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Are Showers Harmful to Your Health?

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The last thing you would think about when you are taking a nice, refreshing shower is, "Am I jeopardizing my health"?

Chlorine is used by many municipalities to disinfect their water supply.

Unfortunalely, according to many health experts, chlorine has been linked to breast, bladder and colon cancer.

If chlorine is so bad, why do they continue to use it?

It's a matter of economics.

Chlorine is probably the cheapest way to disinfect water.

When I first read about this, my first thought was, "I don't drink the water in the shower, so what is there to worry about"?

What I didin't know was, our skin can absorb 7 - 10 times more chlorine than from drinking water that contains chlorine.

When showering, chlorine can vaporize and form chloroform gas, which is inhaled, affecting those with respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitus.

Showering in chlorinated water can also cause excess drying of the skin and hair.

Does this mean we should stop taking showers?


There is an easy solution. Using easy to install shower filters will alleviate the chlorine problem.

Not only will you be able to shower without the worry of the bad effects of chlorine, you will enjoy the benefits of softer, smoother skin and hair that is less dry.

Ed Bishop is founder and president of Enhanced Living Inc., a Troy, NY-based design-consulting and contracting company. contracting. Trained in the "House Is A System" approach to HVAC design. He was formerly a building analyst instructor, providing certification training for New York's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR? program

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