Jerusalem’s “toxic” food and drink culture: A look at the health effects
The toxic food and water culture of Jerusalem is slowly killing people, says a new report from the Jerusalem Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the report, the city has the second-highest rate of mortality in Israel of all the West Bank and Gaza Strip cities, after Ramallah.
The number of deaths in Jerusalem doubled between 2014 and 2015, from 16,000 to 23,000, according to the center, which was established by the Jerusalem municipality in December 2014.
The study, which analyzed data from the Health Ministry, the health department of the Israel Police, and health workers, also found that the number of cases of colorectal cancer in Jerusalem increased by 20 percent from 2013 to 2015.
The report said the high incidence of cancer is linked to the consumption of unhealthy and toxic food, the misuse of water and the poor quality of the water supplies.
According the report’s findings, more than 1,300 people in the city die from cancer every year.
The center said the consumption and use of toxic food can also be attributed to the lack of sanitation in the cities, the lack and poor hygiene in the homes and the lack in proper hygiene practices.
According this way, it can lead to cancer in the colon and rectum, heart disease and cancer of the pancreas.
The Jerusalem Center also said the use of unsafe drinking water is also a cause of cancer, as the water used to treat the waste from Jerusalem’s hospitals, sewage treatment plants, and other municipal buildings is polluted with contaminants.
“The drinking water supplies of the city are also contaminated with lead and other toxic substances,” the report said.
“There are also serious problems with public water quality and the contamination of drinking water wells in the capital.”
The report also said that the use and misuse of toxic substances in the streets and public places can also lead to lung cancer.
The health effects of the food and the water culture have serious implications on the quality of life of the people, the report noted.
“Our research shows that people in Jerusalem are dying from various diseases and cancer rates have doubled,” the center said.