To Our Valued Distributors:
For years I have made it a habit when I travel to test the water in whatever city or country I am visiting for the presence of chlorine. I guess this is because the OTO chlorine test is a simple and easy way to determine the need for a drinking water filter, and this is the test I used in the early years when I was knocking on doors to create an interest in Multipure. Back then, I found that being able to show a prospective customer the presence of chlorine in their tap water was an effective way of demonstrating the need for a drinking water filter in their home. Not only were most people surprised by the presence of chlorine, but they were also impressed with how easy it was to remove. Even today, I am surprised at how many people are not only unaware that there is chlorine in their water, but also that there are adverse health effects in drinking chlorinated tap water.
Historically, chlorine has been added to our drinking water supplies by municipalities since 1908 to make the water microbiologically safe. Prior to 1908, thousands of people in the country died from drinking tap water that contained diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminths (parasitic worms). The chlorination of our tap water saved countless lives and has been called one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century.
The fact is, adding chlorine to tap water prevents these diseases and continues to provide microbiological protection for the American Public. It has always been our premise that having chlorine in tap water is a good thing. It can do its job and kill the bacteria and viruses in your drinking water, but that does not mean you need to drink it. Once the chlorine has effectively killed the bacteria and viruses, simply remove it with an effective filter before you drink the water. Using an effective point-of-use drinking water filter is logical, because you can let the chlorine work, and then remove it to leave you with nothing but safe, delicious drinking water.
So why is this so important? Because, while chlorine has been proven to be an effective way to kill bacteria and viruses, it has also been proven to have some very serious long term adverse health effects. In 1969 – 61 years after the beginning of adding chlorination to our water – Dr. Joseph M. Price published studies indicating that the long term consumption of chlorinated tap water increases the risk of heart disease. And according to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, the cancer risk to people who drink chlorinated water is 93 percent higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.
And even more, there is much that has been learned about the adverse health effects of chlorinated tap water as it relates to their disinfection byproducts (DBPs), but I will go into more detail regarding DBPs in future messages.
So, if for no other reason, a person should have a Multipure system in their home to remove chlorine from their tap water. Over 85% of the U.S. population has either chlorine or chloramine (which is just as bad as chlorine) in their tap water, so there is a good chance that people you know are drinking chlorinated or chloraminated water – unless, of course, they have a Multipure system in place. And if you test your water with OTO and detect no chlorine, then that means there is no protection from bacteria in your water, and you would need a filter even more.
Let me finish this message with the following reminders:
- The President’s Cancer Panel Report stated: You should not drink tap water unless it has been filtered through a carbon filter!
- The Silent Spring Institute stated: You should not drink tap water unless it has been filtered through a CARBON BLOCK FILTER!
- If for no other reason, your friends and neighbors should have a Multipure system in their home to remove the chlorine or chloramine from their tap water.
- You are providing a great service to human kind. Make sure you do not let a day pass without sharing your knowledge.
Better Health through Better Water.
Alvin Rice, Co-Founder