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  1. #1 Holding Your Breath After Taking In Helium 
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    All I have been trying to say here, about helium keeps getting cut off by someone who is not following what is being said.

    The forum member Drowsy Turtle and I were discussing Helium. And others with nothing better to do, have been interfering. If the moderator would like to remove their posts I am all for it. But please do not lock the thread again.

    When I was breathing Helium, the way I was able to do it for so long, was to hold my breath. And allow the helium to get contaminated with my lungs out gassing. This caused the helium to be less effective and not cause hyperventilation.

    Hyperventilation is when you remove to much of the contaminants in your lungs. You get very dizzy. But I believe it is very dangerous as well.



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    William McCormick


     

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    O jeez not this again.

    By the way, submarines operate at atmospheric pressure so there is no need for oxi-helium mixtures.
    Since you say there is no need for oxygen in the lungs , what do YOU operate on?


     

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    Please Chemboy, lock the thread, enough is enough!
     

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    I can tell you that nobody believes you when you say you're hyperventilating after inhaling a large amount of helium. They just laugh.
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    ok William, here's the deal. What causes the feeling of needing to breath is not a lack of oxygen, but rather the presence of carbon dioxide. So, helium is dangerous to breath in in large amounts because it displaces the oxygen in the lungs but does not cause the buildup of carbon dioxide, so you never feel a need to breath, so you don't, and that obviously isn't a good thing.

    It doesn't matter if it's safe in small amounts, it doesn't matter if there's supposedly some way to make it safe to breath long term in larger amounts. Fact is, it can easily be dangerous if you over do it, and so discussion of supposed ways to make it safe will not be tolerated in this forum, especially since there's no practical reason to. Any further threads on this topic will be locked without warning. If you must discuss it any further, PM me.
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