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From the Toilet to the Tap...

Feds inch forward on Clean Water update
By William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.


We've been drowning in drug residue and toxic chemicals flowing from the faucets in our own homes. Now, the feds say they're getting serious about cleaning up your water... but don't start sipping from the tap just yet.

The Environmental Protection Agency may update its dangerously outdated list of regulated water contaminants by adding 13 drugs -- mostly hormone meds that turn every sip and shower into a potential gender-bending experiment. They're also considering 104 chemicals and 12 microbial contaminants for possible regulation.

It's a start. But there are hundreds -- maybe even thousands -- of other dangerous contaminants in our water, and millions upon millions of people drink it every single day. Tests on U.S. drinking water routinely find the residue of legal and illegal drugs, poisons, chemicals and even rocket fuel.

One recent study showed that 62 million Americans drink substandard water. That's bad enough -- but since many of the chemicals, drugs (including those sex hormones) and toxins are unregulated, millions more drink dangerous water that actually meet U.S. government standards.

The feds are finally being dragged kicking and screaming into action only after repeated investigations and exposÚs -- including my own work. But like everything else that comes from Beltway boneheads, you can bet these changes will be shallow and slipshod, miss the point and protect any big-money interests that feel the need to treat U.S. watersheds as their own corporate dumping grounds.

The FDA doesn't make it easier -- they actually recommend flushing as a disposal method for some two dozen meds, including Percocet, Demerol, Methadone and Oxycontin. Apparently, these meds are so dangerous they want to make extra sure no one else can take them after you've had your fill.

But if they're that harmful...why even prescribe them at all?

New York State recently discovered two hospitals and three nursing homes disposing of meds like painkillers, antibiotics, antidepressants and hormones in toilets and sinks. These drugs ended up in the water supply used by 9 million people.

The problem isn't that this happens occasionally...but that it's actually routine.

Don't wait for the feds to get their act together -- a reverse-osmosis water filter can remove just about all the pharmaceuticals and most of the other contaminants that may be in your water. Just don't put it under the kitchen sink. Install it where the water enters your home, so every tap in your house is safe.

But those aren't the only chemicals in your home you need to worry about. Keep reading...

Surrounded by secret chemicals

They're not just in the water...chemicals are everywhere, indoors and out.

Some of you sharper minds might think you have an idea of how dangerous these toxins are. Buddy, you don't know the half of it. Not even most of the so-called experts have a clue. None of us do...because many of these chemicals are trade secrets!

A recent report in the Washington Post shows how laws designed to help the chemical industry remain competitive have actually helped them remain highly secretive...and once again, the rest of us get the short end of this poison wand.

The newspaper told of one nurse who fell ill after treating a worker injured in a chemical spill. When her doctors called the company to find out what she had been exposed her, they wouldn't say.

Because they didn't have to.

Nice guys, right?

Chemical manufacturers get to hide behind the misleadingly named Toxic Substances Control Act. Rather than help control toxic substances, the 1976 law actually helps companies keep their chemicals secret.

What'd you expect from our Corporate Congress, where lobbyists get the write the laws?

This particular law requires that companies disclose the ingredients in all their chemicals to the government. But it also protects any chemical that the company thinks is important to its bottom line.

Lately, that's all of them -- in recent years, 95 percent of all notices for new chemicals -- some 700 of these are filed each year -- have contained secrecy requests, according to the Post.

How can you avoid this garbage? You can't. It's in everything, even your clothing and furniture if they've been treated to be flame-retardant.

But you can wake up and realize that your government isn't working for you -- it's working for America's biggest companies. The solution can be found at the ballot box -- if you can find a clean politician.

Good luck with that.

Spilling secrets,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

 

~Submitted by Graybeard Vinson

 


 

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