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Choosing a Water Filter for Home Use

John Rutherford - Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Everybody needs to have clean, uncontaminated water supplied to their home. Water filters ensure a healthy supply of uncontaminated water, free from toxic pollutants such as  heavy metals, chemicals, pathogens, as well as sediment and turbidity, and are a very convenient, yet effective way to purify the water you drink. Read More..

Pseudomonas - Common but Deadly

John Rutherford - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bacterial colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grow on agar platePseudomonas are opportunistic pathogens that are found in many natural places. They are particularly plentiful in soil, plants, stagnant or surface water and in warm, moist areas. They also can make their home on food, faucet handles and sinks, bath toys, hot tubs, pools and flower water. An opportunistic pathogen is one that takes advantage of its host by exploiting any defect in their defence system and initiates an infection. For healthy individuals, coming into contact with Pseudomonas have little to no ill effects. For children, elderly or those with some type of immune system compromise, Pseudomonas can cause anything from a skin infection to eventually, death.  This is especially true for those with cancer, severe burns and AIDS as well. A majority of the fatalities due to Pseudomonas in health care settings involve newborns, elderly and those with cancer, cystic fibrosis and burns. The fatality rate for these groups is near 50 percent. Pseudomonas thrive at temperatures from 37°C (98.6°F) to 42°C (107.6°F) making them impossible for the body’s own natural defence system to kill. This means that they also thrive in warm water which is usually somewhere between the same temperature range. Read More..

Minimising the Risks of Legionnaires Disease Outbreaks - What Must You Do

John Rutherford - Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Legionnaires’ Disease – so named because the disease was first observed among attendees of the American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976 – is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella pneumophila bacterium. Read More..

Turbidity can Signify the Presence of Water Contaminants

John Rutherford - Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Do you know why at times the water looks cloudy? Well, that is mainly because of water turbidity, which impacts the clarity of the water. So, what causes turbidity? Water contains suspended particulate matter, which refracts light. As a result, light can no longer penetrate into the water, and consequently it appears cloudy. Read More..

Legionnaire Risk Assessment: Are There Legionnaire Disease Risks in My Building?

John Rutherford - Friday, May 25, 2012

Legionnaires’ Disease is a highly infectious and potentially fatal bacterial pneumonia that is caused by Legionella pneumophila.  The bacteria commonly multiply and are spread through any kind of water system as long as the environmental conditions for the growth of the bacteria are favourable. Read More..

Hepatitis A: What You Need to Know

John Rutherford - Saturday, May 05, 2012

Hepatitis A is the milder form of hepatitis, which causes inflammation of the liver.  The infection is caused by a virus, and is transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food and beverages.    The infection is common in places with poor sanitation, such as in developing countries.  Regions with the highest rates of hepatitis A include northern and southern Asia, Africa, southern and eastern Europe, and some parts of South America. Read More..

Typhoid: Taking care to protect yourself in area Typhoid exists

John Rutherford - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Typhoid fever, or what the French used to call "boil of the intestine," is a preventable infectious disease of the digestive system that can be life-threatening if left untreated.  Occurrence of the disease is now rare in Europe, while in the UK there are typically around 350 cases reported every year. According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), cases in the UK are often brought by travellers from any one of the following countries: India, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, or Portugal. Read More..

Do you know what's in your Drinking Water?

John Rutherford - Monday, April 16, 2012

Did you know that drinking water does not only contain H20 and fluoride? Believe it or not, scientists are quite alarmed to find a number of contaminants in the water that we drink. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified seventeen inorganic chemicals, fifty-three organic chemicals, and a further seven chemicals used either directly in the water treatment and disinfection processes, or formed as a result. The latter are formed during water treatment processes, where chemicals used in water treatment react with naturally occurring substances found in water, forming additional chemicals.  Read More..

Is Your Food Safe to Eat, Is Your Water Safe to Drink?

John Rutherford - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Last year in June, an outbreak of a mutant form of Escherichia coli (E. coli) infected thousands of consumers in eleven European countries, and in the United States, killing at least nineteen people, making it the one of largest and deadliest epidemics experienced in decades. The mutant strain was found to produce toxins that can cause seizures and kidney failure, and to carry genes that make it resistant to antibiotics. The suspected cause of the outbreak was contaminated produce from Germany. Read More..

Drinking Water Filters and Filtration for Better Health

John Rutherford - Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Water is a must for all living things. Without it, it would be impossible to survive. A huge number of cells make up the human body and each of these cells comprises 70% water. Water is not only important for our health and survival, but it is also an important part of our body fluids. It is solely responsible for transporting nutrients to the body cells. Additionally, it cleans the body by flushing out toxins. When we work out, we release the dirty water within our body in the form of sweat. By releasing sweat, our body becomes cool. In order for our body to stay hydrated, and in order for the toxins to be flushed out of our system, doctors and dieticians recommend that we drink at least eight  glasses of water a day. Read More..