Chlorine in an element of the halogen group. The halogen group is comprised of fluorine, bromine and iodine. These elements have only one electron missing. They are very reactive. After fluorine, chlorine is the most reactive, non metal element.
Chlorine is among the 20 most abundant elements. In one ton of sea water, there is an average of 1.6kg of chlorine. But in sea water as well as in natural mineral formations, chlorine exists in the safe, inorganic form as the safe negative chlorid ion (salt - NaCl).
Properties: Greenish-yellow gas, liquid, rhombic crystals.
Hazard classification: Non-flammable gas, poison.
Toxicity: Poison to humans by inhalation. A strong irritant to eyes and mucus membranes. Man made chlorine compounds have been linked to 100's of disease and genetic health problems in both humans and animals. Concentrations of 50ppm are dangerous for even short exposures, 1,000ppm may be fatal, even when exposure is brief.
Few people are aware that many countries have banned the use of Chlorine and products containing chlorine. In 1994 the Clinton administration attempted to also ban chlorine. In a related story, published in USA Today, a joint U.S/Canadian scientific advisory commission has issued a statement blaming chlorine for "startling health problems" and calling for both countries to ban it from the marketplace. The chemical industry was successful in stopping the ban of chlorine in both the USA and Canada.
Scientists have blamed chlorine for a massive ozone hole that develops over Antarctica each spring; the problem of holes in our ozone layer has increased, and currently scientist believe that it may be the biggest threat to the survival of life on the planet. The ozone layer shields Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays. Depletion of ozone leads to skin cancer, DNA damage & many more problems.
Chlorine; another poison in our water.
Chlorine + Bacteria = Trihalomethanes = 2 Poison's
In April 1915 Germany dropped 180 tons of chlorine gas on opposing trenches in Northern France. 15,000 French and British troops lay on the battlefield with scorched lungs. About 5,000 died.
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As hot water steams, chemicals evaporate and are inhaled.
The amount of chlorine absorbed by your body in a 10-minute shower equals about two gallons of tap water consumption. Taking showers is a health risk, according to research presented in a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Showers-and to a lesser extent baths-lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies than does drinking water. The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. Thus far the most effective line of defense against the chemicals that may be absorbed or inhaled are point of use shower filters. October 1, 1999 provided USA citizens to be a landmark day in the health of your family. A Federal law will require all city water municipalities disclose a water quality report to each of its customers. The following excerpts, pulled from headlines and periodicals across the country descriptively explain the hidden dangers in our water...
Animal and human health effects
Dr. William Campbell Douglass, M.D., head of Georgia's oldest (five generation) practicing medical doctor family, began warning his patients against drinking chlorinated tap water during the early 1970's:"....Chlorine is a very strong oxidizing agent, like bleach, and its effect of the blood vessels is one of destruction...it kills our cells..."
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., advises readers in the HEALTH FREEDOM NEWS, that the long term effects of exposure to "chlorine in the water supply have scarcely been investigated" and that it (the chlorine) "in water combines very easily with various living substances, forming new organic compounds." Doctor Wright advises that while "chlorination is a necessary evil in public water that does not mean it has to be in you. It shouldn't be." And: "I don't think it's wise to expose yourself to the risk of chlorine, fluoride, and other miscellaneous chemicals in your water supply."
Richard A.Kunin, M.D., in his recent book MEGA NUTRITION (A Program to Prevent Disease) said this about chlorine: "...even in minute quantities sufficient to kill germs, chlorine can undermine the body's defenses against arteriosclerosis. Chlorine in drinking water creates electrically charged molecules called free radicals....that can damage the intima of blood vessels and so create the environment for plaque formation..."
Dr. Michael Alvania of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. conducted a study of 7 counties in New York and reported: "...what you could say without any equivocation is that my study demonstrated that people living in areas served by chlorinated water have twice the risk of contracting cancer."
Researcher Joseph Price, M.D. stated that autopsies performed on U.S. soldiers who were killed in Vietnam showed that many had over 50% arterial blockage, although only in their late teens or the early twenties - caused by chlorine in their drinking water. Doctor Price conducted his own study on the effects of chlorine and he reported that while it is a slow death: "sooner or later chlorine is going to kill you and to sum everything up, I must say that chlorine in your drinking water is the absolute cause of heart attack and strokes..."
In its elemental form chlorine is highly poisonous. In April 1915 Germany dropped 180 tons of chlorine gas on opposing trenches in Northern France. 15,000 French and British troops lay on the battlefield with scorched lungs. About 5,000 died.
Less than 50 years later the world woke up to the dangers of industrial uses of chlorine with the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring which documented the devastating effect of chlorine based pesticides on wildlife in the USA.
From small beginnings the manufacture of chlorine has grown to a global industry, producing some 40 million tons of chlorine annually.
Chlorine has been called "The Devils Element"
Chlorine gas does not exist in nature, and is therefore a stranger to our biosphere. Chlorine reacts with carbon, such as oil derived methane and ethylene, to create a new range of compounds called organochlorines. These are extremely stable chemicals that can be highly toxic. They persist in the environment and our bodies and bio-accumulate as they move up the food chain from micro- organisms to the higher mammals.
HIT THE BOTTLE
New Scientist, 9/18/86
Some 36 million Americans drink water that's contaminated with toxins, microbes or other pollutants, according to a survey by the Natural Resources Defense Council. And the number of those imbibing potentially unhealthy water shoots up to 50 million people - 1 in 5 Americans.
CHLORINATED WATER - NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
New Scientist, 9/18/86
Experts agree, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN S Dr. Robert Morris has been the featured health and water expert on Dateline NBC. Dr. Morris and colleagues at the medical center have concluded after examination of 10 previous studies of the cancer-causing problems of chlorinated water, "There is a clear pattern between consumption of chlorinated water and rectal and bladder cancer." It is projected that by the year 2015 the combined death rate from bladder, rectal and pancreatic cancer will exceed the lung cancer death rates due to carcinogens in water and food.
CHLORINE AND YOUR SHOWER
New Scientist, 9/18/86
"Taking long hot showers is a health risk, according to research presented last week in Anaheim, California, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Showers--and to a lesser extent baths--lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies than does drinking the water. The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. they can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. House holders can receive 6 to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water."
NEW SClENTlST 18 September 1986
"Studies indicate the suspect chemicals can also be inhaled and absorbed through the skin during showering and bathing."
"Ironically, even the Chlorine widely used to disinfect water produces Carcinogenic traces." "Though 7 out of 10 Americans drink chlorinated water, its safety over the long term is uncertain. ''Drinking chlorinated water may as much as double the risk of the Bladder Cancer, which strikes 40,000 people a year.
BOTTOM LINE August 1987
Dr. John Andelman, Ph.D..
"On one hand, chlorination has freed civilization from the constant dangers of waterborne epidemics. On the other hand in the mid - 1970s scientists discovered that chlorination could create carcinogens in water."
"80% of the population drinks chlorinated water."
"There was a higher incidence of cancer of the esophagus, rectum, breast, and larynx and of Hodgkin's Disease among those drinking chlorinated surface waters."
"Volatile organics can evaporate from water in a shower or bath."
"Conservative calculations indicate that inhalation exposures can be as significant as exposure from drinking the water, that is, one can be exposed to just as much by inhalation during a shower as by drinking 2 litters of water a day."
"People who shower frequently could be exposed through ingestion, inhalation and/or dermal absorption."
IS YOUR WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
Consumer Reports Books
"Skin absorption of contaminant has been underestimated and ingestion may not constitute the sole or even primary route of exposure."
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr. Halina Brown
"Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water."
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Dr. Lance Wallace
"A Professor of Water Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh claims that exposure to vaporized chemicals in the water supplies through showering, bathing, and inhalation is 100 times greater than through drinking the water."
"As chlorine is added to kill pathogenic micro-organisms, the highly reactive chlorine combines with fatty acids and carbon fragments to form a variety of toxic compounds, which comprise about 30% of the chlorination by-products.
"During the mid-1970s monitoring efforts began to identify widespread toxic contamination of the nation's drinking water supplies, epidemiological studies began to suggest a link between ingestion of toxic chemicals in the water and elevated cancer mortality risks. Since those studies were completed a variety of additional studies have strengthened the statistical connection between consumption of toxins in water and elevated cancer risks. Moreover, this basic concern has been heightened by other research discoveries.
SCIENCE NEWS, VOL. 130
"The cause of atherosclerosis and resulting heart attacks and strokes is none other than the ubiquitous chlorine in our drinking water."
CHEMISTRY AND CONTROL OF MODERN CHLORINATION
Dr. A.T. Palin, Ph.D.. (O.B.E.)
"Chlorine gas was despicably used during WWI. When the war was over, the use of chlorine was diverted to poisoning germs in our drinking water. All water supplies throughout the country were chlorinated. The combination of chlorine (when in drinking water) and animal fats results in atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and death."
WATER CAN UNDERMINE YOUR HEALTH
Dr. N.W. Walker, D.S.
"Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. While it prevented epidemics of one disease, ill was creating another. Two decades ago, after the start of chlorinating our drinking water in 1904. The present epidemic of heart trouble, cancer and senility began."
Dr. J.M. Price, MD.
"Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine."
U.S. COUNCIL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
"Drinking tap water that is chlorinated is hazardous, if not deadly to your health."
HEALTHY WATER FOR A LONGER LIFE
Dr. Martin Fox
"Known carcinogens are found in drinking water as a direct consequence of the practice of chlorination. A long established public health practice for the disinfection. of drinking water."
MUNICIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LABORATORY
Francis T. Mayo, Director
"Chlorine is used almost universally in the treatment of public drinking water because of its toxic effect on harmful bacteria and other waterborne, disease-causing organisms. But there is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows that chlorine in drinking water may actually pose greater long term dangers than those for which it was used to eliminate. These effects of chlorine may result from either ingestion or absorption through the skin. Scientific studies have linked chlorine and chlorination by-products to cancer of the bladder, liver, stomach, rectum, and colon, as well as heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), anemia, high blood pressure, and allergic reactions. There is also evidence that shows that chlorine can destroy protein in our body and cause adverse effects on skin and hair.
The presence of chlorine in water may also contribute to the formation of chloramines in the water, which can cause taste and odor problems.
"Since chlorine is required by public health regulations to be present in all public drinking water supplies, it is up to the individual to remove it at the point-of-use in the home.
Dr. Riddle, Ph.D.
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Chlorine is big business as it is one of the top refined elements in the world. Whether it is used in the treatment of water, as household bleach or any one of a hundred other uses.