Cancer & Chlorine
the chlorine in our drinking water acting as
catalyst triggering tumor development both in atherosclerosis and cancer?
The addition of chlorine to our drinking water started in the late
1890ís and had wide acceptance in the United States by 1920. Joseph
Price, M. D, wrote a fascinating yet largely ignored book in the late
1960ís, entitled Coronaries Cholesterol. Chlorine, Dr Price believes, is
primary and essential cause of atherosclerosis is chlorine. "Nothing
can negate the incontrovertible fact the basic cause of atherosclerosis
and resulting entities, such as heart attacks and most common forms of
stokes is chlorine. The chlorine contained in processed drinking
This conclusion is based on experiments using chlorine in the drinking
water of chickens. The results: 95% of the chickens given chlorine added
to distilled water developed atherosclerosis within a few months.
Atherosclerosis, heart attacks and the resulting problems of hardening
of the arteries and plaque formation is really the last step in a series
of biochemical malfunctions. Price points out it takes ten to twenty years
before symptoms in humans become evident In many ways, this is reminiscent
of cancer which can take twenty to thirty years to develop.
Can chlorine be linked to cancer too? In the chlorination process
itself, chlorine combines with natural organic matter decaying vegetation
to form potent cancer causing trihalomethanes (THMís) or haloforms.
Trihalomethanes collectively include such carcinogens as chloroforms,
bromoforms carbon tectachloride, bischlorothane and others.
the full article at http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/Environmental-Health/Chlorine-and-cancer.htm
Consuming chlorinated drinking water is associated with a 20 to 40% increase in the incidence of colon and rectal cancer, according to the results of a Norwegian study in 1992 .
Taken from http://www.thesheppardfoundation.org/cancer/chlorinatedwater.htm
While adding chlorine-type compounds to
drinking water protects the public from several kinds of harmful bacteria such
as Shigella, Salmonella, and vibrio cholera, chlorine can form cancer-causing compounds in drinking water.
The most taken-for-granted chemical in our
water supply is chlorine, which has been used for nearly one hundred years to
"purify" drinking water. The disinfection of drinking water with chlorine is
standard practice throughout the United States. The amount of chlorine used is
particularly high during the summer; since warm conditions favor bacterial
overgrowth, chlorination is heaviest in southern parts of the country.
While there is little doubt that chlorine
played a key role in eradicating waterborne infectious diseases such as typhoid
and cholera, new evidence indicates that drinking chlorinated water increases
the risk of cancer for the roughly 200 million Americans who drink it. Consuming
chlorinated drinking water is associated with a 20 to 40% increase in the
incidence of colon and rectal cancer, according to the results of a Norwegian
study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 1992.
Chlorination of drinking water in Spain and bladder cancer
Drinking water chlorination generates trihalomethanes and other
by-products with mutagenic and carcinogenic properties in animal
experiments. Epidemiological studies have associated trihalomethanes to
an increased risk of bladder cancer