Chlorine – A Clear and Present Danger in Our Water Supply
Chlorine was used as a poison gas in World War 1 and as a chemical weapon during the Iraq War. It’s the primary ingredient in bleach and disinfectants and is also used to make plastics, insecticides, dry cleaning solvents and metal degreasers. Studies have also shown that chlorine is a potential carcinogen. Given these facts, it is hard to believe that chlorine, in any concentration, could be good to swallow or absorb through our skin — but that is exactly what we do every day as we drink from and shower in our municipal water supply.
Chlorine: A Good Idea Gone Bad
If you had lived in the 19th century when waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery were very common, it is very likely that you would have been very much in favour of adding chlorine to the water supply given its ability to kill the feared bacteria. At the time, people who contracted cholera suffered from vomiting and diarrhea so severe that the could be dead within 24 hours. While the risks have declined, this mentality has persisted into the 21st Century and we still see chlorine added into our water supplies to kill any pathogens that might be present.
While not denying its efficacy in killing bacteria, a lifetime of drinking and bathing in chlorinated water is exposing us to range of negative health effects and risks. We are even exposed to airborne chlorine gas released into the atmosphere from our hot shower water. It really is a good idea gone wrong!
Chlorine – The Risks Exposed
Chlorine has been clearly linked to a range of health risks and conditions. While not an exhaustive list, chlorine:
- has been proven to harden arteries,
- destroys proteins in the body,
- irritates the skin and sinuses, and
- aggravates asthma, allergies, and respiratory problems.
But chlorine also has a number of by-products, each with its own list of side effects. Chloroform, for example, speeds the ageing process and causes cholesterol to oxidise. Dichloro-acidic acid has been shown to cause liver cancer in laboratory animals.
A U.S. Council of Environmental Quality study states that “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.”
Why would you put something in your body that is designed to kill living organisms and bacteria? The human body is a live organism and we are full of a delicate balance of bacteria and flora. By drinking chlorinated water over a prolonged period of time, we can lower the bacteria levels in the digestive system, therefore lowering the immune system.
Chlorine Removal – Activated Coconut Carbon Purification to the Rescue
As it is very unlikely that our water supply authorities will cease chlorinating our water supplies, it becomes an individual responsibility to protect ourselves and our families by removing the chlorine before the “safe” water is dispensed from our taps and showers.