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Cleansing and detoxing our bodies is becoming quite popular. As we learn more about how some of the processed foods we eat can have an adverse effect on our health, detoxing has become part of changing eating habits to eliminate many of the things that could very well be making us ill.


Many detox and cleansing products are mixed with water. In fact, drinking plenty of water is part of any good cleanse or detox. Keeping hydrated is even more important when on a 10 or 20 day start to clean eating. Water helps the entire detox or cleanse process. Cleansing to remove toxins will help your body.

You are the filter

But, what if you are putting toxins in as fast as you are expelling them? What kind of water are you drinking and mixing with your detox shake? Tap water? Bottled water? If you know your tap water is contaminated, bottled water may be safer, but it is often contains contaminates like pesticides and chlorine. When using water to mix with and aid in a detox program, only home, filtered water should be used.


The best way to choose a filter that will reduce the chemicals that are in your water is to first get it tested. Once you know what is contaminating it, search for a water filter that will reduce and even eliminate toxins and contaminants. The most common residential, public water contaminants are chlorine, pesticides and prescription drugs. There are many good home water filtration units available to remove what is contaminating your water.



This is too much reality that must be shared. If you still believe that hydraulic fracturing is a safe process after watching these real people, real country side, real fracking facilities, I just don’t know what more can be seen or said.

This Is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom from Dakota Resource Council on Vimeo.

“It was the way America is suppose to be. Now come look at it.  And it’s all for oil”

Those words from rancher Donny Nelson keep echoing through my mind.

Mostly, because one way or another, said in many different accents, I’ve heard them before. I’ve heard them from people interviewed in the Gasland films. I’ve heard them from people we’ve met on the road. I’ve heard them from people hosting community screenings.  I’ve heard them from people posting on our Facebook wall.

I’ve heard them from Brenda Jorgenson herself, who is featured in this film. Josh and I were fortunate enough to meet her and her family when we were in DC several weeks ago.

I liked her instantly. She’s got a warm, sweet, mid-western charm, and is also one hell of a fighter.

But when she talks about what is happening to North Dakota, you know she’s lost something she can’t get back.

The America that generations of her family built and the America she worked hard to leave for her children and grandchildren has been destroyed. And for who?

I come back to this question again and again. And I’m going to keep asking it until we truly answer it as a country.

Is Brenda’s North Dakota, her piece of America, being destroyed so I can turn on my lights and have my America here in Brooklyn?

Is John Fenton’s Wyoming, his piece of America, being destroyed so my sister can drive her car and have her America in Florida?

Is it okay to destroy Steve and Shyla Lipsky’s, Jeremiah Gee’s, Louis Meeks’, Bob and Lisa Parr’s, Mike Markham’s, Calvin Tillman’s, Scott Ely’s and countless other families in Denton and Azele, Texas, Dimock, Pennsylvania, Guy, Arkansas and Butler, Pennsylvania’s America?

The list of families and place we are sacrificing for this “new energy boom” is growing everyday. So who is it for?

For me? For you?

Or is it for the profits of oil and gas companies?

I don’t know about you, but given the choice, I choose this America. An America run on renewable energy, not destroyed land and families. I can’t say the oil and gas companies would do the same.

-Lee Ziesche, Gasland Grassroots Coordinator

It is time to get back on my rant about hydraulic fracturing and the harm it is doing to our safe drinking water supply. It is the beginning of a new year and more statistics are out about what this method of tapping into natural gas is doing to the environment, most important of which is WATER!

While all the big oil companies are making big bucks, they are going to be the death of us all. The simple fact is, a lot of what they are doing to our water cannot be fixed. There is no way to filter out the crap that is seeping into our water. Water contamination is an issue in many public water supplies. Safe drinking water is becoming scarce. With all the chemicals that are getting into our water supply, every home should have a water filtration system.

I found this information and it is important that everyone sees what hydraulic fracturing is doing to our safe drinking water supply.

The rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies for extracting oil and gas resources has a significant impact on water availability, particularly in already water stressed regions of the country.

Ceres’ latest research on this topic, Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Water Demand by the Numbers, provides first-of-its-kind data on the various water sourcing risks facing oil and gas companies in 8 regions of intense shale development in the United States and Canada. It shines a spotlight on the volumes of water used for hydraulic fracturing by specific companies and puts regional industry water use into the context of local water stress, groundwater depletion and drought. It provides investors, lenders, and regulators recommendations for how oil and gas companies and their service providers can minimize their water demands and reduce their impacts on communities and the environment.

Download the report: Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Water Demand by the Numbers


Water contamination needs to be dealt with. These people must stop poisoning our water supply.

On January 9th, 2014 the residents of West Virginia were treated to a terrible surprise when 7,500 gallons of crude MCHM found its way out of a storage container and into the Elk River. This type of incident brings with it nasty litigation and the folks at Freedom Industries are facing these legal challenges in full force. With potential health risks as well as financial losses due to the shutdown state of the area it’s no wonder that Freedom Industries has already filed for bankruptcy. Currently a total of 19 lawsuits have been filed against the company. So with the above information in mind we have to then wonder what these lawsuits are specifically targeting. Throughout this article I will explore the legal ramifications that happened to Freedom Industries due to its shoddy storage tanks.

Class Action

It goes without saying that these lawsuits are going to be big class action lawsuits as the number of affected business and residents is decidedly large. With this in mind it’s no wonder that all the current lawsuits against Freedom Industries are seeking to be granted Class Action status. Most of these suits claim that West Virginia American Water and Freedom Industries did not act fast enough in alerting the general public to the nature of the chemical leak and its possible consequences. As a result numerous businesses located in Charleston were closed for five days and unable to garner any revenue. Not only did the leak cause unpredictable financial damage but a total of 122 cases had been diagnosed with symptoms that matched up with the ingestion of crude MCHM. This clearly is bad news for both West Virginia American Water and Freedom Industries as the results of the incident are clearly in favor of those filing the lawsuit.

Reckless Negligence

Many of these lawsuits claim that both of the aforementioned companies acted in an unlawful, reckless, and negligent manor when concerning the spill. Freedom Industries maintains that the health and safety of the residents in the affected areas were its “first priority” and that the company had been “working with local and federal regulatory, safety and environmental entities, including the DEP, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and Homeland Security, and are following all necessary steps to fix the issue.” Such a response is the typical and expected response from any company concerning such a serious matter, regardless of innocence or guilt.

Still cases such as Daniel Cleve Stewart’s truly give you an understanding of how badly this has affected the lives of these citizens. In Daniel’s case he had been waiting for a kidney transplant that had been penciled in for Friday at the CAMC General Hospital but due to the sanitation issues concerning the water the entire procedure was canceled. Daniel is now repeatedly tethered to his dialysis machine at many different periods throughout the day. Just by examining this case it’s clear that the legal issues associated with such an incident are both numerous and financially devastating.

Closing Thoughts

While I doubt that West Virginia American Water will suffer the same fate as Freedom Industries, it’s obvious that they will still suffer a serious financial setback. I do expect that they will win some of their cases as they cannot be held to the same levels of liability as Freedom Industries can.


Eduardo Dieguez is a professional writer for www.RueZiffra.com. Eduardo is a 1st generation American born Cuban that is currently in pursuit of his AA Degree.


This article identifies how homeowners can prepare for potential droughts during the summer months through investing in bottled water coolers.

At the moment, the weather outside is still bleak and people across the UK will not be looking to prepare for the summer, but once it’s here, they very may wish they had; most will say hindsight’s a wonderful thing. This article is to help people look forward and it’s not only for the next summer, but the one after that, the one after that and so on. This way homeowners could always be prepared for when there is or potential drought scare.

Most summers, there is some kind of ban in terms of how we use water; hosepipes, in particular, so the threat is always there, we just tend to not do much about it in terms of prevention and taking a proactive action rather than reactive.


The climate has especially been unpredictable for the last 10 years or so. Bearing this in mind, it can be very difficult to know whether or not were in for a long, dry summer or if we’re going to get a few days of the sun then rain spells etc.

As weather patterns become increasingly difficult to predict, homeowners can at least ensure that they have a supply of clean, fresh and filtered water as and when they need it. A drought would leave many homeowners having to use stand pipes on the end of their street, which is extremely inconvenient and the water quality will be OK for human consumption, but it’s certainly not ideal. Additionally there could be a ration as to how much water is allowed per day, per house hold to ensure the stand pipes don’t run out of water.

Appropriate Water Coolers

In the case of a drought, bottled water coolers are the only way in which you can be sure to have a supply of clean, pure water. Mains fed water coolers will obviously not be appropriate as they are attached to the mains water supply within a home.

The only disadvantage to investing in a bottled water cooler in case of a drought is that homeowners need a place to store the big water bottles. This could be a problem for some; however, a drought within the UK is not expected to last more than a week. Africa on the other hand is another story all together.

A great advantage of bottled water coolers is that they are portable as they are not attached to kitchen tops etc.

On the whole, bottled water coolers provide a healthier alternative to tap water, so even if there isn’t a drought, the water you drink will be much fresher and cleaner.

Homeowners Can Cut Down on Water Bills

The initial investment of purchasing a water cooler can be quite expensive, but for those who can afford to purchase a water cooler, should. Bottled water coolers pay for themselves within a few years as water bills are significantly reduced through. Obviously, you can’t use the water from bottled water coolers for everything, but can for most things; drinking, filling kettles, cars when they require water and so on.

Help to Cut Down on Water Waste

It’s much easier to see exactly how much water is being used when using a bottled water cooler than it is to look at how much water you’re using from the tap on a daily basis. This way, wastage can be cut down quite a lot, for example, brushing teeth and leaving the tap on is just one way that many of us waste water and inevitably, money.

George, the author of this article has worked in the water cooler industry for several years and has specialised knowledge in the field.


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