PART II – The Leaning Tower of Pisa
When Designs are Flawed From the Beginning
By Brent Leung, C.N.
“More die in the United States from too much food than too little.”
John Kenneth (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist
Obesity in the U.S. during the 1960’s and 1970’s remained relatively constant at eight percent. In 1980, everything changed.
Political influence, combined with the lobbying efforts of billion dollar industries was the driving influences behind the architectural bureaucrats of the first set of established dietary guidelines and subsequent Food Guide Pyramids.
“A vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.” ~ CBS News ~
The guidelines for regulating Canadian drinking water identifies roughly 165 microbiological, chemical, and radiological contaminants that need to be reduced or eliminated to ensure the protection and vitality of human health. In the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Act identifies approximately 91 contaminants.
As passengers boarded Qantas Flight 32 in November 2010, departing Singapore for Australia’s outback, the harsh realities of gravity were not firmly etched in their minds. Four short minutes after the pilot took off and retracted the landing gear, and passengers were just getting comfortable, an explosion in the No. 2 engine rocked the cabin, reminding everyone that what goes up must come down.
Thankfully, the story ends on a positive note, with the jumbo A380 aircraft landing safely, but the incident was met with swift response. Qantas, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines immediately grounded their fleet of A380s with Qantas’ CEO stating that their planes would remain grounded “until we are confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met.”
Why was such extreme action taken in response to the averted disaster? The question is of course rhetorical. Airlines would find themselves quickly out of business, investors would reap total losses, and economies would suffer if planes of that magnitude started falling out of the sky. So why then is humanity’s response to water scarcity so apathetic, and virtually non-existent (at least in the Western world)? After all, a “lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours,” according to water.org.
The human body is exceptionally clever and has a spirit for survival that rivals our own conscious desire for life. Given the body has no reservoir for storing water, if it begins to dry up, the body switches to preservation mode or drought management. Its first action—limit any supplementary water loss.
In these initial stages your body basically locks in all its remaining supply, just as a submarine traps everything it inhabitants. Common symptoms include a reduction in urination and sweat as the pores firmly tighten.
Dehydrate the body long enough and it won’t merely thwart fluids from exiting, but the body begins pilfering fluids from less essential regions, allowing hydration to more critical areas. If constipation is something you often labor with, it may be due to dried up, hard feces — a consequence of water being redirected out of the colon.
Imagine being surrounded by an swarm of medical doctors, first class surgeons, some of the best modern medical equipment money can buy, access to every conceivable medication science has to offer, and then, you die because the best and brightest failed to give you a glass of water. This was the fateful ending for 22-year-old Kane Gorny, who took his last breathe at St George’s hospital in South London. The boy was in such need for a glass of water that he dialed 999 (equivalent to 911 in North America) begging for help.