Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Submariners Rejoice! More Great News

So, maybe you did not get to take as many showers as you wanted when you were earning submarine pay. Even a fellow submariner as logical and persuasive as Chapomatic , who convinced me that "pigboat" sailors "smelled pretty bad", probably never convinced a captain to let him take longer than a regulation shower unless he had just been splashed with
dimethyl-mercury, or something as foul.

John Spangler, M.D of Wake Forest University School of Medicine said: "If our results are
confirmed, they could have profound implications." Dr Spangler's study is the first to show the potential for permanent brain damage from breathing vaporized manganese during a shower. It was conducted by reviewing the medical literature and calculating, based on animal studies, the amounts of manganese absorbed by showering 10 minutes a day.

Manganese is already monitored in public water supplies, so high levels of this naturally occurring metal are likely only in wells or private water supplies. “Nearly 9 million people in the United States are exposed to manganese levels that our study shows may cause toxic effects.”
If manganese levels are not routinely monitored in submarine distillation systems, nowadays,
my guess is it's because it is not necessary. Sounds like good news for our friend Rob!


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