You can pry my shower from my dry, dead hand  JUL 08 2005

Regular readers know that I love me some showering** so this news comes as a bit of a shock:

Taking regular showers could pose a health risk and even result in permanent brain damage, it has been claimed. Scientists believe that breathing in small amounts of manganese dissolved in the water may harm the nervous system. The damage may occur even at levels of the naturally occurring metal normally considered safe, say the US researchers. Although manganese levels in public water supplies are monitored, regulators have not considered the long-term effects of inhaling vaporised manganese while showering, they claim.

Inhalation of vaporised manganese...maybe that's why I've been feeling off my game lately.

** Further reading on kottke.org about showers & showering:

Thinking in the shower
Short pieces on my shower
Improving the shower

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