How it all began, and what is wrong with the Singapore system
FEMA informs CA that they have only 13 transgender people of color to serve them, all of whom are at a conference about post-colonial social constructs. Additionally, be careful about bathing in unfiltered water as you can easily absorb more toxins by breathing in a hot shower than you can by drinking tap water all day long. I discuss elsewhere details of the many concerns I have with the way fluoridation opponents present their evidence, but I included a specific example below that contrasts two recently published studies to illustrate the differences between a paper that presents evidence that fluoridation does not have a negative effect on IQ and another paper used by fluoride opponents to bolster their claim that fluoridation decreases IQ. I am very hopeful that the more we can provide people with information about what's actually being found in the source water and what actions are being taken to treat it, the more people will feel confident in their drinking water and have a greater willingness to invest in their local water system. In January , the U. Water defluoridation on an urgent basis is a priority here than water fluoridation, because the prevalence and severity of dental flurorosis is very high.
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Last year, federal scientists reported 3 finding traces of 18 unregulated contaminants in one-third of the water samples collected from 25 municipal utilities across the US, including perfluorinated compounds like PFOA.
So besides making sure you're drinking enough, another very important consideration is the type of water you drink. Many instinctively reach for bottled water, but there are many reasons to avoid this option.
BPA and BPS are estrogen-mimicking chemicals linked to reproductive defects, learning and behavioral problems, immune dysfunction, and prostate and breast cancer. Phthalates are also endocrine disruptors, and have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive effects, as well as liver cancer.
Bottled water also costs about 1, times the price of regular tap water, and may or may not have received any additional treatment. Studies have shown that 40 percent of bottled water is actually regular tap water with possibly no additional filtering treatment. While the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA requires large public water supplies to test for contaminants several times a day, the Food and Drug Administration FDA requires private bottlers to test for contaminants only once a week, once a year, or once every four years, depending on the contaminant.
One independent test 4 performed by the Environmental Working Group EWG in revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water. Each of the 10 tested brands contained an average of eight chemicals. Disinfection byproducts DBPs , caffeine, Tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals, arsenic, and bacteria were all detected.
Fluoride is also usually present in both tap water and filtered bottled water. Many bottled waters actually make a point of adding fluoride back into the water, so if you are drinking bottled water, make sure it's fluoride-free.
Last but not least, plastic bottles also cause enormous environmental problems because of the sheer volume of plastic waste they create; the lack of adequate recycling capability for plastics; and the amount of oil required to manufacture them. The answer to all these health- and environmental issues is to minimize or eliminate your use of plastic water bottles. The most economical and environmentally sound choice you can make is to purchase and install a water filter for your home. And, in lieu of plastic bottles, use reusable glass water bottles instead, which have a much smaller ecological footprint.
The very best water, however, comes from a natural gravity-fed spring. I do not recommend drinking distilled water on a regular basis. The ideal pH of your water should be between 6. What you want is pure water that is clean, pH balanced, and "alive.
Mountain spring water is ideal. Not only does it have a healthy pH, but it's also "structured" in a way that is not well understood. I've previously interviewed Dr. Gerald Pollack on this subject. He's one of the leading research scientists in the world when it comes to understanding the physics of water, and what it means to your health. His book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor , clearly explains the theory of the fourth phase of water, which is nothing short of ground-breaking.
The fourth phase of water is, in a nutshell, living water. It's referred to as EZ water —EZ standing for "exclusion zone"—which has a negative charge. This water can hold energy, much like a battery, and can deliver energy, too.
This is the kind of water your cells contain; even your extracellular tissues are filled with EZ water, which is why he believes it's so important to drink structured water for optimal health. I drink vortexed water nearly exclusively as I became a big fan of Viktor Schauberger, who did much pioneering work on vortexing about a century ago. Pollack confirms that by creating a vortex in a glass of water, you're putting more energy into it, thereby increasing EZ.
Water from deep sources, such as deep spring water, is an excellent choice as EZ water is also created under pressure. As an added boon, collecting spring water is usually free—you just need to bring your own jugs.
I recommend using glass jugs instead of plastic, for all the reasons discussed earlier. As more people are becoming aware of the health dangers of soda, the beverage industry has created a whole new breed of "healthy" beverages—so called "functional" and enhanced waters , fortified with everything from vitamins and minerals to electrolytes, oxygen, fiber, and even protein.
But if you take a closer look at the labels, you'll discover they're spiking your punch with a lot of unsavory ingredients, many capable of wreaking havoc on your metabolism, hormones, and other physiological processes.
Many contain loads of sugar, making them no better than soda For occasions when you do want a dash of flavor, simply add some fresh lemon or lime juice to your water. As noted in a previous Huffington Post article, 6 lemon water has over a dozen health benefits, from easing constipation and urinary tract infections, to boosting your immune system, cleansing your liver, and improving your skin.
Sliced cucumbers can also add a refreshing twist. If you want a touch of sweetness, add some natural Stevia or Luo Han Guo , which are among the safest sugar substitutes.
Alternatively, simply add a drop or two of natural peppermint extract or a few crushed mint leaves from your herb garden. If you want an electrolyte type "sports drink," try coconut water, which is a rich natural source of potassium and electrolytes.
Look for one that has no additives. Or choose a fresh, young coconut and harvest it yourself. There's no doubt that you need pure water for optimal health. Simply swapping out all the sweetened, bottled beverages you indulge in for pure water can go a long way toward improving your health—and your weight. The amount, however, is something you need to fine tune based on your individual circumstances.
Remember to listen to your body. Thirst is an obvious signal that it's high time to replenish your fluids. Fatigue and moodiness can also indicate you need to drink more water. Probably the best way to gauge your water needs however, is to observe the color of your urine, and how frequently you urinate. On average, a healthy number of bathroom visits is around seven or eight per day, and you want the color of your urine to be a light, pale yellow. The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dr.
Mercola, unless otherwise noted. You can track how much water your dog is drinking by refilling your dog's water bowl at approximately the same time each day with the same exact amount of water. Then, subtract the amount that was left in the bowl after 24 hours in order to get an estimate of how much water your dog consumed. Make sure your dog only has access to water in the water bowl. It is not unusual for some dogs to like to drink from the toilet bowl or from dripping faucets!
Some may also decide to drink from puddles or water dripping from a leaky gutter. Do not try to restrict your dog's access to water, even if it is excessive. This can lead to dehydration. Generally, dog owners are the best predictors of the development of any unusual drinking patterns. If you know on average how much your dog drinks usually and you find yourself filling up the water bowl more and more without finding a good reason for it, it's a good idea to play it safe and have your dog seen by a veterinarian.
There are several factors that may be leading to your dog's increased thirst — here are some of the most common ones that may stem from non-medical issues. Running through them may help you rule out benign or behavioral causes as opposed to ones that are symptoms of medical conditions. However, if your dog is drinking a lot of water as well as displaying other symptoms like vomiting, shaking, bloating, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems, you'll probably want to see the vet.
If your dog has been drinking more than usual and it's not that hot outside, your dog's activity level is the same as always, they aren't eating particularly salty foods e. Your best bet is to have your dog examined by a veterinarian just to be on the safe side since excess thirst can be a sign of serious underlying medical issues.
Your vet will get at the root cause of your dog's increased thirst so the issue can be targeted properly. In the next paragraph, we will take a look at some medical causes of increased drinking in dogs. There are several conditions that may cause polydipsia in dogs.
Notice how in many cases, the increased desire to drink is often a reaction to the accumulation of harmful substances in the body. Yes, dogs get diabetes too even though they aren't that crazy about eating sweets. Dogs may get two types of diabetes: Diabetes mellitus is far more common than insipidus in dogs. Affected dogs may lose weight despite having a good appetite and they may drink more and urinate more. Thirst and increased drinking is caused by high blood glucose levels and the body's attempt to decrease their concentration.
Your dog may also be lethargic, have sweet-smelling or fruity breath, vomit, have cataracts or blindness, and have chronic skin infections. If your dog has either type of diabetes, it will need to be treated in order to regulate its blood sugar levels. Your vet will be able to do testing and advise on the right course of action. When kidney failure takes place, these bean-shaped organs are no longer able to remove waste and concentrate urine.
This causes a need for more and more water to excrete waste. Affected dogs will increase their consumption of water to prevent toxins from accumulating in the bloodstream, but unfortunately, a point will arrive where no amount of water will suffice to decrease the build-up of toxins. A variety of things can cause kidney failure, which can be either sudden e. Other signs of kidney problems in your dog are depression, listlessness, and loss of or decrease in appetite.
You should see a vet, who will conduct tests and be able to advise on what to do based on the underlying condition. The liver is an amazing organ that has the capability to regenerate when it's damaged, but only up to a certain point. According to Vet Info, the liver fails and can no longer regenerate if more than 70 percent of it is damaged. Because the liver can no longer assimilate toxins, they end up in the dog's body, which may react with increased drinking to prevent them from accumulating in the bloodstream.
The dog may also appear jaundiced, with the eyes, tongue, or gums appearing yellow from the accumulation of bilirubin, and there may also be weight loss. Other symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, and changes in stool color. The dog may also develop fluid retention in the abdomen called ascites which can cause weight gain. See a veterinarian for diagnostics and treatment which will vary depending on the underlying condition.
Typically found in older dogs, this condition occurs because of excessive cortisol circulating in the bloodstream. Affected dogs drink excessively, urinate excessively, and even may develop incontinence. Dogs may also have a ravenous appetite, their abdomen have a pot-bellied appearance, and exhibit hair loss or other skin problems.
The excessive drinking in this case may be the body's reaction to prevent too much cortisol from accumulating in the body. Symptoms of Cushing's disease tend to happen gradually and may even seem like a normal part of the aging process. Treatment is available for this disorder. Your vet can advise after conducting diagnostic tests. This condition is triggered by the immune system which damages the adrenal glands, causing them to produce too few hormones that are responsible for maintaining the balance of sodium, potassium, and water.
Though increased drinking and urination are rarely the primary symptoms, according to Dr Mark Peterson and Dr. Peter Kintzer , they have been reported in some cases.
In this case, the increased thirst and urination may be the body way of dealing with unbalanced electrolytes. Any dog can get this disease, though it's most often found in young to middle-aged female dogs. Other symptoms include weight loss, lethargy, and muscle weakness. Since the disease is not too common, other conditions will likely be ruled out before testing for Addison's. In this condition, too much calcium is being produced in the dog's body.
The dog's kidneys perceive these high calcium levels and attempt to flush them out in urine, causing increased thirst and urination.
However, in time, calcium buildup in the kidneys may promote kidney failure. Causes of hypercalcemia include tumors, Addison's disease, and vitamin D poisoning, though sometimes a real cause cannot be found.
At times, increased thirst behaviors may stem from a behavioral problem instead of a medical one. This can be seen in dogs that were neglected and then drink excessively when water is presented as a form of compensation, and soon, the behavior becomes a habit.
Dogs who compete over resources may drink the whole water bowl just to prevent access to other dogs, and dogs that are stressed may drink water as a displacement behavior. When a dog's body temperature rises, its body is trying to fight off the illness.
With a high temperature though, cells are depleted from vital water. In humans, sweating is often seen with a fever. In contrast, when dogs have a fever, they may pant and get dehydrated. This may trigger increased thirst. It's important to ensure the dog stays well-hydrated and that a cause for the fever is identified and steps are taken to lower it.
It's quite normal for dogs to feel thirsty after a bout of vomiting or diarrhea or both. It's the body's natural way to re-hydrate itself. In the case of vomiting though, owners must be careful not to allow the dog to gulp up too much water at once, This could further upset the stomach in the delicate phase of recovery and cause more vomiting.
Ice cubes are a good way to allow the dog to re-hydrate slowly. These are actually only a few of the many health conditions that may be causing your dog's thirst. It may be quite frustrating to sort through all the possible medical causes and several diagnostic exams may be needed at times in order to go to the direct culprit.
In most cases, however, a blood chemistry panel, urinalysis and complete blood cell count will suffice to rule out several conditions and confirm the potential cause. Can any of these diseases you mentioned as a cause for a dog to be drinking a lot of water, be found in doing blood work?
My dog is fourteen-years-old and is drinking a lot more than usual. They also have an increased appetite, yet losing weight, and now has yellow eyes. What could this be? The yellow eyes may point to jaundice, which can be caused by a liver issue or red blood cell destruction.
Have your vet do blood work to find the underlying cause of the clinical signs you are seeing. My dog is a 2-pound teacup chihuahua and is four-years-old.
She is drinking excessive amounts of water and has a fever and getting skinnier. What should we do, or can do, before seeing the vet? My dog is also drinking lots of water, shivering, and lethargic. There is also some vomiting. I am so sorry your dog is feeling unwell. It sounds like digestive upset, but at this age, it can be so many things!
I suggest seeing your vet for proper diagnosis and treatment. Some dogs shiver when they are having pain, and it may likely be abdominal pain if your dog vomited and also lost his appetite. Drinking more can also be a way to recuperate fluids lost through vomiting.
However, if you read the article, there are several causes for increased drinking so you may want to have your vet rule them out to play it safe. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. My mother's 16 year old just passed away 2 days at her vet appointment of a grand mal seizure. Two years prior to her death she started drinking massive bowls of water it seems like she couldn't get enough. The vet thought it was age related because her labs were good as well as her ekg and chest xray.
Then she start drinking the toliet bowel dry. When it was flushed she would drain it dry again. When it snow she would eat the snow off the walkway or the lawn. So back to the vet to get all normal test back again.
Then this year 2 months ago she started passing out but not knowing why and the vet couldn't give a diagnosis with seeing what was stated. So we would bring her home again.