The Death Chemical
By Olyn Desabelle
DHMO starts with D – and so does death.
Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless substance. It is a widely used chemical compound that even goes by many names such as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, and Hydric acid.
DHMO can cause DNA mutations, make proteins lose functionality, disrupt cell membranes, and alter neurotransmitters. The chemical components of DHMO can be found in extremely strong acids and bases such as Fluoroantimonic Acid and Lithium Diisopropylamide; in highly explosive substances such as Acetone Peroxide and Methyl Nitrate, and in the most common case, it can be found in the top contributor to diabetes – Glucose. The Hydrogen in DHMO even has an explosive after it – the Hydrogen Bomb.
Research suggests that the deadly DHMO has directly caused thousands of deaths, which include, but are not limited to:
- Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO
- Severe tissue damage after prolonged exposure to solid DHMO
- Serious burns caused by gaseous DHMO
- Short circuits caused by DHMO contamination of electrical systems
- Pre-cancerous tumors and lesions containing DHMO
Despite these side effects, DHMO is still used in several industries worldwide:
- As additives to food products, including baby food, soups, and canned beverages
- In liquid pharmaceuticals such as cough medicines
- In bathroom products such as shampoo, shaving creams, and lotions
- In common drinks such as coffee, beer, and juice
- In swimming pools
The harmful DHMO is abundant on Earth and has been a major component in natural disasters such as floods and tsunamis. As of 2016, 100 percent of people who died have ingested DHMO at least once in their life.
What should we do about this?
According to U.S. researchers Patrick K. McCluskey and Matthew Kulick, roughly 90 percent of the people they have interviewed were willing to sign a petition to ban DHMO in the United States. In order to be safe from it, we must spread our knowledge about it so that we can stand a chance against DHMO – the death chemical.