Having read the end of the book, and knowing that the book not only warns us of what is just ahead, but that it also contains wisdom, and on top of that, it’s filled with predictions, .. not one of which has ever been wrong, I feel a compelling need to share this with you – just one more aspect of our lives to be filed away in our brain and forgotten?
Or, as I suspect, is it meant to draw our attention to what really matters?
“The main route of pharmaceuticals into the environment is via domestic sewage systems (Ternes et al., 2002).
Humans excrete compounds via urine and feces, unused or expired medicines are directly flushed, and personal care products are washed off.
Approximately 50-95% of each drug ingested is excreted from the body either unchanged or only partially metabolized (Buhner, 2002). Other routes include: domestic and agricultural runoff, leachate from landfills, and disposal at point-of-production (NHDES, 2010).”
According to scripture, the fresh waters of the earth are to turn to poison … Rev. 8:10-11.
Is that warning a physical event? Or, is it, as some say, a spiritual warning … a warning of false teaching? I contend that it’s possibly both, but that it’s certainly a physiological event only, then let me present the following:
“Pharmaceuticals are being detected regularly in our nation’s waterways and with this comes rising concern about potential long-term adverse effects to both humans and aquatic organisms from continuous environmental exposure.”
“The main source of pharmaceutical loading into our waterways is via municipal sewage systems, with current wastewater treatment plants unable to remove the majority of these compounds.”
As our people live longer with more maladies and attempt to mitigate symptoms with more and more pharmaceuticals, … as financial and other pressures builds, and people opt out of responsible behavior by using illegal and legal drugs imprudently – more and more “clusters” of illnesses will show us our folly of believing that we actually understand the interactions of how things were designed to work.
As our celebrities exhibit these “pressures”, which are growing throughout our population, our glimpses at the cracks in our man-made systems, we recognize only fleetingly, that we have approached “critical mass” and are now, far out of our control.
“Over the past several years, pharmaceuticals have gained a great deal of attention as being one of the most significant emerging environmental contaminants of the 21st century.
As of today, there is no doubt that pharmaceuticals are being detected regularly in the environment. An investigation by the Associated Press found pharmaceuticals to be present in the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans (Donn et al., 2008). Even in small concentrations, there is rising concern about potential long-term impacts to both humans and aquatic organisms as a result of the continuous environmental exposure to these compounds. It is estimated that around 250 million pounds of pharmaceutical products are produced in the U.S. annually (Donn et al., 2008).” http://blackwarriorriver.org/pharmaceuticals.html
David Pringle, campaign director for the NJ Environmental Federation, Pringle stated: “common sense dictates it’s not a good idea to drink somebody else’s medicine: we know we are being exposed to other people’s drugs through our drinking water, and that can’t be good”.
Now that we know pharmaceuticals are common pollutants in our environment, many are left wondering what is to be done about it. There is still no clear solution. For those thinking bottled water is a solution, think again. Bottled water is less regulated than tap water, more expensive, and is most often drawn from the same sources as tap water supplies (Pringle, 2008).
“Little attention has been given to the presence of these biologically-active compounds in our environment, even though their presence has been reported since the early 1970’s in the U.S. (Brun et al., 2006).
This neglect is mainly due to the fact that pharmaceutical compounds tend to breakdown much more rapidly than more well-known pollutants (ex: dioxins, PCBs) in the environment (Kreisberg, 2006). The truth is that their rapid breakdown is easily offset by the exponential increase in consumer use of these products. Since these compounds are continuously discharged into sewer systems by consumers, their presence is maintained in the environment. It is because of this cycle that pharmaceuticals are now generally referred to as “pseudo-persistent” environmental contaminants (Daughton, 2007). To put it into perspective, researchers Christian Daughton and Thomas Ternes reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (1999) “that the amount of pharmaceuticals and personal care products entering the environment annually is about equal to the amount of pesticides used each year”.
I repeat: The main route of pharmaceuticals into the environment is via domestic sewage systems (Ternes et al., 2002). … Other routes include: domestic and agricultural runoff, leachate from landfills, and disposal at point-of-production (NHDES, 2010).
As a fisherman, I can attest to the fact that the numerous ”dead zones” off our coasts, where few creatures survive, (except for non-Kosher bottom-feeders cleaning up after us), should have been another major warning flag that our man-made systems are failing — that we don’t have a clue as to how the inter-related physical laws set in motion by our CREATOR interact and the arrogance of man’s acting as if he does, has brought us to another apocalyptic moment!
In days of old, rural agrarian groups, offered hope that society could recover as long as isolated enclaves of healthy individuals survived, but the arrogance of our modern ways now feed the masses via corporate farming (ignoring the concept of allowing fields to lay fallow and rejuvenate, as scripture instructs) pouring poisons into the sea, and humans are packed into massive metro areas situated along these same rivers, whose “survival systems” are overwhelmed … it’s everywhere we look…
All in all, we seem to be standing too close, to see the forest.