Friday, January 06, 2006

Environmentalism… Another Perspective…

Hi Everyone

A Happy New Year to you All!...

I found this great Article written by Dr Sherrill Sellman and thought I’d share it with you as it explains one very good reason why Natural Remedies are better for you… and everyone who lives downstream from you!...

That comment will be explained as you read on…

The Article is called Drugs on Tap and has been researched very thoroughly with References from:

I will post the article in several parts as it is rather long, however it makes excellent reading!

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Once you’ve read this article you’ll be wanting to find as many good quality Natural Remedies for your Health Concerns as you possibly can, I know I did!...

So Here’s Part One.

Drugs On Tap.

Dr. Sherrill Sellman investigates the effects the water coming from out taps has on the Environment and ourselves.
Remember we drink it, bathe in it and cook with it.

Here’s a question to ponder. What happens to the hundreds of millions of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that are swallowed daily?

The answer: They go out through the plumbing!

Before being flushed down the toilet and into the sewage system, 90 percent of every drug swallowed is either excreted, totally unchanged, or is broken down into active metabolites. They then continue on their way into your water supply to eventually return as a chemical cocktail flowing out of your kitchen tap!

In addition to pharmaceutical drugs, there’s another group of chemicals sneaking down the drain. More than 10,500 chemical ingredients are used to manufacture what is collectively known as personal care products. These products include moisturisers, cleansers, bubble baths, shampoos, fragrances, deodorants, mouthwashes and sunscreens, etc.

Research has shown that vast numbers of these chemicals can alter our endocrine, neurological, respiratory and immune systems.
This collection of chemical compounds has been officially classified as Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Pollutants (PPCP’s). PPCP’s comprise a very broad, diverse collection of thousands of chemical substances, including prescription and over-the-counter therapeutic drugs, fragrances, cosmetics, sun-screen agents, diagnostic agents, nutraceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, and many others.

This broad collection of substances refers, in general, to any product used by individuals for personal health or cosmetic reasons.
Until recently, little or any thought had been given to what may result from the staggering quantities of chemicals that are washed down the sink, flushed as human waste down the toilet, or rinsed from our bodies.

It is estimated in the Environmental Health Perspectives Supplements, 1999, that: “The amount of pharmaceuticals and personal care products entering the environment annually is about equal to the amount of pesticides used each year”.

Many pharmaceutical drugs and personal care products have persistent chemicals that remain biologically active even after being relegated to landfills and water systems. Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices, Veterinary Clinics, Farms and even the average home are all contributors to the PPCP overload.

Other Sources of PPCP’s include unused medications (which are commonly flushed down the toilet), leaking septic systems or discharge from wastewater treatment plants. It’s indeed a sobering thought to realise that our personal grooming habits as well as our reliance on pharmaceutical drugs, may, however unwittingly, contribute to global PPCP’s pollution.

The fact is no one really knows to what extent these chemical mixtures might be altering our Health. Many chemicals are designed to profoundly affect humans’ physiology. Unlike pesticides, drugs and personal care products, these mixtures have not been examined for their effect on the environment. This is surprising, especially since certain pharmaceuticals are designed to modulate endocrine and immune systems.

Unintended Consequences.

In the 1980’s, the issue of PPCP’s emerged as a serious area of investigation in Europe. A German study in Small Flows Quarterly by Nikki Stiles, found PPCP’s in treated and untreated sewage effluent, surface water, ground water and drinking water.

Most commonly found medications were anti-inflammatory and pain-killing drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs, anti-convulsants and oral contraceptives. Samples from 40 German rivers and streams turned up residues of 31 different PPCP’s.

More recent findings in Berlin found significant amounts of antibiotics, ibuprofen, cholesterol lowering-drugs, hormones (oestrogen), and chemotherapy agents in that city’s water supply. British scientists estimate that more than a ton of aspirin and a ton of morphine derivatives flow down just one small river in the north east London every year.

Samples from 139 US streams showed detectable, although minute, quantities of PPCP’s. The most frequent were steroid hormones and non-prescription drugs. Antibiotics, prescription medications, detergents, fire retardants, pesticides and natural and synthetic hormones were also present.

Between 30 and 90 percent of most antibiotics given to humans and animals is excreted with the urine. The problem is particularly acute with the fish and farming industry where, according to an article in New Scientist, 1999, 70 to 80 percent of antibiotics end up in the environment.

Sherrill Sellman. N.D

Coming Up In Part Two:

Would You Like Birth Control Pills With Your Coffee?
Antibiotics – To Much Of A Good Thing?
Just Drink Your Prozac And Call Me In The Morning!

Be sure to check my blog regularly, so that you don’t miss the continuation of Drugs On Tap...

Until My Next Post Bright Blessings.


At 12:15 am, Anonymous Colorado Health Insurance said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.


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