U.S. tap water overflowing with chemicals

Forget skydiving, rock climbing and knife tossing -- if you like risk, just turn on your tap, fill your glass and drink up.

Your drinking water is loaded with so many dangerous chemicals that you'd have to be reckless, foolish or just plain suicidal to drink it. And now, a new government survey finds at least 21 dangerous chemicals in the water in at least a third of the nation.

The tests found an antidepressant, pesticide, herbicide, two different solvents, a toxic bone-rotting metal and 11 types of perfluorinated compounds -- including the PFOS and PFOA proven to cause thyroid disease, cancer, ulcerative colitis and more, specifically when ingested in the amounts found in drinking water.

Yet of all the chemicals found in those samples, only three are governed by U.S. drinking water standards. The rest -- including those perfluorinated compounds -- could be in your water in any amount right now, and your water would be considered "safe."

Ready for the most stunning part? These toxins weren't found in untreated well water from a shantytown outside a chemical waste plant. They were found in treated water -- water most people assume is clean and safe.

Well, you know what happens when you assume, right?

Believe it or not, this new study barely breaks the surface -- because hundreds of other dangerous chemicals are routinely found in U.S. tap water, including rocket fuel, gender-bending hormones, cocaine, antibiotics and more (and don't even get me started on the junk dumped in ON PURPOSE, including chlorine and fluoride).

It's enough to make you want to give up water. Believe it or not, you can do it -- I haven't had a sip in years, and I haven't dried up yet.

For a less radical solution, invest in a reverse osmosis water filter, the only filtration system that will remove all the drugs, chemicals, hormones and more. You can pick one up in a hardware store for a few hundred bucks -- and if you're handy, you can install it yourself.

Just be sure to place the filter where the water enters your home so that every faucet is protected.

I'm not done with water yet. Keep reading!