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Global Diarrhea Deaths Down by a Third

Although global deaths from diarrhea have gone down by a third, statistics show that it still kills a half-million children a year before their fifth birthday. As reported by BBC.com, the highest death rates occur in Africa and India. Researchers say access to clean water and sanitation is a key to improving these rates, but also credit vaccines for helping to reduce deaths.

Diarrhea is usually a symptom of an infection in the intestinal tract, and it is often accompanied by associated symptoms, such as stomach pain, cramps, gas, nausea, bloating and fatigue. Its causes can include exposure to bacteria, parasites and viruses — all of which can be present in contaminated water, whether it’s a swimming pool in America or a well or stream in a developing country.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), half the world, mostly in developing countries, is drinking contaminated water. And while this gives vaccine proponents reason to continue pushing their products, WHO wants developing countries to concentrate more on improving hygiene, obtaining pure water sources and installing toilets in homes and wastewater treatment plants in municipalities.

In America, research has demonstrated U.S. drinking water is contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, antibacterial products and medications — which shows that you can still get sick from your water, whether you live in an industrialized nation or in Africa or India. This is why I recommend getting your tap water tested, and then installing water filters in your home, both at the point of entry and of use, such as at your sink and shower.

One of the best types of filters I've found uses a three-stage filtration process — a micron sediment pre-filter, a KDF water filter and a high-grade carbon water filter. This combination filters chlorine, disinfection byproducts and many other contaminants.
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