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We know that water can be contaminated, and you can read more about that on other portions of our website. But, did you know that the air that we breathe, as well as invisible magnetic fields that pulsate around us can also contribute to hazardous health? And, sometimes, these can also even affect our drinking water supplies.

Electromagnetic fields are invisible to the naked eye, but their presence in homes, offices, and factories can be harmful to our health. Also referred to as EMF, these waves can come from cell phones, electrical outlets, microwaves, and more. In fact, some people with sleep difficulties find that their problem is because of sleeping with their heads too close to alarm clock outlets! While most EMF waves are minimal in radiation, research does show that stress caused by these fields can contribute to sleeping disorders like insomnia, as well as lethargy, depression, allergies, headaches, learning problems, aches, and joint pains, and more serious illnesses such as cancer. Health problems with these waves are more likely to harm those who are elderly, those suffering from a chronic disorder, or children who have not yet fully developed their immune systems. There has been much debate among healthcare professionals if cell phones can cause cancer. This too comes from the EMF waves.

So what does that have to do with water? Underground water linked by magnetic fields to manmade frequencies often causes harmful lines or forms. These phenomena, when distorted by the earth's crust buckling under stress and causing faults, can cause stressful atmospheres for people to live and work in. This environmental stress is what can cause health problems. There is not much one can do in regards to power lines and such, but within the home, EMF stress can be limited by keeping items that are not in use unplugged, such as computers, hairdryers, coffee pots, toasters, etc. Although power may not be on, there are still waves going through the sockets. Bet you didn't know that! And those insomnia sufferers? They use battery-powered alarms.

Air pollution can also cause water contamination. A few years ago in California, methyl tertiary butyl (MTBE), a chemical used in gasoline to help purify the air, had ill effects on drinking water. The water is a carcinogen, and also gives water a bad taste and smell. This chemical entered waterways by leaking into groundwater, as well as from exhaust from cars and especially boats in the waterways. With the threat of terrorism, there are other chemicals that could pollute our airwaves, as well as water. Cryptosporidium is a highly probable water-contaminating agent that could be used as a weapon and introduced into water supplies, as can Anthrax.

And, of course, air pollution in itself can be very hazardous to one's health, and is a topic with a large amount of research and organizations dedicated to protecting people from it. Air is 99.9% oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor, and inert gasses. However, things we humans do add harmful elements to the air. The more industrialized we become, the worse it will get. Big cities have smog, caused by emissions from car exhaust and factory stacks. Indoor air is not safe either, and can even be polluted by smoke, carbon monoxide, chemicals, and the like. When necessary, people should wear protective masks or use proper ventilation. There are short and long-term effects to this pollution. People can suffer from episodes of bronchitis to long-term, possibly terminal illnesses, like Black Lung disease, which many old coal miners suffer from.

Having water filters, and even air filters, in your home is one way to catch anything unsafe that local water companies may miss, as well as leaving items unplugged that is not in use.

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