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1. The Drinking Water Book: How to
2. Drinking Water Regulation and
3. Basic Microbiology for Drinking
4. A Precious Liquid: Drinking Water
5. Don't Drink The Water (without
6. Drinking Water Quality: Problems
7. Bottlemania: Big Business, Local
8. The Case Against Fluoride: How
9. Plain Talk About Drinking Water,
10. The Environmental Science of Drinking
11. Drinking Water (Pebble Plus; Healthy
12. Water Quality & Treatment:
13. Ozone in Drinking Water Treatment:
14. Ozone in Water Treatment. Application
15. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A
16. Drinking water detoxification
17. The influence of water-drinking
18. Detection Methods for Algae, Protozoa
19. Water: The Ultimate Cure : Discover
20. Drinking Water: Contamination,

1. The Drinking Water Book: How to Eliminate Harmful Toxins from Your Water
by Colin Ingram
Paperback: 200 Pages (2006-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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THE DRINKING WATER BOOK takes a level-headed look at the serious issues surrounding America’s drinking water supply. Unlike water purifier manufacturers and public health officials, Ingram presents unbiased reporting on what’s in your water and how to drink safely. Featuring all the latest scientific research, the book evaluates the different kinds of filters and bottled waters and rates specific products on the market. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True information, very good examples of equipment
Been doing research about purifying water for some time now.This book gave me straight forward information on the how and why.Highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars nice service
The book was packaged with care, and I could tell they truly look out for their customers.I would definitely buy again from them!

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not Mandatory
This book is a primer for those interested in obtaining better quality drinking water. If you've spent ten hours or more researching the subject, this book won't radically alter your worldview. However, what it does do well is fill in the cracks. It features pages of distributors and suppliers; it discusses in depth the various types of filters and why they work; it does feature some interesting tidbits (faucet-mounted filters are largely ineffective!). This book only confirmed the direction I was going in -- to get a three-step desktop filter, the best that you can do without moving up to a distillation system.

On the negative side, occasionally the writer reveals a hypochondriac's fixation with germs and gives vent to his pro-regulatory biases. On the positive side, the book is short, eminently readable, and gives a solid overview of the subject with a few new nuggets of knowledge.

In short, useful, but not mandatory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Should I Be Concerned About My Drinking Water?
Colin Ingram pulls the reader into his book by offering "Ten Quick Tips" to "wet" your appetite for the valuable detailed information that follows.

Ingram, who has years of experience as a scientific writer, articulates with clarity in this comprehensive guide to the importance of pure drinking water for maintaining optimum health.The chapter on water pollutants and the risk to health was startling.There is a logical order to the book as the next chapter deals with water testing and finding out what is in your water, and the best drinking water for good health.I was amazed to discover the various sources of commercial water suppliers and the number and variety of their products.

Several chapters deal with water purifiers and how they work. They include information on filters, distillers, alternative methods, and suggestions for combining types of purifiers.Ingram included suggestions on how to evaluate these systems, types of installations, a cost comparison of purifiers, and a comparison of the cost of bottled water versus that of a purifier.

I found the chapter summaries and author's recommendations especially helpful.He not only introduced primary and alternative methods, and combinations of purifiers, but also pros and cons of various views being expounded by vendors, environmentalists, and politicians.

The appendix, glossary, and index add to this compact, comprehensive manual on how to insure you are drinking safer water.

This is an important, informative, guidebook, calling for imperative action steps to do something about the water you are drinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, common sense information
I've had an interest in safe drinking water for many years. The market is flooded (pun intended) with advertising and claims. Mr. Ingram has made a difficult field very understandable. So much so, that you can make an intelligent decision on how to ensure safe drinking water for your family.I bought more copies and have given them as gifts.
He claims to be totally independent and from the book, it seems he is.
I am a new author, finishing my book Common Sense, The Joy of Living Smarter. I am listing this book in my reference chapter. ... Read more

2. Drinking Water Regulation and Health
by Frederick Pontius
Hardcover: 1072 Pages (2003-06-05)
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The Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 instituted wide-ranging regulatory changes to the seminal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)–such as providing funding to communities facing health risks, focusing regulatory efforts on contaminants posing such health risks, and adding flexibility to the regulatory process– and the amendments continue to shape regulations and regulatory policy to this day. Editor Frederick Pontiuss Drinking Water Regulation and Health provides a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on the current regulatory landscape.

Drinking Water Regulation and Health serves as a guide for water utilities, regulators, and consultants, forecasting future trends and explaining the latest developments in regulations. A diverse group of contributors covers topics such as water treatment, water protection, how some of the regulations have been interpreted in the courts, how water utilities can stay in compliance, and how to satisfy customer expectations, especially sensitive subpopulations. Divided into four sections – The SDWA and Public Health, Regulation Development, Contaminant Regulation and Treatment, and Compliance Challenges – the book includes chapters on:

  • Improving Waterborne Disease Surveillance
  • Application of Risk Assessments in Crafting Drinking Water Regulations
  • Control of Drinking Water Pathogens and Disinfection By-Products
  • Selection of Treatment Technology for SDWA Compliance
  • Death of the Silent Service: Meeting Consumer Expectations
  • Achieving Sustainable Water Systems
  • What Water Suppliers Need to Know About Toxic Tort Litigation
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3. Basic Microbiology for Drinking Water Personnel
Paperback: 104 Pages (2001-06)
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4. A Precious Liquid: Drinking Water and Culture in the Valley of Mexico (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues)
by Michael Ennis-McMillan
Paperback: 192 Pages (2005-12-13)
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The text provides an ethnographic analysis of the social and cultural aspects of installing and managing a piped drinking water system in La Purificacion Tepetitla, a community located in the densely populated and semiarid region of the Valley of Mexico. The account shows how politics and culture shape community initiatives to develop adequate and equitable drinking water supplies in the Valley of Mexico's changing ecology. The research is based on 22 months of ethnographic fieldwork, carried out from 1993 to 2000. The book applies the culture concept to drinking water issues and furthers students' understanding of human diversity in terms of economics, ecological adaptation, politics, kinship, gender, ethnicity, health beliefs and practices, and religion and ritual. ... Read more

5. Don't Drink The Water (without reading this book) The essential Guide to Our Contaminated Drinking Water and What You Can Do About It
by Lono Kahuna Kupua A'o
Paperback: 112 Pages (2004-01-25)
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Includes information you need to make intelligent decisions about the safety and treatment of your water. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Prolific Hawai'ian Author exposes deadly poisons in our water supplies
Author Lono Kahuna Kupua A'o provides
charts, tables and diagrams in solid
easy to digest format. Don't take anoth-
er sip of tap water without first reading
this informative book. What's really all
in your tap water? Flouride? Chlorine?
Poisons? All the above? The current avail-
ablity of good drinking water is in question.

My recommendation - additional: get a berkey
water purification system for a good back up
and drink bottled spring, not just purified
water. Bon Apetit!

2-0 out of 5 stars Some good info, but not enough
For the reader who currently knows nothing about water contamination and purification, this is a decent book, since it provides some eye-opening information.However, there are better books out there, depending on what you're looking for.

For specific advice on water contamination and safe water alternatives, including bottled water and home purification, I recommend Colin Ingram's "The Drinking Water Book."It has more information and a better format, including a simple chart that rates the effectiveness of different home purification methods for eliminating different contaminants (something this author didn't include).

If you're looking for something more political, buy "The Sierra Club Guide to Safe Drinking Water."This lists specific steps to improve drinking water on a larger level, including political action and people/agencies to contact.It also includes a list of major U.S. cities and their violations of water purity regulations.Finally, it lists the EPA drinking water standards in an appendix.Of course, it also includes advice on safe water alternatives, but this is not as extensive as the recommendations in The Drinking Water Book (see above).

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Scary!Excellent Read! A Must for Every Nutritionist
I just got finished reading this book in between classes, and all I can say is WOW!Be aware, and beware of your tap water.If these statistics are correct, then the EPA and the U.S. government are not concerned withprotecting your right to clean water, and therefore, you must educateyourself in order to protect against degenerative disease.

[ 1991-1992EPA records showed that the nations water systems committed over 250,000violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, affecting more than 100 millionAmericans - and 10% of those exceeded the MCL (Max Contaminant Level) ofthe EPA. ]

This book is a great start finding out the truth of thematter. Toxins are everywhere!We all need to learn where they exist andremove them for our own and our childrens sake.

Someday, a high rankingofficial on TV may review this book, or a similar subject and try and spinthese numbers a certain way to make it not sound so bad, but don't befooled.Statistics seldom lie.Only politicians do.Politicians can comefrom any field, not just government.Politicians come from industry,medicine, lobby, and big business etc.Be a detective, and look foranything that doesn't make sense.

"The Truth is Obvious, EverythingElse is Questionable"

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book! It contains vital information.
This book is certainly a very factual and "blunt" book about the seriousness of our domestic water quality.With the coming "Y2K" event on the horizon, I believe Lono A'o's comments are even moreappropriate and noteworthy.I have given this book a 5 star and I amgiving serious thought to making this book a required reading for all thestudents in my Environmental Studies class at New England College.That'show serious I believe the issue is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very thorough about current water filtration methods
If you ever plan on buying a water filter of any kind -- this is the book to read. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I wish it would have given more specific information regarding name brand water filtration systems available and where to get testing information etc. ... Read more

6. Drinking Water Quality: Problems and Solutions
by N. F. Gray
Paperback: 536 Pages (2008-04-21)
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This textbook provides a comprehensive review of the problems associated with the supply of drinking water in the developed world. Since the first edition of this book was published, water companies and regulators have been presented with numerous new challenges - global warming has seriously affected water supplies and water quality; advances in chemical and microbial analysis have revealed many new contaminants in water that were previously undetectable; and recent terrorist attacks have demonstrated how vulnerable water supplies are to contamination or disruption. This new edition includes an overview of the current and emerging problems, with potential solutions. It has been completely updated, and includes the WHO Revised Drinking Water Guidelines. An ideal textbook for courses in environmental science, hydrology, environmental health and environmental engineering; it also provides an authoritative reference for practitioners and professionals in the water supply industry. ... Read more

7. Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle Over America's Drinking Water
by Elizabeth Royte
Paperback: 272 Pages (2009-07-07)
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“An engaging investigation of an unexpectedly murky substance…After you read it you will sip warily from your water bottle.”—New York Times Book Review

Bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. But what’s the cost of all this water—for us and for the environment? In this eye-opening book, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Michael Pollan did for food: She examines the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that surround it on its journey from distant aquifers to our supermarkets and homes. She looks at the various sources of drinking water (including the embattled Maine town that Poland Spring exports from), the chemicals we dump into it to make it potable, and the real differences between tap and bottled. Bottlemania is the story of one of the greatest marketing coups of the twentieth century—and one of the most troubling issues facing our environment today. With a new afterword on the developing issues in clean water around the world.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Quick Summary of the Book
This is one of those books that kind of leaves you feeling hopeless - there's really not a lot you can do make sure you're getting the best water possible. It's not that she's all doomsday-ish about it, the entire situation is really pretty lose-lose. I'll give you a the gist of it and you can choose to read it for yourself for details. It's not a bad book, though I thought her other novel, Garbageland, was better written. She got a little more lost in the technicalities in this one, I thought.

*spoiler alert* (and please pardon my fuzziness on details - I've already returned the book to the library)

Bottled water: drinking bottled water is just plain bad. There's a lot of fossil fuels being burned to create the plastic, clean the water and then ship it to you. Never mind the fact that only like 15% of plastic water bottles actually get recycled. The rest end up in landfills. Spring water is being removed from aquifers and affecting all sorts of environments which were relying on its flow. Whole rivers and ponds are drying up in those areas. As far as the quality of the water goes, the FDA "regulates" it and puts almost none of the restrictions on it that the EPA puts on tap water. In other words, the industry is self-policed and we know how that usually goes. The spring water is mostly better in quality than what you get from your tap, and the filtered tap water (think Aquafina, Dasani) is put through considerably more filtering to get it cleaner. However, bottling companies do not check their water quality as often as public utilities do and they only do it before it gets into the bottle. Most worrisome are the plastic residues that leach into your water from the bottle itself. The longer the bottle takes to get to you, the worse it gets. It's further compounded if the water heats up at all (e.g. being left in the car for a while) when bacteria can multiply and the plastic softens to release more chemicals into your water.

Tap water: unfortunately, this isn't an ideal solution either. The quality of your tap water varies significantly with where you live. Luckily, Seattle has one of the five best water supplies in the U.S. so we're pretty fortunate here. Also in the top five are NYC and San Francisco. The worst include more or less any community drinking from the Mississippi. Yuck. Basically, industry, farms and our sewage systems are dumping all sorts of wastes into our water ways. The cities with the best water supplies tend to be ones which control the source of the water (e.g. Seattle owns all the land around the watershed, so they can control what gets built around it). The worst are ones at the bottom of long, big rivers (e.g. New Orleans). One of the biggest problems with public water supplies (besides all the dumping into our water) is just that our tax dollars are not enough to sustain them. There isn't enough money to really solve the problem the right way. And the more we drink bottled water, the more we're giving the impression that we're okay with it as the long-term solution, instead of investing in our public supplies. As an example of the money issue: there's a city somewhere in middle America (Kansas City, perhaps) which spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to get some chemical out of the drinking water. The remains of this process, heavily concentrated with the bad chemical, are then put right back into the river so that the next city downstream has to filter it out all over again. Genius. This is because the facilities literaly do only what's demanded of them by the EPA and not a shred more. There's no money for it. And then there's the fact that the EPA's regulations are still relatively lax: for example, they just require that certain metals and bacteria not exceed set levels on average, over the span of a year. This means that the levels can be dangerously high for a few days a year (usually summer when the water heats up) and then lower levels other times average it out to below the accepted threshold. One of the big ones to watch out for is the chlorine - excess amounts beyond what's required to get rid of the bacteria end up reacting with minerals in the water to form a carcinogenic substance.

Home filters: the typical Brita filter gets rid of some of the chlorine but not a lot else. And that's only if you're using it correctly and replacing the filter often, which most people don't do. Part of he issue is that gravity alone can't get the water through a tighter filter. Tighter filters area available for attaching to your water line so that the pressure of the water flow will get it through the filter and, consequently, will get it cleaner.

The moral issue: one of the questions brought up in the book and not really adequately addressed is whether or not water should be a God-given right. If we allow private companies to control our water supply and clean water becomes more and more scarce (as it will), we're getting ourselves into a tricky situation. The companies will work for their profits, not for the best interests of the communities where the water is coming from. Should money be required for getting clean water as it is for so many people in the third world?

My solution: I'm going to ignore all of this for now and drink our pretty clean Seattle water. When we get a new place and have the opportunity to put in an under-sink filter, we'll do so. I've got reusable bottles that I carry around with me to make it unnecessary to buy bottled water when up and about. I have no problem with asking Starbucks or whoever to fill up my bottle from the tap instead of buying theirs.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the conscientious consumer
In Bottlemania, Elizabeth Royte explores the controversy surrounding bottled water, and the reasons for its appeal.In addition to describing the obvious environmental impacts of choosing bottled versus tap water, she visits local communities where bottled waters such as Poland Spring are sourced to learn about how consumer decisions affect such communities.Royte fairly evaluates the health risks of both bottled and municipal water, and discusses at length various ways water can be made safe to drink.

My home has well water, and I was disappointed that well water was not discussed more in this book.Although Royte does acknowledge that well water testing is expensive, she does not offer an opinion as to whether the cost of testing and potential safety hazards outweigh those associated with bottled water for those of us with wells.

Ultimately Royte offers no easy answers to some of the questions she raises, but she does make a strong case that choosing bottled water over tap makes water a commodity rather than a basic human right.Bottlemania is a quick and informative read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Water is the only drink for a wise man
Thoreau famously said, "water is the only drink for a wise man".He didn't have the range of water available to us today, from the humble tap to bottled waters of various origins.Ryote examines how we came to have so many water options available to us, as well as the potential health and environmental costs of each.

The book has a few threads.One of them is the fight between the small town of Fryeburg, Maine, and Nestlé, which bottles the enormously popular Poland Spring water from the town's springs.Aside from concerns about the impact to the springs and all that depend on it, the locals are also concerned with the traffic and pollution caused by the endless stream of tanker trucks taking their water elsewhere.

Another thread, related to the first, is where bottled water comes from.Many large-scale bottled waters are nothing more than tap water, occasionally with added minerals to give the water a particular taste.Bottled water isn't subject to the same regulations that tap water is, so it is easily contaminated.Water bottled in poor communities, especially overseas, is often done at the expense of clean drinking water for locals.

The final thread is the state of our tap water: where it comes from, what is removed from it, what isn't removed from it, and what is added to it.Tap water is great in many parts of the country, and often beats out fancy bottled spring water in blind taste tests, but it has its own issues.The definition of clean water is limited and doesn't take into account many contaminants that impact our health.Even if the tap water is clean, its delivery into our homes via our pipes can contaminate the water.Those popular Brita filtration pitchers take out some contaminants, but not all.

This is a great overview of the real cost of water, both tap and bottled.I learned more about water than I had imagined there was to know.

5-0 out of 5 stars A lively consumer's examination will appeal to a range of water-users
BOTTLEMANIA: HOW WATER WENT ON SALE AND WHY WE BOUGHT IT proves an entertaining expose of the lengths corporations have taken to commercialize water, and the social and environmental costs of quenching human thirst. The industry of bottled water is a huge billion dollar business in the U.S. - yet only recently are consumers questioning bottle water contents and perceptions. A lively consumer's examination will appeal to a range of water-users and to any general lending library.

3-0 out of 5 stars What about farm crops?
I thought the author did a good job of investigating the subject (except the subject in the last paragraph of this review). However,I'm giving the book 3 stars because I felt the book was more of a "long rambling novel" than an effective expose' on the subject. A novel is fine, but this one was bit too disjointed for me.

Some if the issues address in the book:
* Why do we drink bottled water?
* Why do we drink so much bottled water?
* Are our choices impacting the ability of public utilities to supply clean water?
* Should corporations be permitted to bottle unlimited water for profit, or is it a public good?

Throughout the book, the author tried to present a "balanced" view of public needs vs corporate actions. In so doing I thought she seemed unfocused, and artificially unsure of of her opinions.

As noted in the book, water rights, while they vary in detail by locale, are generally based on an implicit assumption that there's more than enough water to go around. This may have been generally true even 50-100 years ago, but with the population explosion worldwide, it is tenuous at best today.

As the author points out repeatedly in the book, this creates ENORMOUS problems. When corporations appropriate HUGE quantities of water from desirable sources and sell bottled water at a profit, this is limiting the future availability of water for the local citizens. The issue is if the reduction in water for local users is significant enough to have an adverse impact. The answer to this question is probably never known until it's too late.

WHAT THE AUTHOR OVERLOOKED -- the issue of selling bottled water is really no different (and probably actually a smaller issue) than farmers who draw down local aquifers to grow crops that are sold worldwide. The "form" may change, but the result is the same -- farmers are using a local water source that is becoming depleted to the benefit of the masses located elsewhere. Unfortunately, this issue was NOT discussed in the book (as I recall). ... Read more

8. The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There
by Paul Connett, James Beck, H. Spedding Micklem
Paperback: 392 Pages (2010-10-07)
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When the U.S. Public Health Service endorsed water fluoridation in 1950, there was little evidence of its safety. Now, six decades later and after most countries have rejected the practice, many cities and towns across the United States continue to fluoridate their water supply and the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association continue to endorse it, despite increasing evidence that it is not only unnecessary, but potentially hazardous to human health.

In this timely and important book, Dr. Paul Connett,Dr. James Beck, and Dr. H. Spedding Micklem take a new look at the science behind water fluoridation and argue that just because the medical establishment endorses a public health measure, that doesn't mean it's safe. In the case of water fluoridation, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water that more than 180 million people drink each day are not pharmaceutical grade, but rather hazardous waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry; it is illegal to dump them into rivers and lakes or release them into the atmosphere. And water fluoridation is a prime example of one of the worst medical practices possible-forced medication with no control over the dose or who gets it. Perhaps most shocking of all, it is not subject to any federal regulation.

At once painstakingly-documented and also highly-readable, The Case Against Fluoride brings new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and kidneys, and argues that while there is possible value in topical applications like brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the evidence that swallowing fluoride reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak. The Case Against Fluoride doesn't question the good intentions of dentists who support fluoridation, but rather explores the poor science, bizarre tactics, biased reviews, and puzzling motivations of a relatively small number of influential people who continue to push this practice on a largely ill-informed public. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An American scam finally and fully revealed
Here it is; the book that took retired Professor Paul Connett and an army of researchers and activists fourteen years to compile and write. This is the one that rips the cover off the cover up conceived by the U. S. Public Health Service and maintained by corporate industrial giants after World War II to protect one of the most flawed public policies ever conceived in the United States. It reveals one of the saddest mass public deceptions in our history.

For more than 60 years the idea of fluoridation has been supported, promoted, advertised and force fed to an unsuspecting public until the very mention of adverse health effects seemed like an affront to the very integrity and expertise of the practice of dentistry and public health itself. Yet, during its entire run as a public policy, fluoridation has continually attracted the thoughtful challenge of intelligent and respected scientists and researchers who did not take blindly accepted dogma at face value. Rather, their sense of ethics and professional responsibility compelled them to read with deep understanding the few well-planned scientific reports that were allowed to slip through the veil of contradictory and skewed tests that were accepted without opposition by an entire medical discipline. Those who came to the conclusion that "fluoridation must stop" were ignored, threatened, and given a very cold shoulder by the very officials whose job it was, and is, to protect the public health.

Connett and his co-authors remind us that dentistry is not the enemy here. The enemy, instead, is a system that is geared to perpetuate a belief in fluoridation by using professional peer pressure, tremendous amounts of promotional money, and the subtle threat of ostracism. Maintenance of the policy of fluoridation continues by use of the tools of professional licensure and legal pressure in a long chain of workers who are compelled to continue a practice many of them know is wrong. And, some are compelled to follow state mandates that have been poorly understood, poorly written, yet strongly enforced by professionals who were responsible for twisting laws and ethics that should have signaled a poor and failing medical policy many years ago. Only the politics of face-saving seems to have formed the basis for the continuation of fluoridation, especially in the U. S.. The ignorance by officials of the basic science, law and ethics concerning this issue are unbelievably glaring.

Having been a victim of fluoride poisoning myself, the group of people who helped compose this book are the ones who helped me recover my life. I stopped using fluoridated toothpaste and now only drink distilled water. With the application of several other common sense diet changes that have reduced other toxins from my environment, my health has improved to a startling degree since I became aware of this scam back in 2007. My teeth have actually gotten stronger and whiter. I have no additional cavities. In fact, I was so impressed with the honesty and forthright integrity of this dedicated group as compared to the treatment I received from public officials when I questioned fluoride, that I became involved with the movement to end fluoridation. I was eventually asked by Paul Connett to help with many aspects of this publication. We worked exhaustively on its content. And, I know we are all proud and respectful of the final product.

To my mind, this is the most comprehensive and detailed collection of facts and figures ever placed in one printed volume for the public's analysis of fluoridation. It reveals in great detail the other side of an issue that fluoridation pundits hedge or avoid altogether. It is highly readable. Its logic and meticulously chosen studies bring the entire issue into crystal clear view for all to see. If anything, the authors could be faulted for being too wary of their evidence with the expectation that their work will be challenged severely by the behemoth of the fluoride establishment. Not only is this an eye-opener for the common public, but also for all those medical professionals who may not have had the time to carefully review the decades of information brought together in this one volume.

This book marks the beginning of the end of a long running scam whose details are now clearly revealed.

(Note:This reviewer has not yet purchased the product described from Amazon.com because he was involved in the book's production and knows its content).

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Fluoridation Handbook

I have had the great privilege of meeting one of the co-authors of this book, Dr. Paul Connett, on several occasions; including international conferences on water fluoridation.He has even visited Waterloo, Ontario twice this year in connection with local concerted efforts to remove fluoridation from our municipal drinking water (we have a vote on October 25, 2010).I had a chance to read pre-publication copy of this book and it is a wonderful handbook for citizens who want a readable piece which explains the intertwined science and politics on this alarming issue.Rather than going into my own review I think the one that appears in "booklist" a publication of the American Library Association parallels my own views completely:

*Starred Review*On the eve of the new millennium, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), listed water fluoridation as one of the twentieth-century's 10 greatest public-health achievements.Yet according to the authors of this painstakingly researched exposé of fluoridations overall ineffectiveness and toxicity, endorsements such as these from the CDC and other health organizations are motivated more by face-saving politics than credible research.Fluoridation advocates who have previously branded detractors as conspiracy theorists and shills for junk science will be hard pressed to debunk the hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and sound scientific reasoning presented here.In demonstrating fluoridations ineffectiveness, the authors cite exhaustive evidence proving fluorides only benefits are topical, as in tooth brushing, as opposed to swallowing.But the case against fluorides alleged safety, even in small doses, is more alarming, with multiple studies showing fluorides probable complicity in lowered intelligence scores, thyroid dysfunction, hip fractures, and the ominously rising incidence of osteosarcoma in boys.The authors' academic, hyperbole-free writing style serves them well in marshalling a series of facts that, all by themselves, expose fluoridation as a false panacea.It remains to be seen, however, whether the public-health community will give this landmark work due credit or continue to rubber stamp an outdated policy that, like bloodletting and trepanation, properly belongs on the scrap heap of sham medical interventions. (Booklist, Sept 1, 2010)

I urge anyone who lives in a fluoridated community to read this book.The unethical, unnecessary and potentially dangerous practice of fluoridation has to be stopped.This book should help to do this, not only in Canada and the U.S. but also in the handful of other countries that still continue this outdated and unsafe practice.

Robert J. Fleming(Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

5-0 out of 5 stars You may never want to drink tap water again
This book will shock you!

I used to drink my tap water without concern, thinking it was safe and free of toxic chemicals.Then I read "The Case Against Fluoride" only to find out that 72% of public water supplies in the United States add an unregulated drug--fluoride--to the drinking water.Worst of all, its not the same fluoride you find in toothpaste, but instead 90% of communities use the cheapest, lowest-grade fluoride they can find, which happens to be unfiltered and unregulated toxic waste from the fertilizer industry (primarily from China and India).You can imagine my shock when I looked into whether my community fluoridated, and if so what chemicals they used (anyone can look this information up through the CDC website here:[...]).I found out that a town I lived in for nearly 7 years dumped this toxic waste into the water supply without any notification to the public or warnings regarding the huge volume of scientific and medical research pointing to serious health problems.What's worse, fluoride is also in processed food, soda, beer, and juice bottled in fluoridated communities, so we're consuming it whether we live in a fluoridated community or not.

The book was comprehensive, easy to read and understand, and supported every step of the way by the best and latest medical and scientific research. If you drink anything, you need to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take This Book To Your City or Town Council Meetings
Fluoridation opponents are often told that peer-reviewed published science doesn't support them.But that's a lie. This book is heavily referenced with such data. When fluoridationists with professional sounding titles testify before city councils, citizens are often intimidated and legislators confused.This book provides all the evidence required to refute any fluoridationist's false claims.

Because Dr. Connett, who is a chemist and very scientifically literate, was frustrated by fluoridationists who refused to read up-to-date fluoride science, he knew the average citizen could be equally frustrated.This book is meant for all of us who want a professional by our side when we tell elected officials, community and environmental groups that water fluoridation is ineffective at reducing tooth decay, harmful to health and a huge waste of money. Dr. Connett can't be everywhere, although he tries; but, if you buy this book, it will seem like he's by your side.

Fluoride chemicals are added to 70% of US public water supplies and, therefore, virtually 100% of the food and beverages made with that water in restaurants and supermarkets.As a result, fluoride is the most consumed drug in America.Yet, few Americanknow fluoride's adverse effects, side effects, contraindications, proper individual dosage and where it comes from.Don't expect your dentist or physician to know.Most haven't learned this either.

I suggest you find out if your water is fluoridated, by calling your water company.If it is, take this book to your local legislative body and start reading from it, a little at every meeting until you reach the end or until they agree to stop fluoridation.

Fluoridationists often use name-calling andpersonal insults to denigrate people opposed to fluoridation.Don't let that stop you. Remember, Intelligent people, if they really understood science, wouldn't need to resort to such sophomoric tactics.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Case Against Fluoride
I have been active in the fluoridation debate since 1988.I am currently the President of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland, Inc. The Case Against Fluoride by Paul Connett, James Beck, & H.S. Micklem is a masterpiece.This book along with the Fluoride Deception by C. Bryson are must reads for every citizen in the United States that has been exposed to the flawed practice of water fluoridation.The Case Against Fluoride should be the book that makes the most impact on the political level regarding this issue in years.It was well thought out and researched and is a gripping book detailing the most important arguments against the practice of water fluoridation.My hat is off to Paul, James & H.S. for crafting such a riveting book for the ages.Thank you!!! ... Read more

9. Plain Talk About Drinking Water, Fifth Ed.
by Dr. James M. Symons
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-09-03)
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Is bottled water regulated? What indoor home activity uses the most water? Can wastewater be made into drinking water? These and over 225 more questions are answered in this fantastic book all about drinking water. Learn about tap water, water and health, contaminants(including atrazine and pharmaceuticals), taste, odor, home treatment, chlorine, fluoride, lead, bottled water, water sources, underground pipes, conservation, leaks, costs, regulations ... and more.

ANSWERS: Bottled water is regulated, but only at the production source. Tap water, on the other hand, must meet more and stricter quality regulations than bottled water. Washing clothes uses the most water indoors--26%; yes, wastewater can be made perfectly safe to drink. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect book
A perfect book--lots of information in simple English. Love the question and answer format. Definitely not a dry subject!! If you can only buy one book on water, this is the one.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read that would do well in any community library reference collection
Clean drinking water is the most valuable commodity that is never spoken of. "Plain Talk About Drinking Water" seeks to answer over two hundred questions about the water Americans drink to dispel the myths and questions that surround the water tap and how it's regulated for those around us. Filled cover to cover with intriguing and useful information, "Plain Talk About Drinking Water" is a fascinating read that would do well in any community library reference collection. ... Read more

10. The Environmental Science of Drinking Water
by Patrick Sullivan, Franklin J. Agardy, James J.J. Clark
Kindle Edition: 384 Pages (2005-07-06)
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In today's chemically dependent society, environmental studies demonstrate that drinking water in developed countries contains numerous industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and chemicals from water treatment processes.This poses a real threat.As a result of the ever-expanding list of chemical and biochemical products industry, current drinking water standards that serve to preserve our drinking water quality are grossly out of date.

Environmental Science of Drinking Water demonstrates why we need to make a fundamental change in our approach toward protecting our drinking water.Factual and circumstantial evidence showing the failure of current drinking water standards to adequately protect human health is presented along with analysis of the extent of pollution in our water resources and drinking water.The authors also present detail of the currently available state-of-the-art technologies which, if fully employed, can move us toward a healthier future.

* Addresses the international problems of outdated standards and the overwhelming onslaught of new contaminants.
* Includes new monitoring data on non-regulated chemicals in water sources and drinking water.
* Includes a summary of different bottled waters as well as consumer water purification technologies. ... Read more

11. Drinking Water (Pebble Plus; Healthy Eating With Mypyramid)
by Schuh, Mari
Paperback: 24 Pages (2006-01-01)
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Text and photographs describe the importance of drinking water, why your body needs water, and ways to enjoy water. ... Read more

12. Water Quality & Treatment: A Handbook on Drinking Water (Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Series)
by American Water Works Association, James Edzwald
Hardcover: 1696 Pages (2010-12-03)
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The definitive water quality and treatment resource--fully revised and updated

Comprehensive, current, and written by leading experts, Water Quality & Treatment: A Handbook on Drinking Water, Sixth Edition covers state-of-the-art technologies and methods for water treatment and quality control. Significant revisions and new material in this edition reflect the latest advances and critical topics in water supply and treatment. Presented by the American Water Works Association, this is the leading source of authoritative information on drinking water quality and treatment.


  • Chemical principles, source water composition, and watershed protection
  • Natural treatment systems
  • Water reuse for drinking water augmentation
  • Ultraviolet light processes
  • Formation and control of disinfection by-products


  • Drinking water standards, regulations, goals, and health effects
  • Hydraulic characteristics of water treatment reactors
  • Gas-liquid processes and chemical oxidation
  • Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and flotation
  • Granular media and membrane filtration
  • Ion exchange and adsorption of inorganic contaminants
  • Precipitation, coprecipitation, and precipitative softening
  • Adsorption of organic compounds by activated carbon
  • Chemical disinfection
  • Internal corrosion and deposition control
  • Microbiological quality control in distribution systems
  • Water treatment plant residuals management
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13. Ozone in Drinking Water Treatment: Process Design, Operation, and Optimization
by Kerwin Rakness
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2005-10-20)
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This book is a resource for all drinking water treatment plants into the application, design, operation, control, and optimization of ozone facilities. This book is written primarily from an operations perspective, and explains the current place and placement of ozone facilities in North America. Coverage includes instrumentation quality control, quality assurance guidelines, precautions for implementation, maintenance considerations, and explains the theory and practice of ozone operation and how ozone disinfection performance is measured, calculated, reported, and optimized. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ozone in Drinking Water Treatment by Kerwin Rakness
This book is an excellent reference manual. It can be used by engineers or water operators with complete and easily understandable concepts. We have been operating an ozone plant for water treatment for approximately 4 years now and use this book as a source for new concepts and references for our existing operational data.This book is an excellent resource for process design, operations, and system optimization.

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with practical information about ozone system design and operation!
This book is a valuable resource that I refer to daily in my work with ozone systems for drinking water treatment.It is written in manner that is easy to understand and it is packed with relevant, practical information about ozone system design, operation and optimization.This book is a "must read" for any engineer, operator or manager involved with or considering ozone as a water treatment process!

5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking work on ozone
This book is the definitive resource for ozone in water treatment.It presents timely information in a clear and concise manner.Well worth the price. ... Read more

14. Ozone in Water Treatment. Application and Engineering
Hardcover: 569 Pages (1991-04-13)
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With the advent of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986, many water utilities are reexamining their water treatment practices.Upcoming new regulations on disinfection and on disinfection by-products, in particular, are the primary driving forces for the big interest in ozone.It appears that ozone, with its strong disinfection capabilities, and apparently lower levels of disinfection by-products (compared to other disinfectants), may be the oxidant/disinfectant of choice.Many utilities currently using chlorine for oxidation may need to switch due to chlorine by-product concerns. Utilities using chloramines may need to use ozone to meet CT requirements.This book, prepared by 35 international experts, includes current technology on the design, operation, and control of the ozone process within a drinking water plant. It combines almost 100 years of European ozone design and operating experience with North American design/operations experience and the North American regulatory and utility operational environment. Topics covered include ozone chemistry, toxicology, design consideration, engineering aspects, design of retrofit systems, and the operation and economics of ozone technology. The book contains a "how to" section on ozone treatability studies, which explains what information can be learned using treatability studies, at what scale (bench, pilot, or demonstration plant), and how this information can be used to design full-scale systems. It also includes valuable tips regarding important operating practices, as well as guidance on retrofits and the unique issues involved with retrofitting the ozone process. With ozone being one of the hottest areas of interest in drinking water, this book will prove essential to all water utilities, design engineers, regulators, and plant managers and supervisors. ... Read more

15. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards
by Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water, National Research Council
Paperback: 530 Pages (2006-12-22)
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Most people associate fluoride with the practice of intentionally adding fluoride to public drinking water supplies for the prevention of tooth decay. However, fluoride can also enter public water systems from natural sources, including runoff from the weathering of fluoride-containing rocks and soils and leaching from soil into groundwater. Fluoride pollution from various industrial emissions can also contaminate water supplies. In a few areas of the United States fluoride concentrations in water are much higher than normal, mostly from natural sources. Fluoride is one of the drinking water contaminants regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it can occur at these toxic levels. In 1986, the EPA established a maximum allowable concentration for fluoride in drinking water of 4 milligrams per litre, a guideline designed to prevent the public from being exposed to harmful levels of fluoride. "Fluoride in Drinking Water" reviews research on various health effects from exposure to fluoride, including studies conducted in the last 10 years. ... Read more

16. Drinking water detoxification (Pollution technology review No. 49)
 Hardcover: 348 Pages (1978)

Isbn: 0815507232
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17. The influence of water-drinking with meals upon the digestion and utilization of proteins, fats and carbohydrates ..
by Henry Albright Mattill
Paperback: 70 Pages (2010-08-21)
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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone! ... Read more

18. Detection Methods for Algae, Protozoa and Helminths in Fresh and Drinking Water (Water Quality Measurements)
Hardcover: 244 Pages (2002-05-13)
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This is the second book in the Water Quality Measurement Series. It focuses on the analytical aspects related to epidemiology, toxicology, sanitary, engineering and plant technology to provide an integrated and clear strategy for carrying out surveillance, quality control, prevention and remedial measures.

  • Contains a significant number of tables, figures, colour and black and white photographs and spectra
  • Offers workable answers to specific practical issues using a comprehensive and scientifically sound approach

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19. Water: The Ultimate Cure : Discover Why Water Is the Most Important Ingredient in Your Diet and Find Out Which Water Is Right for You
by Steve Meyerowitz
Paperback: 89 Pages (2000-11)
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Water plays an essential role in our health: good hydration cushions bones and joints, transports nutrients, flushes toxins, regulates body temperature and empowers the body's natural processes of healing. Learn what type of water is best and how to use it to achieve maximum health. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener
This is a quick study on water, covering the basics to help improve your health, but it's min focus is on the quality of our water and what we can do to improve it. I found the information on different types of filtration, the types of water containers and distilled versus spring water controversy to be very useful. After reading this book, it'll make you think twice about where you get your next drink of water and if you should filter your showers as well. Good info for all to know.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Stuff of Life
For the last 15 years, I have expended a large amount of personal time searching for the healthiest foods on our planet and the best form of water to drink.
I have switched from spring to reverse osmosis to distilled to structured and have always been undecided about ionizing water.
The chapter on "The Importance of Water on Human Health" is worth everyone's time to read. From when to drink to how much to how much is too much water, this topic is a good nudge for all who have forgotten the simple necessity of drinking enough water and the right water.
For readers who seriously are considering which form of water they believe will benefit them most fully, this book is certainly worth the time reading.
With my doctorate in Naturopathy, I can tell you the opinions are myriad as to which water is the most beneficial water to drink. I also appreciated Mr Meyerowitz's brevity andkeeping his book a quick read for everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Information
Everyone should read this book.It certainly enlightens us about many things related to water.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Here's the summary: drink a lot of clean water.

The first half goes into details about why, and it's good to motivate you to drink more water, but that's about it.

The second half is about water filters and bottled water and so forth.If you want information on how to get clean water, there's a much better book: The Drinking Water Book: How to Eliminate the Most Harmful Toxins from Your Water.It was much more valuable to me in selecting a water filter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book NOW!
I think this book is amazing.I gave a copy to everyone in my whole family.All I can say is, its a fast read that will change the way you look at water and living healthy.Get this book and enjoy. ... Read more

20. Drinking Water: Contamination, Toxicity and Treatment
Hardcover: 367 Pages (2008-10)
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Water of sufficient quality to serve as drinking water is termed potable water whether it is used as such or not. Although many sources are utilised by humans, some contain disease vectors or pathogens and cause long-term health problems if they do not meet certain water quality guidelines. Water that is not harmful for human beings is sometimes called safe water, water which is not contaminated to the extent of being unhealthy. The available supply of drinking water is an important criterion of carrying capacity, the population level that can be supported by planet Earth. Typically water supply networks deliver single or multiple qualities of water, whether it is to be used for drinking, washing or landscape irrigation; one counterexample is urban China, where drinking water can be optionally delivered by a separate tap. This book focuses on contamination, toxicity and treatment of drinking water. ... Read more

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