Recreational Water Parks, Spas and Pools Unhealthy?

19 04 2018

Updated: 19 April 2018

Leisurely public pools, water parks and spa tub use are not without its sanitation challenges for pool staff.

There are many potential health risks public swim facilities pose for swimmers regardless of whether located indoors or outdoors.

Since our skin is the largest organ capable of absorbing environmental impurities; all should be aware that improper water sanitation practices lead to microorganism growth and chemical absorption that may increase health risk.

Most public pool facilities treat water with Chlorine to kill impurities that would otherwise be unhealthy for the swimmer. Chlorine is also easily absorbed through skin as well as  lungs through air born emitted chloroform and enters the blood exchange system. Chemical overexposure should cause great concern for those that spend a lot of time in treated water “especially” in hot tubes. The skins pore surface dilates and acts more sponge-like when submersed in hot water.

Listed below are potential health risks swimmers should be aware – if using public pools.

Public Swim Facilities Transmit Impurities and Increase Health Risk is Cause by the Following Elements.

1)  Fecal contaminants discharged, or washed off of swimmers and bathers.  2)  There is also non fecal shedding off the body such as, saliva, mucous, vomit and skin.  3)  Infected users can contaminate hot/cold environment with potential pathogenic viral, or fungi organisms.  4) Opportunistic bacteria from users of the aquatic facilities can adapt and survive as amoebae in both hot/cold environments.  5) Indoor spas and pools ventilation systems can be contaminated and transmit pollutants and microorganisms.  6) Wet public use floors have high potential of unsanitary microorganism surface growth.   (7) Outdoor facilities are challenged with wildlife excretion and other environmental microorganism sanitation issues.  (8) Diarrhea-causing a gastrointestinal illness that chlorine doesn’t always kill is Cryptosporidiosis parasites.  9)  Too much chlorine absorbed, or chloroform inhaled, or consumed can cause illness and disease.

High Chlorine Use and Exposure Awareness Facts

“Chlorine treated water and its air born Chloroform can cause allergic symptoms i.e.,: skin rash, irritation to eyes, sinuses, throat and lungs. Including problematic intestinal symptoms, arthritis and headaches.

Chlorine also weakens the immune system, dries the scalp and hair and creates worse dandruff. Animal studies found too much chlorinated water consumption causes genetic mutations, is a cancer catalyst causing liver cancer in laboratory animals. Canadian researchers found Chloroform risk to be 70-240 times higher in the air within indoor pools than outdoor pools. After an hour of swimming in a chlorinated pool, chloroform concentrations in the swimmers blood ranged from 100-1,093ppb.”

Minimize Microorganism & High Chlorine Exposure Risk

Shower before use; avoid swallowing water, report fecal matter release.

  1. Pool disinfectants burn skin, irritate respiratory; report and avoid use if any of these conditions are experienced.
  2. If you note see particulate matter, or cloudy water report and avoid pool use.
  3. Wear eye goggles when in pool and thongs when walking on spa surfaces.
  4. Inquire on maintenance practices: Chemical treatment, air filtration & ventilation.
  5. Consult with your physician if swimming benefits outweigh risks per current health condition.
  6. If you have diarrhea don’t enter spa/pools until 2 weeks after it ends.
  7. If swim facility is shut down for sanitation cleanup… Inquire on how the microorganisms were killed, e.g., extra chlorine, ultraviolet radiation, or ozone treatment.
  8. If the pool smells heavy of chlorination avoid the facility use.

Note:  There are pools that don’t use chlorination: Ultraviolet-ozone and salt.

Each impurity health concern has the potential to cause a variety of respiratory, dermal or central nervous system allergic reaction, infection or illness and possible disease.  And in order to reduce risk requires one to become knowledgeable about public pool water treatment and sanitation practices before use.

The practice of proper chemical use includes but not limited to, creating and maintaining a neutral PH to provide a non-toxic/microorganism environment while simultaneously maintaining proper water/air filtration and pump system upkeep.

Indoor pools that use chlorine need to ensure ventilation systems have proper filter change out and remove excess chloroform by replacing it with fresh outdoor air makeup.

Without proactive maintenance practices to reduce environmental health risk to swimmers – adults and children are at increased risk of contracting an infectious illness that could manifest to disease.

References

http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water_health/health1/1-public-health-hazards-public-swimming-pools.htm

http://www.webmd.com/news/20070726/cdc-warns-of-swimming-pool-health-risk

http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2000/articles/2000-v15n02-p089.shtml

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2018 Copyright.  All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





"Recreational Water Parks, Spas and Pools Unhealthy?

24 05 2010

Leisurely public pools, water parks and spa tub use are not without its health risk sanitization challenges for those that enjoy the use.  There are many potential risks that a public swim center may pose for the frequent and infrequent user.  And there are also specific challenges for the maintenance personnel that are responsible for an outdoor versus an indoor spa/pool/water park/swimming center.  Since our skin is the largest organ capable of absorbing environmental impurities; all should be aware that improper water sanitization practices can foster unhealthy microorganism growth and chemical absorption health risks.

 Most public pool facilities treat water with Chlorine to kill impurities that would otherwise be unhealthy for the user.  Chlorine is also easily absorbed through our skin as well as the air born emitted chloroform through our respiratory system.  This fact should cause great concern for those that spend a lot of time in the water “especially” in hot tubes.  The skins pores dilate acting more as a sponge when submersed in hot water.  Chloroform release and lung absorption is also compounded through the respiratory blood exchange.   Below I list all potential risks swimmers should be aware in order to reduce health risks when using public swim facilities.

 Public Water Use Transmits Impurities and Potential Health Risks

1)  Fecal contamination released, or washed off of bathers and/or outdoor pool wildlife fecal matter.  2)  There is also non fecal shedding off the body such as, saliva, mucous, vomit and skin.  3)  Infected users can contaminate hot/cold environment with potential pathogenic viral, or fungi organisms.  4) Opportunistic bacteria from users of the aquatic facilities can adapt and survive as amoebae in both hot/cold environments.  5) Indoor spas and pools ventilation systems can be contaminated and transmit pollutants and microorganisms.  6) Wet surfaces of use areas have high potential of unsanitary microorganisms.   (7) Outdoor facilities are challenged with wildlife droppings and other environmental microorganism sanitation issues.  (8) Diarrhea-causing a gastrointestinal illness that chlorine doesn’t always kill is Cryptosporidiosis parasites.  9)  Too much chlorine absorbed, or chloroform inhaled, or consumed can cause illness and disease.

 High Chlorine Use and Exposure Awareness Facts

 “Chlorine treated water’s air born Chloroform can cause allergic symptom from skin rash, irritation to eyes, sinuses, throat, skin and lungs to intestinal symptoms, arthritis and headaches.  Chlorine also weakens the immune system, dries the scalp and hair and creates worse dandruff.  Chlorine studies through animal research found too much chlorinated water consumption causes genetic mutations, initiates cancer and causes liver cancer in laboratory animals.  Canadian researchers found Chloroform risk to be 70-240 times higher in the air within indoor pools than outdoor pools.  After an hour of swimming in a chlorinated pool, chloroform concentrations in the swimmers blood ranged from 100-1,093ppb.”

 Minimize Microorganism & High Chlorine Exposure Risk

 Shower before use; avoid swallowing water, report fecal matter release.

  1. Pool disinfectants burn skin, irritate respiratory; report and avoid use.
  2. If you note much particulate matter, or cloudy water report and avoid use.
  3. Wear eye goggles when in pool and thongs when walking on spa surfaces.
  4. Inquire on maintenance practices: Chemical, filtration & ventilation.
  5. Consult with your physician if swimming benefits outweigh risks.
  6. If you have diarrhea don’t enter spa/pools until 2 weeks after it ends.
  7. If shut down for sanitation cleanup… Inquire on how the microorganisms were killed, e.g., extra chlorine, ultraviolet radiation, or ozone treatment.
  8. If the pool smells heavy of chlorination, don’t go in.

Note:  There are pools that don’t use chlorination: Ultraviolet-ozone and salt.

  Each impurity health concern has the potential to cause a variety of respiratory, dermal or central nervous system infection or diseases.  And in order to reduce risk requires one to become knowledgeable about personal health risk, water treatment/sanitation practices as well as facilities promoting patron hygiene sanitation before use.  The practice of proper chemical use includes, but not limited to, creating and maintaining a neutral ph to provide a non-toxic/microorganism environment while simultaneously maintaining proper water/air filtration and pump system upkeep.  Indoor pools that use chlorine need to ensure ventilation systems have proper filter change out air make up that promotes chloroform exchange out to atmosphere while adequately receiving fresh air makeup.  Without proactive maintenance practices and public swimming use ill-health awareness; you and your children are at greater risk of contracting an infectious illness, or disease.   Stay safe by applying this knowledge and have fun with family in the water this year.

 References

http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water_health/health1/1-public-health-hazards-public-swimming-pools.htm

http://www.webmd.com/news/20070726/cdc-warns-of-swimming-pool-health-risk

http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2000/articles/2000-v15n02-p089.shtml

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2010 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





“Recreational Water Parks, Spas and Pools Unhealthy?

24 05 2010

Leisurely public pools, water parks and spa tub use are not without its health risk sanitization challenges for those that enjoy the use.  There are many potential risks that a public swim center may pose for the frequent and infrequent user.  And there are also specific challenges for the maintenance personnel that are responsible for an outdoor versus an indoor spa/pool/water park/swimming center.  Since our skin is the largest organ capable of absorbing environmental impurities; all should be aware that improper water sanitization practices can foster unhealthy microorganism growth and chemical absorption health risks.

 Most public pool facilities treat water with Chlorine to kill impurities that would otherwise be unhealthy for the user.  Chlorine is also easily absorbed through our skin as well as the air born emitted chloroform through our respiratory system.  This fact should cause great concern for those that spend a lot of time in the water “especially” in hot tubes.  The skins pores dilate acting more as a sponge when submersed in hot water.  Chloroform release and lung absorption is also compounded through the respiratory blood exchange.   Below I list all potential risks swimmers should be aware in order to reduce health risks when using public swim facilities.

 Public Water Use Transmits Impurities and Potential Health Risks

1)  Fecal contamination released, or washed off of bathers and/or outdoor pool wildlife fecal matter.  2)  There is also non fecal shedding off the body such as, saliva, mucous, vomit and skin.  3)  Infected users can contaminate hot/cold environment with potential pathogenic viral, or fungi organisms.  4) Opportunistic bacteria from users of the aquatic facilities can adapt and survive as amoebae in both hot/cold environments.  5) Indoor spas and pools ventilation systems can be contaminated and transmit pollutants and microorganisms.  6) Wet surfaces of use areas have high potential of unsanitary microorganisms.   (7) Outdoor facilities are challenged with wildlife droppings and other environmental microorganism sanitation issues.  (8) Diarrhea-causing a gastrointestinal illness that chlorine doesn’t always kill is Cryptosporidiosis parasites.  9)  Too much chlorine absorbed, or chloroform inhaled, or consumed can cause illness and disease.

 High Chlorine Use and Exposure Awareness Facts

 “Chlorine treated water’s air born Chloroform can cause allergic symptom from skin rash, irritation to eyes, sinuses, throat, skin and lungs to intestinal symptoms, arthritis and headaches.  Chlorine also weakens the immune system, dries the scalp and hair and creates worse dandruff.  Chlorine studies through animal research found too much chlorinated water consumption causes genetic mutations, initiates cancer and causes liver cancer in laboratory animals.  Canadian researchers found Chloroform risk to be 70-240 times higher in the air within indoor pools than outdoor pools.  After an hour of swimming in a chlorinated pool, chloroform concentrations in the swimmers blood ranged from 100-1,093ppb.”

 Minimize Microorganism & High Chlorine Exposure Risk

 Shower before use; avoid swallowing water, report fecal matter release.

  1. Pool disinfectants burn skin, irritate respiratory; report and avoid use.
  2. If you note much particulate matter, or cloudy water report and avoid use.
  3. Wear eye goggles when in pool and thongs when walking on spa surfaces.
  4. Inquire on maintenance practices: Chemical, filtration & ventilation.
  5. Consult with your physician if swimming benefits outweigh risks.
  6. If you have diarrhea don’t enter spa/pools until 2 weeks after it ends.
  7. If shut down for sanitation cleanup… Inquire on how the microorganisms were killed, e.g., extra chlorine, ultraviolet radiation, or ozone treatment.
  8. If the pool smells heavy of chlorination, don’t go in.

Note:  There are pools that don’t use chlorination: Ultraviolet-ozone and salt.

  Each impurity health concern has the potential to cause a variety of respiratory, dermal or central nervous system infection or diseases.  And in order to reduce risk requires one to become knowledgeable about personal health risk, water treatment/sanitation practices as well as facilities promoting patron hygiene sanitation before use.  The practice of proper chemical use includes, but not limited to, creating and maintaining a neutral ph to provide a non-toxic/microorganism environment while simultaneously maintaining proper water/air filtration and pump system upkeep.  Indoor pools that use chlorine need to ensure ventilation systems have proper filter change out air make up that promotes chloroform exchange out to atmosphere while adequately receiving fresh air makeup.  Without proactive maintenance practices and public swimming use ill-health awareness; you and your children are at greater risk of contracting an infectious illness, or disease.   Stay safe by applying this knowledge and have fun with family in the water this year.

 References

http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water_health/health1/1-public-health-hazards-public-swimming-pools.htm

http://www.webmd.com/news/20070726/cdc-warns-of-swimming-pool-health-risk

http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2000/articles/2000-v15n02-p089.shtml

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2010 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Are Leaching Plastics Killing Us?

20 06 2008

I know just about everyone out there has experienced a funky taste when drinking out of a new plastic bottle, or container.  Not only do we need to be aware of the chemical preservatives in our foods, but also with containers holding the foods we consume.  Throughout the food chain process; from crop grown, manufacturer processed and packaged… Man has contaminated what we put in our bodies many times over!  But let’s focus on plastic containers. Virtually all plastics have a leaching effect.  The two key leaching chemical compounds: “Phthalates” (pronounced “thalates”) and “bisphenol A” (BPA).  These chemicals leach from our plastic containers, some cosmetics and lining of almost every canned item.  The problem with these types of chemicals, they tend to store in our adipose (fat) tissue and at some point “can” act as an endocrine disrupter.  The endocrine system is critical to overall good health because it is responsible for the bodies (1) Total body metabolism (2) Growth, and (3) Reproduction!

“Studies in 1999 by government researchers found phthalates in the blood or urine of every one of 1,000 adults tested.  A study in 2004 by Silent Spring Institute, Newton, Mass., and Harvard University’s School of Public Health found phthalates in the dust and air of every 120 homes they tested (www.jobwerx.com).”   The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concluded that this form of leaching could pose some risk to the brains of fetuses, babies and children.  The chemical industry claims BPA poses “no threat” to humans!  Not too long ago, recall on your local news, “leaching of BPA into infant formulae from plastic baby bottles becoming worse after microwave heating.

Many studies on BPA risks to the human body “discount” trace amounts of leaching and harm to the body by special interest groups.  It is noteworthy to point out a few major toy manufactures understood these risks to children:  “In response to a 1998 Consumer Product Safety Commission request, retailers including Kmart, Sears, Target, Toys “R” Us, and Wal-Mart stopped selling heavily mouthed baby products with phthalates and 7 manufacturers removed the harmful plastic compounds from production. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention “show BPA is present in humans at levels found harmful in laboratory studies!” See our Wellness Company Safe Home Products.

Recommendations:
-Baby bottles – Select bottles made from glass or a safer non-polycarbonate plastic.
-Avoid washing plastic dishware with harsh dish soap and hot water. See our products.
-Find “PVC-free” on the labels of soft plastic toys and teethers. Choose wooden toys.
-Do not purchase plastic containers with “PC” stamp. Or plastics numbered, #3, #7.
-Choose plastics, #1, 2, or #5 in the recycle triangle. “Do not heat beverages in them.”
-BPA can leach from metal can lining.  Buy all baby food products in bottled glass.
-Choose metal utensils, enamel, or ceramic plates for feeding and microwave safe.
-Avoid foods wrapped in plastics, such as meats and cheeses.  Buy deli products wrapped in paper. Use stainless steel drinking containers, glass and paper products.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing’ www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter.