"We gotta give him just enough [industrial bleaching agent] that he don't get sick but he's on the edge of getting sick! So we've got to keep him just on the very edge and therefore it's pretty intense for cancer, he needs to take it 4/5 times a day, small amounts instead of a big batch."
"The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health. The product instructs consumers to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration."
Industrial bleaching agents can also be sources of concern. For example, the use of elemental chlorine in the produces and , including . According to an industry group, the use of in these processes has reduced the dioxin generation to under detectable levels. However, respiratory risk from chlorine and highly toxic chlorinated byproducts still exists.
Some also worry about the environmental impacts of bleach. Industrial bleach manufacturing and usage generates dioxin, a toxic byproduct that has been linked to cancer and birth defects. Dioxin and other bleach byproducts are also toxic to birds and fish. Again, household bleach is not strong enough to cause much concern. Bleaching paper and other industrial processes are the main concern.