By Julia Oyefunke Fortune
Avoid Drinking Water and Chlorine: The chlorination of water began in the United States in the early 1900’s as a response to serious diseases such as typhoid fever and cholera that were being spread through contaminated water supplies. This treatment of water was very effective in wiping out these deadly diseases. This chlorinating of the water supply continues today with less than two percent of water treatment facilities NOT using chlorine or chlorine products to treat water.
But today we’re beginning to learn that this practice may be taking our health to different thresholds of diseases, particularly cancers. The U.S. Council of Environmental Quality reported that “Cancer Risk Among People Drinking Chlorinated Water is 93 percent
Higher than Among Those Whose Water Does Not Contain Chlorine.” Chlorine mixed with certain organic matter produces trihalomethanes, and volatile organic chemicals both of which can activate free radicals in the body. Free radicals have been shown to cause cell damage which in turn can lead to cancer.
Several decades ago research revealed that the above two dangerous chemicals are found in chlorine treated water and not found in the water prior to treatment. The EPA, in 1979, issued guidelines for the maximum content of THM’s in water. Unfortunately, this is hard to test for and difficult to enforce. It’s interesting to note the French lifestyle at this point. The French have been noted to have surprisingly low rates of cancer and heart disease.
One theory is that they consume not only red wine loaded with vital resveratrol, they also consumer bottled mineral water or ozonated water. You can find non-chlorinated water on just about any grocery store shelf in the civilized world today.
Although it may seem financially ridiculous to pay good money for something that flows freely out of our home water taps, taking the facts about drinking chlorinated water into consideration makes buying pure spring water a very wise cancer preventative.