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Is Chlorine Safe
In Our
        Drinking Water?
          

         
 

 

 
            Introduction

        What Do The Experts Say?

        What to Do?

 

 
         
   



Introduction
 

  • According to a study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, about 120 million people (50% of the population) may get unsafe water.
     

  • U.S. Health Officials have estimated that 900,000 people each year become ill, with approximately 900 who possibly die, from waterborne disease.
     

  • According to the General Accounting Office estimates, 66% of Safe Drinking Water Act violations are not reported.

All of these contaminants are directly related to the degree of toxins in our environment. Acid rain, polluted land the water runs over, chemical spills, smog, chemicals added to "purify" the water, and rust in the pipes are just a few of the toxins that can find their way into your drinking water.  Government agencies have made heroic efforts to keep our water clean, but it has become virtually impossible.

Chlorine is the most widely used chemical used to decontaminate the bacteria in public water. Is is safe to drink on a daily basis?  You decide.

     Chlorine is...

  • A corrosive, poisonous, greenish-yellow gas.

  • It has an obnoxious odor.

  • Is 2 1/2 times heavier than air.

  • Some studies indicate that the use of chlorine, to reduce the risk of infectious disease, may account for a substantial portion of the cancer risk associated with drinking water.

In the past, purification of our drinking water was mainly focused on eliminating pathogens, the use of chlorine was believed to be safe. Further, the chlorination of our drinking water was proven to be a major factor in the reduction in the mortality rates associated with waterborne pathogen.

In fact, an article in the New York Times praised the use of chlorine by stating, "Any municipal water supply can be made as pure as mountain spring water. Chlorination destroys all animal and microbial life, leaving no trace of itself afterwards."

However, recent surveys indicate that halogenated organic compounds, such as chloroform, were identified in chlorinated drinking water supplies, and that these compounds are common in water supplies throughout the United States.

This discovery inspired extensive epidemiological research into the safety of ingesting chlorine, and its possible relationship to cancer risks associated with chemical contamination from chlorination by-products. These research studies generally support the theory that by-products of chlorination are associated with increased cancer risks.

 

 
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What Do The Experts Say?
 

  • It has been found that while chlorine is successful in eliminating microbial contamination, it can also  react with organic matter in the water and form dangerous, carcinogenic trihalomethanes.

    In his book Coronaries - Cholesterol - Chlorine,  Dr. Joseph M. Price, MD, stated, "Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison."

    Dr. Price continues, "Trihalomethanes, are the prime causative agents of arteriosclerosis and its inevitable result, the heart attack or stroke."

    Trihalomethanes are chemical by-products formed secondary to the interaction of chlorine with organic materials, and are commonly found in our water supplies.

  • According to the 1992 article in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee found that people who regularly drink tap water containing high levels of chlorine by-products have a greater risk of developing bladder and rectal cancers than people who drink unchlorinated water.

    Further, the study estimated that approximately 9 percent of all bladder cancer cases, and 18 percent of all rectal cancer cases are associated with long-term consumption of these by-products.

    This is approximately 20,000 new cases each year.

  • A research study at Harvard used a new technique called meta-analysis to combine the results from ten of the most reputable studies.

    Their study concluded that people drinking chlorinated water over long periods have a 21% increase in the risk of contracting bladder cancer, and a 38% increase in the risk of rectal cancer.

    Robert D. Morris of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, who directed the new study stated, "I am quite convinced, based on this study, that there is an association between cancer and chlorinated water."

  • The Environmental Defense Fund states, "Although concentrations of these carcinogens are low...it is precisely these low levels which cancer scientists believe are responsible for the majority of human cancers in the United States."

  • About 90% of the population is drinking water which may contain hundreds of these Disinfection By-products (DBPs), also known as Trihalomethanes.

    The Environmental Protection Agency lowered the Maximum Contaminant Level for Disinfection By-products but it will most likely be years before the new standard goes into effect.

  • In an article in the St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press, December 17, 1987, "According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 'Long term drinking of chlorinated water appears to increase a person's risk of developing bladder cancer as much as 80%,'  Some 45,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with bladder cancer." 

    It goes on to state, "Chlorine itself is not believed to be the problem. Scientists suspect that the actual cause of the bladder cancers is a group of chemicals that form as result of reactions between the chlorine and natural substances and pollutants in the water."

  • According to an article in the Health Freedom News, January/February 1987 , "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."

 

 
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What To Do?


Under normal conditions, our bodies lose, and must replace, about 2.3 liters of water per day.

While we get water from some of the foods we eat, approximately two-thirds of this consumption is in the form of water or some other beverage.

For many people, the concerns about the health risks or foul taste of drinking tap water cause them to switch to beverages other than water.

The beverages most people switch to are sweetened with high levels of sugar, sugar substitutes, caffeine, and alcohol, which may pose health risks greater than those associated with drinking tap water. See Healing Waters and Waters and Our Health

But what are we to do?  

The water companies are faced with an impossible job.  I think you will agree that when we accept these facts as true, the chlorine is necessary.

But do we have to drink it?

If we stop the chlorination, we increase illness and death due to bacteria and other infectious agents. That leaves us with three choices. 

  • Stop the chlorination, and take the chance of dying from infectious agents. 

  • Keep the chlorination, and risk dying from cancer.

  • The only solution that makes sense is for us, the consumers, to take responsibility for our health.

    Keep informed on this issue, then choose the most effective water treatment system that is available.

    I use the MultiPure system.

 

 
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