Finally, summer is around the corner. If you happen to be in a southern state, you might be feeling the effects of summer already. Wherever you are just make sure to ‘Drink water!’ To stay hydrated, it takes more than just drinking water. Clean and healthy water, an element essential to life, should always be available. Please remember to always provide clean and healthy water to your pets. “Water is the driving force of all nature”, (Leonardo Da Vinci). In a state of dehydration, the body regulates and will take necessary measures to survive. Cellular damage may be done when the body is in a state of rationing. The quality of water is essential to life! Quality, Quality, Quality!
What’s your water source?
Wells should be tested periodically. Especially with EPA Superfund sites … you know those old sites, the ones that are now rumors, guess what?... somehow people residing in those locations consider themselves ‘healthy’ but suffer from general malaise each person with a different dis-ease. Sadly, the half-life of many of those contaminants are more than a decade or more. What if you live in a safe area?... tomorrow that area can easily be in the news with a disaster ‘beyond’ EPA’s control, then after compliance and red tape that area will be on the EPA Superfund list. Why jeopardize your health? I cannot emphasize enough … for the safety of your health and those in your care, test your water periodically.
If your water source is public, then hmm … it most likely contains chlorine, fluoride, and many other toxic contaminants to provide you with ‘safe, pure and drinkable water’. Major eye roll now! The list of contaminants should concern you … Let’s pick at Arsenic! Arsenic above EPA safe levels in public water. When are such violation corrected? If you are ‘lucky’, it’s soon enough that you are full of toxins and have general malaise causing unknown diseases, but if your immune system wasn’t up to par … voila ‘cancer’, and wait longer … the result will be death. To put the correction of a violation on a timeline subject to redtape > “ […] Well tested for arsenic at a higher level than the federal standard last year, […]. Additional sampling and reporting related to arsenic was not completed after a follow-up sample showed levels […], (Wheeler, 2017).” Think of all those Arsenic cakes you prepared for your family over that year > Click here for a silly clip. Read between the lines when you receive that “Water Quality Report”,.. do the smell check.
Whoa let’s take a break from arsenic, a little too dark … ok now fluoride, but we need it for our teeth and strong bones, right? Per Wikipedia (2016), “water has fluoride at a level that is effective for preventing cavities; this can occur naturally or by adding fluoride.” Is this true? There’s a lot of suppressed evidence of kids with neurological effects, cows and horses dying, etc. It’s not safe! “Several health effects are associated with fluoride ingestion, ranging from nausea to neurotoxic effects to death “, (Environ Health Perspect, 2005). Why is it if we eat toothpaste, it’s dangerous? It’s safe enough to brush out teeth with it!? Fluoride in the water system is of low cost, the synthetic type. “Synthetic vitamins and minerals lack the bioavailability those found in nature” (Reagan, p. 12). Most public water supply contain a form of mineral that is foreign and can not be synthesized by the body. This substance can easily build up in the body and become toxic.
How much toxin is ingested?
“The average amount of water for a dog or cat to drink each day is roughly 1 cup per 10 pounds of body weight”, (Ashton, 2016). And “[…] a healthy horse will consume 5-15 gallons of water per day, and even more, depending upon factors such as temperatures, humidity, level of exercise, etc.”, (Reagan, pg 41). Imagine how much toxins are ingested by our animals on a daily basis? Consumption of polluted water will result in progressive buildup of toxins. Horses exposed to fluoridated water “[…] developed classical symptoms of chronic fluoride intoxication including dental fluorosis, crooked legs, hyperostosis and enostosis, hoof deformities, and microscopic evidence of reduced bone resorption” (Lennart et al, 2006). Before you know it, toxic levels! Another effect of fluoride is “[…] malnutrition caused by fluoride by displacing other nutrients present in the diet (minerals/elements) […],” (Mahaboob, 2011).
This was intense, let’s now focus on how the above cause a dis-ease state. Fluorosis and/or mineral deficiency has been linked to various diseases affecting the body’s organs. A mineral may cause the deficiency in another mineral, it may cause another mineral to be ineffective, or it may hinder the absorption of another mineral. In Dr. Reagan’s book (p. 90), there is an important quote from the soil scientist William Albrecht, “Calcium and phosphate as bone builders occupy first place on the animal’s list of mineral dietary requirements …” It’s interesting that high levels of calcium will depress the phosphorus levels and vice versa. “Calcium (Ca) – necessary for proper formation of bones and teeth […]. Phosphorus (P) – also a major constituent of bone and teeth […],” (Reagan, p. 80). With the above example, it’s obvious that an imbalance in one mineral will cause a viscous disease cycle making the goal of homeostasis even further from reach. Why purposely ingesting synthetic added chemicals?! and who knows if a specific individual needs it or another individual may already have surplus levels causing long term side effects?
What now? Our main source of hydration is becoming a source of poison. How can we keep ourselves and our companions healthy? Don’t despair. There are ways to keep our environments safe. There are ways to detox and stay healthy in our environments. There’s a lot more to share, but for the sake of an article I have to trust you will research what I shared and filter through tactics that deviate us from the truth.
Nature is simple. Contact me for a Wellness Consultation. Let’s discuss your water, ways to keep your family safe and detox your pets for better health. Your pet(s) depend on you, you are their best advocates. You owe it to them - to provide them with the best foundation to a healthy life!
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Chantal L Regan
Certified Animal Naturopath
Student of Animal Acupressure
Mind Animal Spirit LLC
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Wheeler (2017). Prescott Valley well exceeded arsenic standard in 2016
Retrieved May 25, 2018 from https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/mar/01/prescott-valley-well-exceeded-arsenic-standard-201/
Environ Health Perspect (2005). A Quantitative Look at Fluorosis, Fluoride Exposure, and Intake in Children Using a Health Risk Assessment Approach. Retrieved May 28, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253719/
Ashton (2016). Is My Pet Drinking Enough Water? Retrieved May 25, 2018 from http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/is-my-pet-drinking-enough-water
Mahaboob et al. (2011). Chronic Fluoride Toxicity and Myocardial Damage: Antioxidant
Offered Protection in Second Generation Rats. Retrieved June 21, 2016 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3183632/
Reagan, S. L. (2012). Equine nutrition: From a species appropriate perspective. Knoxville, TN: Willow Oak Publishing.