By Andrea Shaw, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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on August 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM, updated August 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM
Water samples from five households in Waggaman showed no evidence of bacteria and meet drinking water standards, according to a Jefferson Parish official. But resident Keith Kiraly, whose inquiry initiated the parish testing Thursday, said the latest samples confirmed low levels of disinfection in water at his home.
The parish sampled the water Thursday after Kiraly became concerned when he saw fire hydrants being flushed over the past several weeks. A private contractor tested the water in his home Tuesday and advised him not to drink it until chlorine levels were increased, Kiraly said.
Filed Under: Tech & Science, Fluoride, Israel
On Tuesday of this week (Aug. 26), Israel officially stopped adding fluoride to its water supplies. The decision has “been lauded by various rights groups, but criticized by many in the medical and dental communities as a serious mistake,” as the Times of Israel put it.
The tasteless, colorless chemical is put into water for the purpose of reducing cavities, but critics say that it amounts to mass medication, and forces people to consume the substance whether they want to or not.
By law, fluoride had been added to public drinking water supplies of large Israeli towns since the 1970s, and until this week about 70 percent of the country was fluoridated. (For comparison, 67 percent of Americans receive fluoridated tap water.)
Monday, 04 Aug 2014 06:50 AM
By Rick Ansorge
Lots of people walk around all day with their trusty water bottle in hand to make sure they stay hydrated. But many experts say they are actually making themselves more – not less – dehydrated.
How can this be?
It’s because they are drinking water that is too acidic.
The solution is alkaline water, which is surging in popularity and has some people swearing that it has given them a new lease on life.
By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters’ teeth, a new study reports.
“Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This is an important finding and it suggests that such drinks are best avoided,” study corresponding author Dr. Sarbin Ranjitkar, of the Craniofacial Biology Research Group at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said in a university news release.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Summer may seem like the best time of year to get outside to exercise, but it can be dangerous if people don’t take the proper precautions in the heat. (by: Amy Lipman – Email)
High desert temperatures and the strong Colorado sun can lead to heat exhaustion.
“That’s life threatening,” said Jim Ettenger, a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym who has done 100 triathlons. “You can become unconscious and die from that in 105 temperatures and above.”
Training for endurance sports like marathons or triathlons and competing in them during the summer can put even very-fit people at risk.
“I’ve gone through that in Ironmans,” Ettenger said. “I had heat exhaustion in an Ironman a long time ago. It’s a process of water intake wasn’t enough that day and I learned about it.”
Drinking 8 oz. of water every 15 minutes from the start of the workout is the key to safe exercise.
by Posted In: Metabolism By: CHESS
Authors have found that hydrogen (dihydrogen; H2) has beneficial lipid-lowering effects in high-fat diet-fed Syrian golden hamsters. The objective of this study was to characterize the effects of H2-rich water (0.9-1.0 l/day) on the content, composition, and biological activities of serum lipoproteins on 20 patients with potential metabolic syndrome. Serum analysis showed that consumption of H2-rich water for 10 weeks resulted in decreased serum total-cholesterol (TC) and LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels.
Western blot analysis revealed a marked decrease of apolipoprotein (apo)B100 and apoE in serum. In addition, we found H2 significantly improved HDL functionality assessed in four independent ways, namely, i) protection against LDL oxidation, ii) inhibition of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced monocyte adhesion to endothelial cells, iii) stimulation of cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells, and iv) protection of endothelial cells from TNF-α-induced apoptosis.
Further, authors found consumption of H2-rich water resulted in an increase in antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase and a decrease in thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances in whole serum and LDL. In conclusion, supplementation with H2-rich water seems to decrease serum LDL-C and apoB levels, improve dyslipidemia-injured HDL functions, and reduce oxidative stress, and it may have a beneficial role in prevention of potential metabolic syndrome.
by Julia Layton
Without electricity, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. And it’s not because your computer wouldn’t work. It’s because your brain wouldn’t work.
Everything we do is controlled and enabled by electrical signals running through our bodies. As we learned in intro physics, everything is made up of atoms, and atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. Protons have a positive charge, neutrons have a neutral charge, and electrons have a negative charge. When these charges are out of balance, an atom becomes either positively or negatively charged. The switch between one type of charge and the other allows electrons to flow from one atom to another. This flow of electrons, or a negative charge, is what we call electricity. Since our bodies are huge masses of atoms, we can generate electricity