Drugs In Our Drinking Water

There is a lot of controversy lately on whether or not people should be allowed bottled water. Naturally with the latest news on finding drugs in our tap water who wants to drink tap water anymore? I don’t, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

What concerns me most though is that if these drugs are getting into the water supply, what else is it affecting? Could plants and animals be affected by this? After all, they live downstream of us. And if it is in our tap water, it must be in the environment.

Another question I have, why don’t these compounds break down? And why aren’t City treatment centers updating their systems to cope with these contaminates? Could this be *What’s in the Kool-Aid*? From NewsWithViews I bring you this short article:


By Shane Ellison M. Sc.
The People’s Chemist
March 30, 2008


One of the consequences of being “one nation under drugs” is being exposed to toxic, prescription drug metabolites via your tap water! Fortunately, with the right water filter, you can avoid it.

Drug giant Merck recently warned that “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 and aquatic organisms.” To wit, officials in Philadelphia identified 56 pharmaceuticals or by-products in tap water. Such medications included pain meds, cholesterol lowering drugs, birth control pills, antidepressants and blood pressure meds! None of them belong in little Johnny’s “sippy cup.”

Don’t expect your city to be any different. The federal government doesn’t require any testing or safety limits for drugs in tap water. Protect yourself with the right water filter!

The market is flooded with various types of water filters – microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis reversal, membrane bioreactors, and combinations of membranes in series. At the conference on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Sustainability it was shown that reverse osmosis filters were the most effective at removing all pollutants, including pharmaceuticals.

Looking for the most user friendly and economic one, I found the RioFlow Complete 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis System. For about $180, you can rest assured that your water is free and clear of “other people’s drugs.” Yuck!

© 2008 Shane Ellison – All Rights Reserve
Shane Ellison, M.Sc. is an author and organic chemist. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology. An internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition, he is the founder of The AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery package. At one time, he was TOTALLY against diet pills. Now he is 100% for them! Learn why here.

Learn more about his books Health Myths Exposed and The Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs.

Get 6-months of his FREE Life-Saving Health Briefs at www.healthmyths.net.

E-Mail: shane@health-fx.net

So there is some help for us, but I’m still wondering about our environment. This can’t be good for it. And I’m not one of those who buys into the whole Global Warming thing either. I think that is nothing more than more fear mongering. And for every scientist you can come up with who says it is happening, I can find three that say it isn’t. So let’s NOT go there. But what a way to control the population huh?

Anyway, I am concerned about the environment.  Most of these medications don’t work anyway.  I’ve posted enough articles on them for everyone to see that.  One of these days maybe even the doctors will start to practice medicine again instead of pharmacy medicine.  We can only hope.  And we do only have one Earth. 

~ by justmytruth on March 31, 2008.

2 Responses to “Drugs In Our Drinking Water”

  1. Thanks for leaving such a detailed comment. I’m sure others as well as myself will appreciate it. Will check them out for sure.

  2. There are indeed a lot of filters out there that can have some impact on impurities. But each type of system leaves you exposed to the class of contaminants it was NOT designed for, e.g. reverse osmosis sucks at removing nitrates (only about 50% effective for the very best systems. Carbon filters don’t touch heavy metals without special additives; distillation leaves VOC’s and is expensive and uses a lot of energy.

    Also, don’t assume all RO filters are equally effective. I saw a recent article noting a Minnesota Health dept study that found for a certain contaminant only 4 out of 8 RO systems tested was effective (I don’t recall the contaminant), and only 1 of 12 carbon filters had any effect.)

    If you are concerned about ALL the contaminants found in drinking water, including drugs and pharmaceutical residues like mentioned in the March 10 Associated Press articles, you will need a much more robust filter system.

    The most robust design I’ve seen is made by Pure Water Systems, Inc. Their system combines the very same technologies as a laboratory system but is scaled down for residential use. If you want your water filter system to protect you from ALL, not just a portion, of the contaminants being found in your drinking water, you should check out this company.

    As someone trained in engineering and chemisty, I agree with Pure Water Systems claims that only a multi-phase approach is going to protect from all classes of contamination. Most systems will leave you vulnerable to specific pollutants, but that might be what shows up in the next test of your water supply. Better to have dealt with the problem properly rather than by applying a band-aid approach.

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