OT: AP probe finds drugs in drinking water

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Sara14
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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Kind of scary stuff. Thought some of you might be interested in this article, if you haven't seen it already:
 
"A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows."

P.S. - If this is too far off topic, feel free to delete it. =)


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   Posted 3/10/2008 2:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in the county, have a slum landlord, and lots of water problems for all 4 units...I cannot help but wonder if the water may have caused by current flare-up...just a thought.

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   Posted 3/10/2008 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
One part of me is now afraid to drink the water. But the other half says that I have no choice - but that definately is kind of scary for sure!
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   Posted 3/10/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Seriouly freaky! I was going to say I'm glad my company buys bottled water, but even that could be effected. ugh.
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hekela
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   Posted 3/10/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
here's the solution... move to hawaii and live over 12 miles out of town! :)
the water we use for showers, toilets, washing dishes etc. is collected rainwater.
we buy our drinking water from reverse osmosis machines (which the article claimed was safe).

so let me know when you're all coming! :D
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   Posted 3/10/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Heather - I don't think you would have enough room at your house for ALL of us! LOL Trust me though, if I ever make it out to Hawaii - you would be the first to know!
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   Posted 3/10/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting this, Sara14! I don't consider it OT ; it's very important to everyone on this planet! We should all demand that the EPA revise standards for monitoring/testing water supplies & publicizing results-- as a start. No sooner do we hear that suspect chemicals from China are being used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals marketed in the U.S. than an even bigger problem comes to light! Our regulatory agencies are failing us. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 3/10/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome, Old Hat. I found it an important, (yet frightening), thoroughly-reported article. It really is scary that the EPA requires no testing of pharmaceutical drugs in the water before it's released to the public. The long-term effects of people being exposed to these toxins (no matter how low of a dose) in our water are what really worry me. Our regulatory agencies began failing us a long, long time ago, IMO.

After reading this article last night, I saw a 4-second news bite on a morning tv "news" show, and I just had to sigh, knowing that the majority of people in the U.S. who only get their news from tv will only hear that small little bite, which basically just said: "A study showed that there are miniscule amounts of pharmaceutical drugs in our drinking water. Water utilities insist that the water is safe to drink." I always feel like broadcast journalism leaves me with more questions than answers, and that definitely would have been the case today if I hadn't read the complete article beforehand!
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SwollenColon
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   Posted 3/10/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
"measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion" I don't think we have a lot to worry about.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been saying this for years and people call me a conspiracy theorist. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Fluoride that they put in the water for mind control!

http://www.fluoridealert.org/wastenot414.htm
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Sara14
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   Posted 3/11/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
SwollenColon said...
"measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion" I don't think we have a lot to worry about.
If you read the whole article, you will see that scientists and even a director for a major pharmaceutical company would beg to differ:

"But at a conference last summer, Mary Buzby - director of environmental technology for drug maker Merck & Co. Inc. - said: 'There's no doubt about it, pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is genuine concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations that they're at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms.'

Recent laboratory research has found that small amounts of medication have affected human embryonic kidney cells, human blood cells and human breast cancer cells. The cancer cells proliferated too quickly; the kidney cells grew too slowly; and the blood cells showed biological activity associated with inflammation." (bold added by me)


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