¡§Don¡¦t drink the water,¡¨ was a suggestion someone made before our trip to Mexico. I¡¦m happy to report that hotels took several measures to ensure the water we consumed was clean and safe.

Being surrounded by water, it was natural to reflect on its beauty and importance. Our bodies are mostly water. Plants and animals depend on it. What would life be like in its absence, or would life exist at all? If you haven¡¦t thought about it much, it is time to do so. Unfortunately, many don¡¦t think about issues until they affect our pocket-book (finances). Well that time is here! It is said that water is the next oil and will become as costly. Goodness, I remember when they began selling bottled water and wondered who would ever pay for it. Now, we in the U.S. throw away nearly 70 million water-bottle containers a day. Visit this website and watch the counter tally up .

So during the trip, one of the things I pondered was whether it was safer for people to swim in the ocean or stay at the pool ¡K safety aside, which is cleaner? Opinions differ, but the need for water awareness is crucial not only from a survival and global-warming perspective (see Help Our Planet at ), but because water is one of the five Feng Shui elements (and 2008 is a water year).

We are what we think. One of our recommended authors is Dr. Masaru Emoto. In The Hidden Messages in Water, Dr. Emoto demonstrates that our thought processes affect water. Just as life is about movement, change, and flow ¡K so is water. A dense body is dehydrated and is more apt to hold toxins, thus why we¡¦re supposed to drink a lot of water. In Hidden Messages, Dr. Emoto¡¦s freezes water and photographs how it crystallizes. When projecting commanding (forceful) thoughts the water becomes distorted. I can¡¦t help but think about frogs and species that are becoming more deformed or extinct because of what we¡¦re doing to water and the environment. Then, when projecting productive (supportive) thoughts, Emoto¡¦s crystals are quite lovely. In my opinion, his work aligns and confirms classic Feng Shui principles.

We are what we consume. Evidence makes a case for purified water. I personally noticed a difference in my health when we installed a whole-house purification, deionization water system in the 1980s. Anyone who visits notices it too. Everything tastes better and guests love their skin after showers.

I don¡¦t believe in coincidences so upon my return and reviewing mail, there in the pile was information regarding water. It inspired me to take pen to paper (or, in this case fingers to keypad).

Something that affects drinking water, swimming water, and our health is chlorine. Here¡¦s information from the Medical College of Wisconsin . According to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, ¡§cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.¡¨ Simply stated, chlorine is a pesticide; as defined by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) whose sole purpose is to kill living organisms.¡¨ I saw children, adults, and birds drinking pool water.

Breast cancer, which now affects one in every eight women in North America, has been linked to chlorine. A Hartford, Connecticut, study showed that ¡§women with breast cancer have 50-60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.¡¨

I mentioned our guests taking showers. A warm shower opens the skin¡¦s pores so we absorb more chlorine. The steam we inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than tap water since chlorine vaporizes much faster ¡K visa vise chlorine gas (chloroform) goes directly into our blood stream. For more information, visit Global Healing Center Also, the Internet Health Library offers an extensive epidemiology on the topic.

There is good news! Chlorine is one of the easiest substances to remove from our water. As the above sites attest, no one will argue that chlorine serves an important purpose, and that hazards of doing away with chlorine are greater than or equal to related health risks. Manage your environment consciously, or it manages you!© We are what we think and consume.

Author's Bio: 

EDUCATION (highlights):
„X American Feng Shui Institute (Advanced Certificates), Master Larry Sang, 168 Feng Shui Advisors, Feng Shui Advantage
„X Bank One Management Development Training Program & Managerial-Supervisory College
„X Canton Art Institute - Scholarship
„X Creative Training Techniques International
„X Disaster Recovery Institute ¡V Certified (4-yr level)
„X Keye Productivity Centers (Problem Solving and Solutions Design I & II)
„X Landmark Education
„X Otto Kroeger Assoc. - Myers-Briggs Qualified
„X Russ Whitney Real Estate Training Academy
„X Russell Martin & Associates (Business Analysis and Results that Deliver)
„X Systemation (Project Management-Advanced)

QUALIFICATIONS (highlights):
„X 25 years in environmental energy and risk management serving the international community on commercial and residential projects
„X Feng Shui Network Accredited Member (instructor)
„X Since 2006 a board member for central Ohio chapter of The Interior Design Society
„X 2005-6 credentialed by The Ohio State University as a clinical instructor and their Feng Shui consultant
„X 2004-5 director of education for the International Feng Shui Guild--instigated national standards and validation processes for schools and practitioners
„X 2003-4 international CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional)
„X 1988-2003 consulted on largest single-occupancy building next to the Pentagon; New York terrorist attack, several hurricanes, and more. Was vice president over information technology business continuity at Bank One, and on their emergency response team
„X Registered with the American Feng Shui Institute (US), Feng Shui Society (UK), Feng Shui Network (Australia), and International Feng Shui Guild (US)
„X Member of American Society of Dowsers, Better Business Bureau, Sunbury/Big Walnut Chamber of Commerce, Green Energy Ohio, Interior Design Society, International Institute of Bau-Biology & Ecology, National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and Westerville Chamber of Commerce
„X Developed a train-the-trainer program that was implemented in 14 states, and performed regional certifications
„X Former coach for Olympics of the Mind (achieving state finals)
„X Presenter (highlights): Chinese Culture Symposium; Chinese Culture Connection; Columbus Art Institute; Arts Castle of Delaware; Columbus Fall Home Show; Central Ohio Home & Garden Show; Interior Design Society; International Feng Shui Conference; International Natural Foods & Health Expo; King Business Interiors; Ohio/National Education Assn.; National Assn. Remodeling Industry; Ohio Society of CPAs; Ohio State University; Positive Alternative Therapies in Healthcare (PATH); State Farm Insurance; and Young Entrepreneur¡¦s Organization.

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AWARDS and NOMINATIONS (highlights):
„X 2008 Nomination for the Jefferson Award
„X 2007 and 2008 Angie¡¦s List
„X 2007 and 2006 NARI award for Achievement in Consumer Excellence (ACE)
„X Listed in Who's Who Historical Society, Who's Who of American Woman, International Who¡¦s Who Professional Edition; Empire Who's Who; and Madison's Who's Who.
„X 2005 nominated for International Peace Prize by the United Cultural Convention for my attainment of excellence in the face of obstacles (achieving results across political, religious, business, and ethnic divisions) for the benefit of the international society
„X 2003 best Feng Shui website
„X The best acknowledgement is from my clients. Read their testimonies on our website and see the article, ¡§What Do Our Clients Say About Us?¡¨