A Dairiair®,LLC White Paper on Flatulence
If you are suffering from excess intestinal gas, you need to become informed. Know all you can about controlling the negative social effects associated with this condition, beginning with the following facts:
- If you are alive, producing intestinal gas emissions is a fact of daily life.
- Regrets, we've all had a few. In fact, when it comes to the issue of second-hand flatulence, no one is totally blameless. While some people pass more gas than others do, it is normal for a healthy individual to do so from 6 to 20 times a day.
- Blame it on swallowed air while smoking/ eating/drinking/chewing gum, plus the effect of loose fitting dentures as well as the primary culprits: your stomach and small intestine.
- It's not rocket science. Flatulence typically occurs when food does not break down completely in the stomach and small intestine before being passed on to the large intestine. Bacteria (fermentation reaction) in the large intestine completes the work of digestion, producing a variety of gasses in the process, such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, sulfur and sometimes methane— the "gas" that is "passed" in a flatulence outburst.
- You are what you eat. Known gas-producing foods and drinks include vegetables, such as potatoes, onions, cabbage, and broccoli; fried and fatty foods; beans and other legumes; milk and other lactose products; sugars; wheat and wheat bran; eggs; fruits, such as bananas, prunes, and raw apples; and carbonated drinks, beer, and red wine.
- The foul bowel odor associated with flatulence is the result of traces of several volatile sulfur-containing compounds such as hydrogen sulfide, methanethiol and dimethylsulfide and amines. (Yes, as a general rule of thumb, what's hard to spell are easy to smell). Hydrogen sulfide is the source of the noxious odor we associate with flatulence (Think of the smell of "rotten eggs").
- There is no Richter Scale that measures the loudness of a flatulence outburst. The sound of an outburst is a function of a sphincter's elasticity, the presence or absence of hemorrhoids, the muscle tone of the flesh surrounding the sphincter and the wishes of the delivery person.
- In healthy individuals, the volume of gas passed through the rectum varies from 500 to 1500 ml per day.
- The nose knows. The human nose can detect in the low part per billion range of the most offensive smells associated with flatulence. Note: one ppb is analogous to one second in 32 years or one grain of salt in a billion grains of sugar.
- Forty-six percent of people have been embarrassed in public by gastrointestinal gas, according to a recent North American survey (Yes, the 54% of the people polled who gave a N.I.M.B.Y. response are probably fibbing).
- No matter where you go in this world, you will always find a local word for a flatulence outburst. In Japanese, it's called he. The Russian's perdun, the Chinese's fong, the German's furz, the French's pet, the Hindu's pud and the Afrikaans's poep give clear proof that flatulence knows no borders.
- The truth about social flatulence as expressed in numerous testimonial letters- is that it is both the "stuff" of low comedy (Think of the Whoopie™ Cushion) and terrible tragedy (Think of being confined indoors because of an acute chronic gas condition—sadly, this "social deficit" is the first hardship that a sufferer of excess gas is forced to endure).
- Many people assume that the emission of flatulence in social settings is totally preventable—an assumption that is simply not true for all people in all situations. Like bed-wetting among children or incontinence among the elderly, diminished control over one's bodily functions is not always preventable.
- "A prescription drug with no side effect is a prescription drug with no effect". In fact, a common side effect of many prescribed drugs is increased gas. This is just one example of a "no fault" type of excess gas condition.
- Medical conditions known to cause excess gas are many. They include: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Colon or Rectal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, Diverticular Disease, Gallstones, Parasitic Infections, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Splenic Flexture Syndrome and Ulcerative Colitis.
- As we get older, we tend to lose muscle control. Medical conditions like MS accelerate this loss of control over various muscle groups. This leads to an increased amount of uncontrolled flatulence events.
- Second-hand flatulence is seldom met with a forgiving societal response for two reasons: 1.) Each outburst effectively "socializes" the perpetrator's discomfort (everybody in the vicinity of a gas outburst suffers equally), and; 2.) Each event "commodifies" those who are exposed, transforming them into unwitting "human air filters".
- Control strategies for excess gas can be said to involve a series of BDA Initiatives, as they place distinct sets of interventions at the Before, During and After phases of the human digestion timeline.
- "Before" control strategies use diet to selectively eliminate the intake of known gas-producing foods. Since certain foods affect different people in different ways, this control method must be implemented on a "trial and error" basis. Moreover, it is not effective for individuals whose problem is the result of a medical condition or prescription drug regime.
- "During" control strategies use over-the-counter medications (such as Beano™, activated charcoal tablets or lactose digestion supplements) to break down the less digestible foods responsible for excess gas formation. As in the case of diet-based remedies, this control strategy is not effective against conditions that are medical in origin.
- "After" control strategies do not seek to treat the root causes of a given gastrointestinal condition— but rather its real-time environmental and social consequences. A GasMedic™ seat cushion containing sound-muffling and odor absorption filters works as a passive and discrete flatulence filter device to strip each flatulence outburst of the majority of its telltale sound and smell. Unlike the other control strategies available, this method offers a proven end-to-end solution for every type of excess gas sufferer.
- How it works. Numerous research findings and real-world product tests lead us to believe that the advanced technology filter components present in the GasMedic™ flatulence filter seat cushion by Dairiair®, LLC represent the best approach to managing excess intestinal gas conditions. We believe that the proprietary combination of these powerful filter elements gives chronic sufferers of excess gas a simple 3-step solution for an embarrassment-free life:
- Step 1.Sit. To the sight and touch, each flatulence filter by Dairiair®, LLC looks and feels like a conventional pillow-type seat cushion. However, the cushion's dual-stage internal filter components have been specially developed to provide a "best in class" solution for gas sufferers everywhere—in the home, office, car, school, restaurant or other social settings.
- Step 2.Release. When released into a Dairiair®, LLC flatulence filter cushion, the initial layer of acoustical foam muffles the sound of the outburst. The foam's high porous structure allows the odorous gas to then diffuse on to the activated carbon filter, where the offensive odors are trapped and absorbed.
- Step 3.Relax.For both gas sufferers and those near and dear to them, this passive control device offers a win-win proposition. Plus, customers know they are using the same technology that's used in military Haz-Mat applications — and there's simply no better testimonial than that.
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