How your drinking water can make you violently ill
You don't have to travel to Mexico to experience the misery of Montezuma's revenge. Thanks to substandard U.S. drinking water, you can get it without even leaving your home.
Right now, there are filthy fecal germs and other nasty bacteria flowing from your faucet -- so many, that ordinary tap water is responsible for 1.1 million cases of the squirts, pukes, and worse every year, according to new research.
That's a fifth of all stomach illnesses in the United States... caused by our drinking water.
In the new study, researchers installed powerful UV light systems in the water treatment plants of 14 communities in an attempt to kill at least some of these bugs.
They shouldn't have even wasted their time -- because after two years of this, the number of germs flowing from faucets in homes didn't change a drop. And that's because most of the nasty poo germs are getting into the water AFTER it's been treated.
Thanks to some genius planning generations ago, our water pipes often run side-by-side with sewer pipes. Today, they're both leaky and old -- and one little pressure change can cause the germs leaking from the potty pipes to get sucked right into the ones that go to your kitchen sink.
Next thing you know, there's poop in your soup.
And that's not even the scary part. Ready for it? Are you sure?
The illnesses caused by those germs -- all 1.1 million of them -- are just a drop in the toilet. They represent only the immediate and obvious sicknesses caused by fecal filth other bacteria in the water.
The rest of the problems aren't nearly as immediate or obvious.
Along with those stomach-churning poo bugs, your water contains sex-change hormones, legal and illegal drugs, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals such as rocket fuel, and more.
The amounts are small and might not hurt you right away. But drink it, cook with it, and bathe in it every day, and you're bound to suffer in the long run.
The only way to protect yourself and your family is to buy a reverse osmosis water filter. You'll find them in most hardware stores -- just make sure you install yours where the water supply enters the home, so every tap and faucet is protected.