Sunday, March 09, 2008

Phunny water in Philly: Part II

Here is a more extensive version of the same AP story on the drugs in drinking water.

The article goes on to say:

"Even users of bottled water and home filtration systems don't necessarily avoid exposure. Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry's main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home filtration systems."

And remember General Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove and his obsession with floride and retaining his "precious bodily fluids?"

"And while drugs are tested to be safe for humans, the timeframe is usually over a matter of months, not a lifetime. Pharmaceuticals also can produce side effects and interact with other drugs at normal medical doses. That's why — aside from therapeutic doses of fluoride injected into potable water supplies — pharmaceuticals are prescribed to people who need them, not delivered to everyone in their drinking water."

"Therapeutic doses of floride," I think not. Perhaps Gen. Ripper wasn't crazy after all.


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