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Water Filters: Caveat Emptor, If You Want to Really be Safe from Contaminants

After some research into the more popular as well as some lesser-known water filtering units, it turns out that there are mainly two models of water filters out there really doing their jobs properly. Depending on what you want, i e dependent on the contaminants you seek to reduce (or ideally eliminate), the outcome might be slightly different.

For every-day use, water contamination with pesticides, heavy metals, antibiotics and other medical residues should be the focus of your attention. These are most common contaminants in the public water supply in almost every country today. (Water from a private well may still be exposed to nitrate as well as rain-borne contaminants as well as pesticide run-off from agricultur, a. k. a. conventional “farmers”.) To get rid of these, the AcalaQuell filtering system has one of the best set-ups. Also, this filter treats pressurised water that has run through a domestic water system to decompress and let it find its natural characteristics again, which basically means the water can “breathe” or re-naturalise before it is consumed as drinking water.

The German-made AcalaQuell system is available directly from the manufacturers via the AcalaQuell online shop as a rectangular-shaped desktop water filtering jar or a pitcher-style or “pouring can” variant with a slightly more ergonomic handle (or in Germany from Amazon.de as well as their other local-language website versions).

AcalaQuell filters beat those popular Brita filters by miles. Be aware that laboratory tests have found Brita filters (along with “Culligan”, “Pure”, and “Seychelle” filters) to actually INCREASE aluminium contamination in water by 33.9% (ouch). This is possibly due to some aluminium parts within those cartridges, so what’s the point of using Brita, really…), see these in-depth water test results for more! The Acala filter is not known to have these problems. AcalaQuell know a thing or two about Good Water and their filters are among the best thought-out on the market.

There is also a very good US-made filter called ZeroWater. This variant excels at removing heavy metals, including radioactive contaminants like uranium, caesium, strontium, plutonium (and others that might be present during a nuclear emergency and as the “payload” of alleged weather engineering cocktails appearing in regular aircraft exhausts for reasons unknown), from your drinking water. So if general heavy metals filtering or even getting rid of radioactive contamination are the main filtering need, then the pitcher-style ZeroWater filter is clearly and by far your best choice (also available from local Amazon stores like amazon.de or other language versions.

At the end of the day, we got both filtering systems, the Zero Water “just in case” or as a preventative measure along with the AcalaQuell for more regular or “every-day” use. The latter we ordered with a supply of filtering cartridges. Each of them is said to have a useful life of 2 months. This gives you plenty of output for your money and is a lot cheaper and more convenient than bottled water. (Without any fungi issues, it is also the much better option over bottled water).

Mobile Devices, Tablets, Smart Phones: Why Apple’s iOS Has the Edge — Again

People tend to be glued to their tablets and smart phones all the time. There seems to be so much to do that cannot be done five minutes later or an hour later when we’re back home for many of us these days. Whether or not that’s really true is for everyone themselves to decide, and if people really do not mind — or even enjoy — the feeling of always being on the leash for someone else and being immediately available for the stupidest of questions and accessible to others all the time, so be it for these ones.

The health implications of these new behavioral patterns are far-reaching though.

Apart from attention spans getting shortened constantly and reasonable thinking being replaced by the mere reflex of hitting “Like” or sending off some pretty useless “emoticon” along with an equally useless photo of what someone may or may not be eating at one particular moment — really, who-the-f*** gives a s***?! — there are non-psychologic health effects as well.

Just look at people around you: having evolved to some level of going upright, it appears as though humanity would be set to reverse that development, constantly needing to look at some little screen displaying sparkling colors, entertaining them while they should actually be walking (in a more relaxed way), or giving them directions (as if one couldn’t use one’s eyes to look around and see where you’re going in most every-day situations). It might not be long until most of us go back to crawling on the floor again, if we continue with our addiction to beg for guidance from something we hold in front of ourselves, developing an increasingly spastic-looking habit of fixation toward this ridiculous and visually insufficient, pixelated thing and its images.

On top of that are the EMF implications, exposure to electromagnetic fields. If you bore with me until now, it is possible that this is the point where your eyes will glaze over. EMFs and their effects on health have been spun so they seem to be for conspiracy theorists and crazies out there only. The fake-news industry has done a great job at this, and now the majority of people are brain-washed into believing that there’s nothing real about health warnings or people cautioning their fellow humans when it comes to cellphone, mobile device, cordless home phone, baby monitor, or similar wireless device use.

I would say, just “follow the money” though. Here’s why:

Lawyers have this thing going for a while now that they can make very good money leading class-action lawsuits against big businesses. Might be only an outrage or a nasty habit of some mediocre ambulance-chasers one might say — were there not the numerous verdicts and settlements finding some of the initial allegations sustainable in court and awarding significant amounts of money to the victims or affected of some established wrongdoing on the part of the industries concerned. Businesses were fast to learn from that and have included pages and pages of disclaimers, user instruction, disclosures, and risk warnings in accompanying documentation with many kinds of product sold to consumers. Of course, it’s all contained in the small-print only, but never mind.

So I’d suggest you get yourself a powerful magnifying glass from your drawer and have a look into cellphone manuals, user instructions for tablets and mobile devices. While we’re at it, we may as well put the blinders the industry and the mainstream media gave us back in!

Now browse through that manual and go right to the last few pages of it…

 

iOS 10.2 and Newer: Apple Silently Introducing Hard-Wired Ethernet Over Lightning Connectivity

Apple have very silently — one might even call it covertly — introduced a great hard-wired Ethernet (LAN) option into their mobile operating system iOS 10.2 and newer versions. To even SEE it on your device, you FIRST need a special cable though (Lightning to RJ-45 or Ethernet adaptor). Only when that one is plugged in, you will see ‘Ethernet’ between “WiFi” and “Bluetooth” under “Settings”.

We have tested this Ethernet Adaptor for iOS Devices and found it to be working swiftly, easily and overall nicely with both iPhone and iPod touch on one hand as well as iPad tablets on the other. A big plus of these adaptors is their significantly higher transmission speed compared to wireless transmission (WiFi or cellular/mobile networks). Also note that a hard-wired connection is much harder to attack.

The cheapest Apple device supporting iOS 10.2 or above and the “new” Ethernet feature is the current iPod touch 6 model with 32GB, setting you back from just £179.99. All “larger” ones, like 128GB and similar, as well as all “higher-rank” Apple devices like iPads and iPhones are higher-priced options providing the same hard-wired Ethernet capabilities mentioned here.

To be on the safe and EMF-free side, simply use an adaptor like that, power it FROM A GROUNDED power supply and a grounded outlet over a STP Cat-7 cable and you will be able to avoid all RF and most of the Electric Fields as well as DE while still using those apps.