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October 22, 2005

BehindTheMedspeak: Vitamin C Shower


Do you believe in magic?


'Cause then this new shower technology (above) is likely to work for you.

It's just like magic.

From the website:

    VitaC shower filters contain 210 grams of pharmaceutical grade [why does that term always create a frisson of excitement in the backwaters of my mind?] Vitamin C, capable of neutralizing chlorine in 23,000 gallons of water.

    Since different attributes of water will affect actual results, the lifetime is dependent on the temperature, pressure and quality of the water.

    VitaC shower filters are capable of working continuously up to 100 hours.

    The flow rate of the showerhead is roughly the same before and after the VitaC shower filter is installed.

    It works universally as long as the regular showerhead can be used.

Let's see — suppose you spend ten minutes in the shower, on average.

You'll get 100 x 6 = 600 showers with Vitamin C raining down all over your body.

Say you take one shower every day — why, that's 20 months, well over a year and a half, of vitamin–enhanced showering.

Not bad.

All this can be yours for $49.99 here.

But perhaps you're not the showering type, preferring a more leisurely soak.

No problema.

VitaC bath tablets were designed with you in mind.

From the website:

    Vitamin C dechlorination bath tablets are comprised of ascorbic acid, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate.

    This powerful formula is designed to neutralize chlorine and chloramines in bathtubs or spas.

    As VitaC bath tablets dissolve, the vitamin C becomes effervescent and begins to fizz.

    One VitaC bath tablet is capable of neutralizing 1 ppm chlorine and chloramines in 100 gallons of water, eliminating the dry itchy skin caused by chlorine in bathtub or spas.

    Great for a Luxury Bath!

100 tablets


for $29.95 here.

You know what really mystifies me about this product?

Why The Sharper Image isn't selling it.

[via AW]

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Posted by: RedBean | Nov 25, 2005 3:06:41 AM

It always disturbs me to hear this type of misinformation being spread around the internet.

For starters, there is nothing magical about the technology behind this shower filter. That is, for anyone that paid attention in high school chemistry class.

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) has a long history as a dechlorinating agent. In fact, the EPA has authorized ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate as safe and effective methods for wastewater dechlorination prior to reintroduction into the environment. The main reason for this can be attributed to the fact that ascorbic acid produces no known side effects to wildlife which can often found with older technologies.

This "magical technology" is based on hard science and should by no means be lumped in with the pitiful Sharper Image air purifier. I have no idea how they are still allowed to sell that POS.

I've used this shower filter for over a year now. I've also had the opportunity to test this shower filter with a digital chlorine meter to see if it could live up to the hype. Put simply, it works and does exactly what it's supposed to do. I found it to be effective at removing over 99% of free residual chlorine from my shower water.

I encourage each of you to do your own research about this or any shower filter. Any yes, calling it a shower filter would be accurate. Instead of relying on a physical media to filter chlorine it simply uses a chemical filter to achieve the same results with much better results IMO.

Or better yet, just buy one and try it out yourself. My wife absolutely refuses to take a shower without our Vitashower vitamin c shower filter anymore.

We buy ours at http://www.ronin-online.com. They seem to have the most comprehensive info available and you can even call and speak to a live person before you make a purchase. You can be sure I grilled the guy before making my first purchase. He was very patient with me and answered all of my questions without hesitation or a bunch of sales hype.

I've never heard of VitaCShower, but it sounds like a knock off of the Vitashower. Plus the Vitashower is $10 cheaper to boot.

Shoot me an email if you would like more info. I'm always happy to help someone cut through the BS and hype and get something that actually works as advertised.

Don’t be so quick to dismiss this shower filter. You will be pleasantly surprised how well it works after the first use.

Posted by: reviewguy | Oct 28, 2005 12:06:22 AM

If you, too, were puzzled by how in the world Vitamin C, a dietary supplement not dispensed in the pharmacy, could be "pharmaceutical grade," crinkle your brow no more.

According to the Life Extension Foundation, pharmaceutical-grade vitamin C has gone thrugh 18 purification steps to remove all possible contaminants. According to LEF, "low-grade" vitamin C often contains traces of arsenic, lead and iron.

I then tried to understand why the Vitamin C shower is called a filter, when from what it says it simply "neutralizes" chlorine. That's not filtering it. That's just changing its pH. (I think...but I definitely didn't ace chemistry.)

It's just too much for a Saturday. I give up.

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Oct 22, 2005 3:36:52 PM

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