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Water: Nature’s Wonderdrug–Now with Wonderdrugs! (cartoon)

Water: Nature’s Wonderdrug–Now with Wonderdrugs! (cartoon) — Reposted from Wend Magazine, Twilight Earth, PlanetSave, and Ecopolitology.
Between 2006 and 2007, the Southern Nevada Water Authority in Las Vegas screened tap water from 19 US water utilities for 51 different compounds. The 11 most frequently detected compounds are highlighted in the cartoon and described below.

1.used to treat cardiovascular disease, 2.an herbicide banned in the European Union (still used in the US) has been implicated in the decline of fish stocks and in changes in animal behavior, 3.a mood-stabilizing drug used to treat bipolar disorder, 4.an estrogen hormone blamed for causing gender-bending changes in fish, 5.an anti-cholesterol drug, 6.a tranquilizer used in psychiatric treatment, 7.a painkiller and anti-inflammatory linked to increases in asthma incidence, 8.an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy, 9.an antibiotic used against the “Strep” bacteria, 10.a reducing agent used in molecular biology, 11.an antibiotic

Christian Daughton of the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory says that neither this nor other recent water assessments give cause for health concern. “But several point to the potential for risk - especially for the fetus and those with severely compromised health.”

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8 comments on “Water: Nature’s Wonderdrug–Now with Wonderdrugs! (cartoon)

  1. lymphomactivist
    September 2, 2010

    This is hilarious. I am using this on my blog this week, lymphomactivist.wordpress.com. Thanks!
    Mary

    • Joe Mohr
      September 3, 2010

      I’m glad you like it. Thanks for reposting!
      All the best!
      Joe

  2. FreshGreenKim
    September 3, 2010

    THIS is a perfect compliment to my post today about groundwater contamination. Would you give me permission to link to your cartoon or better yet, copy the actual cartoon and give a linkback?

    http://ourdailygreenlife.blogspot.com/2010/09/groundwater-green.html

    • Joe Mohr
      September 3, 2010

      You can copy and linkback anytime.
      Thanks Kim!

  3. FreshGreenKim
    September 3, 2010

    Thank you again, Joe! I love what you’re doing here and am thrilled to have discovered your work. Best wishes, and I look forward to showcasing your work again in the future… Have a nice weekend!

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