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Dying to Get High on Household Cleaners or Dust-Off

July 20, 2009

Dying to Get High on Household Cleaners or Dust-Off.

It seems that nowadays, people will do anything to get high to ease the stresses of everyday modern life and some even die trying.

Soldiers are getting high on DUST-OFF, the massively available deadly cure for war zone stress.

Kids are also huffing to escape stress and just want to get high.

Incredibly, huffers are literally dying to get high and it’s not clear whether they know or even care about the deadly consequences of huffing.

Tragically, it’s now happening all over the world, including your own neighbourhood and, incredibly, the cause of death is often caused by something almost all of us have in our own homes: common household products.

These everyday cleaning products are actually vehicles for chemicals that deprive the brain and the body of oxygen, causing Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.

Death comes quickly in just five frighteningly simple steps:

1) A person (child) picks a product to inhale like DUST-OFF, household sprays or glues.

2) The person inhales the vapors.

3)  S/he experiences nausea, slurred speech,dizziness,headache,disorientation.

4)  S/he becomes unconscious, stops breathing and suffers cardiac arrest.

5)  Death.

One time is all it takes. It is that serious.

So why does it happen?

DUST-OFF contains difluroethane.Trading chemicals for oxygen in the lungs, heart and brain is deadly.

The History of Volatile Aromatic Anesthesia

In 1929, William Allen published an article about inhalation reflexes in man when using essential oils of wintergreen, clove, orange, rose, lavender, bergamot, eucalyptus, and mustard, plus the chemicals butyric acid, menthol, camphor, xylol, benzol, formalin, ammonia, and chloroform.  The  vapors of the essential oils were pleasantly pungent but the common household chemicals were terribly irritating to the airways. Interestingly, Allen describes an inhibitory respiratory reflex reaction obtained during inhalation of each agent’s vapors on unanesthetized and anesthetized subjects that is akin to the olfactory trigeminal reflex known in rabbits.

This implies oropharyngeal absorption of the vapors of essential oils and other chemical compounds affecting the chemosensory ability of cranial nerves. The oral-pharyngeal nervous tissue absorption of the vapor of anesthetic agents as well as vapors of essential oils is significant but not well-quantified. Cranial nerves 5, 7, and 9, the trigeminal, facial, and hypoglossal, all have nerve endings intimately related to the tongue, posterior tongue, anterior tongue, back of the throat, and trachea. Huffing vapors affects these nerves too.

Modern Aromatics

Understanding how general anesthetic drugs work is the lifelong pursuit of Dr. Edmond Eger. In 2006 he completed a landmark study using eight aromatic benzene-like compounds (benzene, fluorobenzene, o-difluorobenzene, p-difluorobenzene, 1,2,4-trifluorobenzene, 1,3,5-trifluorobenzene, pentafluorobenzene, and hexafluorobenzene) and found that these aromatic compounds produce immobility in the face of noxious stimulation by blocking the action of glutamate on the NMDAreceptor.

The eight conventional anesthetic agents (cyclopropane, desflurane, enflurane, halothane, isoflurane, nitrous oxide, sevoflurane, and xenon), which include those used every day in the operating room to induce anesthesia (sevoflurane, isoflurane, and desflurane), did not block movement in the face of noxious stimulation by that same NMDA receptor. One point of the studies by Allen and Eger, published ninety years apart, is that the phytomolecules from the essential oils from plants are similar to other aromatic compounds that induce various types of anesthesia, possibly through similar mechanisms.

Anesthesia is safe because supplemental oxygen is given and vital signs are maintained.  Huffing is deadly.

This post and my book is dedicated to all members of Armed Forces of the United States.

Dr Geiger

the oilMD

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