Health alert—Beware some breathing machines!

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD [Yahweh] God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Life comes from the Almighty Creator. Our life depends wholly on our ability to breathe. Within minutes of ceasing to breathe, a person will die.

We suspect that this article will be of great interest to many in our audience, perhaps for yourself or for a loved one. Here are a few key excerpts from the online version of the article which we found in our print version of the Epoch Times a couple weeks ago.


FDA Says 561 Deaths Linked to Recalled Philips Sleep Apnea Machines

The grim tally comes days after Philips agreed to stop selling new breathing devices and ventilators to treat sleep apnea in the United States.

By Lorenz Duchamps 2/3/2024 | Updated: 2/6/2024

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in an update this week that previously recalled Philips breathing devices and ventilators used to treat sleep apnea may be linked to hundreds of deaths.

In a statement issued on Jan. 31, the FDA said that since April 2021, it has received more than 116,000 medical device reports (MDRs), including 561 reports of deaths associated with foam breaking down in Philips Respironics ventilators, BiPAP sleep therapy devices, and CPAP machines that were included in a major recall announced in mid-2021.

The agency noted that between July 1, 2023, and Sept. 30, 2023, it received more than 7,000 MDRs, including 111 reports of deaths tied to these breathing devices and ventilators.

A wide range of injuries has been reported in these MDRs, including cancer, pneumonia, asthma, infection, headache, cough, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), dizziness, nodules, and chest pain,” according to the FDA.

Since June 2021, Philips has recalled more than five million units of the pressurized breathing machines amid reports their internal foam can break down over time, leading users to inhale tiny particles and fumes while they sleep.

The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in the machines to reduce sound and vibration can break down and result in black pieces of foam” or certain invisible chemicals being breathed in or swallowed up by the person using the device, the FDA said in a separate statement…

Recalled Devices

According to an FDA notice updated on Jan. 31, Philips has recalled the following devices manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021, as they may pose a serious health risk due to the breakdown of PE-PUR foam.

A-Series BiPAP A30

A-Series BiPAP A40 (ventilator)

A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30

A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto (ventilator)

C-Series ASV (ventilator)

C-Series S/T and AVAPS


DreamStation ASV

DreamStation Go

DreamStation ST, AVAPS

Dorma 400

Dorma 500


Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent (ventilator)

OmniLab Advanced+

REMstar SE Auto

SystemOne ASV4

SystemOne (Q-Series)

Trilogy 100 (ventilator)

Trilogy 200 (ventilator)

The company also recalled certain Trilogy Evo ventilators distributed from April 15, 2021, to May 24, 2021. The devices have specific serial numbers that can be found here.

Most recalled devices are continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machines. They force air through a mask to keep passageways open during sleep. CPAP and BiPAP machines are worn at night to help those with sleep apnea.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing while asleep. Your brain tries to protect you by waking you up enough to breathe, but this prevents restful, healthy sleep.” END QUOTE

May our heavenly Father continue to grant all of us clear breathing even if it means having the help of a machine, but we must always remember the old maxim: caveat emptor. (Let the buyer beware.)

Here is a link to the complete article at an archiving website.


February 28, 2024

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