«El Monóxido de Dihidrógeno (MODH) es incoloro, inodoro, no tiene sabor y es responsable del fallecimiento de millares de personas todos los años. La mayoría de estas muertes son causadas por la inhalación accidental de MODH, pero sus peligros no terminan aquí. Una exposición prolongada a su forma sólida causa severos daños en los tejidos. Síntomas de ingestión de MODH son la sudoración y orina excesiva, probablemente nauseas y vómitos. Para aquellos que muestren dependencia al MODH, la falta de exposición a este elemento supondrá la muerte«.
Todo absolutamente cierto. Algo sensacionalista, pero cierto. Porque el Monóxido de Dihidrógeno es uno de los nombres que el «Agua» puede tener en el mundo de la química.
El original en inglés, aquí:
Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.
- is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
- contributes to the «greenhouse effect.»
- may cause severe burns.
- contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
- accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
- may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
- has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the midwest, and recently California.
Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
- as an industrial solvent and coolant.
- in nuclear power plants.
- in the production of styrofoam.
- as a fire retardant.
- in many forms of cruel animal research.
- in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
- as an additive in certain «junk-foods» and other food products.
The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its «importance to the economic health of this nation.» In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/dhmo.asp#PWBXmduK2PgAaV7F.99