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Carbon Dioxide in Medicine Part VII – Dr. Achilles Rose

CHAPTER XII – MISCELLANEOUS W. Duffield Robinson attended to a large number of patients suffering from purpura (red or purple discolored spots on the skin caused by bleeding underneath the skin). The majority were prisoners who had been subjected to abstinence from meat for a long time.  He noticed in the case in which he …

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Carbon Dioxide in Medicine Part V – Dr. Achilles Rose

CHAPTER IX – RECTAL FISTULA PROMPTLY, COMPLETELY, AND PERMANENTLY CURED BY MEANS OF CARBON DIOXIDE APPLICATION In January 1903, I published in the New York Medical Journal my first case of successful treatment of rectal fistula by means of carbon dioxide gas application: CASE I. I. A, 34 years of age. Dancing master. Married; father …

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Carbon Dioxide in Medicine Part III – Dr. Achilles Rose

CHAPTER V – CARBON DIOXIDE GAS IN THE TREATMENT OF DYSENTERY AND MEMBRANOUS ENTERITIS AND COLIC Carbon dioxide gas, besides stimulating capillary circulation, has an anesthetizing influence, and this is especially remarkable when the gas is applied to painful ulcers—cancerous, for instance; and it was well made use of in gynecologic practise. There exists a …

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Carbon Dioxide in Medicine Part II – Dr. Achilles Rose

CHAPTER III – INFLATION OF THE LARGE INTESTINE WITH CARBON DIOXIDE GAS FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES H. v. ZIEMSSEN, in the year 1883, was the first to describe and publish experiments to establish the value for diagnostic purposes of artificial inflation of the large intestines. It may be admitted, however, that other investi­gators, those of the …

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Carbon Dioxide in Medicine Part I – Dr. Achilles Rose

Carbon Dioxide in Medicine was published already in 1905. At the time of publishing, Dr. Achilles Rose and his colleagues had already given carbon dioxide to their patients for more than 20 years. The book is a fascinating read and a great testimony to the success of carbon dioxide treatments. PREFACE Among the transactions of …

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Shut your mouth and Save Your Life

Man is known to be the most perfectly constructed of all the animals, and consequently he can endure more: he can out-travel the Horse, the Dog, the Ox or any other animal; he can fast longer; his natural life is said to be ‘threescore and ten years,’ while its real average length, in civilized communities, is but half equal to that of the brutes whose natural term is not one-third as long!

When “Crying It Out” Doesn’t Work

The oxidative stress, or the rate of living, theory of ageing suggests that a lower metabolic rate means longer life span and higher metabolic rate means a shorter life span, i.e. “live fast, die young”. This holds in most cases, since larger animals in general have a low metabolic rate and tend to live longer than smaller animals with a corresponding higher metabolic rate. An elephant for example can live up to 80 years. Since it has a slow metabolism, the elephant heart beats roughly the same number of beats as the heart of a mouse. The mouse however, with a much faster metabolism, “uses up” it’s heart beats in only 2-3 years.

However, since there are many exceptions from the “live fast, die young”-theory it tells us that it is incomplete. This article looks at ageing from a breathing perspective and suggest that the tolerance for carbon dioxide is a major factor determining the life span.

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