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Chlorine is a toxic agent; kills living things, including human cells.

more -
anyone should be able to understand this:  chlorine is a common 
element and is naturally a part of many chemical compounds, but when 
"distilled" it becomes a very toxic agent because it chemically 
reacts violently with other elements [especially oxygen atoms].  even 
when not "distilled" it is a dangerous thing - -

hydrocholoric acid (HCl) is one of the byproducts of chlorine's reactivity...

for example: 
http://www.johnwyles.com/projects/calculus/problem.html
chlorobutane (C4H9Cl) reacts with water (H2O) to form the reaction 
products butyl alcohol (C4H9OH) and hydrocholoric acid (HCl)


there is a ton of info out there on the hazards of chlorine...

here is another [random] example:
http://www.balancedforhealth.com/hydrogenperoxidenaturalaternative.htm
It [chlorine] has played a key role in eradicating water-bourn 
infectious diseases such as typhoid and cholera. But while 
chlorination has helped save many lives, a growing body of evidence 
indicates that the practice may be very hazardous to human health, 
especially when high levels of free residual chlorine leave the water 
treatment facility and arrive at your tap... 
Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine [which] makes it absolutely clear 
that the presence of free chlorine in water creates heart disease...


even more: it destroys ozone!
remember the phrase "fluoridated hydrocarbons?" - [Cholorofluorocarbons] -
- from NASA GCMD Learning Center:
... The Cl atom is able to remove an oxygen atom from the ozone 
molecule, destroying the ozone into cholorine monoxide (ClO) and 
oxygen (O 2 ). It doesn't stop ...
http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/Resources/Learning/ozone3.html
... Chlorine (Cl), one of those atoms, is particularly destructive to 
ozone.  The Cl atom is able to remove an oxygen atom  from the ozone 
molecule, destroying the ozone into cholorine monoxide (ClO) and 
oxygen (O2).  It doesn't stop there though.  When the ClO molecule 
meets an oxygen atom, the Cl is seperated and the two oxygen atoms 
bond.  This frees the chlorine atom to attack another ozone molecule. 
Scientists think one Cl atom can repeat this cycle of destruction 
over 100,000 times.  Even though CFC use has been banned in many 
countries, it can take about 15 years for the CFC molecules to reach 
the stratosphere, meaning they will still be headed up there for many 
more years.  In addition, once a CFC is in the atmosphere, it can 
take up to a century for it to be removed.

--previous--
chlorine itself is, by the way, very highly toxic due to its high
rate of chemical reactivity.  thats why it works for sterilizing
things; this is the same reason it interacts with all these things to
create poisonous stuff... its a VERY bad thing for health and the
environment, all the way around!


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Nutrients become deadly with chlorinated tap water...

Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap
water

http://www.fulvic.com/index.html

Some of nature's most valuable and essential anti-cancer and anti-disease
phytochemical nutrients which are commonly found in food have been
discovered to
form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with
chlorinated tap water. This discovery includes familiar foods
including soy, fruits,
vegetables, tea, many health products, and even some vitamins. Research has
proven that these essential nutrients are the exact same families of 
compounds,
that even in infinitesimal amounts have been tormenting the water 
treatment and
chlorine industries for years.



Recently, a joint study was undertaken in Japan by research scientists at the
National Institute of Health Sciences and Shizuoka Prefectural University.
They determined that natural organic substances originating from foods,
including fruits, soy, and green or black tea, react when tap water
is chlorinated,
forming dangerous cancer causing compounds. These deadly compounds have been
named MX, which stands for "unknown mutagen", and are similar to the already
well-known and more easily detected cancer causing THMs (trihalomethanes).



The Japanese scientists specifically mentioned that their studies showed that
MX is created by the reaction of chlorine with natural organic plant
phytochemicals such as catechins, which are contained in tea, and
flavonoids which are
found in fruit. Since Japan has an extremely high consumption of tea, fruits,
and soy products, it is easy to see how high amounts of residues from these
foods would end up in their wastewater treatment and water recycling systems.



Earlier studies by scientists in Finland in 1997 determined that MX is 170
times more deadly than other known toxic byproducts of chlorination, and was
shown in laboratory studies to damage the thyroid gland as well as cause
cancerous tumors.



THMs are known to be created by the reaction of chlorine with humic and
fulvic acids, which are the final breakdown products of vegetation, including
decayed leaves and organic matter. Humic substances are the same as
soil humus, of
which the fulvic fraction is water soluble and readily transported into
streams and waterways, as well as utilized nutritionally by plants.



Very recent scientific discoveries have identified and clarified the
composition of fulvic and humic acids as containing a significant amount of
nutritional phytochemical groups including hormones, sterols, fatty
acids, polyphenols,
and ketones, which subgroups include but are not limited to: flavins,
flavonoids, flavones, tannins, catechins, quinones, isoflavones,
tocopherols, etc.



These compounds are some of the most valuable and promising anti-cancer
nutrients found in our foods and health supplements. Coenzyme Q10 is 
a quinone,
vitamin B-2 is a flavin, vitamin E is a tocopherol, citrus bioflavonoids
including hesperidin, quercetin, and rutin are all flavonoids, green
tea contains
catechins, phenols, tannins, and isoflavones. Potentially all of
these substances,
and many more, are implicated by chlorination.



Amazingly, is has been discovered that these phytochemicals remain intact,
concentrated, and intricately combined within humic substances; which are
valuable remnants of nature's protective substances contained within fruits,
flowers, pollen, nuts and seeds, as well as vegetative parts
including roots, stems,
bark, and leaves. Even the plant nucleic acids, RNA and DNA remain intact.



To comply with EPA rulings, water treatment plants have had to develop
special techniques to scrub the seemingly dubious organic residues
from water prior
to treatment with chlorine. There is nothing wrong with the organic substances
themselves, it is chlorine that is at fault for turning them into the deadly
THM and MX cancer cocktail. Reality is that the organic substances have been
shown to be highly beneficial combined with pure drinking water in trace
amounts.



The bottom line is this: when water treatment facilities remove these
substances, they are throwing the precious baby out with the bath
water, and the
remnants that remain are turned into cancer causing agents by chlorination. To
make things worse, it is certain that the fresh plant foods we eat similarly
react with the chlorinated tap water we drink with our meals, creating toxins.
This means that fresh fruits and vegetables, green salads, green tea,
black tea,
herb teas, soy products, vitamin pills and various health supplements, and
even some pharmaceutical drugs, all can be implicated in combination with
chlorinated water.



The deadly cancer causing agents which are produced are extremely toxic in
infinitesimal amounts, so small and obscure that they are extremely
difficult to
detect. Very little chlorine is required. When the concentrations of
phytochemicals are high, such as in concentrated health supplements,
or even fruits
and vegetables coming from more fertile soils, the deadly combination with
chlorination intensifies.



It has been known by the water treatment and chemical industries for many
years that chlorine reacts negatively with natural organic compounds. These
industries call these compounds DBPs (disinfection by-products) which
are known to
cause cancer in populations whose drinking water contains them. THM, the most
commonly known DBP, is known to cause a high incidence of bladder cancer and
also to cause spontaneous abortion of fetuses.



The Environmental Protection Agency has continually tightened their
restrictions on THMs in drinking water, and even tighter restrictions
are just around
the bend. Yet it is interesting to note that the many government agencies and
chlorine industries have conveniently neglected to take a serious 
look at food,
health supplement, and pharmaceutical drug consumption, preparation, and
production relating to use of chlorinated tap water.



There is good reason for the public to seriously examine and question this
entire issue. Many years ago laws were passed making chlorination of water
mandatory. Now, the chlorine industry and government agencies must
continue their
existing policies, because if sudden or drastic changes are made, the legal
liabilities would be staggering. Certainly some government or
industry personnel
have known or theorized about these problems and have been covering them up
for many years. However, if anyone were to admit to it, the consequences could
be disastrous. This predicament could make the tobacco industry scandal seem
insignificant in comparison.



Another area needing thorough scrutiny relates to pharmaceutical drug safety
studies normally performed on animals in the laboratory. It would be
reasonable to surmise that good laboratory practices and procedures
would require that
such studies be performed using highly purified drinking water for animals. It
would be reasonable to believe that drug companies would not take the chance
of jeopardizing clinical studies using chlorinated tap water. Of course
chlorinated tap water is a common denominator within the human environment.
Educating people to the dangers of chlorine would be admitting to
knowledge of the
problem, which could invalidate past studies and certainly raise serious legal
problems.



This whole chlorine issue should come as no real surprise to any biochemist.
During the last century, chlorine has been combined with many other normally
safe organic substances to form some of the most powerful deadly toxins known,
such as dioxin, DDT, PCBs, etc. The bottom line is that the real culprit is
chlorine, not the substances with which it reacts.



Although chlorine has essentially eliminated the risks of waterborne diseases
such as typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery, there are many pathogens that
are not controlled by chlorine. Other and better methods of water treatment
exist. Many alternatives are already used throughout the world. Ever 
tightening
EPA regulations have forced the water supply industry in the USA to look into
alternative methods for disinfecting water.



For years, environmentalists have battled the water treatment industry and
large chemical companies in an effort to ban the use of chlorine in drinking
water. This ongoing battle has been a big source of revenue for both sides. As
word of the problem spreads to the general public, something might actually be
done about it.



As this message spreads, it will no doubt shake the very foundations of the
chlorine and water treatment industries, let alone the government 
agencies that
are implicated along with them. There certainly should be cause for serious
alarm within the nutritional supplement and food industries, as well as those
segments of the medical industry that might awaken to the dilemma.



This message is of utmost importance to the general public, because chlorine
will one day, in the near future, be exposed as a major cause and contributor
to cancer and degenerative disease. Chlorine will also be found to be
responsible for damaging the body's immune and hormonal systems by 
mutating the
food-based plant estrogens and phytochemicals that support those
systems. A healthy
immune system should be your first and best line of defense against waterborne
disease.



Recer, P; Water chlorine byproduct may be cancer risk; June 18, 1997;
Associated Press



Christman, RF; Kronberg, K; Singh, R; Ball, LM; Johnson, DJ; Report 259:
Identification of Mutagenic By-products from Aquatic Humic Chlorination; North
Carolina State University



Rhomberg, L Ph.D.; Risk In Perspective: Are Chemicals In the Environment
Disrupting Hormonal Control Of Growth and Development? April 1, 1996; Harvard
Center for Risk Analysis



Japanese data related to MX and the Shizuoka Prefectural University has been
extracted from various abstracts published by the American Water Works
Association (AWWA), and the National Institute of Health (NIH).



Plant phytochemicals and nutrient groups can be determined from information
within the Organic Chemical Tables; Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a
division of the American Chemical Society.

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