Friday, April 24, 2009
Shower Yourself with Filtered Water
For most people, the cosmetic advantages are most evident, but recent documentation of the surprising health advantages of showering in filtered water undoubtedly proves the necessity of a shower filter. It has been shown that our body takes in more chemicals during a ten-minute shower than from drinking a gallon of the same water. Dermal absorption and inhalation of chlorine and other chemicals while showering have now been linked to breast cancer, bladder cancer, asthma, and many other ailments. During a hot shower, the pores of our skin open and allow for an accelerated rate of absorption. We have long known that chemicals can be absorbed through the skin; a common example is the nicotine patch. Imagine the rate of chemical absorption that can take place in warm water, over the entire surface of your skin.
Of equal concern is the level of chemical exposure from inhalation. Almost all synthetic chemicals, including chlorine, vaporize at a much faster rate than water. The result is that the steam contains a much higher concentration of the chemicals found in water, often 10 to 30 times higher. We also know that when chemicals are inhaled, they infiltrate our blood stream almost immediately and have a more intense effect.
The American Journal Of Public Health, in 1992, published the results of a ten-year study that showed how chlorine in our water caused significant increases in certain types of cancer. The study proved that up to 2/3 of our harmful exposure comes from inhalation of steam while showering. The U.S. EPA recently released a report saying, "Virtually every home in America has a detectable level of chloroform gas in the air due to chlorine and showering." The National Breast Cancer Fund has published many recent reports on the "Chlorine Connection", and has documented that the one common factor among women with breast cancer is that they all have 50 to 60% higher levels of chlorine byproducts in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer. Today in America, a woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
Childhood asthma has increased by over 300% in the last two decades, even though outdoor air quality has improved. Medical science now suspects a large part of this increase is due to a decline in indoor air quality; much of this decline can be traced to synthetic chemicals that vaporize and become airborne from showering water.
My initial involvement in the home water quality industry began over 15 years ago when we discovered that our six-month-old son's so called "chronic asthma" turned out to be nothing more than sensitivity to chlorine in our water. I have since produced and sold over 3 million shower filtration systems and heard literally hundreds of testimonials from people who have had similar experiences.
The health hazards from absorption and inhalation of chemicals while showering have been heavily documented. The cosmetic benefits of showering in filtered water are instantly noticeable. These factors combine to make a shower filter one of the most unique and beneficial household appliances currently available.
According to a recent Ralph Nader research report, in today's industrialized society, we use over 75,000 toxic chemicals, 2100 of which have already been found in our public water supplies, all of which can be absorbed and inhaled while showering. It is critically important to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals to the greatest degree possible, and a shower filter is one of the most effective means of reducing exposure.
"The need for, and benefits of, showering in filtered water are equal to or greater than that of drinking filtered water."
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