Lovely, just lovely. Just when you think it is safe to go back in the water, on come the heart problems, the cleft palate or the major brain defects! From the Telegraph in London:
The finding, based on an analysis of nearly 400,000 infants, is the first that links by-products of water chlorination – chemicals known as trihalomethanes, or THMs – to three specific birth defects. Exposure to high levels of THMs substantially increased the risk of holes in the heart, cleft palate and anencephalus, which results in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp.
So now in addition to what we already knew about chlorine in our water, that it “reacts with other naturally-occurring elements to form toxins called trihalomethanes (THMs), which eventually make their way into our bodies. THMs have been linked to a wide range of human health maladies ranging from asthma and eczema to bladder cancer and heart disease”, we also find out that it also can lead to holes in one’s heart and the absence of brain and skull parts. Throw some fluoride in the water under the guise of preventing tooth decay (which, according to the many different studies, does nothing to stop tooth problems at all, whereas toothpaste with fluoride actually does) but rather can cause bone fractures, dental fluorosis (yellowing of teeth, white spots, and pitting or mottling of enamel), a rise in bone cancer in boys, a lowering of IQ, and even show in a study that it helps carry aluminum into rat’s brains, producing Alzheimer’s-like lesions, and you have some lovely toxins floating through our drinking water.
I thought all this “science” was supposed to help us, not make us sicker. Anyway, just wanted to put the word out there about yet another study showing that additives that cities are putting in our water might not be the best thing for us at all.