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Whole House Water Filters May Help Prevent Cancer

Jun 9, 2008
Whole house water filters may initially be more expensive than individual units for the kitchen and other faucets around your home, but they could be worth the investment. A whole house water filter is really the only way to get clean and healthy water all over the house.

You probably realize that you should not drink unfiltered tap water, because of chlorine and other chemicals. You may not realize that chlorine vapor is another health hazard. Products vary in their effectiveness, but the best whole house water filters block nearly 100% of the chlorine, so that it can never be vaporized in your home.

Chlorine gas was first used as a chemical weapon in World War I. It is a respiratory irritant. Whenever you use hot water, chlorine becomes vaporized. Doctors are recommending shower water filters for their patients who have asthma, but a whole house water filter that blocks chlorine would also be effective.

Another thing about chlorine is that when it is used by water treatment facilities for disinfection, several "by-products" are released into the water. They are referred to as THMs and one of them is chloroform gas. Only the best whole house water filters block THMs.

Government agencies have announced that there is some level of chloroform gas in most homes in the United States. The problem that they sited was showering in chlorinated water.

But, if you live just about anywhere in the United States, you have to shower in chlorinated water. Government agencies will not go so far as to recommend shower or whole house water filters, but what else can you do?

Exposure to low levels of chloroform gas causes dizziness, headaches and fatigue. Chronic or long term exposure to small amounts of chloroform gas can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. A whole house water filter that blocks THMs can protect you from the dangers of chloroform exposure.

The problem is that not every whole house water filter can do the job. Some that block chlorine do not block THMs. It's illogical, since THMs are a by-product of chlorine, but it's true, just the same.

Other whole house water filters, reverse osmosis, for example, do not even block chlorine. So, you have to shop carefully and request certified performance data before you buy any whole house water filter.

Probably the worst thing is that researchers believe that there is a link between certain types of cancer (rectal and breast cancer are two examples) and showering in chlorinated water. Drinking it and inhaling the chemical is a problem, but in the shower, it is absorbed through the skin. So, chlorine blocking shower filters and whole house water filters should be considered cancer preventatives.

We go to many lengths to protect ourselves from the big "C". When you consider what the right whole house water filter can do for, the cost seems unimportant. Just remember that all whole house water filters are not the same and a higher priced system is not always the most effective.
About the Author
Larry L. Taylor is a dedicated advocate of living a healthy lifestyle and diligent researcher of water purification systems. Visit his site at: http://www.Clean-Water-Pure.com to discover which water filtration systems Larry recommends after extensive comparisons.
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