Wiseman Family Practice reviews the best way to purify our tap water. Dr. Jeremy Wiseman meets with water expert Terry West from A+ Water Conditioning to look at a multi-staged Reverse Osmosis system for drinking water and a simple shower head filter for bathing water. See why purifying our tap water is so important to our health!
Check out part two here.
YouTube Video Transcript:
[How to Purify Our Water with Wiseman Family Practice]
[Wiseman Family Practice Integrative Medicine and Total Wellness]
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: Hey, everyone. Jeremy Wiseman here with Wiseman Family
Practice. I’m here in Cedar Park, Texas. And what we’re going to do today is look at
the best approach for purifying our tap water.
Now, I think most people understand there’s a connection between pure water and
true health. In fact, it’s my belief that clean water and clean food are really the
cornerstones for disease prevention.
Now, cities and towns create complex infrastructures for purifying water by filtering
acute toxins and filtering chronic toxins, or keeping chronic toxins at a safe level.
Unfortunately, the end result is tap water that is not entirely pure. And, in fact, most
tap water contains a number of toxins that, I believe, when consumed over time can
increase a number of health conditions.
So what exactly is in our tap water? 1. Pathogens: bacteria, viruses, and parasites are
pathogens commonly found in drinking water. 2. Toxic Minerals and Metals:
aluminum, arsenic, asbestos, barium, chlorine and other known toxic, inorganic
substances are also found in our drinking water. 3. Organic Chemicals: Herbicides,
paints, plastics, and pharmaceutical drugs are among the many kinds of organic
chemicals found in our drinking water. 4. Additives: Water treatment plants add a
variety of chemical agents to disinfect water. Chlorine is the most commonly used
but is not properly removed. Fluoride is another common additive. 5. Radioactive
Substances: Radioactive minerals and radioactive gases can be present in tap water.
So what is the best approach for filtering our tap water that is effective, convenient,
and not too costly? Because a lot of the filters that are used out there—from the
pitcher-type filter to the refrigerator filter, really don’t provide the maximum
amount of protection.
So I believe the best filter that provides the greatest amount of toxin filtration comes
in a multi-stage reverse osmosis [RO] system. And that’s exactly what we’re going to
look at today. We’re going to look at one of these systems. We’re going to talk to a
local water expert on how these systems are installed and how they’re maintained.
And at the end, we’re going to look at a simple strategy for filtering our shower or
bathing water. So let’s get started.
OK, Terry. So this is a multi-stage reverse osmosis system. Obviously on a table, this
is usually found under a sink. Can you explain this system?
>> Terry: You betcha. The water is going to come through a five-micron sediment
filter first. It’s going to get rid of reticulate matter. Actually, things you can’t even see
will get removed here. Then it’s going to come to a one-micron carbon block filter.
That is some really good filtration. I mean, that by itself will get cryptosporidium
and giardiasis. So these two are really making a good combination.
It will then go to an extended contact-time filter. This is carbon, so you’re going to
get a wide range of VOCs [volatile organic compounds] removed that you might not
have gotten here [initial filters]. And then from there, you’re making (really good)
three different steps of processes leading to the reverse osmosis membrane. Then
the water passes on through to the storage tank.
Now, when you do push on that faucet to get water out of here, it actually goes
through the last stage. This is a five-stage process, so this is the fifth stage and really,
it acts like a polish. It’s a ten-micron granular activated carbon filter. And that’s
going to really give it a good taste. That’s what it’s there for.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: And then from there it, obviously, goes to the faucet. OK.
Well, let’s look at it under the sink.
>> Terry: Sure.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: OK, Terry, so this is the RO system installed. Of course, the
tank is behind this cabinet here. Can you explain?
>> Terry: Yeah, this just gives us the visual of when we were at the table going
through the processes. This is what it looks like underneath the sink. It will go
through the same process, but it all starts with the cold water feed. There’s an
angled stop underneath every sink, for your hot and cold. We come off of that cold
and that’s what feeds the RO system. Then it follows that path, like what we were
talking about at the table.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: OK, let’s go look at the faucet. OK, Terry, so this is the
regular faucet, regular tap water. I use this for washing my hands and, of course,
washing dishes. And this is the RO faucet. You personally install these, is that
>> Terry: Correct.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: OK, so let’s look at the difference in water purity between
the regular faucet and the RO faucet.
>> Terry: All right, Jeremy. This is a TDS monitor; it’s going to measure the total
dissolved solids. It gives us an idea of how much . . . not individually of what there is
in the water but how much there is.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: OK.
>> Terry: That is 267 parts per million of total dissolved solids.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: So it doesn’t tell you which ones, it just tells you . . .?
>> Terry: No, it gives us the overall. You’d have to be a laboratory to be able to break
it down individually. This just lets me know how much.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: Gotcha. OK, let’s look at the RO source.
>> Terry: We’re at 38 parts per million, so we dropped from 267 to 38. What that’s
letting me know, well, obviously by the number you’re getting much more purer
water than what you started with right here [tap water faucet]. That’s why it’s going
to be so much better for your cooking and drinking.
Your source (that membrane) is going on a couple of years old and your own hard
water, so we’re beginning to get some scaling.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: Right.
>> Terry: Because typically I’ll be getting around a 10, maybe less than 20.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: When we initially tested, it was around a 15, I think.
>> Terry: That is correct.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: And that includes fluoride?
>> Terry: Now, with fluoride you don’t get the 90 to 95. You’re going to be, I think
it’s like in the high 70s, low 80s. You don’t get quite the rejection on it.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: OK, Terry, so that addresses purifying our drinking water.
What are your thoughts about purifying our shower or bathing water?
>> Terry: I think it’s extremely important. The skin is a semi-permeable sheath. We
actually absorb, or at least I’ve read, more through the pores of our skin than when
we drink water. So I think doing something either at the point of entry, which could
be difficult prior to coming into the house. As opposed to point of use, which could
be just right at your showerhead that could be removing and giving you a much
better quality of water.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: Right, again, most of us shower so much that we are
absorbing a lot of these toxins through our skin. And, of course, the hot water we
inhale them a lot, too, so it can be quite dangerous.
I use a shower filter made from Mercola. Now, this is a replacement cartridge. And
again, it comes with the shower unit. Basically, what you do is screw it on. I replace
it every three months. So can you explain what a typical showerhead filter (the
mechanism) basically brings to the table?
>> Terry: Sure, Jeremy. They’re going to have carbon inside there, but with that size
you just can’t get enough carbon. You’d be changing those filters so quickly. What
they actually will use in conjunction with it is KDF, or copper and zinc alloy. It’s a
mixture. It will actually start changing a lot of the chlorine to a chloride and trap it
on the surface. And it will make that carbon last as much as 15 times longer.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: OK. Yeah, I think, again, it’s such an easy way to get rid of a
good amount of the toxins. Because again, we’re showering so much, and most
people take really long showers and hot showers. I do think this is an excellent
strategy. Thanks, Terry.
>> Terry: Thank you.
>> Dr. Jeremy Wiseman: Thanks, everyone. So remember the two strategies for
purifying tap water. For drinking water: Use a multi-stage reverse osmosis system.
For bathing water: Use a simple showerhead filter.
I want to thank Terry [West], from A + Water Conditioning. And now I’m going to
provide some websites and some information so that you can purchase some of
these products, and of course, Terry’s number. And if you have any more questions,
you can reach me at wisemanfamilypractice.com. Thanks again.