Could it be “pharmaceutical soup”?
See, when sewage treatment plants were originally built, they were not built with the removal of pharmaceuticals in mind. To upgrade now is prohibitively expensive, so whatever drugs society is using often ends up in the water.
Or endocrine disruptors could be the culprit
For those of us working in the environmental field two things are known:
* There are nearly 800 chemicals known or believed to effect our endocrine system.
* Association between chemical exposure and human diseases mediated by the endocrine system have been better detected in recent years using advanced mass spec and chromatography.
Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even neurobehavioral disorders have been linked to environmental exposure according to a study by Thomas Zoeller, a U Mass biologist
Endocrine disrupting chemicals: a new study
Our waterways are becoming a pharmaceutical soup
Long taken for granted, Jeffrey Hawkins Writer, a hydrologist for the USGS has found that pharmaceutical traces can be found in 80% of our streams; and according to Adam Piore, writing in NAUTILUS “Blissed-Out Fish on Prozac” , our waterways are becoming a “pharmaceutical soup”.
Our waterways have turned up “eye-opening levels of antidepressants, butalbital (a barbituate), sulfamethoxazole (an anti-bacterial), carbamazepine (an anti-seizure medication) as well as caffeine, cigarettes, steroids, lipid regulators.
The good news
Fortunately, there is little evidence that trace elements are significant enough today to be dangerous to human health, though fish and other aquatic residents have been effected. See FDA analysis of quinolone antibiotic residues in aquacultured seafood.
Should we be worried? The risks to humans are uncertain but it pays to be informed. And your comments are appreciated.
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