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The AquaOx Removes TTHMs

TTHM’s are created when chlorine reacts with decaying organic matter in the water. This group of four organic halides contaminates 90% of this country’s drinking water. All four compounds including chloroform, banned as an anesthetic in 1976, are either known or suspected of causing cancer. The AquaOx can remove the harmful TTHM’s (Trihalomethanes) from your water and keep your body going strong.

TTHM Overview

Tthm’s are created when chlorine reacts with decaying organic matter in the water.  This group of four organic halides contaminates 90% of this country’s drinking water.  All four compounds including chloroform, banned as an anesthetic in 1976, are either known or suspected of causing cancer.

You absorb contaminants from your water in lots of ways beyond drinking – Showering, Washing, Breathing, Brushing Your Teeth, Washing and Preparing Food.

Many of the contaminants found in household water are either known or suspected of causing cancer, and can interfere with a variety of body processes and can be toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, brain, liver and reproductive and nervous systems.

Showering/Washing

Showering and washing your hands exposes your skin to harmful contaminants. Among the chemicals absorbed are cancer-causing chlorine and its derivatives. What’s more, the longer you shower or wash, the more chlorine you absorb because warm water enlarges your skin’s pores, facilitating absorption. This means showering in chlorinated water is much more dangerous than drinking the same water. In fact, while showering, your body absorbs 6 times the contaminants it does when you drink 8 glasses of water.

From Chemical Contaminants in Drinking Water: An Integrated Exposure Analysis, Rajesh Khanal:

“Washing Your Hands Contributes Significantly to the Dermal Absorption of Contaminants From Water”

Breathing

Showering and running water cause chlorine and other harmful synthetic chemicals to become gaseous, making them easily inhaled.  While showering, toxic volatized chlorine and cancer-causing Disinfectant Byproducts (DBPs) are released into the air. Once inhaled, these chemicals enter the blood stream directly—without the partial filtering effect of digestion. This can cause or aggravate asthma, and other respiratory problems.

Recommendations from the Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel:

“Filtering home tap or well water can decrease exposure to numerous known or suspected carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

How To Remove Trihalomethanes From Drinking Water

There are 4 different types of Trihalomethanes that are typically found in drinking water. They are:

  • Chloroform
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Bromoform

Tap water that carries disinfection products has been linked to bladder cancer in several studies:

Human epidemiology studies and animal toxicology studies have examined associations between chlorinated drinking water or DBPs and cancer. While EPA cannot conclude there is a causal link between exposure to chlorinated surface water and cancer, EPA believes that the available research indicates a potential association between bladder cancer and exposure to chlorinated drinking water or DBPs. – source

This study also found a link between showing or bathing in water — in addition to drinking water that contained THMs and a correlation of an even higher risk of bladder cancer in men.

Based on theses studies, the recommended level of Trihalomethanes is .8 PPM. This is the level at which there is thought to be no risk of cancer, However, the EPA’s enforceable level is 80 PPM — a level 10 times higher than is considered absolutely safe.

Which means that your family could be drinking water that contains a level of chlorine by-products that have a high correlation with cancer, and yet be 100% within legal guidelines.

This is why many homeowners choose to protect their home by providing their own filtration system. A whole house filter protects not only the drinking water but also the bathing and the showering, reducing the family’s total exposure load.

In order to remove these contaminates you will want a filter that contains carbon. The Aquaox has a two-stage carbon  filtration system to ensure that the maximum amount of contaminants are removed.

*NOTE: Not all water contains all contaminants discussed. No water purifying system can remove 100% of every contaminant.  If you have a concern about a specific contaminant,  please contact us.

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