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diving and brain damage

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by knotical, May 29, 2013.

  1. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
    An instantly classic quote from Dr. Kay Tetzlaff, in the article Effects of Diving on the Brain in the latest Alert Diver magazine.

    full article: http://www.alertdiver.com/Brain
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  2. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Back when I started diving, any diver was considered crazy as a s***house rat.

    As for the study, it seems that they are going to have to do a lot more research to tie their theory to SCUBA. The only correlation, it seems, is that SCUBA and breath-hold are both divers.

    In any event, the information too late for me.

    I may be old, but I'm not dead yet.
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  3. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

    It will probably be okay.

    You will not last forever anyway, there is an expiration date.

  4. raftingtigger

    raftingtigger Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Woodland, CA, USA
    I was laughing so hard when I read that I couldn't finish the article for hours.

    Taken out of context it gives the wrong impression, but in context it is a great way to humorously get the point across that correlation does not equal causation.
  5. farsidefan1

    farsidefan1 Contributor Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Salt Lake Valley, Utah USA
    It's worth it.
  6. Doomnova

    Doomnova Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Playing go fish with the fishies :D
    Honestly there are soo many more things to worry about in this day and age that can cause varying issues with the body. If they find out 40 years down the road there is come correlation I'll still dive. If I end up like a parsnip well so be it I'd much rather live and do what I want to do and enjoy it than live locked up in a sterile house because I'm worried about what may be.
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  7. TracyN

    TracyN Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ocala, Florida
    LoL! I took up cave diving. I guess my brain damage is irreversable. :)
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  8. reefduffer

    reefduffer ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego CA
  9. Steve_C

    Steve_C Contributor Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    Article tells me not to worry:

    -Avoid apnea and hypoxia by not doing breath hold diving - CHECK
    -Dive less than 100 times a year - CHECK (unfortunately)
    -Dive 130 ft deep or less - CHECK
    -Don't just dive in cold water - CHECK
    -Don't get wasted every night - CHECK
    -Don't smoke - CHECK

    Cannot do much about getting older. Alternative rules out diving.
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  10. Panama Jones

    Panama Jones Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Canada
    "These subclinical lesions or "white spots" in the brain are detected with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a method very sensitive to changes in the brain. It is not clear whether they are more common in divers than in nondivers, nor is it certain that their presence has any importance."

    Let's see...the study shows that divers get white spots on their brain, but we're not sure if non-divers also get them or if they are important....hmmm

    ---------- Post added May 30th, 2013 at 03:18 PM ----------

    Ok Now I've read the whole artical and ok, I'm being a bit of an a$$:

    If you are an old aged, alcoholic, smoker and you dive
    Deeper than 130 feet
    In cold water
    More than 100 times a year
    With alcoholism
    High Cholesterol
    Have a head injury
    Have an infection
    Have a heart defect (PFO)

    You may get white spots on the brain, but we're not sure if non-divers also get them or if they are important....really???

    OK Sorry...no more from me
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