whatever age you are, snorting HF is not the answer. It is actually illegal in several states.
"[...] more than half the banana genome is shared with humans (a fact more
evident among some of my acquaintances than others)" - Sir Robert May
Dr. Johan Schijf
Assistant Professor, Aquatic Environmental Geochemistry
UMCES/Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
P.O. Box 38, 1 Williams Street
Solomons, MD 20688-0038
Tel. (410) 326-7387 (office) 7392 (lab)
Fax (410) 326-7341
e-mail: [log in to unmask] "Pappas, Richard Steve (CDC/ONDIEH/NCEH)" <[log in to unmask]>:
> I am glad that YOU explained that, and not ME!
> However, I don't think Mary is aging that much at all. "Somewhat
> older" can mean, just another birthday. Now I am aging.
> At 50, I started getting "Senior discounts" in the grocery store and
> several restaurants without asking or showing i.d.
> At the last 4 retirement celebrations here, I have been asked 5
> times, "when mine is going to be."
> At a grocery store (age 57), the cashier asked my wife if her
> "father" wanted to pay to use the senior discount.
> I am 58. A Mexican man in our church's Latino ministry guessed my age as 70.
> Returning from our last trip to visit family in Brazil, a young
> Brazilian Delta employee offered to usher me to a shorter line for
> the elderly and infirm. I asked, "Which am I?"
> THAT is what you call aging.
> R. Steven Pappas, Ph.D.
> Smoke Analysis Group
> Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
> 4770 Buford Hwy, M.S. F-44
> Atlanta, GA USA 30341-3717
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: PLASMACHEM-L: Analytical Chem.(ICP's, DCP's, MIP's).
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Johan Schijf
> Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:29 PM
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> Subject: Re: HF & other ideas
> that is very unlikely. Blood Ca reflects the short-term Ca balance in
> your body that results from normal intake/excretion. This balance can
> shift with age due to hormonal changes etc leading to ailments like
> osteoporosis, especially in older women. HF acts on cellular Ca,
> which is a different pool. Ca is a very important signaling ion which
> is shuttled across the cell membrane by special Ca channels to
> maintain delicate concentration gradients that are crucial in a wide
> variety of physiological processes. Disturbing these gradients by
> binding the Ca has immediate and disastrous consequences,
> specifically cell death resulting in nerve damage, tissue necrosis
> etc. The symptoms are somewhat comparable to the effects of snake
> venom, although the mode of action is entirely different.
> "[...] more than half the banana genome is shared with humans (a fact more
> evident among some of my acquaintances than others)" - Sir Robert May
> Dr. Johan Schijf
> Assistant Professor, Aquatic Environmental Geochemistry
> UMCES/Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
> P.O. Box 38, 1 Williams Street
> Solomons, MD 20688-0038
> Tel. (410) 326-7387 (office) 7392 (lab)
> Fax (410) 326-7341
> e-mail: [log in to unmask] Mary O Bumgarner <[log in to unmask]>:
>> Wow! I wasn't expecting that high a concentration to be equal to 'a
>> trace'. Good idea about the MSDS's, so I just checked them.
>> Unfortunately, one supplier did not specify a percentage and another
>> gave the range as Trace-2%. So just to be on the safe side, I will
>> have the gel and tablets purchased. And yes, I'll be better about
>> wearing my gloves.
>> Now this makes me curious. Not to be gross or too personal, but my
>> last blood workup showed that I have low calcium. I just figured
>> this was due to getting to be a, hmmm, somewhat older lady. I wonder
>> if frequent contact with minute amounts of HF could produce this
>> effect in people? What do you think?
>> Mary O. Bumgarner
>> Senior Chemist
>> Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory
>> City of Winston Salem, NC
>> 2799 Griffith Road
>> Winston Salem, NC 27103
>> office (336) 397-7617
>> FAX (336) 659-4320