March 22 is World Water Day.
On this day, all eyes will be transferred overseas.
The number of people lacking clean drinking water was 1 billion.
Few Americans realize that the world water crisis is not a big blow to the United States. if we don\'t act as soon as possible, its devastating impact will be irreversible.
But fortunately, something meaningful is being done this year.
Starting with World Water Day, an amazing new award --
The award-winning documentary \"Tapped\" will be 30-day cross-
To raise awareness of the water crisis in the United States and free the public from dependence on bottled water, the United States made a national trip.
However, this is just a \"drop\" of what needs to be done \".
While 90% of people in the United States have access to clean drinking water, the remaining 10% live in a situation similar to the third. world country.
In the click reward clip provided on their website, tapped took us to a town that was only three hours away from Los Angeles, where the water was so polluted by the local farming community, residents must buy bottled water every day to cook, clean and take a bath.
They spent money on bottled water thinking they would limit exposure to toxins in tap water and didn\'t realize that only a few of us really knew what was in bottled water because there was only less than one
The FDA\'s time staff is responsible for ensuring that bottled water is safe for us.
For example, many of us have water dispensers at home and in the office. Those five-
The gallon water tank is made of a chemical called double phenol (BPA)
Originally developed as a synthetic estrogen.
Exposure to BPA is associated with breast cancer, prostate cancer, reproductive failure, heart disease, cognitive and behavioral issues, diabetes, obesity, and asthma.
A study commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control in 2007 showed that 93% of Americans had BPA in their urine.
Recent studies have shown more frightening that BPA stays in the body longer than previously thought, and infants and young children may be particularly vulnerable because they may metabolize BPA than adults
In addition, in a study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group in December, scientists found this chemical in 10 randomly selected cord blood samples.
The BPA compound is very harmful, and several states have taken care of it themselves and are now banning it: Minnesota and Connecticut have taken the lead, and there are already laws prohibiting BPA.
In the March, Wisconsin signed a law restricting the use of BPA.
Washington Governor Gregoire has a bill on her desk restricting the use of BPA, waiting for her signature.
Both houses of Maryland have passed a bill banning the use of BPA.
Governor O\'Malley is expected to sign the bill into law. MIT has gone further and is considering a ban on the use of biphenol. Including its use in baby bottles and sippy cupsYet, a powerful lobbying campaign, the active advertising campaign in the bottled water industry has convinced Americans that bottled water is safer and healthier than tap water.
So, while scientific evidence proves that the industry\'s devastating impact is greater than ever before, bottled sales are still growing in astronomical numbers.
Hello, FDA. is anyone at home?
But what about the single-
Plastic water bottle
s are provided and a lot of us take it to the gym or put it in the trunk of the car?
These plastics are made of a different type of plastic called PET or PET, which also has no harmful effects.
Scientists at Goeth University in Frankfurt found in a lab experiment in 2009 that estrogen-like compounds penetrated into water from plastics.
Martin Wagener, lead researcher for the study, and a colleague used genetically engineered yeast, which changes color in the presence of estrogen
The compounds of 20 mineral water samples were analyzed.
Take out 9 samples from glass bottles, 9 bottles with PET plastic, 2 bottles with cardboard, juicelike boxes.
The experiment revealed estrogen activity in seven and two cardboard samples from nine plastic bottles, while only three of the three samples from nine glass bottles: \"What we found was really good for us
\"If you drink water from plastic bottles, there is a good chance that you will drink estrogen compounds,\" Wagner reported . \".
Shanna Swan, an epidemiology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester in New York, summed up the problem very effectively: \"This is a good time because using bottles to consume water due to its carbon footprint, she said, it is under very bad pressure now. \".
\"It\'s just another nail in the bottled water coffin, as I can see.
\"She is referring to the fact that one is needed.
5 million barrels of oil per year is just for Americans to use plastic water bottles.
In addition to this, the energy needed to extract water, refrigerate bottles, transport bottles across the country (and the world)
According to the Pacific Research Institute, you are thinking about 50 million barrels of oil per year.
To add another nail to the coffin, a study by the Environmental Working Group found that their bottled water samples contained disinfection by-products, fertilizer residues, not surprising, and painkillers.
Where do we think all the drugs we take--
Or worse, dispose of it in our toilet. -ends up?
Back to our water supply system.
Most public water systems do not filter out drugs or drug metabolites.
In a telephone interview with director Tapped Soechtig, she was passionate about the many facts found in her documentary, including the shocking reality, that is, Americans generally do not realize that 40% of their bottled water comes from municipal supplies and suffer from or worse.
When water is packed in a plastic container, it faces the possibility of a range of other chemicals entering it.
\"In fact, we don\'t know what\'s in bottled water because it\'s actually not regulated by the FDA,\" Soechtig said . \".
According to the United Nations, by 2020,
People in their thirties in the world will not be able to access clean drinking water.
Due to economic differences, it is likely that women and children will continue to be exposed to thousands of chemicals in the water, which are virtually unregulated by governments around the world, including us.
Even in the United States, the world\'s largest economy, tap water and sewers are old and need maintenance, and Nestlé recently said that the failure of the US infrastructure will boost the sales of bottled water.
However, as mentioned earlier, 40% of bottled water comes from the municipal supply and there is no guarantee that bottled water will be safer for us.
In addition, as mentioned earlier, the plasticizer in our water and sewer is having a devastating impact on the local ecosystem.
For example, the documentary found that in Colorado, scientists found trans-sex fish, which had both male and female reproductive systems because they were exposed to estrogen
Imitate the effect of plastic.
What can we do as citizens to promote change?
Receive education and ask our local, state and federal government delegates to provide more specific water regulation and safe disposal of medication and watch educational documentaries such as Tapped.
We found it in Akasha. -
Compared to connecting to the faucet, the water cooler is less, and the water is delivered to a more pure place than bottled water through the filtration process.
We continue to educate our patients about their choices and their power as consumers.
We urge all of you to take a stand and not only to require more stringent regulation by the FDA, but also to find safer, greener alternatives to bottled water. Dr.
Edison de Melo is founder, executive director and partner
Director of the men\'s clinic at the California Santa Monica Arasha comprehensive medical center.
For more information, please visit www. akashacenter. com.
Quality of references and further reading.
Consider limiting the disabling of BPA.
Boston Globe, 03/10
Doyle signed a bill restricting the use of BPA.
Milwaukee outpost, 03/10
Wisconsin protects children from toxic BPA.
Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, 03/10.
Retailers are opposed to banning the use of sports bottles containing BPA.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Issue 03/04/10.
The Senate voted to ban BPA in children\'s containers.
Seattle Times, 01/29/10
Plastic chemistry related to heart disease, Science Online, September 17, 2008.
Common plastic components associated with birth defects, scientific online, April 01, 2003.
Plastic Additives in urine and blood, Science Online, April 05, 2001.