Toxin Testing: How Safe Is Your Water?

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: How toxic is the water in your neighborhood?
Air Date: 4/21/17
Duration: 27:50
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD
Dr. Eric Feigl-DingDr. Eric Feigl-Ding is a public health epidemiologist, nutritionist, and health economist. He is a faculty member at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, founder and Executive Director of Toxin Alert, Chief Health Economist for Microclinic International, and founder/former director of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention.

His public health work focuses on the intersection of behavioral risk factors, nutrition, environment, social networks, health economics, and health policy. He has further expertise in prevention and risks of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, China and Middle East health, conduct of randomized trials and meta-analysis, and digital technology.

Dr. Feigl-Ding has been published in leading journals, including the New England Journal of MedicineJournal of the American Medical AssociationThe Lancet, and Health Policy. His 100+ publications have received over 19,000 external citations (H-Index 45). 

He is founder and Principal Investigator of several randomized trials of health interventions in the U.S. and abroad. Altogether, his competitively awarded projects as PI/CEO/Director have received over $10 million in funding. 

A Google Tech Talk keynote speaker, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, he has worked with the World Health Organization, European Commission, as a judge for the VH1 Do Something Awards, judge for the Soros Fellowship, and member of the Gates-funded Global Burden of Disease Project and US Disease Burden Collaboration. 
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  • Guest Twitter Account: @toxinalert @drericding
Toxin Testing: How Safe Is Your Water?
Residents of Flint, Michigan will finally get their damaged lead pipes replaced, thanks to a settlement in March 2017.

Unfortunately, it took months of complaints and investigation to lead to this resolution.

And, the problem extends far beyond Flint.

According to a 2015 study from NRDC, at least 18 million people are drinking lead-contaminated water presently or within the past four years. USA Today reported 2,000 water systems in the United States have had lead problems in the last few years. Many areas don’t have lead testing.

Children are most susceptible to permanent damage from lead consumption. Scarily, most schools were built before the early 1980s. Many of these schools have lead pipes. Having the water tested will inform risk of water toxicity. You can petition your local school board for water testing. Crowdfunding can cover the costs.

Citizens need to rally locally for water monitoring and reporting of clear results. Community-based empowerment will succeed. Find out what the water is like in your home and neighborhood, so you can limit your exposure to toxins.

Listen as Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how you can reduce water toxicity.