As part of our EPA Watch program that aims to test public water supplies across America for toxic heavy metals and chemicals, I just finished testing a water sample that was collected from inside the VA hospital located at 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, Connecticut, zip code 06516. Click here for the web page of that VA hospital.
The scientific analysis of the water via LC/MS-TOF, shown below, reveals that this VA hospital's water supply apparently carries a startling array of potentially toxic chemicals.
This water sample was sent to Natural News as part of our nationwide EPA Watch program which has already begun testing water samples for heavy metals, toxic chemicals and more. This map shows the geographic origins of water samples we've received so far (and logged into our database). All results from the EPA Watch testing are being posted publicly at EPAwatch.org
Because we rely on concerned citizens to collect these water samples, we hope that the data presented here serve as an "early warning system" for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, which obviously needs to conduct its own water quality tests using appropriate scientific instrumentation. (Meaning instruments that are sensitive enough to find these things.)
"There have been complaints about water at this hospital..."
While other water samples we've received under this program are being tested for lead first, this particular sample came with a note that indicated "there have been complaints about water at this hospital."
Because I care deeply about the health of our veterans -- yes, I'm a patriotic American who believes in supporting our soldiers and our police officers -- I decided to run this sample through our LC/MS-TOF instrument, which is part of our new, expanded organic chemistry section at CWC Labs (formerly known as the Natural News Forensic Food Lab), where I am the lab science director. Click here to see all my lab videos.
This instrumentation separates molecules using liquid chromatography while profiling retention times in an aqueous / organic solvent gradient. From there, the separated molecules are ionized at atmospheric pressure using electrospray ionization, then analyzed via Time of Flight discrimination technology in a mass spec instrument, which generates a mass-to-charge ratio spectra thousands of times each second. These data are then compared to extensive databases of documented chemical compounds to achieve matching scores based on accurate mass, molecular composition properties, retention times and molecular charges. (Yeah, I know, it's pretty geek stuff. But this is actually how it works in case you want to know...)
The result is a qualitative screening for known pharmaceuticals, toxic chemicals, forensic drugs and other chemicals that are detected in the sample. Note that this is not quantitative analysis but rather a qualitative screening that looks for the presence of thousands of different chemicals. Thus, we cannot derive accurate parts per billion concentrations from these data. We can only accurately state that these chemicals exist in significant enough concentrations to register "hits" on a qualitative screening run.
Even so, these chemicals are clearly present in apparent quantities that surprised me. Given that the amount of water used in this sample analysis was only five microliters (yes, five millionths of a liter), and that I was seeing many of these chemicals at counts greater than 1 x 10 ^ 4, there is no question that these chemicals are present in the water we tested.
Genotoxic compounds, flame retardants, respiratory stimulants and more
Some of the pharmaceutical compounds and chemicals we found in this water sample include:
Tri-iso-butyl phosphate, a flame retardant chemical used in industrial products.
Spiroxamine, a chemical that has been shown to be part of "genotoxic compounds that show differential cytotoxicity against isogenic chicken DT40 cell lines with known DNA damage response pathways."
Doxapram, a central respiratory stimulant with side effects that include central nervous system subconvulsions.
Palmidrol, an antiviral chemical that also affects cannabinoid receptors.
Netilmicin, an antibacterial chemical that interferes with protein synthesis.
Embutramide, a chemical that has been tested to block the function of Ebola virus.
Palmitic acid glycerol ester
As proof that these chemicals were detected, I can list all the m/z ratios for these compounds. For example, Tri-iso-butyl phosphate has m/z of 267.1724, and Tolyltriazole has m/z of 134.0713, and so on. These were all detected in positive mode on the instrument.
VA hospital does not seem to be filtering its water
The obvious conclusion from this chemical screening is that this VA hospital does not seem to be filtering its tap water. If they were filtering the water, all these chemicals would be removed. (Even a countertop water filter can easily remove these compounds.)
It also begs the question: Where the heck is the VA hospital getting its water, anyway? Is this the same water being pumped through the public water supply in West Haven? Or is there something different about the VA Hospital water that's somehow more toxic?
These are questions that demand real answers.
No point in asking hospital officials to respond
I have not yet contacted the VA Hospital for their response to all this, because frankly I'm tired of being lied to by incompetent government bureaucrats and excuse-makers. There is no point in asking them their opinion on this matter, as they all operate in a never-ending state of total denial and runaway incompetence to begin with.
No doubt if any reporter calls the VA Hospital, they will be told that the water quality "meets state requirements." And it may very well do so, in fact, because the government of Connecticut is also totally delusional about its own water supply just like the corrupt officials of Flint, Michigan (and the EPA), where utterly incompetent bureaucratic criminals allowed countless thousands of children to be poisoned with lead while they conspired on all the different ways to prevent the truth from coming out (including staging their own fake robbery of government offices to destroy water quality records).
Personally, I don't want to know if it "meets state requirements." I want the damn water we feed our veterans to be clean water!
Is that too much to ask for soldiers who put their lives on the line? We can't even get them a damn water filter in their hospital? Are we now running a third world infrastructure in America, where we can't even clean the water that these hospitals are no doubt using to mix drinks and cook meals? It's bad enough that we deny our veterans the quality health care they deserve... do we also have to compromise their health with toxic water at the same time?
This is why I launched EPA Watch in the first place
These results you see here explain precisely why I launched EPA Watch in the first place. Now, thanks to a citizen who went to the trouble to send us a water sample, we have apparently uncovered some shocking details about the water being fed to U.S. soldiers and veterans.
And this was the very first citizen water sample I ran on the LC/MS-TOF instrument. Imagine what else we'll see as more concerned citizens keep sending us more water samples that we test in the public interest.
For instructions on how to send us your own water samples, go to EPAwatch.org and download the chain of custody form that we require to be submitted with each sample.
With your help, we will expose even more public safety problems in municipal water supplies all across America. And then maybe... just maybe... some lazy bureaucrats might get off their overpaid asses and do something about it.
Until that day comes, use a water filter for everything you drink. Don't trust any government to deliver clean water to your tap. And most of all, don't trust the EPA. They are utterly incompetent like nearly every other federal agency that has betrayed the American people. Maybe it's time for something totally different in Washington D.C., eh?