WASHINGTON, September 4, 2013 — According to a new study reported in Science Magazine, there are enough psychotropic medicines in our water supply such as oxazepam or Serax, a powerful anti-anxiety drug not prescribed as often as it used to be, to alter the behavior of fish.
Pharmaceutical dumping of medicines in our nation’s water supply is unregulated and contains a cocktail of medicines such as antibiotics, hormones, oral contraceptives and mood stabilizers as discovered in the drinking water of 24 major metropolitan areas and in 51 million homes. Filtering these medications out is difficult and so expensive, soda manufacturers do not bother to filter for meds.
This means the soda supply is also contaminated.
Cleaning fluids as entrée’ are prevalent in our drinking water as well.
Flushing unused medications into the sewer system and unabsorbed medication from bodies also find their way into the nation’s reservoirs. We drink and cook with the same water we flush away in our commodes.
Give this a moment’s thought.
In testimony before a Senate subcommittee on water quality this past April, scientists warned the amounts and type of medications found in drinking water is nothing short of “Alarming.” Add these medications to the already existing amounts of fertilizer and human and animal excrement, turning on the tap seems a sickening proposition.
Extending these issues is the amount of chlorine and other bacteria and virus killing agents that are capable of destroying what is known as ‘bad’ bacteria, also kills our ‘good’ bacteria or flora that is essential for homeostasis or balanced health. New research by the University of California suggests reduced flora can affect brain functioning in women.
This means that destroying the pharmaceuticals in our drinking alter may also further reduce our good bacteria or flora. The primary concern is not a ‘per dose’ or glass of water on its own but the cumulative effect of unwittingly taking medications while diminishing flora.
Diminished flora is being researched as a cause or contributing factor in obesity, diabetes, cholesterol and heart problems leading scientists to question if treating water for pharmaceuticals can further exacerbate the flora issues.
Studies with animals with reduced flora shows up as aggressive behavior so maybe the amount of Serax in our water can be irrationally considered offsetting.
Compounding the multiple issues is 25 percent of bottled water is municipal tap water and even so-called spring water is not so impure as to not contain medicines.
Home filtering systems such as reverse osmosis or charcoal helps reduce the amount of medications in water but not by much. Boiling water isn’t much help either.
Contacting your local utility companies and asking what they test the water for may help decide what to do if it is felt the utility company does not do enough testing but as of now, there is not much that can be done.
Distilled water has supporters and detractors and remains unresolved concerning the benefit, if any. Essential minerals and fluoride is removed during the process of distillation and electrolytes are also an issue.
Most scientists on the front lines suggest juicing fruits and vegetables for the purest water or what is known as ‘living water’ that contains no impurities particularly if organic fruits and veggies are used for juicing.
So, if you want a glass of tap water, consider you are reducing intestinal flora, ingesting other people’s medications, washing down with cleaning fluids and a host of other contaminants.
If our bodies are about 68 percent water and we are drinking contaminated water, we are surrounding our innards with contaminates which, over a period of time, may be the source of many diseases.
To summarize, if we are 68 percent water and our water is nasty, we are at least 68 percent nasty.
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer, psychotherapist and nutritionist.
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