Skip to comments.Study: Medications in NYC water not a health risk
Posted on 08/19/2011 7:53:51 PM PDT by markomalley
Tiny amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products detected in the drinking water of the nation's biggest city continue to pose no public health risks to residents, environmental officials said Friday.
The city's Department of Environmental Protection drew samples from three upstate watersheds between March and December last year and analyzed them for 72 compounds, including antibiotics and prescription medications.
The DEP said that the tests detected 14 pharmaceutical and personal care products at least once but that none was found at levels that would pose a risk to the city's nearly 9 million residents. It said caffeine, the pain relievers acetaminophen and ibuprofen and the seizure-controlling medication carbamazepine were among the compounds that were detected.
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When your analytical tools can see femtograms you have to be sure your risk analysis fits reality.
Detecting a femtogram, attogram, or picogram per liter of something does not make it a risk.
!!! What the frack?
So it really *is* something in the water in New York!
Don’t even try to be reasonable and rational..........
OK, let’s say “officials” analyze your tapwater and find .006 miccrograms per liter of the toxic metal copper. What should you do?
get a water filter.. flouride is only the start!
OMG unspecified levels of acetaminophen in my water? Ahhhrg! The government must step in and build an unspecified filter system immediately! This could hurt schoolchildren’s grade point average, maybe!
The article neglects to mention the levels detected. And what filter do you get to remove an unspecified concentration of ibuprofen? How do you know the filter you got works at those levels?
These days you can detect single molecules, in come cases.
No... get your own water filter. If you have kids then consider their health.
Skin is your largest organ... like a shower filter at $33 per is too much?
As a side note, I bet those same exact amounts would be sufficient for the EPA to shut down a major factory or other vital economic installation.
I understand. I have an inlet filter and other filters for different purposes.
The article is fearmongering by saying they have detected molecules of certain chemicals but neglect to say at what levels, and what real threat those levels present to us.
Like girls at nail salons wear dust masks to protect against styrene and methacrylic monomers.
Reverse Osmosis works wonderfully, as long as you supplement your drinking water. It depends on where you live, there is no one answer for all. Think about all of the crap that is sprayed in and around our ground water.. like it doesn’t slowly invade our water sources.
Water just doesn’t come out of the faucet... there is a source..where is yours?
And if you looked closely at your RO water, you’d find low levels of toxins. The polymers in the seals alone will leach picograms of chemicals into the water, and the glass will give up ions, detectable at some level.
My point here is that the article claims that certain molecules were detected, at absolutely unspecified levels, to raise fear.
What if the levels detected were so low that they could not possibly hurt someone?
A related issue is the science tools they give DHS and TSA. Nitrates and ammonia ions are fairly common in the environment. yet travelers get detained now for detections of extremely low levels of nitrates, when it’s a natural component of the environment.
You cannot establish a threat level based on the information in the article, but it might spur you to buy an RO setup followed by vacuum distillation and then an activated charcoal polish- when there is no real threat.
Thanks for the great tip, I don’t have RO water myself.
Well water with a minor filter. I would NEVER believe any studies done by DHS,TSA,NIH,NASA or any other governMENTAL entity.
Greed runs all, money talks, science complies and the CDC is a criminal enterprise.
We are all compromised.
But if you are middle age, lose the flouride and the mercury in your fillings.
If you measure in picograms, you can find just about any chemical you want to find in our urine or blood. I'll sleep fine tonight knowing that fact. Unfortunately, many others will wet their pants.
2 Mg/Day is the recommended daily requirement.
lol Hey you analyzed the threat and did a risk/benefit analysis! You were supposed to panic! ha ha
I am wondering, seriously, if the metals/minerals in the water supply would interact with prescription medications, assuming one drank and cooked only with tap water?
Example: doxycycline can be bound by iron and calcium, but is recommended to be taken with a full glass of water due to its acidity. Long term, low dose doxycycline is prescribed for conditions like rosacea, acne and posterior styes, not for its antibiotic qualities, but for its ability to degrade certain fatty acids that build up in these conditions. Vitamin tablets and dairy products are recommended not to be taken 2 hours either side of taking doxycycline.
Not freaking out, just curious if anyone knows the answer.
Now your in line!