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Effects of Chlorine on Gout and Inflammatory Diseases

By August 26, 2022No Comments5 min read

How may the presence of chlorine in our drinking and bathing water worsen the symptoms of gout and inflammation?

It eliminates protective acidophilus, which feeds and works with immunity-booster “friendly” bacteria lining the colon. Trihalomethanes (THMs), also known as chloramines, are created when chlorine reacts with organic contaminants in water. More THMs are present in organic materials, and like excess oxysterols, they are carcinogenic. With the assistance of “friendly” organisms, the bowels evacuate 30% of all uric acid (Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus).

A new danger in chlorinated water has been discovered by recent research: a byproduct known as MX. MX starts cancer in lab animals by creating genetic abnormalities, according to study done by the National Public Health Institute in Finland. Additionally, DCA (dichloro acedic acid) in chlorinated water changes the metabolism of cholesterol, converting HDL (“good”) to LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and in lab animals, causes liver cancer. A healthy digestive tract, blood pressure, insulin resistance, gout, and liver function are all interconnected.

The long-term effects of drinking chlorinated water include excessive free radical generation, which has been linked to accelerated aging, increased susceptibility to cancer development and genetic mutation, problems with cholesterol metabolism, and artery hardening.

One breathes in chloroform while taking a warm shower or relaxing in a hot tub with chlorinated water. Even worse, taking a 10-minute shower will expose you to more chlorine than drinking eight glasses of the same water since warm water opens pores and makes the skin act like a sponge. This worsens dandruff by irritating the eyes, sinuses, throat, skin, and lungs. It also dries out the hair and scalp. It might erode defenses.

“Cancer risks among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.” — Dr. J.M. Price MD

NEW SCIENTIST 18 September 1986 –

Ian Anderson “Studies indicates the suspect to 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 long term is uncertain.” “Drinking chlorinated water may as much as double the risk of Bladder Cancer, which strikes 40,000 people a year.”

BOTTOM LINE/August 87 – Dr. John Andelman, Ph.D.

“On one hand, chlorination has freed civilization form the constant dangers of waterborne epidemics. On the other hand in the mid–70’s 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 exposure can be as significant as exposure from drinking the water, that is, one can be exposed to just as much by 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.


“Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water.”


“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 water.” “As chlorine is added to kill pathogenic microorganisms, 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-1970’s 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.

THE NADER REPORT – TROUBLED WATERS ON TAP – Center For Study of Responsive Law

“The National Academy of Science estimate that 200 to 1000 people die in the United States each year from cancers caused by ingesting the contaminants in the water. The major health threat posed by these pollutants is far more likely to be from their inhalations as air pollutants. The reason that emissions are high is that 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

“The cause of atherosclerosis and resulting heart attacks and strokes is none other than the ubiquitous chlorine in our drinking water.”


“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.”