In the last decade, asthma rates have increased over 100% in adults, over 300% for children! Many experts believe this is due to the decline of indoor air quality. People spend more and more time inside their homes, homes are built much more air tight than in the past and indoor levels of volatile organic chemicals(VOCs) have increased sharply.
All of these factors have contributed to the high rates of asthma and other respiratory problems. Chlorine and other harmful chemicals vaporize into the indoor air primarily from showering and bathing. When chlorine vaporizes and combines with other organic compounds in the air it becomes “chloroform gas”, a strong irritant to the tissues in our lungs. Chloroform gas causes fatigue and constriction of air passages in the lungs. Many doctors now recommend shower filters or whole home filters for people with asthma and other respiratory problems. The first shower filter was invented after a Texas family discovered that their 6 month old son’s “chronic asthma” was actually a sensitivity to chlorine vapors. “A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations.” Bottom Line Health, Aug. 1997, J Andelman, Ph. D. “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 “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 “Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated of chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in shower water. Chloroform [a known carcinogen] blood levels increase up to 100 times during a ten-minute shower in residential tap water” - Environmental Protection Agency – Dr. Lance Wallace Shower water filtration can offer genuine asthma prevention and treatment benefits as well as cosmetic benefits. Chlorine not only does harm to our body when inhaled, but also is absorbed through the skin and causes dryness to skin and hair.