Originally published March 26 2009
Cocktail of Pharmaceuticals Found in the Fish Caught Near Major U.S. Cities
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) Pharmaceutical pollution is out of control, polluting the waterways of our world to such a disturbing degree that now even the fish are carrying detectable levels of pharmaceuticals in their own bodies! A study conducted by Baylor University researcher Bryan Brooks, and published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, examined fish caught near Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and Orlando, testing them for residues of pharmaceuticals. And what did the results show? That fish are contaminated with a chemical cocktail of prescription medications!
The research was funded by a $150,000 grant from the EPA, and it found the fish to be contaminated with:
• Seven different pharmaceuticals, including cholesterol drugs, blood pressure drugs, allergy drugs and psychiatric medications used to treat bipolar disorder and depression.
• Two different chemicals used as artificial fragrance in soaps.
These trace chemicals were found in fish near all of the sites tested... except for one: In order to establish a baseline reference of healthy, non-contaminated fish, researchers also caught fish in the Gila River Wilderness Area of New Mexico, which is far from any cities or developments. Care to guess what they found there? No pharmaceuticals contamination whatsoever.
It is quite clear from this research that pharmaceuticals have become a widespread source of chemical pollution that has permeated delicate aquatic ecosystems and now poses a serious threat to our environment.
Big Pharma pollutes the worldBig Pharma's drugs pollute the world TWICE: First in the minds and bodies of those who take them, and then secondly in the rivers and oceans where toxic residues of the pharmaceuticals inevitably accumulate.
Remember this: Every pill of every pharmaceutical that is manufactured for Big Pharma eventually ends up in the environment! Probably at least half of them are just flushed down the toilet or washed down the drains, which remains standard practice at hospitals.
Strikingly, pharmaceuticals are not currently regulated by the EPA even though they pose a significant (and growing) risk to the environment. There is no question, for example, that pharmaceuticals are toxic to fish and aquatic mammals in much the same way they are toxic to humans.
Pill-pushing apologists, of course, claim that the trace levels of pharmaceutical found in the fish are so low that they are of no concern whatsoever. To that ridiculous standard of safety, I say, "Prove it!"
To date, there have been absolutely no safety tests conducted on the combinations of pharmaceuticals that are being found in public water supplies, waterways and oceans around the world. Anyone who says these chemicals are safe is merely taking a wild (and foolish) guess. They are also probably working for Big Pharma.
It is not the responsibility of environmentalists to prove that such chemicals are toxic to the environment. Rather, it is the duty of drug companies to prove their chemicals are SAFE for the environment! And that, by the way, cannot be done, because these drugs are, in reality, toxic to virtually all life forms, even at low doses.
The drug companies, bluntly stated, are killing the life on our planet.
Big Pharma is guilty of crimes against natureThe pharmaceutical residues found in fish aren't the only environmental problem with these drugs. Even the manufacture of pharmaceuticals is extremely toxic to the environment.
Read this story entitled India's Waterways A Toxic Stew of Pharmaceutical Chemicals Dumped from Big Pharma Factories (http://www.naturalnews.com/025415.html). It tells the true story of enormous quantities of antibiotics being dumped into India's rivers due to the manufacturing practices of American pharmaceutical companies.
Furthermore, last year an Associated Press report revealed pharmaceutical contamination of the public water supplies of 24 major U.S. cities (http://www.naturalnews.com/022809.html).
In reality, the water supplies of virtually ALL cities are contaminated with pharmaceuticals. They just haven't done all the testing yet.
As I stated in that article:
The mass medication of America has now turned into a grand medical experiment that exposes infants, children, expectant mothers, senior citizens, voters, law enforcement officers, doctors and everybody else to a combination of drugs known to have extremely dangerous, mind-altering side effects when taken in full doses. And yet this mass medication of the population is being conducted with no doctor visits, no prescriptions, no consent and no medical assessment whatsoever. It is essentially a mandatory medication carpet-bombing of the entire population.
Big Pharma has become a threat to life on EarthThe drug companies are not merely a threat to your pocketbook and your own personal health; through the mass chemical contamination of the world's waterways, these drugs companies have actually become a threat to life on our planet.
That's why I say it is within our rights as human beings living on this planet to call for the arrest and prosecution of Big Pharma's executives for their crimes against humanity and crimes against nature. They have polluted our planet with dangerous toxic chemicals, they have contaminated our public water supplies, and they have denied any responsibility whatsoever for their role in spreading their poisons and endangering the health of people who don't even take medications!
I anxiously await the day that Big Pharma executives are marched through the streets, in handcuffs, on the way to their trials for crimes against humanity.
That day is coming. And when these criminals are removed from society and prevented from doing further harm to our children, our family members, our water supply and our environment, the world will be a much healthier -- and safer -- place to live.
Big Pharma is a danger to life on our planet, and the sooner this poisonous industry is stopped, the sooner we can see our personal and planetary health restored.
Sources for this story includeMSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29877241/
Associated Press: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/...
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