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The Dangers of Chlorine in Our Drinking Water

Recently I have noticed drinking water from the tap tastes a lot like swallowing a gulp full of pool water. It’s horrible. This is at two different locations with two different water companies. I feel like I need to buy more water so we can actually drink it.













And not only do we pay for water, we all pay for upkeep and improvements to their systems. I don’t charge patients extra to replace my stim machine or computers; it’s the cost of doing business? How did we get rooked into that?


Anyway, if you remember Aquafina, a Pepsi product, recently admitted their high-priced water was … tap water. Not ultra purified with ultrasonic light beams from Mars. Hose water. So even finding healthy bottled water appears to be a separate task that has to be investigated. Does anyone care what’s on our shelves? (10 Things We Eat That was Banned Elsewhere, Cosmetic Items Banned, But Not In the USA)


Apparently not. The Government keeps yelling at us because we’re fat and unhealthy yet they continue to let these poisons remain on our shelves. Nice. Thanks EPA, Lobbyists and Politicians.


So what’s so bad about a little chlorine? Well first off chlorine is used to help keep our water safe. It kills micro-organisms like e-coli, coliform and cryptosporidium so we don’t get an upset stomach, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, headaches, cramps or vomiting. However, high levels of chlorine pose a confirmed health risk.


If a pool is over-chlorinated you can tell. It stinks; your eyes burn, you’ll have difficulty breathing, and even your mouth and nose may become irritated and burn.


With dedicated swimmers they will experience greater exposure time and the chlorine will be absorbed through their skin and into their blood


This is like many of the sunscreens we use to prevent skin cancer that actually use KNOWN carcinogens to block the Sun’s rays, which then work their way into our blood stream so your Cancer risks are greater. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are the safest sunscreens for us. Shirts are even better.


Excessive chlorine exposure can cause asthma and asthma-like symptoms with repeated exposure according to Mary Pohlmann, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


The Journal of Public Health reported, “Up to two-thirds of the harmful effects of chlorine are due to inhalation and skin absorption while showering.”



An industrial chemist, J.P. Bercznoted in 1992 that chlorine harms essential fatty acids(EFA) in our bodies. Most of us are trying to eat more fish (poisoned with pollution, chemicals and metals) to raise our EFAs in our body.


Chlorine is also known to destroy acidophilus, a friendly bacteria inside our colon.


In the 1970s they discovered a toxin was produced when chlorine mixed with feces or blood in the water, known as, trihalomethane or THMs. When this happens, THMs cause more free radicals to form in your body and these are a known cause of Cancer.


A free radical is a molecule with unpaired electrons and they are everywhere. These “rascals” destroy paintings, make paint fade, deteriorate plastic, etc. So imagine how they age our body and harm us. Anti-oxidants are the best way to keep them in check so take your vitamins.


From, check out these scary quotes and facts:


 “Cancer risk among people using chlorinated water is as much as 93 percent higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine,” according to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality.


According to the, “One common factor among women with breast cancer is that they all have 50 to 60 percent higher levels of these chlorination by-products (THMs) in their fat tissue than women without breast cancer . . .”


"Long-term drinking of chlorinated water appears to increase a person's risk of developing bladder cancer as much as 80 percent,” as documented in a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Some 45,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with bladder cancer.


"The drinking of chlorinated water has finally been officially linked to an increased incidence of colon cancer. An epidemiologist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities completed a study of colon cancer victims and non-cancer patients and concluded that the drinking of chlorinated water for 15 years or more was conducive to a high rate of colon cancer," according to Health Freedom News, January/February 1987.


California and Las Vegas are using a technique called Ozonation of their water. It is more expensive but the health risks are believed to be far less.


Yet since 1996, Andover, Massachusetts’ new ozone treatment costs $83 per million gallons of purified water, only two-thirds as much as the old treatment process. Maybe our county should look into this new technique too.


To handle matters yourself, a whole house filter would also remove pesticides, chlorine, metals and other toxins from your drinking water and your shower.


Remember, I’m a messenger. I’m in the same boat of frustration. I just provide information to help you think more about the decisions you make for the health of you and your family. Maybe the trip of a lifetime isn’t worth as much as your HEALTH for a lifetime. Try to value your health more.



- Dr. Jay M. Lipoff



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