In a startling media report, an AP investigation revealed that pharmaceuticals are still being found in the drinking water of 24 major cities. The highest amount of pharmaceuticals have been found in Philadelphia, New York, Oklahoma City, San Diego and Atlanta. The drugs discovered in the water supply included sex hormones, anti-epileptics, cardiac medications, cholesterol medications, drugs used to treat depression and mental illness, painkillers, mood altering drugs, tranquilizers, antibiotics, fluoride and caffeine.
That means, antibiotics, anti-convulsants, birth control, mood stabilizers, heart medications and sex hormones are in the drinking water of your children and your pets.
The unwanted pharmaceuticals were flushed via toilets into sewer systems and treatment plants, then back into rivers and reservoirs used for drinking water. According to a World Health Organization report, "Pharmaceuticals can be introduced into water sources through sewage, which carries the excreta of individuals and patients who have used these chemicals, from uncontrolled drug disposal (e.g. discarding drugs into toilets) and from agricultural runoff comprising livestock manure. They have become chemicals of emerging concern to the public because of their potential to reach drinking-water."
The pesticide Roundup has also been found in the urine, breast milk and drinking water of American women according to the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, According to the testing ‘high’ levels of glyphosate were found in 3 out of the 10 samples tested.
Sadly, boiling has been shown ineffective in removing drugs and contaminants from water and most types of filtration cannot remove them.
Although reverse osmosis is the most popular form of water filtration and does claim to remove some contaminants it does not remove pesticides, Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) and chlorine because their molecules are small enough to slip through RO filtration. An EPA study that was posted, then removed, had this to say about bottled water. “Most bottled water comes from a ground water source, where water quality varies less from day to day, or is treated and immediately bottled. Bottled water from a dedicated source or plant may have a more consistent taste than tap water, which mostly comes from surface sources and must travel through pipes to reach homes.”
Alarmingly the EPA insists the drinking water is safe since only trace amounts of pharmaceuticals were found and doesn't require testing for pharmaceuticals in the water supply. The most compelling evidence that this isn't true comes from a study done on pharmaceuticals found in an Italian River. Poisons expert and biologist Francesco Pomati set up an experiment exposing developing human kidney cells to a mixture of thirteen drugs at levels mimicking those found in Italian rivers. There were drugs to fight high cholesterol and blood pressure, seizures and depression, pain and infection, and cancer, in trace amounts. The results concluded that the pharmaceutical blend slowed cell growth by up to one third, suggesting that scant amounts may exert powerful effects.
Since we are only as healthy as our cells, everything we eat, drink, breathe and take in, whether it be medications, food, water or supplements affects us on a cellular level. That being said, pharmaceuticals in the drinking water will be hazardous to our health over time.
Notably, the only effective and sure-fire way to remove pharmaceuticals and contaminants from drinking water is to distill it. Distilling is the process where water is vaporized, then condensed to create a very pure, virgin water. It is the oldest, least expensive and proven way to purify drinking water one hundred percent. For the cost of a few cases of bottled water you can easily and effectively distill your own water right on your countertop.
There are unfounded concerns about distilled water being dangerous. I can assure you that it is not. There is no convincing proof whatsoever that distilled water is unhealthy. The process of distilling water leaves it virgin pure and acidic. This makes distilled water beneficial to digestion since it doesn't alkalinize the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Secondly, the concern that distilled water depletes the body of minerals can easily be allayed in two common sense ways. The first is to drink according to your body's level of thirst and not force yourself to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day as recommended by the bottled water industry, since this has not been found to be healthful. The second and most important way to ensure your taking in essential minerals is to get the majority of your water from your diet. At least 80% of your diet should be vegetables and fruit. Eating a diet high in alkaline-rich fruits and vegetables will rehydrate your body at a cellular level with a vitamin and mineral benefit.
What's the easiest way to get distilled water?
The easiest and most inexpensive way to switch over to drinking distilled water is use your bottled water funds to invest in a countertop distiller. Once you have purified your water one hundred percent, remineralize it with bioavailable essential trace minerals in colloidal suspension and store it in a two gallon glass jar in the refrigerator. This insures your water is one hundred percent pure, mineral rich and safe for your family and pets to drink.