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Monday, April 11, 2005

FFH News Alert

DAVIS, Calif.-- Catholic schoolchildren around the country are asked to pray. Anna Mirer's case of extraordinarily violent hiccups has extended into its 35th minute. Stay tuned to FFH for the latest developments.

3 Comment(s):

  •   Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at April 13, 2005 12:16 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • I'm guessing you've kicked the hiccups by now (two days later), but for future reference:

    Taking a very, very deep breath and holding it is often effective, and it has (pseudo)science behind it:

    1) increased proportions of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream (as happens when you hold your breath and metabolize out all the oxygen) will help ease muscle spasms such as hiccups (and the arterial spasms that cause migraines).

    2) hiccups are a spasm of the diaphragm, and taking a very deep breath and holding it is one way of flexing your diaphragm, as you would flex your foot to get rid of a hurty charly-horse.

  •   Posted by Blogger Anna at April 13, 2005 4:41 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • Thank you, mysterious, helpful stranger.

  •   Posted by Blogger BrooklynDodger at April 14, 2005 6:43 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • The Dodger has suffered hours-long hiccups, following dental surgury. Dentist believes it's due to pressure on some nerve or other. In the Dodger's experience, sticking a finger down your throat and making gagging noises to the point of but not actually vomiting stops the hiccups. [The Dodger has not had to go to the point of actually vomiting.]

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