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How to Protect Yourself, and your children, from Chlorinated Pools

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This topic has come up a few times recently.   My mother hasn’t been able to swim in chlorinated water for years. It started one day, during a weekly swim, her skin started itching, getting red and she eventually develped a bad rash. Years later, I’ve develpped the same reaction. Have you ever wondered about the red, itchy eyes you get after swimming sometime?  How about that super strong smell coming from the pool that you can smell throughout the entire facility?

There must be a reason for this, right?

Here’s something directly from Dr. Andrew Weil’s website: Question: “Dangers of Chlorine? What precautions should parents take for children who swim a lot, particularly those on swim teams? Is there a higher incidence of chlorine-related health problems among swimmers? Does sunblock prevent the skin from absorbing chlorine?” Answer: (Published 11/6/2009) Updated: October 2009: “Chlorine used to disinfect swimming pools is widely recognized as a health hazard. New research suggests that children who swim frequently in chlorinated pools may have increased risks of developing allergies or asthma. Among adults exposure to chlorine in swimming pools has been linked with other health problems including bladder and rectal cancer and, possibly, an increased risk for coronary heart disease.” Yes, you read that right.  Chlorine is a KNOWN carcinogen.  Not suspected, known. It’s also been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders and many other problems.

Why Do “They” put chlorine in our water?

Let’s stick to the topic of swimming pools for now.   We can focus on our water supply later. Chlorine is used because it kills germs and bacteria.  Chlorine also oxidized dirt and debris from our body oils and sweat. Inside/indoor pools, when chlorinated emit toxic gases which can be very dangerous. This causes major damage to our lungs.  It’s been said that when children are exposed early on, and frequently, it can cause asthma and other respiratory problems.   The other group of people more at risk are the elderly. So, are you thinking “what’s the big deal about swimming in chlorine if the area is well ventilated or it’s outdoors?”) Well, for starters,Chlorine absorbs into your skin. Other than the major health problems mentioned above (cancer, birth defects, etc.), swimming in chlorinated water overtime can cause wrinkles, dry hair and skin, red itchy burning eyes and skin.We realize not everyone has access to safer swimming conditions, or the ocean.

Here’s a list of things you can do to make it safer, if you must go swimming in chlorinated water.
  • Try to find an outdoor pool.  When outdoors, most of the gases disappear in the air.
  • Shower BEFORE swimming.  Yes, that’s right BEFORE.  Why?  Because most of the products we use on our skin or hair, when mixed with chlorine, cause more toxicity (see below)
  • If you must swim inside, do so once in a while (on occasion).
  • Stay well hydrated, drink LOTS of filtered water
  • Shower after with a natural soap.
  • Immediately after swimming or being in the water, get outside, fast.  Fresh air is important to clear your lungs as quickly as possible.
Here are some alternatives to chlorinating water in a pool:
  • Ionizer
  • Ozone
  • Silver
  • Ozone
  • Natural, plants to filter water
Let’s talk about showing (scrubbing off all skin care products) before getting into chlorinated water

According to Dr. Plewa, a genetics prof at the University of Illinois, there are lots of chemicals and substances found in our daily care products and when these (as well as our sweat, and body oils) are mixed with pool chemicals, a more ‘toxic agent’ is produced.   His research has linked many, many health problems (including bladder cancer and asthma) to chemicals used to disinfect water in pools. The other thing is the sweat that may be on your skin.  If sweat hasn’t been washed off first, it will mix with the chlorine and cause a reaction of itchy, dry skin.

Let’s talk about showing (scrubbing off all skin care products) before getting into chlorinated water

According to Dr. Plewa, a genetics prof at the University of Illinois, there are lots of chemicals and substances found in our daily care products and when these (as well as our sweat, and body oils) are mixed with pool chemicals, a more ‘toxic agent’ is produced.   His research has linked many, many health problems (including bladder cancer and asthma) to chemicals used to disinfect water in pools. The other thing is the sweat that may be on your skin.  If sweat hasn’t been washed off first, it will mix with the chlorine and cause a reaction of itchy, dry skin.

Source: http://naturallydowntoearth.com/category/protect-children-chlorinated-pools

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Jenny T. (South East Queensland, QLD) 01/2021

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Our new bionizer pool is a game changer. After 12 years as a Learn to Swim Teacher it is a treat to spend time in our pool and not smell like chlorine. The Fresh Water Pool is always inviting.
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Paul H (South East Queensland, QLD) 03/2021

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When my saltwater chlorinator failed after only 3 years, and the second saltwater cell in 3 years failed at the same time, not surprisingly my pool went as green as your front lawn! I thought there has to be something better than this so I did some online research and stumbled across Bionizer's website. I thought this sounds to good to be true. I did lots of research and spoke to Brian whose knowledge about pool water is second to none! Although it was virtually double the price than replacing the saltwater chlorinator and cell, I was attracted by the claims of the virtual eradication of chemicals and significantly less pool pump use which saves in electricity costs. I was also attracted significantly to the claims around the quality of the water with no chemicals in it and the benefits to skin and health of swimming in what would apparently be like drinking water. I bit the bullet and bought the Bionizer complete with the Eco-oxidizer and the PH Boss.

It took about 2-3 weeks, around 50 litres of liquid chlorine, a couple of phone calls and lots of advice and guidance from Brian and a lot of consistent perseverance but we eventually got the pool water balanced and cleared and now it is crystal clear. The Bionizer was installed around mid January 2021 so for the last few weeks, the pool has been clear and looking wonderful. I have done next to nothing since except test copper levels each week and ensure the water remains balanced and that's it! I've not had to do anything else and the claims are true!!

As someone who suffers from chronic urticaria (hives) and other allergies, swimming in chlorinated water was doing nothing for my skin or allergies. Now I get out of the pool and my skin is not irritated. There is no more trademark tackiness of your skin that you get with chlorinated water. This system is simply fabulous!! I am delighted with the results and would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to kiss goodbye to all those awful chemicals, the endless trips to the pool shop for water analysis, the ever increasing costs of all the chemicals and the hours spent labouring trying to keep your pool water from going green!

Do yourself and everyone who swims in your pool a huge favour and install the Bionizer system. I'm sure you will conclude it will be one of the best decisions you ever made!!!

Robert Rovere 12/2020

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We first bought a Bionizer at the start of 2019 to try it and recently also bought the Eco Oxidizer to take our commitment to the next level because we were so happy with our purchase. We were astounded at how little maintenance our pool has needed since we added these quality products to the upkeep of our pool. The initial outlay has already paid for itself in full quite easily since.

Visitors even comment on how clean they feel in our pool and they love that there is no chlorine smell on their body or hair. Skin conditions like my eczema are not aggravated and my wife who has MS now feels confident to exercise daily and feel safe about spending all that time in the pool due to the health benefits of using our Bionizer. The pool always looks good and I have attached pictures for you to see for yourselves.

On a personal level the staff at this company are a pleasure to deal with, very caring and compassionate to their customers needs and give excellent service as they are very passionate about health and their products. If you are thinking of investing in these products then you will be very glad you did.