Showers 'may damage your brain'

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    Washington - Traces of manganese found in household water could be sufficient to cause permanent brain damage to those who take a regular shower, according to a report published in the US journal Medical Hypotheses.

    John Spangler of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina and his team suggested that breathing in vapour containing manganese salts could be dangerous over the longer term.

    "Inhaling manganese, rather than eating or drinking it, is far more efficient at delivering manganese to the brain. The nerve cells involved in smell are a direct pathway for toxins to enter the brain," Spangler wrote.

    The team used animal studies aimed at showing how much a person who showered for 10 minutes a day would absorb.

    The effects are dependent on the levels of manganese in household water. In the United States, a limit of 0.5 milligrams a litre of water is imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, while in the European Union, an upper level of just a 10th of that was set only in 1998.

    Spangler suggested that even levels below the US upper limit could lead to brain damage.

    Ten years of showering in water containing concentrations of manganese around the US limit would expose young people to levels three times higher than that found to leave deposits in rats' brains.

    The longer the exposure, the worse the risk.

    Manganese poisoning leads to tremors in sufferers - much like Parkinson's disease.

    Apart from natural sources in ground water, manganese is sometimes added to petrol. This also finds its way ultimately into drinking water.

    http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_1741000,00.html
     
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    I don't think so. We women LOVE our long showers. They are vital to our physical and mental health. :p:

    You can use and abuse us in many different ways and we will put up with it. But try to take away our detachable shower heads, and there is going to be SERIOUS gender warfare. :firing:
     
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    So thats what's wrong with me. The 30,000 showers I've taken in my life time. Thanks for the diagnosis.
     
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    Hmm.. .we don't have a detachable shower head - what's that have to do w/ anything? ???
     
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    Well i guess its a good thing im too tall to have my head under the showerhead too long.
     
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    If you were female, you would understand. :p:
     
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    I would suspect that INHALING maganese by using a detachable shower head in the manner that is implied by a certain poster would be damn near impossible...but then (being 100% male) I may be totally wrong here.
     
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    tic tac?
     
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    Inhale...not ingest....tic tacs in your nose are messy and sometimes painful.
     
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    How do you know?
     

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