Helium and Health
Are There any side effects when you inhale helium from a
balloon!!I was told helium makes a small tiy hole in your brain which
eliminates a brain cell and brain cells can not be replaced right.
Helium is as inert as a gas can be. Helium itself won't drill holes in
your brain or kill brain cells. The only health problem you might
encounter from inhaling helium is oxygen deprivation, which can be very
serious. This will only happen if the helium displaces all the oxygen from
your lungs. As long as you don't breathe only helium, that is, if you take
a few breaths of air after exhaling the helium, there should be no problem.
Richard Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012