Timothy Faust: More dangerous chemicals | SummitDaily.com

Timothy Faust: More dangerous chemicals

Timothy Faust

Kane Dice’s letter, “Fluoride investigations,” reminded me of another dangerous chemical that we are all exposed to on a daily basis. As a former high school chemistry teacher, I would often teach my students about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide or DHMO, also known as hydroxyl acid.

Even a thimbleful of DHMO has been fatal to humans, however this chemical is largely overlooked by regulatory bodies such as the FDA. According to http://www.dhmo.org, the following hazards have been associated with DHMO:

-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 makes up a large part of toxic mine runoff.

-DHMO is the 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.

-The main component of acid rain.

According to the Center for Disease Control, between 1996 and 1998, 12,416 people died as a result of DHMO inhalation, yet this hazardous substance is found in large quantities in soft drinks, so-called “organic juice,” and even in Summit County Schools.

For more information or to fill out a petition to have this substance banned, please visit, http://www.dhmo.org.

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