Day 33: Water 1: Safe Healthy Public Water
“Safe and Healthy Public Water” by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.; “Water” by Tim O’Shea; Water Wars Worldwide; Water and Juice Feasting
Welcome to Day 33!
Over the next few days we are going to address the subject of water—a simple, and yet fascinating topic with multiple implications for our health. There are two persons in the field of health which have done an excellent job at organizing this profound topic: Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. and Tim O’Shea, so we will consider their writings today.
Also of note, if you would like to see a fascinating four-part documentary on the industrial use of our natural water resources, check out Cadillac Desert (on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbebOhnCjA), or read the book Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. Both are breathtaking in their depictions of earth’s natural beauty and abundance, and our sometimes horrific industrial overuse and misuse of our natural resources. Truly one of the best documentary series I have ever seen.
Safe and Healthy Public Water
First we have Dr. Gabriel Cousens introducing the subject in “Safe and Healthy Public Water: A Nostalgic Wish” from his book, Conscious Eating:
Safe and healthy public water is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain because of the high degree of water pollution throughout the world. In this chapter we discuss this issue and the ways we can create healthy water for ourselves. You will also get a chance to play biochemist again as we consider a new biological energy associated with water colloid systems. It is called zeta potential. Are you ready to consider the seriousness of our water problem? Are you ready to do something to protect yourself and your family?
I. How did all of this water pollution begin?
A. The origins of our tainted water supply
B. Cancer increase related to water consumption
II. Finding or making healthy water
A. Bottled, mineral, filtered, distilled water advantages and disadvantages
B. Charcoal filtering
C. Reverse osmosis
D. Water distillers
III. Structured water and zeta potential
A. Liquid crystals in water—what they do
B. Surface tension of water
C. Our blood’s colloid system and water
IV. Factors that decrease zeta potential
JUST AS CONSUMING ORGANIC FOODS IS A WAY to avoid ingesting toxins, becoming aware of the quality of water one drinks and uses is increasingly essential in today’s polluted world, since water can be a major source of toxins. According to Diet for a Poisoned Planet, less than 1% of the Earth’s surface water is safe to drink. In some places in the United States and other countries, the term “drinking water” for tap water should be considered nothing more than a nostalgic euphemism. In order to best understand which water is safe to drink, bathe in, and prepare food with, one needs to know more about water pollution, how to purify water to make it safer for use, and also what form of water is healthiest to drink.
Second to oxygen, water is our most important nutrient. Without it, we would not be able to survive. Water comprises 90% of a baby’s body and around 65-70% of an adult’s. According to Patrick and Gael Crystal Flanagan, authors of Elixir of the Ageless, our muscles are composed of 75% water, our brain is composed of 90% water, our liver is 69% water, and even our bones are 22% water. They point out that in a lifetime people drink an average of 7,000 gallons, or 58,333 pounds of water. Water is a major component of all our foods.
Water by Tim O’Shea
An odd little book was published in 1994 that made quite a stir: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, by an MD named Batmanghelidj. A claim is made by this doctor that the cause of most diseases is simply dehydration. Dr. B provides the reasoning as well as dozens of case studies to support the cure of a variety of illnesses by simply drinking between two and three liters of water per day. . . Doubting such a theory because of its overwhelming simplicity, the reader is shown that physiologically, it makes perfect sense. As Dr B points out, dry mouth is a late sign of thirst. Saliva is produced even in chronic dehydration, because it is a digestive enzyme. Thirst, or the need for water on the cellular level is something entirely different. Chronic dehydration brings its own symptoms, which we have been conditioned to cover up, either with food or with drugs. Read on in the download!
A Relevant Preview Cartoon to Day 44: Biological Dentistry
Water and Juice Feasting
Conducting a Juice Feast is hydrating–as is eating a diet with plenty of Raw/Live Foods–we have not dehydrated the food through the cooking process, and as the food is less processed, less water is required to metabolize the food. The water that comes through our food is an important component of our hydration.
Next in line is distilled water with some lemon juice added to it. The advantage of using distilled water is that there are no inorganic minerals in it–minerals which have not come through plants and that our bodies cannot use, and therefore create calcification in our bodies. However, distilled water is a tabula rasa—it is not “dead” but does need something to enliven and structure it. Lemon juice or a little Celtic Sea Salt will provide “structure” to the water–a subject which Dr. Cousens addresses in greater detail in the reading today.
Please remember when you are Juice Feasting that even though you are drinking 1-plus gallons of hydrating juices, you still need 2 or more quarts of water during the day, depending on your activity level.
If you have not been starting your day with 1/2 to 1 quart of water with the juice of a lemon and 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon of MSM in it, please begin doing this now as a Life Practice. Hydrating at the opening of the day like this will make every cell in your body happy, and help with the elimination of matter that your body has processed during the night.
Remember: CLEANSE – REBUILD – REHYDRATE – ALKALIZE
A Deeper Look At Drugs In Our Tap Water by Cathy Sherman
Picture this: Three guys go into a bar. The batender asks, “What’ll you have?” “A beer”, says the first guy. Second one says, “Whiskey” and turning to the third guy asks, “what about you?” “Oh me, I really need a good strong kick, one with lots of punch to it… Yep, I think this day calls for a big one on tap! Hey bartender, how about some of your tap water!”
It was hard not to hear about the mess our water supply is in; the March AP (Associated Press) story was picked up by almost every media outlet imaginable. Members of a “National Investigative Team” reviewed reports and talked to over 200 officials and scientists for a five-month period. The AP writers’ conclusions struck fear into many a thirsty American, who was suddenly told he was drinking urine. Not any urine either, but drug-filled urine, possibly from their neighbor up the road.
Medication Pollution Spreads: Water Supply of 24 U.S. Cities Found Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals by Mike Adams
Analysis of tap water supplies in major metropolitan areas conducted by the Associated Press has revealed that the water supply in 24 major U.S. cities — serving over 40 million people — are contaminated with trace amounts of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, psychotropic drugs, pain medications and even caffeine. The upshot of the report is that tens of millions of Americans are unwittingly being subjected to a bizarre medical experiment with unpredictable results. No scientist can say for certain whether long-term exposure to micro doses of multiple pharmaceuticals is safe because such an experiment has never before been conducted on any population.
One of the most startling realizations of the study is that Americans are now using so many medications that their own biological waste products are becoming large-scale environmental pollutants.
Pepsi admits Aquafina comes from tap water by Mike Adams
It’s a great marketing gimmick: A bottle of water with a clean, blue label showing images of snow-capped mountains and the claim, “Pure water, perfect taste.” That’s the image created by Pepsico’s Aquafina brand of water, and many consumers leap to the incorrect conclusion that Aquafina is sourced from mountain spring water.
In reality, Aquafina comes from tap water. Yes, the same water you get when you turn on your kitchen faucet. Of course, Aquafina is filtered, purified and perhaps even enhanced with trace amounts of added minerals, but it’s certainly not mountain spring water. It’s just processed tap water — the same stuff that fills your toilet bowl when you flush.
Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater – ponds and swales restricted – jail time for violators by Mike Adams
There’s nothing more refreshing than standing in a cool, summertime rain shower. Or bathing in the warm sunlight on a crisp spring day. Or inhaling the cool autumn air, fresh with the scent of turning leaves and pine needles. These things — rainwater, sunlight, air — have long been assumed to be not only free, but un-claimable. You can’t claim to own the sunlight that falls on my front yard, for example. A corporation can’t claim intellectual property ownership over the air that you breathe and demand you pay a royalty for inhaling.
But today, Jackson County, Oregon says it owns YOUR rainwater, and the county has sentenced a man to 30 days in jail and fined him over $1500, for the supposed “crime” of collecting rainwater on his own property.
Media, Films, & Documentaries
[Documentary] Tapped (2010)
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ and ‘I.O.U.S.A.,’ this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table.
[Documentary] Flow (2008)
There’s a battle going on for the source of life, water. Our corporate media isn’t saying much about it, but across the globe citizens are struggling against transnational corporations like Nestle and Vivendi which are seizing the dwindling fresh water supplies. It’s an absolutely critical topic that this film explains in an informative and inspiring fashion. “Flow” takes us to Bolivia Cochabamba!: Water War in Bolivia, South Africa, India Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, Michigan and beyond; and introduces us to the people who are being harmed by corporate tyrannies that are claiming the water of their land. Big businesses are making a fortune as they pollute or divert water supplies, or bottle it for sale at prices that the world’s poor cannot afford.
People in the wealthy nations may feel they are immune from this crisis, but they too are being ripped off by the bottled water racket and poisoned by the continuing toxification of water with synthetic chemicals Toxic Legacy: Synthetic Toxins in the Food, Water and Air of American Cities.
“Flow” features many heroes we don’t yet know the names of, like Vandana Shiva and Maude Barlow; but we are fortunate they have been slowing the march of the corporate fundamentalists The Corporation. People concerned about health and justice will want to contribute to the cause of water rights for humans, not for CEOs. Buying and sharing this film is a great first step. Subscribing to magazines like Onearth also helps, as the Natural Resources Defense Council is featured in this film due to the research and litigation they’ve been advancing on this and so many other pressing environmental issues.
Parts of this film will anger the viewer, but that mood is a natural and necessary part of the process toward social change.
[Documentary] Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009)
We can’t live without water. You may have thought it was a human right. But certain corporations have been plotting to control the water supply on this planet for a while now, and have been moving into place around the globe. Now the World Bank has required certain governments to privatize their precious water supply — make it a corporate commodity answerable only to stockholders — as a condition to getting a loan. In some places it is now illegal to catch rainwater, because rain is being considered private property, including the United States. The evil of this worldwide corporate grab for control of your most precious resource is practically inconceivable, but it is happening. Blue Gold: World Water Wars is a landmark documentary that every school, library and church should own and show. Do you want the cost of your water to be controlled by private corporations and stockholders only interested in their bottom line? Do you want to give up your right to the water around you, including rain? It is time to get educated and get active.