Happy Earth Day: How To Improve Your Water Quality
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
In honor of Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd in the United States, I thought I would discuss one of the most important but sometimes overlooked way to reduce your chemical exposure in your household. There have been many studies published about various toxins found at unsafe levels in drinking levels in several states in the United States. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption as well as many other health conditions. You can just touch the surface on this vast topic by reading a relatively recent article in the Harvard Gazette. If you or anyone spends anytime on Cape Cod during the summer, you may also be interested in reading about Cape Cod's drinking water problem. Health advisories have been issues at various stages due to known, unsafe levels of PFOA and PFOS. In essence, the drinking water on the Cape was found to be unsafe for pregnant or nursing mothers as well as babies due to potential developmental issues arising from the ingestion of these chemicals. In addition to the known risks of certain chemicals at unsafe levels, there are numerous concerns about the complex interaction of hundreds or thousands of chemicals found in the water even when found in allowable levels as determined by the Environmental Protection Area.
What can you do? First you need to find out what is in your water by having it tested. Not all companies are the same when it comes to testing the water. Be wary of companies that also sell water filters as this is a conflict of interest. One company that offers various types of water tests is National Testing Laboratories. Tests average about $250 depending on the extensiveness of the test and the number of areas you want to test in your home. The next step is to determine what type of filter you need to purchase in order to filter out whatever contaminants are found in your water test. For an extremely comprehensive look at all the various issues that affect our drinking water today, as well as an unbiased and thorough review of available water filters, order a copy of the The Drinking Water Book by Colin Ingram. This is probably one of the best resources that I have found on the subject of water and the best $15 I have spent. Don't forget other areas of your household such as showers, baths, or outdoor hoses. Good luck testing!
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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.