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Dr. Andrew Kaufman

What Exactly Is In Our Water That Makes It Unsafe?

Our drinking water has become contaminated with an enormous amount of dangerous chemicals and parasites. Recent evidence has suggested that there is no natural water source in the world that is free of micro plastics from clothing, cosmetic and other products. Bottled and spring water offer no guarantees of safety. Even bottled distilled water may contain chemicals from the bottle itself.

Heavy metals are one group of toxins in many water sources. These include lead from old infrastructure and arsenic, which may be naturally found but is more likely a product if industrial chemicals. Chromium VI can be very toxic, especially since it might replace the essential chromium III when you are deficient in trace minerals. These metals are removed by distillation or reverse osmosis filtration.

Agricultural runoff may contain herbicides, pesticides, and parasitic organisms from factory farms that invade the groundwater. Chlorine and fluoride additives from water treatment facilities are another problem. More recently, pharmaceuticals, such as Prozac and blood pressure medications, have been found ubiquitously in western countries.

If you want to keep yourself and family safe, consider changing the water you drink. See my article on Clean Water for more information.

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Clean Water

Our drinking water has become contaminated with a plethora of noxious agents. Bottled water is no safer than tap water and may contain chemicals leeched from the plastic bottles. The only options for guaranteed safe water are distilled and reverse osmosis. There are benefits and drawbacks for each approach. However, both these technologies are substantially less expensive than bottled water over time but require a modest initial investment.


Table top distillers, such as MegaHome are very portable for people living in rental properties. It is like a large coffee maker. The water is absolutely pure and very safe. Distillation works by boiling the water off and collecting the steam, cooling and condensing it, allowing it to collect in a carafe. This process leaves behind all the impurities, including fluoride. The water should also be filtered, which is a standard component of most distillers.  The main drawback is the material left behind after the water is boiled off. Once you see that, you'll never want to drink tap water again!

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis filtration is a popular option. I use an APEC model that is installed under a sink. It takes up a bit of room but once installed allows for free flowing water from its own tap. This allows you to easily wash fruits and vegetables and fill pots for cooking. To maintain its use, you must replace some of the filter elements on an annual basis and the main RO filter every five years. While you might want a plumber for the initial installation, it is a simple procedure to replace the filter elements yourself. Reverse osmosis is technically not as effective as distillation in removing contaminants, but it is more than adequate for your health.

No matter which water you drink, don't forget to take your trace minerals.

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Trace Minerals

Before the Industrial Revolution we got adequate nutrition from the land. Modern agricultural practices with monocrops, herbicides, and nitrogen fertilizers have stripped the soil of trace minerals. Trace minerals are various metals which are utilized by our bodies to optimize our cellular physiology. They may act as co-factors or organometallic compounds for various enzymes and other proteins. For example, it is the iron in hemoglobin that binds the oxygen in our blood.

Trace minerals can help with various health concerns when properly replenished. Common maladies that may be due to a mineral deficiency include:

  • Peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the extremities)
  • Brain fog
  • Erectile dysfunction

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that tap, bottled, spring, or even mineral water has the adequate amount or spectrum of minerals. This is also true for pink and Celtic salts.

Trace minerals can also be helpful for heavy metal removal. When our bodies are deficient in trace minerals, our proteins sometimes substitute toxic metals, including lead, mercury, and aluminum. When the appropriate metals, such as molybdenum, copper, chromium, and manganese are returned, they displace the toxic metals and restore proper function. The toxic metals can then be appropriately excreted.

Fulvic acid, fulvic minerals, and shilajit are all good products to replace trace minerals. There are many good products available from a variety of retailers. When choosing a product, make sure the levels of toxic metals, such as arsenic, are well below safe levels. You can request product testing from the manufacturer to be sure.

I generally recommend shilajit since it contains a broader spectrum of minerals. It is a tar that was left behind by an ancient forest after all the organic matter decayed. It is mined form the earth in Russia and other places.

Instructions for use:
If you are using the resin/paste form of shilajit, scrape out a pea size amount (200mg) using a fork or spoon and place in a glass of water. Let it dissolve and then drink. Alternatively, you can use hot water or even mix with organic herbal tea for an earthy, hot beverage.

Update: After much research and investigation I have finally found a harvesting process I can stand behind which is locally sourced here in America. Check out my personally labeled Medicamentum Authentica brand Shilajit-Mumijo.

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