Thousands of people succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning the world over every year. Despite spirited efforts at raising awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and advising people on ways to prevent it, thousands of these yearly deaths continue to be due to negligent use of fossil fuel burning apparatus and running of car engines in and around closed living spaces. Exposure to carbon monoxide has varying effects on the body depending on the degree of exposure.
What Makes Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?
What Are The Carbon Monoxide Effects On Your Body?
The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning vary and depend on whether the exposure is over a long time or a single incident of extreme or mild exposure.
Common symptoms of exposure have the same attributes as influenza, gastroenteritis and food poisoning. This is why a lot of people miss incidents of mild exposure that occur over sustained periods. Some of the carbon monoxide effects on your body are:
This escalates with exposure to:
The most damage in the body visits those organs that rely on oxygen the most which are the heart and the central nervous system. One of the most effective ways of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors in the home and workplace. This device requires proper installation and periodic tests and battery replacements in order to ensure the highest degree of protection.
This week's episode of poem club is discussion of what might be Sylvia Plath's very last poem, Edge. This February was the 50th anniversary of Plath's suicide in 1963. Plath was 30 years old when she gassed herself to death in her kitchen. The year before her husband Ted Hughes had left her, and at the time of her death she was living alone with her two children (aged two years and nine months). If you're unfamiliar with her biography, I think it's helpful to read this brief description of her suicide, from wikipedia, before reading Edge:
The nurse was due to arrive at nine o'clock the morning of 11 February 1963 to help Plath with the care of her children. Upon arrival, she could not get into the flat, but eventually gained access with the help of a workman, Charles Langridge. They found Plath dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in the kitchen, with her head in the oven, having sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths. At approximately 4:30 am, Plath had placed her head in the oven, with the gas turned on.
The woman is perfected. Her dead
Body wears the smile of accomplishment, The illusion of a Greek necessity
Chelation therapy consists of the supervision of chelating agents by an expert doctor to take care of harmful metal poisoning. Chelating agents which are also called as chelants are applied to get rid of heavy metals from the human body in situations of poisoning, overdose or accumulation. These agents bind to metals inside the blood and tissues.
These develop complexes known as chelates which are inert chemically and it is quite easy to excrete them without interacting any more inside the human body. By doing so, detoxification of toxic metals is done by chelation therapy for example lead, arsenic or mercury. Chelating agents are given by doctors either orally or injected into the body directly through a vein or muscle, but this depends on the type of metals intoxication and the agent used.
Here are some cases of clinical situations in which doctors use chelation therapy to cure patients effectively: