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  1. Tap water can turn deadly

    It came from the water

    Imagine dying because of something in your tap water -- not in some remote Third World country, but right here in the United States.

    Now, stop imagining, because our water is not nearly as clean as you've been led to believe -- and in many parts of the country, it's positively filthy and even outright deadly.

    At least two people are dead in Louisiana because their tap water contained a brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri. The two victims both used neti pots for nasal irrigation, hoping it would clear the nasal passage so they could breathe better.

    Instead, they gave the amoeba a free ride up the nose and right to the brain, resulting in a deadly condition called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. Basically, it's when an amoeba eats your brain -- and while there's no "good" way to die, this is one of the worst.

    The risk of this happening to you is pretty small, so it's not something worth losing sleep over.

    But the risk of getting sick from your drinking water isn't small at all, and it's certainly not limited to amoeba and Louisiana -- and that's definitely worth losing sleep over.

    From coast to coast, U.S. drinking water routinely flunks tests. It not only fails to meet current standards, but the standards themselves are badly out of date and don't even include many of the most dangerous contaminants now turning up in the water.

    As a result, your drinking water could contain trace amounts of cocaine, hormones, antibiotics, chemical residue, and more -- not to mention dangerous levels of the fluoride and chlorine that are often put in on purpose.

    But just because your water is dirty doesn't mean you have to drink it. You have other options -- and they're not limited to sending your money down the drain on case after case of bottled water.

    Don't waste your money on faucet attachments and pitchers with built-in filters, either, because they're practically useless against many of today's common water contaminants.

    The only way to really make sure your water is clean and clear is with a reverse osmosis filtration system or a water distiller. You can find them in hardware stores and online for a few hundred bucks.

    And if you use a neti pot, be sure to keep it clean and use only purified water.

  2. Study proves that fluoride lowers IQ levels

    How fluoride can harm intelligence

    If you're on the fence about fluoride, I have a study that'll pull you right off it -- because it confirms some of our worst fears about this dangerous chemical.

    Researchers from Harvard University -- yes, Harvard -- looked at 27 studies on fluoride and children, and all but one of them confirmed that fluoridated water literally makes kids dumber.

    In fact, 26 of the 27 studies they reviewed all reached the same conclusion -- showing that fluoride harms intelligence, lowers IQs, and has a distinct negative effect on overall cognition.

    It's everything you don't want for your kids and grandkids.

    The researchers also confirmed that fluoride can cross into the placenta during pregnancy and permanently damage baby's brain at the most critical points of development.

    What's even more disturbing about this new study is that the Harvard team had to rely on research from China instead of studies from right here in the United States.

    Why, you ask? Because we've never actually conducted a human study on the health effects of water fluoridation in this country.

    That's right -- we launched full-steam ahead with water fluoridation decades ago and have continued the practice without ever actually trying to sit down and figure out what effect it has on the human body.

    If that doesn't scare you, maybe reading the label on your toothpaste and mouthwash will. Ever see the warnings? They include phrases such as "DO NOT SWALLOW" and "CONTACT POISON CONTROL RIGHT AWAY."

    This is something you're supposed to put in your mouth... and the label reads like something you'd see on a bottle of bleach.

    Unfortunately, there's no such warning label on your faucet -- but maybe there should be one, because this stuff won't just hurt your kids and grandkids.

    It can hurt you, too.

    Fluoride has been shown to harm bone and increase the risk of fracture in seniors. In some cases, it can even lead to a debilitating condition called skeletal fluorosis. It can also cause hormonal problems and even damage the heart, not to mention brain damage in adults as well as children.

    Drink only fluoride-free spring water, or use reverse osmosis to filter your water at home.

  3. Bursting the water balloon

    But if you've developed a serious bottled water habit because you've heard it can make you faster, thinner, younger, or healthier... well, on some level you probably know it's not that easy, right?

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