1. U.S. water flunks contamination tests

    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!

  2. Household items linked to early menopause

    Ladies, you know the only thing worse than going through "the change" is having to deal with it years earlier than you expected.

    Today, more women than ever are suffering from early menopause -- and a new study finds common household chemicals may be the reason.

    Researchers looked at data on nearly 26,000 women between the ages of 18 and 65, including blood levels of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) -- hormone-disrupting chemicals found in everything from clothing to cookware.

    When they isolated data on women between the ages of 42 and 51, they found that those with the highest blood levels of PFCs were 40 percent more likely to have already experienced menopause than those with low levels, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

    Naturally, the chemicals industry is already blabbering about how the study doesn't prove a link -- but since these are the same people who want you to think BPA and phthalates are safe, you can't take it from them.

    Take it from me instead: One major PFC, the chemical PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), is known to lower levels of estradiol -- a form of estrogen.

    The lower your estradiol, the earlier your menopause -- and the earlier the menopause, the higher the risks you'll face in your later years: Studies have found that women who go through the change early are more likely to battle everything from heart disease to osteoporosis.

    The best way to avoid exposure to PFCs -- and believe me, you want to avoid them even if you've already gone through menopause -- is to skip products that claim to be stain-resistant, waterproof, no-stick, flame-retardant, etc.

    All of those properties are created by PFCs, proving again that "better living through chemistry" can come with a terrible price tag.

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