Drugs...In the Water!

This report should make you mental! Antibiotics, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones can all be found in America’s water supply—YUM! Sigh. The Associated Press reports:
Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. For example, the head of a group representing major California suppliers said the public "doesn't know how to interpret the information" and might be unduly alarmed…

…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 lakes. 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…

"…We recognize it is a growing concern and we're taking it very seriously," said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Personally, I filter the HECK out of my water. Ever since living in a college dorm for four years, I look at public water with an elevated degree of caution—eek!
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mr Curious - March 11, 2008 12:04 PM

This is very disturbing to read. We all know that all drugs are toxic so there is no question about the drugs in the water being toxic as well. The question is how to minimize exposure.

Since food we eat depends on water, I want to know how it affects foods, and if we find the same chemicals in our foods as well.

Finally, what is the recommendation for daily water consumption if one is following a nutritarian diet such as ETL?

Llouise - March 11, 2008 7:32 PM

Mr. Curious,

I think the daily consumption is something to be determined according to the individual. But, generally, Dr. Fuhrman recommends very little additional water because if you are eating according to ETL, you will consuming LOTS of water from the fresh vegetables, leafy greens and fruit. So your water needs are much less than others. so, a couple glasses per day (?) I know I eat higher on the raw end, so only drink about that much. But on days I exercise harder, I drink a tad more.

This is disturbing, I agree. I read about this issue years ago and am surprised that people seem to be taken by surprise by it! I guess, it's just gotten worse and more widespread, I guess. Very scary.
I saw a report on this on PBS and it was said that there is no way for anyone to get away from this. If it's in the food, how can anyone? Frightening...

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