What is water chlorination? How does it affect me?
If this is done by the state governement DON'T tell me that this is bad for me.
Whatever you are about to say is not as bad as having untreated water!!!
Why would the state government also hurt their own drinking water??? Give me a break --
This is what you might think now. Push through I urge you to hear me out.
It says, "Trihalomethanes occur when naturally-occurring organic and inorganic materials in the water react with the disinfectants, chlorine and chloramine." The statement is followed up with, "Some people who drink water containing total trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years could experience liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems and increased risk of cancer."
What are Trihalomethanes?
Great question. How would you say CHLOROFORM affects a person?
It was first prepared in 1831 by the American chemist Dr. Samuel Guthrie. He combined whiskey and chlorinated lime in an attempt to produce a cheap pesticide.
In 1847, the Scottish physician Sir James Young Simpson first used the colorless, non-flammable liquid as an anesthetic. He discovered that if you put a few drops of this liquid onto a rag or sponge and place it over the patient's nose, causing the patient to inhale the vapors, chloroform had an unusual affect. Chloroform was seen to have narcotic effects on the central nervous system and produce these effects quite quickly.
The first death by Chloroform was that of a 15-year-old girl in 1848. Chloroform was much more dangerous and difficult to administer than what was used before, ether.
On the other hand, there were higher risks associated with chloroform than with ether, and its administration required greater physician skill. There were early reports of fatalities due to chloroform, beginning with a 15-year-old girl in 1848.
Skill and care were required to differentiate between an effective dose (enough to make patient insensible during surgery) and one that paralyzed the lungs, causing death. Fatalities were widely publicized, and the risks involved led some patients facing surgery to decline anesthesia and brave the pain.
Still, use of chloroform spread quickly. In the 20th century Chloroform came under attack due to it's carcinogenicity upon ingestion.
Currently, Chloroform is used mainly in the preparation of fluorocarbons, used in aerosol propellants and refrigerants. This was said about the fumes that we breathe while showering.
"Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water. Chloroform levels increase up to 100 times during a ten-minute shower in residential water" - Environmental Protection Agency - Dr. Lance Wallace.
"Almost two decades have passed since known or suspected human carcinogens were first found in municipal water supplies. One of them, chloroform, produced by the chlorination process, exposes millions of Americans. The potential for a major public health problem is unquestionably there, and yet, progress has been slow." -Dr. Peter Isacson, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Triclosan and Chlorinated Water
A topic that goes without much discussion is Triclosan. Triclosan is a chemical found in many household products (reference list to the right). Triclosan is seemingly not a dangerous chemical all by itself. It is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. It would make sense that you might find this in some of our soaps and shampoos.
The concerning part is when you discover what happens to Triclosan when it comes in contact with chlorine.
Triclosan reacts with free chlorine in tap water. This reaction produces lesser amounts of compounds like, 2,4-Dichlorophenol.
Most of these intermediates convert to dioxins upon exposure to UV radiation (from the sun and other sources).
Although small amounts of dioxins are produced, some dioxins are extremely toxic and very potent endocrine disruptors.
2,4-Dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) is a chlorinated derivative of phenol with the molecular formula C6H4Cl2O. 2,4-DCP is used primarily as an intermediate in the preparation of the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). It is also a photo-degradation product of the common antibacterial and anti-fungal agent triclosan along with the dioxin 2,8-dichlorodibenzo-p-dioxin.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with endocrine (or hormone system) in animals, including humans. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Specifically, they are known to cause learning disabilities, severe attention deficit disorder, cognitive and brain development problems, deformations of the body (including limbs); sexual development problems, feminizing of males or masculine effects on females, etc.
Any system in the body controlled by hormones, can be derailed by hormone disruptors. The critical period of development for most organisms is between the transition from a fertilized egg, into a fully formed infant.
As the cells begin to grow and differentiate, there are critical balances of hormones and protein changes that must occur. Therefore, a dose of disrupting chemicals can do substantial damage to a developing fetus (baby). The same dose may not significantly affect adult mothers.
Endocrine disruptors are substances that "interfere with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action, or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behavior, fertility, and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism)."
They are sometimes also referred to as hormonally active agents, endocrine disrupting chemicals, or endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs). EDC studies have shown that endocrine disruptors can cause adverse biological effects in animals, and low-level exposures also cause similar effects in human beings.
The term endocrine disruptor is often used as synonym for xenohormone although the latter can mean any naturally occurring or artificially produced compound showing hormone-like properties (usually binding to certain hormonal receptors).
Our water is beyond contaminated. Everyday and several times a day we are ingesting either through drinking, breathing, or being drawn in through the skin many chemicals, all of which are extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening. When we shower we are rubbing free radicals, chlorine, pesticides over our body and are breathing in a dose of lethal chloroform.
We are risking our health and wellness when we as a community and as individuals can prevent this from occurring.
As a community we can purpose sensible ways to clean our water. There are many options available. One that has me excited is Hydrogen-peroxide treatment. I am not 100% if this is the best solution. Please submit your ideas and share with your friends.
As far as immediate solution you can purchase products that do not contain Triclosan as well as chlorine filters. Below are some options for purchase. Something that you might want to look into is Iodine supplements. Read more about Iodine here. I am not directing you to go off of my research alone. Please research this for yourself for these solutions may not be good for you. I am not a doctor and am not claiming from a medical standpoint what you should do. Please search out advice from a trustworthy physician.
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