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THE HEALTH RISKS
OF CHLORAMINE

A growing number of municipalities in the US now add ammonia to the water supply to change chlorine to chloramine. One reason is studies reporting chlorine is carcinogenic. The EPA told water suppliers to reduce the amount of trihalomethanes (chlorination byproducts) in the water supply, but did not mandate chloramines. Chloramines reduce, but do not eliminate trihalomethanes, and they generate other byproducts.

Another reason is that chloramine lasts longer. However, by definition chloramine is harder to remove than chlorine, requiring more filter material.

Research published in 2007 by Dr. Michael Plewa indicated that the disinfection byproducts (DBPs) created from the use of chloramine are much more toxic than the DBPs of chlorine. These new nitrogen-containing DBPs are not regulated by the EPA. Yet, this chemical is now in the water in many US municipalities.

There are widespread reports of health problems from chloramines. It is suggested that anyone with chemical sensitivities will react badly to chloramines. The EPA reports there have been no studies done to determine the risks to epidermis, respiratory, digestive or epidemiologic systems of chloramine in water supplies, and that there are inadequate cancer studies on animals or humans. There also appear to be no allergy tests. But those individuals with extreme rashes, breathing and liver problems know the answer already.

Health problems directly experienced by many from chloramines:

• Severe skin rashes

• Dry and scaling skin

• Erupting, oozing skin

• Skin described as having chemical burns

• Skin outbreak 'like hives'

• Swollen ears

• Extreme fatigue

• Hacking coughs

• Sneezing

• Nasal congestion

• Itchy, burning and swollen eyes

• Raspy throat

• Peeling fingernails

• Stomach aches

• Yeast infection

• Ammonia toxicity from consumption, especially for those with liver, kidney or urea cycle diseases People who keep aquariums know that they have to remove the chloramine - or the fish die.

There are no NSF certified chloramine filters. Some suggest we shouldn’t do anything now but fight the use of chloramines in the water. But the battle against fluoride has gone on for several decades, and only recently is awareness of risks from fluoride really escalating. Do you really want go for years without limiting exposure to chloramines as much as possible, waiting for officialdom? That doesn't make sense.

Many have reported that stopping exposure to chloramines led to dramatic health improvement within days. Kdf reduces chloramines, kdf 85 takes out more chloramines. Granulated carbon is known to remove organic byproducts like those formed by chloramine. Suggesting that we wait for years of testing (as far as we know it hasn't even started) while we are exposed is dubious at best.

Many report health problems from bathing or showering in water with chloramine. Unlike chlorine, however, chloramine is not significantly removed by shower or bath filters. You can effectively filter chloramine at the kitchen, but to significantly reduce it at the shower and bath, you need whole house filters.

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