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CO2 essential to the health and well-being
of our bodies


21 Apr 09 - Here's an email from a reader attesting to the benefits of CO2.
I had no idea that CO2 could help asthma and allergy sufferers. (I've been told that there should be an extra zero or two in the percentage figures given below, so make sure to check with your doctor before even considering this.)

Hi, Mr. Felix,

Below is a copy of the email I've just sent to the EPA.   I also plan to send the same information to my state representative and congressman with the request that they stop this action now.

In all the information I've read to date, no one ever mentions how vital CO2 is to our body's health -- I mean, in the ways it is used by our body. 

If more people were aware of this information perhaps there would be even stronger and quicker discrediting of this blatant "CO2 is a pollutant" lie. If you would like to study this more, there is abundant information on the internet about the Bohr effect. Also, I recommend reading about Dr. Konstantin Buteyko's work showing the connection between CO2 levels in the lungs and respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies. 

I used the information available on Dr. Buteyko's technique to eliminate my asthma and significantly reduce my allergies.  Since mid-December of 2008 I have not used an inhaler and since January 1, 2009 I have not used any allergy meds except eye drops a few times.  For someone who has had allergies since the early 1970s and been treated for asthma since the fall of 2007, I think this is quite remarkable.  It is also a personal validation of Dr. Buteyko's work

Helen I. Newton
“Comments directed to Docket ID No.EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0171”

The purpose of this email is to protest against declaring carbon dioxide a pollutant and to provide some information for your consideration.

You will likely receive many emails referring to the role of carbon dioxide in sustaining plant life.  This is certainly important.  However, I wish to emphasize that carbon dioxide is essential to the human body and without a sufficient amount of it inside our bodies we will die. 

In 1904 Danish physiologist Christian Bohr described what is now known as the Bohr effect.  Simply put, CO2 causes the release of oxygen from hemoglobin to tissue in the body. If there is not enough CO2 in the blood the oxygen is not released and the cells experience oxygen starvation.  In order to have enough CO2 in the blood there must be a sufficient amount in the lungs.  If there is a shortage of CO2 in the lungs, the bronchioles become inflamed (i.e., swollen and narrowed - as in asthma) to reduce CO2 loss during exhalation.  A concentration of up to 6.5% CO2 in the lungs is healthy; less than 4% is life threatening.  Please note that these percentages are significantly higher than the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. 

Ask yourself:  How can this gas which is absolutely essential to the health and wellbeing of our bodies be considered a pollutant?

Please REFUSE to declare carbon dioxide a pollutant.

A very concerned American citizen,

Helen I. Newton





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