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Old 27-Jun-14, 14:47
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Default Re: The safety of smother KOs

When you're talking about smother KOs, the term you're looking for is cerebral hypoxia (low oxygen in the brain). Usually that's caused by stuff like smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning, but it's the same mechanics as a smother KO and doesn't involve the vagus nerve. Instead it's a gradual progression from a loopy feeling to fainting to coma; personally I'd stay the hell away from it, since unlike blood chokes there's not a clear point you should stop at. I mean, you should be perfectly fine for up to 2 minutes at least (barring rare medical conditions), but it's a real grey area.

Interesting tidbit: The world record for holding one's breath underwater is held by the French freediver Stéphane Mifsud, who lasted 11 minutes 35 seconds. (His lungs have been measured to hold nearly double the air of a average man)
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