Swimming in the Ocean is Better than Swimming in a Public Pool 2.0
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Argument 1) When swimming in the ocean, one has experience(s) that are psychologically and physically good. For example, one might feel free and alive when in the salty ocean water; perhaps even a connection with Earth. Salt water clears one's sinuses and has been proven to be an effective healing method. Being subjected to such things is healthy.
Argument 2) The health effects of swimming in a public pool are utterly atrocious. I begin this argument by stating that the Centers for Control and Disease made an appalling discovery earlier this year of despicably high levels of fecal matter are present in most public pools. Recreational water illnesses have increased by 200% between the years of 2004 and 2008.
The first health effect to be discussed is asthma, caused by chlorine and chloramine byproduct inhalation. Studies have shown that simply lessening exposure has had surprisingly significant effects, to the extent of no longer needing an asthma inhaler.
The second health effect under discussion is the Legionnaires' Disease, a bacterium lung disease. This is a variation of pneumonia that can be fatal, under certain circumstances (depending on the varied intricate characteristics of the illness). This disease occurs naturally in human-made environments, explaining why it is so commonly found in indoor public pools. Legionnaire's Disease occurs via inhalation of bacteria in water vapour.
Several well-known effects include swimmer's ear (when water remains in one's ear for an extended period of time, causing the bacteria to grow and cause an infection), and athlete's foot, which I shall not waste time describing, for one is daft if unaware of this ever-so-common fungal infection.
The last effect under discussion is also very well known, however surprising in this context. A very big generalization is that public pools are proven to be carcinogenic. To break this down, as leaving the above statement so open and general would do nothing but hurt this house's argument, I shall state that studies have shown that swimming for 40 minutes has caused (a significant amount of times) carcinogenic genetic mutations. The main cancers up for discussion are lung cancers, nasal cancers, and skin cancers, however, chlorine can cause genetic mutations anywhere on your body, for it is absorbed into your skin, by your skin.
This concludes my opening arguments.
Secondly, swimming makes you feel good. Period. We both agree on that. But I think that swimming in a pool gives the same effects of swimming in the ocean: Feeling of weightlessness? Check. Exercise? Check. Crystal clear water? I'm sorry, ocean, but the pool's got you there. I've seen some gross looking oceans, like I stated previously. And as for the salt water clearing out your sinuses? Well, there's something for that. A Neti Pot! For readers who haven't come in contact with it, it's a little pot where you can put salt water in, and if you use it to clean your sinuses, it's quite effective. I think it's better to expect the salt water going down your nose than to be swimming and suddenly have the (fish-poopy) Pacific Ocean cascading down your nose. Even though this does happen in pools, the effects are not quite as shocking.
Third, anyone can get athlete's foot, pool or not! I will describe athlete's foot, for my opponent "Shall not waste time describing, for one is daft if unaware of this ever-so-common fungal infection." I don't think it will earn you any votes to insult anybody, Pro. "Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis (tin-ee-uh peh-dus), is a common skin infection that is caused by a fungus, a plant-like microorganism too small to be seen by the naked eye. This fungus eats old skin cells. Although athlete's foot occurs mostly among teen and young adult guys, kids and women can get it, too. People with sweaty or damp feet are at risk. But just having the fungus on your feet isn't enough to cause the infection. The infection happens if conditions are right for the fungus to grow."
Having wet or sweaty feet are perfect conditions for the fungus to grow. Sweaty like when you're playing volleyball by the ocean all day, or the hot sand that a bunch of other people walked on, or that pontoon you went boating and swimming on. Pools aren't the only victims here.
I rest my case. Let the best swimmer win.
On to sinuses, I am aware of a Neti Pot. And yes, if you truly did want to spend money on one when you could get a better and more natural way, via the ocean, go ahead. Also, to clarify, salt water clears one's sinuses via nasal inhalation. It is the only way to do so naturally (meaning without such things as a Neti Pot. Now you introduce the Pacific Ocean. I am beginning to question your reasoning, based on recent references made, (i.e. sea, the sea, ocean, and now, Pacific Ocean.) If you are really that confused on the topic under debate, I suggest you re-read the title of this debate.
I am confused to your statement "Even though this does happen in pools, the effects are not quite as shocking," for it comes out of nowhere with no follow up (or prior) explanation.
Lastly, my statement on athlete's foot taken incorrectly, for the word daft has two meanings (one meaning stupid, and the other meaning fantastic- which I was using as comic relief. However, I understand how there could be a misconception. I do apologize to the readers. However, Con, I must hack at you for giving what looks like two paragraphs on Athlete's foot, which is not what the debate is on.
This concludes. Thank you.
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