenic to the water supply. We would not purposely add lead. But we do add fluoride. The fact is that fluoride is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic” - Dr. John Yiamouyianni.
Dentists have always been at the forefront of the promotion of fluoridated drinking water. Yet an editorial published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, October 1, 1944, stated:
"Drinking water containing as little as 1.2 ppm fluoride will cause developmental disturbances. We cannot run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances. The potentialities for harm outweigh those for good.”
Obviously, some cool dudes got to work.
And the main ingredient of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants like Prozac is a fluoride compound. It’s found, too, in many anti-anxiety medications, anaesthetics, antibiotics, appetite suppressants, antacids, steroids, anti-psychotics, and others.
Incredibly, it’s also used in chemotherapy for cancer.
“In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer deaths, and causes it faster, than any other chemical” - Dean Burke, Former Chief Chemist Emeritus, US National Cancer Institute.
Some 66% of US drinking water supplies are fluoridated. In the UK, the figure is 60%, and in Ireland it’s 100%. Yet 98% of western Europe has rejected it.
The following 11 medical, scientific, legal, and civil associations stopped endorsing water fluoridation in 1996:
American Heart Association, American Academy of Allergy & Immunology, American Cancer Society, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Action Network, American Diabetes Association, National Institute of Law Municipal Officers, American Chiropractic Association, American Civil Liberties Union, National Kidney Foundation, American Psychiatric Association and Society of Toxicology.
“We are in the midst of a mass awakening on this planet. Many are beginning to uncover truths about our world and why things are the way they are. Many are also beginning to realise the biggest deception of all - bigger than fluoride, economics, education, religion, and so forth. The biggest deception we have been told is that we are a body and a mind - and that’s it. There’s nothing more, and nothing else to our reality. The truth is, we are much more. So much more that if we figured it out, the game would be up for those in charge. This is precisely why our water is fluoridated” - Fluoride: The Hard to Swallow Truth Documentary.
Remember the quote above. It’s our final destination, and I’ll come back to it on a later page.
Video: “The Hard to Swallow Truth” Documentary investigates the public’s lack of awareness, the history, the science, the lies, the health effects, and the ultimate purpose of water fluoridation (21 minutes)
Eighteen studies on the effects of fluoride in water have been completed in China, India, Iran, and Mexico - all of them conclude that fluoride is the direct cause of lowering IQ.
Neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Dr. Russell Blaylock MD has stated for the record that he believes fluoridation is nothing less than a plan to dumb down and sicken the entire population of the US.
Video: Part 1 of a jaw-dropping interview with Dr. Blaylock. He shows how the Rockefeller Foundation partnered with the German eugenics programme, and how eugenics was relabeled “social engineering” by the Foundation and continued in US universities after WW2 - with the use of fluoride in drinking water as the principal social vector (15 minutes).
Link: Part 2 of Dr. Blaylock’s interview (15 minutes - first 10 minutes on fluoride).
In 1997, Dr. Jennifer Luke of the University of Surrey found that fluoride accumulated in the pineal gland - and actually calcified it. This gland is responsible for the production of serotonin and melatonin (which helps regulate the onset of puberty and protects cells against free radical damage).
As well as interacting directly with the immune system, melatonin also regulates the circadian rhythms which control sleep. Melatonin production disturbances cause sleep disturbances. And without proper healthy sleep, your immune system deteriorates.
Serotonin regulates mood, appetite, and sleep. It also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning.
The pineal gland also performs other functions, the most important of which I will talk about on another page.
Video: The disastrous effects of fluoride on the pineal gland - and how to remove it from your drinking water (four minutes).
Link: Abstract of Dr. Jennifer Luke’s dissertation with commentary by Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paul Connett.
Link: Further extracts from Dr. Luke’s paper with a link to download the full text.
Link: The internet’s premier collection of video interviews with scientists, doctors, dentists, and other professionals on the horrendous dangers and devastating effects on human health of fluoridating water. Courtesy of the Fluoride Action Network.
Link: Video on the dangers of ingesting fluoridated water for people with kidney disease (three minutes).
Link: Video interview of fluoride activist Jeff Green by Dr. Mercola on fluoride in non-organic food and the truth about bottled water (52 minutes). Plus exposure through bathing or showering.
Link: Dr. Mercola’s video library - please enter “fluoride” in the search box.
Link: The Index of Fluorinated Pharmaceuticals produced by the Fluoride Toxicity Research Collaborative.
Link: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) information page for fluoride (slogan: “Trusted Health Information for You”). Read it, then ask yourself whether medicine really can be trusted. At all.
Link: Former fluoride proponent apologises for 50 years of fluoride misinformation and for “altering the basic architecture of human bone.” And the CDC, he says, bases its stance on data that’s more than 50 years out of date - and questionable.
Link: In a new study in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications, researchers found that fluoride may carry increased cardiovascular risk - it causes hardening of your arteries. Dr. Mercola on the sordid history of fluoride and legal and political ways to force its elimination from tap water where you live.
Link: A list of Frequently Asked Questions about fluoride - with help and advice on how to avoid or minimise your exposure.
In high doses, lead causes insanity, coma, seizures, and death. In lower doses, it’s responsible for impaired intellect, memory loss, mood swings, infertility, nerve, joint and muscle disorders, cardiovascular, skeletal, kidney problems and possibly cancer. It interferes with nervous system development and is consequently particularly devastating for children, causing potentially permanent learning and behaviour disorders.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia, and irritability.
“What I’ve learned over the years, is that, frankly...public health agencies are skewing analysis to fit their worldview. And this is very, very shocking.”
So says Dr. Marc Edwards, Professor of Civil and environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Lead poisoning from drinking water goes undetected, or is simply covered up, and sometimes the lead hazard is missed intentionally by the way in which water is sampled, he states. He accuses the public health agencies of failure to understand the dangers - and believes that in some cases they view the issue as a threat.
He singles out the CDC with particular scorn for their obsession with lead in paint and for completely ignoring the dangers of lead in drinking water.
“There is, without a doubt, a hypocritical double standard that has been applied to lead in water versus lead in toys. Because one...is in the press all the time, because we can blame it on manufacturers in China, or we can blame some landlord. And here we are, with lead in water, and we’re doing nothing about it.”
Video: Summary excerpt from Dr. Edwards’s presentation at the Yale University Drinking Water Symposium in April, 2009 (nine minutes).
Link: Environmental Working Group resource on lead as a poisonous water pollutant.
Nitrates come primarily from the overuse of nitrogen fertilisers, mainly by vast industrial farms. California applies nearly a million tons of nitrogen to its crops each year. The excess seeps into the groundwater, contaminating wells, and runs off into rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
When you drink water containing nitrates, your stomach converts them to nitrites. These then react with haemoglobin, which is designed to carry oxygen around the body, converting it to methemoglobin - which is incapable of transporting oxygen. The result is cellular oxygen deprivation.
In infants, this causes “blue-baby” syndrome. Nitrites have also been linked in five separate studies to other birth defects in humans and animals.
Nitrites also produces N-Nitroso compounds in the stomach, many of which are carcinogenic. Studies have shown that rats given N-Nitrosodiethylamine during infancy are six times more likely to develop cancer than those exposed after weaning (Gray et al 1991). Human epidemiology studies also suggest that cancer risks may be higher for those exposed to nitrate-contaminated water in the first 10 years of life (Cuello 1976).
The EPA has completely ignored these cancer findings.
And nitrites also disrupt the function of the thyroid gland - which is vital to the human immune system.
Nitrites are also added to food, especially sausage and other processed meats.
The American Society of Agronomy has called nitrates the most common groundwater contaminant in the world.
Video: “Where in America do you hear of a school district where kids don’t have drinking water? It’s something like you’d see in a Third World country.” The water supply of more than two million Californians has been exposed to harmful levels of nitrates over the past 15 years.
Link: Environmental Working Group Report on Nitrate Contamination of Drinking Water.
Link: “Water Too Dangerous to Drink: What Life’s Like in California’s Farming Communities.” Hardest hit of all are the poor - and in particular the poor from ethnic communities. Sinister? Make up your own mind - but make sure it’s open first. A report from AlterNet.
Link: “What Are Nitrates?” A report from the Yakima Herald.
FLOW - For Love of Water
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigates what experts call the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
In the movie, she builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while asking the question “can anyone really own water?”
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
The DVD can be purchased for $20, or you can view it online for $3.99 here.
Some facts from FLOW:
- Of the more than six billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. Source www.charitywater.org.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water contaminants. Source www.foodandwaterwatch.org.
- While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five. Source www.charitywater.org.
- The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Source www.water.org.
- According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. Source www.nrdc.org.
- Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil. Source CBS News.
- There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxerʼs Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW).
- Californiaʼs water supply is running out - it has about 17 years of water left in the state. Source Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.
- There are more than 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems. Source William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World.
- In Bolivia nearly one out of every 10 children will die before the age of five. Most of those deaths are related to illnesses that come from a lack of clean drinking water. Source Jim Schultz, founder of the Democracy Center in Bolivia.
- The cost per person per year for having 10 litres of safe drinking water every day is just $6. Source Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
- Over $100 billion is spent annually on bottled water, but it would cost only $30 billion to provide clean drinking water to the entire world. Source The Women’s International Perspective.
This movie was made in 2009. Which means that in 2012 we’re now three years closer to total global corporate control. Think about the consequences of that.
With the privatisation of water, our governments have sold access to our immune systems to the highest bidder.
Water is life. When it’s made toxic, then life itself is poisoned.
But water has a secret property. A property that is denied and derided by the very people who seek to control it. A property that is only known at the very top levels.
It is a property that explains why homeopathy works on infants and animals, neither of whom can possibly experience what’s known as the placebo effect. And it explains why medicine and science go to such lengths to dismiss and ridicule it.
It is a property that’s literally vital to the future of humanity.
I will return to this on a later page after we’ve finished our journey through hell.
Link: The Top Ten American cities with the most toxic tap water. A report from The Healthy Back Institute.
Link: Why you should only drink distilled water - and dismiss the ignorance and lies about it leaching out body nutrients (you don’t eat rocks, do you?).
Link: Website of the UK’s National Pure Water Association.
Link: The race to buy all of the world’s water by multinational corporations - a report from The Daily Beast.
Link: Who owns water? Experts debate right, pricing, and infrastructure investment - article from SmartPlanet.
OK, so chlorinated water attacks your immune system. Fluoridated water attacks your immune system. And nitrates in drinking water also attack your immune system. When two or all three of these are present in drinking water, you can imagine the explosive effect, can’t you?
Are you starting to see a pattern yet?
Read on to continue the story...