80 thoughts on “If They Do This, I’ll Never Drink Water Again

  1. Marilyn

    Good grief! If that actually happened, it would only be a matter of time before kindergarteners developed Alzheimer’s.

    Wouldn’t do much for our national academic ratings.

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  2. Paul B.

    I too am skeptical. The article does not name an agency or official which is enough for me to dismiss it. I think this was something that some pointy headed academic speculated aloud about at a conference.

    Let’s hope.

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  3. Verimius

    Would the water be safe to drink if we boiled it first?

    At what temperature do statins break down, anyway?

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  4. logar

    Don’t believe it. They don’t specify the source of their information, other than “government reports,” so I’ll believe it when I see the “reports” she’s talking about. Piss-poor journalism, in my opinion.

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  5. Jo

    My neighbour filled in a well in his back yard a few years back – I might go and suggest he digs it out again! Oh dear. I suspect it is sloppy journalism (or maybe someone in the pay of bottled water manufacturers.

    Glad I’m moving to New Zealand in a couple of months where my mum has rainwater – so long as the animal life in the water tank is alive I guess it’s safe. LOL.

    I’m thinking the reporter probably took a proposal that wasn’t serious and ran with it. A few doctors have suggested putting statins in the water, but I don’t believe they serious. More along the lines of “Why, these drugs are so fabulous, maybe we should put them in the water.”

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  6. Dan

    I’d just revert to what people did in the 18th century–drink beer all day.

    Shhh! They’ll start putting statins in beer!

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  7. Kate

    There’s reverse osmosis filters that aren’t terribly expensive. I’ve had good luck with the ones at freedrinkingwater.com. (Two in three homes. They seem to filter better with water pressure at the higher end of the recommendations, though.)

    This statin thing seems like a joke, though. At least, I hope it is!

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  8. Ken

    Check out the Frontline episode Poisoned Waters (free to stream at their website).

    It goes into how endocrine disruptors have found their way into the water supply, resulting in frogs and fish with ambiguous genitals. So what does that mean for the next generation of people?

    It means dating will be even more confusing than it is now.

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  9. Marilyn

    Good grief! If that actually happened, it would only be a matter of time before kindergarteners developed Alzheimer’s.

    Wouldn’t do much for our national academic ratings.

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  10. Paul B.

    I too am skeptical. The article does not name an agency or official which is enough for me to dismiss it. I think this was something that some pointy headed academic speculated aloud about at a conference.

    Let’s hope.

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  11. Tracey Butler

    Yikes – it must be a joke but I can also see that it;s bizarre enough to end up a reality in a few years….

    Move to NZ Tom, specifically Christchurch – we don’t even have flouride in our tap water (and it tastes great!). Sure, we have a few earthquakes but I think it evens outs 😉

    Mother Nature can kick our butts no matter where we live. In California, we had earthquakes. In Tennessee, we get tornadoes. At least with the tornadoes, we usually get some warning.

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  12. Ken

    Check out the Frontline episode Poisoned Waters (free to stream at their website).

    It goes into how endocrine disruptors have found their way into the water supply, resulting in frogs and fish with ambiguous genitals. So what does that mean for the next generation of people?

    It means dating will be even more confusing than it is now.

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  13. KD

    Legit or not, I don’t see how this would be feasible unless they made statins OTC medications (unless my google-fu failed and they already are). So at least there’s one more step before the possible nightmare happens?!

    Statins are OTC in Britain.

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  14. Richard Tamesis, M.D.

    I guess my Lifesource water purifier system will definitely come in handy if those fools decide to put statins into our drinking water.

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  15. Tracey Butler

    Yikes – it must be a joke but I can also see that it;s bizarre enough to end up a reality in a few years….

    Move to NZ Tom, specifically Christchurch – we don’t even have flouride in our tap water (and it tastes great!). Sure, we have a few earthquakes but I think it evens outs 😉

    Mother Nature can kick our butts no matter where we live. In California, we had earthquakes. In Tennessee, we get tornadoes. At least with the tornadoes, we usually get some warning.

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  16. KD

    Legit or not, I don’t see how this would be feasible unless they made statins OTC medications (unless my google-fu failed and they already are). So at least there’s one more step before the possible nightmare happens?!

    Statins are OTC in Britain.

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  17. Richard Tamesis, M.D.

    I guess my Lifesource water purifier system will definitely come in handy if those fools decide to put statins into our drinking water.

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  18. Amber

    The major problem is that wastewater treatment systems are only designed to rid the water of certain constituents. They are not designed to remove drugs such as antibiotics or statins. Therefore, you take the drugs whatever passes through your body unaltered ends up in drinking water as well as surface waters. While it is certainly in smaller quantities than it would be if they intentionally added it to the water, you are probably consuming statins, antibiotics, and who knows what else on a daily basis. This is, also, why you are encouraged not to throw expired drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

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  19. Amber

    The major problem is that wastewater treatment systems are only designed to rid the water of certain constituents. They are not designed to remove drugs such as antibiotics or statins. Therefore, you take the drugs whatever passes through your body unaltered ends up in drinking water as well as surface waters. While it is certainly in smaller quantities than it would be if they intentionally added it to the water, you are probably consuming statins, antibiotics, and who knows what else on a daily basis. This is, also, why you are encouraged not to throw expired drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet.

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  20. Liz Downunder

    The clever legislators here in Oz recently mandated that wheat flour (read: bread) must be fortified with folic acid. Why? Because pregnant women need more of it otherwise their baby might be born with birth defects. Never mind that the chances of this are so low as to be laughable, but now the entire population (even, er, men) get extra folate. At best unneccesary, at worst linked to a host of health problems. Another win for the chemical corporations, and another reason to avoid bread…

    I guess if we give them another decade or so, they will have legislated us all into perfect health.

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  21. Liz Downunder

    The clever legislators here in Oz recently mandated that wheat flour (read: bread) must be fortified with folic acid. Why? Because pregnant women need more of it otherwise their baby might be born with birth defects. Never mind that the chances of this are so low as to be laughable, but now the entire population (even, er, men) get extra folate. At best unneccesary, at worst linked to a host of health problems. Another win for the chemical corporations, and another reason to avoid bread…

    I guess if we give them another decade or so, they will have legislated us all into perfect health.

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  22. Elenor

    Heard on TV tonight (there’s a good source, eh?), that they’re finding caffeine in fish! So many coffee bars, so many coffee drinkers/addicts — and the sewage plants aren’t able to filter (or interested in filtering) out caffeine! So we’ve got *wide-awake* happy fish!! (Wonder if they taste better?)

    Wow, that means eventually we’ll be able to drink water to get a little caffeine buzz in the morning.

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  23. Elenor

    Heard on TV tonight (there’s a good source, eh?), that they’re finding caffeine in fish! So many coffee bars, so many coffee drinkers/addicts — and the sewage plants aren’t able to filter (or interested in filtering) out caffeine! So we’ve got *wide-awake* happy fish!! (Wonder if they taste better?)

    Wow, that means eventually we’ll be able to drink water to get a little caffeine buzz in the morning.

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  24. Dana

    Tom, they’re already selling caffeinated water. I saw some at Kroger a while back. Did a double-take.

    I would imagine caffeine in fish would make them taste bitter.

    What is the point of caffeinated water? I guess some people really don’t like the taste of coffee or tea.

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  25. Dana

    Tom, they’re already selling caffeinated water. I saw some at Kroger a while back. Did a double-take.

    I would imagine caffeine in fish would make them taste bitter.

    What is the point of caffeinated water? I guess some people really don’t like the taste of coffee or tea.

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  26. C

    I think all statins and formulas for creating statins should be tossed in a huge bonfire then buried under a nuclear power plant.

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  27. C

    I think all statins and formulas for creating statins should be tossed in a huge bonfire then buried under a nuclear power plant.

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  28. Amanda

    Awful! The more I learn about biology, the more horrified I am that the ‘experts’ know so little. I have just read Zoe Harcombe’s book ‘The Obesity Epidemic’, which is a very excellent book. She actually got in touch with various UK ‘expert’ institutions, and asked what evidence they had that their advice was the correct advice. None of them could answer! (She has also written a very good article in The Daily Mail which I just had to copy onto my blog.)

    I need to order her book.

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