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Drugs in Drinking Water/April 27 is Medication Disposal Day
April 26, 2013

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In Today's Chat

1. Today's quote: The Physician's Oath

2. Medications in Residential Drinking Water

3. April 27 is Medication Disposal Day

4. Am I Against Pharmaceutical Drugs?

5. Two Excellent and Important Books About Drug Companies

Today's Quote: The Physician's Oath

“I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Health, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture...

“I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrongdoing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course...

“In whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrongdoing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman...”

—Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, 460-377 B.C

Medications May Be Contaminating Your Residential Drinking Water

One of the unfortunate consequences of the pharmaceutical companys' massive and greedy campaigns to get everyone in the world hooked on drugs is this: For years these drugs have been leaching into the ground and showing up in residential drinking water.

That's right. You may be drinking your neighbors' insomnia medications or high blood pressure medications or who knows what else.

If you're thinking, “My water comes from a water treatment plant and is safe,” you would be mistaken.

If these medications—both prescription medications and otc medications (over the counter)—get poured down the sink or dumped in the toilet, they end up in rivers and streams. They then flow downstream and contaminate your community's drinking water.

Most water treatment plants are not equipped to handle the removal of medications.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls these water contaminants PPCPs. That stands for Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products.

Even drugs and hormones given to farm animals to fatten them up are destroying the environment and polluting our waterways. You can read more about PPCPs on the website of the EPA by clicking here. (All links on this page will open a new window.)

One other thing too. Don't throw your medications, as is, in the trash either.

So how are you supposed to dispose of medications? Read on...

April 27: An Important Day For Disposing of Medications Properly

Every year on April 27, here in the United States, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You can take any unwanted or expired medications to Drug Take-Back Events.

The events run from 10am to 2pm. These are places that will take those drugs off your hands and dispose of them properly. To learn more about this, here are two links.

The first is the Office of Diversion Control. You can locate a drug collection site near you by simply entering your zip code. It was easy. I found one not too far from my home. Here's the link for the collection sites.

This second link will take you to a two-page pdf called How to Dispose of Medicines Properly. You'll learn what to do and why you should do it.

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Am I Against Pharmaceutical Drugs?

I like the lady who owns the local health food store. Good products. Helpful information.

She tells me there's a small army of people coming in looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs.

Last time I was in there we got to chatting about alternative medicines versus prescription drugs. I made the comment that modern medicine is controlled by drug companies.

She said, “Oh, so you're against pharmaceutical drugs, eh?”

“No,” I said. “These drugs have a time and place.” For example, about seven years ago...the last time I got sick with something...I had the worst lung-burning cough I ever had. I was swigging down cough syrup like a wino with a forty-dollar bottle of Cabernet.

I just think drugs are often given to people when they do not need them. Loads of these drugs have no long-term testing. And they kill somewhere around 150,000 people in the United States every year because of medicine side effects.

Doctors...maybe your doctor...receive financial compensation from Big Pharma for whipping out their prescription pads for every little scratch under the sun. This compensation often totals hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts.

At my last physical, in the waiting room, were five people: Me, a lady paying her bill, and three drug company salespeople (from three different companies) waiting to make their big pitch.

By the way, I also think many natural alternatives to drugs are not effective. Or at least they haven't been tested to see how effective they really are.

So, just to be clear, I'm glad there are drugs. I'm also glad there are alternatives. And if you would like to know more about how drug companies really operate, see the next section.

Two Excellent and Important Books About Drug Companies

I happen to be extremely interested in knowing what is happening to modern medicine. In particular, why it is controlled by giant drug companies.

If you would like to know more about this too, here are two books that will make your blood boil.

First, The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us And What To Do About It. This book was written by Marcia Angell, M.D. She was the former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.

A big thanks to this doctor for pulling back the curtain and exposing what the drug companies are up to. How does this one grab you: Did you know the drug companies actually invent diseases, as in, they just make them up out of thin air? They then tell people they need prescription drugs to treat those “diseases?”

The second book will blow out some of your brain cells with anger and astonishment. It's called, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs, by Melody Petersen.

She wrote about the pharmaceutical industry for four years as a reporter for The New York Times.

Wow. What a book. There's even a discussion about sleeping pills and the marketing of Ambien. If this book doesn't make you want to get super healthy and off the meds, I don't know what will.

You can get these books over at Amazon. The following links are for the actual books but you can get them in Kindle version if you prefer.
Here's the link for The Truth About the Drug Companies.

Here's the link for Our Daily Meds.

Okay, that's it for today. I hope to write more about water in the future.

There is evidence that some ingredients in drinking water may be involved in the onset of Alzheimer's disease. I'll have to get that information over to you when I get a chance.

Until then, I'm outta' here.

Life is a journey. Keep exploring.


Rich Silver
Sleep & Health Writer
P.O. Box 95
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Sleep Passport

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