The Effects of Chlorine

Just Say No To Chlorine

Chlorine was first added to your drinking water in the late 1800’s. By 1904, chlorine was used in water treatment throughout the US and unfortunately, is still poisoning our families today.

When chlorine is added to your water, it joins with other compounds to form Trihalomethanes or THMs. These chlorine byproducts, not only cause cell damage but are highly carcinogenic.

Chlorine and Cancer

According to the US Council of Environmental Quality, people that consume chlorinated water have a 93% higher chance of cancer than those that do not.

Breast cancer, which now affects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of its kind in North America, found that “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer”

Inhalation is a much more harmful means of exposure since chloroform, the chlorine gas we inhale, goes directly into our bloodstream. Chlorine vapors are known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs. This is why it was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, predominantly in children.

Chlorine also has a very negative cosmetic effect, robbing your skin and hair of moisture and flexibility, resulting in a less youthful appearance. After swimming in a chlorinated pool feel the harsh effects that chlorine has on your skin and hair.

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