Drugs found in rivers, and may be in our drinking water
Powerful antibiotics and other drugs may be in our drinking water, scientists fear. Rivers, lakes, and wells throughout North America, Europe and East Asia are already contaminated by a range of pharmaceutical drugs. And scientists fear they could easily make their way into the public water supply.Antibiotics, antimicrobials and antifungals have all been found in waterways throughout the three continents – usually because they have either been flushed down toilets or used on agricultural land. Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada found three classes of antibiotic – macrolides, quinolones and sulfonamides – and trimethoprim, for urinary infections, in water they analysed. These drugs can build antibiotic resistance in bacteria – so creating the ‘superbugs’ - affect life in the waterways, and also make their way into the public water supply, says lead researcher Sebastien Sauve.
(Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, 2009; doi: 10.1289/ehp.11776).
Drugs in Water: A cocktail is in our drinking water
A cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants and mood stabilizers – is in the public water supply in the USA and the UK. Up to 100 different drugs have been detected in our water supply, and in reservoirs, lakes and rivers.
While the amounts are very low, scientists are worried that they may still have a detrimental effect. “These are chemicals that are designed to have very specific effects at very low concentrations. That’s what pharmaceuticals do. So when they get out to the environment, it should not be a shock to people that they have effects,” says zoologist John Sumpter at Brunel University in London.
The drugs are getting into the water supply from human waste and from people who are throwing away the drugs unused. Anabolic steroids, which are put into cattle to pump them up, are also getting into our drinking water.
Scientists are concerned that the drugs could be made more toxic by the chlorine that is increasingly being introduced into the public water supply.
A new report in America has discovered that at least 41 million homes throughout the States are regularly drinking water that is laced with a vast cocktail of drugs. The water supply in 24 metropolitan areas, including Southern California, Northern New Jersey, Detroit and Louisville, has been contaminated.
None of the existing filtration plants has been designed to eliminate drugs, and the same may also go for the standard home filter systems. Reverse osmosis is the only technology that can remove traces of pharmaceuticals, but it is too expensive for water companies to install for large-scale filtration.
(Source: Associated Press, March 9, 2008).
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Psyllium hulls are easier on the internal tissues of the colon, swell better to remove toxins and yet are more costly to produce. Husks are what we generally throw away when we shuck corn. Think of the hull as the fiberous part of the seed that doesn’t digest. The seed is the inner part of the corn and has the most nutrition. The same with psyllium.
Oat bran is what is removed when you purchase instant oatmeal. Mother’s Oats has the bran still attached. Instant oatmeal does not have as much fiber as an oatmeal that needs to be cooked for a while.
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