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  • Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers

    I am posting this here as those of you who work in the plumbing industy can be exposed to this dangrouse compound as part of your daily work,
    some information off the question and anwer page.
    What is Dihydrogen Monoxide?
    Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.
    For more detailed information, including precautions, disposal procedures and storage requirements, refer to one of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available for DHMO:

    Should I be concerned about Dihydrogen Monoxide?
    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.

    What are some of the dangers associated with DHMO?
    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.

    What are some uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide?
    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 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 organizations 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 software SDKs,
    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.
    to find out more click on the link at the top of the page,

    One califorina City recently considered having it banned from there city,
    The city councillors of Aliso Viejo in Orange County, California, are well-meaning, socially responsible people. And when they came across the huge threat posed to their constituents by dihydrogen monoxide they did what any elected official should do: they took steps to protect their community. A motion due to go before the city legislature proposed banning the potentially deadly substance from within the city boundaries.
    Researchers found that the presence of dihydrogen monoxide in Aliso Viejo had reached startling levels: it was present in its crude form, often spilling unmonitored on to the city streets; it was found to be a crucial ingredient in many common chemical compounds; its presence was even detected in that most ubiquitous of civilised artifacts, the styrofoam cup.

    And it got worse: dihydrogen monoxide is lethal if inhaled, causes severe burns in its gaseous state, and is the major component in acid rain. Prolonged exposure to solid dihydrogen monoxide can cause severe tissue damage. It can, said the city council report, "threaten human safety and health".
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    Re: Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers

    WOW!!!! Thanks for the info BHD. Here is a little more info on this dangerous chemical.
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      Re: Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers


      Thanks for posting the info. You might want post this over in the safety area as well. If one member can be saved from harm it's well worth shouting about it all over the forum.


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        Re: Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers

        Papadan I saw that P&T episode, It is amazing how much of that chemical compound people willingly put into their bodies every day!


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          Re: Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers

          I once breathed some of that in. coughed it out. took a long cool drink of water and all was good.


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            Re: Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers

            Originally posted by BAPlumber View Post
            I once breathed some of that in. coughed it out. took a long cool drink of water and all was good.

            Brent please be careful, they make masks to prevent the inhalation of this deadly chemical. May people have died from inhaling too much of it.


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              Re: Warning! Dihydrogen Monoxide Dangers

              I went to the Doctors the other day for some problems I'm having at night in bed with a certain part of the male anatomy not seeming to work like it used to and also when I wake up in the morning I find a bunch of hair on my pillow. I told her that I was very concerned as I also have been having problems reading newsprint a close distance and that I have been experiencing bloating in the gut area!! She took blood and did all kind of test and sure enough she called me back with the results, Dihydrogen Monoxide poisoning
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              Last edited by TOPDAWG; 02-24-2011, 05:13 PM.