Articles by Douglas C. Hoover

What is Distilled Water?

 Why is it that water (H2O) which is the second most simple element next to oxygen (O) seems to be much too complicated for some medical doctors to figure out? Not only is water the number two simplest element, it also happens to be the most important next to oxygen for our survival, or for the Earth's survival for that matter. All living things require water to survive and without a continuous supply, the average human will perish in a few days. 

Poisoning of America 

Water is required for our bodies to produce blood, lymph, digestive juices, lubricants, bile, extracellular fluid, and cytoplasm, the fluid inside the plasma membrane. It is common knowledge that most municipal and private water supplies are severely polluted with almost everything imaginable: chlorine, trihalomethanes- 1. chloroform 2. bromoform 3. fluoroform 4. iodoform 5. chlorodibromo-methane 6. dichlorobromo-methane 7. chlorodifluoromethane (carcinogens), nitrates, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, heavy metals, even jet fuel and pharmaceuticals.  


Considering the fact that since the government established "the priority pollutant list" of 126 known cancer-causing chemicals, over 1000 chemicals have been introduced to our environment annually over the past 50 years. And there are no guidelines for what is to be considered safe levels in drinking water established for any of these, some of which can be found in every water supply in America


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Distilling The Truth- With a $10,000 Cash Offer

 It is time to separate the myths, misconceptions and outright fabricated lies about distilled water and its relationship to health and to the physiology of the human body. Distilled water is simply the most consistently pure water available anywhere and is the only regulated water on the market. 


Distilled water was the first water to be sold in supermarkets prior to the first bottled water vending machine, which was installed in Bill's IGA Grocery store in Brooklyn, Michigan in 1976. In the late 50's, 60's and 70's only distilled water was sold in stores and could be found in the household cleaning products and laundry detergent aisles -- since it was used primarily for steam irons and car batteries. Why? Because all other water except rain water and distilled contains other substances, including inorganic minerals that would build up and plug the holes of the steam iron and collect on the lead plates of the battery, shortening the battery's life.


Michigan was one of the first states to experience and recognize the serious consequences of ground water pollution as a result of the random disposal of the automobile industry's hazardous waste materials in urban rivers, streams and vacant land along country roads. At the same time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was discovering the nationwide pollution of water tables from the indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste, along with chemicals from farming, nitrates, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in addition to leaching from landfills.Clean Water? Now, three decades later, the chemicals remain in the water along with additional ones being introduced into our environment at a rate of approximately 1000 new chemicals and toxins per year. 


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Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water

 Can you believe a medical doctor made this statement? This statement by Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-known "health expert and nutritionist," can be found on the internet on the first page of search results by Googling "Distilled Water." Jim Jones advocated an early death from drinking Kool-Aid; and his flock of 900 forfeited their lives as a consequence of following his teachings and proclamations. You may consider that shocking or hard to believe, but there are millions of people who will vote for a smooth-talking presidential candidate with a charming, addictive, trusting smile and a basket full of "false promises," yet never bother to invest the time or energy to investigate his beliefs, goals, or background. They would rather accept whatever propaganda the media feeds them. After publishing his statement on the internet that drinking distilled water will kill you, Dr. Mercola also dropped the names of two other "doctors," Zoltan Rona, MD, and Pavlo Ariola, ND, who just happened to have quoted him, including many amateur "experts" in their articles, blogs and websites. None of these researchers or writers bothered doing their own research, such as:

  • Checking out Mercola's motives behind making such a ridiculous statement about pure water;
  • Researching Mercola's premise for stating, "Early death comes from drinking distilled water";
  • Seeking the opinions of renowned, respected experts from the science and the medical fields.

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Organic & Inorganic Minerals

 Most minerals found in their natural form and those found in water are primarily inorganic in form. Therefore, unless they are chelated, they cannot be absorbed by living cells. Unless they are converted through chelation, they will contribute to various ailments and diseases related to the colon, such as kidney stones, gall stones, and plaque buildup in the colon and arteries or in the joints of the body. Our bodies consist of compounds and elements derived from molecules consisting of atoms. Elements are constructed from molecules which are the building materials for compounds and consist of two or more substances such as water, H2O. Water consists of 2 molecules of hydrogen (H) and 1 molecule of oxygen (O). Another example of compounds would be vitamins. In order to understand how living organisms use nutritional minerals, you must first understand the relationship between elements and compounds, what they are, and how they function. Minerals (Nutritional) The minerals that are essential and critical for life are sometimes referred to as "major minerals" or "macro minerals" and are usually listed or presented alphabetically. Minerals make up about 4% of the body's weight. Most of our body's weight is made up of water along with organic compounds consisting of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and other "combustible" elements.


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Challenges With Carbon Filters

 This article will address the major health issues and maintenance of the popular, widely relied upon and trusted, carbon water filters. A carbon water filter is one of the most common types of water purification systems used in homes. Although effective for removing many harmful substances, they have a number of disadvantages affecting the quality and chemistry of the filtered water that I will cover later. But first...There are several major reasons why carbon water filters are the number one choice for cleaning up the tap water nationwide, thanks to aggressive marketing, low manufacturing costs and extremely high profits.


The creation of false insurances regarding their effectiveness. Carbon filters do remove many chemical and cancer-causing substances and are relatively inexpensive compared to reverse osmosis, deionization and distillation. Since there is a very high profit margin, this method of water purification is preferable. Unfortunately, many of the manufacturers and/or salespeople are not forthcoming about what a carbon filter can and cannot do. Instead of mentioning what it can't do, they will amplify and exaggerate the positive aspects of the filter. As a result the consumer is under the false impression that their "filtered water" is now healthy. Carbon filters are not complicated and are therefore easy to install. 


Most people are looking for simplicity at a great price. It is not a secret that most municipal water supplies are polluted to some degree; however, the average person is unaware of any of the details or facts about these pollutants or what is involved in removing all of them from the water. If they are told that a carbon filter removes dangerous substances and it does so cheaper than any other method and the water will taste and smell better, that's good enough for most people. Carbon filters do indeed remove many dangerous chemicals and carcinogens. 


What about the harmful toxins and substances that filters do not remove? Activated carbon filtration systems do not remove microbes, sodium, nitrates, fluoride, hardness, inorganic, minerals that create kidney and gall stones, lead, and other heavy metals.The activated carbon removes most of the bad tastes and smells. 


Our sense of sight, smell and taste can be easily and flatly deceived! In case you are unaware, most of the dangerous chemicals and substances found in tap water are colorless, odorless and tasteless. As a consequence, most people do not get concerned as long as their water tastes OK, smells OK and looks clear. Most filter systems use replaceable cartridges that are easy to replace. 


It is not a matter of how easy a filter can be changed, but rather when to change it.  Most contaminants in water are measured in Parts Per Million (PPM) and as these chemicals pass through the filter they are attracted and absorbed by the carbon. As a result, they begin to accumulate in larger quantities than what might be safe levels according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not knowing at what point the filter is full or holding the maximum amount of chemicals, the pressure of the water passing through a fully loaded filter can easily force even greater quantities of chemicals than would be found in unfiltered water.


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Are You entrusting your health to the Government?

 The federal clean water act (CWA) established in 1972 has listed 126 chemicals that are all known to cause cancer in humans, referred to as "priority pollutants". This list of priority pollutants was produced in 1977 and despite the fact that there are over 1000 new chemicals being released to the environment each year, the Clean Water Act does not cover them. They determined years ago that it would be too costly to test that many chemicals determine their individual or collective impact on nature or human health. In just considering the original 126 priority pollutants, the exponential possibility of various combinations of these individual pollutants are astronomical and virtually impossible to test every potential combination and quantity of compound chemicals.This isn't hard to believe when you consider there are hundreds of pharmaceutical companies mixing chemicals to produce legal drugs that are later found to be actually killing people and these are chemicals that have been tested first.So when you consider the number of chemicals and combinations of chemicals found in the water we drink, the air we breathe and the food we eat, each of us are a chemical laboratory mixing and testing untold quantities and combinations of chemicals on ourselves.So with this in mind, it's not surprising that the American Cancer Society's estimates for bladder cancer in the U.S. in 2012:

  • approx 73,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed
  • approx 14,000 deaths.

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the US.It is a well-known fact that most Americans are dehydrated from not drinking adequate amounts of water (8 to 10 glasses per day). As a result, toxins and chemicals are allowed to remain and mix together for extended periods of time, since the bladder is not being flushed properly as a result of drinking adequate amounts of water.  Much like the bladder which is a holding place for liquid waste, the colon is much the same for solid waste (feces) and where water and minerals are absorbed. Large quantities of water are needed for this process and for the waste material to move unimpaired to the canal, but if a person is dehydrated by not drinking adequate amounts of water, the waste material cannot move freely through the colon and consequently become constipated. As a result, toxins bacteria in chemicals remain in the colon, which can result in serious illness, disease and overtime result in colon cancer.Cancer of the colon starts in the tissues and are "adrenocarcinomas" (cancers that begin in cells that produce mucus and other fluids necessary for absorption). During long periods of constipation, these cells are subject to concentrations of toxins chemicals and bacteria which can result in adrenocarcinomas cells.One out of three adults over 50 will contract colon cancerEstimated new cases plus deaths from colon cancer in the U.S. in 2012:

  • New cases: 103,170 (colon); 40,290 (rectal)
  • Deaths: 51,690 (colon + rectal combined)

Since we obviously cannot rely on the government to protect us from our toxic environment, each of us need to take full responsibility for the type of water we drink and the food we eat. It is not only imperative that we drink pure clean healthy water, but also plenty of it. Americans do not drink enough water but rather substitutes such as soft drinks, coffee, tea, sports drinks, fruit drinks, beer, alcohol, wine etc.


Conclusion:
Next to air, clean, pure, water is the most important element on earth in relationship to our health and longevity- change your health and your life drink more H2O more often.