Rising Food Allergies Blamed on Chlorine

New research published in the Journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has revealed that our exposure to chlorine through our tap water, our pesticides, and even some of our household items may be responsible for the abundance of food allergies, at their highest level in history, in our society today. The UK site, Mail Online, reported that the study concluded the chemical may simply weaken food tolerance for many people. While tap water can be a common source of chlorine, researchers pointed out that the chemical triclosan can break down to form a by-product of chlorine. Triclosan can be found in lipstick, face washes, toothpaste, and even kitchen utensils. Itís fair to argue that our exposure is high.

Out of 2,211 Americans with the chemical found in their urine, 411 were found to have food allergies, while 1,016 were found to have an environmental allergy. The most common food allergies being reported were reactions to cowís milk, wheat, soy, eggs, and even kiwi – all some of the most common food allergies.

Itís suggested by healthfitnessexperts.com to avoid the absorption and ingestion of chlorine by avoiding laundry and cleaning products with chlorine, getting a shower filter, drinking filtered water, and avoiding long stints in hot tubs and swimming pools.

Furthermore, if pesticides are a growing source of ingestion, buying organic illuminates this problem, too.

Unless youíre a daily swimmer, most of these options are pretty simple. Just do a little label reading at the store and perhaps invest in a few filters for the home.

It doesn’t seem fair that the issue of food allergies is growing. It seems more and more people are experiencing issues than ever before, meanwhile our food sources seem more compromised than ever before. The coincidence is obvious. While we may not be able to change the system that is pumping chlorine into our water and food sources, we can take steps to go around them in attempts to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

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Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog4 years ago

Whoa! What a connection...definitely something to think about!

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider5 years ago

It all contributes and is accumulative generation to generation.
Ok so maybe 'we' didn't know the consequences of chemicals and plastics in the beginning and decided to 'see what happens'.
Now 'we' know the consequences.
Choose life - boycot anything against life

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago


Instead of looking at an ingredient list with words you have trouble pronouncing, a paragraph long simply for noodles and flavoring in a box.

Its way better to be able to name what exactly is in your food. Its in your best interest.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

The issue of increase in allergies is rising directly in proportion with the introduction and amount of GMO's in the diet. These are unnatural foods that the body has a hard time trying to figure out how to handle them to your body it getting mixed messages with GMO's "is it food or an invader?" It has properties of both. So your body treats it as both. Walla-allergies of all kinds and varieties and distorted messages to your expresser genes-turning ones on that should be kept off and turning off genes that are usually turned on with good nutrition, like turning down fat storage genes, turning on cancer fighter genes. Instead, just the opposite is occuring at the genetic level -directly due to GMO's.

I know its not possible for everyone to eat organic(ideally) because it really does cost more.
But do try to eat lower pesticide produce and lots of it. Try to eat as few processed foods as possible. For example: make your own mashed potatoes from real potatoes, vs. from boxed flakes of potato. Make soup from the produce you buy vs. anything canned. If you usually rely on "Hamburger Helper"(please God, no) instead make the noodles, fry the ground beef yourself and add a cup of sour cream, salt and pepper and maybe some chicken broth and or mustard for flavor. Very easy and nearly as quick and tasty. And a whole lot healthier.

You will be able to name everything in your dish instead of looking at an ingredient list a paragraph long, with words you have tro

Dick Reed
Dick Reed5 years ago

I work as a water specialist in State & National Parks. Chlorine is being dispensed into water treatment systems to kill waterborne bacteria. Many treatment operators are using chlorine
mixtures which are far in excess of the requirement of .25 (1/4 part-per-million) residual. Excess chlorine when in contact with organic substances produce Trihalomethanes (THM's)
(potent carcinogen) Showering in this water exposes us to more chlorine than drinking this water. A carbon whole-house filter should eliminate this problem. Make sure to change it at regular intervals.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago


Amber Martingale
Angela Roquemore5 years ago

Wouldn't be surprised if there IS a connection.

David W.
David W.5 years ago

Many of you might have seen the recent news story about food allergies and the link between drinking water and pesticides. There was plenty of discussion about the topic but very few solutions offered for people who are concerned about this chemical Dichlorophenol. Since there is no information or test done about water filter systems that would reduce DCP’s from your drinking water we asked a Water Quality Association certified water specialist (level 6) what his recommendations would be. For people who are interested we have developed a topic page seen here http://www.freshwatersystems.com/t-FoodAllergyandDrinkingWater.aspx to outlining the problem and possible water filter options. We will continue to update the information as more becomes available.

Jules W.
Jules W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

Thank you