A new Autism study reported through Bloomberg last week links Autism to pharmaceuticals in drinking water. Almost 1 year ago, a study was published linking the use of antidepressants during pregnancy to a four-fold increase in autism. Now, evidence has emerged that a pregnant mom doesn’t have to be taking antidepressants in order for her unborn child to be affected, because these psychoactive pharmaceuticals are present in drinking water!
Pharmaceuticals enter the water supply by improper disposal (flushing down the toilet), and by passing through or rinsing off the bodies of those who are taking them. Most pharmaceutical drugs are not removed by city water treatment plants, so the wastewater containing them returns to the water supply. Researchers have known for several years that small quantities of unmetabolized prescription medications are present in drinking water supplies, but this is the first study linking pharmaceuticals in water to autism.
In the most recent study published just two days ago, Prozac, Effexor, Tegratol, and a mixture of all 3 were added in small amounts to water tanks full of minnows. Results showed that the same genes that indicate autism in humans were also turned on in the minnows. Follow-up research will include testing minnows living in water downstream from water treatment plants where pharmaceutical contamination is already suspected.
Choose the Right Filter
While further research needs to be done, the wisest option is to protect your family now. Pharmaceuticals are NOT adequately removed by most refrigerator, faucet-mount or pitcher filters, as they filter down to only about 5 – 10 microns and leave behind many of the smaller, difficult-to-remove contaminants.
The right solution is the EasyWater RevitaLife Drinking Water System. RevitaLife’s 5-stage system filters contaminants down to 0.0001 microns and is a better way to protect your family against the dangers of pharmaceuticals in drinking water.