Are We Accidentally Medicating Ourselves Into a Mind-Numbing, Body-Weakening Stupor?

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The Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D., noted Wednesday:

In a ... study by the United States Geological Survey that tested for 95 contaminants in water supplies nationwide, 80 percent of the samples from 139 streams in 30 states had at least one of the substances being tested for, with an average of seven contaminants in each sample. These findings included traces of anti-anxiety medications in the drinking water delivered to approximately 18.5 million Southern Californians. In western Montana, the study found aquifers had been penetrated by waste water from a high school, and contained trace elements of acetaminophen, caffeine, codeine, antibiotics and warfarin, in addition to a mood-stabilizing drug for bipolar disorder and nicotine.

 

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Is Bottled Water the Solution?

 

Not necessarily. Tap water suppliers are required to perform regular water quality tests and publish the findings; makers of bottled water aren't. In fact, in a survey by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 38 contaminants were found in 10 big-selling brands.

The United States Geologic Survey reports:

In streams and rivers across the Nation, scientists are finding detectable concentrations of pharmaceuticals and other organic wastewater chemicals. For example, a recent study of the water-quality of streams in the Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado, found a diverse set of pharmaceuticals and organic wastewater chemicals in water samples. In fact, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists found 12 of the 22 (55 percent) pharmaceuticals, and 32 of the 47 (77 percent) organic wastewater chemicals looked for in the watershed. Many of the water samples contained a complex mixture of pharmaceuticals, wastewater chemicals, pesticides, and trace metals .... The scientists found that:

  • The concentration of many of these chemicals, such as sulfamethoxazole (an antibiotic used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections), triclosan (an antimicrobial agent commonly used in soaps), and caffeine, increased dramatically downstream from the first major wastewater treatment plant .... However, some organic wastewater indicators (such as triclosan) were also found in much lower concentrations in the relatively pristine upper part of the watershed, and scientists attributed their occurrence to home septic systems and other sources on the landscape.
  • Few of the detected compounds exceeded water-quality standards; however, many do not have water-quality standards.... Native fish populations were found to exhibit endocrine disruption, including low male-to-female sex ratio and fish having both female and male reproductive organs (gonadal intersex).

And in a webpage entitled "Antidepressants in Stream Waters! Are They in the Fish Too?", the U.S. Geological Survey points out:

For some fish living downstream of sewage treatment plants the answer is yes. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and their colleagues published a paper in Environmental Science and Technology documenting that specific antidepressants and their degradates found in wastewater discharged into streams by municipal wastewater treatment plants are taken up into the bodies of fish living downstream of the plants. The antidepressants were found in fish collected over 8 kilometers (approximately 5 miles) downstream of the location of the wastewater discharge. The scientists detected several commonly used antidepressants in water, streambed sediment, and the brain tissue of white suckers, a native fish species. Fish collected upstream from the wastewater discharge did not have antidepressants present in their brain tissues....

AP reported in 2009:

U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water — contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation.

 

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Last year, the AP reported that trace amounts of a wide range of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in American drinking water supplies. Including recent findings in Dallas, Cleveland and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery counties, pharmaceuticals have been detected in the drinking water of at least 51 million Americans.

 

Most cities and water providers still do not test. Some scientists say that wherever researchers look, they will find pharma-tainted water.

 

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Researchers have found that even extremely diluted concentrations of drugs harm fish, frogs and other aquatic species. [This may be part of the reason that amphibians are disappearing.] Also, researchers report that human cells fail to grow normally in the laboratory when exposed to trace concentrations of certain drugs. Some scientists say they are increasingly concerned that the consumption of combinations of many drugs, even in small amounts, could harm humans over decades.

A year earlier, the Associated Press noted:

A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. [The estimate was raised to 46 million a couple of months later.]

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Bottlers [i.e. bottled water producers], some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry's main trade group.

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There's growing concern in the scientific community, meanwhile, that certain drugs — or combinations of drugs — may harm humans over decades because water, unlike most specific foods, is consumed in sizable amounts every day.

Our bodies may shrug off a relatively big one-time dose, yet suffer from a smaller amount delivered continuously over a half century, perhaps subtly stirring allergies or nerve damage. Pregnant women, the elderly and the very ill might be more sensitive.

Many concerns about chronic low-level exposure focus on certain drug classes: chemotherapy that can act as a powerful poison; hormones that can hamper reproduction or development; medicines for depression and epilepsy that can damage the brain or change behavior; antibiotics that can allow human germs to mutate into more dangerous forms; pain relievers and blood-pressure diuretics.

The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences wrote in 2000:

Certain pharmaceuticals are now attracting attention as a potentially new class of water pollutants. Such drugs as antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds have been detected in varied water sources.

 

Where do they come from? Pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and other medical facilities are obvious sources, but households also contribute a significant share. People often dispose of unused medicines by flushing them down toilets, and human excreta can contain varied incompletely metabolized medicines. These drugs can pass intact through conventional sewage treatment facilities, into waterways, lakes and even aquifers. Further, discarded pharmaceuticals often end up at dumps and land fills, posing a threat to underlying groundwater.

 

Farm animals also are a source of pharmaceuticals entering the environment, through their ingestion of hormones, antibiotics and veterinary medicines. (About 40 percent of U.S.-produced antibiotics are fed to livestock as growth enhancers.) Manure containing traces of such pharmaceuticals is spread on land and can then wash off into surface water and even percolate into groundwater.

 

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Researchers Christian G. Daughton and Thomas A. Ternes reported in the December issue of “Environmental Health Perspectives” that the amount of pharmaceuticals and personal care products entering the environment annually is about equal to the amount of pesticides used each year.

 

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In the United States, the issue might have attracted earlier notice if officials had followed up on observations made 20 years ago. At that time, EPA scientists found that sludge from a U.S. sewage-treatment plant contained excreted aspirin, caffeine and nicotine. At the time, no significance was attached to the findings.

 

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Europeans, however, took the lead in researching the issue. In the mid-1990s, Thomas A. Ternes, a chemist in Wiesbaden, Germany, investigated what happens to prescribed medicines after they are excreted. Ternes knew that many such drugs are prescribed, and that little was known of the environmental effects of these compounds after they are excreted. He researched the presence of drugs in sewage, treated water and rivers, and his findings surprised him.

 

Expecting to identify a few medicinal compounds he instead found 30 of the 60 common pharmaceuticals that he surveyed. Drugs he identified included lipid-lowering drugs, antibiotics, analgesics, antiseptics, beta-blocker heart drugs, residues of drugs for controlling epilepsy as well as drugs serving as contrast agents for diagnostic X rays.

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At the recent American Chemical Society conference, Chris Metcalfe of Trent University in Ontario reported finding a vast array of drugs leaving Canadian sewage treatment plants, at times at higher levels than what is reported in Germany. Such drugs included anticancer agents, psychiatric drugs and anti-inflammatory compounds. North American treatment plants may show higher levels of pharmaceuticals because they often lack the technological sophistication of German facilities.

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Scientists generally agree that aquatic life is most at risk, its life cycle, from birth to death, occurring within potentially drug-contaminated waters.... For example, recent British research suggest that estrogen, the female sex hormone, is primarily responsible for deforming reproductive systems of fish, noting that blood plasma from male trout living below sewage treatment plants had the female egg protein vitellogenin.

Discovery News pointed out last year:

Scientists are particularly concerned about a class of pharmaceuticals known as endocrine-disruptors. Traces of estrogen from birth control pills, for example, are now known to affect animals at really tiny concentrations.

 

Antibiotics are another concern, because once they are unleashed in the environment, they can prompt the development of dangerously drug-resistant bacteria.

 

Even drugs that don't fit into those categories have been shown to cause problems in some cases, especially when levels get high enough, said Bryan Brooks, director of the Environmental Health Science program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

 

A 2004 paper in the Journal Nature, for example, documented a catastrophic vulture die-off in India. It turned out that the birds were eating the carcasses of cows that had been given a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, similar to ibuprofen or naproxen. The drug was making the birds sick.

 

In a paper published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, scientists reported that minnows exposed to certain antidepressants were slower to flee from predators. Another paper in the same journal issue found that tadpoles exposed to antidepressants -- at levels similar to what might show up in the environment in some places -- ate less and grew more slowly.

As the New York Times' Lede notes:

"We recognize it is a growing concern and we’re taking it very seriously,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, the Environmental Protection Agency’s water chief. But the government has not established any safety limits for pharmaceutical drugs in drinking water, as it has for many other chemicals; the agency is just learning how to detect low concentrations of drugs in water, let alone assess the risk posed by them.

And see this, this, this, this, this and this:

As If That's Not Bad Enough ...

As if that's not bad enough, some well-known public figures have suggested intentionally adding drugs to water to prevent heart disease, prevent suicidal depression, and to combat other illnesses.

For example, the American psychiatrist Peter Kramer - best known for his work Listening to Prozac - has suggested that lithium be added to the water supply to reduce the number of suicides. Fox News medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou seems to like the idea as well:

And as Paul Joseph Watson writes:

Drug companies claim that statins have been proven to lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease and strokes, leading many health experts to insist that they be artificially added to public water supplies, but dangerous side-effects buried by drug companies conducting statin trials have now come to light, in addition to the fact that “for three quarters of those taking them, they offer little or no value.”

 

A new study published in the Cochrane Library, which reviews drug trials, examined data from 14 drugs trials involving 34,000 patients and found evidence of “short-term memory loss, depression and mood swings,” that had been deliberately underplayed by the drug companies funding the research.

 

The researchers warn that, “Statins should only be prescribed to those with heart disease, or who have suffered the condition in the past. Researchers warn that unless a patient is at high risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, statins may cause more harm than good.”

 

However, despite the fact that statins have also been linked to a greater risk of liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure, cataracts and muscle damage, health authorities have been pushing for the drug to be added to public water supplies as part of a mass medication program that is not only illegal without consent, but also threatens a plethora of unknown consequences.

 

Only last week, George Lundberg, MD, the editor of MedPageToday..., wrote an op-ed entitled, Should We Put Statins in the Water Supply?

 

In May 2008, renowned cardiologist Professor Mahendra Varma called for statins to be artificially added to drinking water.

 

Putting statins in the water supply was also considered during a November 2008 discussion which featured Robert Bonow, M.D., of Northwestern University in Chicago, Gordon F. Tomaselli, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Anthony De Maria, M.D., of the University of California at San Diego.

 

Also in November 2008, CNBC aired a segment lauding the effectiveness of statins, after which one of the hosts remarked, “Why don’t they just put statins in the water supply”.... ?

 

And bioethicist and medical historian Jacob M. Appel wrote in the Huffington Post in 2009:

Lithium may actually be the tip of the fortification iceberg. The cholesterol-lowering agents known as statins might also be good candidates for inclusion in the water supply ....

Other possible agents are still in development. If researchers could effectively isolate a chemical that safely blocks pleasure pathways involved in the use of toxic substances, such as tobacco and cocaine, those blocking agents might also be added to the water supply. Preventing nicotine highs through such a novel distribution mechanism would save millions of lives annually.

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Some nay-sayers will inevitably argue that medically fortifying the public water is a violation of individual liberty. Of course, nobody is forcing those dissident individuals to drink tap water. They are welcome to purchase bottled water, as do a few hold-outs who still fear the pernicious effects of fluoride, or to dig their own wells.

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Unfortunately, some opponents will likely attempt to hold the public water hostage, arguing that because drug-free water is natural, is it somehow better. However, if the vast majority of people gain health benefits from fortifying the public water, and particularly if these benefits are life-saving, then there is nothing unreasonable about placing the burden not to drink upon the resistant minority. One person's right to drink lithium-free water is no greater than another's right to drink lithium-enhanced water. As long as the negative consequences or inconveniences are relatively minor, water fortification seems to be one of those cases where the majority's preference and interest should prevail.

Time will reveal whether lithium is indeed the next fluoride. Far more important is the revolutionary prospect of harnessing the common water supply to deliver life-saving and health-enhancing therapies to the public at low cost. The water belongs to the public, after all, and should be used for the collective good. As someone who treasures my freedom immensely -- including, I should emphasize, my inalienable right to commit suicide -- I look forward to the day when I can sacrifice whatever specious "liberty" claim I might have in consuming "natural" tap water in order to help save the lives of my neighbors and fellow human beings.

However, as discussed above, bottled water may contain the same pharmaceuticals as tap water, and many water filters do not effectively remove pharmaceuticals.

In addition, because a healthier lifestyle of exercise and a low-fat diet leads to less cardiac disease and less suicidal tendencies, those who are more responsible in their health habits would be penalized by being exposed to drugs they don't need, or incurring the extra cost of digging a well or buying an expensive filter to secure non-medicated drinking water.

Fluoride as Poster Child for Adding Chemicals to Water

Fluoride is - of course - the example everyone uses when discussing the safety of adding chemicals to drinking water. It should be the example everyone uses.

The U.S. government has itself now expressed concerns about fluoride's health effects and the possibility that it impairs brain function.

And as the president of Environmental Working Group - a highly-respected environmental group which has been quoted some 1,400 times by the New York Times -recently said:

For decades, people who raised concerns about fluoride being added to tap water or food were dismissed as crazy. All of a sudden we have two federal regulatory actions, announced just days apart, that tell us what was really crazy all those years: a government bureaucracy that ignored strong scientific evidence and clear warning signs of the threats fluoride has posed to public health all along.

And the Sierra Club and other leading environmental groups oppose mandatory fluoridation as well.

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seventree's picture

Timothy Leary was way ahead of his time. He thought everyone should take mind-altering drugs all the time. Today he could head a government agency.

Whats that smell's picture

The drug and chemical indrustries will put together a study group with a natural sounding name, they will "study" the problem. They announce we indeed have a litium and statin deficiency and we could be greatly helped with the addition of such to the water supply. Don't worry about the costs, they will be minimal.

blindman's picture

this is what the end looks like.  the highly rewarded

and compensated doing the most useless and damaging

wasteful shit while the productive and and insightful are

marginalized as cranks..  bad is good and all that.  etc.. ongoing

Defenestrate's picture

By the way, did everyone see the news that the USDA is now acknowledging that they are responsible for at least one mass bird die-off? Apparently, they regularly poison large numbers of birds. Interesting that the news breaks on a Friday night.

http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13865540

They claim to be killing starlings. Those who know birds will notice at least one in the footage is absolutely not a starling.

topcallingtroll's picture

All this contamination plus hormones in our meat and active estrogen like products in plastics could also be a reason why we are having an epidemic of man boobs and low sperm counts.

benb's picture

No accident. We're under attack by the Scientific Dictatorship. Look at FauxBama's science 'adviser' - John P. Holdren. He advocates just what we're seeing- sterilization through chemically poisening food and water... nocoincidence.

benb's picture

No accident. We're under attack by the Scientific Dictatorship. Look at FauxBama's science 'adviser' - John P. Holdren. He advocates just what we're seeing- sterilization through chemically poisening food and water... nocoincidence.

hidingfromhelis's picture

Well and/or spring water FTW!

jomama's picture

it's no accident.

Thorny Xi's picture

Think I'll go take a celexa, a couple of xanax, a vicodin and go pee in the creek (which drains into the Colorado River) .. maybe a few southern Californians will relax and stay there, rather than rent another uhaul and move back east.

UncleFurker's picture

 

Generate your own pure water and add required minerals from a pure source.

 

 

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Putting aside all of the flouride, pharma drugs and anything else that goes into our water, let's get back to basics. We, as a species, have no respect for water. I don't know of any other animals, maybe there are some, other than the ones that live in aquatic environments, that systematically shit in their water supply.

We pollute our water right from the get go, because we shit where we eat. Not only that, but we spend millions, or billions to do it! When you look at images of people in some third world country getting drinking water from a river where they also do laundry and shit, remember that we do the same thing, we just spend a lot more money to do it.

There are other ways of handling waste.

ReeferMac's picture

Grandpa once said "Don't shit where you eat."

Wow, how many different meanings does that take on?

robertocarlos's picture

I hope Appel exercises his right to suicide soon.

blindman's picture

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Jim Rickards

morally bankrupt, fractal, global debt regime authority to be announced.

new world disorder?

credit and debt and money are the same thing?  like poop is food for

bacteria.  that's the ticket!  blue print for global debt governance.

davos will have spoken for whom!?  100 trillion comming up. 

darkaeye's picture

My own personal solution is to never drink water until it has been processed in to beer, wine, or single malt whisky.  That may not get the pharmaceuticals out, but when consumed in sufficient volume, it ceases to be as portentious.

blindman's picture

very counter intuitive but there is a madness to your

method!

Dr. Gonzo's picture

George,

How can members contact you with ideas and info for your articles? I have some news that should be brewing in my area soon that you might be interested in. Real Gonzo journalism stuff.

 

Dr. Gonzo's picture

Good work G.W. The recent fluoride verdict is encouraging for the country to start a dialog to clean up it's drinking water. In my opinion this is where the battle needs to be fought and won and then the war can be expanded. Most people in America are so lost and stupid that they don't even value important things like a clean drinking water source. It's a sad reflection on us as a people. You are doing a good job in the fight to wake people up.

blindman's picture

the level of stupidity displayed by the american media,

government and health community in association

with the pharmaceutical and chemical industries is so

profoundly idiotic and damning to the general well being of

the average person as to be unquestionably a for profit heist

and crime against humanity. 

you can almost ignore the lips and arguments and just look

at the movement of money and the contracts for services and prices paid.

( if any of that was public information. )

who do these people think they

are and how can they possibly be so educated and have absolutely

no common sense or comprehension of the simplest principles

of ecology, liberty, nutrition, education, etc...

it is like we have had a national lobotomy and these idiots have

decided that they are in charge and can now .....

medicate the herd through the public water supply?  i have heard this

argument before from health officials.  it is the stupidest shit that

an educated moron could argue and they do argue it saying the poor

dumb fucks don't know how to care for themselves so we will medicate

everyone, supplement everyone, with this that or the other thing to

add to the financial burden of the tax or rate payer while simultaneously

causing some affliction that will require further medical and expensive

testing and treatment.   and further study and funding.

that fox clip was frightening in its banality, superficial treatment

and utterly sheepish communication of subservience.  to think

that people watch that is horrifying. 

the people may one day see similarities to the way they are

dealt with and the way cattle for industrial exploitation are

rendered both physically and otherwise.   

sometimes i think they are intentionally instigating a revolution but

then i think, they are not that smart, they are just really, really, really

fucking stupid!!!

it is so simple..  treat the water to purify if you can afford to.  and then

DO NOT ADD POISON OR ANYTHING ELSE, PERIOD.

if i need a supplement or trace amounts of something i will eat

fucking dirt,  thank you very much.

sheeeeeeeeeeshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  

Defenestrate's picture

Unfortunately, my impression reading this article is "nowhere to run, nowhere to hide." You can purify your water, but can you purify all the meat that drank that same water (or worse) while it was still breathing? What about fruits and vegetables? Do the plant systems filter out the crap or not?

Somebody needs to test a lot more than the water.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Fortunately, there are still places where properly motivated individuals can retreat to that might greatly reduce the toxic burden on our bodies. Undoubtedly, such places are becoming increasingly rare. 

Off-the-grid locations where complete self-sufficiency is possible, with an absolutely pristine water source (verified through laboratory analysis), might be viable solutions for those who are so inclined.

Dr. Gonzo's picture

Good post blindman. Can we speak the truth here? Most of the people in this country are dumb as posts and morally bankrupt.That's how they want us. Give them cheep salty, fatty fast food and sugary soft drinks and brain dead television and they can do whatever the fuck they want. Just turn of the news and see for yourself. It's propaganda with content on a 1st grade level. That's how stupid we are. The propaganda can't even be subtle or sophisticated here because it would go right over the heads of most folks in our country. It has to be dumbed down so our people can follow along. If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. 

whoopsing's picture

Pump up those anti-depressant's,can't have the minnow's evading the predator's now,can we?

BernankeHasHemorrhoids's picture

What can be done to fight the Obamafascists that now control the country? It's all well and good to post on a blog but there needs to be a movement towards concerted action. There needs to be an quasi-underground movement to fight these bastards the same way the Free French fought Hitler.

ReeferMac's picture

If you are a US citizen, you get to fight once a year, every November, and not a single act of violence needs to take place.

BernankeHasHemorrhoids's picture

Anyone who thinks that the annual charade held in November to choose between one corporate-backed Tweedledee and another corporate-backed Tweedledum is going to change anything is under the influence of some state-supplied narcotics.

Sean7k's picture

Thanks GW. This is pretty common information and yet, so few people seem to understand it's danger. 

Let me just say, trusting corporations, governments, doctors or pharmaceuticals is dangerous to your physical, political and economic life. Your ability to isolate yourself and your loved ones from the pernicious practices of the deranged leaders of the world- may be your best hope of survival.

Now, more than ever, the ability to think for yourself, do due diligence on all technologies and develop a healthy skepticism of corporate "tested" results will be what separates the mindless cancer and mental health zombies from being a healthy human being.

 

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

If they block pleasure pathways some of the alphabet agencies will lose their client base.

randocalrissian's picture

"If researchers could effectively isolate a chemical that safely blocks pleasure pathways involved in the use of toxic substances, such as tobacco and cocaine, those blocking agents might also be added to the water supply. Preventing nicotine highs through such a novel distribution mechanism would save millions of lives annually."

Yes, yes if we cannot effectively regulate human behavior, by all means we should chemically engineer it to the appropriate frequency.  In fact, we could have the public water supply equivalent to a programmable thermostat, upping the supply of sleep drugs before bedtime, rage control drugs before the morning commute, and we might as well start including some of Alexander Shulgin's wonderful creations to allow for an acceptable amount of seratonin release on the weekend evenings.  Soon enough we will all be going about our business as our overlords decide we should, this is well-worth cranking up the debt to $30TT or more to accomplish this glorious and necessary public service.

rocker's picture

Pinch me, is this real?  You can't make this shit up.  What are they planning next.  Geezzzzz.  Where's B9K9.  Need insight!

 

Rainman's picture

Active ingredient : Aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex

Purpose : Antipersperant

 

serotonindumptruck's picture

Yeah, many of us slather that crap on our armpits with daily regularity, within direct proximity to our lymph nodes, which potentially carries the aluminum constituent to our brains, where it bioaccumulates and begins the neurological degeneration into dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

</runonsentence> 

MichaelNY's picture

Why is poisoning our water a priority - and spun into "the Government is here to help" - when it's so clear that unsolicited drugging of our country is so potentially dangerous?  They don't add Vitamin C to our drinkking water now, do they?  Flouride and lithium, and whatever the hell it is that they're spraying on us.

 

Think on it; what do they want to kill you with "for your own good?"

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

Patents exist that clearly show what some of the substances sprayed were allegedly 'intended' for. Boeing has one for silver particulates (likely to reflect infrared radiation in weather mod program), aluminum for radar dispersion, barium (think barium enema and xray : )) as the element to be excited by externally applied microwave radiation and whereby releasing xrays for concurrent examinations of the earth entrails by our good gov. proctologists.

Cathartes Aura's picture

One proposed solution to the problem of global warming involves the seeding of the atmosphere with metallic particles. One technique proposed to seed the metallic particles was to add the tiny particles to the fuel of jet airliners, so that the particles would be emitted from the jet engine exhaust while the airliner was at its cruising altitude. While this method would increase the reflection of visible light incident from space, the metallic particles would trap the long wavelength blackbody radiation released from the earth.

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5003186/description.html

all for the good of the peoples, surely.

abemko's picture

Isn't it interesting that if an ordinary citizen were to dump pharmaceuticals into a stream or aquafir, that citizen could be labelled a terrorist, even if the substance quickly diluted to minute levels. Yet corporations and governments can do the same with impunity.

walcott's picture

rome had lead the world has this crap. Horrible.

Lndmvr's picture

Hmmmmmmm.  Wonder if my still can drop out the cocaine for reuse.

sushi's picture

Snort a couple of litres of tap water. You'll get a buzz.

 

medicalstudent's picture

this is repulsive barbarism. now we legislate a booby trapped world?

 

where only the ones making the laws know how to evade them. and all others fall helpless unintentional prey to their onslaught.

 

nicotine is a cognitive enhancer; like caffeine, humanity uses it on such a wide scale likely because it was adaptive, especially in times of food scarcity. neurotransmitters are costly to manufacture - why not counter exploit a plants defense against insects to work similarly as your own neurotransmitter, acetylcholine?

 

beurocrats will destroy the world before destroying themselves.  this pathetic exercise reinforces my newfound understanding that politicians do what they do to avoid the burdens of having to be competent.

 

remember - the only one who can truly control you is the one who can control your physiology.

 

make that you.

 

which water should i buy?

 

 

serotonindumptruck's picture

Good post.

Sometimes I humor myself and the conspiracy theories by speculating or suggesting that the addition of many toxic compounds into our water supply is intentional and deliberate.

Global depopulation scheme, anyone?