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Documented Health Risks of Copper and Lead in Tap Water

Chronic toxicity

We speak of chronic intoxication when the person is exposed over a long period to a toxin.

Although disinfection of domestic water supply is crucial for protecting public health from waterborne diseases, the process of disinfecting water with chlorine and chloramines generates a class of compounds in the water that are called disinfection by-products. The disinfectant reacts with the organic material in the water and generates hundreds of different compounds. Some of these are toxic, some can cause birth defects, some are genotoxic, which damage DNA, and some are also carcinogenic.

Health Risks Of Copper and Lead In Drinking Water:

  • Copper identified as culprit in Alzheimer's disease New research finds that copper in tap water plays a key role in Alzheimer's disease

    Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that trigger the onset and enhance the progression of Alzheimer's disease by preventing the clearance and accelerating the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain, new research suggests.

    Copper is found in drinking water carried by copper pipes, nutritional supplements, and in certain foods.

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    Health problems linked to copper corrosion in plumbing pipes

     Alzheimer's diseaseCopper pipe
     Heart diseas
     Diabetes
     gastrointestinal complaints (abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting)
     liver damage
     schizophrenia
     hypertension
     stuttering
     fatigue
     headaches
     muscle and joint pain
     autism
     childhood hyperactivity
     depression
     insomnia
     senility
     Premenstrual syndrome.

  • Even Very Low Levels Of Environmental Toxins Can Damage Health. There is scientific consensus that there is no “safe” level of lead exposure; exposure to lead at any level could be harmful.

    Four of the most widespread environmental toxins--lead, trihalomethanes (found in drinking water), ionizing radiation from indoor radon gas, and tobacco smoke--can cause serious damage to health even at very low levels, say researchers in the international medical journal PLoS Medicine.
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  • The Threat of Lead

    Lead exposure poses a serious health risk to people who ingest the heavy metal.
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    Health problems linked to lead corrosion in plumbing pipes

    Lead is a very toxic metal, and causes serious cumulative damage to the brain, organs and blood cells over time.

    Lead is dangerous to both children and adults, and is linked to the following health problems:

    For Pregnant Women:

     Miscarriages
     Premature births or low birth weight
     Brain damage, decreased mental abilities and learning difficulties
     Reduced growth in young children

    For Children:

     Damage to the brain and nervous system
     Headaches
     Hearing and vision impairment
     Memory and concentration problems
     Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
     Anemia
     Slowed growth
     Seizures
     Coma and even death

    For Adults:

     Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
     Poor muscle coordination
     High blood pressure and hypertension
     Muscle and joint pain
     Nerve disorders