On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I think that one possible explaination is that neurochemistry is a very > fragile thing. And solvents, being reactive, can easily throw a wrench into > the whole thing. > But why does anesthesia just disrupt consciousness? Why does the Brain still have the ability to tell the lungs how to breathe? And usually if you screw up something very complex to such a degree that it quits functioning entirely then it's irreversible; but not with anesthesia, after a few hours you're as conscious as you ever were. Good thing too, imagine what our world would be like if anesthesia was impossible. > Even non-reactive chemicals, like Xenon have been found to make a nearly > ideal anastheitc. > And Xenon has a much larger fat\water solubility ratio that any gas in the air, so the Meyer Overton Rule would predict that it would be a anesthetic, and we find that it is. And Helium has one of the lowest fat\water solubility ratios known, much lower than Nitrogen, so the Meyer Overton Rule would predict that Helium would have virtually zero narcotic effect and would be a good gas for deep sea divers to substitute for Nitrogen to prevent Nitrogen narcosis; and we find that indeed Helium works great for that and the Meyer Overton Rule is right yet again. John K Clark -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.