As crazy as it sounds you and other family members are likely consuming a variety of pharmaceuticals, pollutants, and other toxins in your drinking water, whether from the tap or a bottle.Â
A 2008 report from the Environmental Working Group investigated 10 leading brands of bottled water and found 38 different contaminants including disinfection byproducts, caffeine, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and minerals (specifically arsenic and radioactive isotopes), fertilizer residue, and other industrial chemicals.Â An AP investigation in 2008 showed that the drinking water supply of at least 41 million Americans contained residues of antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones.Â
Here’s a Sample of What Was Found
Philadelphia – 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts including medications for treating asthma, epilepsy, and mental illness.Â
Southern California – epilepsy and anxiety medications.
Northern New Jersey – angina and mood stabilizing medications.
San Francisco – sex hormones.
Washington, D.C. – six medications.
Tucson – three pharmaceuticals, including an antibiotic.
For the story the Associated Press contacted over 60 major water suppliers.Â Only 28 of them test, and not necessarily for all pharmaceuticals.Â Cities that had not tested as of the report date include New York, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Miami, Houston, and Baltimore.
What to Drink? Bottled or Tap – No Real DifferenceÂ
Much of the bottled water sold in the United States actually comes from tap water.Â The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cautioned the public that bottled water is no safer than tap water.Â It may even be less healthy. Companies that bottle water do not have to report if the water has been contaminated, nor do they have to say where the water came from.Â Public utilities are required to report to consumers on water quality.Â Â
Be it the tap or the bottle how do these pollutants wind up in our drinking water?Â It is quite simple.Â We do not absorb all the medication we put in our bodies.Â What is not absorbed is part of our waste and goes down the toilet and into the water supply.Â Even though this water is treated at the municipal water plants, most treatments simply do not get the entire drug residue out of the water.Â Not helping the matter any, the treatment plants are not required to test for pharmaceuticals or to remove them.
Get Your Water Clean and Out of the Plastic BottleÂ
Two more important points to address.Â First, since water is essential to our health, we want to get the cleanest, healthiest water possible.Â To do that, I strongly recommend the use of a quality water filter such as the Crown Water Filter System family of products.Â They use a three stage filtration process to reduce and remove a wide range of contaminants and toxins including parasites such as Cryptospridium, Giardia are reduced greater than 99.99%, chlorine, lead, copper, as well as dirt, rust and sediment.Â To find a variety of water cleaning products go to http://www.unikeyhealth.com/category/Environmental_Products.
The second important point is not only is the water in the bottle of questionable quality, there is also the problem of the bottle itself.Â Studies show that the plastic leaches into the water which we then consume adding more toxic chemicals into our system.Â In addition, billions of bottles are created each year and less than 20% are recycled causing a major environmental problem regarding their disposal.Â
What’s the safest – filter your water and drink it from glass or nonleaching and toxin free stainless steel.
For more information on water in your area go to http://www.epa.gov/safewater/
Visionary, health guru, diet/detox expert, and natural foods icon Ann Louise Gittleman is the award-winning author of 30 books on health and healing including the New York Times bestsellers The Fat Flush Plan and Before The Change. Her most recent release is The Gut Flush Plan.
For the past two decades she has been considered one of the foremost nutritionist in the United States.
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