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Pharmaceuticals in water supply

Aug 9, 2008
Reports of pharmaceuticals products in water supply samples were carried by every major new organization earlier this year. Along with spin-offs of that covered how they got there and what the consequences might be to your health.

The one thing that none of the articles mentioned was what individuals could do to remove the water-borne threat. They talked about how wastewater treatment facilities could remove nearly all of the traces by using reverse osmosis. They mentioned it was an expensive step that few facilities tend to use.

They noted that improvements at drinking water treatment facilities could reduce the level of pharmaceuticals in the water supply. They even talked to many congressmen and the EPA about what should be done.

Everyone showed concern, except some shady representatives from major providers. They simply said the public didn't need to know, because they might overreact to the news.

Otherwise, everyone agreed that something should be done. The congressmen said they would hold a hearing concerning the threat. The EPA said they knew that it was a major concern.

But, nobody bothered to explain that people could protect their families if they choose to. The technology is not that expensive to use. It simply requires activated carbon, a sub-micron particle filter and multi-media blocks.

Some of us have known about pharmaceuticals in water supply systems for decades. One of the most common is estradiol, used in birth control pills. Only a bit of the hormone is absorbed by the body. The rest is ejected along with other waste products and flushed down the drain.

From there, it goes to a water treatment facility. They do the minimum filtration required by law and then dump the water into a river. Researchers have found numerous fish downstream from these facilities with mutations.

Some had both male and female sex organs. Some had smaller than normal heads. Others were sterile. It was learned that all of these mutations were caused by exposure to estradiol. So, what can the hormones and other pharmaceuticals found in water supply samples do to human beings?

As usual, the greatest risk is to young children that are still developing. Scientists have shown that some combinations slow down the growth of human cells. Other combinations increase the growth of cancerous cells.

t is interesting that some of the common contaminants present in tap water cause cancer. If a person doesn't have a home filtration device, not only does he have an increased risk of cancer, but if he has a malignant tumor, it will grow faster.

None of this is needed. We can remove the toxins that cause cancer, the chlorine that tastes bad, drugs that threaten our health, the toxic metal lead and all of the other contaminants commonly found in tap-water. We just need to buy a low-cost device and install on the faucets of our home.

That's what I'm trying to let people know the truth. It's something that reporters never seem to say. They attract you with frightening headlines about pharmaceuticals in the water supply, then tell you there's not much of a "threat" and then leave you with no solution. Now, you know what to do to be safe.
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