Monday, March 10, 2008

Associated Press Investigation: Drugs in the Drinking Water

A friend of mine sent me this link last night to an AP article about the levels of pharmaceutical drugs in the drinking water. It's very eye opening.  Basically, drugs are getting into our water because our bodies don't absorb all of them when they are taken. Some of the drugs pass through our bodies and back out into the water system. 

But it's not just the drugs that humans are taking. The steroids that are being given to cattle to make them bigger to get more meat from them are turning up in water systems, too. According to the study "Water sampled downstream of a Nebraska feedlot had steroid levels four times as high as the water taken upstream. Male fathead minnows living in that downstream area had low testosterone levels and small heads." Now here's another great argument for all natural, organic meat and dairy products. If the cattle aren't given the steroids in the first place, they can't leech into the drinking water.

I'm not a scientist, and I don't have any answers to the problems that this report exposes. The report says that even home water filtration systems may not be of any help in this instance and bottled water is usually no better than tap. But I wanted to bring the study to everyone's attention today just to help spread the information.
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