The idea of chlorinating water supplies was first suggested by US Army Major Carl Darnall in 1910. US troops were getting ill while in the field. One of the major sources of illness was drinking water contaminated with micro-organisms. It was discovered, chlorination was the most effective means of destroying the micro-organisms.
Chlorination spread throughout America in the second and third decades of this century. Chlorination of municipal water supplies was perfected in the 1930’s, about 20 years before the mushrooming of heart attacks.
Many years ago, laws were passed making chlorination of water mandatory for public safety. Now, the chlorine industry and government agencies must continue their existing policies. If sudden or drastic changes are made, the legal liabilities would be staggering.
This predicament could make the tobacco industry scandal seem insignificant in comparison. Educating people to the dangers of chlorine would be admitting to knowledge of the problem, which could invalidate past studies and certainly raise serious legal problems.
Chlorinated water contains chemical compounds called trihalomethanes. They are carcinogens resulting from the combination of chlorine with compounds in water. These chemicals are also known as organochlorides. They don’t degrade very well and are generally stored in the fatty tissues of the body (breast, other fatty areas, mother’s milk, blood and semen). Organochlorides can cause mutations by altering DNA, suppress immune system function and interfere with the natural controls of cell growth.
Chlorinated water destroys much of the intestinal flora. This friendly bacteria helps in the digestion of food and protects the body from harmful pathogens. These bacteria are also responsible for the manufacture of several important vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin K.
It is not uncommon for chronic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema to clear up or to be significantly improved by switching to unchlorinated drinking water and supplementing the diet with lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus.
Chlorine has been documented to aggravate asthma, especially in those children who swim in chlorinated swimming pools or are exposed to large amounts of chlorine.
In one research study, rats exposed to chlorine and chloramines developed tumors in their kidneys and intestines.
Several studies also link chlorine and chlorinated by-products to a greater incidence of bladder, breast and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma. Some studies show the use of chlorinated tap water causing congenital cardiac anomalies.
Chlorine can severely irritate and burn skin exposed directly to it. It can also irritate and burn the eyes and throat as well.
Doctors in Norway, Canada and the United States reported higher levels of birth defects in areas where chlorine is used as compared to drinking water treated by alternative methods.
A Norwegian study of 141,000 births over three years found a 14 per cent increased risk of birth defects in areas with chlorinated water. Scientists have already found an association between chlorine and an increased risk of bowel, kidney and bladder cancer, but it is the first time that a link has been found with higher levels of spina bifida.
In a study of more than 5,000 pregnant women in the Fontana, Walnut Creek and Santa Clara areas of California, researchers found women who drank more than five glasses a day of chlorinated tap water had a higher incidence of miscarriages.
Studies in Belgium have related development of deadly malignant melanoma to consumption of chlorinated water. Franz H. Rampen, et al., of the Netherlands, state that the worldwide pollution of rivers and oceans and the chlorination of swimming pool water have led to an increase in melanoma. This disease is not associated with exposure to ultraviolet light. People who work indoors all the time and exposed to fluorescent lights, have the highest incidence of melanoma.
Some of nature’s most valuable and essential anti-cancer and anti-disease phytochemical nutrients, which are commonly found in food, have been discovered to form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with chlorinated tap water. This discovery includes familiar foods including soy, fruits, vegetables, tea, many health products, and some prescriptions.
The 3-common exposures to chlorine are, absorption through the skin from water and from the air. Drinking and eating food prepared with chlorinated water. Breathing the fumes which chlorine can create.
Taking a warm shower or lounging in a hot tub filled with chlorinated water, one inhales chloroform. Worse, warm water opens the pores, causing the skin to act like a sponge. This causes one to absorb and inhale more chlorine in a 10-minute shower than by drinking eight glasses of the same water. This irritates the eyes, the sinuses, throat, skin and lungs, makes the hair and scalp dry, worsening dandruff.
So the next time you get into the shower, drink or cook with chlorinated water, remember these words of caution!
The long-term risks of consuming chlorinated water include excessive free radical formation. This accelerates aging, increases vulnerability to genetic mutation and cancer development, causes difficulty metabolizing cholesterol, and promotes hardening of arteries.
Chlorine destroys antioxidant vitamin E, which is needed to counteract excess oxysterols/free radicals for cardiac and anti-cancer protection.
Chlorinated water is associated with higher total risk of combined cancers. Chlorine in treated water can cause allergic symptoms ranging from skin rash to intestinal symptoms to arthritis, headaches, and on and on.
The risk of developing cancer is 93% higher in people who drink or are otherwise exposed to chlorinated water!
The chemical companies pulled off the biggest scam and convinced America and Canada into chlorination. They make big profits disposing of excess chlorine into our drinking water; otherwise, they would have to pay to destroy it. So now you know why American water isn’t treated with safe, cheaper, more effective ozone.
This message is critical to the general public, because chlorine will one day, in the near future, be exposed as a major cause and contributor to cancer and degenerative diseases!
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