Word is that if you're around any of any of the noxious emissions or secretions comprising this week's installation of the alphabet of bad gases and other household hazards, you should run for cover, contact poison control, and seek medical attention immediately. Just in case you're prone to forget these important members of the "Do Not Sniff" list, we've included an easy-to-remember anecdote for each of these toxic chemical compounds.
Part 1: Ammonia - Germanium
A. Air Fresheners. Many contain Formaldehyde and Phenol. See here.
- To remember: "'Plug it in' to plug in carcinogens."
B. Bleach. Add its foe, ammonia, for liquid lungs and rapid death.
- To remember: "Bleach is "BAD." (Bleach + Ammonia = Death).
C. Carpet Shampoo. The strongest clean the carpet, lungs, and liver.
- To remember: Can't use as real shampoo. My sis has to live with the weight of the dog death caused by that little mistake.
D. Dishwashing Detergent. Most contain chlorine, which "attacks" many metals and plastics. Chlorine is more dangerous when water is added and temperature is raised. So, natch, it's perfect for diswashers! Indeed, looks like it's not just the heat of the dish water that's tormenting your Tupperware.
- To remember: try this unforgettable fact on for size-- Poison control says dishwashing detergent is the #1 household killer of children. See here for more info.
Don't miss a shameless dig at Kitty Dukakis and shocking info about flouide, in E through G, after the jump...
E. Ethyl Alcohol. Not to be mistaken with booze, "rubbing alcohol" is also in cahoots with bleach and really dislikes ammonia. With or without bleach, however, ethyl alcohol tends to "defat" skin and is highly toxic. As Such, it should not be consumed by pregnant women (um, or anyone else, jeez).
- To Remember: Whenever Kitty Dukakis thinks of mom, there's a good chance she's faced with a reminder of her infamous addiction to rubbing alcohol (as revealed in her 1990 memoir). Her mother's name was Ethel. Well, we can wish.
F. Fluoridated Drinking Water? This shocking entry is derived from a relative of the most radioactive element in the Periodic Table, fluorine, which caused the deaths of those who discovered it. A close relative of flourine, the fluoride in fluoridated water has been the subject of a major lawsuit after it was revealed in a 2005 Harvard study that fluoridated water causes cancer in boys. For more information on the study and lawsuit, see here and here.
- To Remember: No need for reminder; you'll remember this every time you drink those 8 glasses a day.
G. Germanium Dietary Supplements. Research shows that these potions, made popular in 1970's Japan and later in other countries, should not be consumed, according to the FDA and the Journal of Radiology and Toxicology. Indeed, "germanium products present a potential human health hazard," according to the study.
- To Remember: all dyslexics be warned, Germanium is not the same as "geranium"; it's an element in the periodic table, not your grandma's favorite flower.
To be continued...