Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Water Filters - Chlorine and Cancer - The Shocking Facts

Water Filters - Chlorine and Cancer - The Shocking Facts 
By Ismay Ramus

Chlorine contaminated water is now linked to rising incidences of cancer. Researchers have shown that there is a correlation between chlorinated water and cancers involving the bladder and rectum. These types of cancer were once relatively rare but they have now been shown to be on the rise. If you and your family do not have a water filter installed in your kitchen and bath you may be subjecting yourselves to a nasty little bonus in the water that you are using.

Once it was possible to drink and bathe in water that was pure and clean when it rushed from the faucet, but times have changed and not in a positive way. Chlorine is commonly used during the reclamation and cleaning processes for waste water but this chemical is capable of unleashing some deadly attacks once it is inside the body.

Think about how your eyes and nose sting and burn when you splash in a pool that has been chlorinated. That same stinging, blistering feeling is what happens on the inside of your body when you drink water that contains chlorine chemicals and has not been cleaned by running it through a simple water filter.

It is rather mind-boggling when you think about it, isn't it? There are over 60,000 chemicals used in the United States today. It is honestly hard for anyone to say just how many of them end up in your drinking water but chlorine is almost always in the mix.

In addition to the link between chlorine and cancer this chemical can cause breathing problems when the vapors are inhaled. You might be wondering how and when you could be exposed to chlorine vapors at home. This is easy to answer, just think about those long, hot, steamy baths and showers.

Without a water filter being installed on your bathtub faucet or showerhead the hot water creates a steamy mist that you are inhaling each time you bathe or shower. In fact these vapors can be carried to the other rooms of your home and then your children and other family members are breathing fumes that contain this caustic chemical residue.

Chlorine is a powerful agent that can be used to fight bacteria in water but that does not mean that it is a safe substance to have in the water you are drinking. In addition to the link between chlorine and cancer there have been numerous cases where chlorine related skin rashes, allergies and respiratory problems have been reported. This just reaffirms how necessary it is that people consider using an inexpensive water filter in their home. Everyone should at least filter the water they are using for drinking and cooking, if nothing else.

There are procedures that are in place that are supposed to help protect consumers from these toxic contaminants. Unfortunately there are more than 50,000 unsafe substances that have been identified in different bodies of water in the US and the Safe Drinking Water Act only regulates 91 of them. This means that more than 49,000 toxic substances might exist in water that is being supplied to homes and offices every day. Are you ready for more bad news about your drinking water?

The government has not added any toxins, contaminants or chemicals to the regulated list for more than a decade. Of course there are groups that are trying to help get our drinking water cleaned up but a water filter a good idea right now?
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