Drugs in Your Drinking Water

Would you like drugs with your drinking water?

You may have heard about this by now, but it’s something everyone needs to know about.

A wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs have been found in drinking water supplies across the U.S in 24 major metropolitan areas – from Southern California to New York, Philly, Detroit and Louisville…to name a few.

The Associated Press completed an extensive research project and surveyed the nation’s 50 largest cities and here is what they came up with:

* Officials in Philadelphia said testing there discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems. Sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.

* Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.

* Researchers found metabolized angina medicine and the mood-stabilizers in drinking water from a water treatment plant Northern New Jersey which serves 850,000 people.

* A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water.

* The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals.

* Three medications, including an antibiotic, were found in drinking water supplied to Tucson, Ariz.

* How about New York City which has a reputation for the best drinking water in the country? They found trace concentrations of 16 medications including heart medicine, infection fighters, estrogen, anti-convulsants, a mood stabilizer and a tranquilizer.

This is just a small portion of the reports findings.

How do drugs end up in our water?

Simple, they pass through the body and end up in your toilet, which eventually ends up back into your drinking water.

Awesome! ;)

I don’t know about you, but I’m not drinking that kind of water. I would imagine that you feel the same way.

And let’s not forget chlorine and fluoride. Do a little research yourself and you may be surprised what you find. There’s evidence that adding chlorine makes some pharmaceuticals more toxic.

If you know me, you know I have been saying this for years and it’s finally hitting the mainstream.

So what’s the solution for drinking water?

* Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day.

* Don’t drink tap water. Drink clean, spring water from European sources, in glass bottles if you can.

* If you can’t get clean spring water, then add a tiny pinch of Celtic Sea Salt to your water bottles.

Now, I know some people are going to whine about how plastic bottles are not good for the environment – and anything being shipped overseas is a waste of natural resources.

So just wait until Wednesday for my next newsletter covering these specific environmental issues that everyone ‘going green’ needs to hear.

Until next time, don’t drink toilet water and talk soon



2 Comments on Drugs in Your Drinking Water

  1. Marilyn Rainville // February 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM // Reply

    What water filters do you reccomend?

  2. In detox part 2 you recommend using a water filter but not brita. Is there a filter you do recommend?

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