3 things I learned in this is­sue:

Natural Solutions - - Publisher's Note - Dick Ben­son

For many of us, spring­time means wa­ter. And that wa­ter car­ries vary­ing con­no­ta­tions for dif­fer­ent peo­ple. For ex­am­ple, melt­ing in the north­ern states can lead to flood­ing in south­ern states. For oth­ers, such as those in the western states, spring­time wa­ter is wel­comed from the melt­ing Rocky-Moun­tain snow­pack to fill dry reser­voirs. Spring rains bring life to the fields and flow­ers that sur­round us all.

But we of­ten for­get that with­out the win­ter thaw each year, our drink­ing wa­ter would be neg­a­tively af­fected. In fact, most of us take our drink­ing wa­ter for granted—at least un­til a dis­as­ter oc­curs and we re­al­ize how de­pen­dent we are on treat­ment plants to en­sure that we have ac­cess to clean drink­ing wa­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, the wa­ter cri­sis that re­cently af­fected Flint, Michi­gan, could be closer to re­al­ity than we think for many cities and towns across our country. Many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the United States de­pend on pre-World War II wa­ter de­liv­ery and fil­tra­tion sys­tems that in­clude leaky pipes, out­dated pro­cess­ing plants, and sys­tems based on old-fash­ioned wa­ter treat­ment that was de­signed only to fil­ter the wa­ter for spe­cific con­tam­i­nants. The truth is, many of th­ese plants do lit­tle to elim­i­nate fer­til­iz­ers, chem­i­cal pol­lu­tants, phamaceu­ti­cal residues, or even ar­senic.

Our wa­ter is pol­luted for many rea­sons, such as agri­cul­tural and storm-sewer runoff. The pes­ti­cides we use in farm­ing and on our lawns re­sult in chem­i­cal ac­cu­mu­la­tions in our drink­ing wa­ter. We fur­ther con­trib­ute to wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion when we im­prop­erly dis­card per­sonal care prod­ucts, house­hold chem­i­cals, and even an­i­mal waste from pets. Even trans­porta­tion sys­tems can leak fu­els, oils, and lubri­cants into the drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply. In ad­di­tion, san­i­tary sewer sys­tems can leak con­tam­i­nants, and don’t even get me started on in­dus­trial pol­lu­tants or ac­ci­den­tal dis­charges.

Other chem­i­cals, such as flu­o­ride and chlo­rine, are in­ten­tion­ally added to the wa­ter to ei­ther im­prove our den­tal health (visit nat­u­ral­so­lu­tion­s­mag.com for an eye-open­ing ar­ti­cle on wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion) or to process bac­te­ria in the wa­ter. We in­stall wa­ter soft­en­ers and fil­ters in our homes to make wa­ter more us­able, and many peo­ple rely on bot­tled wa­ter (which cre­ates more pol­lu­tion and other en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues). Check out our fea­ture on wa­ter in this is­sue of Nat­u­ral So­lu­tions and see how safe your wa­ter re­ally is.

We can’t live with­out clean wa­ter. We need to be ef­fec­tive stew­ards of the en­vi­ron­ment, which not only means be­ing care­ful about what we put into our wa­ter, but also con­serv­ing the wa­ter we have. So next time you dis­card a house­hold prod­uct down the drain, or pur­chase that fer­til­izer prod­uct for your yard, please read the la­bel and dis­pose or ap­ply the prod­uct prop­erly. As the old say­ing goes, “What goes around, comes around.” The is­sue of safe, clean drink­ing wa­ter fits those words per­fectly.

PUB­LISHER Chil­dren spend an av­er­age of seven hours in front of a video screen each day.

Eat­ing just 20 grams of pro­tein at breakfast (one egg) will keep you full longer and help build mus­cle mass.

So many is­sues with drink­ing wa­ter- check out pages 45 and 46.

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