Chlorine has long been the additive of choice for swimming pools to keep them clean and sanitized. It is a powerful disinfectant which kills the harmful bacteria, making our pools safe to swim in. But chlorine also has become recognized as a harmful chemical capable of causing illnesses and cancers. Read more
I am a walker.
I used to be a runner. I started running in 2000 at age 48, doing 5k on asphalt pavement in our neighborhood – 3 or 4 times a week. My best time was about 28 minutes, but that got longer as I got older. At the end of 2013 I suffered a ruptured disc, and an MRI showed that some of the discs in my lower back were “shot” as my doctor put it. It certainly seemed to me that the pounding my discs had endured in the 7,000-plus miles I had logged over 13 years didn’t help them.
Although I had been in severe pain, I did recover, but reluctantly decided that it was time to retire my running shoes.