Chlorine belongs to the same chemical group as fluoride and belongs to a group of chemicals called pathogens. You have probably smelled it when you go into swimming pools, it has that mild bleach smell and it can turn your hair green. We are advised to shower after swimming in a pool, but doesn’t the water that we are using to shower with contain Chlorine as well?
Chlorine in its natural form is a common element on the Earth. When at room temperature chlorine is a yellowish-green gas. This gas is very toxic. Chlorine vaporizes much faster than water, so when we shower we are actually absorbing and inhaling up to 50% more Chlorine than if we were to just drink the water. When we inhale this gas it is particularly harmful because it is going directly into our blood stream. According to the Environmental Protection agency Americans are consuming 300-600 times the amount of chlorine that is considered safe to ingest. Chlorine is known as a persistent chemical, which means that unlike other sanitation chemicals it does not break down.
Chlorine has been known for its apparent use to kill harmful microorganisms that are in our drinking water and has been added to our public water supply for the last 90 years. One of the first cases of adding Chlorine to the water as a disinfectant was in 1850 by John Snow when he attempted to disinfect the Broad Street Pump water supply in London after an outbreak of Cholera. In 1897, Sims Woodhead used “bleach solution” as a remedy to sterilize the water that was being distributed in Maidstone, England following a Typhoid outbreak. So, being that it basically is watered down bleach, is it safe for us to be ingesting and absorbing into our skin?
Another interesting fact is the regular use of de-chlorination tablets when filling up water for a fish tank to keep the fish healthy. If the fish need it purified out why would we want ourselves to regularly shower and drink that same water?
When chlorine is added to our water it reacts with other natural compounds to form Trihalomethanes which are by-products of chlorine. These by-products produce free radicals in the body, which trigger cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic. The Environmental Defense Fund states that: “Although concentrations of these carcinogens (THMs) are low, it is precisely these low levels that cancer scientists believe are responsible for the majority of human cancers in the United States.”
Here are some more quoted facts and statistics in regards to chlorine and its harmful nature:
“Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison”. – Dr. Joseph M. Price, MD
“Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.”
– U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality
“The Chlorine problem is similar to that of air pollution, chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!” –Dr. Robert Carlson, Highly respected
University of Minnesota Researcher
Breast Cancer Research (Hartford, CT)
50-60% higher levels of chlorination in the breast
tissue of women with breast cancer than women
without breast cancer.