Pharmaceuticals Found in Tap Water

  • Posted on: 10 March 2008
  • By: mokshalom

The big headline for today is that drugs have been found in city tap water. This is not new news; we've know for some time that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs have been ending up in our watersheds. Why? Because when people take pills, the drugs comes out in the urine and then end up in recycling back into our tap water.

What can be done to stop this? Well, for one, you might consider not running out and getting an antibiotic at every sniffle. Two, you might consider trying holistic remedies instead of antidepressants for depression (which are really no better than a placebo anyway according to a recent study).

Should you stop drinking tap water? Here are the pros and cons: Bottled water has a tremendous negative impact on the environment. You've got the creation of the plastic bottles. Then there's the transportation of the bottles. Then there's the waste of the bottles.

Personally, I drink filtered tap water; I do think that weighed objectively at this time the dangers to the environment of drinking bottled water are probably bigger than the effects of a very small trace amount of drugs in the water. I could be wrong.

But one thing is for sure: Your taking unnecessary pills is definitely harmful to the environment over the long haul. It could conceivably hurt the wildlife, and now it's causing more people to drink bottled water. And that's a good a reason as any to just say no to anti-depressants and other mind-altering legal drugs.


"just say no to anti-depressants and other mind-altering legal drugs"?

This is an incredible oversimplification regarding mental illness.

I spent years trying out one alternative remedy after another in an attempt to deal with major depression. The alternative approach did not work for me.

I came thisclose to ending my life a couple of times. Thankfully I finally sought out psychiatric help. What you call "unnecessary pills" greatly alleviated my depression and I am now glad to be alive.

While I'm glad that you are doing better now, I sincerely doubt the drugs saved you. What saved you was your belief that drugs would save you. This is not new age double talk. As I've posted recently here on this blog, scientific studies have shown that antidepressants are no more effect than placebos. Furthermore, exercise has been shown to be just as effective, if not more, than antidepressants.

I'd also suggest that it was your own will - your decision that enough was enough - that made the difference. It was at that point you sought psychiatric help. Your decision to get psychiatric help, plus the support of the therapist, is more likely what saved you. Not drugs. But for some people, the act of putting a pill into the mouth gives them the hope that it can be cured.

When more people realize and learn that they can control their own thoughts and energies without drugs, then these pills will not be used as much. neglected to say which alternatives you tried, but just because the ones you tried did not seem to help doesn't mean they are all bad. Some alternatives are better than others. Furthermore, it could have precisely been those alternatives that got you to the place where you were open to seeing a therapist in the first place, thus opening the door for your healing.

I say all this from personal experience. I was depressed in college and found to be allergic to antidepressants. Given no other choice, I found a way to cure it without using pills, and I have not been clinically depressed since.

"I sincerely doubt that the drugs saved you. What saved you was your belief that drugs would save you. This is not New Age double talk."

Where's your proof that in my particular case it wasn't the drug but merely the belief in it that made the difference? I think this IS New Age double talk you are engaging in.

I believed strongly in alternative remedies, so much so that I kept trying them out for years, but they didn't help. I had little to no confidence in drugs, which was why I'd avoided them for so many years, yet a drug DID help--a lot.

I feel shocked at your blithe advice to "just say no", when an anti-depressant medication CAN mean the difference between life and death.

An independent scientific study recently discovered that antidepressants were no more effective than a placebo - it was just reported in the major news media. Look it up for yourself if you don't believe me.

Where's the bad news in that? The good news is that your mind is in control, which to me is a much more empowering belief than "my chemicals run me."

I continue to submit that the alternative remedies probably did help but you are ascribing your recovery just to the drugs when the alternative remedies probably paved the way.

Since antidepressants can also cause suicides (especially among teens), I don't think that telling people to find alternatives is a bad thing. You can look that up as well.

With all due respect, Stephanie, I disagree with you here. About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression. I tried Reiki, EFT, herbs, hypnosis, intense daily exercise, and more. I couldn't sleep, I lost weight, and I had suicidal thoughts (I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy). I was referred to a very experienced psychiatrist and he put me on a well-known anti-depressant. I totally believed and expected that it would work. After six weeks, I was still in bad shape. He switched me to another drug. I was sure that this would be the answer for me. It was not! Placebo effect? Bulls--t!!! This pattern went on for 6 months with 5 different drugs until I finally found the right one at the right dosage that worked for me BIO-CHEMICALLY. My depression was gone and I have been feeling great ever since.

While I do agree that too many drugs are being prescribed for mild to moderate depression, I also know that these drugs have helped many severely depressed people for decades and have literally saved millions of lives all over the world.

Stephanie, what I learned first-hand is this: Energy therapies like EFT, Reiki, chakra-balancing, acupuncture, and others are very effective in treating so-called "psychological" problems (the mind-body / body-mind connection). But if a person is so depressed, anxious, or traumatized that they cannot function day to day (and especially if suicidal ideation is present), that person had better see an experienced psychiatrist as soon as possible.

You already know that EFT, Reiki, and other alternative treatments come with the disclaimer that they are not intended to replace advice or treatment from medical professionals. Energy therapies are complementary tools!

I still use EFT for life's stresses and emotional upsets. But I feel healthy and normal today because of the medication I take. Of that, I am absolutely certain.


Hello again, passionate person who wants to prove that drugs help - the very fact that you are on here passionately trying to convince me that drugs help shows exactly what I have been saying all along - it is your BELIEF that the drugs help that makes them work so well.

That you tried a bunch of different ones isn't really the point - the point is, you kept believing that if the doctor prescribed the "right" pill for you, it would work. Eventually, one did, because you wanted the cure very badly.

Furthermore, I would always encourage someone to see a professional. I would absolutely recommend to anyone to see a qualified therapist for mental illness. I don't treat it myself - I refer people who come to me with these things elsewhere. But the therapist should not write a prescription as the first resort, like so many do. They should work with you on your emotional issues first and foremost.

Also, don't try alternative therapies on your own if you are in serious need. Get help! Whether it's a professional healer or therapist, get some support! I would never say to someone, just try Reiki or EFT on your own for debilitating anxiety. If you need help, find someone who is a professional, knows what they are doing, and is good at it.

Reiki alone, just performed by a regular practitioner, is probably not enough. You would need to see a master healer who has good references and has a track record of curing depression - just like you would want to see a good therapist with a track record. Pranic healing would probably be much faster and more effective, but I'd only see the top, most qualified pranic healers as an inexperienced one could do more harm than good.

Furthermore, you need to see someone consistently. Reiki or acupuncture once in a while or done sporadically will not fix a deep energetic depression. Ideally, you would get energy healing done once a week and in the case of acupuncture twice a week for severe circumstances. Insurance rarely covers this, which is why people won't do it. But done consistently by an experienced healer, coupled with traditional counseling, you would see tremendous results.

I know, because I could not do it with drugs. They give me seizures. So I learned how to deal with depression through alternative methods as well as talk therapy because I had no choice. And I can assure you, it can be done.

If you do not want to use alternative therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy is a time-tested mainstream therapy that has also been proven to be as effective as antidepressants. So my recommendation would be to get a traditional therapist, do cognitive therapy and talk therapy, and try that first before drugs.

My college therapist was invaluable to me. But the pills? They almost killed me. So please don't tell me that you can only do it with drugs, because if that were the case, I wouldn't be here now, happy and drug-free.