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Lesson 91 – Oxygen can be Dangerous but is Vital

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Many doctors champion the use of oxygen and its therapeutic use in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. However, it is dangerous to think of and use oxygen in isolation, so dangerous that if you use it without carbon dioxide it will kill you quite quickly. Higher levels of oxygen are perfectly safe if CO2 is plentiful. What makes oxygen even safer is hydrogen gas and that is why the subtitle of my Hydrogen Medicine book is Combining Oxygen with Hydrogen and CO2.

While it's generally safe, Oxygen Therapy carries with it the risk of complications that in rare instances can be life threatening and/or result in permanent or long-term disability. Oxygen is given to millions of patients around the world every day, but too much of it can be harmful according to new Canadian research. Published in April 2018 in The Lancet, evidence presented shows supplemental oxygen, when given liberally to acutely ill patients, increases the risk of death in people with sepsis, stroke, cardiac arrest, as well as those with trauma or requiring emergency surgery.

Most people believe that oxygen therapy is harmless when sometimes it is not. These medical scientists concluded that for every 71 patients treated with excessive oxygen an additional death occurs in hospital. “What this is suggesting is that we need to move away from being too liberal with oxygen,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Derek Chu, who is a clinical fellow at McMaster University.

The study found that supplemental use of oxygen:

Didn’t decrease any infections.

Didn’t improve a patient’s length of hospital stay.

And for those with a stroke or brain injury it didn’t improve a patient’s level of disability.

In 1947, the British military discovered that oxygen could be toxic (Oxygen Toxicity) as a result of underwater research. The same research discovered that nitrogen (78% of air) caused Nitrogen Narcosis. Oxygen toxicity is a condition resulting from the harmful effects of breathing molecular oxygen at increased partial pressures. It is also known as oxygen toxicity syndrome, oxygen intoxication, and oxygen poisoning. Severe cases can result in cell damage and death, with effects most often seen in the central nervous system, lungs and eyes.

The result of breathing increased partial pressures of oxygen is hyperoxia, an excess of oxygen in body tissues. The body is affected in different ways depending on the type of exposure. Central nervous system toxicity is caused by short exposure to high partial pressures of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. Pulmonary and ocular toxicity result from longer exposure to increased oxygen levels at normal pressure. Symptoms may include disorientation, breathing problems, and vision changes such as myopia. Prolonged exposure to above-normal oxygen partial pressures, or shorter exposures to very high partial pressures, can cause oxidative damage to cell membranes, collapse of the alveoli in the lungs, retinal detachment, and seizures.

“There’s no clear consensus in North America or around the world on how to use oxygen," says Dr. Chu, meaning there is quite a bit of medical ignorance surrounding the most prescribed drug used in hospitals. Obviously, as demonstrated by all manufactures and suppliers of oxygen cylinders CO2 is always added because CO2 makes oxygen safer.

Cardiologist John William McEvoy believes the results will lead to a reconsideration of guideline recommendations around supplemental oxygen, which in the end should always include mixing hydrogen with oxygen. McEvoy, who is an assistant professor at John Hopkins University School of Medicine said the new research will change how he administers oxygen in his own coronary care unit. “This is definitely a practice-changing study. I read very many papers and meta-analyses, and this is one of the few that I think truly should change how we think about oxygen.”

Oxygen is often administered because it’s widely believed to be safe and not considered a harmful substance. The most common reasons to give extra oxygen is for patients who are short of breath, who have lung conditions or who are oxygen deficient, he said. “It’s just common practice —  traditional practice —  that we give them some excess oxygen because they're in the ICU, they're intubated, and we don't think it's harmful,” McEvoy said. It is common because it should be because most seriously ill people are oxygen deficient and this goes double for cancer patients.

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