Combat Hard Water’s Negative Effect on Hair and Skin

We can choose where we live, but we can’t always choose the type of water that’s flowing through our pipes. Hard water makes it harder to clean our bathtubs and showers and can leave a weird residue on our pots after boiling water. It can also have a variety of negative effects on your hair and skin. What causes hard water, and how can you combat these negative effects? What Causes Hard Water? Water tends to pick up ions from whatever it flows over on its way to our pipes. In the case of hard water, the H2O has picked up high amounts of magnesium, manganese and calcium which can lead to many problems, for your house, clothes, skin and hair. These excess minerals make it harder for soap to form later in the shower or the kitchen sink. It can lead to other problems with your home as well.… Read More

Is it REALLY Safe to Drink Bottled Water?

Bottled water is sold all over the world. Available in grocery and convenience stores, restaurants, recreation centers, schools, gas stations, and almost everywhere… bottled water is a staple stock item. But is bottled water safe? In recent years there has been a lot of controversy about water. Some say the water in the bottles, even in fancy labeled brands claiming to come from far away mountain springs, is actually from city tap water. Others say that city tap water is actually good for you because it’s fluoridated and fluoride is good for your teeth − especially children’s teeth. But what is the truth about bottled water? And how safe is plastic, really? And how are these chemicals impacting your health? In this article I will be shedding some light on these very important questions. As a child, I remember my teacher in school getting us to memorize this famous slogan:… Read More

Is Fluoride Bad for You? Or Is Adding Fluoride to Water A Good Thing?

Introduction and Editor’s Notes by Ocean Robbins Two-thirds of all Americans are drinking water with added fluoride. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Proponents of water fluoridation point out that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking fluoridated water reduces tooth decay and cavities by about 25% in children and adults. The fluoridation of drinking water has been endorsed by the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization. A spokesperson for the American Dental Association has even said that every dollar invested in water fluoridation by a community saves $38 in dental costs. As a result, many people, including much of the medical community, think the fluoridation of our water supply is an entirely beneficial thing to do. But there’s another, darker side to this story. Fluorosis is a defect in tooth enamel, caused by ingesting too much fluoride in childhood. It causes… Read More

3 Long Island communities show high cancer rates

A cluster of three Long Island communities was found to have elevated rates of several forms of cancer, which were identified in a special initiative that had been launched by the governor, officials with the State Department of Health said Thursday. Centereach, Farmingville and Selden in Suffolk County were found to have statistically significant rates of leukemia, bladder, lung and thyroid cancers, based on studies of data in the New York State Cancer Registry. The registry, an ongoing statistical record of cancer in New York for the past 75 years, is a database of demographic, diagnostic and cancer prevalence. All cases of cancer that are diagnosed in the state are reported to the registry. A public meeting on the new Long Island findings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook. “Our cancer registry scientists have completed their mapping,”… Read More

Ask Well: Should You Filter Your Water?

Although municipal tap water is regulated and most utilities stay within legally mandated limits on certain contaminants, some of the limits may be too lenient, a research analyst says. The short answer is yes. While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates municipal tap water and sets legal limits on certain contaminants, and most water utilities generally stay within these limits, “some of the legal limits may be too lenient,” said Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group. And more than half of the chemicals found in municipal water are not regulated. Using the right water filter can help further reduce pollutants like lead from old water pipes, pesticide runoff in rural areas and byproducts of chemicals like chlorine that are used to treat drinking water. Radon, arsenic and nitrates are common pollutants in drinking water, and trace amounts of drugs including antibiotics and hormones have also been found.… Read More

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