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"A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations."

I was googling this whole chlorine thing and wow, this is scary. I always thought a long hot shower was good for you? The funny thing is that it feels good for me.

Showering in Chlorinated Water: Quotes from Respected Authorities

Americans are becoming more aware of the contaminants in our nation's water supplies and many are installing water filters to purify their drinking water. Yet most continue to bathe and shower straight from the tap, unaware that inhaling unfiltered shower vapors (steam) is more harmful than actually drinking the water itself. During a shower, toxic chloroform evaporates into the surrounding air you breathe. In addition, The Center for Study of Responsive Law's, Troubled Water on Tap report, states that over 2,100 contaminants have been found in drinking water. Of those 2,100, 190 are known to cause adverse health effects. In total, 97 carcinogens, 82 mutagens and suspected mutagens (cause cell mutations), 23 tumor promoters and 28 acute and chronic toxic contaminants have been detected in U.S. drinking water. According to East West magazine, consumers should purchase shower head filters which remove chlorine and other contaminants to prevent exposure to chloroform [and other toxic substances]."
-Center for Study of Responsive Law, Consumers Research Magazine, East West, July 1989.

"A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations."
- Bottom Line - August 1987, J Andelman, Ph. D.

"We conclude that skin absorption of contaminants in drinking water has been underestimated and that ingestion may not constitute the sole or even primary route of exposure."
-American Journal of Public Health, May, 1984, Vol. 74, No. 5

"Ironically, even the Chlorine widely used to disinfect water produces Carcinogenic traces. Studies indicate the suspect chemicals can also be inhaled and absorbed through the skin during showering and bathing."
- U. S. News & World Report - 29 July 1991, Is your Water Safe - The Dangerous State of Your Water

"Taking showers is a health risk, according to research presented last week 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."
- New Scientist -18 September 1986, Ian Anderson

"Studies have documented the presence in the drinking water of many potentially toxic volatile organic chemicals (VOC's)- from chloroform and pesticides to carbon tetrachloride. Such findings have spurred investigations into the inhalation hazards these compounds may pose when released in the air during baths and showers. However, because shower and tub equipment, as well as other design features, differed widely in these experiments, air releases for a single VOC could vary up to 10-fold from one studied system to another."
-John C. Little, Lawrence Berkeley (California) Laboratory, Science News, August 15, 1992

"The steamy air of a shower contains significant amounts of a least two cancer-causing chemicals that evaporate out of water."
-J Andelman, Professor of Water Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

"Almost two decades have passed since known or suspected human carcinogens were first found in municipal water supplies. One of them, chloroform, produced by the chlorination process, exposes millions of Americans. The potential for a major public health problem is unquestionably there, and yet, progress has been slow."
-Dr. Peter Isacson, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine

"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 of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water. Chloroform [a known carcinogen] levels increase up to 100 times during a ten-minute shower in residential water"
- Environmental Protection Agency - Dr. Lance Wallace

"I tell my friends to take quick, cold showers", said Julian B. Andelman, Professor of Water Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, who claimed that the longer and hotter the shower, the more chemicals build up in the air.
San Jose Mercury News, September 11, 1986

"Many investigators have reported on the toxicity and unexpected high penetration rates of volatile organic chemicals."
-American Journal of Public Health

"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 greater than through drinking the water."
- The Nader Report, Troubled Waters on Tap - Center for Study of Responsive Law

"The National Academy of Sciences estimates that 200 to 1000 people die in the United States each year from cancers caused by ingesting the contaminants in water. The major health threat posed by these pollutants is far more likely to be from their inhalation as air pollutants. The reason that emissions are high is because water droplets dispersed by the shower head have a larger surface-to-value ratio than water streaming into the bath."
- Science News-Vol. 130, Janet Raloff

Thu. Apr 5, 2:08pm

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I am freaking out. I've never heard of this before.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:16 PM

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have you ever heard of someone dying from too much showering? these quotes are a bit too alarmist to register with me. and they are from over 10 years ago.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:17 PM

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wow, I live for a long hot shower in the morning and evening. The thing is, hot showers make my skin feel better and help me sleep. Is there a tradeoff here?

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:18 PM

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these are similar to the one liners that go along with movie promotions...a sentence taken out of context can be manipulated by proper placement to back up almost any arguement or theory.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:19 PM

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"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

"Many investigators have reported on the toxicity and unexpected high penetration rates of volatile organic chemicals."
-American Journal of Public Health

chlorine isn't even mentioned. you can't use statements like these to back up such a huge claim. at least not if you want to convince me or most people i know.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:22 PM

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Showering is Dangerous

They are all trying to kill us! This is just crazy. Literally, everywhere you look there are toxic materials waiting to consume our bodies. From persatives to pestisides, microwaves to showers ~ WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO??? Cold showers? Give me a break. Worrying about all of this will drive a person nuts.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 8:44 PM

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This is nonsense ! My husband would be dead by now!

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:32 PM

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Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:58 PM

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This is crazy, everyone knows that tap water is perfectly safe. That is why the bottled water industry is almost bankrupt. Its worse than the subprime lending market.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 11:08 PM

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i'd be more concerned about the food you put into your body than what is in your shower water!

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 11:16 PM

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i'd be more concerned about believing everything you read and thinking you have to pass it all on to everyone you can reach. it's utter nonsense.

Friday, April 06, 2007, 11:53 AM

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Daily showers are unnecessary and wasteful!

I shower 1-2 times per week and I think that it's crazy how obsessed people are with taking long showers on a daily basis. It is bad for your skin, wasteful, and dangerous. I encourage others to stop this unnecessary habit too many people have gotten involved in. By the way, I still smell great and if I do sweat a lot I shower. Most of us do not sweat that much and even if you do a washcloth or body spray can do the trick. Stop the insanity!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 10:49 PM

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10:49 -- you need to start workin out more! ;]

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 11:07 PM

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Mmmmhmmm. Yeah, so we did the chlorine scare in Canada 15 years ago. I presented it as a science fair project in grade school. :)

The trouble is, everything'll give you cancer.

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 12:37 AM

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really, 10:49.. that's just not hygienic... you really should shower more often!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 5:34 AM

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There are relatively inexpensive devices that can reduce the chlorine exposure from the shower, I believe. I'll see if I can find a source.

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:33 AM

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What about swimming?

You can go ahead and scare everyone out of their swimming pools, too, with these quotes while you're at it!

Give me a break.

Stop trying to live forever...and stop trying to tell me how to live.

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 7:08 AM

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actually true

this is actually mostly true depending on where you live & your water company, i suppose. i live in the middle of nowhere & have some of the cleanest water in the country (there isn't even a need for chlorine) so i can take as many long hot showers as i want. meanwhile, a lot of my family lives near the central coast (california) where they have some of the poorest water quality in the country. all my life, i've always kind of wondered why that part of the family has literally been plagued w/ all kinds of (textbook contamination related) illness - skin conditions, horrible allergies (that can kill them), tumors (including brain tumors), degenerative brain disorders, degenerative disc disease, etc. (the list goes on & on). nobody else in my family has serious health problems but the ones who haved lived in that area for an extended amount of time & have some kind of natural susceptibility. i recently learned that their water supply has basically been poisoned w/ a plethora of chemical contaminants, thanks to the hugenormous farm industry's exploits up there ...

Thursday, July 05, 2012, 4:40 PM

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