Chlorine

Chlorine, it is Good or Bad? 

Well that depends on where it is in our delivery system.  Chlorine is a indiscriminate killer of bacteria and microbes, it is effective and persistent, so in our municipal water pipes it is a “good thing” and for the same reasons in our households, it is a “bad thing”.

The action of chlorine is to oxidize compounds with which it contacts. The very reasons that chlorine is used in water purification are the reasons we should remove it before we finally use it.  It is an indiscriminate killer. It kills both good and bad bacteria. It will attack the hostile bacteria, the stains in your clothes, or the good bacteria in our bodies, Vitamins C and E, thyroid hormone, your skin and hair and many other compounds important to human life.  Drinking chlorine treated tap water upsets the natural and necessary bacterial balance in your intestines and is one of the factors involved in overgrowth of Candida. Candida acts as a natural antibiotic and is a "good thing".  It helps to control the growth of adverse bacteria.  It is also kept in check by these same bacteria, forming a balance in the intestines. Through the use of antibiotics, swimming, bathing in or drinking chlorinated water, the essential microorganisms in the body are killed off, allowing a bloom or overgrowth of Candida, which is a “bad thing”.

Why do we use Chlorine…In America?

The chlorination of water supplies began early in the twentieth century as a response to cholera and typhoid epidemics (water-borne pathogens) which were killing many people.  It worked; people stopped dying of cholera and typhoid.  Instead they began developing cancers, arteriosclerosis, heart disease and other chronic degenerative diseases, years later.  Cholesterol-bearing foods took the rap, even though people had been eating them for centuries without these problems.  Newer research is pointing directly at Chlorine that has been directly associated with Heart Disease, atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, plaque formation and cancer causing carcinogens like chloroform, which is formed in the chlorinated steam of your bathroom shower.

Americans are just beginning to become aware of the importance of removing chlorine from drinking water, but little is said about removing it from bathing water.  During the 1984 Olympics in Los Angles, the European Olympic Committee refused to compete in the Olympic pool until the chlorine was removed and an alternate purification method was installed.

Every time you step into a hot, steamy shower, the pores of your skin open. Your body acts as a giant sponge and absorbs chlorine and chloroform.  Chloroform is also known as trichloromethane, methane chloride, or methyltrichloride.  Likewise, the steam and mist created by the hot shower including chloroform is inhaled and deposited in your lungs and blood stream.  Many health officials and biochemists believe that Chlorine is so dangerous that if it were proposed today for the first time, that it would be banned by the FDA. 

The key to good health is good water.

The human body is designed to run on water.  Every life giving and healing process that happens inside our body... happens with water.  So many common ailments and illnesses can be prevented and possibly even cured with an increased intake of healthy water. Headaches, hypertension, back pain, arthritis, ulcers, asthma, morning sickness and fatigue, to name a few.  The majority of Chlorine and Chloroform ingested comes in our shower, when our pores are open and we are breathing the Chloroform laced steam. An investment in a Chlorine “Filter” on your shower will stop this.  A simple Chlorine Filter on your tap water will also help, but the fact remains that you can’t filter every faucet, refrigerator ice maker and cold water spigot and then there is the affect on your cloths from the washing machine.  A “whole house” system installed on your primary water source line is cheaper over time than individual small filters and will instantly yield better health, softer hair and skin, longer lasting and more colorful cloths and fabrics and will stop the daily attack on your body by chlorine and chloroform.   The reason so may people use hair conditioner or crème rinses, fabric softener and dryer sheets, and all sorts of skin lotions is primarily due to the daily attack of Chlorine on what ever it comes in contact with.

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