Dr. Omar Clark, D.C. talks to Ross A. Hauser, M.D. and Brad (LPN) at Caring Medical in Fort Myers, Florida about the physiological effects of masking children.
Masks affect blood supply to the brain and cause carbon dioxide (CO2) retention. The testing performed in this video includes transcranial doppler which looks inside the brain and see the blood flow live, and heart rate variability (HRV) monitoring is a very good measure of a person’s overall health. The flow of blood tells you how the brain is doing, whether the brain is under stress or relaxed. When the brain’s under stress it brain is going to try to increase the blood flow, the speed of the blood, so the brain can get more oxygen and nutrients and can function optimally.
You will see that once Isabella put a mask on the flow velocities in the arteries that they monitored went up to 30 centimeters per second. When she had the mask on her body was accumulating carbon dioxide which has the effect of increasing the blood flow to the brain as the brain tries to get rid of that carbon dioxide.
The test subject did squats and then stopped, and her blood flow returned to normal rather quickly. When she had a mask on it was almost immediately when she started doing the squats that her flow velocities went up quite a bit and then when she stopped it took a really long time to get those flow velocities back to normal. The brain had to increase the flow velocity because the brain was sensing stress, and then when she stopped the squats, instead of quickly getting the flow velocity getting back to normal, it took about twice as long, so her brain was under stress with the mask.
When she didn’t have a mask on and was running in place her full velocities increased slightly, but it recovered very quickly. When she was wearing the mask the flow velocities spiked right away, and then it took her twice as long to recover, so again with the mask on her brain was sensing stress, and accordingly the brain had to increase the flow velocities quite a bit for a longer period of time again to try to get the brain to function normally again.
Whoever is wearing a mask is re-breathing the metabolic waste product known as carbon dioxide, so the body is going to accumulate some carbon dioxide. The brain needs to get rid of that carbon dioxide, so it increases the flow velocity for a lot longer because the brain is sensing stress. It was a prolonged period of time to decrease the blood flow to normal as compared to the same activity whether it was reading, squats or running in place without a mask.
This was only a short period of time with a mask, so imagine a child wearing a mask for two, three or even six hours. Think about the psychological effects alone that wearing masks can cause in children.