U.S. Addresses “Forever Chemicals” Found in Our Water Supply...
Dear Longevity Insider,
Dr. Anil Bajnath here with your Monday roundup.
No matter how many patients I see each day, I make sure I drink enough water. Water has wonderful health benefits. It’s been shown to:
Energize the body.
- Stabilize your mood.
- Flush impurities from the body.
- Prevent and treat headaches.
- Relieve constipation.
- Treat kidney stones.
- Aid weight loss.
The list goes on and on. So it's a high priority that I drink a sufficient amount of water every single day. My mind, body, and soul depend on that.
Your body is up to 70% water. You need it.
But this brings us to a dangerous problem all over the United States...
Man-made chemicals have widely contaminated the country’s water supply. While the highest concentration points to the New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia areas… that doesn't let everyone else off the hook. These are merely the areas with the highest concentration.
The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems.
The alarming part about these toxic man-made chemicals is that they stay around practically forever. This is why scientists call them “forever chemicals.” The chemistry of these PFASs keeps them from breaking down under typical environmental conditions. (These compounds take hundreds or thousands of years to break down in the environment.)
David Andrews, a senior scientist at Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy organization, explains:
One of the unique features of PFAS compounds is the carbon-fluorine bond. That bond is incredibly strong.
I personally don’t drink water from the faucet. However, consider other ways that your body may absorb water like baths, showers, or even when boiling water in the kettle for tea.
Plus, PFAS isn’t only found in the water supply…
There are more than 9,000 known PFAS compounds. At this moment, about 600 can be found in U.S. products like firefighting foam, cookware, cosmetics, carpet treatments and even dental floss.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is working on the PFAS problem. One of its EPA spokespeople wrote:
Aggressively addressing PFAS in drinking water continues to be an active and ongoing priority for the EPA. The agency has taken significant steps to monitor for PFAS in drinking water and is following the process provided under the Safe Drinking Water Act to address these chemicals.
While various states are alarmed by the detrimental harm that PFAS could cause not just to the human body but the environment, there were no definite federal regulations on the PFAS-water issue until now…
Just last Wednesday, the House approved a bill that would require the EPA to establish national drinking water standards for these “forever chemicals.”
More on the legislation details right here.
To your longevity, Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ
P.S. In conjunction with my water, I take this every single morning for overall health.
To your longevity,
Anil Bajnath MD