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CNN briefly mentioned that when testing water, Philadelphia Officials determine the byproducts of more than 56 different pharmaceuticals were in the tap water.
Some of the types of drugs were antibiotics, mood stabilizers, sex hormones and anti-convulsants.
Why didn't this hit front page news across the nation?
This is not a new phenomenon. As a matter of fact, in the book "The Secret Language of Plants", Stephen Harrod Buhner reported that in 1984 environmentalists knew of this poisoning of our water.
Medications that people take as well as radiation pass through and get into the sewage system, which eventually gets into the water supply. The federal government does not require testing for medications. Most treatment plants do not efficiently filter them out.
If they are found, rarely are pharmaceutical screening results released to the public
A whopping $3.7 billion for prescription and $3.3 million for nonprescription drug purchases, according to IMS Health and The Nielsen Co. The thought of these chemicals being absorbed in and digested by the body is concerning. This is compounded by the danger of possible interaction between the various medications.
There are not extensive studies on what this means for our health, but common sense tells us it has to put a toll on the body. Even though our liver can help protect us from some contaminants, daily exposure adds up.
I am a strong endorser of Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification. A good RO unit can help filter out so much more than the average water filtration commonly used. It is more expensive but I believe it is vital to good health.