DRUGS IN YOUR DRINKING WATER?
More than 100 published reports on drinking water in cities all over the world have confirmed that the public is unknowingly receiving pharmaceutical drugs in their ordinary tap water.
It is estimated that approximately 90% of the prescribed drugs that are taken orally are passed through the body and excreted in the urine or feces. These drugs then travel to waste treatment plants which are reasonably equipped to remove bacteria, viruses and toxic chemicals, but apparently not drugs.
One research team found fat-lowering drugs, analgesics (pain killers), chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics and hormones in tap water. Another researcher, Thomas Ternes, found all of the above mentioned drugs, plus thirty more antibiotics, beta-blockers, anti-seizure medication, among others. Stuart Levy, Director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University in Boston says, “Our concentration [the U.S.] of antibiotics in the drinking water is 1,000 times higher than in German water...This may be causing the bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant.”
Two things are clear from this information: First, we must actively start to find ways of removing these drugs from our water supply. Second, it is vital to find ways to make our immune systems strong enough to resist even medication-resistant bacteria. In the meantime, reverse-osmosis or distilled water are both safe ways to ensure that you are not taking someone else’s medication.
SOURCE: The Nugent Report