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On Safe Drinking Water

Friday, July 13, 2018


Who ever thought our country would ever be thought of as a place where you can't drink the water?  ​


The Safe Drinking Water ACT (SDWA) is the federal law that protects public drinking water supplies throughout the nation. ​The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ​is given the task of setting standards for drinking water quality and with its partners is required to implement various technical and financial programs to ensure drinking water safety.


​Unfortunately, because of recent changes in federal EPA regulations, it seems timely to again focus a Friday Pearl on heavy metal toxicity (think Flint, MI ), given the impending possibility of even further legislative action that might interfere with, or lessen local regulations that help protect our public water supply. 


We and our children deserve nothing less from our government and the EPA.

When we refer to toxic mineral levels in the body, we are always talking about inorganic minerals. Elements such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, copper and mercury are all extremely toxic in their inorganic state because the body cannot metabolize or utilize them effectively.

They are stored in body tissues and can reach very high levels of concentration, affecting the mental and physical well-being of the individual.

If a child (or anyone for that matter) demonstrates potential learning disabilities, one of the first steps would be to have a hair or blood mineral analysis done. This will quite accurately show any levels of toxic inorganic minerals that might be present in the body. If such levels exist, chelation, in one form or another, may be considered to remove these minerals from the body.

Discuss this possibility with your health care provider.

When might you suspect heavy metal poisoning? It should be considered in all cases of learning disabilities, but especially under circumstances where a child’s behavior suddenly changes. When a child is observed to be increasingly irritable, moody and subject to uncontrolled tantrums of temperament, suspicion should be aroused.

Lead is one of the greatest offenders in children. Despite the efforts to remove lead from the environment, such as in paints and gasoline, lead is still prevalent in and around us. Many older homes still have coats and coats of lead-based paint on windows and walls.

​While emphasis has been placed on lead as a source of toxicity in children, we must not overlook other minerals which, in their inorganic form, are as bad, or even worse than the lead in our environment and its impact on well-being. Cadmium and mercury are ever-increasing problems for us all.

The major source of cadmium is in cigarette smoke. Cadmium is used in several forms in the processing of cigarette tobacco. When the tobacco is burned, the cadmium is released into the air and is inhaled by those around it. Cadmium is present in cigarette smoke. It is not found naturally in the tobacco plant.


The EPA web site suggests that mercury gets into the and settles into bodies of water like lakes and streams, or onto land, where it can be washed into water. According to the EPA, fossil fuel power plants are currently the dominant emitters of mercury (50 percent), acid gases, (over 75 percent) and many toxic metals in the US.


Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff







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If water safety is a health concern, contact your local and federal representatives to let them know. If you suspect your water supply could contain toxic levels of heavy metals, contact the health department and considering having your water tested yourself by a reputable company. By all means, ask your health care professional about blood or hair testing for heavy metals. 

















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