Go ahead, sit down and drink a nice clear, pure glass of water. OK, now read this quote: “U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.” This is a quote from Ralph Nader of the Nader Research Group. Scarey, isn’t it? Unfortunately, only about 75 of these are tested by most city water officials. Let’s example just one of these sinister invaders, chlorine.
So you buy an aquarium and some fish and you want to fill it with city faucet water. What is the first requirement? Yes, it is to de-chlorinate the water with tablets or by allowing the water to sit several days. If fish will die in chlorinated water, how can it be good for people? Yet, it is common in many cities for the maximum level of chlorine allowed in the public water system to be greater than what is recommended in swimming pools!
Let’s not give chlorine a bad rap. It is an excellent disinfectant, ridding water of bacteria such as dysentery, typhoid, and cholera. The problem is that chlorine damages the human body by producing THMs (trihalomethanes). These are cancer causing and damage cells. Chlorine also can score the internal walls of arteries, making it easier for cholesterol to attach itself. Mississippi River drinking water has been shown to contain 63 cancer causing substances made by chlorine’s reaction to pollutants in the water such as methanol and carbon disulphide. An increase in the cases of bladder, urinary tract, and kidney cancers have been reported following the infusion of extra chlorine to treat a city water system contamination.
Yet chlorine does not enter the body only through drinking. In fact, a greater risk of chlorine poisoning occurs in the shower. The hot water opens the pores and the chlorine, which evaporates at a lower temperature than water, enters through the lungs. This results in the formation of chloroform, which will cause bronchitis, and asthma, and will increase the risk of cancer. The warm chlorine water may also cause skin irritations such as eczema.
This is all shocking news to parents! After all, children’s bodies are much more susceptible to chemical changes as described above. What conscientious parents want to poison their child?
Some deal with these alarming facts by buying bottled water. Yet consider this: bottled water may be no purer than tap water! This is because there are simply no government standards that require bottled water to be any better. A company could bottle tap water and ship it to another state with the label, “Pure Mountain Fresh Water.” This is not honest but it is legal. The FDA itself states: “Companies that market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public.” In other words, with bottled water you can’t believe what the label says.
So what is the solution? The only safe and sure way to know your water is safe for you and your family is to filter it yourself. Start with a drinking water filter. Be sure the company is reputable and that it clearly claims to remove chlorine. Carbon filter systems will do this. It is time to act, don’t you think?