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The Problem Is Perfectly Clear

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Fill a glass with water straight out of your tap and hold it up to the light. It looks so clean and clear, doesn’t it? But, it’s not. There are tiny bits of this and that hiding in your drinking water – completely undetectable by the naked eye. But, no question about it – they are there. In fact, you may not know this, but if you’re drinking water that has not been properly filtered, you’re on drugs. True story. Residues from pharmaceutical drugs have been detected in our drinking water since the 1970s, so if you partake of drinking water straight out of the tap, you’ve been on drugs for quite a while now.

And how the devil do these drugs get into our drinking water? Though it’s not intentional, we put them there. It is know that between 50% and 90% of the active ingredients in pharmaceutical drugs consumed by humans and livestock are not absorbed – which begs the question: if the drugs are not absorbed into the body, what happens to them?

The unabsorbed pharmaceuticals are discharged by the body and released into our water by way of our toilets.

In 2004 Canadian pharmacies filled more than 400 million prescriptions. That’s a lot of medication, and it’s an awful lot of residual contamination that’s ending up in the wrong place. Now I don’t want to be an alarmist… the amount of residue that ends up in our water is low, clocking in at between 1000 to a million times lower than prescribed, but make no mistake about it, many of these medications, such as the selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor, fluoxetine (popularly known as Prozac, Sarafem, and other trade names which are widely prescribed anti-depressants) are known to hold their ground very steadily in water, and are considered by many agencies as “persistent environmental contaminants”. Unfortunately at this time no one is really able to state for certain what cumulative effects these residual toxins might have on the human body, though all agree there is certainly cause for concern.


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One such trooper that is cause for concern is Oxazepam, a psychiatric pharmaceutical used to combat anxiety and other conditions. Some of the side effects of Oxazepam include: decreased inhibition and increased risky behavior, loss of fear of danger, hyperactivity, confusion, hallucinations, agitation, and hostility.

Recently, Swedish researchers conducted experiments where Oxazepam was introduced into a controlled habitat of wild European perch at the same low-level exposure they would encounter in the local waterways of their natural environment. The results were not surprising – the residual Oxazepam in the water changed the behavior of the perch very dramatically.

Wild perch are, by their very nature, a quiet and reserved bunch who like to hang out in large groups as they go about their daily business, searching for food and such. This innate behavior serves them well for both growth and survival. However, perch exposed to low-level Oxazepam become quite bold, brave, and anti-social, with some of the fish actually breaking entirely from the safety of the school to search for food on their own. This is considered very high-risk behavior for perch, as when they leave the safety of their groups they greatly increase their risk of becoming a tasty snack for something farther up the food chain.

The researchers were also quick to note that residual contamination in the natural environment from psychiatric pharmaceuticals such as Oxazepam is a global concern not localized strictly to Sweden. The researchers state that “all types of wildlife are swimming in a virtual drug cocktail” in our existing natural environment, and guess what… we all share the same environment, so while fish are swimming in this water – we’re drinking it!

Why are we drinking it? Because our current water treatment facilities are not equipped to remove the residue left behind from the psychiatric pharmaceuticals consumed by our friends, families, and neighbors. The unabsorbed residual medications pass right through our water treatment systems straight into our kitchen faucets. Now I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to ingest any of the unabsorbed medications taken by others. For me the problem created by residual psychiatric pharmaceuticals is perfectly clear, and the solution is perfectly simple: I don’t consume unfiltered water. Do you?

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