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Lung Disease, NTM and
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x-ray chest2Tuberculosis and lung disease are about breathing, right?  They’re about air, not drinking water… or have we been kidding ourselves?  I’m going to show you here on a water website that there is a relationship between lung disease and drinking water.

I’m also going to show you a simple means to minimize your risk of getting lung disease from your drinking water.

You probably don’t even think you’re at risk Neither did people in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Mycobacteria are rod-shaped bacteria that are classified into groups, depending on what they cause.  Tuberculosis is the famous disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but there are several other mycobacterial diseases, including leprosy.  There is also a classification referred to as nontuberculous mycobacteria (or NTM for short) and they can lead to several diseases including lung disease resembling tuberculosis.

This last one is what’s been happening in Brisbane.  Over 200 cases of NTM disease are diagnosed in the Australian state of Queensland each year.  They think that around 40% of these are caused by the NTM in the water supply.  That’s right, lung disease from the water supply.

It’s leading to an increased number of cases of a lung disease that resembles tuberculosis, especially among middle-aged women.  The weird thing is that many of these are otherwise healthy women.  It’s worse if you have a pre-existing lung condition such as asthma, emphysema or cystic fibrosis.  But healthy people are getting NTM disease too.

Dr Rachel Thomson, a respiratory specialist, did a study with the Queensland University of Technology and confirmed the problem.  They took water from 220 sites around Brisbane, and that included 20 people with NTM infections.

She said:

Seven of those patients who had the bacteria in their homes had the same bacteria in their lungs.  We have suspected for a long time that it may have been in the water supply, based on studies overseas, but this has confirmed it.

These NTM bacteria are ubiquitous in wet soil, marshland, streams, rivers, etc.  Does your drinking water relate to any of these or have them as a source?  We’re all at risk in some small way from waterborne bacteria.

There is no drinking water supply in the world that we know of that is sterile, including bottled water or even distilled water (which should NEVER be consumed as drinking water if you believe the World Health Organization report).  It would be impractical to try and achieve sterile drinking water.  There is even one of these types of NTM bacteria called Mycobacterium chelonae that is common in distilled water and has caused infections in tattoos when the distilled water was used to dilute tattoo ink.

So if you can’t sterilize drinking water in a practical way, how do you reduce your risk?  When I was studying medicine it was well known that most environments (including surgical operating rooms) are not completely sterile. The idea was to REDUCE the number of bacteria going into your body to a level where anyone with a decent immune system would not have a problem.

There have been no long-term studies, to my knowledge, on what I’m about to tell you,.  It would be a great idea if there were.  In spite of that, what I’m about to share is still very relevant, and here’s why.

In a small one-off situation there was a known contaminated water supply verified by the local health department lab.  When this contaminated water was processed through a specific brand of ionizer that creates Life Support Water, the bacterial count was lowered by around 90% and brought back to within normal range for water considered safe for human consumption, again verified by this same local health department.

It turns out that when you modify tap water to create Life Support Water, there is also a large reduction in the amount of microorganisms within the water, even contaminated water that wasn’t previously safe to drink.  Do you think the people of Brisbane, Australia ought to know about this?  And what about you?

We offer webinars for everyone to learn these things.  In one of them we’ll even show you the lab reports of this bacterial reduction to which I’m referring.  You can lower your risk of getting lung disease, NTM,  and other waterborne diseases if you drink Life Support Water and utilize all the features of a top quality device to create it.

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