Lessons from the Chemical Spill in West Virginia

The chemical spill in West Virginia this month affected the water of 300,000 people and included an interesting lesson. The chemical is 4-methylcyclohexanemthanol and no one knew at first how to remove it from water. The first assumption was that it was a volatile organic compound but carbon filters failed to remove it. Venting also would not work.

Here’s what is known about it:


Because it is a hydrocarbon, I recommend a hydrocarbon filter to remove it. These are generally used to remove low levels of oil or gasoline that have found their way into private well water. Continue reading “Lessons from the Chemical Spill in West Virginia” »

The Dangers of Drinking Water from Reverse Osmosis Systems

Every day people ask me about the supposed dangers of drinking water produced by reverse osmosis…so I’ve written this short article to answer your questions. From now on I will email this to people who ask the question.

First of all the entire premise of my work is that you cannot know what water filter or water purification system to use without first knowing what contaminants are present in your water. It is the contaminants and the technology required to remove them that determine what water filter you need. Period.

Some contaminants can only be removed by the technology of reverse osmosis. These include high total dissolved solids, nitrates, radioactive metals, and many other metals. Drinking water containing these contaminants is dangerous to your health and longevity.

When I recommend reverse osmosis because of these contaminants people inevitably ask me the following:

“But I hear that reverse osmosis strips the water of everything, including healthy minerals…” Continue reading “The Dangers of Drinking Water from Reverse Osmosis Systems” »

Dispelling the myth of spring water

The myth that spring water is healthy is not true. Spring water is healthy for you in the same way that the mythical Shangri-La is paradise on earth. Neither is real. A huge number of people have been led to believe that spring water contains the perfect blend of minerals within a matrix of clean water. I talk to people every day who hold this belief. This simply is not true. These people search to ‘find a spring’ to provide healthy drinking water.

Water that emerges from a spring will reflect the land from which it comes. When water resides within that land it picks up natural minerals as well as any naturally occurring metals some of which can cause serious harm. Contaminants from human sources may also be present. But simply finding a spring far away from human influence is no guarantee that the water will be healthy to drink.

Let me provide you some examples: Continue reading “Dispelling the myth of spring water” »