"Every system in your body depends on water. Its roles are impressive. Water regulates your body temperature, removes wastes, carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, cushions your joints, helps prevent constipation, lessens the burden on your kidneys and liver by helping flush some of the toxins, and helps dissolve vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to your body."
Water: A Drink to Your Health
"Besides helping your body run smoothly, some evidence shows that water helps prevent certain diseases. People who have had kidney stones often can prevent further stones from forming by drinking lots of fluid. One study found that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day had a risk of colon cancer that was 45 percent less than those who drank two or fewer glasses a day."
What Is Your Thirst Telling You?
"As is often the case with your health, it's best to start with the obvious: Your thirst tells you to drink. For healthy people under normal circumstances, thirst is a reliable mechanism to indicate the body's need for more fluid. However, your thirst doesn't tell you exactly what to drink. It just tells you that you're thirsty."
Waiting to Get Thirsty Is to Die Prematurely and Very Painfully
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
Articles on Dehydration
Is Your Drinking Water Safe?
by Keith Mulvihill
"The EPA recommends that at least five million people consider avoiding tap water entirely: those who are infected with HIV, cancer patients on chemotherapy drugs, and organ-transplant recipients taking immunosuppressive drugs."
Can You Drink It?
by Jim Slama
Arsenic in Drinking Water
from Natural Resources Defense Council
"According to a 1999 study by the National Academy of Sciences, arsenic in drinking water causes bladder, lung and skin cancer, and may cause kidney and liver cancer. The study also found that arsenic harms the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems. It also may cause birth defects and reproductive problems."
Chemical in Drinking Water May Create Thyroid Problems
by Mary J. Shomon
"Drinking water that has been contaminated with small amounts of perchlorate - a chemical that is used in the manufacture of rockets, missiles and fireworks, among other products - may be the reason behind higher-than-normal thyroid hormone levels being identified in some newborns in Arizona."
Early Death Comes from Drinking Distilled Water
by Zoltan P. Rona, M.D.
"Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes."
Minimum Magnesium Standard for Drinking and Bottled Water Would Save 150,000 Lives Annually
by Bill Sardi
"A small group of mineral water bottlers is pressuring the Food & Drug Administration to establish a minimum standard for magnesium levels in drinking water, a move that scientists confirm would save hundreds of thousands of lives annually and reduce health care costs by billions of dollars."
Rachel's Environment & Health
Pesticides and Aggression
"For the past 25 years, tens of millions of Americans in hundreds of cities and towns have been drinking tap water that is contaminated with low levels of insecticides, weed killers, and artificial fertilizer. They not only drink it, they also bathe and shower in it, thus inhaling small quantities of farm chemicals and absorbing them through the skin."
Drugs In The Water
"Pharmaceutical drugs given to people and to domestic animals --including antibiotics, hormones, strong pain killers, tranquilizers, and chemotherapy chemicals given to cancer patients --are being measured in surface water, in groundwater, and in drinking water at the tap."
Environmental Working Group
What's in Your Water?
Farm Runoff, Chlorination Byproducts, and Human Health
"At least ten major peer-reviewed epidemiological studies have shown elevated risks of birth defects and miscarriages for women drinking chlorinated tap water. In addition, the U.S. EPA has estimated that chlorination byproducts cause up to 9,300 cases of bladder cancer nationwide every year."
Chlorine in Water
Chlorine, Cancer and Heart Disease
"No one will argue that chlorine serves an important purpose, and that the hazards of doing away with chlorine are greater than or equal to the related health risks. The simple truth is that chlorine is likely here to stay. The idea that we could do away with chlorine any time in the near future is just not realistic. It is also clear that chlorine represents a very real and serious threat to our health, and should be removed in our homes, at the point of use, both from the water we drink and the water we shower in."
The Dangers of Chlorine
Interview with Stephen Ashkin, Director of Product Development and Environmental Affairs at Seventh Generation, a manufacturer of green, non-toxic cleaning products.
Water-Treatment Byproduct Linked to Cancer in Rats
"The new study is showing that yet another one of the common byproducts of using chlorine in our drinking water appears to be linked to cancer," said Erik Olson of the National Resources Defense Council.
Breast Cancer and the Environment: The Chlorine Connection
by Megan Williams
Greenpeace "argues that chlorine-based compounds -- that basis of plastics, pesticides, and paper bleaching -- make a significant contribution to malignant tumors in the breast."
Are Shower Filters Necessary And Beneficial?
Editorial by Charles Strand
"The health hazards from absorption and inhalation of chemicals while showering have been heavily documented."
Articles by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Chlorinated Water Can Affect Cancer Risk
"Lifetime consumption of chlorinated tap water can more than double the risk of bladder and rectal cancers in certain individuals."
Chlorinated Water Linked To Birth Defects In Norway
"Chlorination of surface water to make it into drinking water may raise risks for birth defects, according to results of a study conducted in Norway."
Exposure to Chlorinated Water May Increase Risk of Stillbirth
"COMMENT: There is virtually no reason why anyone should drink chlorinated tap water. Chlorine does an outstanding job of decreasing the infectious agents in water. It is very similar to the bag that you place your vegetables in on the way home from the store. The bag serves a useful purpose, just like the chlorine, but you will not eat the bag once you are ready to eat the produce. You will of course discard it. This is exactly what one should do with the chlorine."
Government Should Pressure Industry to Limit Chlorine's Use
by Nicholas Regush (ABCNews.com)
"But a policy to switch even gradually from chlorine-based manufacturing to alternative methods would be a dead-on assault on the chemical industry which has shown itself to be powerfully -- and skillfully -- entrenched against such thinking."
Articles by Leo Galland, M.D.
Eating Safely in a Polluted World: Part I
You Don't Have to Choose between Microbes and Chemicals!
Eating Safely in a Polluted World: Part II
Maintain a Safe Supply of Food and Drink
Eating Safely in a Polluted World: Part III
Hazards of Organochlorines
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Environmental Working Group
Natural Resources Defense Council
Bottled Water Web
Healthy Water Association
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Joshua I. Barzilay, M.D. et al., The Water We Drink: Water Quality and Its Effects on Health
Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water
Colin Ingram, The Drinking Water Book: A Complete Guide to Safe Drinking Water