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Health Risks of Chlorine

Health risks of chlorine

Here’s What The Experts Have To Say About  the Health Risks of Chlorine:

“The drinking of chlorinated water has finally been officially linked to an increased incidence of colon cancer. An epidemiologist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities completed a study of colon cancer victims and non-cancer patients and concluded that the drinking of chlorinated water for 15 years or more was conducive to a high rate of colon cancer.”

Health Freedom News, January/February 1987

“Long-term drinking of chlorinated water appears to increase a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer as much as 80%,” according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Some 45,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with bladder cancer.

St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press, December 17, 1987

“Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. While it prevented epidemics of one disease, it was creating another. Two decades ago, after the start of chlorinating our drinking water in 1904, the epidemic of heart trouble, cancer and senility began.”
J.M. Price, MD

If drinking chlorinated water isn’t bad enough check out what the experts say about bathing in chlorinated water.

“Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water.”
Dr. Lance Wallace

“Taking long hot showers is a health risk, according to research presented last week in Anaheim, California, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.  Showers – and to a lesser extent baths – lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contain din water supplies than does drinking the water. The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others and can receive 6 to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water.”
NEW SCIENTIST, 18 September 1996
Ian Anderson

More Health Risks of Chlorine:

Now that we know what the problems are when you drink and bathe in chlorine look at all the health issues that can manifest when you swim in chlorinated pools!  Here is what the experts have to say about pools.

Health Risks of chlorine


In a study conducted from Catholic University in Belgium, researchers found that regularly visiting chlorinated pools is associated with an increased risk in developing asthma in young children.  Because the respiratory tissue is thinner in children the exposure to trichloride (caused by the chemical reaction between ammonia and chlorine) can cause a greater risk to lung diseases.



Chlorine indirectly contributes to allergies through the irritation and sensitizing of the respiratory tract.


People who engage in competitive swimming are prone to bronchospasm — airway narrowing that occurs during or after exercise or physical exertion says Mayo Clinic.

Dental Enamel Erosion

Pools that are not properly chlorinated can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel when acids wear away the enamel on a person’s teeth. New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry’s Dr. Leila Jahangiri told NYU’s news publication “improper pH levels can result in irreversible damage to one’s teeth.”

Spontaneous Abortion and Stillbirths In Pregnant Women

Swimming is popular among pregnant women because it can ease pregnancy symptoms while helping them maintain their muscle strength and relieve weight-bearing strain on the lower extremities. However, expectant mothers who swim in chlorinated pools can actually harm their fetus due to the toxic chemicals like chloroform, formed by a chemical reaction between chlorine and organic matter, says the U.S. Department of the Interior and the United States Geological Survey.

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer has been linked to chlorine by-product exposure in drinking water and through inhalation and dermal absorption. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers observed whether bladder cancer risk was associated with exposure through trihalomethanes (THMs) while swimming in pools. The results of the study showed participants who drank chlorinated water had a 35 percent greater risk of bladder cancer compared to their counterparts, and swimmers who regularly swam in chlorinated pools had 57 percent greater risk of developing bladder cancer.

In conclusion, drinking, bathing, and swimming in chlorinated water is a health risk.  Your best purchase is a shower filter, especially if you have children. Remember,  breathing the air around showers and bath areas increases the chemical by 6 to 100 times more than they would by drinking the water.

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