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Chemicals in your bathing water can be absorbed into your skin. Water softeners don't remove chemicals.Bath

Studies have found children are more susceptible to dermal absorption than adults. This is because they have a greater surface area to body weight ratio than adults.

Children's tissues, organs and biological systems are still developing. Children are in rapid development from infancy to adolescence. This rapid development, combined with immaturity of body organs and systems, predisposes children to potentially more severe consequences within certain age ranges and windows of vulnerability.

Circulatory rates are higher as well which increase their susceptibility to toxic effects.

Have you ever weighed yourself before you get in the shower or bath and after you get out? You might find that you weigh a pound or two heavier.

Our skin is our bodies largest organDumping Water

In 1991, the EPA concluded that the average person can absorb more contaminants from bathing and showering than from drinking polluted water.

All EPA water guidelines are based on ingestion not absorption.

This page contains excerpts from Is your bathtub a toxic dump?

Children are most at risk. Children's bath times may range from 45 minutes to two hours. As the EPA acknowledged in a June 30, 1998 report, "Children have a greater surface-area-to-body-weight ratio than adults, which may lead to increased dermal absorption."

Children's tissues, organs and biological systems are still developing, with several stages of rapid growth and development occurring from infancy to adolescence. This rapid development, combined with the immaturity of body organs and systems, predisposes children to potentially more severe consequences within certain age ranges and windows of vulnerability

Circulatory flow rates are generally higher in children, which may increase a child's susceptibility to toxic effects. Despite these elevated risks, most toxicological data is based on occupational exposures for adults.

The Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) reports that the US has seen "a worrisome increase" in childhood diseases that may be linked to chemicals in the environment. According to the CEHN, "The incidence of two types of childhood cancers has risen significantly over the past 15 years." Acute Iymphocytic leukemia is up 10 percent and brain tumors are up more than 30 percent. Learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorders also appear to be increasing.

Toxins in the Bath water

Depending on whether a child has eaten, or if there is residual food in the stomach, about 20-50 percent of chemical contaminants are metabolized when foods or beverages are consumed. With dermal exposure and inhalation, however, virtually 100 percent of the contaminants are absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

As one EPA scientist put it, "a shower cubicle can be considered an 'exposure chamber.' Exposure to volatile contaminants absorbed via the lung would be about double the same amount from drinking water In the bath, underarms [axilla], scrotal and vaginal areas as well as the groin absorb far greater amounts than in the normal unwashed forearm test."

The percentages for absorption of parathion are as follows:Bathing

  • scalp (32 percent)
  • ear canal (46 percent)
  • forehead (36 percent)
  • plant of foot (13 percent)
  • forearm (9 percent)
  • palm (12 percent)
  • scrotum (100 percent)

Studies done by Brown, Bishop and Rowan in the early 1980s showed that an average of 64 percent of the total dose of waterborne contaminants is absorbed through the skin.

A study by British researchers at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Sheffield published in the February 19, 2000 issue of Human Experimental Toxicology suggests that toxicants such as fluorides can be stored in the skin and released over a period of time.

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A review of nearly 40,000 research papers listed on National Institutes of Health and other US government internet sites has failed to discover a single study addressing water fluoridation and dermal absorption.

All dosage recommendations developed by EPA are based on ingestion alone. The EPA and Centers for Disease Control have never commissioned studies on the dermal absorption of fluoridated water and refuse to do so.

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The most popular fluoridation agent is fluorosilicic acid, a toxic by-product of phosphate fertilizer production.

On May 10, 1999, US Rep. Ken Calvert, who serves on the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, asked the EPA to answer a simple question: "What chronic toxicity test data are there on sodium fluorosilicate? On hydrofluorosilicic acid?"

On June 23,1999, EPA Assistant Administrator J. Charles Fox replied that the "EPA was not able to identify chronic studies for these chemicals."

On September 5, 2000, in response to an inquiry from the US House Committee on Science, EPA Assistant Administrator Charles Fox admitted "there are no water quality criteria for fluoride either for the protection of aquatic life or for the protection of human health."

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