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Pools and Hot Tubs – Does Science Support Pool Water Exposure Causes Cancer or Asthma?

If something was published in scientific literature 50 years ago, you  simply go online (or have a librarian) go online to find the paper.  The upside is that scientific, scholarly  publications never go away!  This is an  awesome thing since today’s scientists can determine the edge of scientific  knowledge and push forward. This reduces wasteful duplication.  The down side is that scientific, scholarly  publications never go away!

How prosperous do you think the pool and spa industry will be in  10 years if every year a handful of publications come out that “suggest”  exposure to pool water (or the air above an indoor pool) may cause cancer or  asthma?  I emphasize the word “MAY!”  Not that it does, it just “may.” That has  been going on for several years; it is not likely to stop. Many of the studies  did not have any information on how the pool was operated (disinfectant level,  type, bather load, filter type, fresh air make up, …). Pretty scary stuff to  have people making life decisions based on a research protocol that can’t be  duplicated.

This year, NSPF jointly funded researchers to develop a questionnaire to  make sure future researchers ask the right questions and give information about  the pool used in the research. With that information, we can start formulating  solutions – rather than being falsely labeled as “bad.”  This questionnaire will be presented at the 2012 World Aquatic Health™  Conference (WAHC). Five leading scientists from around the world (Reynolds – U of  AZ, Blatchley – Purdue, Kogevinas & Villanueva -Barcelona, & Plewa -U  of IL) will help us all understand reality from “news hype” on the relationship  between disinfection by-products and health.

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