The Chlorinated Water and Cancer Connection.
"We are quite convinced... that there is an association between cancer and chlorinated water." Medical College Of Wisconsin research team. We don't use chlorine because it's safe, we use it because it is cheap. We essentially still pour bleach in our water before we drink it. The long-term effects of chlorinated drinking water are disastrous. According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality,"Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine."
Dr. Joseph Price wrote a highly controversial book in the late sixties titled Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine, and concluded that nothing can negate the incontrovertible fact, that the basic cause of arteriosclerosis, heart attacks and stroke, is chlorine. Dr. Price later headed up a study using chickens as test subjects, where two groups of several hundred birds were observed throughout their span to maturity. One group was given water with chlorine and the other without. The group raised with chlorine, when autopsied, showed some level of heart or circulatory disease in every specimen, the group without had no incidence of disease. The group without chlorine grew faster, larger and displayed vigorous health.
When chlorine is added to our water, it combines with other natural compounds to form Trihalomethanes (chlorination byproducts), or THMs. These chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highlycarcinogenic. "Although concentrations of these carcinogens (THMs) are low, it is precisely these low levels that cancer scientists believe are responsible for the majority of human cancers in the United States".The Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Robert Carlson, a highly respected University of Minnesota researcher, sums it up by claiming, "Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!" Breast cancer, which now affects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of it's kind in North America, found that: "Women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer."
IF You Live In Town, and, Like Me, Like LONG hot showers ... DON”T MISS THIS ...
Up to two thirds of our exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation of steam and skin absorption while showering. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for accelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam we inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than tap water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes directly into our blood stream. "Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of chlorine in the water." Dr Lance Wallace, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.If you take showers using chlorinated water and are dealing with cancer, clearly installing a shower filter to dechlorinate your shower water makes good sense.
OUCH! I guess all those 45 minute showers I have taken virtually my entire life ... that I thought were so good for me ... weren’t.
Having just retired from a business that was continually harassed by the FDA ... for a product that was and is completely safe ... after reading the statement above from the EPA, I have to wonder, “where in the hell is the FDA in regard to chlorine in water supplies?”
We have installed a whole house water filter that removes 99.9% of chlorine and fluoride. You can get information on chlorine filtration systems at http://www.aquasana.com/. Whole house filters are cheap, especially when compared to cancer – my tumor removal cost me $10,000 – AFTER insurance ... and start around $700 ... whereas a simple shower filter that removes 90% of chlorine is only $70.
One of the interesting side-effects of my surgery was an increase in smell sensitivities. I can tell you that after the surgery ... but before our whole house water filter was installed ... I could literally smell the chlorine gas when showering. Since installation of our filter system, there is no longer any chlorine gas smells ... and I can again enjoy my long showers without fear of poisoning myself.
Do something to get the chlorine and fluoride out of your water!