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by Lorraine Marie

You’re way ahead of the curve if you’ve decided to remove fluoride from your water. After all, there are still municipalities thinking “hey, let’s be smart and fluoridate the water!” When we peek back at history, the rush to fluoridate public water involved very little thought, just some circumstantial evidence regarding dental health, combined with the too-hasty social fervor to jump on the bandwagon of “science has a solution for everything.”

The science showing how questionable fluoridated water is came later, but too late. The brainwashing had begun. There is reluctance to loosen the grip on tightly held beliefs, apparently…even half a century later.

Now we have a different scenario: when we decide to de-fluoridate, it seems we still don’t have enough answers to make a 100 percent sure choice about the filter we should use to accomplish the task. There are too many variables, such as the level of pollutants in the pre-treated water, pH level, how quickly the water passes through a particular filter system, etc, to allow us to find nice neat little test results that provide an obvious answer.

For example, some will point to activated alumina for fluoridation removal. It is said to be 98 to 100% effective, as long as you get the flow rate just right. There is an additional bonus of also removing arsenic and lead. The fluoride is mostly gone, but now there can be activated alumina to get out of the water.

Reverse osmosis sounds like alumina déjà vu: 90 to 95% of the fluoride can be removed, but it takes two to four gallons of water to capture one fluoride-free gallon. That gallon is basically devoid of life force, requiring the addition of other ingredients to boost it back up to life-supporting status.

Then there is bone char. It is said to be the oldest method of freeing water of fluoride GAC-2060-BC-2Tcontent, with up to a 90% removal rate. How bone char and activated carbon differ may be pertinent to your search for the best water filtering method. Bone char is made with animal bones that are heated to 1,292 degrees F., in low oxygen conditions, which enhances the product’s adsorption abilities. For vegans, it may not be an option. In contrast, activated carbon is similarly processed, and can be derived from animal or vegetable sources.

Dr. Richard Sauerheber, professor of chemistry with University of California, has looked extensively at the fluoride issue, and believes bone char filters are the most effective.

Getting rid of fluoride in your drinking water can also boost your health, since other unhealthy contaminants can be removed via filtering. Activated carbon filter methods can, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (consulted since they are not sellers or promoters of any particular filter brand), rid water of chlorine, disinfecting products, heavy metals [think arsenic, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, mercury, zinc], parasites, pesticides, radon and volatile organic chemicals, such as dichlorobenzene, methyl tert butyl ether and tricholoroethylene. The Environmental Protection Agency says radio-nuclides can be removed with granular activated carbon. I could not determine for sure if thallium is removed with activated charcoal filtering, but it is used in hospitals for internal poisoning from thallium.

So yes, take action to avoid poisoning yourself. The bone char filters may be the best route. I think about the village in Alaska, Hooper Bay, where the town’s fluoridated water system malfunctioned and 296 residents were poisoned. It was 1992. Most of the victims had severe GI pain as well as symptoms associated with heart malfunction. One person died. Fluoride can be nasty stuff, obviously, and there is evidence it may bio-accumulate in the body.

It’s clear that treated carbon products have an impressive history of service to health and well-being.

Just one more example: if you are dealing with an algae issue, Ohio State University reports using activated carbon, combined with a membrane filter, for “significantly” reducing algae toxins. To truly make the best water filtration choice, it’s wise to invest in a thorough water test and determine what is in your water to start with.

Click here to read our latest blog post: "Fluoride Opponents Win Court Decision".

See all our fluoride filters here.

 

We now carry Bone Char filters, GAC for Chlorine removal and GAC for Chloramine removal. We also sell bulk Bone Char and GAC by the lb. Bundle up and get added protection from fluoride
and heavy metals.
TUC3X-BCG-2T  

See all our GAC products here.  We've got a variety of counter top and under counter combinations to choose from. Feel free to contact us for more information:

info@highwaterfilters.com  509-685-0933.

We love to talk about your water treatment needs.

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I just found out that the Sawyer SP181 Emergency Water Filter Bucket Kit has been improved and now includes the adaptable Squeeze bottle for lightweight carrying. So you can use this with a bucket or pack it into the bush. It also includes a faucet adaptor, so you can use it with your tap water, too. I spoke with Sawyer today and found that the SP181 was originally designed for disaster relief but so many survivalists have embraced this product that they've upgraded for those on the go. I'm so excited about this new development that I've priced the Sawyer All-in-One filters at a rock bottom introductory price of $42.99. That's considerable less than you will find in stores at $69.99 or on the web where they are selling for $59.99 at most outlets. I can only offer this price for a day or two, or until my current supplies last. I just put in a big order for more. I think this product is going to sell fast. Don't miss out on this great price at Highwater Filters! Thanks for stopping by!
 
We've just marked down all our Sawyer water filters and purifiers at our Highwater Filters webstore. You probably won't find any better prices on the web, but do let us know if you do. This sale is for a very limited time only. These prices won't last. Sawyer has been steadily growing in popularity over the past year as consumers realize that they don't need to spend hundreds of dollars in order to remove harmful microbes from river or lake water. They don't need to lug heavy pump filters when they hike. They can travel to other countries and feel safer and not add weight to their luggage. All Sawyer filters and purifiers carry a 1 million gallon guarantee. You can't beat that! As an added bonus, Sawyer products are made in the USA.  What's not to like about Sawyer products? When do you think you'll find lower prices than right now? What are you waiting for? Go to Highwater Filters for all your water treatment needs, whether you are hiking, traveling, prepping, or at home. We've got a great variety of non-electric water treatment. Please visit our webstore. Thanks for stopping by!
[caption id="attachment_959" align="alignleft" width="89" caption="Katadyn Pocket Water Filter"][/caption] The Katadyn Pocket water filter is arguably the most rugged portable water filter available. But the price has steadily increased over the last 6 months. At a list price of $349.95, it's out of the range of most buyers who are looking for a great filter to take camping or for survival situations. To counter the high price, I periodically offer significant discounts on this filter so customers with less means, or who are thrift-conscious, can purchase this quality product. I currently have a discount code available for a whopping $70 off the Pocket! As an added bonus, I am offering free shipping on this item. You will need the discount code PKTSVR at check out to take advantage of this great savings. This code is available for a limited time, so hurry. I've also got a $100 off discount code toward the purchase of a Katadyn Expedition. EXPSVR. Go to Highwater Filters web store to see these and the other great products we sell.
Sale extended until Friday, July 29! I am so excited to introduce Sawyer water filters and purifiers to Highwater Filter's growing inventory. Sawyer water filters and purifiers have a great reputation. I am always keeping my eyes open for new products and I visit forums where backpackers and survivalists meet and share information. I am impressed with what those "in the know" say about Sawyer products. Not only are they quality products made in the USA, but they are affordable. These are two of my main  criteria when looking for new products. My excitement runneth over so much that I am reducing all Sawyer products by 20% for one week only. Check out our large selection of quality Sawyer filters and purifiers. See why backpackers and survivalists are more likely than not to recommend Sawyer products to those wanting a good and affordable way to make water drinkable. Check out the great bargains on Sawyer products at the Highwater Filters store. Sale ends Tuesday, July 26th! Thanks for stopping by. :)   Up! $50 Off Katadyn Pocket starting July 19, 2011 for one week only! You must use this discount code in order to qualify: PKTSVR. In addition, I am also offering free shipping on this item. Hurry, Sale ends July 26th! We are also offering $100 Off for Katadyn Expeditions, plus free shipping. Discount code: EXPSVR. Sale ends July 26th!
Update June 17. The Pockets are in stock now and I am currently running a 3 day super sale for the rock bottom price of $255.95. I doubt you'll find a lower price for a brand new Katadyn Pocket. Check it out. Sale ends Sunday, June 19! Check it out here. Update May 8, 2011: Katadyn Pocket water filters are temporarily sold out. We expect a new shipment hopefully in a few weeks. Check back to this blog for periodic updates. I am excited to announce that a shipment of Katadyn Pockets has arrived! on its way to us from Katadyn’s US headquarters in Minnesota today. We should have them in stock on or around April 14th. Email us if you'd like to receive notification when they arrive. See my most recent blogpost for details. The Katadyn Pocket water microfilter is in high demand and out of stock at many online stores and it is easy to see why.  The construction is absolutely solid and is designed to last a long long time. Few portable water filtration systems are better for long-lasting continuous use than the Katadyn Pocket water filter.

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The Pocket features a silver-impregnated ceramic element that's effective against microorganisms even in the worst conditions. The element can be cleaned several times, even on the go. The element filters bacteria and protozoans larger than 0.2 microns (0.0002mm), producing clear drinkable water anywhere. Durability and reliability make the Pocket one of the most reputable and trusted water microfilters you can get. This is the most rugged, longest lasting microfilter available. The Pocket is part of the Katadyn Endurance series, the high end line of water filters that produce up to 100 times more clean water than standard filters. It is also the only water filter with a lifetime warranty. Other features include a gauge that indicates when you should change the filtering element, a base that makes it easy to pump on all surfaces, a prefilter, and a carrying bag. The Katadyn Pocket filter is hard to find online right now, but we have them in stock and on sale at the Highwater Filters Store.* With Free Shipping on all orders over $60, this is a no brainer if you are looking for the Katadyn Pocket water filter at a low price. *Update: The Katadyn Pocket sale has ended as of March 18. Check our facebook page to see if a discount code is currently available.