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02 Aug 2006

chain mail advice
I received this sensationalist email advice and wonder if there is any merit in it.
See below :

Hi Friends,
Drinking Cold water after meal = Cancer!
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is
applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal.
However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that
you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.
Once this "sludge" reacted with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line
the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best
to drink hot soup or warm after a meal. A serious note about heart attacks

Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are
asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive...
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10
people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read
this... It could save your life!!
Let's say it's 6.15 pm and you're driving home .
Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that
starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw.
You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home.
Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.
You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, deep and
prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two
seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the
lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!! "
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Chainmail Cynic,

You are wise to be cynical. Herewith my comments.

The cold water after a meal story: rubbish. Once in your body, everything equilibrates to 37° anyway. Fats are not digested in the stomach, but in the intestine – this is normal. There is a statistical link between high fat intake and intestinal cancer, but this is not due to the intake of cold water. Why have soup after a meal? Soup is a meal in itself.

Re the heart attack symptoms: it is true that WOMEN AND DIABETICS often do not experience the “classical” angina symptoms ( central chest pain, often radiating to the left arm and jaw, etc). But far more important is the fact that THE COMMONEST SYMPTOM OF AN IMPENDING HEART ATTACK IS NOTHING AT ALL, NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER. Many patients feel a little “off colour” and are later shown by ECG evidence to have suffered a mild heart attack that they were unaware of.

It is also true that many people do die in their sleep: the pain of a heart attack usually wakes the patient, but it may happen so fast that the heart goes into a fatal rhythm abnormality (ventricular fibrillation), and the patient never gets a chance to alert anybody, so appears to have died in his sleep.

The heavy coughing advice can technically work, if the patient is alert enough, realises what is happening, knows about the technique, and can keep it up long enough to summon help.

As with so many urban legends, there is some truth in amongst all the claims. I hope this will help you sort it out.


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