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    « Chlorine and Urine can Kill | Main | Phelps & Lochte, Fan Fantasy & Fiction »

    December 29, 2009


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    Puma Clyde

    I always wanted to articles such articles! Has not met the satisfaction! Know I saw your blog! My eyes lit up! ! I finally found the article I want to! Thank you for your article


    This is why i visit you site daily. Great read thanks. Incidently has a similar topic.


    Thanks, Lisa. I'm working on the profile now. The Olympian is someone I haven't covered in the last 3 years, and I've essentially cover everybody...


    I suppose the old saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is more a case of "what doesn't kill you NOW will just kill you LATER." Hah...

    But in all seriousness, the danger of chlorine and organic materials mixing is scary in the context of contemplating all the possible implications. But when considering that so far, it hasn't posed an imminent threat, it can't be *too* much of an issue...for now. Or until it's learned otherwise.

    On a lighter - yet still serious - note, the up-and-coming Olympic profile you're working on sounds exciting. Can't wait! :)


    JCC, you have writing legs! I admire that... As for the DBPs, I'm not too worried about them. Most pools are well ventilated now. No hazards signs are needed... And no, coaches are not going to let kids out for pee breaks either, at least not the coaches I know.

    Jessica Cole-Crawford

    awww Mel, we appreciate your research and efforts to inform the masses of hidden health dangers lurking in the waters and we thank you for writing such a piece... but kinda hard not to laugh and have a little fun. Like you said, swimmers are a water-logged bunch of funny people and as such tend to be on the easy going side regarding things most people can get uptight about and certainly lack any sort of modesty regarding their bodies or therefore bodily functions such as urinating or public displays of various sorts (the deck changers for example). On a serious note, I am truly shocked about your revelation regarding the carcinogenic nature of the chemical reaction by product resulting from urine mixing with chlorine. I would never have guessed. I am a science minded person by nature and very curious and not one to get grossed out about things but rather to be curious about them. I find it interesting to be in the OR observing brain surgery for example (part of what I do in my professional life). So, I honestly appreciate the article that you took the time to research and write up. It was a welcomed respite from the topics usually discussed (not that I mind those either). I will probably be thinking twice the next time I get into the water, but seriously doubt that it will curb my desire to swim, perhaps instead it will make me think twice about contributing to the problem (I will NOT pee in the pool)! In order for me to feel like I can have any sort of intelligent discourse about the subject and thus any really meaningful contribution to any discussion, I personally feel that I would first need to do a little research of my own and educate myself a bit more on the topic. I can say, perhaps a tad pessimistically... let's just add this to the existing list of other carcinogenic-causing factors already presently identified in our environments. It seems like everywhere we turn, there is some sort of new headline about the harmful effects of this or that. Since we love the pool as much as we do, since we tend to equate water with our own form of personal/emotional/mental sanctuary, since competitive swimming is a way of life/a way of being and a way of existing, since we cannot imagine the world of sport without laps, starting guns, lane lines, half-undressed competition or touch pads... the question is... WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT??? There are other forms of water purification that do not utilize chlorine. But, are we still swimmers if chlorine clouds are not following us around when not in the pool??? That last question perhaps is more a rhetorical one. Or, should we simply put up signage around the pool decks, plainly visible to all patrons and swimmers alike, warning of the health hazards should one so foolishly chose to pee in the pool? Perhaps coaches world-wide can be convinced to incorporate pee-breaks into their workouts (yeah, right). Mel, I truly hope that you and your readers can appreciate my sense of humor. There may be one or 2 serious thoughts somewhere in my ramblings. In any event, thank you always for your blogs. I mean this most sincerely when I say that the swimming world would not be the same without you or your peepee in the pool... I guess we can say that you have truly left your mark on the swimming world! Luv ya Mel! xoxoxo, JCC :)

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