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Arsenic in this Spring water

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03 Mar 2013 09:04 - 03 Mar 2013 10:23 #15551 by Indie
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Dear Doctor,

Would you trust a website or a spring's water when that spring owner says they've got 3mg/l arsenic in their water? I believe they meant mcg/l? Isn't 3 mg a lot for one litre? Regardless, I don't think ANY arsenic should be consumed! I think this is why people should drink FILTERED or PURIFIED water not just bottled water. I'm not sure what to think about this water place.

I did a conversion and I believe 3mg/l is actually 3 ppm which is one of the moderately higher figures when dealing with rice contamination and the EPA has set the arsenic standard for drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers served by public water systems from the effects of long-term, chronic exposure to arsenic. In light of this isn't this company's spring higher than allowed in public water?
I was going to drink this instead of tap water but not anymore LOL. Do you think my water utility would have more or less arsenic? I've checked their testing results and conveniently, arsenic is not listed as something they've got to disclose. LOL.

I'm going to look for filtered/purified water somewhere with no arsenic. (Contrary to what rice farmers and government tell you, arsenic is not JUST "naturally present" in the soil. The great majority of it, indeed probably 80% more than what is "naturally there" was placed there by pollutants from industry - fertiliser, mining, smelting, etc)

Thanks for your input! It seems our governments have been doing their level best to allow corporations to kill us and our children for 50 years in order to get campaign donations and votes from big industry. The highest concentrations of arsenic in rice has been found in the US, Europe, and Bangladesh.

Edit: Just did some research and some "purified" waters have arsenic in them! It depends on the type of purification they do apparently.

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03 Mar 2013 10:07 #15553 by TheFastDoctor
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Arsenic is a mineral dear Indie. Thus "mineral water" may mean arsenic also. And many mineral waters indeed contains arsenic. But people tend not to read labels so very few pick up on that!

mcg is an abbreviation for MICROgrams.. "milli-centigram" is where the abbreviation comes from The correct symbol would be the greek "M" which looks a bit like a "u" with a preceding tail. This is one thousandth of a milligram.

Indeed 3 mg (milligrams) is quite a lot. I would not drink such water.

Very often good tap water is superior to commercial mineral water. If no good source is available, water purifiers may make sense. But bear in mind, that same water may have been used to irrigate the crops you eat the harvest of.. in which case one portion of vegetables, fruit or meat may contain more of this than a week's water supply!

Get an analysis from your water utility. They tend to be rather meticulous about standards. Just make sure it's correct!

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.
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03 Mar 2013 10:22 - 03 Mar 2013 10:27 #15554 by Indie
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Thank you so much!

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