September 10, 2006

If I Flush It, It Is GONE.

Drugs are everywhere. Not just your in your medicine cabinet. Not just near your condoms. Nearly 1 out of every 2 Americans pops a pill everyday. What we fail to realize is what goes in must come out.
If a lot goes in, a lot will come out. Researchers recently found male fish that were exhibiting female traits, such as rudimentary eggs in the Potomac River. Some researchers blame this rise in "intersex" fish on the many drugs that we take that eventually end up in our rivers and fresh-water reservoirs. Many of our drugs are deemed "endocrine disruptors," once we flush the toilet. In other words, the drugs we ingest, ultimately are pissed out and become part of our water supply. These endocrine disruptors may, over time, disrupt our body's own hormone cycles. Our water works are not designed, and more importantly, not required to clear water of endocrine disruptors. Thus, the birth control pills, ADHD drugs, Viagra, etc may slowly becoming a part of our water supply.
Male fish making eggs isn't a red flag! Damn. I may need to switch to Poland Springs.
The Environmental Protection Agency began the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program in 1996 to address growing concerns of our over-medicated waste becoming part of our water supply. Guess how many regulations have past since 1996? Exactly. Guess how many pharmaceutical company lobbyists live in Washington DC? YOU do the math.
Instead of PREPARING for the inevitable, we give our kids more ADHD meds. Just a smaller dose, however, cause now ADHD meds are known to cause heart problems and psychotic disorders. As parenting takes a back seat to medications, endocrine disruptors will soon become lawyer's favorite phrase.
At least we FINALLY have an answer to our burning question: Do rappers drink straight from the Potomac? Yes.


Blogger Amadeo said...

Cause of past ailments I refuse to take prescriptions. I also realized that using drugs to alter your body isn't natural and your body will try to balance it out, which can result in some hellacious side-effects. Our poor society never considering the long-term. You just gave me another reason to just say no.

2:38 PM  
Blogger vik said...

amen, amadeo.

just say no....or inform yourself, then say yes.

many meds becoming daily habits are tomorrows headlines...Vioxx, ADHD meds, etc,etc

4:42 PM  

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