We spent years trying to figure out why my son was full of arsenic and lead. The little guy was full of heavy metals and fighting off a candida overgrowth that was feeding on them. We looked at paint, conventional foods, my body etc. After awhile we began to realize our mining community has some funky water. Now we live in Las Vegas and most people don't drink their local water. They buy plastic bottles by the truck load and run the risk of hormone imbalances from the plastic. Or they have a house water softener and not a house filter, or they use a reverse osmosis system to drink from. I really don't have an answer to the water question. Like most subjects, I would ask you to think, research and make the best decision for your family.
Scott is the smartest water person that I have ever met. He's not only full of information, more importantly he's mellow about his subject and is generous of spirit. When he found out that we don't have chlorine in our pool, we got to chatting and he provided you with the following info. Enjoy!
"We all try to take steps to improve our health. We are careful to eat healthy food and exercise, at least that's our lofty goals. Most of us buy bottled water here in Las Vegas. There are a variety of reasons for doing so including the desire for better tasting water, having drinking water that is free of contaminants, and possibly for the convenience of having a healthy, readily available supply when we are on the go. Knowing that we have a source of drinking water free from contaminants such as chlorine is very reassuring and important to our overall health. Many people who are taking the measures to drink healthy, pure drinking water are aware that the water coming out of their faucets at home contains chemicals such as chlorine and other contaminants. While people can be reassured that they are not ingesting the upwards of hundreds of chemicals from the tap according to Dr. Lance Wallace of the Environmental Protection Agency, "Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water. Chlorination (a known carcinogen) levels increase up to 100 times during a 10 minute shower in residential tap water." Tests show that your body can absorb more chlorine as a result of a 10 minute hot or warm shower than if you drank 8 glasses of that same water. A warm shower opens up your pores, causing your skin to act as a sponge. Chlorine is not only absorbed through the skin, it is also re-vaporized in the shower, inhaled into the lungs, and transferred into the blood system.
The chlorination of water is necessary to safeguard the public's health. Chlorine is used to chemically disinfect water. It kills germs, bacteria, and other living organisms. It may not be reasonable to expect the water district to provide us with pure, contaminant free tap water as the cost to do so is just not feasible. The cities miles of old and corroded piping that the water travels through would render even the cause of making pure tap water pretty futile.
We are responsible for making our own health choices and for taking whatever steps we feel are necessary to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. One small step we can take to minimize chlorine and chemical exposure is to take as cold a shower as possible. Julian B Andelson, the Professor of Water Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh said, "I tell all my friends to take quick, cold showers. The longer and hotter the shower, the more chemicals build up in the air." For those of us who hate cold showers, and that would be me, it would be a good idea to install a water filtration system into our home.
Thank you for taking the time and interest in this article. For more information on water quality or to schedule a free in home water analysis call me at 702-521-7197 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org "
Power to the family!