Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lack of water filtration leads to recent deaths

In today's day and age, many people are taking the more holistic approach when treating various ailments. They've moved away from the antibiotics and moved towards natural herbs and home remedies. One treatment which has become increasingly popular during allergy and flu season is the use of neti pots or squeeze bottles to clear sinus bacteria and pressure. Although it has been proven to be a very effective home remedy, it's not so great if it kills you from incorrect usage. Now that two people have died from infection with brain-eating amoebas after using neti pots, doctors are warning: do not put tap water up your nose.

Two deaths have been linked to this holistic treatment simply because consumers aren't using filtered water. One may think that because they aren't ingesting the water used, there isn't a need to use filtered or boiled water. Unfortunately, unfiltered water can carry various amoeba that can cause numerous infections. In this case, both deaths have been linked to Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba found in many lakes and rivers that was carried in the water used with the neti pot. When the contaminated water was introduced into the nasal passages, so was this amoeba which made its way up the nasal passage into the brain causing life threateneing brain infections.

Making sure our water is filtered shouldn't just stop with our drinking water, it should be a part of our everyday lifestyle. There are many chemicals and bacteria found in water such as chlorine, e coli, asbestos, parasites, and lead, for this reason we should make sure to use filtered water when washing fruits and vegetables, when cooking, making teas and coffee, and even what we offer our pets on a daily basis. Don't cut corners with the health and wellness of those you love!

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