By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Environment
Your morning shower might be to blame for the polluting drugs found in our nation's water supply.
Scientists said yesterday at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco that bathing and showering are, for the first time, recognized as sources of the hormones, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals that pollute the environment.
Researchers have long known that bathrooms were places where active pharmaceutical ingredients, or APIs, were released into the environment. Until now, they believed that the toilet was the main culprit.
But in a first-ever study, scientists determined that bathing, showering and laundering could also play a part -- especially for topical medications, such as creams, lotions and ointments.
Environmental pollution from APIs has been the source of growing concern, and scientists have been trying to understand just how they escape into the environment.
In a comprehensive review of hundreds of scientific studies on metabolism and the use of medications, researchers Ilene Ruhoy and Christine Daughton discovered that many APIs could be simply running down the drain while you take a shower.
The researchers also determined that perspiration and the laundry may also be significant sources of APIs.
Of particular concern to researchers is that APIs aren't metabolized when they simply run off your skin, versus being metabolized in the digestive system, leaving potential for greater environmental impact.
So what's the answer? Scientists will continue efforts to develop better drug delivery systems. In the meantime, lay off the skin cream -- a little is enough.
Mar 25, 2010
The real serious source of antibiotics in the water table is from cattle. The farmers and ranchers mega-dose them and they pee it out and into the water table it goes. On zz_james' comment on plastic bags, take a trip out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A floating island of plastic larger then the State of Texas.
yes morons, if you don't make pharmaceuticals degradable the world will slowly fill up with pharmaceuticals, if you don't make plastic bags degradable the world will slowly fill up with plastic bags. Do you need diagrams?
Jeepers; This means all those green weeinies were way ahead of the research curve since they didn't bathe or shower anyway.
Just say "no" No medications No baths No showers Holy cow you guys, cow farts polute the air. It is obvious "living is dangerous to your health" get over it!!!