Sun. Swimming. Beaches. Pools. Cold showers. Baths. Ice cold water. Fun. These are just some of the images and associations that the word “summer” conjures up in our minds.

Well, summer sure is fun when you’re not risking your health while having fun. As the hottest season of the year we tend to gravitate more towards water in the form of beaches, pools, showers, and drinking water. Beaches are okay when they’re not polluted. As for the last 3 I wouldn’t be so sure, because pool, shower, and drinking water aren’t as pure and clean as they look.

Water is supposed to make you clean inside-out, so it’s just so ironic that it’s trashing your body with all the environmental and man-made toxins that are swimming in it. Your shower and drinking water, including the public pool you’re swimming in, may be a cocktail of disease-causing microscopic life forms and lethal toxins such as:


  • pathogens (harmful bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and molds)
  • parasites
  • heavy metals (lead, arsenic, aluminum)
  • chlorine (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the California Bay Area, Washington DC, and Philadelphia have the highest amounts of chlorine in their public municipal water sources)
  • fluoride
  • pesticides
  • radioactive particles
  • iron
  • lye (which got 40 people in Spencer, Massachusetts hospitalized for burns and rashes)
  • nitrites
  • lime
  • pharmaceutical drugs


One of the most controversial toxins in the list is chlorine. Most municipal tap water in the United States is heavily laced with it. Chlorine is a corrosive chemical disinfectant that is added to our water supplies to prevent water-borne diseases such as cholera. The problem is that drinking and bathing with chlorinated water pose serious health risks too. You don’t remove contaminants using poison, or you’ll just be replacing health risks with different ones that are just as dangerous as the ones you’re trying to avoid.

Chlorine is a very strong irritant. I do not know anyone who’s crazy about the smell of bleach. It causes nausea in a lot of people. As you know bleach is highly concentrated chlorine. But even in low concentrations chlorine is still a potent irritant. Professional swimmers probably wear goggles not just to see better in the water but also to protect their eyes from the burning effects of chlorine. Adding chemicals such as chlorine obviously isn’t the best solution to disinfect water. But that’s not all. Chlorinated water can also cause:


  • skin disorders such as eczema
  • weak or damaged hair
  • dry scalp and dandruff
  • cognitive decline
  • fatigue
  • respiratory and pulmonary disorders such as asthma
  • breast, bladder, kidney, colorectal, liver, pancreatic, and skin cancer
  • Hodgkins and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects if you’re pregnant
  • early infant death
  • stroke
  • heart disease

They say that water is the source of life. But from the looks of it water can also be the cause of death. All thanks to chlorine. It’s probably one of the reasons why I got Hodgkin’s lymphoma!

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The solution to water contamination is not complicated at all. Instead of waiting for your town or city to convert to ozonation or some other harmless method of water filtration, why not just use a showerhead and a water purifier and alkalizer? Both can safely and thoroughly remove all toxic chemicals and contaminants present in your shower and drinking water. When you use both technologies, water can be the sparkling clean, refreshing, cleansing, and health-giving medium it was meant to be!

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In health and gratitude,

Elaine & Nevin

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