The Canadians also continue to drink chlorinated water despite government statements acknowledging the risk of consuming this water. In particular the Canadian studies show an increased risk of colon and bladder cancer.
More studies considered by the Canadian government report problems with reproductive and developmental health as well.
Even more studies suggest that even showering, bathing or swimming in chlorinated water can increase your risk of certain cancers. Some studies show that up to 66 percent of our exposure to chlorine comes from simply inhaling the steam from a warm shower and the skin’s absorption of this chemical, which rapidly enters our pores that are opened up by the warm water.
It is further shown that this steam actually contains up to 50 times the level of chemicals as tap water simply because chlorine, like most other contaminants, tend to vaporize faster and at a lower temperature than water does. Inhaling chlorine gas or chloroform, (which chlorinated water becomes when it vaporizes in the shower,) is an extremely harmful means of exposure to this toxic chemical because it goes directly into our blood stream. One Canadian study found that after an hour of swimming in a chlorinated pool, chloroform concentrations in the swimmers’ blood ranged from 100 to 1,093 parts per billion (ppb.)
Chlorinated water for drinking and bathing may be such a serious health problem that more and more researchers are studying this. One study stated that an increased cancer risk in industrialized countries could be attributed to the long term exposure to THMs in water. But cancer may be far from all the diseases we risk by consuming (and using) chlorinated water. In a groundbreaking 1960’s book titled,
Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine by Dr. Joseph Price, he concluded that the main cause of heart attack and stroke is simply chlorine. In his own study, Price compared two groups of chickens he raised; one that consumed chlorinated water and one that consumed non-chlorinated water. h e results told the tale: Upon death and autopsy, the group
drinking chlorinated water was found to have some level of heart disease. The other group? No incidence of heart or other related diseases.
Although chlorine in the water we drink and use is found in very low levels, researchers fear that this continual, low level exposure to chlorine is behind many of the modern day health issues. Chlorine is an easy and cost eff ective way to purify water. It seems that we will not soon be likely to see this method replaced to clean our water.
Where else is chlorine found? You may be surprised! Find out next Tuesday!.