Guide to Filtering Water
Your typical water filter, like Brita or Pur, only removes some metals and chemicals which may make the water taste better. But these filters do not protect you against what you really need protection from, like viruses and bacteria that can be harmful to your health.
A Guide to Water Filters
Many but not all available home water filters remove Cryptosporidium. Some filter designs are more suitable for removal of Cryptosporidium than others. Filters that have the words "reverse osmosis" on the label protect against Cryptosporidium. Some other types of filters that function by micro-straining also work. Look for a filter that has a pore size of 1 micron or less. This will remove microbes 1 micron or greater in diameter (Cryptosporidium, Giardia). There are two types of these filters — "absolute 1 micron" filters and "nominal 1 micron" filters but not all filters that are supposed to remove objects 1 micron or larger from water are the same.
Guide to Storing Water
A preparedness supply kit should include one gallon of drinking water per day per person.
What to store water in:
You can store water in food grade plastic or glass containers with tight fitting screw-on caps.
How should I treat the water for storage?
Be sure that the water you are treating is drinking-quality water to begin with. To treat water for storage, use liquid household chlorine bleach that contains 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use bleach with soaps or scents added. Add the bleach according to the list below, using a clean, uncontaminated medicine dropper.
Stir the water and allow it to stand for 30 minutes. Chlorine should be detectable by odor after the 30 minute waiting period. If the water does not smell like chlorine at that point, repeat the dose and let it stand another 15 minutes. Place caps on containers and attach labels describing the contents and when each was prepared.
Where should I store the water and for how long?
There appears to be more than just water in our water supply. Everything from pharmaceuticals, to poisons metals, to deadly chemicals. What's in your water supply? Check here. To the right, on the linked page, is a box asking for your zip. Fill in the appropriate blanks to find out what is in your water supply.
It's amazing to find out what you're taking a shower in, or cooking your pasta...You can always use a water filter. As long as you regularly keep the filter changed, your run-of-the-mill activated carbon filter (think Brita) filter will get rid of or reduce lots of those pesky additions like: Bad tastes and odors, including chlorine. A standard 53-certified filters also can substantially reduce many hazardous contaminants, including heavy metals such as copper, lead and mercury; disinfection byproducts; parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium; pesticides; radon; and volatile organic chemicals such as methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE), dichlorobenzene and trichloroethylene (TCE)
In my next post I'll give a break down which water filters can protect you the best, because they're not all the same.
But if you ever find yourself in a "Boil Alert" or "Boil Water Alert Advisory", those filters wont work. Boiling water from 3-5 minutes is your only sure bet to kill off any harmful bacteria like the Cryptosporidium. This nasty critter is the cause of most water born illnesses. Some filters remove them, but boiling water is the only sure way to protect yourself from this bugger. But boiling doesn't take out harmful metals or toxins. You would then need to send your boiled water through an appropriate filter.
I have an ultra high sensitivity to the taste of water. The only water I have ever tasted, that did not taste funny, is Fiji Water. It is especially easy to taste the 'funniness' of water is when it's warm.
But during a Boil Alert, it's good to realize all the water coming out of the pipes, is contaminated.
Although chemicals (e.g., bleach) are sometimes used for disinfecting small volumes of drinking water for household use, Cryptosporidium is poorly inactivated by chlorine or iodine disinfection. Cryptosporidium can be removed from water by filtering through a reverse osmosis filter, an "absolute one micron" filter, or a filter certified to remove Cryptosporidium under NSF International Standard #53 or #58 for either "cyst removal" or "cyst reduction." However, unlike boiling or distilling, filtering as just described will not eliminate other potential disease-causing microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. Ultraviolet light treatment of water is not effective against Cryptosporidium at normally-used levels.
Links to official sites:
Articles to read:
Drugs in Our Drinking Water?
U.S. Must Rethink Policies on Water Supply
Pharmaceuticals in Our Water Supply Are Causing Bizarre Mutations to Wildlife
What the Frack is in That Water?
First of all, let me just state, a majority of scientists say both occurrences are a slow gradual process. I think they are just saying that to not alarm anyone. I honestly think they don’t know. How could they? They weren’t around when the last one happened. They can see “what” happened on a certain date by examining soil sediments and rocks, but honestly they couldn’t tell if it took place over 30 days or 30 seconds.
So in this blog I’ll go over what occurred during these extraordinary events. But the speed in which it happened is still to be determined.
Precluded By Increasing Cataclysmic Weather Activity on Earth
It is said by some geologists and scientists that 11,500 years ago a deadly cycle happened and this is the point at which this cycle will happen again where another ice age will come back. It is said there are increased cataclysmic type occurrences when these cycles happen. Whether this 11,500 year cycle is true or not is unknown, but one thing is for certain, drastic Earth disasters are occurring more often and closer together.
In the past 200 years,
It definitely seems as if the Earth is shifting for some reason or another.
Effects of a pole shift
The effects of the pole shift may have some terrible results in a short period, or perhaps it will be gentle and take a hundred years to take place if it happens in a long period. Since human beings have never been through a pole shift that they know of in recorded history, no one really knows how a pole shift is going to work or what the results will be.
If a pole shift does take place, it is said that the axis and magnetism of Earth will be changed, the poles will flip and reverse so that the south pole will have a positive magnetic charge instead of a negative magnetic charge, and the north pole will have a negative magnetic charge instead of the positive magnetic charge it now has.
It is believed that it is possible the Earth's magnetic field could drop to 0, especially during a pole shift, and no one really knows what would happen if that occurs. A few things that are definitely going to happen if the Earth's magnetic field drops to 0 is that;
This weakening of the Earth's magnetic field has been happening for 2000 years, some scientists say. In the past 20 years the magnetic field has become erratic and unstable and the equipment for airplanes actually had to be readjusted for this change in the Earth's magnetic field behavior. But if the magnetic field of the Earth suddenly changed, and this does naturally occur every 250,000 years or so, the consequences would be fascinating. For life, we can see from the fossil record that the past field changes had no significant effect on living organisms. Geophysicists have begun to notice a decline in the strength of the Earth's magnetic field, suggesting a precursor that the next field reversal epoch may be about to start.
After Noah's flood, in the Bible God told Noah that the Earth will be destroyed by fire next time it is destroyed. Could solar radiation be how that happens? Or perhaps even a solar plasma cloud, which some say is another way that it is possible for the sun to fry the Earth in an instant. A solar plasma cloud is literally a piece of the sun that breaks off and shoots into space, and it would fry anything it touches. Some say that the sun has spewed solar plasma clouds off into space before and fortunately the Earth wasn't in its path.
Why do people believe in a 2012 Pole Shift?
Pole shifts are cyclic occurrences on the Earth and the cycles are natural. This is something that happens to the Earth naturally through cosmic cycles that happen like clockwork when looked at from the perspective of celestial events. Spiritual texts in some traditions suggest that these pole reversals happen every 26,000 years and that the north and south pole have switched before more than once. In Hindu texts these cycles are called Yugas. Even the Bible says in Isaiah 24:1, "Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down." The Mayans also have records and legends of such occurrences. Somewhere in humanity's innate knowledge, this information is within and is recorded in a way that could be taken quite literally in light of today's challenges with the possible 2012 polar shift. Scientific proof and evidence shows that there have been pole reversals before on Earth as well.
It is a natural cycle when Earth goes above and below the galactic equator every 26,000 years. It takes 26,000 years for our solar system to make one full orbit around the galactic center. Each time it does this it goes through the galactic equator and the Earth's poles reverse. This happens back and forth every 26,000 years.
NASA has verified that there is now positive magnetism energy appearing in the south pole, which is normally supposed to be in the north pole only. The South pole is supposed to only have a negative magnetic charge. In the past 150 years, there has been a migration between the north and south poles and their respective magnetic charges of positive and negative magnetic reversal. Another thing that NASA has observed is that the sun literally reverses its poles every 11 years at the peak of each sunspot cycle. The solar pole shift will happen again in 2012 exactly. There is some concern about the extra solar activity that will be happening in the sun during this cycle, solar cycle 24, but there is some comfort in the fact that 2012 is just another normal time for the solar cycle to happen. It is natural.
Yet, if the 2012 polar shift is drastic, than everyone will have serious challenges in surviving it.
The “when” appears to have been 1993. The why, seems a little convoluted to me. It appears the FDA approved nationwide to feed milk cows a steroid hormone called rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), also known as rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin). FDA allows the use of the protein hormone rbGH to increase milk production in dairy cattle. Thus, hormones can increase the profitability of the meat and dairy industries. Because rBGH use results in more cases of diseaese, dairy farmers tend to use more antibiotics to combat the infections, the residues of which also may end up in milk and dairy products. These residues can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals and contribute to the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria, further undermining the efficacy of some antibiotics in fighting human infections. Furthermore, recent research has shown conclusively that the levels of a hormone called “insulin-like growth factor-1″ (IFG-1) are elevated in dairy products produced from cows treated with rBGH. Canadian and European regulators have found that the FDA completely failed to consider a study that showed how the increased IGF-1 in rBGH milk could survive digestion and make its way into the intestines and blood stream of consumers. These findings are significant because numerous studies now demonstrate that IGF-1 is an important factor in the growth of cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. Let’s not even get into the pesticides used in the feed these animals eat.
Who knows what the long term affects will be of feeding growing kids these steroids. All I know is as soon as they started adding hormones and antibiotics I started getting stomach aches after I drank milk.
I can only drink certain organic milk without getting sick. And it tastes like the milk I grew up with before it was changed in 1993. I’ve tried the alternative milks, and they just don’t taste right. So if you find you can’t drink milk, but you’re fine with all other dairy products, then try organic. And FYI, not all organic brands are the same. Certain brands can give me a stomach ache, too.
Things to read
* I wanted to add: there are also some ice creams I can't eat. Certain brands I have no problem but they're typically the expensive brands, and I don't eat cheese too often. I've never had a problem with cheese though.*
Oy! Busy weekend.
I'm taking a weekend off on writing a blog.
Now just relax and watch, and become hypnotized...
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Mint Chip Ice cream, Krispy Kreme donuts, homemade pizza, pralines, Chinese chicken salad...mmmmm!