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Study shows peeing in pools dangerous to self, fellow swimmers

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Study shows peeing in pools dangerous to self, fellow swimmers

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 11, 2014

A recent study by China Agricultural University and Purdue University deems peeing in pools dangerous to oneself and fellow swimmers.

By researching what happens when uric acid from urine meets chlorine via pool samples, it was found that two harmful chemicals—cyanogen chloride and thrichloramine—are produced. 

According to the Discovery Magazine, "When inhaled, these chemicals are known to affect multiple organs, including the lungs, heart, and central nervous system."

"Given that uric acid introduction to pools is attributable to urination, a voluntary action for most swimmers, these findings indicate important benefits to pool water and air chemistry that could result from improved hygiene habits on the part of swimmers,” further reports the Discovery Magazine.

In other words, let's stop being lazy and keep the "p" out of "pool."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.