I just don’t understand why people insist on clinging to arguments that have become completely ridiculous. The bleach people are mad that I keep calling their beloved Chlorine Dioxide, bleach, but what else do you call it? In all reality, I’m not chemist. I’m also not here to convince the bleach people that they are wrong. The truth is, I’m here to present the other side of the coin, so that you, Internet, can decide for yourself. I will say that I know it isn’t the same thing as the household bleach that we use for laundry, but does that then make it “not bleach”? I don’t think so, do you?
The CDC has an Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and here is what is says about Chlorine Dioxide:
So, I see where it is called a “hazardous gas” and it also says it is “used as a bleach.” But yes, it does go on to say that it is used to purify water, so let’s see if we can’t figure that part out.
Further down, it says:
The maximum is .8mg/L, but what does that mean? Well, let’s ask the EPA what their opinion is on the matter.
This says that the maximum residual level should be at 800ppb. However, as you recall, Ms. Rivera says that you need CD to be at 3000ppm. Which is bigger, a ppm or a ppb? Fortunately, I found a site that allows us to convert the ppb to ppm, so let’s do it.
Holy cow! 800ppb (the maximum allowed in drinking water) is equal to .8ppm?! So, the limit recommend by Kerri Rivera is roughly 3000 times the amount recommended by the EPA? Well, that explains the whole “safe to drink” issue. It is safe, at levels much, much less than what is being prescribed by the bleach people. This comment regarding the safety of CD, made by one of Ms. Rivera’s moderators was amusing in the fact that it pretty much sums up the scientific background of these people, but also terrifying because it pretty much sums up the scientific background of these people.
Is “it goes boom” the technical answer?
Now, I’m sure that the EPA and the CDC won’t be enough evidence for the bleach people, so here are a couple more. Yeah, the first one is wikipedia, but the CD movement likes to quote Jim Humble on the science of CD and he is the one that invented this latest form of quackery and woo, so wikipedia is looking pretty good right now. I already cited the CDC.
So, there you have it, Internet. I will gladly acknowledge to the bleach people that CD is not the same thing as household bleach. It is not the same thing as Clorox. As for the rest of it, you tell me. CD – Bleach, Bleaching Agent, chemical used in bleaching, none of the above? Safe at Ms. Rivera’s levels? You know where I stand. Feel free to decide for yourselves.
Until next time,