One of the reasons I started this trading card collection of monsters inspired by toxic ingredients in our food, water and households was because I was amazed over how many unsettling claims and conflicting debates are being brought to light about the subject. I've enjoyed examining both sides of the debate (as well as considering the sources of conflicting claims), but it's left me a bit rattled to realize how many poisons might be lurking out there and what they may be doing to us. Tap water, I've learned, is the granddaddy of all scary monsters. Seemingly sparkling clear and refreshing, tap water seems appears innocent enough, but many are claiming our tap water is a gurgling toxic mess brimming with high levels of pharmaceuticals, sex hormones, and a certain hazardous waste known as fluoride. The sex hormone part could explain the mystery of the increasing occurrence of Moobs.
Sure, we've all been told fluoride is added to the water to promote strong teeth, but is it causing more harm than good? Claims about fluoride dangers are wide-ranging, everything from causing damage to the thyroid, to dental fluorosis, the reduction of IQ, to my personal favorite, being used as a dumbing down mechanism for the masses so we can be controlled by the government and turned into mindless zombie sheep. What's really fun about water is they say bottled water also dangerous for all sorts of other reasons. It would be comical if it weren't so alarming, but hey, at least my pal Bob and I have dozens more toxic trading cards to create. Medium: ink on paper, digital paint. Illustration by 14.