Derek Humphry notes August 2015: This post is now out-of-date.
Worthington Industries, maker of the Party Balloon Kits, is now diluting its helium tanks by 20 percent, making them useless for self-deliverance from a terminal illness. Seek pure helium elsewhere.
Re: The internet rumors about diluted helium
Suggest you read my new (Aug.2015) pamphlet on this: How to make your own inert gas hood kit” on www.finalexit.org/ergo-store
At a recent Compassion and Choices meeting in Sante Fe, New Mexico, an elderly member of the audience stated that helium was now being diluted, thus unsafe for use in self-deliverance. He said he got this information from the internet.
In the ten years since the method of accelerating death by use of the inert gas helium was announced, there has never come to notice a single case of diluted tank of gas. I have trolled all those in North America who know about helium cases and no person has ever come across a diluted tank. All the known self-deliverances from terminal or hopeless illness using this method were effective.
This rumor of gas dilution has been around for at least five years and has become an urban legend. It suits our opponents to foster it.
(1) If the manufacturers did alter the contents of their tanks they would by law have to state this on the container. The gas industry is tightly regulated. (2) Why would they bother? The amount used in self-deliverance is minuscule compared to millions sold for party balloons, medical science, laboratories, industry, and diving operations.
The manufacturer’s own web site, balloontime.com, states the following about purity:
“ What is the purity of the helium in Balloon Time tanks?
“There are many types of helium concentrations based upon the application for the helium. Medical helium is over 99% pure. Balloon grade helium is approximately 94% – 96% pure. Our helium has been tested to be at least 98% pure, with most readings over 99% pure.”
If the helium was diluted by ten (10) percent, it would not be effective in self-deliverance — and probably other intended uses as well. If anybody finds evidence of dilution of a helium tank, please let firstname.lastname@example.org know immediately.
There are alternatives: nitrogen and argon are also inert gases which are lethal when inhaled in a enclosed space.
— Derek Humphry, Oregon