Today I want to talk about human nature.
It is human nature to pay attention to immediate, obvious threats to our safety, and ignore that which is not an obvious threat.
It's human nature to ignore threats that are invisible, tasteless and odorless.
It's human nature to trust an authority (like the government) when they tell you that your drinking water is safe.
Human nature is a powerful driving force, but it's not the only driving force. We have minds that can see beyond the limitations of our eyes. We can project ahead and determine that small, relentless threats can impact our quality of life as we get older. We love our children, so we are motivated to seek the truth.
The truth is that water contamination can be one of those hidden threats to our health. Water contamination is often hidden from our senses, because these contaminants are too tiny to see, and they are often odorless and tasteless.
But water contamination is also hidden in a cloak of misinformation, such as the government telling us that our water is safe to drink, when there is TONS of evidence that this may not be the case. Such as...
After lead contamination was discovered in Flint, MI, USA Today came out with a report that showed over 2,000 other water supplies in the USA were also contaminated with lead, sometimes in levels that were much higher than in Flint. This is a stunning report that should move everyone to ensure that their water is safe to drink.
At least 126 military bases have water that contains potentially harmful contaminants which have been linked to cancers and developmental delays for fetuses and infants.
Many people mistakenly believe that they are better off because they are on well water. This is not necessarily true at all, and in my experience, well water can be terribly contaminated. A quick Google search on this topic will uncover countless problems with well water, such as this, or this.
In March of this year, the EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler stated, “I want to make sure the American public understands 92 percent of the water everyday meets all the EPA requirements for safe drinking water.” But what he didn't say is that the US regulates only about a 100 potential contaminants that can be in water, compared to the thousands of contaminants in our environment that are not regulated, many of which have been proven to be very dangerous. So yes, your drinking water can meet the legal definition of the word safe, but even if it does your tap water may still contain high levels of dangerous contaminants!
Is this an ethical thing to say? I don't think so.
Yes, it's human nature to procrastinate on issues such as this, but ensuring the purity of the water you drink every day is one of the easiest things you can do. And in my humble opinion, it's one of the most important things you can do for your family's health.
I've written about this a number of times, and will continue to rant on. If you want to see my recommendations for what you should do about it look here.
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