What drugs are showing up in drinking water?
A recent Canadian Study released its findings, and finally people are beginning to hear and believe what we’ve always talked about with our patients – environmental medicine and the need to detoxify our bodies from these toxic loads.
This recent study revealed that drugs you might not have ever taken like painkillers, blood thinners, hormones, chemotherapy agents, even cocaine and amphetamines are showing up in your drinking water because they are excreted into our water systems, and you’re ingesting them when you drink tap water.
But wait a minute, don’t water sanitation plants get rid of that you ask? The answer is clearly no. Although the water treatment plants remove a large quantity of these toxins, the loads are simply higher with more people taking drugs so more of the toxic waste is ending up in our water systems.
If you think it can’t really affect you, think about this… over the last decade, researchers found that fish that were exposed to these waters mix of pharmaceutical chemicals have created “intersex fish” meaning that male fish have started developing eggs in their testes – becoming female fish! Can you begin to see how this could affect species extinction on a greater scale?
When you think of toxic load on our systems and the amounts of chemicals that we’re exposed to, most people worry about whether it’s carcinogenic – meaning cancer causing. The short answer is yes, but it doesn’t end there. These chemicals found in our waters also have an affect on our endocrine system– meaning it affects hormones in male and females as well as reproductive abilities. These toxic loads also strain the immune system making it weaker and more susceptible to colds and flu and autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid conditions.
So, what can I do you ask? We recommend first and foremost visiting with your naturopathic doctor for a health assessment which can than be used to tailor a detoxification plan for your needs and your body’s indication of where stress is already present. We’ll also discuss ways you can further reduce your toxic load such food choices (organic foods, avoiding foods known to be highest spayed in pesticides, etc.), products choices (beauty products, cleaning products, etc.).
Want to take it a step further? Don’t drink tap water, buy a home water reverse osmosis filtration system that removes nearly 100% of bacteria and viruses, eliminates pesticides, paints, cleaning supplies, arsenic and more.
If you have any other questions or want to further discuss how you and your family can safely detoxify your toxic loads and make your habits healthier ones, please contact us now to book your appointment.