I believe there are some truly miracles happening in our day. Secrets held by this earth have been and are being gradually uncovered. We have been witnessing these “miracles” for centuries now.
Many may not see this development as miracles; but I do. I also believe there is much more to be discovered; and it will be. The more technology we possess, the more and faster new developments will occur.
These new developments and technologies help make our lives easier, better, healthier and our knowledge improved.
Now for the negative part, the bad news, if there is any. Hopefully any negative result of new discoveries and technology will be reversed and short-lived.
However, we still experience and should be on guard for this “enemy” of our health. An enemy that attacks, unseen, and often causes casualties, before we know there is an attack. These are the many contaminants, that although helpful in their original intent and purpose, are harmful to our health if consumed.
I have written about several of them. There are more, many more.
Today, I have selected a group of chemicals known as, (wait for it)…“polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances or PFASs.”
So, what are they?
They are a category of man-made chemicals, introduced more than 60 years ago. They degrade very slowly, if at all, in the environment.
Susan M Pinney, a professor in the department of environmental health at University of Cincinnati, said;
“I do think that Americans should be concerned about these chemicals.” “Not enough time has elapsed to understand all the long-term health effects of these toxins.”
Xindi Hu, lead author of the new study and a doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said: “PFASs are organic compounds that are really useful.”
“This usefulness means these chemicals are used to make such items as food packaging materials (such as Pizza boxes and popcorn bags), fabrics, non-stick pans and firefighting foams.”
The problem with PFASs is that they remain in the body for a long time.
I have described “half life” of a substance before, but again it is the time it takes for your body to get rid of just half of whatever amount you ingest. In the case of PFASs, about 3 1/2 years.
Pinney said: “We know this chemical gets stored in the blood serum, the liver and some other organs.” and that “not all physical effects are currently known.”
The journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters said that “millions of Americans may be drinking water with unsafe levels of these chemicals, that have been linked to high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression—and even cancer.”
There is more, but I believe you get the idea. Here is one more, in this case group, of chemicals that have entered our environment and specifically our drinking water.
Although some industries have voluntarily phased out some of the more widely used PFASs, a few ongoing uses remain.
I will end with this, my primary message and plea: Don’t take chances with PFASs, or any other chemical or microbial contaminant in our drinking water. You may be perfectly safe now, and probably are, but we are eye witnesses nearly daily of water contamination crises.
We know there are chemicals and microbes that continually enter our drinking water supply at some location in the U.S. We know there are natural disasters, accidental discharges and intentional sabotage to our water supply.
Our more than 50,000 water treatment and supply systems are getting old and need repair or replacement.
Experts from government, science, health and industry, encourage all Americans to filter their drinking water at the point of use. The point of use for most is our kitchen sink.
Investigate a quality water filter for your family.
Please, at least check out the one I use. It is a solid carbon block filter manufactured at Las Vegas, Nevada for the past over 40 years. The company is “Multipure International.”
When I investigated I discovered, not only a quality filter certified by NSF, but also a quality company. Multipure International markets their filtration products worldwide and are a pleasure to work with.
I not only purchased the filter, but decided that everyone should, at least know about it and decide if it is for them. I became an Independent Distributor to tell people about the company and filters and to market them myself.
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