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Recycled water is not microfiltered, so superbugs and their genes are spreading far and wide.

More people are dying of antibiotic resistance now than are dying from AIDS.

These superbugs are called ARB (antibiotic resistant bacteria).

Their genes are called ARGs (antibiotic resistant genes).

Of all the CECs (contaminants of emerging concern) in our water supply, superbugs and their genes are probably the most dangerous.

Other CECs include industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, food additives, personal care products, etc.

Dr. Edo McGowan (“Water Woes,” Santa Barbara Sentinel, March 8-22, 2014) wrote …

“Soils irrigated with recycled water bioaccumulate these contaminants and pathogens, transferring them to edible crops. This is not good, especially in foods consumed raw.”

Fluoridation makes all CECs exponentially dangerous by dramatically increasing their absorbability.

Pharmaceuticals are up to 70 times more absorbable when fluorine is added to them.

20 percent of U.S. pharmaceuticals contain fluoride, including statins, steroids, and NSAIDs.

According to Wikipedia

“Fluorine is added to drug molecules as even a single atom of it can greatly change the chemical properties of the molecule in ways that are desirable.”


'Rise Of the Superbugs & Their Genes' have 17 comments

  1. March 26, 2014 @ 12:20 pm atomb

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  2. March 26, 2014 @ 12:25 pm atomb

    Dr. Edo McGowan (“Water Woes,” Santa Barbara Sentinel, March 8-22, 2014) wrote …

    “Thanks for publishing Planning Commissioner Mike Jordan’s letter on water issues last issue. I concur with his points about water wastage and also about pollution of the ocean. We need to shift to better uses and recognize wastage; thus, we need to discuss these and related issues in a broad community forum.

    “Cleaning up the recycled water by removal of the documented pathogens and contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) is key to this. Science shows these pathogens and their genes, as found in recycled water, build in the environment. The pharmaceuticals accumulate in the soil. Vegetation irrigated with recycled water, without adequate treatment (which is the current paradigm), sees pathogen transfer to humans and animals. Since some of these pathogens are serious superbugs, the public health issues are worrisome and have been documented as such. The city seems to ignore this.

    “Soils irrigated with recycled water bioaccumulate these contaminants and pathogens, transferring them to edible crops. This is not good, especially in foods consumed raw. Critical toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals are not removed by the current sewer plant’s processing. The city’s new filters will not adequately address this. These contaminants will build in the soils raising serious issues of public health. especially for home gardens.

    “On ocean discharge: Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria, the discharge is through short, shallow subsurface outfall pipes. This discharged water, because of its buoyancy, rises back to the surface and the tides bring it right back to the beach. This has already been documented for Montecito. That means that these beaches may be contaminated with a variety of bacteria and pathogens. We need to find a home for this water on-shore and not contaminate our beaches.

    “Until people controlling sewer plants are (1) capable and (2) willing to look hard and long at these issues, and until the citizens become aware of the whole of the issue, little will change.

    “There are extant systems that can deal with this, but the current sewer plant is not one of them. In all this, there is a very big and real problem with the newer technology, one the current sewer plant bureaucracy has a major problem with. The new technology reduces the plant to about 20% of its present size and complexity, hence creating a large redundancy and excessive staff numbers. Plant operators who run these plants see their empires crumbling and, thus, view that technology as a major threat. And so, predictably, when asked about new technology, they respond that it is no good. The folks that do sewer plant construction don’t like it either, because it eliminates about 80% of the plant as now designed, thus less concrete and rebar to sell. Perhaps the best we can hope for is a more enlightened citizenry and perhaps a slight move forward, just perhaps.”

    (Dr. Edo McGowan is an environmental scientist and medical geo-hydrologist.)


  3. March 26, 2014 @ 12:30 pm atomb

    Hillary Hauser (“Water, Water, Everywhere,” Montecito Journal, March 13-20, 2014) wrote …

    “In taking on extensive research into the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) in recycled water, James O. Hawkins, HTO policy analyst, has had a close look into many sources of these ‘superbugs’ as well as into the Darwinian evolution of superbugs itself. Superbugs operate on a ‘survival of the fittest’ principle, which is happening whether or not we produce and use recycled water.

    “Antibiotics are used in everything from breeding livestock for food to fish farms, as well as in medicine. Entire industries abuse and over-prescribe antibiotics for short-term gain with significant long-term consequences for society. And with the pharmaceutical industry showing new antibiotic development, we are increasingly being left with no new line of defense against emerging resistant ‘superbugs.’

    “Into this scenario comes the fact that ARB and ARGs have been shown to escape wastewater treatment and end up in recycled water and wastewater effluent, adding wastewater treatment plants to the list of potential ‘hot spots’ of antibiotic resistance.”


  4. March 26, 2014 @ 12:45 pm atomb

    Loretta Redd (“Blame It on The Rain,” Santa Barbara Sentinel, March 8-22, 2014) wrote …

    “A Scientific American article (2008) states that 10% of water used in California is equivalent to that of all other consumers combined. When projects and decisions are tied more closely to election dollars than reality, we end up with the insanity of growing rice in a desert climate. Rice makes sense in the Louisiana bayou but not in the dried up Delta.”


  5. March 26, 2014 @ 1:25 pm atomb

    Re: When you release information like this, how about adding in a good solution. I think I’d rather die than continue to hear all this doom.

    Don’t be scared; be prepared. Buy an effective RO filter or a water distiller, or both.

    Don’t use gray water in your garden.

    “When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.”


  6. March 26, 2014 @ 5:37 pm Helen

    Amazing At-OM

    So if you have both RO and distiller, which one would you use and when?

    What about the pi-filter that alkalizes the RO water after filtration?

    Love & blessings
    Helen in Sydney


    • March 27, 2014 @ 1:14 pm atomb

      Whatever filtration device you use, make sure it’s certified by one or more of these organizations (in alphabetical order) …

      (1) American Water Works Association (AWWA)
      6666 W. Quincy Avenue
      Denver, Colorado 80235-3098

      (2) NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation)
      P.O. Box 130140
      Ann Arbor, Michigan 48113-0140
      877-867-3435 (877-8-NSF-HELP)

      (3) Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL)
      333 Pfingsten Road
      Northbrook, Indiana 60062-2096

      (4) Water Quality Association
      4151 Naperville Road
      Lisle, Illinois 60632-3696

      I prefer acid rain: rainwater.

      The issue with rainwater is that, in many locations of the world, it’s hyper-acid rain.


  7. March 27, 2014 @ 6:20 pm Helen

    Oh Dear! Should’ve have known, now I need to check what I have! It’s all Chinese made anyways? isn’t it?

    OK, so more on rainwater pleeeease
    Do you harvest it? How do you test it? make sure it’s safe? acidic vs. hyper acid? When and how do you use it?

    Love, hugs & blessings
    Helen in Sydney


    • March 31, 2014 @ 6:17 pm atomb

      The safest way to drink rainwater is filtered and boiled.

      We drank it unfiltered and boiled while we were in New Zealand.

      Bird feces in my drinking water is not my highest choice.

      Rainwater is usually purer than groundwater.

      Rainwater is usually collected via roof gutters directing it into storage tanks.


  8. March 28, 2014 @ 9:28 am Tommy TIRS

    Greetings At-OM,

    What about the effectiveness of Katadyn Water Filters?
    Supposedly the best out there for hikers, campers, and military use…reportedly safe water even in the nastiest water that a soldier encounters.
    Here is from their web site:

    Katadyn Ceramic
    Ceramic filters have a micro porous structure with impregnated silver which delays the growth of bacteria. The pore size of Katadyn ceramic filters is 0.2 micron (0.0002 mm). Bacteria range in size from 0.2 to 5 micron and like protozoa (1 – 15 micron), are efficiently filtered out. Ceramic filters can be mechanically regenerated and the filter capacity is measurable.

    Activated Carbon
    Activated carbon is used for its ability to reduce harmful organic and inorganic substances in the water. It removes unpleasant tastes, odors, chlorine, pesticides (such as lindane, DDT) and trihalomethanes (THMs). These substances adhere to the large surface area of the activated carbon. Activated carbon granulate cannot be regenerated.

    Superfine glassfiber, within two supporting layers, forms a depth filter. Nominal pore size of 0.3 micron mechanically filters all bacteria and protozoa. The flexible glassfiber is pleated resulting in an extremely large surface area and a very high capacity to absorb dirt.
    Comparison Filter Technologies
    Selection Card Filter Technology Comparison EN

    Not everything that says it‘s a “water filter” actually is one! Technology Characteristics Effective against protozoa (e.g. Giardia) Effective against bacteria Effective against viruses Suitable for clear surface water without suspended solids Print…
    pdfSelection_Card_Filter_Technology_Comparison_EN.pdf 0.9 MB

    Thanks, My Friend,


    • March 31, 2014 @ 6:26 pm atomb

      Thanks, Tommy!

      I’d still get it checked out by one of the four organizations listed above … and maybe by California bureaucrats.

      I used a Big Berkey Water Filter for 4 1/2 years in East Texas, but California bans Berkey due to lead content.

      PS: In case you gave me a ring-a-ding on the ting-a-ling, our service was out for a few days.


  9. March 30, 2014 @ 2:50 pm Kelsey


    This is off topic. I was wondering if you could give me some insight on how to work through a in the womb trauma? Also, I’ve had rings on my my neck/chest for awhile now. It almost looks like I was wearing a necklace in the sun, and the skin underneath didn’t get the light. My Grandma has the same thing. Any suggestions, or thoughts?


    • March 31, 2014 @ 6:40 pm atomb

      A priority for addressing uterine trauma is always to eat a nutritious Growth Zone-appropriate breakfast between 7:00-9:00 a.m.

      Five ways to resolve (clear and integrate) a uterine trauma are …

      (1) Physiogenic Engram Resolution: stretch, swing, skip, free-form dance, etc.

      (2) Emotogenic Engram Resolution: cry, scream, punch a pillow, etc.

      (3) Psychogenic Engram Resolution: expose yourself to the spectrum in sequence (black, gray, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, and white).

      (4) Barometric Engram Resolution: yawn, pant, do Kriya breaths, etc.

      (5) Affirmogenic Engram Resolution: write affirmations.

      Heredity is obviously involved, but that’s a vague answer.

      An adrenaline distribution dysfunction caused by shock passed down by heredity may be closer to the cause.

      That scenario would also involve skin copper, phenylalanine, tyrosine, melanin, etc.


  10. March 30, 2014 @ 5:17 pm martin

    Hi Atom,

    Recently I bought some elk velvet antler on the net with origin from USA and Canada, then I saw on the net some stories about prions spreading from infected deer to mice and mad deer disease being a real risk to humans, and that it is risky fullstop for people to consume. Do you think this has substance or another pharma discrediting agenda?

    If one we’re to consume elk velvet antler, what is the time of day?

    I appreciate you’re advice,

    All the Best,



    • March 31, 2014 @ 6:53 pm atomb

      Yes, it’s possible, but rare.

      Soil-bound prions also exist in the vicinity of slaughter houses, mink farms, deer trails, etc.


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