I attended a ceremony hosted by the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. These elders from tribes around the world are bringing a message to all people.
One of the messages that interested me most came from the American Indian Grandmother. She told the story of what her Great Grandfather said to her when she just a little girl. He warned, “There will come a time when you will have to know your food and know your water.”
Today, that prophetic statement couldn’t be more truthful or timely.
Water is the most essential nutrient needed for survival besides oxygen. The human body can survive for long periods of time without food, but that is not the case with water.
Water supports all functions in the body including respiration. Without water, we cannot even breathe.
Humans have thrived for centuries on pure clean drinking water supplied naturally by the earth. Today, and for the past century, our water supply has been poisoned on a daily basis. And, it is poisoned in the name of “health.”
Fluoride, a chemical added to drinking water for the purpose of medication (to prevent tooth decay) is poison. And, studies have shown that it actually does the exact opposite of what it was originally intended.
On January 7th, 2011, citing concerns about health and overexposure to fluoride, the EPA and the US Department of Health and Human Services proposed to reduce the recommended maximum level of fluoride in our water.
Why the reversal? It seems fluoride actually promotes dental fluorosis, increases bone decay and hip fracture, contributes to cancer, and thyroid disease.
Flouride also interferes with the body’s use of iodine, altering endocrine function, and disrupting the thyroid. I elaborate about the negative effects of chlorine and fluoride in my Thyroid Health DVD.
Many countries around the world have banned or rejected water fluoridation due to environmental, health and ethical concerns: China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan.
Beyond fluoride, our water supply is contaminated with prescription drugs! “A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.” 4
Egads! What can we do to protect ourselves from our tainted water supply?
For starters, good health begins by listening to the wisdom of the elders and knowing our food and water so we can make educated decisions about what we choose to put into our body on a daily basis.
I clean my water with a Berkey filter designed to remove fluoride. I actually have two filters – one directly on the tap, and then that filtered water goes into the secondary filter (Berkey), to remove the fluoride. By the time the water is double filtered it is too “clean” and actually not very healthy.
We need the minerals that naturally occur in water. Water naturally runs through rocks, mountains, and picks up minerals along the way. So, I add some minerals back into the water after it’s been filtered; a couple of pinches of sea salt and a liquid minerals supplement.
What do you do to access clean water?