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The Dangers of DHMO

DHMO - It's found everywhere:

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.

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,
   * by software engineers,
     including those producing the DCOM software SDK,
   * 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.

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