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Warnings About A Chemical That Is Found In Just About Everything We Consume- Humorous Social Experiment!

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Warnings About A Chemical That Is Found In Just About Everything We Consume- Humorous Social Experiment!

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Summary of eRumor:

Various warnings about the dangers of a chemical called "Dihydrogen Monoxide" that can be found in just about everything we consume.

The Truth:

"Dihydrogen Monoxide" is the scientific term for the chemical formula of water or what is commonly known as "H2O." The warnings come from the Dihydrongen Monoxide Research Division website. Click for web site.

The Dihydrongen Monoxide Research Division (DHMO) is the brainchild of Dr. Tom Way, a research scientist in Newark, Delaware. According to his media relations page, Way created the site in 1997 with the original intent to "blow off steam about all the devious (and sometimes just ignorant) ways the truth is bent to prove a point by some in the media, politics, sales, environmental activism, organized religion, web site authoring, etc."   What began as a fun project ended up as an educational tool on the internet to "to promote cautious consumption of information and an active skepticism about what we read, see and hear." The web site also encourages visitors to submit their research.

On March 15, 2004, The Associated Press reported that the city of Aliso Viejo in California took this warning so seriously "that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production."

updated 03/17/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Version 1:
DHMO Is Common Beverage Additive

New revelations about Dihydrogen Monoxide and its use in the beverage industry indicate that nearly all beverages contain some amount of the potentially dangerous chemical compound.

A current study reveals that far from being uncommon, Dihydrogen Monoxide is used as an additive by  every major beverage manufacturer in the world. The study found that Dihydrogen Monoxide was never explicitly named on any beverage label.

DHMO has been found in beer, milk, baby formula, champagne, wine, distilled spirits, carbonated drinks, sports drinks, and even in “pure”
bottled water.

Version 2:

DHMO Linked to Winter Traffic Accidents

Dihydrogen monoxide has been detected in “black ice” on roadways, which has been linked with many fatal and near-fatal traffic accidents. Caution should be exercised when driving during winter months, or whenever possibly DHMO-contaminated “black ice” is present.

Dangerous sheeting of melted and refrozen “black ice” is facilitated by the presence of DHMO. During warm-cold weather cycles, additional care should be taken when driving, walking or jogging when sheeted “black ice” is present.

Crystalline DHMO has been found mixed with winter precipitation, although this appears to be a regional  phenomenon. The dangers of crystalline DHMO are similar to that of DHMO found in “black ice”, although sensible precautions can eliminate many hazards. 

Version 3:
The Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide
I felt it was necessary to educate MountainWings readers about Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). Proper knowledge is important. DHMO is known by many other names such as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid.

Although DHMO has many inherent dangers and kills thousands each year, it can be highly beneficial in moderated amounts for detoxification purposes. It is discussed in detail in my book, Quick Fasting. To read the chapter devoted to the alleged health benefits of DHMO click here: http://tinyurl.com/yl5r37j

You have at least 20 products in your home right now with large or trace amounts of DHMO. You need to be aware of this lurkingchemical. Please pass this vital information along to all who need to know.

From www.DHMO.org

Q: Should I be concerned about Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)?

A: Yes, you should be concerned about DHMO! Although the U.S. Government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) do not classify Dihydrogen Monoxide as a toxic or carcinogenic substance (as it does with better known chemicals such as hydrochloric acid and benzene), DHMO is a constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful.

Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding Dihydrogen Monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary.

A similar study conducted by U.S. researchers Patrick K. McCluskey and Matthew Kulick also found that nearly 90 percent of the citizens participating in their study were willing to sign a petition to support an outright ban on the use of Dihydrogen Monoxide in the United States.

Q: Why haven’t I heard about Dihydrogen Monoxide before?

A: Good question. Historically, the dangers of DHMO, for the most part, have been considered minor and manageable. While the more significant dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide are currently addressed by a number of agencies including FDA, FEMA and CDC, public awareness of the real and daily dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide is lower than some think it should be.

Q: What are some of the dangers associated with DHMO?

A: Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

* Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
* Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
* Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life- threatening side-effects.
* DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
* Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
* Contributes to soil erosion.
* Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
* Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
* Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
* Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
* Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.
* Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.
* Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.

Q: What are some uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide?

A: Despite the known dangers of DHMO, it continues to be used daily by industry, government, and even in private homes across the U.S. and worldwide. Some of the well-known uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

* as an industrial solvent and coolant,
* in nuclear power plants,
* by the U.S. Navy in the propulsion systems of some older vessels,
* by elite athletes to improve performance,
* in the production of Styrofoam,
* in biological and chemical weapons manufacture,
* in the development of genetically engineering crops and animals,
* as a spray-on fire suppressant and retardant,
* in so-called “family planning” or “reproductive health” clinics,
* as a major ingredient in many home-brewed bombs,
* as a byproduct of hydrocarbon combustion in furnaces and air conditioning compressor operation,
* in cult rituals,
* by the Church of Scientology on their members and their members’ families (although surprisingly, many members recently have contacted DHMO.org to vehemently deny such use),
* by both the KKK and the NAACP during rallies and marches,
* by members of Congress who are under investigation for financial corruption and inappropriate IM behavior,
* by the clientele at a number of bath houses in New York City and San Francisco,
* historically, in Hitler’s death camps in Nazi Germany, and in prisons in Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Libya, Iraq and Iran,
* in World War II prison camps in Japan, and in prisons in China, for various forms of torture,
* during many recent religious and ethnic wars in the Middle East,
* by many terrorist organizati
ons including al Quaeda,
* in community swimming pools to maintain chemical balance,
* in day care centers, purportedly for sanitary purposes,
* by software engineers, including those producing DICOM programmer APIs and other DICOM software tools,
* by popular computer science professors,
* by the semi-divine King Bhumibol of Thailand and his many devoted young working girls in Bangkok,
* by the British Chiropractic Association and the purveyors of the bogus treatments that the BCA promotes,
* by commodities giant Trafigura in their well-publicized and widely-known toxic-waste dumping activities in Ivory Coast,
* in animal research laboratories, and
* in pesticide production and distribution.

What you may find surprising are some of the products and places where DHMO is used, but which for one reason or another, are not normally made part of public presentations on the dangers to the lives of our family members and friends. Among these startling uses are:

* as an additive to food products, including jarred baby food and baby formula, and even in many soups, carbonated beverages and supposedly “all-natural” fruit juices
* in cough medicines and other liquid pharmaceuticals,
* in spray-on oven cleaners,
* in shampoos, shaving creams, deodorants and numerous other bathroom products,
* in bathtub bubble products marketed to children,
* as a preservative in grocery store fresh produce sections,
* in the production of beer by all the major beer distributors,
* in the coffee available at major coffee houses in the US and abroad,
* in Formula One race cars, although its use is regulated by the Formula One Racing Commission, and
* as a target of ongoing NASA planetary and stellar research.

One of the most surprising facts recently revealed about Dihydrogen Monoxide contamination is in its use as a food and produce “decontaminant.” Studies have shown that even after careful washing, food and produce that has been contaminated by DHMO remains tainted by DHMO.

Q: What is the link between Dihydrogen Monoxide and school violence?

A: A recent stunning revelation is that in every single instance of violence in our country’s schools, including infamous shootings in high schools in Denver and Arkansas, Dihydrogen Monoxide was involved. In fact, DHMO is often very available to students of all ages within the assumed safe confines of school buildings. None of the school administrators with which we spoke could say for certain how much of the substance is in use within their very hallways.

Q: How does Dihydrogen Monoxide toxicity affect kidney dialysis patients?

A: Unfortunately, DHMO overdose is not unheard of in patients undergoing dialysis treatments for kidney failure. Dihydrogen Monoxide overdose in these patients can result in congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema and hypertension. In spite of the danger of accidental overdose and the inherent toxicity of DHMO in large quantities for this group, there is a portion of the dialysis treated population that continues to use DHMO on a regular basis.

Q: Are there groups that oppose a ban on Dihydrogen Monoxide?

A: In spite of overwhelming evidence, there is one group in California that opposes a ban on Dihydrogen Monoxide. The Friends of Hydrogen Hydroxide is a group that believes that the dangers of DHMO have been exaggerated. Members claim that Dihydrogen Monoxide, or the less emotionally charged and more chemically accurate term they advocate for it, “Hydrogen Hydroxide,” is beneficial, environmentally safe, benign and naturally occurring. They argue that efforts to ban DHMO are misguided.

Friends of Hydrogen Hydroxide is supported by the Scorched Earth Party, a radical and loosely-organized California-based group. Sources close to the Scorched Earth Party deny any outside funding from government, industry or pro-industry PACs.