Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidepressants, contraceptive pills are some of the drugs from which we find residues in the waters of the natural environment. It is nearly 4000 identified drug molecules that are likely to be in your glass of water ...
France is the world's largest consumer of drugs! And if the French buy as much is that they consume as much. However, these drugs are not completely degraded by the body after their absorption. The residues passing through the stool and the urine are found in the end in the wastewater that the treatment plants are not capable of treating because not equipped for these molecules. To this are added thousands of tablets that some people throw in the sink or toilet.
Impacts on natural environment and health
In surface water, as well as in groundwater, these residues accumulate. At the risk of involuntarily consuming these medications and consequently, to absorb unwanted active ingredients, even if they are low dose, adds the cocktail effect that we are unable to qualify. Indeed, the mixture of these substances with others already present such as chemical residues or pesticides, is a real danger of which we do not know the effects or in the short term or even less in the long term.
Added to this is the problem of antibiotic resistance of bacteria prolonged with antibiotic residues. The medium-term consequences can be dramatic if some strains of pathogenic bacteria become resistant to antibiotics that are used in normal times to treat pathologies that require it.
Too little research exists and it is very difficult anyway to clarify the situation both the work is gigantic if the interactions between the different molecules, the fauna, the flora ... and when well Even, how to reproduce this reliably in the laboratory?
There is now no regulation imposing the verification of the drug residues in drinking water. In other words, the subject is far from being settled!
While waiting to put in place a real basic reflection, to convince the pharmaceutical industry to integrate the environmental consequences in the development of new drugs, to ensure that doctors deliver only the quantity or dose required and not whole boxes whose part will not be used and pierced, to communicate on the need to report the purposes of pharmacy boxes so as not to end up in the sinks or the trash, there is a solution: drink of the water purified by a Berkey® System !
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