Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Arsenic in Drinking Water

"Arsenic is a semi-metal element in the periodic table. It is odorless and tasteless. It enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices. Arsenic occurs naturally in rocks and soil, water, air, and plants and animals. It can be further released into the environment through natural activities such as volcanic action, erosion of rocks and forest fires, or through human actions"http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/arsenic/Basic-Information.cfm.

"Non-cancer effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate". http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/arsenic/index.cfm
 "Arsenic also interferes with the normal function of immune cells. It damages lung cells and causes inflammation of cells in the heart.
"The baby with the runny nose, the infant with a stubborn cough — respiratory infections in small children are a familiar family travail. Now scientists suspect that these ailments — and many others far more severe — may be linked in part to a toxic element common in drinking water".  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/the-arsenic-in-our-drinking-water/?ref=health&_r=0