There are many very good reasons for not drinking chlorinated water. Chlorine is a well documented Poison – it tastes and smells awful and its disinfection by-products (Trihalomethanes etc) are a Particularly nasty group of chemical toxins.
One of the least conclusive parts and possibly the most concerning of the chlorine story is however…………..”What potential effect does chlorine and its disinfection by-products have on our DNA – the genetic footprint that pre-determines who, what and how healthy we are and will be?
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a polynucleotide – a complicated chemical structure – usually in the form of a double helix. It contains the genetic instructions that specify the biological development of life. Each day we shed millions of DNA cells -when we dry ourselvs, comb our hair, shake hands, scratch, remove clothing and simply go about our daily life. Each day we replace the cells that we shed with new ones.
We know that when two or more chemicals come in contact with each other, they react – sometimes violently. Generally there is an exchange that causes the formation of a new or altered compound or substance. For instance when chlorine and ammonia are combined, the resulting compound is refered to as a Chloramine – a compleatly differant chemical to either chlorine or ammonia. It therefore stands to reason that when chlorine and polluting substances are taken into our bodies there must be some potential to affect the nature or structure of the millions of new cells that we will form tomorrow.
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