Until now I’ve never looked closely at the claims made for oxygen bars – the establishments where you hand over a chunk of cash to breath near pure oxygen for twenty minutes. So I had l look here. The stupid, it hurts…
This is a direct quote from the site:
“Oxygen personnel are prohibited from making any specific claims as to the benefits of inhaling pure oxygen
Presumably this prohibition does not apply to their website designer as lots of claims of benefits indeed follow.
“Oxygen gives you energy! 90% of our energy comes from oxygen, and only 10% from food and water.”
Oxygen gives you energy by oxidising your food (you get zero energy from water) so 100% of your energy comes jointly from food and oxygen. The 90% from oxygen is meaningless gobbledygook.
“Oxygen is vital to your immune system, memory, thinking and sight”
Well, yes. In that if you are deprived of oxygen none of the above work due to you being dead. There is no reason to think that their function will be enhanced by taking on more oxygen than you have evolved to take.
“Promotes healing and counters aging”
Certain medical treatments require the use of hyperbaric oxygen but in these cases the oxygen is administered continuously, not in 20 minute whiffs. As for countering aging, normally such claims are made for anti-oxidants but if you flood your system with extra oxygen surely your anti-oxidants will be overwhelmed?
This is the best bit though:-
“Less than two hundred years ago the earth’s atmosphere comprised of 40% oxygen; today we breathe only 21%
“Lack of oxygen in our universe is due to pollution, burning of fossil fuels and overall destruction of the ozone layer”
This is a prime example of the making-stuff-up school of woo. The atmosphere’s oxygen content has been pretty much the same as it is now for millions of years. The writer must have pulled that 40% from his arse. As for burning fossil fuels – in pre industrial tines the atmosphere was 275 parts per million (0.0275%) carbon dioxide. Burning of fossil fuels has increased this to 381 ppm (0.0381%) so if the current oxygen level is 21%, in pre-industrial times it was about 21.01%. Hardly a noticable difference.
An ozone molecule consists of 3 oxygen atoms (it is an allotrope of oxygen) so if the break-down of the ozone layer were to have any effect on the oxygen content of the atmosphere it would be to increase it.
And as for blaming pollution for “Lack of oxygen in our universe” – I was not aware that industrialisation had expanded beyond the confines of our atmosphere.
This web-page is a classic example of what seems to be a very common woo technique – just string some sciency sounding terminology together any old how to bamboozle the scientifically uneducated.
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