This is a true and alarming story. I will not give you the name of the person (for their privacy) or tell you where this took place but it is true. I received an email today from a new friend and business partner who lost her dog. Her dogs mean the world to her, they are her children, her everything. She feeds her dog homemade organic dog food, does not vaccinate them and she uses holistic veterinary care. Her dog was found to have a tumor on his spinal cord and there was nothing they could do for him. He was in perfect health other than this but he was suffering. The veterinarian said that the only thing this could have been from is the environment. With her permission I am telling you this story because we all need to be made more aware and realize that bad things happen and not just on a movie screen.

Where they live their water is polluted with higher than normal levels of Chromium 6. Understand that Chromium 6 is a natural element and is naturally found in food, soil and in the air. It’s present in many forms and you cannot taste it or see it but it is not bad or dangerous in all forms or levels. According to a government website, “the metal chromium, which is the chromium (0) form, is used for making steel. Chromium (VI) and chromium (III) are used for chrome plating, dyes and pigments, leather tanning, and wood preserving.” Too much of this natural element is considered dangerous and even regulated by the EPA. Their water was at a high level but they did not know it for the first year they lived there.

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It has been linked to an increased rate of cancer in animals and humans. A recent study released in May of 2007 said there was strong evidence that Chromium 6 in drinking water increased cancer in the lab animals and tumors were found where they are not normally found. Its impact on children is not known and the link to birth defects is undetermined but in my very unprofessional and unscientific opinion I can guess there is a direct link (again, I’m no expert). There are many ill side effects associated with high levels of chromium 6 when consumed in high levels. This town now has a breast cancer center being built. Is there a direct correlation? I guess you can connect the dots yourself and decide. There are kids on her street having seizures with no known causes. A neighbors dog died of lung cancer and dogs don’t get lung cancer!

The point of this story is that toxins do impact our lives and we have to be our own advocates. We have to investigate where we live and what we use in our homes and put on our bodies and in our bodies. The government might go so far to make regulations and guidelines and do inspections on factories but that’s it. Reminds me of the Erin Brockovich story where Chromium 6 was found in the drinking water.

I hope to post more on this story in the future but in the meantime, begin asking questions and thinking about what you use in your home. Are you polluting your own home and causing health issues? To find our about alternatives and what you might be using in your home that could be toxic vist , have your water tested and be your own advocate!