A story of many people who suffer with any one of the above or as in my case all of the above - What to do?
Change our diets, avoid smoking environments and some times relocate. Then medication and not as a once off treatment but as way of life. Condemned to taking cortisone inhalers, to using cortisone creams, tablets etc. Sound familiar to you? Well I need not express the side affects of all taking any of the medications used to treat any of the sicknesses above. But what I can do is share my story.
As I’ve said this was my life until 2years ago when I became involved in H2O and I started to drink more water - but not any water: purified water, bottled water. My asthma improved, I started reading up on the contaminants and the effect on our bodies. I found reports of the dangers of long hot showers and how the toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations. The absorption of vaporized chemicals in the water through the skin during showering and bathing was 100 times greater than through drinking the water.
Chlorine is the big problem. As chlorine is added to kill pathogenic microorganisms, the high reactive chlorine combines with fatty acids and carbon fragments to form a variety of toxic compounds, which compromise about 30% of the chlorinated by-products. Chlorine gas was despicably used during World War 1. When the war was over, the use of chlorine was diverted to poisoning germs in our drinking water.
Until up to one and a half years ago, I was still suffering with very dry and often infected skin irritation that I was still having to treat with cortisone creams. This has been one of the more embarrassing conditions of being hypo-allergic. Having the skin on my hands, arms, and knees and sometimes face flaring up. Becoming scaling then eventually peeling and becoming raw and unsightly. This is one of the worst problems of ECZEMA AND SKIN ALLERGIES. Constant treatment with cortisone has its side affects.
Your skin starts to lose its elasticity becoming thin and prone to easy bruising. I can only sympathise with those born with eczema, this is one of the most irritated and painful conditions for any person to suffer from. The constant itching and raw pain that is unheeding without medicated treatment that does nothing to prevent it recurring but only can relieve some of the symptoms and side affects. The unsightly scarring this condition causes is so sad. And again I take my hat off to mothers having to deal with children with eczema.
It was then suggested that perhaps I should have a shower filter installed. This I did and started only showering in this water. WOW - if it had not been the miracle I had been praying for!!! I cut down on my cortisone inhaler from twice a day to just once a day. I just felt my chest clear. After 2 months I eventually stopped using it completely. I wasn’t having attacks and I started sleeping better by not having to awake during the night with tightness of the chest and labored breathing.
But even greater my skin stopped feeling itchy and my hands cleared up. It has now been one and a half years I haven’t had to go for my monthly check ups at the hospital. I no longer have to buy expensive cortisone inhalers and creams. I still avoid Smokey environments but the occasional outing amongst smokers does not leave me breathless and grabbing for an asthma pump.
I have suggested and sold filters to a number of mothers, whose children suffer with chronic eczema and asthma, and it has been successful in treating and alleviating symptoms.
Chlorine is the greater crippler and killer of modern times. While it prevents epidemics of one disease, it was creating another. These effects of chlorine may result from either ingestion or absorption through the skin. Scientific studies have linked chlorine and chlorinating by-products to cancer of the bladder, liver, stomach, rectum, and colon as well as heart diseases, high blood pressure and allergic reactions. There is also evidence that chlorine can destroy protein in our body and cause adverse effects on skin and hair.
The best available method of chlorine removal, is by filtering your municipal water: by installing a purifier for your drinking water in the kitchen and installing shower filters in your showers and hand showers in the bathrooms. For those who can afford it, to, installing a Whole House unit that will filter all water coming into the house, thus making appliances last longer by preventing scaling in your appliances taps baths geysers etc,
Now available, to take prevention further, are domestic air purifiers that also filter the air, in turn alleviating people who are prone to allergies caused by air born germs, chemicals and smoke.