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Monday, March 10, 2008

Sex Hormones, Other Surprises in California Drinking Water

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 11:32 AM

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A study released a few weeks ago reported that some fish are experiencing gender mutations as a result of the hormones excreted in women's pee and flushed into the ocean. An Associated Press article today reveals the somewhat unsurprising news that people are consuming a "vast array" of pharmaceuticals in their drinking water as well. The article emphasisizes that the amounts of "antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones" are "tiny" but goes on to say that "water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screening" because the public…doesn't know how to interpret the information" and might be unduly alarmed." They don't want us to worry our pretty little heads! Here are some of things you should not be worrying about: (click 'more')

Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.

A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco's drinking water.

The situation is undoubtedly worse than suggested by the positive test results in the major population centers documented by the AP.

Some providers screen only for one or two pharmaceuticals, leaving open the possibility that others are present.

Who's thristy?-Andy Wright

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