I ran across this AP article on the internet that is very unsettling. It stated that;
“A vast array of pharmaceuticals- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones- have been found in the drinking water supples of at least 41 million Americans..”
Now, I don’t know about you but that is an alarming statistic for me. It further states that scientists are worried about the long-term consequences to human health. No kidding Sherlock! So how is this happening? The article went on to say;
“People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lake, Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.”
Well it makes sense that it could happen but what does that mean for us? Stop drinking water? Yeah right, but obviously we are going to be adversely affected. I have no idea what the answer is and I don’t think it means going to bottled water because so many of the companies just bottle tap water and sell it at a high price and I don’t think that home water purifiers or any kind of water purifiers for that matter are made to get rid of drugs found in our drinking water. I do think however, it is something we need to be aware of and then maybe we can become better consumers and advocates for change. For me however, this little bit of news tells me a lot. It could explain why we have so many drug resistant strains of bacteria. It could explain why our children develop so early in childhood, why we have so many new health problems. Are we being overdosed without even knowing it. OK, so the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose; but how many of you also on your own take acetaminophen and ibuprofen? They found traces of those. How many of you take drugs for infection, pain, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems? They found those in some areas of the country. Does that increase or decrease the numbers of those problems? I am sure it can be argued by both sides, but since I stand on the side of alternative medicine and it’s approaches to health, I find this down right alarming.
I don’t like fear tactics and this sounds that way so let me add that I don’t think things are that bad now or irreversible but what is the prognostication for the next 20 years if we don’t make changes now?
More things to think about.