Posts Tagged ‘Potable Water’

It’s All About Values

September 19, 2017

Events in Texas, Florida and the Islands make clear that we need to prepare for unexpected natural disasters. National responses to those disasters also demonstrate our basic need to ensure that we keep each other well. People are digging deep to help others recover.

At the same time, we need to step up to the plate and put our safeguards to health in place to ensure that our basic nutritional food, potable water, and energy needs will be met.

We continue to support local farmers so that we do have a choice to buy fresh produce, including much organically grown on well nourished soil. We are currently enjoying tomatoes, corn, greens, a variety of squashes and root vegetables. The better the soil, enriched by natural compost, the more energizing and flavorful the produce.

Regular testing of water assures us that our supply is safe to drink. Water lines, especially those that pass under roads to homes, need to be safeguarded against any construction interfering with the line, such as power lines, road excavation, changes in road use, paving, and more, whatever is needed to maintain safe transport of our water.

However, we have only begun to support new forms of locally generated energy such as solar, wind and other, yet to be discovered forms. We continue to be threatened by an electric power company that seeks to centralize electrical energy in our state from one source in Canada. Should Canada’s Hydro Power be cutoff, the whole state of NH would have no energy. Today’s promises do not equal tomorrow’s challenges.

New forms of independent, local energy need to be encouraged so that when disaster strikes, we are in a position to bail each other out, not stuck with a centralized energy system that leaves communities, even those not affected by the disaster, without power for weeks.

Do we value the freedom so espoused by our state: To Live Free? If we do, we need to accept the responsibility to empower diverse forms of local energy that will enable our children and grandchildren to also live free.

 

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Your Body’s Many Cries for Water

March 16, 2017

So goes the title of a rare book by F. Batmanghelidj, an Iranian born, British educated physician. Following medical school, he relocated to Iran to help establish hospitals and medical centers there.

In 1979, Dr. B. was imprisoned during the Iranian Revolution but managed to survive because the prison needed a doctor. One night, he was called to see a man with a peptic ulcer. He had no meds to treat the condition and told the man to drink two glasses of water and he would return later to check on him. When he did, to his amazement, the man’s condition was much improved. He continued to note the response to just water in other prisoners with other problems.

Dr. B. was released from prison in 1982, escaped from Iran, emigrated to the US, and set up a general practice. The full title of his book is, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You are not sick, you are thirsty! Don’t treat thirst with medications.

He attributed many common disease symptoms to dehydration as their root cause, and was careful to check that his clients were well hydrated before prescribing medications. He died in 2004, but his writings, while controversial, are still available on his website, http://www.watercure.com.

Health professionals today routinely encourage people to drink plenty of water. Medication needs water to be distributed throughout the body and keep all systems working well. Our food needs plenty of water to break it up so that it can pass through the wall of our intestines and on to the liver for distribution.

Despite the emphasis on carrying water everywhere we go today, many of us do not drink enough water. Coffee, tea, soda, and beer don’t count. They are dehydrators.

Over-the-counter meds, such as different forms of ibuprophen, taken excessively for chronic pain, can cause liver and kidney damage. If the kidneys’ can’t make enough urine, our bodies will retain too much water instead of using it.

How can we know we’re drinking enough water? What are the signs to be on the lookout for? Thirst is the last sign that we need water. Thirst is a reminder that we haven’t been paying attention to other body signals like pain of any kind, fatigue, dizziness, joint and muscle stiffness, difficulty remembering, following through on instructions, slow healing of injuries, and constipation, to name a few.

Today, potable water is threatened in the world, including the US. We need to provide all our citizens with a safe water supply, now threatened by a pipeline with a potential to contaminate Standing Rock’s supply. How we resolve this problem as a nation will determine water safety of other communities. Our actions today to save our water supply from pipelines and other potential contaminants and overuse, such as aquifers that are being drained due to poor agricultural practices.

What we can do is call or write our Senators and Representatives and urge them to veto harmful  legislation and support efforts to maintain a safe water supply for all our citizens. (http:/Senate.gov. , http:/House.gov. for contact info)

If you decide to check out the power of tap water (6-8 glasses a day), first be sure that your kidneys are making sufficient urine and increase the amount of tap water you drink slowly. Then, just observe the changes!