The Non-Toxic Times, December, 1999


And Now For Something Really Big:

12 Facts About Chlorine Guaranteed To Scare You

         Dioxin, a chemical by-product of the manufacturing of chlorine-bleached paper, is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science.

         Cancer-causing dioxin residue from chlorine-bleaching may be found in products like coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, and bathroom tissue.

         Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis, immune system impairment, diabetes, neurotoxicity, birth defects (including fetal death), decreased fertility, testicular atrophy, and reproductive dysfunction in both women and men.

         In 1997, The American Public Health Association unanimously passed are solution urging American industry to stop using the chemical chlorine.

         Chlorine vapors can irritate your lungs and pose a serious risk to people who suffer from asthma and other lung problems.

         When you open the door of your dishwasher after washing, toxic volatized chlorine from dish detergent and tap water is released into the air.

         The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found dioxin to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.* Every year, between five and ten million poisonings are caused by household cleaning products containing toxic ingredients like chlorine.

         Studies show that forty to seventy percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee; dioxin found in paper milk cartons also leaches into the milk you drink.

         Thanks to chlorine pollution, Americans ingest a daily amount of dioxin that is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA's so-called "safe" dose.

         Pregnant women in their first trimester who drink five or more glasses of chlorinated tap water a day may be at a much higher risk of miscarriage than women who drink non-chlorinated water.

         Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household products are readily absorbed through the skin.

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