I am an avid reader of Dr. Mercola’s website. I highly respect his advice and read most of his articles. Today I got my usual e-mail from his website regarding manganese. The article begins:
“According to a report in Science Daily, a new Canadian study shows that children exposed to high concentrations of manganese in drinking water performed worse on tests of intellectual functioning than children with lower exposures”.
The article then goes on with other products such as soy infant formula, fluoridated water, breast feeding and then on to healthy alternatives and how you can protect your child from excessive manganese exposure.
According to Dr. Mercola he claims:
“First and foremost, do not give your child soy formula or other unfermented soy foods.
As for manganese in your well water, your best bet is to use a high quality filtering system using activated carbon. A well designed activated carbon filter system is the simplest, most convenient, and most user friendly option to purify your drinking water.
A good system will likely consist of multiple filter cartridges; one to protect the carbon from larger contaminants in the water, and another containing carbon designed to remove trihalomethanes – a dangerous disinfection byproduct. Some systems also contain a backup carbon filter to ensure that all contaminants have been filtered out. For more information about filtering systems and water quality, please see this previous article.”
So.. I go and click on the previous article link, and it takes me to this article: Tap Water Toxins: Discover Your 3 Best Solutions, Straight from the Expert…
Which of course discuses water filters and different methods of point of use water filters that removes THM’s (trihalomethanes).
At this point, i’m sure your wondering where I am going with this post. Well..
Dr. Mercola has written and talked about alot of contaminants in his articles since he started selling water filters on his website. The water filter Dr. Mercola has been recommending is called the Pure & Clear Water Filtration system. But when you click on the website, it says they’re all out of stock! Hmm…that got me thinking, wow! this must be an awesome product that he sells so many, he cant keep them in stock for his customers!…So I do a little bit more research on his site. http://www.pureclearwaterfilters.com/.
The first thing I look for when researching water filters is NSF certification or at least a 3rd party certification by the water quality association or any type of certifications, regulations, listings and performance data. These are the most important thing to look for when researching a water filter! However, I could not find any of this information on Dr. Mercola’s website. This definately surprised me.
Although the product Dr. Mercola endorses, may indeed be a wonderful product and may reduce many contaminants found in tap water, he has absolutely no documentation to back it up!
So…On to my next quest. I decided to try and contact them to see what was up and to find out if the Pure & Clear system had any NSF certification. The easiest way I saw to do this is to talk to a “chat specialist” …woohoo and I actually got someone! YeHa. The following is our actual conversation. (This also explains why the product is no longer in stock (sold out).
Thanks for contacting us. Please hold a moment while we route your chat to a specialist.
Dana S has received your message and will be right with you.
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Dana S says: 08:20:33
Thank you for contacting Mercola.com, my name is Dana how can I assist you today?
Laura says: 08:20:52
does the pure and clear water filter have any nsf certifications?
Laura says: 08:21:08
and if so, where are they documented on the website. I cant seem to find them
Laura says: 08:21:36
I would like to see the performance data on the water filter
Dana S says: 08:21:41
The unit itself is not NSF certified, but the cartridge holders are certified. Unfortunately we no longer carry those units, but will be launching a brand new system within the next month.
Laura says: 08:22:09
Dana S says: 08:23:21
Unfortunately we do not have that information until the product launches. I can email you as soon as I am given more information on the new units that we will be offering if you would like?
Laura says: 08:23:48
I would appreciate that. Yes. Thank you
Dana S says: 08:26:23
OK I am happy to do that. Is firstname.lastname@example.org the correct email address?
(I used my private e-mail address here because I joined the website years ago with this address)
Laura says: 08:26:43
Dana S says: 08:27:08
Ok I will email you as soon as I am given additional on our new units.
Dana S says: 08:27:11
Is there anything else that I can assist you with today?
Laura says: 08:28:19
I would definately put some NSF certification documents on the next water filter Dr. Mercola endorses. Informed people would like to see performance data to back up the contaminant reduction claims.
Dana S says: 08:29:33
I will be happy to pass your that along as a suggestion.
Laura says: 08:30:12
And to compare them with other filtration products. I encourage Dr. Mercola to look at Multi-Pure drinking water systems. He will not find a better NSF certified water filter in terms of contaminant reduction.
(i had to try) 😉
Dana S says: 08:30:35
Ok, I will pass that along as well.
Laura says: 08:30:39
Thank you … Have a great day!
Dana S says: 08:31:00
You’re Welcome Laura! Have a great day as well!
Dana S says: 08:31:03
Thank you again for contacting Mercola.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. Thank you and have a happy healthy day!
Dana S left this room.
Well, there you have it folks. I can only assume that Dr. Mercola will find a more reputable water filter to recommend to his customers that have some sort of certification to back up their claims. As I said, the product he was promoting could in fact be an excellent product, but without any type of performance data or certifications, it is impossible to compare this product to any other water filter on the market. And as of yet, I haven’t found one that performs better than Multipure. (I’ll keep searching though)
PLEASE NOTE… Since this article was written, the Aquasana/Pure & Clear water filter has been NSF Certified. You will find the NSF certification here: http://nsf.com/Certified/dwtu/listings.asp?CompanyName=aquasana&submit1=Search+by+Manufacturer&Program=DWTU