A LINK BETWEEN HEART DISEASE AND CANCER
Martin Fox, Ph.D.|
many parts of the world, people suffer and die from a lack of drinking water.
Fortunately, in the United States this is not the case. But, ironically, in the
U.S. thousands can die from the chemicals added to the drinking water.
of the most insidious, dangerous and harmful chemicals is chlorine--the chlorine
added to most drinking water supplies.
believe chlorine triggers the growth of abnormal cells
leading to tumor development, both in athereosclerosis
and cancer. The origin of heart disease is akin to the
origin to cancer. Both can be linked to chlorine and the
production of excess free radicals.
Joseph Price, a medical doctor, wrote a fascinating book
in the late 1960's entitled, Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine.
He states, "The basic cause of athereosclerosis,
heart attacks and most forms of strokes is chlorine. The
chlorine contained in processed water."
support this position, Dr. Price did a series of animal experiments on chickens.
Within a few months, 95% of the chickens drinking chlorinated water developed
athereosclerosis. To retest these results, Dr. Price divided the original control
group into two groups, conducted the exact same experiment and obtained the exact
chickens and pigeons are excellent laboratory models in the study of athereosclerosis
in humans. Recently, Richard Bull of the Environmental Protection Agency studied
the effects of chlorinated water on pigeons. His findings support Dr. Price's
research and go a step further. Bull found pigeons given chlorinated water with
diets low in calcium had serum cholesterol levels 50% greater than the unchlorinated
people are confused about cholesterol and its relationship to heart disease. Recently,
the results of a 10 year government funded research project conclusively linked
heart disease to serum (blood) cholesterol levels. Lowering serum cholesterol
levels markedly reduces the number of fatal heart attacks. So far so good. But,
70% to 80% of all the cholesterol in our body is produced by the liver regardless
of the dietary cholesterol intake. In fact, researchers have shown that serum
cholesterol levels in humans are, for the most part, independent of the dietary
cholesterol intake. In short, there appears to be no correlation between total
dietary cholesterol intake and serum cholesterol levels. I
caused this tremendous increase in serum cholesterol levels in the pigeons? Obviously,
the addition of chlorine played a central role. But what mechanism can explain
how chlorine could trigger such an increase in cholesterol levels?
cell in the body has a nucleus which contains DNA - the chemical blueprint which
determines cell replication. Cells build tissues, tissues build organs. So, if
our cells are healthy, we are healthy. If they are malformed, we set the stage
chlorine and other chemical compounds in our drinking water create what's called
'free radicals'. A free radical is a chemical by-product of metabolism that is
"looking for an accident to happen." Free radicals behave like bullets
flying indiscriminately and whatever they hit can become damaged or destroyed.
If our defense mechanism, our immune system is functioning properly, we can get
rid of them. But, if our immune system is overloaded with excess free radicals,
like it is when we drink chlorinated water, we can have a very serious problem.
Free radicals can attack the cellular blueprint, alter it, change it, to the point
that cells will multiply abnormally and then we can get a lump or bump, which
can appear in a blood vessel, in the breast, the prostate, the pancreas, wherever.
causes excess free radicals. Free radicals lead to cell damage. Once the cells
are damaged, we see an elevation in serum cholesterol levels, athereosclerosis,
hardening of the arteries and plaque formation. Chlorine can cause all these problems
related to heart disease and can also be a cause of cancer. The plaque in athereosclerosis
is essentially a benign tumor in the blood vessels.
cancer, free radicals create malignant cells. In the chlorination process itself
chlorine combines with natural organic matter, such as decaying vegetation, to
form potent, cancer causing trihalomethanes or haloforms. Trihalomethanes, commonly
abbreviated THM's, collectively include such cancer causing agents as chloroforms,
bromoforms, carbontectachloride and many others.
the maximum amount of THM's allowed by law is 100 ppb, a 1976 EPA study showed
31 of 112 municipal water systems exceeded this limit; that's around 30%. I wonder
how many exceed this limit now. Even 100 ppb of THM's is too much. I believe we
should have no more than 10 ppb of these cancer causing agents in our drinking
water. The less the better. The safest approach is to have no THM's at all.
proliferation of chemicals in our drinking water is staggering. Listen to this.
In 1975, the number of chemical contaminants found in finished drinking water
exceeded 300. In 1984, less than 10 years later, over 700 chemicals have been
found in our drinking water. The EPA has targeted 129 as posing the greatest threat
to our health. But, to date, requires only 14 to be tested to see if they are
in our water!
is risky business.
in several locations throughout the U.S. revealed that high levels of haloforms
or THM's in people's drinking water resulted in higher levels of cancer.
is so dangerous," according to biologist/chemist Dr. Herbert Schwartz, "that
it should be banned." He states, "Putting chlorine in the water is like
starting a time bomb. Cancer, heart trouble, premature senility, both mental and
physical, are conditions attributable to chlorine, treated water supplies. It
is making us grow old before our time by producing symptoms of aging such as hardening
of the arteries. I believe if chlorine were now proposed for the first time to
be used in drinking water, it would be banned by the Food and Drug Administration."
chlorinated water is hazardous, if not deadly, to our health. It is as simple
as that. Chlorine in our drinking water creates THM's and haloforms. These potent
chemical pollutants trigger the production of excess free radicals leading to
cell damage. We do not wake up one morning with heart disease or cancer. These
degenerative diseases take years of constant insult to injury to develop. Many
doctors estimate the formation of plaque and the hardening of the arteries leading
to heart disease can take 10 to 20 years, and cancer takes 20 to 30 years to develop.
Day by day, we continually drink chlorinated water adding excess free radicals
to our bodies which can lead to serious damage to cells and abnormal cellular
growth. Eventually, enough cells are hurt and we experience the problems of heart
disease and cancer. The origin of heart disease is akin to the origin of cancer.
Both can have their basis in free radical dam age.
municipalities are experimenting with a variety of other types of disinfectants
to replace chlorine or to be used in addition as a way of cutting down on the
amount of chlorine added to the water. However, these chemical alternatives can
be just as dangerous as chlorine.
can we do about chlorine, THM's and other organic chemical com-pounds in our drinking
are two solutions: Buy proper bottled spring water or purchase an effective filter
filters on the market that remove chlorine, bad taste and odors from the water
are not effective in removing THM's and chemical pollutants
need to read lab reports on filters and see if the unit you are considering will
really solve your water problem. Proper filter systems installed at your tap in
the home and office are available. They can efficiently and effectively remove
virtually all the THM's, organic chemical pollutants like TCE, PCB, etc., in addition
to chlorine and still leave the beneficial minerals in the drinking water.
pollutants can be odorless and tasteless but harmful and deadly. Proper care of
a filter unit can result in safe, healthy drinking water. A complete analysis
of what to look for in a lab report can be found in my book, Healthy Water
For A Longer Life.
summary, if I had to recommend only one thing that every person should do with
regard to their drinking water, I would say: Don't drink chlorinated water. Just
this simple safeguard could save thousands from heart disease and cancer - the
two major killers in the United States.