In the United States, we have access to water that is cleaner than the vast majority of the rest of the world. Despite all of this technology and our water treatment systems for public water we still have issues with water contamination. Both municipal drinking water systems and private well fed by groundwater are at risk of contamination. Our systems are corrected to meet new public health risks, but inevitably there are gaps in our protection that can allow harmful contamination to occur. Ingesting high quantities of contaminated drinking water can have a dramatic effect on our health and well being. Recent reports have connected an increase in food allergies to a heightened level of pesticides in some drinking water. Let’s take a closer look at this issue and how the connection is made.
Elevated Levels of Dichlorophenols
A recent study was published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This is a scientific publication released by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). The study found that there were elevated levels of dichlorophenols found in tested samples of drinking water. Dichlorophenols is a chemical that is found in certain pesticides and used to chlorinate drinking water to disinfect it. When dichlorophenols are found in people, it is often associated with the presence of food allergies. The pesticides, in this case, are GMO in nature and there is growing evidence of a health risk relating to their use and their relationship with chlorinated water supplies. The results have been higher incidences of food allergies and associated gastrointestinal issues.
What is the Scale of the Problem?
Currently, there are 15 million people affected by allergic reactions to food, and this number is on the rise. How much of this increase is caused by dichlorophenols is unknown at this time, but it could be at least partially to blame. Dichlorophenols are used in various applications because it has an antibacterial effect, but high levels of usage can lead to a lack of food tolerance. Some other health effects include: renal failure, liver damage, fatality and harmful effects on other organs in our bodies. The study was carried out on 10,348 participants in a 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It was found that 2,548 had dichlorophenols levels in their urine samples and of these 2,211 people were entered into the study group. It was discovered that 411 participants have food allergies and 1.016 had some kind of environmental allergy.
What Does This Mean for Your Water Safety?
At the moment it appears that there is no definitive information from the governmental agencies on how to proceed with this new information. Many people are now taking their drinking water safety into their own hands and installing a variety of water treatment systems. A whole house system can remove organic and inorganic contaminants down to 0.0001 microns in diameter. This will make your water clean for drinking, bathing and cleaning purposes.
By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)