Well, here’s one for the record books.
Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that are carcinogenic, according to a nonprofit group’s investigation released this past week.
The report examined the levels of six radioactive contaminants in drinking water, including radon, radium and uranium. Its primary focus was on radium because it is naturally occurring though a dangerous carcinogen, according to Newsweek.
The study discovered that of 50,000 public water systems analyzed from 2010 to 2015, more than 22,000 utilities in all 50 states had radium in their treated water delivered to 173 million customers’ taps.
The report explained that the greatest problems were in the Golden State and Lone Star State: “California has the most residents affected by radiation in drinking water. From 2010 to 2015, about 64 percent of the state’s residents were served by public water systems that reported detectable levels of the two radium isotopes. In Texas, which has a smaller population, about 80 percent of the population was served by utilities reporting detectable levels of those elements.”
To add insult to injury, the dilapidated and obsolete Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, offered no help here. In fact, it even condoned the radioactive contamination, as most toxin levels didn’t surpass its underrated “legal limit” guidelines that were created more than 40 years ago, when we didn’t know the extent of their dangers.
Dr. Ana Navas-Acien, environmental health sciences professor at Columbia University, reacted: “It’s surprising to see that the standard for radium has not been updated since 1976. We have a much larger body of scientific evidence that has been developed since then that should have been able to inform new updates [for the] maximum contaminant level for radium.”
Despite the ineptitude and archaic utility of the EPA, radiation in tap water remains a serious health threat regardless of its limits, especially during one’s pregnancy. In fact, while the lower-dose “legal limits” of radiation might lower the risks of carcinogens, it does not eliminate them. The potential harm in particular to fetal growth and brain development remains high.
Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., a valedictorian from Colgate University who did her UCLA doctorate studies on the molecular basis of immune defense against infectious disease and cancer, explained: “Most radioactive elements in tap water come from natural sources, but that doesn’t take away the need to protect people through stronger standards and better water treatment. Millions of Americans are drinking water with potentially harmful levels of radioactive elements, but the outdated federal standards mean many people don’t know about the risk they face when they turn on the tap.”
It is amazing that those water toxins actually increased through the eight years of the environmentally passionate Obama presidency.
In fact, in December 2016, at the end of Obama’s reign, a Reuter’s analysis of lead levels across the country found 3,810 U.S. areas in 21 states – home to around 61 percent of the U.S. population – with poisoning rates far higher than in Flint, Michigan, where lead hell was discovered in the water systems in 2015.
Reuters “found nearly 3,000 areas with lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis. And more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher.”
Reuters added: “The poisoned places on this map stretch from Warren, Pennsylvania, a town on the Allegheny River where 36 percent of children tested had high lead levels, to a zip code on Goat Island, Texas, where a quarter of tests showed poisoning. In some pockets of Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia, where lead poisoning has spanned generations, the rate of elevated tests over the last decade was 40 to 50 percent.”
Dr. Helen Egger, chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center said, “Where lead poisoning remains common, many children will have developmental delays and start out behind all the rest.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks poisoning rates among children tested in each location, said even a slight elevation can reduce IQ and stunt development.
Friends, this should not be, especially in the greatest industrialized nation in the world with the greatest of health resources. Once again, we the people are left on our own without the government’s help to right the national wrongs.
This countrywide drinking water disaster is one more reason I’m super proud that my wife, Gena, established CForce Water Bottling Co. on our own Texas Lone Wolf Ranch in 2015. Gena is actually the CEO and majority owner and is registered as a National Certified Woman Owned Business through NWBOC/ WOSB Certified and HUB – historically underutilized business.
Naturally high in PH, the artesian water was discovered during the search for a new well. What was found instead was a sustainable source of pristine water that dates back to the last ice age, over 23,000 years ago. Bottled at the source, the water filters through volcanic rock, delivering CForce artesian water with its trace minerals and exceptionally smooth taste.
Gena would be quick to credit assembling the right team to accomplish this. Much to her credit, in a little over a year, the company has now expanded its product to more than 3,000 locations in 18 states, on Amazon and soon internationally through McLane Global. CForce artesian water was just named by Neilson as the second fastest growing water beverage in the country.
A portion of CForce artesian water sales go to our nonprofit foundation, Kickstart Kids, which aims to build character through karate in Texas’ public middle schools.
I read online a Chuck Norris fact or joke that someone wrote about CForce water: “Chuck Norris’ water will hydrate the hell out of you!” Or as my wife says: “Do you want the funny story or the real story of how CForce artesian water came to be? When Chuck Norris stared at the ground, the water surrendered.”
All joking aside, at the very least and with a rapid growing population, finding safe clean water sources should be a top priority for every state in the U.S.