Sorry for the slow response. Your message was on my work computer and not
I rather doubt that DMSO was to blame, but don't really know. I think
hysteria played a large part.
There is a pretty good discussion of the incident on the "Urban Legends" web
From: EUGENE SMAR <SPELUNK.SUENO@prodigy.net>
To: Richard Spindler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, December 08, 1999 23:51
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Useful DMSO
> Wasn't DMSO or a derrivative the substance found in the bloodstream of
>that woman who died in the Houston ER a few years back, and the attendings
>in the ER also got ill from fumes? Theory was the DMSO (a byproduct of
>medication she had been taking prior to her admission to the ER) mixed in
>her body with high O2 concentrations from the nose mask and created a
>substance similar to nerve gas! (Or so says the theory on The Learning
>Gene Smar AD3F
>From: Richard Spindler <email@example.com>
>To: Carl Smidt <firstname.lastname@example.org>; TowerTalk Reflector
>Date: Wednesday, December 08, 1999 1:26 PM
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Useful DMSO
>>The problem that DMSO has with the FDA, and with the medical profession,
>>is that we tend to like products and techniques which are results-based
>>as opposed to being based on hearsay and supposition.
>>That means that the product, herb, or treatment must be compared in a
>>scientific manner with another treatment or a placebo and show a
>>statistically significant benefit.
>>An excellent example of the "supposition" school is the school that says
>>that if WD-40 is a lubricant, it must be just the thing to spray on
>>joints with arthritis. Or that, since mandrake root looks like a penis,
>>it must be good to improve potency. Or that, since Grandma used to put
>>a mustard poultice on your back for flu, it must be helpful.
>>DMSO has not passed that kind of test and has some toxicity, so I am not
>>recommending it to my folks.
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