I recently saw a post on my Facebook feed that stated the fluoridation of tap water in the U.S. is causing neurological damage to children. As this conclusion was purportedly reached in a paper published in the “world’s most prestigious medical journal,” I was naturally intrigued.
Flint /noun/: a hard type of rock that produces a spark when struck. In Flint Michigan approximately 8,000 children under the age of six were exposed to unsafe levels of lead through their drinking water. This is perhaps one of the most severe cases of lead poisoning in the United States; and hopefully the spark that ignites significant change to current drinking water safety policies.
Proponents of the alkaline water for health (AWH) trend (a term that I just coined) claim that drinking this ‘miracle liquid’ can increase your energy, prevent disease, slow aging, and prevent bone loss, among other health benefits. The AWH trend has its origin in the claim that most people are walking around with ‘low grade acidosis of the body’ caused by the acidity of many of the processed foods common to a modern diet.
It’s World Water Day. Designated in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, March 22 now represents a day to celebrate water. A day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water-related problems. And a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
To me, references to global water stress typically only conjured up platitudes such as “Every Drop Counts” and “Conserve Water, Save the Planet.” That's how it was until I started working at the Department of Energy.