Bastrop, Texas, June 19, 2016 -- Americans sat in front of their television screens in horror when it was revealed that children were being poisoned by lead-contaminated water in Flint, MI. These reports provoked concerns about the quality of public drinking water on a national scale. In an effort to address these concerns, forensic food scientist Mike Adams teamed with a former NASA contract scientist to conduct a nationwide scientific analysis of heavy metals in the tap water of U.S. cities, and the first 100 water sample test results are in.
One hundred crowd sourced samples from municipal water supplies were obtained from major cities dotted throughout the country, and tested via ICP-MS... The team tested for several heavy metals, including aluminum, arsenic, copper, cadmium, mercury and lead down to concentrations in the parts per billion (ppb) range. Bear in mind, however, that these samples were not tested for other toxins like pesticides and fluoride.
"In the spirit of citizen science and the democratization of science, we are taking on this task because the EPA has failed the citizens of Flint, Michigan," explained Adams. "When government regulators refuse to do their jobs, it is the duty and responsibility of citizen scientists to take on that task in the public interest. The health and lives of millions of children are at stake. We don't have time to wait for the EPA to someday decide to do its job. We need to protect our children right now," he added.
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The bulk of water samples submitted to CWC Labs used recommended 50mL polycarbonate vials available on Amazon.com. The first 100 samples accepted by the CWC Labs verification process were used for this study. All of the samples were inspected, and did not show particulate matter, discoloration or other signs that the vials had been tampered with.
"One hundred drinking water samples from municipal water supplies around the United States were analyzed for toxic heavy metal contamination. All but two of the 100 potable water samples exhibited toxic heavy metal concentrations below EPA limits. One sample from the Phoenix, AZ area and one from the Pleasanton, CA area exceeded the EPA limit for Lead. These households have been notified of the test results of their water samples," the authors wrote.
The first 100 water samples are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to keeping tabs on America's tap water, throughout 2016, the Natural Science Journal will publish articles on grocery foods contaminated by glyphosate, hidden pesticides lurking inside counterfeit organics, heavy metals in foods, superfoods and supplements from China, mercury in dog treats, cadmium content in chocolate bars and pesticide residues in popular food bars.
Watch the NSJ website for an announcement on how to submit scientific papers for consideration. In the meantime, feel free to download the first inaugural issue for FREE at NaturalScienceJournal.com.
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