Pharmaceutical contaminants: Your pee is pollution

by 1389 on September 5, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), animals, medical, PSA

Pharmaceutical waste could explain some of the recent increases in sexual/reproductive and metabolic disorders in humans as well as in animals.

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Published on Aug 6, 2013 by scishow

Ever wonder what happens after you flush? You should, because your pee is causing problems! Hank talks about how, and why, human waste is having weird effects on the natural world. We’re talking homicidal fish and hermaphroditic frogs…

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1 Zenster September 5, 2013 at 3:02 am

A far more serious candidate for deformities in wildlife (and to a lesser extent in humans) is phthalates. A known endocrine disruptor, these chemicals have been widely used for years as a plasticizer. For decades, any flexible polymer used phthalates to obtain that property. Also called “gender benders”, phthalates are joined by Bisphenol A,
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Methoxychlor and Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) as prime suspects in the worldwide decline in male sperm counts of all species.

Other suspect compounds are bovine growth hormones, soy products, MSG and fluorides. Phthalates were commonly used to make the liners for canned foods whose prolonged shelf life increased the chances of leaching into the food chain.

Where this article is on target deals with how human urinary discharge of unmetabolized psychoactive medications—including people flushing expired medications down the toilet—has dramatically increased the presence of these powerful neurochemical drugs in the environment. Combined with the recent surge in anti-microbial soaps and surfactants, a ticking chemical time bomb has been let loose into our world.

Another issue that remains largely unreported is how over-medicated much of the American population continues to be. There is no possible way for the large pharmaceutical companies can say with any assurance that all of these serotonin reuptake inhibitors, anti-depressants and other powerful mind-altering drugs do not have any significant long term side effects. These drugs have not been around long enough for that data to be gathered from properly conducted double blind control group studies.

We are facing the possibility of unanticipated and catastrophic downstream psychological, physical and reproductive impacts from constant ingestion of and exposure to these chemical compounds.

In this one respect, the organic food movement has gotten something, at least partially, right. Even their emphasis upon plants raised without pesticides is slightly off of the mark. Plants that are not assisted by human intervention with respect to pest eradication tend to manufacture some of their own chemical defenses which can also present complications for humans.

The most essential thing to keep in mind is framing your diet and overall patterns of consumption in the perspective of humanity’s last several thousand years of existence. The more recently a food additive or medication has arrived on the scene, the more reluctant you should be about routinely ingesting it. The more simple a chemical compound is—say, ethyl alcohol as compared to xanax, zyprexa or ambien—the less likely it is to have unexpected side effects. After all, which has been in use longer throughout human history?

When it comes to chemicals around, on and in your body, simplify, simplify, simplify!

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