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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.



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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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