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    Can one breathe something else and live?

    Can one breath something else than the air that is around us? In other words can one live and be healthy when breathing for example helium, nitrogen or whatever mixture that does not contain oxygen?

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    Re: Can one breathe something else and live?

    Just to explain the above further:
    Here is a page of mixtures that divers can use:
    http://www.techdiver.ws/exotic_gases.shtml#3

    but all of them contains oxygen.
    Outside the diving scenario, is there a mixture one can breathe that does not contain any oxygen?

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    Re: Can one breathe something else and live?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6seven8
    Just to explain the above further:
    Here is a page of mixtures that divers can use:
    http://www.techdiver.ws/exotic_gases.shtml#3

    but all of them contains oxygen.
    Outside the diving scenario, is there a mixture one can breathe that does not contain any oxygen?
    Oxygen specifically is required for the metabolic activities of our cells; without it, our cells would eventually shut down and die (and thus, we would, too) - no substitutes. No other element is suitable for this (at least given the way we evolved). Gases like helium and nitrogen are inert and aren't toxic per se, but if you're breathing them exclusively, then your body simply isn't receiving oxygen, and as such, your cells would eventually shut down.

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    Re: Can one breathe something else and live?

    and yet,oxygen is actually a DESTRUCTIVE and TOXIC element to life!?hehe!!just askin....

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    Re: Can one breathe something else and live?

    Oxygen is ..."juicy"(The Mummy.1990's remake.). No other gas is as chemically active as O. Sci-Fi (sic)stories have, for the past century and more, postulated life-forms that utilize "such diverse gases as these"(Monty Python) Fluorine, Chlorine, Neon, Xenon, Freon,..."dose are da conditions, dat prevail."Jimmy Durante

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    Re: Can one breathe something else and live?

    but YET another TAKE i OFFER as to the PREMISE of the OP!?hehe!!as to BREATHE as we COMMONLY RECOGNIZE it !?NO!!but as to BREATHE as we SPIRITUALLY have ACCESS to ........YESS!?hehe!!and that of the BREATH of god which is of DISCERNMENT!?for the breath of god is APPARENT in our BODIES by DEFAULT!?but the breathe of god for OUR SOUL is to be ATTAINED/earned /learned to!?and I ride a KAWASAKI 750 TWIN!!hehe!!just askin....
    Last edited by lexx; 09-01-2006 at 09:35 AM.

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