Perspective for your consideration …What does it look like when it’s fixed…?
Drinking Water of 41 Million Americans Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals
Environmental News Network… Organic Consumers Association …http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/38022 …
An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs…EXCERPTED …It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine. …”People think that if they take a medication, their body absorbs it and it disappears, but of course that’s not the case,” EPA scientist Christian Daughton said. …While sewage is treated before being released back into the environment, and water from reservoirs or rivers is also treated before being funneled back into the drinking water supply, these treatments are not able to remove all traces of medications. And so far, the EPA has not regulated the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking water, meaning that there are no laws in existence today that protect consumers from this increasingly dangerous chemical contaminant of the water supply….Medications for animals also contaminating the water supply…Drugs given to animals are also entering the water supply. One study found that 10 percent of the steroids given to cattle pass directly through their bodies, while another study found that steroid concentrations in the water downstream of a Nebraska feedlot were four times as high as the water upstream. Male fish downstream of the feedlot were found to have depressed levels of testosterone and smaller than normal heads, most likely due to the pharmaceutical contamination in their water….”It brings a question to people’s minds that if the fish were affected … might there be a potential problem for humans?” … While the concentration of drugs in drinking water tends to be low, some medications, such as hormones, are able to operate potently even at concentrations of one part per billion. To make matters worse, there is evidence that the chlorine commonly used to treat drinking water may make some pharmaceutical chemicals more toxic. Thus, the typical claim that “pharmaceuticals are only present in very low concentrations, and therefore could not be dangerous” holds no water (pardon the pun). Not only are some chemicals potentiated (made more toxic) by other chemicals in the water, but to date, there have been absolutely no studies looking at the increased danger posed by combinations of pharmaceuticals now being found.
“IT” will be fixed when headlines like this no longer appear anywhere in the world and when without question we feel absolutely safe to drink any water presented to us for our consumption. And, moreover when the water we use on all forms of agriculture is equally as safe.
I have come to ask, what is the purpose for these types of “hyper” headlines…? Is it easy to make up it is merely to cause fear…? Or is there another more benign purpose in mind…? I propose the formal education we receive about water goes like this. Water is a chemical formula consisting of H2O, the end. In our formal education we are taught that water is inexhaustible can be used again and again without any consideration of what we choose to expose it to. And finally our science says, trust us, you can drink it, don’t be concerned about the smell or that odd taste, it’s good for you, we’ve done double blind studies, you have nothing to fear.
Pioneers like Rachel Carson in Silent Spring, and the French scientist, Jacques Benveniste, who dared say … water has memory … took positions about our environment, especially water that caused them to become pariah summarily denounced by the politically correct medical and scientific community world wide of their time. Interesting how things are correlated as Sir Issac Newton noted, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and it applies equally to all we say and all we do. In America, we believe firmly entrenched in the infallibility of science while every day all around our globe folks, like you and me, shred this belief to shreds. Intentionally activated energy is moving mountain, healing the sick, clearing the mind, finding ways to clean our air and our water, while many of us choose to remain fixed and locked on to the formal education we received. And, you are free to remain, believing as you choose. There are other paths and directions in which you might look…?
All paths leading to awareness requires each of us to take accountability and responsibility for what we choose to accept as the truth. The underlying premise of the … Clean Water Act … was noble, though man’s greed has unquestioningly corrupted its lofty intent. The economist’s concept of “externalities” most assuredly rears its head when we ponder the implications polluted/contaminated water has on all forms of life, especially mankind.
Without question we accept the bottled water in that designer/decorator plastic bottle is not only safe but healthy and beneficial to you, all the while not aware it often begins its life from the same facet from which you drew water this morning to wash your face. This water, according to this article appears to be laden with microscopic pieces of “stuff” which is not really healthy for us. So, what can we do, (a) nothing, but that’s a choice, (b) scream, cuss, yell, complain and condemn, and that’s a choice too, (c) begin to ask those providing water to you, to explain completely in clear, concise and understandable terms how are they preparing the water they provide to you. And, begin to own that when we take accountability and responsibility for our water, it will be safe. Find that incredible, don’t you…? But that’s what IT looks like to me when it’s fixed.
And let me be even a bit bolder I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.
… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …