"We are quite convinced‚ based on this study‚ that there is an association between cancer and chlorinated water." Medical College Of Wisconsin‚ Senior Research Team
The addition of chlorine to our drinking water began in the late 1800s and by 1904 was the standard in water treatment‚ and for the most part remains so today.
We don‘t use chlorine because it‘s the safest or even the most effective means of disinfection‚ we use it because it is the cheapest. In spite of all our technological advances‚ we essentially still pour bleach into our water before we drink it. The long-term effects of using chlorinated water have just recently been documented.
It is not uncommon to find more chlorine in tap water than is recommended safe for your swimming pool. A simple chlorine test kit from your local discount department store‚ around 6.00‚ will typically yield surprising results‚ try it!
According to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality‚ "Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is as much as 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine."
There is a lot of well-founded concern about chlorine. When chlorine is added to our water‚ it combines with other natural compounds to form Trihalomethanes (chlorination byproducts)‚ or THMs. These chlorine by-products trigger the production of free radicals in the body‚ causing cell damage‚ and are highly carcinogenic. Chlorine is also suspected to contribute to hardening of the arteries‚ the primary cause of heart disease.
"We are learning the hard way that all the time we thought we were preventing epidemics of one disease‚ we were creating another. Two decades after the start of chlorinating our drinking water the present epidemic of heart trouble and cancer began."
- Dr. Joseph M. Price‚ PhD
"Up to 2/3 of the harmful effects of chlorine are due to inhalation and skin absorption while showering."
- The American Journal Of Public Health
No one will argue that chlorine serves an important purpose‚ and that it is likely here to stay. The result of not using chlorine in our water would be outbreaks of water borne disease like typhoid and cholera‚ like existed in the 1800s.
It is also clear and experts agree... that chlorine represents a very real and serious threat to our health and should be removed both from the water we drink and the water we shower with.
A high quality water filter system together with a dechlorinating shower filter can easily and affordably take the risks of chlorine out of your water‚ at the point of use... just prior to consumption.