Cancer and Chlorinated Water?

Chlorine, Cancer, And Heart Disease

“We are quite
convinced, based on this study, that there is an association between cancer and
chlorinated water.” – Medical College Of Wisconsin research team

The addition of
chlorine to our drinking water began in the late 1800s and by 1904 was the
standard in water treatment, and for the most part remains so today. We don’t
use chlorine because it’s the safest or even the most effective means of
disinfection, we use it because it is the cheapest. In spite of all our technological
advances, we essentially still pour bleach in our water before we drink it. The
long term effects of chlorinated drinking water have just recently being
recognized. According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, “Cancer
risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those
whose water does not contain chlorine.”

Dr. Joseph Price wrote
a highly controversial book in the late sixties titled
Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine and concluded that nothing can negate the incontrovertible
fact, the basic cause of atherosclerosis and resulting entities such as heart
attacks and stroke, is chlorine.” Dr. Price later headed up a study using
chickens as test subjects, where two groups of several hundred birds were
observed throughout their span to maturity. One group was given water with
chlorine and the other without. The group raised with chlorine, when autopsied,
showed some level of heart or circulatory disease in every specimen, the group
without had no incidence of disease. The group with chlorine under winter
conditions, showed outward signs of poor circulation, shivering, drooped
feathers and a reduced level of activity. The group without chlorine grew
faster, larger and displayed vigorous health. This study was well recepted in
the poultry industry and is still used as a reference today. As a result, most
large poultry producers use dechlorinated water. It would be a common sense
conclusion that if regular chlorinated tap water is not good enough for the
chickens, then it probably is not good enough for us humans!

There is a lot of well
founded concern about chlorine. When chlorine is added to our water, it
combines with other natural compounds to form Trihalomethanes (chlorination
byproducts), or THMs. These chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free
radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic.
“Although concentrations of these carcinogens (THMs) are low, it is precisely
these low levels that cancer scientists believe are responsible for the majority
of human cancers in the United States“. The Environmental Defense Fund

Simply stated chlorine
is a pesticide, as defined by the U.S. EPA, who’s sole purpose is to kill
living organisms. When we consume water containing chlorine, it kills some part
of us, destroying cells and tissue inside our body. Dr. Robert Carlson, a
highly respected University of Minnesota researcher who’s work is sponsored by
the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, sums it up by claiming , “the
chlorine problem is similar to that of air pollution”, and adds that “chlorine
is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times!”

Breast cancer, which
now effects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked
to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried
out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of it’s kind in North America, found
that, “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of
organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women
without breast cancer.”

One of the most
shocking components to all of these studies is that up to 2/3s of our harmful
exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation of steam and skin absorption while
showering. A warm shower opens up the pores of the skin and allows for
excelerated absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. The steam we
inhale while showering can contain up to 50 times the level of chemicals than
tap water due to the fact that chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize
much faster and at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is a much more
harmful means of exposure since the chlorine gas (chloroform) we inhale goes
directly into our blood stream. When we drink contaminated water the toxins are
partially filtered out by our kidneys and digestive system. Chlorine vapors are
known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages
inside our lungs, it was used as a chemical weapon in World War II. The
inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially
in children… which has increased 300% in the last two decades. “Showering is
suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every
home because of chlorine in the water.” Dr Lance Wallace, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency.

Chlorine in shower
water also has a very negative cosmetic effect, robbing our skin and hair of
moisture and elasticity, resulting in a less vibrant and youthful appearance.
Anyone who has ever swam in a chlorinated pool can relate to the harsh effects
that chlorine has on the skin and hair. What’s surprising is that we commonly
find higher levels of chlorine in our tap water than is recommended safe for
swimming pools.

Aside from all the
health risks related to chlorine in our water, it is the primary cause of bad
taste and odor in drinking water. The objectionable taste causes many people to
turn to other less healthful beverages like soft drinks, tea or other sweetened
drinks. A decreased intake of water, for any reason, can only result in a lower
degree of health.

The good news is that
chlorine is one of the easiest substances to remove from our water. For that
reason it logically should serve it’s purpose of keeping our water free from
harmful bacteria and water borne diseases right up to the time of consumption,
where it should then be removed by quality home water filtration.

No one will argue that chlorine serves an
important purpose, and that the hazards of doing away with chlorine are greater
than or equal to the related health risks. The simple truth is that chlorine is
likely here to stay. The idea that we could do away with chlorine any time in
the near future is just not realistic. It is also clear that chlorine
represents a very real and serious threat to our health and should be removed in
our homes, at the point of use, both from the water we drink and the water we
shower in.


To Grow or Not to Grow

Bald by Belief
Heads of Humility: Renunciation and Head Shaving
Buddhist monks shave their heads as a symbol of their renunciation and unattachment to the world.
For many people, hair loss is a difficult experience to endure, especially because the loss is involuntary and forced upon the person. But there are people who willingly choose to shed their hair, and for a variety of reasons. For example, actors may believe that a shaved head will better capture the character they are portraying. Other people do it because they simply believe that bald works better for them.
And some, such as Buddhist monks, do it for religious and spiritual reasons.
Head shaving is part of the ordination process for most Buddhist monks, although it should be pointed out that not EVERY Buddhist monk has his head shaved. There also is great variation in how “shaved” one keeps one’s head. For example, some orders require shaving only at the ordination and leave it up to the individual to decide whether he will maintain the shaved state. Others recommend that the head be shaved regularly, although the definition of “regularly” may differ from one temple to another.
But why shave the head for ordination or beyond? According to their deep convictions, shaving one’s head is consistent with the concept of renunciation. Buddhist monks strive to have no attachment to the world. At the ordination, we adopt a simple kasaya or kesa (robe) and we shave our heads to demonstrate that renunciation.
Desire causes suffering and we all desire a full head of hair
The Buddhist idea of renunciation is based on their universal belief that desire causes suffering. This belief stresses that learning to live a bare bones lifestyle in which one truly does not desire more than what one has lessens suffering and allows one to concentrate on a deeper and more fulfilling life.
The idea of head shaving originates in one of the Buddhist texts (called “Sutras”), which talks about 16 ways in which hair (on both the face and the top of the head) can interfere with keeping clean.
Korean Buddhist monks and nuns, who shave their heads every 15 days, do not do “self shavings.” Instead, they shave each other’s heads, which symbolizes their wish to help and support each other.
It is an interesting sight to see. The whole class shaved at basically the same time, before the ceremony, and it was interesting to see so many shaved heads at once. One could get a very celebratory, not necessarily because heads were shaved, but because it was all part of the ordination process, of becoming a Buddhist monk, which is a special experience.
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“Renunciation”: The advantags and disadvantages
And while we may find some practical advantages to a shaved head – e.g., it’s more economical in terms of money spent on shampoo – there are some disadvantages. We need hair as protection from the sun and the cold, but it also can take time to remember that once that layer of hair is gone, we’ll lose a natural sensor that will tell us to stop before we bump our head on something.”
Sometimes a shaved head can act as a symbol of religious solidarity, even for a person involved in a religion for which head shaving is not prevalent. For example, in 2007, Father Robert Reyes, a Filipino Catholic priest serving in Hong Kong, shaved his head to support Buddhist monks who encountered violence while protesting a repressive regime in Burma.
He was quoted as saying; “Today, I will have my head shaved for the first time,” Father Reyes said in a statement. “I let go of my hair and ask the rest of the world to let go of their indifference as well. Hair represents both attachment and defilement. The Burmese Generals … are madly attached to power which has not only defiled them but is now leading them to murder those who stand for what they are not … the Buddhists monks.”
Those who choose to shave their heads for religious reasons do so with the realization that having no hair can be a positive experience. For them, it is part of a path that leads to inner peace and greater personal acceptance.
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Helping Men & Women Hair Loss Sufferers get their Lives back.

2nd of 2 parts

Fueled by his passion and driven by his concern to alleviate the plight of Dubai residents, specifically those with image problems stemming from falling &thinning hair. The renowned hair expert, Amin, set forth to do studies and surveys in coming up with the market’s most viable solutions for hair & scalp health care.

From the start, critics were rather harsh on the new business. But the Trichologist/visionary was determined to do what he has set forth . With grim determination, he wasn’t hindered by the odds stacked up against the then fledgling enterprise. Mr. Sheybani recalls; “Everyone in business at that time, told us we were crazy.” Like any groundbreaking undertaking naysayers have a word or two to say negative about it.

Sheybani looks back with glee, “But everyone of course except the clients loved what we did for them!” Sheybani was guided by the premise that everyone wants to have and maintain an attractive appearance all the time. Before Vivandi Hair Spa’s inception, there was no such a place anywhere in the Emirates nor the GCC was providing what it offered. Creating a big dent and creating a niche of its own in the lucrative GCC market, Vivandi Hair Spa grew by leaps and bounds

Now running in its 12th year, the Vivandi brand remains strong more than ever. It has introduced innovations upon innovations in the hair & scalp industry in the UAE & the Middle east. The reputation it has established for itself is quite remarkable. Even competitors utilize methods and accept it as industry standards.  Backed by US based industry leaders, Vivandi hair Spa continues to dominate the market.

With a dynamic team supporting its equally adept founder, Vivandi Hair Spa is here to stay, stronger more than ever. Clients from all walks of life are assured of the same quality of service and technology the brand is known for.

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Helping Men & Women Hair Loss Sufferers get their Lives back.

Searching for the correct hair loss solution is similar to looking for a life-long partner destined for you. It is a vital choice, when made right can immensely alter your image and change the way you live your life forever. Each case is distinct from one or the other, since every human being is uniquely created so does the hair loss situation they may face.

By virtue of their age old tradition and herbal medications passed on from generation to generation, it has been a misnomer since time immemorial, that the best way to ensure a head of healthy hair is to be born in China! Compounding to hair fall woes, are the hereditary factors which play a great deal in determining one’s good hair.

However, external factors also play a major role in determining a head of healthy hair, and especially here in the UAE, where blistering heat and heavily treated shower water are second nature, making hair loss a common problem among locals and expatriates alike. ‘’Ninety five percent of our clients who visit Vivandi Hair Spa complain of hair loss. Most of them identify hormonal issues, androgenic alopecia, medical problems and stress and strain, as the culprit to their hair loss.” According to Amin Sheybani, Civandi Hair Spa CEO & Founder.

“Not helping to their cause. is the fact that there is high chlorine content in the shower water used in the Gulf region which leaves hair & scalp dry.’’ he goes on further to state, “It is a disaster for a woman to loss her hair.” The accomplished Trichologist continues to explain; “Scientific studies have shown that the causes of hair loss are too many and are different for each individual. Thus the treatment for each has to be different.” Being a hair loss sufferer himself, the affable and flamboyant Dubai resident, took his UK & US education to the UAE.

Out of his compassion & curiosity, he proceeded to know why most people in Dubai suffered from hair loss. This prompted him to establish Vivandi hair Spa, and for the past fifteen years and counting, he has never looked back since.

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Vivandi Hair Science: The Hair Follicles

Most of the hair loss treatment solutions are focused in reviving and rejuvenating this vital part, here is a deeper view on how it functions and the role it plays for hair re-growth.

There are two different structures of hair. One is the the follicle itself, which is present in the skin and number two is the shaft, which is visible just above the scalp.
A tunnel-like segment of the epidermis, the hair follicle extends down into the dermis. The structure contains several layers included in the structure have separate functions to perform. At the base of the follicle is the papilla, which contains capillaries, or tiny blood vessels that nourish the cells. The living part of the hair is the very bottom part surrounding the papilla, called the bulb. The cells of the bulb divide every 23 to 72 hours, remarkably faster than any other cell in the body.

Two sheaths, an inner and outer sheath, surround the follicle. These structures protect and form the growing hair shaft. The inner sheath follows the hair shaft and ends below the opening of a sebaceous (oil) gland, and sometimes an apocrine (scent) gland. The outer sheath continues all the way up to the gland. A muscle called an erector pili muscle attaches below the gland to a fibrous layer around the outer sheath. When this muscle contracts, it causes the hair to stand up which also causes the sebaceous gland to secrete oil.

The sebaceous gland is vital because it produces sebum, which conditions the hair and skin. After puberty our body produces more sebum but as we age we begin to make less sebum. Women have far less sebum production than men do as they age.

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