Water is a complex and mysterious substance that holds memory, sustains life and has at least four phases. Yet, water has many anomalies and there are many things about the physics, chemistry and biology of water that are not fully understood. What we do know is that water is necessary for life and connects all life on earth and forms the basic infrastructure of our bodies and the container for our consciousness. While we are 2/3rd water by mass or volume, if we count our molecules we are more than 99% water. We are also only just beginning to appreciate the marvels of microbes and realise that bacteria on our skin and in our gut are vitally important for our mental and physical health and there may be better strategies than waging war on microbes with antibiotics, disinfectants, antiseptics and pesticides.
Our drinking and bathing water commonly contains:
- Chlorine and chlorine by-products
- Bacteria, viruses and other microbes
- Volatile organic compounds and sediment
- Heavy metals and radioactive elements
- Residues and pollutants
Many residues and pollutants have recently been labelled ‘Emerging Contaminants’ (ECs) and include pharmaceuticals, personal care products, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, steroids, hormones, surfactants and surfactant metabolites, flame retardants, pesticides, industrial additives, microplastics, nanomaterials and gasoline additives.
“Emerging contaminants are synthetic or naturally occurring chemicals or any microorganisms that are not commonly monitored in the environment but have the potential to enter the environment and cause known or suspected adverse ecological and/or human health effects. . . . The threat lies in the fact that the environmental and human toxicology of most of these compounds have not yet been studied and in the fact that many of these compounds are not or cannot be tested for in municipal water systems. In addition, when these contaminants pass through drinking water treatment systems, by-products are generated whose chemical properties are as yet undetermined.”
– Emerging Contaminants
Many people who suffer with skin or gut conditions don’t realise they poison themselves every time they drink or bathe in chlorinated water. The reason chlorine is used to treat town water is because chlorine is so toxic it can kill living things at 0.2 -0.6 parts per million which is the concentration that comes out of your tap. This is meant to stop infectious outbreaks such as cholera and typhoid, yet, adding poison to water to keep you safe does not necessarily keep you healthy.