About twenty years ago, a chemical company mixed together a contact lens cleaning
solution and a surgical antiseptic and got it approved as a water sanitizer. The
full name for this new chemical concoction was Poly HexaMethylene Biguanide (PHMB).
Little is known about the side effects of using PHMB's in water.
The chemical makers make no claims that the product will biodegrade quickly.
PHMB causes major problems when mixed with chlorine, or when used in water high in
calcium and magnesium. A sticky, brown, gel-like substance forms at the water line
that is difficult to remove and severely plugs the filter.
This chemical requires almost daily maintenance of the water with shock treatments,
water line controls, clarifiers, defoamers and more. Which just adds to the expense,
the time and trouble of maintaining your water. If you like spending more time and
more money to control your water, then this is the product for you.
As water treatment professionals, we have serious concerns about using PHMB's. Our
company has received countless reports of people experiencing a complete inability
to breath shortly after entering their spa containing this chemical. We can only
surmise the cause of this problem as a release of the hexane and methane from the
breakdown of the product. The manufacturers of these products will not provide us
with any explanation. They, in fact, claim to have never heard of such an occurrence.
Our position is that there is definitely something going on, and will not recommend
any product that may have such questionable side effects.
On a final note, with other chemical treatment systems you still have that constant
chemical balancing act to perform. More work, more aggravation, more things to buy.
All things considered, it’s no wonder so many people are searching for effective
alternatives for the treatment of their water.
The government has very strict quality standards for the tap water you fill your
spa with. When these standards are met, they claim the water is "sanitary", i.e.
safe and free of disease-causing bacteria.
Even so, we instruct you to shock new tap water with 15 ppm chlorine to eliminate
chloramines, tannins, algae or other residuals in the water supply. This chlorine
shock will also destroy any pathogens, (disease causing bacteria and viruses), that
may have somehow gotten past your local water authority and is in your "sanitary"
Once properly sanitized, your spa is free of any harmful bacteria. Now all you have
to do is keep the water clean and clear and you have nothing to worry about.
When you use chlorine or bromine in your spa you will have dry, itchy skin and eventually
experience red, bumpy inflammations. This is called folliculitis. Pool and spa professionals,
and even some Doctors will tell you that this is caused by low sanitizer levels,
and bacteria has grown in your water.
This is not normally the case.
As chlorine or bromine combine with minerals in your water, corrosive salts are formed.
As the hot water of your spa opens up the pores of your skin these salts imbed themselves
in your hair follicles. These corrosive chemicals in your skin cause a nasty rash,
usually around the waist and inner thighs. They call it the "bromine rash", and experienced
Doctors see it quite often. A good, hot bath in clean water will actually help to
ease the symptoms.
The Cure is to get rid of the Chemicals and then get back in your spa!
The staphylococcus bacteria, which causes common acne and is found virtually everywhere,
can also cause a rash. Exposure to chlorine or bromine destroy your mucous membranes
and break down your body's natural defenses. This normally harmless bacteria will
now attack your defenseless body and cause a rash.
Bottom line: Remove the chemical irritants from your spa and you may find, like many
thousands of people, that these troublesome rashes disappear like magic.
The best way to keep bad bacteria out of your spa is to not introduce it in the first
Harmful bacteria, cysts, and virus come from the excrement of infected animals or
infected people. Keep infected people and animals out of your water and you shouldn't
have to worry about this source of contamination.
But just in case you do get bacteria, cysts, or virus in your spa, here are the facts
that you should know.
If the water is kept clear and free of organic contaminants, where bad bacteria can
hide, then they can not long survive in the aggressive environment of a properly
Your spa creates a lot of turbulence. This physical agitation is very destructive
to micro organisms, as it literally breaks them apart. Most disease causing bacteria
will not survive for long in this environment.
Water softening agents increase the exposure of unwanted organisms to the aggressive
water, speeding up the process. The Natural Spacontains natural water softening
agents. No toxic chemicals needed here.
Heat and filtration are the best way to get rid of dangerous cysts. Cryptosporidium,
the most common of these organisms, are virtually unaffected by chlorine or bromine.
It takes 10 ppm of chlorine for more than two weeks to destroy Crypto. And bromine
is less reactive than chlorine, so it takes even more, for a longer time.
The Natural Spa coats your filter for better filtration, trapping any unwanted contaminants
on the surface of the filter and holding them there until they dissolve or are cleaned
off. The non-scaling properties and water softening action of the formula also improve
heat transfer, meaning more heat distribution with less energy.
Virus, anaerobic bacteria, (and cysts, to a degree), are also destroyed by direct
contact with oxygen. There are high levels of oxygen in the water in your spa. The
trick is to get the oxygen to bond to the problem causing organism. The right enzymes
will help the oxygen to bond with the unwanted pathogens, greatly increasing the
rate of destruction. Enzymes are an important part of the Natural Spa.
Clean your filter on a regular schedule, and make sure it stays nice and white. Dark
spots could mean trouble. Any discoloration of the filter material means it's time
to soak the filter in a solution ofhousehold bleach and water.
If you swim in some other pool, the ocean, lakes, streams or other water be certain
you shower and wash completely with soap before using your spa. This, of course,
also applies to your children, your family and anybody else that uses your spa.
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa are very resistant to chlorine and bromine. People that swim
in public (chlorinated) pools and do not shower before using their spa run the risk
of introducing pseudomonas into their spa. These bacteria are not deadly, but can
give you a nasty rash. Ozone with 1 ppm chlorine will get rid of them.
It takes very high levels of these bacteria to actually cause an infection. However,
you do not want to have this unpleasant experience. And if any of these organisms
get into your digestive tract, they will cause all kinds of grief. So it is always
best to not drink the water in any pool or spa.
If you still have skin irritation after reducing your exposure to Chlorine or Bromine,
test your supply water for bacteria. Don’t trust those colored strips; you should
know what’s in your water.
Most pool and spa professionals have no means to test for bacteria. Their test kits
and paper strips only check for salts, acid and chemicals.
You need to know that 1) your water is safe, and 2) is free of harmful organisms.
We recommend Millipore Bac-T testers to test your water for bacteria, mold, mildew
If you get a rash from using your spa, if a person or animal defecates in the water,
or your tests show that harmful bacteria has somehow been introduced into your spa
then do a chlorine flush: Remove any solid excrement, add 20 ppm chlorine and maintain
that active chlorine level for 9 hours. Now the water is sterile again. At the same
time soak your filter in 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.
Well water not maintained by a governmental authority must be tested before any treatment
can be recommended.
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"Natural Spa is wonderful! I no longer have that slimy feeling when we used chemicals,
and no more chemical smell. It is less expensive and definitely less maintenance.
My skin feels smooth now when I get out of the spa and there is no more need for
Sharon B. - San Diego, CA
"Natural Spais a great benefit to all spa users. It eliminates the using of Chlorine,
Bromine, pH Up products and pH Down products, which are known skin irritants and
potential carcinogens. For the first time, a product, Natural Spa, is available
to maintain a healthy spa without fear from chemicals."
Dr. Williams. - Los Angeles, CA
"Boy! That stuff is great!! No worries or testing of water."
Rick & Kathy W. - Upland, CA
"Besides the fact that we no longer have to mess with Chlorine & muriatic acid and
never getting that "balance" just right. My tan doesn’t fade!! We love it!"
Giana V. - Costa Mesa, CA
"We love your product! We no longer have to worry about taking our 11 month old son
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Bromine; Properties. Bromine is a dark-red, dense liquid with a disagreeable odor.
It irritates the eyes and mucous membranes and, in contact with the skin, produces
lesions which heal with difficulty. Chemically less reactive than chlorine, it combines
with both metals and nonmetals. It acts as a bleach and oxidizing agent.
Bromine;n. Reddish-brown nonmetallic liquid element of the halogen group having
a disagreeable odor and irritating fumes and causing chemical burns on contact. Symbol:
Br [Greek bromos "stink" + -ine, so called because of its bad odor.]
Bromine was introduced a few years ago as an alternative to Chlorine, but does not
work any better, and is actually much worse. It's in the same chemical family as
Chlorine, a halogen, and is supposed to last longer in the hot water of a spa. But
bromine is almost ineffective unless activated with Chlorine or some other oxidizer.
The bromine tablets you use in a floater also contain Chlorine. When the Chlorine
gets low you have to add more tablets. This causes the left over bromine to build
up to dangerously toxic levels. The next thing you'll notice is an eye burning vapor
when you open the cover, dry, itchy skin, difficulty breathing while in the spa,
and ultimately the bromine rash on your thighs and midriff.
And bromine has proven to be much more destructive to metals in the spa, which is
why most new spas have little or no metal at all in their design. Except, of course,
for the heater element. (Say bye-bye to your heater!)
And while it is widely promoted that bromine doesn't have the unpleasant odor of
chlorine, this is only true when all water conditions are ideal. Just leave the cover
on for too long a time or let the water get out of balance and wham! You'll discover
just exactly why this chemical is called bromine, named after the Greek word bromos,
Chlorine, n. a halogen element, a heavy, greenish-yellow, incombustible, water-soluble
poisonous gas that is highly irritating to the respiratory organs, obtained chiefly
by electrolysis of sodium chloride brine. Symbol: Cl.
The Random House Dictionary of the English Language
Chlorine is a very powerful chemical commonly used to sanitize water. Quite simply,
chlorine has the ability to oxidize and destroy most any element it comes in contact
with. Anything not destroyed by the chlorine is bleached clear, so as not to be seen.
Recently though, we have discovered that using chlorine to rid the water of organic
contaminants leads to the formation of organo-chlorides, trihalomethanes (thm's),
chloroform gas, and MX. These compounds are suspected carcinogens, and cause the
unpleasant odors and the skin and eye irritation you experience in a chlorine treated
Even the air around pools and spas can be deadly, as reported in 1998 in the American
Journal of Public Health. The vapors rising off the pool contain endotoxins formed
by the bacteria killed in the water by chlorine or bromine. Breathing these vapors
cause Pneumonitis; permanent damage to the lungs which causes pneumonia-like symptoms.
Studies conducted for the EPA on exposure to chlorinated water suggest the following
* Immune system damage, especially in children
* Damage to the liver, kidney and digestive tract
* Miscarriage and sterility, birth defects, and nervous system damage
* Numerous forms of Cancer, especially rectal and bladder
Simply put, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that
Chlorine causes cancer, damage to the immune system, damage to the reproductive system,
hormonal damage and is a slow, silent killer.
Because of these studies, the EPA announced in February of 1997 its intent to establish
a Clean Water Plan to completely eliminate the use of Chlorine wherever possible.
This same agency, the EPA, has unfortunately been very slow to recognize alternative
forms of water treatment. To date, 14 years later, the only chemicals this agency
recognizes as water sanitizers are Chlorine, Bromine, and Biguanide. No change from
30 years ago.
There is, of course, intense political pressure from The Chlorine Council and other
chemical consortiums to not ban the use of Chlorine. It is, quite simply, very profitable.
The pool industry has grown up around Chlorine, and eliminating its use would mean
eliminating most of the revenue they now enjoy, what with all the chemicals required
when using Chlorine to prevent damage and maintain the proper water balance.
You, fortunately, do not have to bow to these political or economic pressures in
deciding how best to protect the health and welfare of your family.
You have a choice, and we have all the best products to choose from!