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I did this to my water, you won’t believe what I found

By Jess Lewis | Gathering of Minds

tap water after distilling

On the right is pure distilled water. On the left is what I removed from just 6 litres of water after using a water distiller. I made a white mark with a cotton bud so you can see how thick it is. Its thick like clay.

I have put together a resource guide with full scientific links. Hope you enjoy the article.

Do you ever think about how many times we use water in a day?

It is in our tea, our coffee, the list goes on. We use it so much, and we never think about just exactly what is in tap water. We assume that it is safe because it has been processed by our local water company.  We never question the purity of tap water unless there has been a recent warning or an article in the newspaper suggesting that it isn’t safe to drink.

However, we shouldn’t be so complacent.  We already know that the water company adds chemicals to our drinking water when they are processing it for consumption. Are these chemicals safe?  The answer from scientific research seems to say no.

Tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms but it starts out purified in the beginning. The Planet is a huge distiller.

The condensation goes from the water to the clouds and back down to the ground – pollution is collected by the water along the way. The water contains billions of bacteria and microbes. Fish and other marine life live, die and decompose in the water.

Take for instance the chlorine that is added to tap water to rid it of bacteria and germs.  Studies (See below) have shown that the chlorine may interact with other chemicals that may be present in the water that we drink (See Chlorine below)  When it does, it can make those other chemicals even more toxic.

In our effort to insure the purity of tap water, could we actually be making it more dangerous to drink?

Another thing to consider, is that the water that comes out of our faucets is not 100 % pure to begin with. The government allows a certain amount of drugs and other chemicals to be in our drinking water.  As long as our tap water meets these established guidelines and ppm, it is considered to be safe to drink.

But is it?

Do we really know what the long term effects of consuming these drugs and chemicals will be in the future?  Some studies suggest that water that has been polluted by drugs may already be harmful. You can read some of the studies I have pulled up, but there are hundreds.

So what can we do?  We have some choice.

Water Distilling for me is by far the best way to remove ALL impurities and the Megahome water distiller is the best around for me. It works by heating the water and converting it to steam which is then cooled down back into water – pure water. A lot of people say its bad as it removes the mineral content. For a start water should only have two elements to it anyway – Hydrogen and Oxygen! Anything else is a by product of what its gathered along the way.

We get very little mineral content from water, in fact hardly any at all. Our minerals come from food so I don’t think it matters. If you are worried about you can also remineralise your water. I think its best to have everything out, rather than leaving any of the crap in it.

We’re learning about very resistant pathogens in the water. They are very difficult to kill so you need strong disinfectants. These chemicals may ultimately cause cancer over a lifetime. So they question is, would you rather have diarrhoea today or cancer tomorrow’ Carol Sisco for Capital Connections  Eva Nieminski PhD in Environmental Engineering who was working at over 50 water treatments plants in Utah.

Did you know?

Did you know that tap water conducts electricity? Pure water that’s been distilled does not!! There’s something in the water making it conduct.

Think about all the chemicals we come into contact with daily – in our food, cleaning products, beauty products. We truly are a chemical society. Water helps to flush the body of toxins, dead cells and anything that will break the body down. But what if the body is too burdened with toxins, the digestive system is running low and can’t eliminate the toxins efficiently and then we flood the body with water laden with chemicals?

Typical Tap Water Content:

  • Chlorine
  • Fluorine compounds
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs)
  • Salts of:
    • arsenic
    • radium
    • aluminium
    • copper
    • lead
    • mercury
    • cadmium
    • barium
    • Sodium silicofluoride
    • Calcium hydroxide
    • Aluminium sulphate
    • Fluorosilicic acid
    • Hormones
    • Nitrates
    • Pesticides

    There are around 80 chemicals added to the UK Water. You can check what is in your water by visiting your local water company website and downloading the report.

    I downloaded Thames Water and Northumbrian Water. You can read them below.

    Northumbrian Water W101

    Thames Water  2013 Water report Kilburn

    Water Hardness

    Dr Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic says

    ”Water hardness (inorganic minerals in solution) is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poison in the intestinal tract. These hard minerals pass from the intestinal walls and get into the lymphatic system which delivers all of its products to the blood, which in turn, distributes to all parts of the body. This is much of the cause of the human disease’

    Dr Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic


    Chlorine bleach in the form of chlorine dioxide. When chlorine enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing, or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce acids trihalomethanes (THMs). The acids are corrosive and damage cells in the body on contact.

    THM compounds are known to cause miscarriages, still births, birth defects and more, scientific research has discovered (See references)

    “Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. While it prevented epidemics of one disease, it was creating another. Two decades ago, after the start of chlorinating our drinking water in 1904, the present epidemic of heart trouble, cancer and senility began.” 

    Dr. J. M. Price


    Aluminium is reported to influence more than 200 biologically important reactions and to cause various adverse effects on the central nervous system. These studies suggest that Aluminium has adverse effects on human memory and causes dementia when it enters the brain.

    Kidney disease patients who are exposed to high levels of aluminium in dialysis fluids and medications, develop dialysis encephalopathy, a progressive form of dementia characterised by speech and behavioural changes, tremors, convulsions, and psychosis.

    Most experts agree that high levels of aluminium in dialysis fluids and medications are responsible for the dementia, and controlling these levels of aluminium significantly reduces the incidence of this disease.

    Aluminium has also been associated with severe diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Intake of large amounts of aluminium can also cause anaemia, osteomalacia (brittle or soft bones), glucose intolerance, and cardiac arrest in humans.

    See references below


    Fluoride in drinking water was originally added in the 1940s to prevent tooth decay. Recent scientific research on fluoride has revealed that the chemical is presently viewed as a potentially lethal chemical poison.

    Research is also linking fluoride to increased risk of cancer (particularly bone cancer) gene mutations reproductive problems neurotoxicity (hyper or depressed activity) bone fluorosis (decreasing density).

    In fact, in 1999, the EPA’s Headquarters Union of Scientists took a stand opposing fluoridation of drinking water supplies.

Check out this short video with Dr Johnathan Foreman, a Physician of Columbus, Ohio. He was originally trained as a Pathologist who studies Microscopic anatomy of diseased tissues. This video, shown in time lapse, shows how Fluoride does damage to the cells in ALL parts of the body. Scientists warned that more tests should be done on Fluoride.

    • The FDA approved fluoridated toothpaste as a drug for topical application as in toothpaste; but NOT for swallowing. In fact, toothpaste tubes are printed with a ‘do not swallow’ warning.

    • The FDA NEVER studied fluoride ingestion, in any form, for adverse health effects to discover if it does really reduce tooth decay. They looked at areas which we fluoridated but no actual testing was done –

“Extensive studies over the past 50 years have established that individuals whose drinking water is fluoridated show a reduction in dental caries. Although the comparative degree of measurable benefit has been reduced recently as other fluoride sources have become available in non-fluoride areas, the benefits of water fluoridation are still clearly evident.”

Read more here.

The fluoride used for water fluoridation does not have FDA approval and is considered by the FDA as an “unapproved drug” The proper use of any drug requires an understanding of how much is too much.

Since fluoride is already in many foods and beverages, an estimated total intake of existing fluoride amounts is imperative.

Research shows fluoridation is unnecessary since we’re already receiving 300% or more of the American Dental Association’s recommended daily amount.

After reviewing 27 of the human IQ studies, a team of Harvard scientists concluded that ‘Fluoride’s effect on the young brain should now be a “high research priority’

“If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing…”

Dr. J. William Hirzy, E.P.A.

By Jess Lewis

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A Bibliography of Scientific Literature on Fluoride. Scientific studies on the Brain, Bones, Cancer, Thyroid, Kidneys, Gastointestinal Disorders, Reproductive Disorders, Birth Defects, the Immune System, Tooth Decay and more 

100’s of recent studies (2014) of Fluoride as a neurotoxin



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