Which Water Filter is Right for You? : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview

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no water filter needed here
I hope this water was clean, because it was amazing here… (Tabacon Hot Springs, Arenal, Costa Rica)

Yesterday, water expert Jim McMahon and I spent some time talking spring water (here)…

But what I understand is that not everyone has access to water straight from the source.

Today, Jim and I talk about how to find out what’s in your city water, the difference between all different types of filters, his view on alkaline water ionizers and what bottled waters to drink – if you have to.

Here’s where you can listen in now (my commentary follows in writing below)…

jim mcmahon spring water

Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts:

1. Caffeine found 640 feet deep in Puget Sound.

When Jim said this, I though it was so ridiculous, that I had to look it up to confirm.

It’s true.

You can read more here: Caffeine in the Puget Sound

This is a very evident example of how we are beings that are not independent of our environment. The condition of our environment is reflected in our bodies, just as the condition of our bodies reflect the condition of the environment.

To be even more exact, because we’re 70% or so water, we’re subject to all the contamination that the environment contains.

2. 43,000,000 Americans may be drinking water with sewage in it.

I didn’t know this, but apparently some states allow city water to be taken from sources that have sewage treatment plants upstream.

While I’m pretty sure this may be the only option for these municipalities, it doesn’t sit well with me – particularly since these people probably have no idea.

This is pretty serious evidence that anyone should have some type of filtration system.

3. How to get your city water report.

If you are on municipal water, you can see exactly what’s in your water. Each municipality must present these reports and sometimes it’s as easy as searching “[YOUR CITY] Water Report” in Google.

Once you find this, you can look at total dissolved solids, amount of minerals, additives and more.

Looking at this can determine what type of filter you can use.

4. Different strokes (systems) for different folks.

Jim talks about 4 different types of filters and what they do.

– Carbon Filters are great a removing choline and volatile organics like chloroform. Some of these are by-products of adding chlorine to the water.

– KDF Filters have an affinity to attracting metals by creating a small electric charge. These filters are good to remove heavy metals and other metals you may not want to have in your water.

– Reverse Osmosis Systems are very good at removing just about everything since the water is pushed through a very fine film. This type of filtration is very effective and generally removes 99.9% of contaminants.

– Distillation Systems evaporate water leaving only H2O. This is a great way to eliminate all contaminants, but could leave the water free of minerals as well. (I can’t say this is a negative thing if you’re eating a diet rich in minerals.

5. EPA levels are all part of a great compromise.

Jim doesn’t trust the EPA to tell him if water is safe or not because all the levels are based on compromise.

When change is suggested for water municipalities, there is a significant amount of government interference that happens. The most influential of course is what cost the city municipalities take on to meet the new standards.

This means there is a lot of push back from small towns that are generally already cash strapped – even if the new regulations are beneficial for the public.

6. The world has changed.

We’re not living in a natural, pristine environment any more. Jim states that there is mercury in every fish – and I believe it (or at least believe there is mercury in almost every fish!)

In this environment, we do have to protect ourselves from these toxins – even if we can’t see them (or if their effects are compounding.)

7. Get a test, save some money.

I’m a big proponent of this type of pragmatic approach to water (or health.)

Get your water tested and then get the system that works for your needs. It will save you money. It will save you stress.

You may even test your water and it’s perfect. No money out of pocket for a filtration system at all.

8. What if you have to drink bottled water?

It’s inevitable that you’ll have to drink bottled water from time to time. So if you have to, Jim suggests to get local, bottled spring water while you’re traveling.

Also, be aware that if you’re buying water from Fiji and you don’t live there, there is a huge environmental impact that will likely (over time) cause more damage to our water systems.

I want to know your thoughts: Do you drink bottled water when you travel? (Go ahead and post your thoughts at the bottom of this page.)

If you want to find out more about Jim McMahon, please visit his website here: http://www.cleanairpurewater.com

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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