The Water Well

Not too long back, I ran across an article that greatly sparked my interest and prompted me to further my research on the topic.

It is entirely centered on Water
How It is “Sourced
And how It is Distributed (mostly in the form of a plastic bottle)

The initial article I stumbled on was written by a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, entitled “The Truth About Plastic Water Bottles.” The key in this article is the doctor’s clear distinction that there is absolutely NO difference between the plastic used to bottle water or soda pop or fruit/vegetable juices. All of these plastic bottles are made with chemicals known as plasticizers, with the “ability” to make plastic strong and flexible.

The most common plasticizers used are PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and Polycarbonate plastics, both actively known to cause disturbance amongst the natural function of human hormones. These plasticizers are used to store water, juices, and soda pop alike, without discrimination and are chalk full of phthalates and bisphenol-A (better known as BPA). The transparent numbers placed within the Recycle Emblem are a great indicator of the precise chemical make-up used to form the plastic bottle for commercial use.

A concise list is available for printable use in the article here: http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/the-truth-about-plastic-water-bottles#.Ux38gVqGy8w.google_plusone_share and can be found below:

#1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – used for most water and soda bottles. The ingredients include resins made from methane, xylene and ethylene combined with the chemical ethylene glycol and other chemicals. These have flame retardants and UV stabilizers added.

#2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) – used for cloudy milk and water jugs and opaque food bottles. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#3 PVC or V (Polyvinyl chloride)- used in some cling wrap, soft beverage bottles, plastic containers, plumbing pipes, children’s toys, vinyl windows, shower curtains, shades and blinds and many other items. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.

#4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) – used in plastic grocery bags, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, and flexible lids. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#5 PP (polypropylene)- used in yogurt cups, some baby bottles, screw-on caps, toys, drinking straws. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#6 PS (polystyrene)- used in egg cartons, foam meat rays, clear take out containers, plastic cutlery, toys, cups, CD containers. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned they release styrene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

#7 Other (usually polycarbonate) – used in 5 gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, and lining of metal food cans. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.

Now, begs the question: What type of bottle should be used to drink liquids – water,  juice and soda pop included?

Well, the good Doctor reports that glass and metal are the best options, and I encourage the same, as well as drinking as much from a natural fresh source of “spring” or well water. Even still, it is all a grave concern due to the increase and frequency of air pollution … that inevitably reaches the world’s natural water sources and supplies. One must also consider that most bottled water sources are largely unknown due to manufacturer resistance to transparency regarding the Purity of their waters (http://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-bottled-water-scorecard-2011/summary-findings).

The most important factor is Utilizing the Mind to Obtain Knowledge. Avoiding the Truth only promotes Ignorance, which is Useless.

Make a Conscious Effort to Be Aware
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Informed
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Healthy

~Always Be On a Journey to Seek Wealth Through Healthy Habits~

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Pray Tell: What is a GMO?

What Is a GMO? Courtesy of Nutiva.


This video is pretty doggone Genius! Thank you to Nutiva for caring and sharing!


It’s just over 2 minutes and *definitely* worth a watch.

Knowledge is Power.
Exercise Your Right to Know
and
Discover Truth.


If not NOW –
WHEN?


Journey To the Wealth of Health.

 

The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen

Clean 15 vs. Dirty Dozen – Revelation Revealed

Generally, I am constantly seeking New Knowledge, and my interest is highly piqued by discovering and uncovering myths and truths regarding Health and Wealth. Very recently, I ran across a brochure at a local grocery store, supplying a surprisingly wealthy amount of information about “Eating Well Organically.” This particular grocer has embarked on a phenomenal journey to incorporate organic produce, alternative “milks,” and a small section of the store is completely dedicated to Organic/Non-GMO/”Natural” foods. Their efforts are truly commendable, as they’re smack dab in the middle of suburbia and East Kansas City where BBQ is King (and Queen).


As we passed by the Health Market area – dedicated to conscious fooders – this “Organic” brochure caught my eye. Both myself and the Lover had to take a gander and were truly awed by our findings. This is what we’ve discovered:


Comparison of  Conventional / Natural / Organic Foods            
             
Processing Type   Conventional   Natural   Organic
             
Artificial Colors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Flavors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Preservatives   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Fertilizers   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Synthetic Pesticides   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Irradiation   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Genetic Modification (GMO)   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
             

While we were ensnared by the array of “experts” and “Environmental Groups” (Environmental Working Group, included) stating that there are at least 15 (fifteen) different foods people can purchase conventionally, we were pretty astounded to stumble on this New Knowledge.

Who’d-a-thunk that Natural isn’t truly Natural?

In fact, “Natural Foods” can be genetically modifiedmuch like conventional foods… of course, at the discretion of the producer/manufacturer. Interestingly enough, the brochure made special note to mention that “Natural Food is NOT Organic.


In short, I strongly encourage and support Organic Onlyfood purchases – particularly for Produce / Nuts / Seeds. When visiting your Local Farmers’ Market embrace the confidence to Ask…

What Methods do You Use in Growing Your Food(s)?

It’s as simple as that! Here in BBQ King City, our farmers tend to be pretty honest b.u.t. you DO have to Ask. Try to find encouragement in the fact that a farmer informs you that s/he does use processing of some kind… this just allows you to journey onto the next farmer and discover some of their secrets! 😉 It’s a win-win situation. Because now you have taken ownership of the Power of Choice!


Organic Is the Way…
To The Wealth of Health!