Question: Is there any research regarding the water filter jugs by BRITA? I drink a lot of water and use BRITA instead of bottled water. I and my son drink it, cook on it, soak in it, and sometimes wash with it. I wonder if it is safe. Thanks!!!
~ Anna D
Wow, Anna, you sure know how to ask a loaded question! Rather than skimp on the answer to such an important topic, I’ve officially declared this “Water Week.” On the surface tap water seems pretty safe. We’ve all consumed it and we’re still kicking, right?
I mean YES we’re still kicking, but NO it’s not safe. In reading over 300 pages of research for this post, one fact became unavoidably certain: The harmful effects of tap water may occur gradually, but they are very real.
H2O: Simply . . . complicated.
So, what exactly is in a glass of tap water? Hydrogen and oxygen, of course. But there are also living organisms like bacteria and parasites, the chemicals we use to kill those organisms, chemicals from environmental pollution and pharmaceutical drugs. And then there are the chemicals we add for no good reason, like fluoride.
Fluoride = toxic (p.s. toxic is baaaaad)
If you’ve ever brushed with fluoride toothpaste you may have noticed this label:
[warning_box]WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately.[/warning_box]
Now, I read this label for YEARS and didn’t think anything of it. In a society that has warnings like:
- “Remove child before folding” – On a child car safety seat
- “Do not eat toner” – Laser printer manufacturer Ricoh
- “Do not drive with sunshield in place.” — On a cardboard sunshield that keeps the sun off the dashboard.
- “May irritate eyes.” — On a can of self-defense pepper spray.
- “Caution: Hot beverages are hot!” — On a coffee cup.
- “Do not use for drying pets.” — In the manual for a microwave oven.
- “Warning: May cause drowsiness.” — On a bottle of Nytol, a brand of sleeping pills.
. . . how are we supposed to take cautionary labels seriously!?!?!
The sad fact is, in this case we really should. In The Flouride Deception, investigative reporter Christopher Bryson presents compelling evidence that water fluoridation results in lowered IQ, weakened bones, thyroid suppression and lowered metabolic function. It also kills our immune systems first line of defense – the beneficial bacteria in our guts.
Fluoride Weakens Bones
Some will say “I thought fluoride prevented cavities . . . what do you mean it damages bones?” It’s ironic, but although fluoride thickens bones studies show it actually makes them more fragile by displacing bone mineral. Oh, and did you know that prior to 1938 fluoride was solely sold as RAT POISON??? No, that’s not disturbing AT ALL.
Additional research indicates it could cause Alzheimer’s:
Many municipal water supplies are treated with both alum (aluminum sulfate) and fluoride. These two chemicals combine with each other easily in the blood to form aluminum fluoride. Although elemental aluminum can not pass the blood-brain barrier, some compounds such as aluminum fluoride do. Aluminum fluoride is very poorly excreted in the urine. It is poisonous to the kidneys. Aluminum salts in the brain lead to Alzheimer’s Disease.
AND Down’s Syndrome
Studies dating back to the 1950s have shown links between Down’s Syndrome and natural fluoridation. Ionel Rapaport also showed how the age of women bearing Down’s Syndrome children decreased in direct relation to the increase of fluoride in the water supply. The more fluoride that was in the water, the younger the age of the women bearing Down’s Syndrome children.
Nations in Western Europe that stopped fluoridating their water have not seen an increase in dental cavities, so why aren’t we seeing this dangerous compound pulled from products? Two reasons.
First, fluoride is an industrial byproduct. Right now companies are able to unload this stuff into public water supplies for a profit instead of being required to dispose of it as hazardous waste.
By selling the fluoride byproducts for this purpose, companies avoid the huge cost of disposing of these chemicals in the environment safely, and according to regulation. Back in the 1930’s, a band of industrial corporations – including Monsanto, U.S. Steel, Union Carbide, and Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), the leading producer of aluminum – had been cheaply disposing of their fluoride byproducts into the environment for years. This changed when their toxic waste became the target of negative press in the local news. A 1933 toxicology report by the USDA had warned of fluoride’s toxicity, singling out the aluminum industry as the biggest culprit.
The Fluoride Fraud
The second reason is liability. Can you imagine the class action lawsuits that would inevitably be brought against Colgate and other major corporations if fluoride is officially recognized as a health and environmental hazard? The research has been available for fifty years. Not to the public, mind you, but recently declassified Manhattan Project documents confirm that researchers and industry leaders knew fluoride was dangerous.
I know this sounds crazy and maybe a little to heavy on the conspiracy theory side, but it’s not like we haven’t seen this before. Remember when the tobacco industry refused to acknowledge that cigarettes cause cancer? The brilliant PR mind behind that campaign was Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays.
Now, guess who else was a client of Bernays? The fluoride industry!
They know. They’re liable. One need not be a conspiracy theorist to track the almighty dollar on this one.
What You Can Do
Most home filters do not remove fluoride from water. In fact, if you bought it at any local retail store, you can be pretty sure it doesn’t. There ARE some options, though, which I’ll be covering in an upcoming post. In the meantime, here are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure.
So, the answer to your question, Anna: in my opinion, Brita, Pur and most other filters do not filter water to a safe level. How’s that for long-winded?