Drinking distilled water
Question: Is distillation really the best source of pure drinking water? My husband and I are concerned about the kind of hormonal contaminants we’ve discovered are now found in municipal water supplies drawn from lakes and rivers with large populations surrounding them. Does distilling water truly remove all contaminants? Is there a difference between store-bought distilled water and homemade distilled?
Answer: My concerns about drinking water quality are not usually bacteriological (though these can be an issue, even in Canada), but chemical and hormonal. Sewage treatment facilities aren’t made to remove residues of birth control hormones and recreational drugs in waste water that comes from toilets, sinks and showers, so as these compounds build up in natural ecosystems they show up again in municipal water supplies drawn downstream from those same ecosystems. This is also believed to be the same dynamic behind deformities in fish and frogs found in aquatic ecosystems near large human populations. It takes effort to discover the truth about things and unfortunately these days truth is often steamrollered by lies, especially from high places. Trust your own research from multiple, independent sources rather than simply accepting what authorities say is true.
Properly distilled water will be as close to 100 per cent pure as possible. The distiller we use at our house has a carbon filter on the water coming into the distiller, and another carbon filter on the distilled water going out. Distillation alone removes almost everything from the water, but it is possible that tiny amounts of non-water substances could get boiled and condensed along with the water. This is rare, but if it is present the carbon filters remove these substances. From all of my research I believe distilled water, with pre- and post-carbon filtration is the purist and best for drinking.
I don’t think it’s possible to say for sure if grocery store distilled water is significantly different than homemade. When I first got interested in drinking distilled, I bought it from the store. As I began to experience the benefits I went on to get my own distiller. I believe distilled water from the store is adequate, but I like distilling my own because it never touches anything plastic. Store-bought distilled water is stored in plastic bottles (perhaps for months) whereas my own is created in a stainless steel tank, then it goes into glass jugs that we keep on the counter.
If you want the ultimate in high quality drinking water I’d recommend the kind of automatic distiller I own. It’s made by a North American company called Aquanui. We’ve used it for a couple of years and it’s fabulous. It gives a constant supply of distilled water because it has a built-in reservoir. The machine makes distilled water constantly and automatically until the tank is full (it holds 10 gallons), then switches off automatically until the tank level drops again. Minerals and anything that’s not water builds up in the distiller and needs to be removed with a cleaning every few months.
Best outdoor wood glue
Question: What kind of glue should I use while building an exterior pine door? It’s a big door and will probably take me half an hour to get everything together and clamped.
Answer: It’s wise that you asked because glue is really important with exterior projects. Titebond III is an amazing glue and it will work terrifically well for you. It’s just like regular wood glue (no odour and it even cleans up with water when wet), except that it dries completely waterproof. Even with this glue on your side, you’ll need to plan your assembly carefully. Try to arrange the work to proceed in multiple steps, and have all the clamps you need adjusted and ready to use.