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You see, I used to live in the country and had well water and used a rather expensive water purification/softener system for the 18 years or so I lived there. I was in pretty good health living there. I recently moved into a new suburb in a new home fresh with new city water complete with tons of Chlorine to kill the microorganisms in my water. In about a years time of living here, I started suffering the classic and horrid symptoms of extreme IBS and some doctors believed I had Crohns for a while. Since the medical community can give me NO answers to the cause or cure of my situation, I started reading books, articles, etc on the subject of bowel disorders.One thing always seems to come up besides the food issue in what I read is the chlorine in water you drink and bath in issue. This has got me really wondering. They say that chlorine kills the healthy probiotic bacteria in the intestines and that chlorine destroys the natural acidity of the skin, which is your first barrier against disease. I have also read about how some competitive swimmers have more bowel disorders than other atheletes by a large margin.So, what do you guys think? Any ideas? I for one think it is time for me to get a filter for my shower and bath since I tend to take long baths to relax. LOL I no longer drink this water, that is for sure.
 

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I dont think its likely.My daughter only drinks fitered water (i wondered about the water about 2 years ago)She has not improved at all, and the rest of the family (4 people)have always drunk highly chlorinated water and do not have IBS.Gilly
 

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I dont think its likely.My daughter only drinks fitered water (i wondered about the water about 2 years ago)She has not improved at all, and the rest of the family (4 people)have always drunk highly chlorinated water and do not have IBS.Gilly
 

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gutsgonewild,There is probably going to be plenty of people who think that chlorine has nothing to do with it. I, on the other hand, don't trust chemicals, additives, pesticides, herbacides, heavy metals, toxins of any kind.I think that they can all take a heavy toll on our bodies. chlorine may not be the prime cause of this but to state that it definitely has NO effect on EVERY person is not correct. however, i don't think that switching to pure water is going to be able to reverse this disorder. i believe that clean, pure water is just one of many steps that need to be taken.I have been drinking either artesian or distilled water for at least 5 years now and it is the only water i trust. (and even then i wonder about it at times especially the plastic containers it comes in.)If it is true about swimmers i would like to read more about that. i once read that australia forced the US olympic committee to install ozone water treatment in place of chlorine before they would allow their swimmers in US pools. if this is true then hooray for the aussies.
 

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gutsgonewild,There is probably going to be plenty of people who think that chlorine has nothing to do with it. I, on the other hand, don't trust chemicals, additives, pesticides, herbacides, heavy metals, toxins of any kind.I think that they can all take a heavy toll on our bodies. chlorine may not be the prime cause of this but to state that it definitely has NO effect on EVERY person is not correct. however, i don't think that switching to pure water is going to be able to reverse this disorder. i believe that clean, pure water is just one of many steps that need to be taken.I have been drinking either artesian or distilled water for at least 5 years now and it is the only water i trust. (and even then i wonder about it at times especially the plastic containers it comes in.)If it is true about swimmers i would like to read more about that. i once read that australia forced the US olympic committee to install ozone water treatment in place of chlorine before they would allow their swimmers in US pools. if this is true then hooray for the aussies.
 

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Thanks for your opinions and I understand your replies, it is just a thing for me to try and find an answer here, WHY has this happened to me. Nothing else in my life has changed, not my diet, not my stress levels, nothing, nothing but the move and the newly chlorinated water. I also found out one of the wells used to supply water here was shut down recently because the radium in the water was above government guidelines. And of course, you are not alerted to the problem UNTIL the damage could have already been done. You get a nice letter saying, you will be fine. Funny thing is, I don't feel fine.
 

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Thanks for your opinions and I understand your replies, it is just a thing for me to try and find an answer here, WHY has this happened to me. Nothing else in my life has changed, not my diet, not my stress levels, nothing, nothing but the move and the newly chlorinated water. I also found out one of the wells used to supply water here was shut down recently because the radium in the water was above government guidelines. And of course, you are not alerted to the problem UNTIL the damage could have already been done. You get a nice letter saying, you will be fine. Funny thing is, I don't feel fine.
 

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You may be on to something, here. I worked in the foodservice industry for a number of years prior to developing IBS. In that time I over exposed myself to chlorine to such an extent that I developed a SEVERE case of eczema which only stopped when my exposure to chlorine also stopped. (Removal for the chlorine from my "diet" never relieved the IBS; but many others here have also indicated eczemic conditions.) It could have been one of the triggers that pushed me over the "edge" into D.I would not be surprised to find that a number of us have supposedly unrelated chemical sensitivities.
 

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You may be on to something, here. I worked in the foodservice industry for a number of years prior to developing IBS. In that time I over exposed myself to chlorine to such an extent that I developed a SEVERE case of eczema which only stopped when my exposure to chlorine also stopped. (Removal for the chlorine from my "diet" never relieved the IBS; but many others here have also indicated eczemic conditions.) It could have been one of the triggers that pushed me over the "edge" into D.I would not be surprised to find that a number of us have supposedly unrelated chemical sensitivities.
 

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i wouldnt rule it out in the US, especially after watching "Erin Brockovich"!!There is no doubt that excessive exposure to a particular toxin definitely causes effects on the body. Such effects could include altered-bowel functioning. How to test or prove it is chlorine related is another thing. If you were me, I would go to a specific environmental toxin specialist - who is an "alternative-health" practitioner. You are unlikely to get confirmation from a medical doctor on this.
 

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i wouldnt rule it out in the US, especially after watching "Erin Brockovich"!!There is no doubt that excessive exposure to a particular toxin definitely causes effects on the body. Such effects could include altered-bowel functioning. How to test or prove it is chlorine related is another thing. If you were me, I would go to a specific environmental toxin specialist - who is an "alternative-health" practitioner. You are unlikely to get confirmation from a medical doctor on this.
 

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The Dangers of Chlorine Chlorine: Ubiquitous and Deadly1/4/01In 1997, The American Public Health Association unanimously passed a resolution urging American industry to stop using the chemical chlorine.Cancer-causing residue from chlorine-bleaching may be found in products like coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, and bathroom tissue.Dioxin, a chemical byproduct of the manufacturing of chlorine-bleached paper, is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science.Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis, immune system impairment, diabetes, neurotoxicity, birth defects (including fetal death), decreased fertility, testicular atrophy, and reproductive dysfunction in both women and men.Chlorine vapors can irritate your lungs and pose a serious risk to people who suffer from asthma and other lung problems.When you open the door of your dishwasher after washing, toxic volatized chlorine from dish detergent and tap water is released into the air.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found dioxin to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.Every year, between five and ten million poisonings are caused by household cleaning products containing toxic ingredients like chlorine.Studies show that forty to seventy percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee; dioxin found in paper milk cartons also leaches into the milk you drink.Thanks to chlorine pollution, Americans ingest a daily amount of dioxin that is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA's so-called "safe" dose.Pregnant women in their first trimester who drink five or more glasses of chlorinated tap water a day may be at a much higher risk of miscarriage than women who drink non-chlorinated water.Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household products are readily absorbed through the skin.
 

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The Dangers of Chlorine Chlorine: Ubiquitous and Deadly1/4/01In 1997, The American Public Health Association unanimously passed a resolution urging American industry to stop using the chemical chlorine.Cancer-causing residue from chlorine-bleaching may be found in products like coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, and bathroom tissue.Dioxin, a chemical byproduct of the manufacturing of chlorine-bleached paper, is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science.Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis, immune system impairment, diabetes, neurotoxicity, birth defects (including fetal death), decreased fertility, testicular atrophy, and reproductive dysfunction in both women and men.Chlorine vapors can irritate your lungs and pose a serious risk to people who suffer from asthma and other lung problems.When you open the door of your dishwasher after washing, toxic volatized chlorine from dish detergent and tap water is released into the air.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found dioxin to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.Every year, between five and ten million poisonings are caused by household cleaning products containing toxic ingredients like chlorine.Studies show that forty to seventy percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee; dioxin found in paper milk cartons also leaches into the milk you drink.Thanks to chlorine pollution, Americans ingest a daily amount of dioxin that is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA's so-called "safe" dose.Pregnant women in their first trimester who drink five or more glasses of chlorinated tap water a day may be at a much higher risk of miscarriage than women who drink non-chlorinated water.Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household products are readily absorbed through the skin.
 

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http://www.monitor.net/rachel/r599.html in the water.The added chlorine reacts with naturally-occurring organicmatter in the raw water (chiefly humic and fulvic acids),creating a host of chlorinated chemicals as by-products. Healthagencies, including the federal EPA [Environmental ProtectionAgency] simply ignore most of these by-products and know almostnothing about them. Instead, they focus on four by-products,allowing these four to act as surrogates for all the others. Thefour that EPA pays attention to are chloroform, bromoform,bromodichloromethane, and chlorodibromomethane. Together, thesefour are called "trihalomethanes" or THMs. According to federaldrinking water regulations, if a public water supply serving over10,000 people contains more than 100 parts per billion (ppb) oftotal trihalomethanes, the water is unacceptable. However, sincethere are usually no other available sources of drinking water,EPA is usually not in a position to do anything except urge thewater supplier to try to clean up its act.A study by the California Department of Health published inMarch, 1998, tracked the drinking water consumption and thepregnancy outcomes of 5144 pregnant women in a prepaid healthplan during the period 1989-1991.[5] This was a prospectivestudy --the drinking water consumption of the women wasascertained as soon as their pregnancy was registered in thestudy's database. Later, the outcome of their pregnancy wascompared with the amount of water they drank and the total amountof trihalomethanes they received by drinking water (informationreceived from the water companies). The study found that 16% ofwomen drinking 5 or more glasses of water per day containing morethan 75 ppb THMs had miscarriages, whereas only 9.5% of womendrinking less water, or water lower in THMs, had miscarriages.Thus among women with high exposure to THMs in drinking water,the likelihood of spontaneous abortion was 1.8 times as great asit was among women with low exposure. Furthermore, spontaneousabortion occurred, on average, a week earlier among women withhigh exposure (10.2 vs. 11.2 weeks of gestation). The strengthof this study was its prospective nature; it did not rely onwomen to remember how much water they drank in the past.To see if their results represented a real effect, theresearchers compared women who filtered their water, or who letthe water stand before drinking it, with women who drank itstraight from the tap. (THMs are volatile and will slowly leavewater that is allowed to stand.) The results were consistentwith THMs causing spontaneous abortion.In January of this year, the Agency for Toxic Substances andDisease Registry published a case-control study showing thatserious birth defects --spina bifida, or neural tube defects--are associated with total trihalomethanes ingested in drinkingwater.[6] Neural tube defects are serious birth defects in whichthe spinal cord is not properly enclosed by bone.
 
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