By Dean L. Jones, CPM
The average adult is 50-65% water, and our brain is made up of about 75% water, but neither can survive more than three days without it. This straightforward fact is shared to help raise a higher water consciousness that is sorely needed, as there is some hoodwinking moving about the country.
For instance, people living in the City of Detroit Michigan are undergoing some classism rarely set in motion within American civilization. Detroit officials have ordered a complete water shut-off on a large portion of the 138,000 water delinquent accounts, where up to 90,000 are black residents. Private contractors have been engaged and to-date have cut off water to 17,000 residences.
This problem escalated from a bankrupt city and businesses fled to healthier regions of profitability. Limited jobs has been the norm, consequently residents are challenged to find the money for exorbitant water bills. I feel the pain, for roughly the last ten years water rates have become ridiculously overpriced. Nevertheless, the wealth of this nation should never permit thousands their birthright of access to water.
We may be able to help if we pool our consumer power by rethinking the consumption of bottled water, particularly the water treated with extra ingredients like sweeteners. California is currently afflicted by a water drought with more and more restrictions on outdoor water use. But the corporations that bottle water are yet to be restricted. Huge profits on sparkling and tonic bottled water products are being made from nothing more than tap water, with needless chemical treatments. Most is carbonated drinking water flavored with quinine and a sweetener like processed sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners such as carcinogenic aspartame.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permits safe and suitable antimicrobial agents like Fluoride in bottled water. Bottled spring water is collected at the point where water flows naturally to the earth’s surface or from a borehole that taps into an underground source, but may not necessarily be free of microbes.
Major corporations commonly lease working areas and water rights from sovereign land of Native Americans, not subject to state regulatory agencies. Hundreds of thousands of acre-feet (how water is measured) is being extracted and sold as being good for your health. Well, what is known is that it is not good for the Earth’s desert ecosystem, as surface water, chiefly in the desert, is exceedingly rare and has a high environmental value.
In a remote act of solidarity to the water deprived people of Detroit, I shut-off my bottled water use and reverted to tap water. A reduction in bottled water sales will improve personal health, and water bottlers need to contribute surplus water products to the residents of Detroit. Water deprivation is incomprehensible, especially while events get free promotional drinking water every day. Accordingly, when drinking bottled water stay SugarAlert!
Dean Jones, Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributes his view on health attributes derived from processed foodstuff items.