Can drinking Well Water increase blood pressure?
You bet. Heavy metals are a prime source of chronic well water
contaminants, especially arsenic, which has been definitively linked
with hypertension and cancer in chronic exposure. Arsenic is a common
well water contaminant in the US, especially in certain geographic
areas such as in Northern Arizona. It was used extensively in industry
and as an ingredient in insecticides in the US until the 1970’s. One
of the first signs of arsenic toxicity is a characteristic
maculopapular rash (Otles 2010; Sengupta 2008;
www.medscape.com/viewarticle/464262_4). Be sure to have your Well
Water checked annually and especially after a flood.