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Re: The internet rumors about diluted helium
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 ergo@finalexit.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

One Response to “No evidence that helium tanks are diluted”

  1. WorthDoingRight says:

    Just wanted to add: I went to a Toys R Us to buy one of the helium tanks. They had 3 in store, and all 3 had the box opened. You could see the glue that keeps the cardboard flaps sealed was torn. With the box open, the tank was fully accessible to anyone. Any customer could come along and open it, and not close it fully. They said they wouldn’t allow returns on that, but 3 of 3 boxes opened is strange.

    Considering how important this act is, please check the package before buying to make sure the top and bottom of the box are sealed, and I believe the middle can split in half too. It’s worth it to be safe, and you could always get it at another store.

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