Water filtration - are you Pur? Or are you pure? Big difference.

Recently Nux and I have been discussing several of the larger purchases we'll need to make before camping for six months in the spring and summer. One of the biggest challenges will be providing our own water, and since agricultural runoff has made groundwater unsafe in our area, we're planning on setting up a rainwater catchment system. Of course, all the water we gather will still have to be filtered for drinking.

The consensus among community-folk seems to be that Berkey filters are great quality and well worth the price tag. They can filter nearly any water you can throw at them, and even the smallest model will suit just the two of us for years and years to come.

The alternative? A brighter smile, but at what expense? It's common knowledge by now that the government puts fluoride in municipal water, and writes it off as a dental plus. I've been reading Derrick Jensen's Endgame, and he tends to disagree:

"Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of this way of living (in this case the production of aluminum, fertilizer, cement, and weapons-grade plutonium and uranium). Also as is true for DU (depleted uranium), fluoride is extremely costly - if not impossible - to dispose of safely. The feds didn't know what to do with it. Perhaps because fluoride didn't work very well either in artillery shells or toaster ovens, those in power decided to get rid of it by adding it to our municipal water supplies and toothpaste, which means that the old John Birchers were right when they averred that fluoridation was a dangerous plot ("to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids," as General Jack D. Ripper might have put it): they just had the wrong conspirators. Another similarity between fluoride and DU is that both are dangerous: not only does fluoride derived from toxic waste contain impurities such as lead and arsenic, but even at relatively small doses fluoride itself can cause cancer, osteoporosis, skeletal fluorosis, arthritis, and brain damage, among many other conditions. Here's another thought: just for grins, if you're ever in your grandparents' basement, see if you can find an old container of rat poison. Check out the toxic ingredient - the killer. Yep, you guessed it, sodium fluoride. Happy brushing."

(Look at my new page on Fluoride for citations)

Not worried yet? Surely the water filters you can by at any respectable home appliances store will keep you safe.

Not so.

Pur brand water filters actually ADD fluoride to the water as it's filtered. Just in case you didn't get enough already. See? Those corporations really Are looking out for your health and well-being.


Anonymous said…
I knew it! Never trust a company that can't spell