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Water Purification of Radioactive Particles

Published on July 13, 2011


The government should be telling people of the radiation dangers and of the need for iodine supplementation as well as appropriate filtering of all drinking water. Water is our most important medicine and before the end of the year I will have my Water Based Medicine book published. For now though one can go to my new water site and see some of the materials I have written or am working with.

Most of us think of “food and water” in that order, when we think of survival essentials. Very few Americans have ever experienced painful thirst. We have had plenty of water to drink in the west but the quality of that water is poor and getting worse. Now in addition to the fluoride and numerous other contaminants, we have increasing radiation to filter out.

I have been asked for years to recommend systems for water purification. Under the pressure of the Fukushima disaster it has become even more imperative that we filter our water, and that filtering process needs to include the capacity to remove radioactive nuclide particles.

A Seattle nuclear watchdog group is accusing the federal government of failing to keep the public informed of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Most of the public attention went to the air monitoring which showed little or no radiation coming our way. But things were different on the rain water side. "The level that was detected on March 24 was 41 times the drinking water standard," said Gerry Pollet. "Our government said no health levels, no health levels were exceeded. When in fact the rain water in the Northwest is reaching levels 130 times the drinking water standards," said Pollet. Don’t be fooled by the mass media. Radiation exposures have gone up across the northern hemisphere meaning one does need to be concerned.

In times past I have recommended water distillation systems, a gravity system, and even an iodine straw. But in the post Fukushima world I will be recommending inexpensive but effective reverse osmosis machines that will provide the most dependable way of removing radioactive particles.

Below is the best and most economical counter top water filter I could find and recommend to remove radioactive particles as well as fluoride. It is your basic reverse osmosis filter with nine other filtration stages. It is a tabletop unit with exceptionally low operating costs of about 10 dollars a month. After two years you just replace the entire system or all the filter elements, which is essentially the same thing. Though this system has a slow drip rate compared to units with tanks that store the water for a more on demand supply, its lack of tank is actually more sanitary.

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169 Dollars

The above link takes you to a site with many different water systems. You have to go to the Reverse Osmosis page and scroll all the way down for this particular Crystal Quest 50 GPD counter top 10-stage system that provides safe, pure, high quality drinking water with a capacity of up to 50 gallons per day using Reverse Osmosis technology.  The 50 GPD equates to a production of approximately 2 gallons per hour.

Many more expensive systems are available but this one will take care of most people’s needs. One can attach an optional natural alkalizer/ionizer, mineralizer, and oxidation cartridge for another 57 dollars adding six more stages to the final water output quality. So for 226 dollars one can have some of the finest water imaginable. This system easily competes against more expensive systems.

When it comes to filters, the technology used is mission critical with cheap or inappropriate filters being almost as bad as no filter at all. This has always been true regarding the poisonous fluoride put into public water supplies and is now just as important for the effective removal of radiation contamination.

US Government Approved

It is rare indeed when I agree with the American government on anything. Reverse-osmosis water filtration systems will remove fallout contamination, according to the United States government. Dr. Roy Speiser also agrees with the government saying, “To protect your drinking water from radioactive contaminants the best filtration equipment solution is reverse osmosis. It should be noted that many water supplies in the United States are already contaminated by naturally-occurring radioactivity including: uranium, strontium, radium 226, 228, alpha and beta particles. The levels of these radioactive contaminants are usually below the maximum concentration level (MCL) allowed by the government, but long-term ingestion… even at low levels… may not be safe.”

According to the EPA, the following treatment method(s) have proven to be effective in removing radionuclides at levels below their MCLs:

  • Beta Particle and Photon Radiation: ion exchange and reverse osmosis;
  • (Gross) Alpha Emitters: reverse osmosis;
  • Radium 226 and Radium 228 (combined): ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening;
  • Uranium: Ion exchange, reverse osmosis, lime softening, coagulation/filtration.

This more complete system below costs 249 dollars. This same company offers a wide variety of reverse osmosis systems that take one all the way up to over 500 dollars if one is looking for super state-of-the-art systems for professional use.

249 dollars

This is your more traditional reverse osmosis system for under the sink and it comes with a three-gallon reservoir. When you visit this company’s site you’ll see their full lineup of systems. I present their two low-end systems but they are not low-end in terms of the quality of the job they do.

Radiation has been detected in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities making it increasingly important to purify your water. EPA officials claim that radiation levels are still too low to affect human health at this time but these are the last people we can trust to protect our families.

For Pregnant Mothers and the Young

Unhealthy drinking water affects children in different ways than it does adults. There is cause for special concern for the health of children who drink tap water.[1] – Natural Resources Defense Council

This information is especially important for parents because radiation triples or more its effects during the growth phase of cells. Fetuses in the womb are very sensitive to radiation just as are bone marrow cells since they are the fastest growing cells in the body. Dr. John W. Apsle warns us that the real threat is not from high levels of radiation but from extremely low levels of radiation that burrow into our tissues.

Babies are not being protected in the womb. Fetuses are under attack from hundreds of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that are pumped back and forth from mother to baby through umbilical cord blood so it is absolutely essential that pregnant women drink the most highly purified water they can. Organic food also can make all the difference to the developing fetuses in terms of reducing toxins found in their blood streams.

The medical media uses fear to turn the population into passive accomplices instead of educating them in real ways to protect themselves against radiation or anything else. The medical media has abandoned the very reason of its existence and that would be to provide unbiased truthful medical information.

Instead they print falsehoods and deceptions and totally misleading information from doctors like William McBride, professor of radiation oncology at the UCLA Cancer Center who was quoted by the LA Times telling people not to bother to do anything to protect themselves. “There’s no evidence, he says, that anything at a health food store or grocery store could really protect you from nuclear fallout. And in some cases, he warns, the remedies could be more dangerous than the radiation,” published the Times.

And of course they would be saying that there is no need to filter your water because there is nothing dangerous in it to filter out. Those who would have us poison our kids with fluoride are the same ones who officially maintaining that there is no radiation danger when there is.

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  • Josephine Bernie

    Water is essential for health, hygiene and the productivity of our community. water treatment process may vary on the water condition that you have in your area. its better to invest on a good water treatment. it will benefit you by providing safety to you and your family.

  • Jason Forest

    thanks for sharing us your knowledge. we really need to have a good water purification system now that millions of people are dying from different diseases they acquired from drinking unfiltered water

  • John Bayne

    Dr Sircus, you are in a position to check out if what I tell you is factualy true or not. Fact 1.The ore richest in phosphate is also the ore richest in Uranium 235 and ALL of its radioactive isotopes.2.The scrubber waste [which is high concentrations of water mixed with the Hydrogen fluoride gas and the silicon tetrafluoride gas given off, traditionally, for about 100 years through industrial chimnies until about the late 1960s, at least in the USA that is] is fast becoming the global choice for fluoridation of municipal water supplies. 3.The technical term for this mixture is hexafluoroicillic acid and it is so highly corrosive that it has caused a huge sink hole after being atop one of the 135 acre 200 foot high radioactive gypsum stacks in the Florida area, depositing hundreds of cubic feet of this waste both solid and liquid to drop into the water table for about 90,000,000 local Americans.4.This hexafluorosillicic acid provides time release polonium 210 in the drinking water wherever it is used to fluoridate public drinking water supplies, through bismuth 210 which breaks down into polonium 210 and the lead isotopes which break down into bismuth 210.Fact 5. The fatal concentration for Polonium 210 is 75 parts per ten bilion, which is such a small amount compared to the fatal concentration for hydrogen cyanide.6.Hydrogen cyanide is the most poisonous non radioactive substance known with a fatal concentration of 300 parts per million.7. For citizens who are drinking water fluoridated by this hexafluoricillic acid, it is not IF they are drinking polonium 210 at, or above its fatal concentration, but WHEN, for the reason of FACT 8. Polonium 210 when ingested by eating or drinking it for example, is reatained in teh body, so that every time municipal drinking water that is fluoridated by hexafluorocillicic acid is drunk, it is building up for WHEN the fatal concentration of 75 parts ber ten billion parts is reached.Fact 9.When teh fatal concentration of hydrogen cyanide is reached and ingested, death is pretty well immediate following ingestestion, whereas when polonium 210 is ingested in concentrations at or above its fatal concentration, death is not likely to be immediate for the reason that it is only life threatening, at this level of concentration, if it is going through it 138 day half life. Because radiation is accumulative, and the effects (damage) lasting, I assume that more people can be given an irreversibly lethal dose of radiation if the effects do not manifest themselves terminally until sometime after the line is crossed over.9.This hexafluoricillicic acid is too radioactive to be legally dumped at sea or buried on land, and yet it is legally able to put un the very worst possible place, our drinking water, and this is made possible by testing the boundaries successfully of public gullibility where, based on the assumption that NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for something which is too radioactive to dump at sea or bury on land, and so they pass corrupt laws which make it possible for substances such as hexafluorosillicic acid scrubber waste to be legally added to our drinking water because being paid for, it is NOW RECLASSIFIED AS A PRODUCT, and when classified as a PRODUCT, NO QUESTIONS ARE ASKED about it complete unsuitability or true illegal status regarding being disposed of as a fluoridating agent.10.Being legal does not make it any safer than if it were not legal to add it to our drinking water.FACT11.Owing to the nature of the radiation given off by polonium 210, it would not be lethal for cosumers to do almost anything with polonium 210 as it stands, so long as they did not drink it in any way shape or form at any time, the reason being that it emits alpha type radiation which, although more concentrated than any other known radioactive radiation, it does not penetrate even the skin, if bathed in, but ingesting, even though not very penetrating, it is more than enough to be fatal for sure, while undergoing its radioactive 138 day half life, where the shorter the half life the more intense the radiation, and no known radioactive substance has such a short half life. 12.Tobacco growers who use radioactive phosphate fertiliser admit that the polonium 210 comes up internally through the plant through the roots to enter into the tobacco leaf so that it is reputed to cause 11,000 deaths per annum in lung cancer and bone cancer.13.So, if the plant metabolism from root to leaf cannot stop polonium 210 from being ingested through the root system and then how can something far more less filtering, such as a semi permeable membrane in a reverse osmosis machine stop rediation.

  • Water is very vital in human life that’s why we have to be extra careful when it comes to this one. chemicals and heavy metals that can easily contaminated our drinking water are dangerous in our health making it not advisable for human consumption.

    • invest on a good home water purification system. it will benefit your family’s health and safety. R.O water system is really the best as it can remove contaminants such as arsenic, nitrates, sodium, copper and lead.

      • Jason Forest

        I agree with you. Invest on something that will benefit you more now that millions of people are dying from diseases they acquired from drinking unfiltered water.

        • Forest Tess

          I rcently bought one of your filters, now the whole family is ill

  • Any concerns about the poor efficiency of reverse osmosis devices in that you lose ~2 gallons for every gallon you get?

    • Maurice Guggisberg

      Dear Mark,

      Thank you for your contact.

      Yes we do understand the unfortunate waste of water with these systems however Reverse Osmosis is the most efficient at removing radiation.

      Best Regards,
      Maurice Guggisberg
      IMVA Support Team

  • Reader

    Reverse osmosis is effective at removing particles that are contaminants, however it also removes minerals. Have you looked into electrolyzed water that is filtered first (of course)? The Enagic Kangen water filters can be adjusted to different levels of alkalinity/acidity and the water is in smaller clusters so it seems to go further. I have been surprised at the difference. I know for me reverse osmosis has not been the answer, and that I have needed the minerals and the negative ions have an antioxidant effect from what I understand. I think what we need is effective pre-filtering but that while water that doesn’t have the minerals and ph balance is better than no water. Thank you for inspiring me to research further. Appreciatively, reader

  • Tricia Stokes

    Great information here usual!! Alot of water filtration systems have zeolite in them. I am so surprised at the general lack of knowledge regarding zeolite as a method to remove radiation and other radioactive particles. There is historical, antedotal and published proof that zeolite is the most effective means of removing radiation.

    The only vague thing I have heard regarding zeolite and Fukishima is that they were dumping bags of it into the sea to try to collect some of the radiation, AND some one was arrested in Japan soon after the disaster for selling zeolite as an unapproved drug to protect against radiation poisoning.. Go figure that!! They should have been giving it to children like they did in Bulgaria after Chernobyl, instead of denying the problem.

    The research on the use of Zeolite in Chernobyl show that giving 1-2 zeolite cookies per day cleared all radiation after 3 days for adults and children.

    Zeolite powders primarily remove the radioactive minerals from the intestines, whereas the NCD Zeolite, which is micronized and purified, not only cleans the gut, but moves through the intestines into the body’s tissues and circulatory system to remove radiation particles from the blood and brain.

    This is remarkable. NCD Zeolite plays an important role against radioactive minerals, which it specifically chelates throughout the body. This is the most powerful chelating agent we have available to us and I strongly recommend 10 drops, 4 times daily for maintenance and up to 10 drops 6 times, daily, for acute exposure.

    NCD has also proven very effective in removing depleted uranium from the system. It is the number one chelating agent for all types of radioactive minerals. Don’t use cheap zeolite products, you need something with a quantifiable absorption capacity and published studies.

    Clay is also excellent for chelating radioactive materials out of the intestines. It is a negativly charged mineral, it works like the powdered zeolite ONLY IN THE INTESTINES. It is best to use if there is a major exposure.

    It goes without saying we all need to be using all the thing Dr Mark suggest here, and not rely on any one magic solution.

  • Alison G.

    Thank you so much for this information. Like others who are “awake” to the dangers of the radioactive contamination to our food, water & air, I have been praying to know the answer to the water dilemma. Since the Fukushima disaster occurred and the resulting fallout hit the US, I have switched my family from tap to bottled water, but I do not know the safety of this water either!

    As a health professional and mother of 3 children living in Wisconsin, I am most appropriately concerned about my family’s health and well being. I have witnessed many of their friends suffer downturns in their health since this disaster hit our air currents. I immediately began supplementing my own children’s diets with antioxidants and radio-protective foods – taking much abuse from my own family for eliminating some of their favorite things and being called “crazy’ because no one else was saying that we were at risk. Now I feel that I am not alone! Thank you so much for this article and the water filtration options. My prayer for the right water information has been answered. Blessings to you for your work, Dr. Mark!

    I have made the decision to start my own blog on how to protect your loved ones from these dangers, including how to cook for children using radio-protective antioxidants and immune stimulating supplements. I will post a link when I have this up and running.

    • Kiyoko G

      Alison, I would love to read your blog when it is up and running. Like you, I AMA concerned mom and am researching ways to protect my family.

  • peggy

    thanks so much for recommendation on affordable r/o system. just what i have been waiting for.

    gilgamesh – i would love to know that royal liquid manna is as advertised. if you experiment with it i hope you will share what you find out.

  • Avi

    I had been wondering about earth [soil type] filters effectiveness against radiation … theres a water filter called adya water and is about 250$ and says to use such a method. also i guess that means zeolite shower filters like omica.


  • Gilgamesh

    When the farmers own a thousand cows, or a hundred thousand chickens, they need a lot of water every day for the animals. And radiation will be not only in the water, but it will be in the potatoes, cabbages, tomatoes , and beef, bread, and everything.
    Some farmers purify water for animals with Royal Liquid Manna. They just put 2-3 bottles in the water tank unopened and it could be just bobbing in the tank for months or even years, and it supper oxygenate, and purify the water, and makes the animals healthier, the same way it makes people healthier when it is used for better health, or any health problems.
    I dont know, if The Royal Liquid Manna, or the regular liquid manna would purify water from radiation, but I would be surprised if it did not.

    • seamus

      Surprise, surprise. oxygenating doesn’t REMOVE a blessed thing!! These radioisotopes are dissolved in the water; IONS. And ordinary filters will NOT filter ions.

      Fortunately the molecules in question are LARGE and easily separated by the R.O. membrane or, better yet, captured by ION EXCHANGE “filters” which act much like the resin beds in water softeners. I say “better” because the radioisotopes — crud– are “captured” by the ionic attraction of the zeolite resins in the filters — same same as in water softeners. Difference is that those “filters” are generally not “regenerateable”, so the crud stays in, and is disposed with, the cartridge.

      But the cattle drinking those hundreds / thousands of gallons of water are what filter the water and the meat packers and dairy industry become distributors for the accumulated radioactive crud.

      • Gilgamesh

        I agree with you, oxygenation will not remove radiation, but I m not sure about this Royal Liquid Manna, maybe somebody will test it, this is Royal Liquid Manna. It may not remove radiation, it may neutralize it , like Brown gas, or may do nothing.
        However just for the fun of it, I will put a small amount, maybe a half a teaspoon into my gas tank, and see if I could get better mileage from it, or maybe ruin my motor?

  • scott

    I recently bought the Berkey water filter and was wondering how effective this filter is compared to RO system?

  • Natalie

    Dr. Sircus, can you give us any evidence that this filtration system has been laboratory tested and proven to filter out radioactivity?
    I called Berkey and was told there hasn’t been any real testing of this kind thus far.

    • Maurice

      Yes, they have tested, and you can contact the company for more information.