Post by urania93 on Apr 1, 2018 4:11:45 GMT -5
DHMO: the invisible killer
Environmental organisations have not focused much on this serious threat yet, considering it secondary in respect with other great dangers such as elettrosmog and GMO, but the general awareness is quickly increasing.
I am talking about the extremely dangerous dihydrogen monoxide (in the following, DHMO). Just like its cousin, the fearsome carbon monoxide, this substance is colourless, odorless and tasteless, and kills thousands of people every year for excessive environmental inhalation.
You have to know that:
- It is the main component of acid rains
- It contributes to greenhouse effect
- It contributes to soil erosion and deterioration of natural landscapes
- Measurable levels of DHMO have been verified in ice samples taken from both the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps
- It is largely employed in plants for nuclear power production
- It is employed as industrial solvent
- It was observed into cancer cells of terminally ill patients
- It can cause burns up to the 3rd degree
Its Material Safety Data Sheet reports:
DHMO is a not-regulated product, even though it can react violently with some metals, such as sodium and potassium, with fluorine and with sulfuric acid. It produces an explosive gas with calcium carbide. It's recommended to avoid the contact with materials whose compatibility has not been ascertained yet.
The Material Safety Data Sheet reports omits to underline that, when reacting with sodium, it develops large amounts of hydrogen, with the consequent risk of explosions.
Some economists claim that banning DHMO would have terrible consequences on the world economy, but others underline that these economists are too close to WTO and to the International Monetary Fund for being unbiased. Some of them even work as advisers for large multinational corporation.
Why no limit have been fixated yet? Maybe the situation will be clearer if considering that DHMO is largely employed for the production of Coca-Cola and other soft drinks. It becomes thus obvious that food multinational corporations cannot allow the general ban for this molecule.
What to do? Some countries are moving already. In 2001 the staff of the New Zeland member of parliament Sue Kedgley answered to the request of a citizen for banning DHMO asserting to "completely agree with a campaign for banning this toxic substance from New Zeland".
What would you do in order to face the feared DHMO?