U.S. Drinking Water: Regulations, Contamination, Human Health Issues and What You Can Share With Your Patients
Aly Cohen, MD, FACR
Compared to third world countries, the United States has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world. Despite this, U.S. drinking water has become increasingly contaminated with a variety of chemicals known to be harmful to human health. From industrial run-off, air pollution, natural disasters, broken infrastructure, outdated regulation, influx of modern-day chemicals, and lack of public awareness, the toxic contaminants found in U.S. drinking water are now a growing source of both acute and chronic illness, affecting millions of unsuspecting residents across the U.S.
This talk will take a brief look at the history and current laws and regulation surrounding drinking water, the monitoring and oversight of municipal water, issues with private wells vs. municipal water, water testing, common contaminants and their risks to human health, climate change challenges, filtration options, safe transport of drinking water, and what can be done to create safer drinking water for ourselves, our families, and our patients.
This presentation was recorded at the 2022 Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference.