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  • Berkey Water Filter Scam??

    Before making any online purchase, people will almost always do some background research on the product/s that they are interested in. Shopping for water filters is no exception, and we certainly encourage people to learn more about the different types of water filters out on the market and their capabilities before parting with their hard earned dollars.

    However, while conducting online research of Berkey filters, people may come across a post that refers to a "Berkey Water Filter Scam". So, what's the deal with this? Are Berkey water filters legit or are they indeed a scam?

    The truth is that Berkey water filters have been around for over 20 years and are a top brand that offers high end products of excellent quality.  We specialize in ensuring that you and your family are provided with clean safe drinking water. Let's examine some of the scam claims a little more closely and address some of these issues and doubts.

    Berkey Effectiveness - Sounds Too Good to be True

    The fact that Berkey water filters are able to remove 99.999% of pathogens (including, bacteria, viruses, parasites, cysts and harmful chemicals), as well as a wide range of other toxic contaminants such as chlorine, lead and pesticides that are commonly found in drinking water, without removing minerals necessary to maintain good health, does sound a little too good to be true. Especially considering that it can achieve this without requiring electricity to run; meaning it can deliver safe drinking water during an emergency or when camping in a remote location. But, the truth is it really can — and there are independent certified lab results to support these claims.  It's not magic, but rather a function of using high quality filtration ingredients combined with a slow gravity filter process that helps to provide these great results.

    Berkey Cost - Inexpensive Water Purifier

    Considering that Berkey water filters are able to purify drinking water, they are relatively cheap for what they offer. But being so affordable can do them a disservice leading people to falsely believe that something so inexpensive cannot be a high quality product. But the fact of the matter is Berkey water filters are designed to be affordable due to the lack of moving parts or electronic components, instead making use of gravity to filter out harmful pollutants as the water passes through the filters. But the affordability is not limited to the purchase cost of the equipment alone; they are also very economical to use when compared to their competitors or the cost of purchasing bottled water.

    Berkey Unavailability in Iowa and California

    The Berkey water filter system is not being available in Iowa at all and only a limited selection of Berkey products are available in California. This has caused some consumers to query its effectiveness. But the reason for its unavailability in these two states is due to them requiring additional certifications not required by other states, which at the current time is simply not viable for Berkey to pursue considering the cost of attaining these additional certifications and the potential business having them would generate. So, these are financial/business decisions the company has been forced to make and not as a result of product quality/safety or filtration effectiveness.

    The Bottom Line of a Berkey Water Filter

    The bottom line is that you should never believe everything you read on the internet, including our own statements. By all means do your homework, research products, but don't necessarily take things you read at face value. Everyone will have an opinion, and these may not always be well informed. So, when embarking on a fact-finding mission, delve a little deeper to learn the truth. Berkey water filters are a simple, but revolutionary product that can absolutely offer positive health benefits to you and your family.

    Furthermore, their potability and independence of electricity means that our water filters can be used anywhere, supplying you with a source of pure, healthy water no matter what the circumstances, wherever you may be. But don't just take our word for it, read the many independent Berkey positive reviews from our happy customers who are more than satisfied with their Berkey purchase, which speak volumes.

    If you have questions about the system that you feel are unaddressed or unanswered, please let us know in our comments section below. We take great pride in our filter systems and want to ensure our customers are fully informed about all aspects of our business.

  • Drinking Water News: Berkey Water Filter Owners Sip Confidently

    As news stories from both coasts have many U.S. water drinkers worried, Berkey customers are not among them. Thanks to their state-of-the-art, gravity-driven water filtration system, Berkey owners can simply refill their glasses and sport bottles with safe, great tasting water.

    Berkey Water Filters Clear Odors and Tastes By Eliminating Contaminants

    According to a press release by the Metropolitan Water District of California, "[s]ome residents in parts of two Southern California counties may notice a musty taste and odor in their tap water, but it is an aesthetic problem caused by an algae bloom and not a health hazard." Metropolitan imports water from Northern California through the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta, via the State Water Project, and from the Colorado River via the Colorado River Aqueduct. The east portion of State Water Project, which includes Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains, has been affected by the an overgrowth of been 2-methylisoborneal, or MIB, and geosmin algae. The California Department of Water Resources is controlling the algae with copper sulfate. The utility describes the problem as a "nuisance," not a danger.

    Berkey customers in Southern California may have noticed a smell coming from the faucet, but they certainly won't taste a difference from their Berkey filtered water. Both the Black Berkey Elements and Berkey Ceramic Filters eliminate foul odors and colors (even food coloring for the black berkeys only) along with pathogens and contaminants.

    Berkey Customers Not Sweating Heat Wave-Induced Water Quality Problems

    High water demand due to the Northeast United States heat wave has been causing a drop in pressure and water quality problems in Darien, Stamford and New Canaan, Connecticut, reports the Darien Times. Water utility public relations manager Peter Fazekas was quoted advising residents:  "Do not drink discolored water" and the utility's advisory recommends "that you do not use water until it is clear, as it may cause discoloration of your laundry and is not aesthetically pleasing." Department of Health head David Knauf counters: "[N]o compromise to the safety and integrity of the supply system has occurred. The discoloration is similar to what happens when the service lines are flushed. Testing performed today showed adequate levels of chlorine to protect public health. Residents are asked to reduce their water usage until the system clears."

    Considering that Berkey water filters are capable of decontaminating and purifying even untreated water, Berkey customers might be skipping the laundry this week to avoid clothing stains, but they are not going thirsty.

    Berkey Customers Pay 500 Times Less for Water Than Trendy Water Cafe Patrons

    A new NYC cafe sells only water, filtered New York City tap water, at $2.50 for a 16 ounce glass bottle. Willing to spend a little more? Molecule will happily enhance your water with vitamins and minerals or herbal supplement blends for a dollar or two more. Customers looking to save a little money on the plain water offering at Molecule can bring their own bottles and fill up to 50 ounces for only a dollar, but those prices probably still have Berkey customers reeling.

    "The water tastes pure, it's light, it's fluffy, it's sweet," cafe co-owner Adam Ruhf told the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps some aren't worried about fluffy and maybe this is all just a sign of the times, but by spending less that $0.02 per gallon on their filtered water, berkey customer's wallets are undoubtedly heavier.

  • Your Spring Cleanse Will Be Better With A Berkey Water Filter

    Touted by celebrities including Gwenyth Paltrow, Demi Moore, and Oprah, detox diets and spring cleanses seem to be all the rage these days. Culturally, we clean out our closets and cabinets every spring, purging the clutter and dirt accumulated over the winter (or longer). For many, purging toxins from our bodies is a natural extension of this yearly cleanse.

    Celebrity Water Detox Diet to Cleanse Body Toxins?

    Experts disagree over the value and even the safety of the many detox diet plans promoted, and there are many. Between water or juice fasts, cabbage soup plans, all fruit or raw foods cleanses, or personalized Ayurvedic plans, the options can be dizzying.

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    Beyonce swears by the Master Cleanse, a seven day regime of little but spicy lemonade. This particular cleanse is so popular in Los Angeles that the Brentwood Wholefoods dedicated an entire produce section display to its supplies a couple of years ago (see image above). Gwenyth Paltrow promotes a premix shake and supplement plan. Even Oprah's favorite Dr. Oz has his own 48 hour cleanse plan.

    Doctors and dietitians say the body is actually pretty good at detoxing and a two week cleanse can't make up for bad habits the rest of the year, but many detox dieters find real benefit in the practice and love their annual or biannual ritual. If you decide one of these plans is for you, be sure to . . .

    Detox With Lots of Pure Water

    The one thing nearly all cleanse and detox diets have in common is the recommendation to drink lots and lots of water. Some diets recommend a half a gallon of purified water or more per day on top of juices, teas, and soups, all made with more water.

    There's good reason for all this water: we're nearly 75 percent water and water is what the body uses naturally to flush toxins and hydrate cells. And that's where Berkey comes in.

    A Big Berkey Water Filter Is Your Best Detox Water Choice

    While tap water in most of the United States is safe to drink, few water detox diets will recommend it because of possible contaminants and disinfection chemicals. Preparing juices, smoothies, soups, and teas with bottled water as well as drinking it would drive your grocery bill up pretty fast.

    Considering that bottled water can cost as much as $8 a gallon, investing in a Berkey Light or other Big Berkey Water Filter could practically pay for itself over a two or three week cleanse. And unlike bottled water which is poorly regulated and shown to contain its own contaminants, you know exactly what's coming out of your Berkey water filter tap: pure water.

    Benefits of Drinking Water Go Way Beyond Detox

    For more on how water can make you feel more optimistic, improve mental performance and reaction time, and more, check out our 6 Reasons to Drink More Water.

  • Better than Plain Water? Washing Away the Beverage Marketing Hype

    Here at Big Berkey Water Filters, we think water should be your beverage of choice most of the time. We explained why SmartWater, and bottled water in general, isn't all that smart. We've also questioned energy drinks and explained why drinking soda more than very occasionally is a bad idea too. But what about other beverages touted as healthy or all natural, some of which even use the word "water" in their label?

    Vitamin Water

    Essentially synthetic vitamins, sugar, and artificial colors and flavors dissolved in water, the nutritional label does make Vitamin Water seem like a better choice than soda. But is it?

    Emily Playscello of Fit Sugar did the math. The nutritional claims on the Vitamin Water label are based on serving size. Since most people probably drink the whole 2.5-serving bottle at once, that calculation is more important. "[O]ne bottle of Vitamin Water contains 125 calories and 33 grams of sugar. (Remind me again why they try to call this a form of "water"?) That's more calories and sugar than a 12 ounce serving of Coke . . . Now, Coke contains high fructose corn syrup and is not fortified, but nutritionally, you're still getting sugar and calories from both drinks."

    Coconut Water

    Often advertised as an all-natural, low sugar alternative to sports drinks with healing properties far beyond exercise recovery, some nutritionists warn that coconut water isn't all it's cracked up to be. Coconut water is the liquid found in a young coconut and is often served fresh in the coconut in tropical climates. For those of us in more temperate locales, the coconut water is harvested, pasteurized, bottled, and shipped.

    As far as calories and sugar goes, coconut water is a better choice than soda or other high sugar beverages (64.5 calories/15 g sugar per 12 ounce serving compared to 110 cal/30 g sugar for soda). But since it can be an acquired taste, many beverage makers blend it with juice, which naturally increases the sugar and calorie content. Reporters Katherine Hobson and Angela Haupt compared plain coconut water by Zico with Gatorade for USNews & World Report:

    Gatorade: 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams sugar, 3.75 mg potassium, 13.75 mg sodium

    (plain) Zico: 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 mg potassium, 5.45 mg sodium

    From a sugar and calories perspective, Zico seems to be a slightly better choice, but, say Hobson and Haupt, if you are rehydrating from exercise, you actually want the sodium in Gatorade more than the potassium in coconut water.

    Zico doesn't offer coconut water/juice blends. Their flavored varieties are just that: flavored. So let's look at a competitor's offering:

    Vita Coco Coconut Water with Pineapple: 7.06 calories, 1.9 grams sugar, 61 mg potassium, 3.6 mg sodium.

    If you drink the entire 17 ounce bottle of Vita Coco, that's 120 calories, slightly more than the same-size serving of Gatorade.

    Sports Drinks

    Powerade, Gatorade, and sports recovery drink relatives have poured significant research funds into developing that most palatable beverage that delivers the quickest electrolyte replenishment along with hydration.

    The biggest problem with sports drinks is that most people don't need them; they don't exercise hard enough to need to electrolyte replenishment or even burn enough calories to offset the beverage. Unless you are exercising hard for more than 90 minutes, sports drinks do no better than water in most hydration studies.

    Sports beverages are still basically processed sugar, salts, artificial flavor, and color. If you do need sugar/electrolyte boost and those ingredients don't sit well with you, a handful of salted pretzels with your water before or after exercise also provides easily digestible carbohydrates and sodium.

    Drink Water

    Your Berkey filtered water continues to be the winner for hydration and health. If you like your filtered water flavored, try adding a squeeze of lemon, a slice of fresh ginger, a few peppermint leaves, or even an herbal tea bag (yes, it works with cold water).  Taking your Sport Berkey or other water bottle in the morning before you head out is a good way to both; keep drinking water, and staying away from unhealthy sports drinks and other sugary beverages.

  • Berkey Water Filters Versus an Alternative System

    There is a “New” filter being advertised as the “Alternative Choice” to the Big Berkey water filter system so we thought we would put this “new” system to a couple of what we consider to be critical tests.

    Important Notes:

    * These test were performed in Nov. 2011, and is ONLY representative of the experience at that time. They do not represent future iterations and experiences this filter may provide.

    * These test were NOT done to any NSF testing standards and are considered backyard field testing without oversight. Verification of testing experiences cannot be replicated if not done to standard protocols and thus another individuals experience may not be the same as the one below.

    The first test we conducted was a flow rate test. Here is our experience.

    Berkey vs "Alternative" Flow Rate Test

    A fully configured four element Big Berkey water filter system can produce up to 7 gallons per hour of purified water.[1] By comparison this fully configured “alternate” system only holds two filter elements (the large diameter of the elements precludes the system from accommodating more than two elements).[2][3] The “Alternative” system when full only produces 80 ounces per hour. However, the flow rate rapidly decreases as the water level declines. For example, when 70% full, the flow rate declines to approximately 62 ounces per hour. At 50% full the flow rate declines to about 44 ounces per hour and at 1/3 full the flow rate drops to a trickle of about 26 ounces per hour (Approximately 5 hours to produce a gallon of water). Averaging out the above rates, one would expect a typical run cycle to produce an average of 53 ounces per hour. This is an average of one gallon of water produced every 2 1/2 hours.

    Let’s do an economic comparison. Assuming the “Alternative” system is topped off continually, it can produce about 15 gallons per day whereas a fully configured Big Berkey water filter system can produce about 168 gallons per day. Therefore it takes over eleven (11) of the “Alternative” systems to produce as much water as one Big Berkey water filter system equipped with 4 black berkey filters. Here's an economic breakdown if we were to base our purchase upon the system flow rate.

    Cost of “Alternative” system: $239 X 11 = $2,629.00
    Cost of Big Berkey water filter equipped with 4 black berkeys: $358.00
    Big Berkey system savings: $2,271.00

    Berkey vs "Alternative" Chemical Removal Test

    The second test we conducted was designed to validate the claims that the “Alternative” filters have a lifespan equal to that of the Black Berkey purification elements. This test is designed to overwhelm the elements with a chemical contaminate in order to determine at what point a chemical breakthrough occurs. We added chlorine (Clorox) to the water but found that we could not complete the test because after approximately 1-1/4 cups of Clorox had been filtered through the “Alternative” filters, they began to break down. After 1-1/4 cups of Clorox had been purified through the Black Berkey elements, they continued to maintain their effectiveness.

    We then decided to compare their respective performance filtering the same water. To do this we inserted both of the test elements, side by side, into a Berkey Light water filter housing and added an additional cup of Clorox to the pre-filtered source water. We also quarantined the water from the “Alternate” filter element from that of the Black Berkey purification element by inserting a canning jar under the effluent stem of the “Alternate” filter. Below is what we found:

    Early In The Berkey vs "Alternative" Test

    The “Alternate” filter excreted black inky solution The “Alternative” filter excreted black inky solution (above)
    A Close Up of The Black Ink-Like Solution A Close Up of The Black Ink-Like Solution (above)

    The “Alternative” filter is having a hard time keeping up with the flow rate of the Black Berkey purification element. Note how the Black Berkey purification element is filling up the entire diameter of the lower chamber while the “Alternative” filter element is only filling up the jar.

    Midway Through The Berkey vs "Alternative" Test

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    As the water level in the upper chamber declined, the flow rate of the “Alternative” began losing more and more ground to the water level, produced by the Black Berkey purification element, inside the larger diameter housing.

    End Of  Berkey vs "Alternative" Test

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    The Black Berkey element continued to purify the contaminated water whereas the “Alternative” filter ran slow and continued to excrete a black inky solution.

    "Alternative" Filter on the Left (Black Drip Forming); Black Berkey on the Right "Alternative" Filter on the Left (Black Drip Forming); Black Berkey on the Right (above)
    "Alternative" Filter Black Ink Drip Releasing on the Left; Black Berkey on the Right "Alternative" Filter Black Ink Drip Releasing on the Left; Black Berkey on the Right (above)

    Which Water Filter System Would You Choose?

    Final Test Results Final Test Results (above)
    "Alternative" Filtered Water on Left; Black Berkey Filtered Water on Right "Alternative" Filtered Water on Left; Black Berkey Filtered Water on Right (above)

    The above pictures again highlight both the difference in flow rates and the quality of water produced by the “Alternative” (Left) filter and the Black Berkey purification element (Right) after approximately two cups of Clorox had been filtered through the elements. During an emergency, such as Katrina, in which source water may be laden with heavy chemical contamination, which water filter system would you choose?

    ADDITIONAL OBSERVATIONS AND SUMMARY:

    • The Berkey water filter system can be primed, set up and begin purifying water in about 20 minutes; whereas the “Alternative” system must be conditioned for two days prior to use. [4]
    • The 2 day conditioning process cannot be accelerated by priming the “Alternative” filter elements. When we attempted to do so, the filter broke, causing the element to explode.
    • The wall thickness of the Black Berkey elements is approximately 60% greater than the wall thickness of the “Alternative” element.
    • The Black Berkey purification elements remove viruses whereas the “Alternative” filter element does not.
    • The flow rate of the system is only about 1/11th of the flow rate of a BK4X4BB. [5]
    • When performing a Chlorine test, the elements began excreting a black inky solution.
    • The claim is made that the new system is NSF certified, yet NSF has no record of their certification. [6]
    • Relevant test data is not available for the “Alternative” system.
    • Rather than using the expensive plasma welding on the 304 stainless steel housing, which also gives Berkey systems their beautiful mirror like lustrous shine and longevity, the housings use a low cost deep drawn method that make a tinny sound when thumped.
    • The foot ring on the bottom of the system is a low-cost plastic, instead of rubber, that falls off and does not snug tightly to the system.

    If you purchased an "Alternative Choice" filter and are not satisfied with its performance, you may be able to return it for a refund. If not, there is no reason to fret because Black Berkey purification elements can replace the filters in the "Alternative" systems. Thus, you can upgrade your system with the power of authentic Black Berkey purification elements.

    FOOT NOTES:

    [1] Fully configured Big Berkey water filter water purification system contains 4 Black Berkey purification elements.
    [2] Fully configured “Alternative” system contains “alternative” filtration elements.
    [3] Literature and website claim expansion to 3 elements. System obtained for test purposes did not physically allow this expansion. The elements were too wide at the base to allow claimed full expansion.
    [4] Based on assembly instructions which stated: “…fill the upper container fully with cold or room temperature water. Allow all water to flow into the lower container. Open the spigot and
    discard the water in the lower container. Let your system stand unused overnight. Refill upper chamber and repeat…” In other words, “alternative” system would not be available in an emergency situation until 48 hours after set-up.
    [5] No flow rate is established on “alternative” website or literature.
    [6] Claims NSF 42 certification – no such listing appears on NSF website using any combination of the “alternative” name or parent corporation.

  • A Disturbing Story About What One Customer Found In Her Drinking Water

    Recently a bigberkeywaterfilters.com customer contacted us to share a disturbing story of what she found in her drinking water.  Please read below to see the side by side similarities of what was in her water and what sufferers of Morgellons disease are reporting to be finding in their body.

    This is about what I found in my tap water, in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. After much research, I knew Berkey was the system for me and I phoned to order it. That's when I met Dan. He listened attentively and answered every question. I offered to send some photos, and when he saw them, he invited me to share my story here.

    I am so thankful that my Berkey filters out what you're about to see. My household filtration system filters out particulates >25 microns in size. The Berkey catches things that are smaller than that. After having the Berkey for three weeks, it was totally clogged! (Normal maintenance is to clean it every six months.) The elements were scrubbed and it works just fine again. I love my Berkey!! Thank you, Dan!!

    It all began when I was making hummingbird solution - boil the water, let it cool, add sugar. In the past, I'd seen "floating matter" on the water, but thought it must be from the sugar. But this time, I got busy and the water cooled longer than usual, and I hadn't added the sugar yet. I was horrified at what I saw.

    Fig. 1 - Water After Boiling and Cooling

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    Fig. 1a - Water Sample, Under Microscope, 10X

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    Please note that without the clear glass pot, sitting directly under 4 bright halogen lights, this stuff is not nearly as visible. And in stainless pots, it is extremely hard to see because of the metal's reflection. I thoroughly cleaned the pot and tried again, with a lid on the whole time. The same thing happened. Hot, cold, from the outdoor faucet - it didn't matter. Some of these particles dissolve with vinegar or muriatic acid - they're minerals. But, as you'll see, it's not all minerals.

    I even tried my neighbor's water, and her's was worse than mine. Ironically, the first year of her son's life was spent constantly seeing doctors, for chronic skin problems. No one could determine what it was, the cause, or how to successfully treat it. Finally, she was told to only bathe him every 2 or 3 days. He is older now and still seeing doctors - now, for chronic infections. I don't know if it's connected to our water supply, but it's worth mentioning.

    I can duplicate these outcomes over and over, and have hundreds of photos. I tested bottled water and it did not contain these particulates. But, there are many good reasons not to use bottled water. Berkey was the very best answer to my dilemma, and it also tests clean under my microscope.

    Calling the city water department, and eventually the wastewater treatment plant was a lengthy, grueling exercise in futility. It wasn't fun, and I'll spare you the details. None of it really mattered though, because the control and responsibility is the EPA's. The people I was dealing with couldn't do anything even if they wanted to.

    Annual water reports assure us our water is clean, but they don't even test for particulates. When I asked about virus and pathogen testing, I was told to contact the health department. So, our water guys pretty much concentrate on bacteria.

    They knew little-to-nothing about the micron-sized and/or nanotechnology that is now in our air, water soil, food and bodies. Here's a recent article on a California class-action suit related to damaged water, soil and health.  The article also addresses the illness called Morgellons.

    This is a recent CDC conference: Preventing Adverse Health Effects from Nanotechnology (Q&A begins at approx 49 minutes) They say it will be 10 years before they can even agree on the metrics to address these issues, and only then will any type of regulation begin to be addressed.

    By the looks of the water, we can't afford 10 years. I would send them my photos and story, but many others have tried. Just like my local water people, the EPA and CDC apparently aren't interested. Here is an excerpt from Wiki on the subject of airborne particles:

    Fig. 2 - From Wiki: EPA - Very Fine Airborne Particulates

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    Below are microscope photos of my water, which was already filtered by the household filtration system. Also below are photos (with captions underneath from a long-time Moregellons researcher, Jan Smith) that appear similar to mine. Our photos appear similar, however they are actually what Morgellons sufferers have removed, or expelled, from their bodies. Texas has more Morgellons cases reported than any other state, except California, and Florida is third. It is now being found in other countries, as well. Music celebrity, Joni Mitchell, is speaking out about her Morgellons illness also.

    It's worth noting that (by popular demand) the CDC did a very small Morgellons study with Kaiser Permanente several years ago, to be completed in a year. At the end of the first year, the deadline for releasing the results was extended. Again and again, it was extended for several years. Around the third year, they announced that the study had been transferred to the Army pathology people. No study results have been publicly released, to-date.

    These photos are presented solely for educational purposes, are not intended to frighten anyone, and perhaps will inspire others to do their own research. What's in our water? And in us?

    Fig. 3 - Blue and Clear Fibers, from My Water

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    Fig. 3a - Blue Fiber Close-Up, from My Water. It appears to contain a blue liquid with air bubbles, sometimes called the "Payload," intended for a specific target. Used in medical research and treatment, and other commercial areas.

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    Fig. 3b - Blue and Clear Fibers, from a Morgellons Sufferer

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    Fig. 4 - Fiber Bundle, from My Water

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    Fig. 4a - Fiber Bundle, from a Morgellons Sufferer

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    Fig. 5 - Particulate Matter, from My Water

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    Fig. 5a - Matter from Morgellons person's skin, which grows subdermal "tentacles" and tubules, and is very painful to remove

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    Fig. 6 - Fiber and Rounded Matter, from My Water

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    Fig. 6a - Close-Up of Rounded Piece of Matter in Fig. 6, from My Water

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    Fig 6b - Rounded Matter, Referred to as "Pods," from a Morgellons Sufferer

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    Fig. 7 - Transparent "Chip," from My Water

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    Fig. 7a - Transparent "Chip" with Attached Wirey Fiber, from My Water

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    Fig 7b - "Pod" with Blue Fiber, from Morgellons Sufferer. Somewhat like the "Chip" in Figure 7a.

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    Fig. 8 - Circular Object on My Water's Surface (left side of photo). I dipped a slide in to try and get this specimen (shown in Fig. 8a) without disturbing it.

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    Fig. 8a - The Circular Object, now on microscope slide. The spiraled part is on the slide and the extending part is hanging over the slide's edge. I have video of the extending part waving in the air, with fully animated movement.

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    Fig. 8b - Spiraled "Hair" of a Morgellons Sufferer. Often times with Morgellons, the organic hair is pushed out and fiber grows back in its place. Is this photo of real hair or fiber?

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    Here is the  ingrown hair with the goo removed.  It is a perfect spiral.  200x

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    Fig. 8c - Hair That Doesn't Burn, from a Morgellons Sufferer. This hair was long and straight. When flame was applied to one end, it turned upward and coiled up as if in defense. It only became charred, not burned. No familiar odor of burning (organic) hair was present, either.

    This unusual photo is not a pretzel gone wild. It is a burn experiment on a strand of hair belonging to a southern lady. 200x

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    This strand of hair was 2 feet long and twisted itself in a knot to avoid the flame.  Holes formed in the hair and dark material came out after burning.  200x

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    Fig. 9 - Transparent Fibers with Attached Flat Disks and Diamond, from My Water. Note the flat piece in upper right, the small diamond shape in middle, and the flat piece in lower left.

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    Fig. 9a - Close-Up of Bottom-Left Flat Piece from Fig. 9. It appears to be in the process of forming a hexagonal shape.

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    Fig. 9b - Hexagon Connected to Fiber, from a Morgellons Sufferer's Body.

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    Fig. 9c - Hexagons that Have Come from Morgellons Sufferers' Skin.

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    Fig. 9d - More Hexagons from Morgellons Sufferers.

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    Here is the same hex crystal as above on a flat surface.  It now looks purple, I also have photos of it with a green hue.  200x

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    Fig. 9e - Hexagon from Morgellons Sufferer's Skin.

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    Fig. 9f - Close-Up of Diamond Shape from Water, taken from middle area of Fig. 9.

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    Fig. 9g - Diamond-Shaped "Crystal," from a Morgellons Sufferer.

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    Fig. 10 - Microscopic Views of City Water, from Dr. Emoto.

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    Excellent Links for More Information:

    Water, Consciousness & Intent: Dr. Masaru Emoto

    Water Is Life - Dr. Masaru Emoto

    Water - The Great Mystery

    Top Secret Water 2005

    Bottled Water Facts

    Rethinking Bottled Water

    What In The World Are They Spraying?

    Pilot Films a Plane During Aerosolized Spraying

    Weather Warfare - from the History Channel

    Chem Webs Nano Fibers Part II

    Morgellons Photo Collection - All photos with a caption directly underneath are used from this Morgellons website.

    Fig. 11 - Samples of Airborne Webs, from Coast-to-Coast AM Radio Show

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    Please e-mail me at dan@bigberkeywaterfilters.com if you like to be put in contact with this customer.

    Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.

  • A Stainless or Plastic Berkey Water Filter?

    Should I choose a stainless berkey water filter, like the Big Berkey or Royal Berkey, or should I choose a plastic system, like the Berkey Light? This is one of the more common Berkey questions that gets asked by our customers. The answer is... well there is no right answer. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of systems and the customer's final decision will depend upon where their priorities lie. Below are the 6 major factors one should consider.

    1. Appearance - Many consider the stainless to be a "sharper" looking system. If you have a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, the stainless system will most likely match better than the plastic. However, the plastic system provides a visual experience allowing the customer to watch each drop of filtration take place. Many customers enjoy this. Advantage: Stainless Berkey Water Filter

    2. Cost - The stainless is more expensive simply due to the raw materials used. Steel costs more than plastic. However the housing is the only difference between the two types of systems, and filtration quality is exactly the same. Here's the unit cost per gallon for 3 comparable systems: Berkey Light (2.75 gal) = $84/gal, Big Berkey (2.25 gal) = $115/gal, Royal Berkey (3.25 gal) = $102/gal. As you can see, you get the most gallon for your money with the berkey light plastic version.  Advantage: Plastic Berkey Water Filter

    3. Viewable Water Level - One advantage of the Berkey Light is that you are able to see the level of water simply by taking a quick glance. This helps you know when it's time to add more water to the upper chamber for filtering. The stainless systems, being opaque, do not have this advantage. However, we do sell an upgraded spigot called the waterview spigot. This has a tube indicator that shows where the water level is, very similar to the waterview spigots used on large tea and coffee containers found at restaurants, hotels, receptions, etc.  Advantage: Plastic Berkey Water Filter

    4. Portability - The upper chamber of the stainless system flips upside down and nests into the lower chamber of the system. This reduces it's size for traveling by about 35%. The berkey light does not have this nesting capability and thus is a little bulkier to transport. Advantage: Stainless Berkey Water Filter

    5. Durability - Both system are designed to be durable. The berkey light is made of a tough plastic and we have many customers who are using their original system purchased more than 10 years ago when it debuted. The stainless is just a smidge thinner than a stainless steel pot, but would dent if dropped or took a direct blow from an object. Similarly, many customers are using their original stainless system they purchased 15+ years ago. Advantage: Neither

    6. Safety - Both the stainless steel and the plastic used for the berkey light are made with food grade material. The stainless steel used is a high quality 304 stainless steel and the plastic used is a non-BPA copolyester. Advantage: Neither

    Regardless of your choice, we feel you will be happy with either berkey water filter option. We rarely have customers who contact us for a housing exchange, but since they are interchangeable, it should be known that this is also an option if you are unhappy with your decision. We would either refund or charge the difference between the two housings and then charge a warehouse-mandated 15% restocking fee for the returned system.

  • Announcement: Price Increase on Berkey Water Filter Products

    Effective April 15th, 2011, the price on the majority of Berkey water filter products has been increased by the manufacturer. We we are required to reflect these changes, and on average it amounts to about a 4% increase. In addition, along with these changes, we are no longer permitted to offer free gift promotions with system purchases.

    The reasons for the price increases are a result of the rise in raw material or input costs (in USD) used for building the Berkey product line. These raw materials are everything from the stainless steel, to the plastic, to the media used in the filters. The manufacturer believes the rise in raw material prices are a reflection of the quantitative easing program (QE2) currently underway by the Federal Reserve. In other words, the impact of this QE2 program is being seen in the way of broad inflation on all raw materials. The manufacturer states:

    "New Millenium Concepts will be absorbing 50% of the increase in raw materials, and the other 50% has been added to the MSRP cost. If the Fed continues it's quantitative easing program after June with a QE3 or something similar, we will likely be forced to raise MSRP prices soon thereafter"

    It's important to note that the manufacturer has not raised prices for over 10 years, and instead has found ways to drive costs out of the business to keep MSRP's consistent. The difference between now and the last 10 years is simply the rate of which costs are rising are much faster than can be internally managed.

    We at BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com hope that another price increase on any of the Berkey water filter products does not occur, but at the same time we are not confident in the US governments' actions when it comes to handling inflation. We apologize for this action taken as we understand how critical every dollar we spend is nowadays.

    Thanks
    Dan DeBaun
    Owner - Treehawk Health LLC dba BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com

  • Ann's Helpful Hints For Berkey Water Filter Systems

    Personal note from Ann:  As a proud member of the Berkey family for over 10 years, I've learned many tips and tricks that have helped customers with their initial system setup, and provided for the smooth lifelong use of their berkey.  Below are some of my top Berkey tips and I hope you find them helpful. :)

    Priming Your Black Berkey Elements

    When you first receive your black berkey elements, it is important to prime them. A priming button (large beige washer) is included in the box with each set of elements. Be sure to keep this some place safe so that you can re-prime your element if needed.

    To prime the elements, place the priming button on top of the threaded end of the element and place it firmly against your faucet. Turn the water on so that it is just a trickle. The water will go into the black element and the outside of the element will slowly bead up and around the element. When it has completely beaded up the element you can turn off the water and install the element into the Berkey water filter system.

    Side note:  We also have a new Berkey Primer pump for making this task even easier.

    Be sure to throw out the first 2-3 batches of water you put through the system so that the tap water used for priming is completely out of the elements.

    Drying and Long-Term Storing Your Black Berkey Elements

    After use and before your system away for an emergency, please be sure to dry the black berkey elements thoroughly. To dry the elements, place them on a towel in a sunny windowsill and turn them once per day for 2 weeks. If you don't have a sunny area to dry them, please dry them for at least 4 weeks before storing.

    Transporting Your Berkey System

    When transporting your Berkey is it important to remove the filters so they do not get damaged and snap off from the stem during transport.  Please wrap them in a towel to provide adequate impact protection, and then place them in the lower canister. Then turn the top canister over and nestle it inside this same lower canister. When you arrive at your destination, re-install your filters and you are ready to purify water.

    Things To Do Before Leaving Town For More Than 5 Days

    When leaving town for a more than 5 days, remove your Berkey elements and your PF-2 fluoride filters, place them in baggies and put them in the refrigerator. When you come home, remove the filters and install them and they're ready to filter. Leaving them for more than 5 days will start the drying process and you may have to prime them again when you return. Also placing the sealed bags in the refrigerator keeps them from drying and absorbing odors in your refrigerator.

    Cleaning Your Black Berkey Elements

    Once you install the black berkey, the best thing you can do for them is just LEAVE THEM ALONE. This is a classic case of "if it's not broke, don't fix it". Just leave them alone until they stop filtering or slow down so much that you are not getting very much water.

    When and if they stop filtering, the first thing to do would be to re-prime them. This will help push out contaminants and minerals that may be clogging the pores.  Second, try a light and gentle scrubbing, but do not scrub them too strongly as this tends to clog them up by forcing the build-up back into the pores.

    If these 2 procedures do not open the pores back up, then using a vegetable peeler, peel a thin layer all the way around the Black Berkey element up to the top like you would a carrot. This will open them up and remove the layer of clogged material off the elements. You can then re-prime (only if needed) and re-install them into your Berkey water filter system.

    Cleaning Your Berkey Chambers

    Berkey Stainless Steel Canisters – Since you are most likely trying to reduce your chemical exposure, I recommend using natural cleansers to clean your bottom canister monthly. If you don't have access to natural cleansers, just fill your bottom canister ¼ of the way up and add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. Scrub thoroughly and empty the water through the spigot on your system. This will clean the calcium buildup off the spigot. Clean your bottom canister once a month. It is not necessary to clean the top canister, but if you choose to, be sure to remove the black elements before cleaning.

    Berkey Light (Plastic) Canister - Always use a mild dishwashing detergent (preferably a natural cleanser) to clean your Berkey Light. Clean your bottom canister once a month. It is not necessary to clean the top canister, but if you choose to, be sure to remove the black elements before cleaning.

    Red Food Coloring Test

    Every 6 months, I recommend you test your Black Berkey elements with a simple red food coloring test. It is important to use only RED food coloring as the other colors have minerals in them and will not be removed from the water.

    1. If using the white PF-2 Arsenic/Fluoride filters, remove them from the system.
    2. Empty both canisters and in the bottom canister place cups or juice glasses so that the elements will drip into each cup. If possible, use a clear or white cup/glass. You will need 1 cup for each element in your system.
    3. Place the top canister so that each element will drip directly into the cup below.
    4. The amount of red food coloring to be used depends on the size of your system. If you have a 2 ¼ gallon Big Berkey you will need to use 2 teaspoons of red food coloring and place it in the top canister. If you have a 3 ¼ gallon Royal Berkey you would use 3 teaspoons of the food coloring.
    5. After putting in the correct amount of food coloring into the top canister, fill it up completely with water. The water will be very red. Allow the water to filter down into the cups for several inches until the cups are at least one half filled. Then discard the rest of the red water in the top canister.
    6. Remove the cups/glasses from the bottom canister. Make sure you know which element goes with each cup. The water in the cups/glasses should be clear. If you are using a clear cup/glass, put a piece of white paper behind the cup/glass to get a good reading on the color of the water.
    7. If the water is pink, the element for that cup/glass is breached and should be replaced.
    8. If the water is clear, your elements are doing their job perfectly.

    Berkey Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Filters

    For priming the PF-2 filters, I recommend priming from each side by at least 2 minutes to wash out as much manufacturing dust from the filter as possible. DO NOT SCREW THE FLUORIDE FILTERS ONTO THE BLACK FILTERS MORE THAN 8 ROTATIONS. If screwed on more than 8 rotations you will puncture a screen inside the fluoride filter.  Also, once installed, it can take up to 10 full system flushes of water before all the cloudiness (manufacturing dust) has been rinsed from the water. Be patient as this will vary depending on the production run and dustiness of the granules used in the filter.

    1. To determine how long your fluoride filters will last depends on the quality of your water. Since the fluoride filters also remove arsenic and continue to reduce the heavy metals in your water they may not last 1,000 gallons for the set of 2. So don’t get upset if they don’t last as long as you expect, they are continuing to reduce other harmful things in your water.
    2. When the fluoride filters are used up you will find that they usually stop allowing any water into the bottom canister. If this happens just remove them and make sure your Black Berkey Purification Elements are working. If they are, you need to just replace the fluoride filters and you are ready to go.

     

    Spigot Issues

    If leaking occurs around the washers of the spigot, make sure you have washers on both sides of the stainless steel. (black inside, white outside for stainless systems) Tighten as much as you can and leave the spigot about 90 degrees out of phase. Then, grab onto the nut in the back with a wrench, and turn the spigot itself that last quarter turn using the spigot as leverage to get a tighter turn. If this is ineffective, please soak the washers in olive oil for approximately 1 hour. Sometimes the washers can dry out and get hard over time and the olive oil will soften them up allowing for a good seal.

    One final tip to ensure you get the full life of your black berkey filters is to fill the upper chamber to the top (assuming lower chamber has the room for the water) every time. The bottom canister MUST always be at least to the spigot level before completely filling the top canister. Failure to have the bottom canister empty will result in the water overflowing between the two canisters and flooding your counter. The top canister must always be filled to the top of the black filters to get the full life of the filters. This will allow for the entire length of the filter to be put to use so that the media gets exhausted evenly. I hope this information is of help to every Berkey water filter system owner.

    Happy Drinking in Health,

    Ann
    BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com

  • Travel Berkey Water Filter Review Video

    Recently we has a customer who created a video testimonial for the Travel Berkey water filter. We think these reviews are invaluable for future customers and as a result wanted to showcase the review on our blog.

    The Travel Berkey is the smallest berkey water filter of our line-up (excluding the go berkey kit). It comes standard with 2 black berkey filters, good for 6000 gallons of water filtration, and comes with the choice of a free item such as the PF-2 fluoride filters, a shower filter, 2 berkey sport bottles, replacement parts kit, or the new sight glass spigot.

    The Travel Berkey is a 1.5 gallon system standing 17" in height, 7.5" in diameter, and is made from high quality food grade 304 stainless steel. We recommend this system for up to 3 people.

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