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Time For The Annual Pharma Cleanup!

Happy New Year, everybody! Hope you had a great New Year’s Eve with your family and friends and I’m confident you’ll build yourself an amazing 2013.

The first MyFamilySurvivalPlan resolution is to get to know you, guys, a little better and hear your opinion loud and clear from now on. So please use and abuse the comments section to the articles you read here, I’d love to see your take on the stuff I write, whether you agree with me or not. We’ve all got different opinions and that I respect all the way. So knock yourselves out!


Ok, so let’s get to today’s topic and what made me choose this particular subject. Every year, at the beginning of January, I check my stockpile and clear shelves of all the stuff that’s gone bad. Including meds. I’ve got a large drawer where I keep all the pills and the herbal remedies that don’t require any special storage. I’ve got them categorized according to the illness they can treat (or prevent) and I chose not to make extra-categories according to expiration dates, as it seemed a bit too complicated. Therefore, I take the time to check them once a year and throw out everything that’s not safe.

In the past years, I’d put all the outdated meds in a bag and then just throw them in the garbage bin. Wow, was that a mistake! I didn’t even think about what would happen to the pills after I threw them away…But then I read an article on saying almost all expired meds end up in the water we drink.


And not just any kind of pills, but antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a test conducted by Associated Press.

However, the results were deemed as false, after some Big Pharma companies conducted their own tests and miraculously found infinitely smaller amounts of chemicals in the water. Thankfully, AP decided to publish their results anyway. Here’s just an excerpt from the article:

In Philadelphia, sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.

A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water.

The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals.”

Obviously, officials refused to make any comments and denied all requests for interviews. At some point, they realised they had to say something about these test results, so the usual statement was made: “(…) drinking water continues to meet all federal and state regulations regarding drinking water quality in the watershed and the distribution system”.

What regulation are we talking about here? There are NO regulations to address this issue. Just as there are NO regulations to address the quantities of toxic substances that can be found in meds.

For example, the FDA has not yet set the maximum daily dose limits for toxic metals in dietary supplements. They just take products off the market if they’re found to be dangerous for people’s health. But if no one discovers that mercury and lead are main ingredients in a product that’s suppose to make you better, not the other way around… you’ll just end up buying it and feeding yourself cancer and heart disease.


That’s why I try to buy as many natural remedies as possible. And not off the Internet, cause I hear there are a lot of scammers selling so-called “ayurvedic” medicines out there. It’s best if you can find a trustworthy person who makes these remedies themselves (there are many elderly ladies who’ve got the most amazing recipes for natural treatments, you just need to ask around).

So, to sum up here’s what I’d like you to do these days when you’ve got the time:

– If you’ve got a meds stockpile, check the items for expiration dates. If you don’t have one yet, start stockpiling, cause you never know when you’re going to need it.

– Do not throw outdated meds in the trash bin, as they may end up in the water you drink. Just keep them in a separate bag or box and try to find a safer way to get rid of them (I’ll be asking around, too, and if I find a solution, I’ll happily share it with you, so stay tuned).

– Get as many natural remedies as you can, as a replacement for the outdated chemical meds. But be very careful where you buy them from. If you can’t find a reliable source, get the recipes and make the remedies yourself, at home. It may take more time, but at least you know it’s 100% safe.

That’s it for now, but I’ll certainly write more on this topic in the future, so if you’re interested in it, make sure you bookmark this page. Until then, check out the latest articles posted on MyFamilySurvivalPlan. Stay safe!

By Alec Deacon