Why Water Filtration?!
The major pollutant in water is a chemical that was used as a lung irritant in warfare! Chlorine is a greenish yellow, poisonous chemical with a disagreeable odor, but our government mandates that public water suppliers use it to "purify" municipal water. Water contains more unwanted chemical, radiation, toxins, pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants than ever before. In 1979, the U.S. EPA declared that up to 20% of all deaths in America are caused by pollutants and environmental hazards. (U.S. dept of Health, Education and Welfare, Healthy people, P.101 U.S. Govt Printing office, 79-55071, Washington DC 1979.) Pollutants use up nutrients faster than they can normally be re-supplied.
Dr. Kurt W. Donsbach Ph.D. has a scary tape out that talks about what chlorine does to the human body. Apparently the chlorine free radical can modify your DNA. Dr. Frank says that statistically, cardiovascular disease does not occur unless there is chlorine in the water supply. That is a pretty serious statement, and is almost totally denied by the medical community. Dr. Herbert Schwartz of Cumberland County College in Vineman, N.J. says that "Chlorine has so many dangers it should be banned. Putting chlorine in the water supply is like starting a time bomb. Cancer, heart trouble, premature senility, both mental and physical, are conditions attributable to chlorine treated water supplies. It is making us grow old before our time by producing symptoms of AGEING such as hardening of the arteries."
Women who drink five or more glasses a day of ordinary tap water have a higher rate of MISCARRIAGE and a byproduct of the chlorine used to purify water supplies may be to blame, researchers say. Reuters 11 Feb 1998 PSTStory. (They should be drinking eight glasses a day minimum.)
Municipal water has other stuff in it, See NEWSWEEK March 18, 1996, "The Great Impostors", but the chlorine is the worst. It is easy to remove using a simple carbon filter. I urge you to filter your water, whatever brand you use. Even if these doctors are wrong, it makes your water taste good, & your coffee & tea taste wonderful. Dr. John Andelman, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health researched how chlorine affects us: While the use of chlorine in water was originally intended to free us from the dangers of waterborne epidemics, this over chlorination has many unpleasant and harmfull side effects. What may surprise you is that showering in it poses the greatest risk. You see, during a warm shower, your pores open and your body and skin literally "soak up" the chlorine.
Because your body acts like a "sponge" for chlorine, you're exposed to 6 to 100 times more chlorine and waterborne toxins by taking a shower than by drinking the same water. What's more, the chlorine gets into the shower steam as chloroform (a TOXIC vapor), which we breathe in, out lungs absorbing it. This can be especially dangerous if you have any respiratory problems -- not to mention the chlorine byproducts (THMs) that can be deadly to people with impaired immune systems.
The good news is that you can prevent and even reverse chlorine-damaged skin and hair, while you cut your exposure to potentially harmful toxins by getting a shower filter. If you are thinking of owning a filter, make sure the company is at least as old as the guarantee they claim for their products. Most filter companies are gone in 3 to 5 years.
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