Prescription Water

Simple: Filter your water.

Medicine: This weekend I’m taking a course on Naturopathic Fertility Management, taught by Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, ND. It’s fascinating to consider the many reasons why a couple might be facing infertility. While each couple is different and not every option is for every couple, Dr. Chasse is doing a fantastic job touching on a variety minimal intervention therapeutics.  She has had success clinically utilizing the protocols she is sharing with us

Dr. Chasse discussed the importance of using filtered water. Water used for any purpose in your kitchen should be filtered. The water you drink, the water you cook your rice in, the water you steep your tea or coffee in should all be filtered.

I am guilty of filling up my tea kettle from the tap and boiling it for use. Some part of me felt that boiling it was a good way to make sure it was “clean”. Sadly, you can’t boil away pharmaceuticals and toxins.

Awareness of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs)  in our water is growing  and frankly it is scary. Water analysis has shown detectable levels of oral contraceptives, Tylenol, ibuprofen, anti-depressants, cattle antibiotics, estrogen and testosterone. Since when is it a good idea to drink someone else’s prescriptions? Since never.

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How are these prescriptions making their way into our water? Simply, the are being released through excretion (the elimination of waste material from the body) and bathing. There is also the unfortunate practice of disposing unwanted meds in the toilet and flushing.

There are better ways to dispose of drugs. Conventional drinking water and waste treatment protocols do not remove PPCPs and EDCs from our drinking water but do decrease their concentrations to some extent. Research is still underway to determine the most effective way to remove PPCPs and EDCs from our water. Dr. Chasse recommends a PUR filter attached to your water spicket. While this will not remove all toxins from your water, it will provide you with a cleaner source of drinking water.

Additional Information:

Environmental Protection Agency, PPCPs

CleanWater.org, Fighting Drugs in Drinking Water

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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