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Chlorinated Water? Not For My Dog!!

Chlorinated Water? Not For My Dog!

Chlorine is a halogen that damages enzymes. It does not belong in our bodies!

Chlorine potentiates magnesium deficiency, which can cause almost any symptom you can think of from high blood pressure, to chemical sensitivity or even sudden death. Furthermore it also decreases the absorption while increasing the excretion of calcium and phosphorus. The increased loss of calcium into the urine, promotes osteoporosis. On top of this some people still use plastic water bowls. These absorb and retain numerous toxic materials. Most breeders are aware of the chlorine problem in drinking water, but often overlooked is the fact that bathing in it can have the same effect!! Because skin absorbs it is just like drinking it!!

In some cities the chlorine level is so high, that taking 3 showers a day puts you over the government standard for exposure.

As always, the Europeans are ahead of us in promoting natural health by the use of OZONE treatment. It does a wonderful job, with none of the free radical damage to the body that is common with chlorine. There are many fantastic benefits of ozone to be derived from its interaction with the body! It sure would be nice if we could get our cities to also consider this!

You know that chlorinated drinking water is directly responsible for several problems including cancer in humans. What about our animals?

Animal studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that drinking chlorinated water caused blood cholesterol to switch from high-density lipoproteins (the good guys) to low-density lipoproteins (the bad guys). Why the EPA doesn’t inform the public that our drinking water is contributing to the number one killer in our country, I can’t begin to understand.

Way back in the May/June 1992 issue of Chemical Research In Toxicology, there is a report that ingested chlorinated water alters and destroys essential unsaturated fatty acids. When water is treated with chlorine the compound “hypochlorite” is created. This compound creates free radicals which oxidize these essential fatty acids and cause them to turn rancid!

These free radicals being created by chlorinated water not only decrease the body’s ability to get essential fatty acids from food, but they also create dangerous toxins directly linked to liver malfunction, weakening of the immune system, changes in the arteries and even actually altering the cellular DNA.

Keep in mind that the fatty acids that are being destroyed are “essential” fatty acids, meaning that the body must have them to survive and they’re not something the body can make. They have to come from food! Of course if you are still feeding a typical commercial pet food to your animal you’re probably not concerned with this anyway, since there’s little (if any) unsaturated fatty acids in pet foods. They go rancid so quickly they decrease the shelf life and to solve this problem, most pet food manufacturers use either saturated fats or hydrogenated fats—both of which cause even more health problems.

But for those of you feeding a human grade, natural diet while providing a good source of essential fatty acids, please remember to avoid chlorinated water in your feeding program. *

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