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Dihydrogen Monoxide FAQ


Frequently asked questions about dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO)

What is dihydrogen monoxide?

Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical, sometimes referred to as dihydrogen oxide, hydrogen hydroxide, hydronium hydroxide, or simply hydric acid. Its basis is the unstable radical hydroxide, a component that occurs in many corrosive, explosive or toxic substances, such as B. sulfuric acid, nitroglizerin and ethyl alcohol.

For more detailed information, including precautionary measures, disposal regulations and storage instructions, please refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for dihydrogen monoxide.

Should I be concerned about dihydrogen monoxide?

Yes, you should be worried about DHMO! Although the federal government and the Federal Health Office do not classify dihydrogen monoxide as toxic or carcinogenic (as they do with hydrochloric acid or saccharin), DHMO is an essential component of many toxins, diseases or pathogenic substances, environmental disasters and can be dangerous to humans even in the smallest quantities.
Research by the award-winning US researcher Nathan Zohner showed that around 86 percent of the population voted for a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay far more attention to what information they are getting about dihydrogen monoxide. He adds that studies like this would be redundant if more people knew the truth about DHMO.

A similar study by American researchers Patrick K. McCluskey and Matthew Kulick found that nearly 90 percent of those taking part signed a petition that dihydrogen monoxide should be banned in the United States.

Why have I never heard of dihydrogen monoxide?

Good question. In retrospect, the dangers of DHMO were largely disregarded as minor and manageable. Although some authorities are now concerned about dihydrogen monoxide, the issue is not as clear to the general public as some believe it should be.
Government critics often point out that many politicians and other public servants do not see dihydrogen monoxide as a "politically useful" reason to stay behind. So the public suffers from a lack of information about DHMO, what it is and why they should be concerned about it. The public and science as a whole are to blame for this. Many do not take the time to understand dihydrogen monoxide and what it means for their lives and that of their families.

Unfortunately, the dangers of DHMO increase as the world population increases. A fact that bare numbers and careful research show. It is more important than ever to be clear about what the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide are and how we can all reduce the risks we and our families face.

Each year, dihydrogen monoxide is a known constituent in many thousands of deaths and a major contributor to billions in damage to property and the environment! Some of the known dangers of dihydrogen monoxide are:
  • Death from accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small doses.
  • Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes damage to the skin.
  • Excessive consumption leads to a number of unpleasant, sometimes even life-threatening
    threatening side effects, from frequent urination to polyuria to fatal hyperhydration, the first symptoms of which are dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
  • DHMO is a major component of "acid rain".
  • Gaseous DHMO can cause extremely severe burns.
  • DHMO contributes to soil erosion.
  • DHMO causes oxidation and corrosion in many metals.
  • Penetration of uncleaned DHMO into electrical systems very often leads to short circuits.
  • Can significantly impair the effectiveness of vehicle brakes.
  • Found in biopsies of tumors and ulcers.
  • Often associated with cyclones and other devastating weather phenomena.
  • It is now assumed that the El Nino is also caused by thermal changes in the DHMO.

What is dihydrogen monoxide used for?

Despite all the known dangers, DHMO continues to be used on a daily basis in industry, government, and even in homes around the world. Some of the well-known uses for dihydrogen monoxide are:
  • as an industrial solvent and coolant,
  • in nuclear power plants,
  • by the US Naval Forces in the propulsion systems of some of their older ships,
  • by top athletes to improve performance in competitions,
  • in the production of foam rubber and styrofoam,
  • in the production of biological and chemical warfare agents,
  • as a fire extinguishing and extinguishing agent,
  • in abortion clinics,
  • as part of homemade explosives,
  • as a by-product of burning fossil fuels in engines and stoves and operating air-conditioning systems,
  • in many sect rituals,
  • through Scientology to its members and their families,
  • by the Ku Klux Klan during their marches,
  • by pedophiles and pornographers (for things that must not be mentioned here),
  • by the customers of many heterosexual and homosexual swinger saunas,
  • in history in Hitler's death camps and today still in prisons in Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Libya, Iraq and Iran,
  • during WWII in Japanese prison camps and Chinese prisons, for various types of torture,
  • by the Serbian military, authorized by Slobodan Milosevic during their ethnic cleansing campaigns,
  • in Iraqi prisons during the US occupation by American soldiers,
  • in animal testing laboratories, and
  • worldwide in pesticide production.
Amazingly, there are a ton of products and items that DHMO can be found in but for one reason or another they are usually not mentioned in the public presentations of consumer protection and health organizations. The notable ones are:
  • as an additive to food, including baby food in jars, in ready-made soups, in carbonated drinks and even in organic products and "pure" fruit juices
  • in cough medicine and other liquid pharmaceuticals,
  • in oven cleaners,
  • in shampoos, shaving creams, deodorants and numerous other personal care products,
  • in baby shampoos and baby bath products,
  • for "freshening up" fresh vegetables in the "freshness" departments of supermarkets,
  • in beer production by practically all large breweries,
  • for making decaffeinated coffee,
  • in espresso machines in all major coffee shop chains worldwide,
  • in the water purification systems of public swimming pools and wellness spas,
  • in Formula One racing cars (although their use is strictly regulated by the FIA),
  • and as a research object in current NASA planetary studies.

One of the most amazing facts recently revealed is that hydrogen hydroxide contamination cannot be removed from fruits and vegetables, for example. Studies have shown that foods contaminated with DHMO continue to show traces of DHMO even after extensive washing.

What is the connection between dihydrogen monoxide and violence in schools?

What is truly amazing is the fact that DHMO has played a role in virtually every incident of violence in US schools, including the rampages in Denver and Arkansas. In fact, DHMO is relatively easily accessible to virtually all students on school grounds. The responsible school authorities could not say for sure how much of the substance is used daily in the school courses and classrooms.

How does the toxicity of dihydrogen monoxide affect kidney dialysis patients?

Unfortunately, DHMO overdose does happen in dialysis patients. Overdosing in these patients can lead to heart failure, edema, and overexcitation. Despite the risk of accidental overdose and the inherent toxicity of DHMO to such patients, large numbers of dialysis patients continue to use DHMO on a regular basis.

Are there also groups that are against a ban on dihydrogen monoxide?

Despite the overwhelming evidence that DHMO is harmful, there is an activist group in California opposed to a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. The "Friends of Hydrogen Hydroxide" is a group who consider the dangers of DHMO to be greatly exaggerated. Members of the group claim that dihydrogen monoxide, or to use the less emotionally charged and chemically more precise term "hydrogen hydroxide" used by this group, is in fact environmentally benign, safe and naturally occurring. They also argue that the efforts to ban DHMO are based on false information and are simply misdirected.

The "Friends of Hydrogen Hydroxide" are supported by the "Scorched Earth Party", a radical and poorly organized movement in California. Sources close to the Scorched Earth Party deny any support from government, industry or industrial associations.

Does the press ignore this website and the problems with dihydrogen monoxide?

For the most part, the press has not covered the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide to the extent that many would like to see. Although many individuals have created private websites to disseminate the information, there are no large media companies that have taken up the topic.

A notable exception is the "U.S. News & World Report," which has a link to it in a bulletin on "Weird Science" in its October 11, 1999 issue. Unfortunately, the article ignores the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide and instead pokes fun at several research projects by calling them "scientific satire."

The operators of were a little disappointed that the risks of DHMO were not mentioned, but are nonetheless grateful for the mention by this highly respected publication.

Another exception is the magazine Telepolis from the publisher Heinz Heise, which has a link to in an article in a report on "The worldwide dihydrogen monoxide conspiracy" in its edition of March 20, 2004.

Is it true that the use of the DHMO improves athletic performance?

Absolutely! Distracted by the recurring allegations that amateur or professional athletes improve their performance with anabolic steroids and / or autologous blood transfusions, nobody notices that dihydrogen monoxide also has a significant performance-enhancing effect. This is arguably the most protective of all the little dirty secrets in the sports world, namely that athletes regularly consume large amounts of DHMO in order to improve their performance and to gain an advantage over the competition.

A common method used by endurance athletes is to consume large amounts of DHMO just before the event. This leads to a dramatic increase in performance for long-distance runners, for example.

Sports physicians believe that ingesting large amounts of dihydrogen monoxide can lead to complications and undesirable side effects, but they confirm the link to increased performance. DHMO is currently not on the list of prohibited means to increase performance, so the urine tests and doping samples are not designed to detect slightly or extremely high levels of DHMO.

Can Dihydrogen Monoxide Use Improve My Sex Life?

This is a popular myth, but it is supported by some scientific facts. Dihydrogen hydroxide plays an essential role in those areas of the brain that affect sexual stimulation and pleasure. Therefore, just like with competitive athletes, a moderate intake of DHMO before the sexual act can increase performance and the feeling of pleasure, but the same warnings apply.
Accidental overdose of DHMO is not always easy to spot, so here is a list of possible symptoms. If you suspect you have been exposed to a high dose of DHMO, or experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice. Please note that this information is only indicative and should in no way be understood as genuine medical advice.

These symptoms can occur:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive flow of urine
  • Bloated feeling
  • nausea
  • Vomit
  • Disturbance of the electrolyte balance
  • Hyponatremia

An interesting medical phenomenon is the leakage of small amounts of DHMO from the corner of the eye, caused by irritation, allergic reactions and chemical changes in the conjunctival tissue.

What does the chemical analysis of dihydrogen monoxide look like?

Recently, the German chemist Christoph von Bueltzingsloewen at the University of Regensburg found out what appears to be the main reason for the hazard from DHMO. According to von Bueltzingsloewen, the chemical separation of hydrogen hydroxide from its highly dangerous variant oxygen dihydride is extremely difficult. These two very similar components are found in almost equimolar distribution in all occurrences of DHMO. It is unclear to what extent both substances contribute to the inherent dangers of DHMO. Von Bueltzingsloewen believes that a synergy effect between the two components is responsible for this, possibly exacerbated by a catalytic effect caused by traces of hydric acid.
Fortunately, empowered users can do a lot to reduce the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide. First, use your common sense. Whenever you are dealing with products or foods that may be contaminated with DHMO, assess the dangers to yourself and your family and act accordingly. Bear in mind that in many cases a small amount of contamination by dihydrogen monoxide is not dangerous and in practice cannot be ruled out anyway.

Secondly, be careful in situations where there is a risk of accidental ingestion or inhalation of DHMO. If you feel uncomfortable, get out of the potentially dangerous situation.

Third: NO PANIC! Although the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide are very real, by acting carefully and carefully, and using common sense, you can be sure that you are doing everything possible to protect yourself and your family.

How can I learn more about dihydrogen monoxide?

We would be happy to tell you more about DHMO! Send us an email and we will do our best to keep you updated on the latest developments and studies on dihydrogen monoxide and its regular and improper uses.

There are a number of websites with further information on DHMO and related topics. However, the listing of these pages does not mean that we recommend them or that we have any influence on their content or political orientation.

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