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Science Confirms - Peeing in Pools is a Bad Idea!

I always thought this was somewhat gross, and now science confirms it.  I love how Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are using their scientific backgrounds to defend the practice!

"A new study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology, looked at the chemistry of what happens when urine meets chlorine, and it isn’t pretty.

The researchers mixed uric acid, found in both urine and sweat, with chlorine. Within an hour, they found that both trichloramine and cyanogen chloride had formed. These two chemicals are frequently found in chlorinated swimming pools

Exposure to trichloramine has been linked to respiratory problems, and cyanogen chloride can adversely affect the lungs, central nervous system, and cardiovascular system, according to the CDC."


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