Thanks to input from CR Way members, we have added a great deal of content over the past several weeks. It began when one of our members asked about how the CR Way affects the thyroid. Since the healthful downregulation of the thyroid hormone – triiodothyronine, also known as T3 – is fundamental to the age-slowing benefits of the lifestyle, (see the Healthy Thyroid Function for Calorie Restrictors page in Protection from Disease).
The answer to her question is a new page in PROTECTION FROM DISEASE, unambiguously named: Thyroid. Here you will find a chart that full members can use to tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy downregulation of T3 and other thyroid hormones.
As the Thyroid content developed, it became clear that fluorine must be minimized to allow for healthy thyroid function. That requires pure water, which is often not easy to find.
Fluorine (fluoride) is added to municipal water supplies in much of the U.S. and in many other countries – while bromine (bromide, bromate) finds its way into water supplies from many pollution sources. Meanwhile, a host of other pollutants – from leaching plastic to natural radioactive contaminants – end up in the water supplies of unsuspecting people. Something had to be done. Otherwise, the optimal health that many enjoy through the CR Way could be threatened.
Bottled water – a last resort
Studies of pollutants in bottled water, demands that bottled water be only a last resort source, possibly when traveling, for example. A deciding factor will be finding unwanted chemicals in one’s own urinalysis – especially if they can be traced back to the bottled water being drunk. For example, our last few bottles now sit by our indoor plants, waiting to be used for watering.
So you will find new Water content in Delicious Foods. Note especially a special page “Contaminants and the Damage they do.” It includes –
- Microorganisms – e.g., bacteria or viruses contained in water
- Disinfectant byproducts
- Inorganic chemicals
- Organic chemicals
- Radionuclides – radioactive elements
You will also find significant content on well, municipal, and bottled water – including new pages on the latter two. If you have suggestions or comments, please add them in the CR Way forum, under Recipes and Foods, Cooked & Raw, which is brimming with information about this topic.
Selecting a water purification system – A case study
It took us weeks of sorting through claims and counter-claims to find a water purification system that we liked.
Midway through our selection process, we decided that a distillation-based system that includes filtration was essential: After finding out more about the difficulty of removing all the pollutants people are likely to encounter in water, filtration alone seemed unlikely to effectively remove all the harmful products. Here are our criteria for a water distiller.
- First and foremost: Removes all pollutants.
- Also Important: Non-reactive materials.
Made from Stainless Steel; distilled water, collected in a glass jar
No plastic parts, coming in contact with the water
- Fits on a countertop – no installation required.
- Does NOT BOIL DRY like most countertop distillers!
Safer water, Higher level of purity
Heating element’s longer life, Easier cleaning
- Respectable warranties on stainless steel and electrical components
- A supplier that cares about the quality of its products – that is passionate, like we are, about what we take into our bodies and what we recommend to people.
We finally found Pure & Secure – a family-owned business, based in Nebraska, that has been around for more than 40 years. We talked with several of the senior executives there and were pleased that they take great pride in their mission to provide pure water.
One of the principals of the company is coming to meet with us at the CR Way Longevity Center.
Furthermore, the importance of pure water is timely since the CR Way Healthy Kidney Project – an opportunity for people to reverse kidney aging – is launching. Kidney health depends in large part on healthful water intake. You can read more about it on the Kidney pages, in Protection from Disease. So having a source of pure water is essential. For example, the CR Way is progressing to include more vegetable-based (along with herbs and spices) “teas” that may have age-slowing benefits. Needless to say, if the water they are made from is less than pure, the health benefits are diminished.
Pure water is so intrinsic to health and well being that we have decided to hold a special teleconference about it open to all members – full as well as Healthy Start. If you are interested in participating, please contact us as soon as the date is announced, as we will limit the number of participants so all everyone present has the chance to participate.
To find out more about the water purification system we have decided on for the CR Way Longevity Center, read about it here in the CR Way Store.
We welcome your suggestions. Please post them in the forum.