Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
Arsenic is a metal that is commonly found in water and soil but can present serious health risks to those who come in contact with it. Night blindness, cancers, organ failure, and death are all potential outcomes of consistent arsenic exposure. To prevent these risks, testing ground water and soil are important.
Water Testing for Arsenic
Commercial tests for arsenic in water are commonly available online and in some stores. They are inexpensive, do not require the tester to mail in samples to get results, and notify the tester of the presence of arsenic by a easily visible color change. These tests are also very fast, informing testers of the results in as little as 14 minutes. If water testing proves positive, counter top and whole house filters are available to filter the arsenic out. These can be a bit more expensive, but they are well worth the cost when compared to the dangers associated with arsenic poisoning.
Testing for arsenic in the soil can be done using similar kits for water testing, but occasionally some universities with chemistry or science departments will offer testing for free. It is also a good idea to test wood in decks or retaining walls if they were built using pressure treated lumber produced prior to 2003. A simple wood wipe kit can be used to ascertain the arsenic content of the wood. Long-term exposure to arsenic is extremely dangerous, so make sure that the water, soil, and wood that is in the home is free of this metal. Tests are cheap, simple, quick and may just save a life.
[YEA] 03/08/2008: ROBERT HENRY from TEN MILE, TENNESEE: "Started EDTA chelation a few months ago and the other patients have sent me to school at 71 years old. Several people were doing chelation because they were saturated with arsenic. All said they got it from eating chicken. I balked at that , but they went on to explain that the Agri folks feed the chickens an arsenic compound to control the parasites and to make them eat constantly.
I was doubtful, but after spending almost a week on the internet.... it is true. It is there for all to read. The chickens retain some arsenic, but most of it goes with the litter which the farmers spread over their pastures and it is then in the grass and the cow meat and milk. Also, it gets into the streams, well water etc.
There is a mushroom plant a few miles from me and they use Tn chicken litter and Kentucky barn straw to grow the mushrooms. I have been eating these mushrooms for some 15 years and buying a 15 cu yard truck load of the compost each year to put on my 1/2 acre vegetable garden. Now I know where I got the arsenic that showed up in my hair analysis.
I called my county agent and he knew nothing about this. He did say not to worry about this because arsenic has been used on tobacco in East Tenn for a hundred years and the area is saturated. That's another reason not to smoke.
If you ask the Organic folks if they use commerical fertilizer they get incensed and say no way, "we only use organic mushroom compost". Lord hep us to get right. Posioned by the the tree huggers in the name of planet Earth.
As of last year Tyson stopped using arsenic in their chicken feed. The rest are keeping on, keeping on. It's a greed thing. Tyson only stopped because the folks in Ok. have a bank ruppting law suit against them"Replies
12/26/2008: Bobbie from Louisiana, USA replies: "Ok I love chicken, How do I get rid of the arsenic in it or do I have to leave off chicken?"
01/09/2012: Concerned from Houston, Tx replies: "May I please ask what EDTA is? I see so many acronyms on this site that I've never seen before. I just stopped giving my child apple juice because of the outrageous amounts of arsenic found in almost every brand. Apparently the grape juice is contaminated as well, and the articles I've read go on to mention how processed foods sweetened or flavored with apple or grape may also be just as contaminated. I was giving my child apple juice thinking it was a healthier alternative than soda, punch, or antibiotic and hormone laden milk. Is there anything safe left for us to eat or drink anymore?
The type of arsenic found is the inorganic form that causes cancer etc, not the natural organic form found in the seeds of the fruit itself."