Interestingly, it isn't really the chlorine that is the main culprite, according to Dr. Mercola, but rather chlorine reacts with organic materials which already dissolve in water, forming chemicals (known as DBP's) that are over 100 times more toxic than chlorine.
- According to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, the cancer risk to people who drink chlorinated water is 93 percent higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.
- The residents of a small town in Pennsylvania who ate diets rich in saturated animal fats and milk had no heart attacks – until they switched from mountain spring water to fluoridated water.
- Male smokers who drank chlorinated tap water for more than 40 years had double the risk of bladder cancer as smoking males who drank non-chlorinated water.
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I have learned by searching the internet, that using a powdered or crystalized Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) will help to neutralize the chlorine. Just add 1/4 tsp Vitamin C powder to 100 gallons of water. For a bath tub, just sprinkle the Vitamin C powder under the faucet while filling and wait about 5 minutes. For drinking water, just add a pinch of Vitamin C to a gallon of water.
When I travel, I experience different water quality and sometimes my hair can seen to get thick and heavy from the chlorine. I found that if I add 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp baking soda to my shampoo for the first wash that my hair comes very clean and the chemical buildup is prevented.