The Big Ox Canned Oxygen - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Does it Work Wednesday

The Big Ox Canned Oxygen

Does it Work Wednesday
The Big Ox Canned Oxygen
By: Lauren Keith

You see them in airports and in Las Vegas: oxygen bars.  They're places where people breathe in the benefits of pure oxgyen. That's where some Misssouri businessmen got the idea for their product called, "The Big Ox."  It's basically a can of oxygen that you inhale.  It promises to give you energy and increase your stamina, after you take in a few breaths of it. 

"Oh yeah," says Shawn Taylor of Cape Girardeau, as he pumps some iron.

As a personal trainer at Fitness Plus, Shawn Taylor practices what he preaches. He exercises daily, and also competes in amateur weightlighting shows.

"As far as oxygen is concerned, I take as much time as i need in between sets and breathe deeply," he says.

He's interested to see if the Big Ox will enhance his daily fitness routine.

"I see professional athletes all the time, go to the sidelines after some quick sprints, or several football downs, and they'll inhale oxygen," he notes.

So, let's see if the Big Ox has a similar effect on Shawn.  He pops the cap and breathes it in.  It sounds like he's blowing up a balloon, but Shawn's following the directions exactly. The Big Ox claims after inhaling this mint-flavored, 93 percent pure oxygen, he'll work harder and perform better. So, does Shawn have instant energy?

"I don't feel any difference at all," he says.

He'll do another set here, and we'll see if he can get through this one a bit better now that the Bix Ox pumps through his veins.

"I'm out of breath.  I'm not feeing any difference.  I'm just not sure at this point," he says.

Will he feel a difference as the day goes on? I leave the $12 can with Shawn, and head right to the Chemistry lab on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. You see, medicinal oxygen tanks are pretty heavy, but the Big Ox feels light as a feather, which has me wondering, what's really in this can? Dr. Marcus Bond performs a simple chemical test.

"We put a glowing ember into the beaker, we spray it with the Big Ox, and it should burst back into flame, if it is a high level of oxygen---and it does, a simple chemical test would show we do have a high of oxygen level in here," says Dr. Bond.

So apparently we do have some pure oxygen here, but what about the other claim? Could a few whiffs of this stuff really be better, say, than a cup of joe?

Dr. Brad Bittle, a pulmonologist at Saint Francis Medical Center, believes that's a stretch.

"I've seen so scientific evidence that something like this works. I think there will be people who say it does, but I would imagine any benefit is placebo-effect. I also think you can find the same amount of help just by simply slowing down, taking a few deep breaths and relaxing. That would be a lot cheaper than this," says Dr. Bittle.

Back to Shawn, after a day of breathing in the Big Ox, he, too, says he won't spend his 12 bucks on another can anytime soon.

"Personally, I'd give it a C minus. I felt something after awhile almost like a tingling in my fingers, but I did not notice a difference in my stamina. If I was going to spend 12 bucks, I'd rather buy water or some vitamin-enhanced drink, before I buy a can of oxygen," he says.

That said...I realize all supplements affect people differently, although the Big Ox did not work in this case. In fairness, I generously give it a C- on this Does it Work test.

I spoke with the company president by phone. He believes this is the next big health craze, just like bottled water.  He says people with migraines and avid runners have had great success with this.   He also notes people on the East and West coast living in highly-polluted areas are buying this by the case.  I did not test the Big Ox on those who suffer migraines or avid runners, so that also explains my grade of C-.

You can find the Big Ox at any Rhodes or Jaspers gas stations, as well as Country Mart.  The company president says he's currently working out a deal with WalMart to carry the Big Ox in their SuperCenters.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • First Alert: Expect temps in the 70s this evening

    First Alert: Expect temps in the 70s this evening

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-08-21 22:16:04 GMT
    Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)
    Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)

    Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s.

    Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s.

  • Poplar Bluff library closed after 'sparking electrical box'

    Poplar Bluff library closed after 'sparking electrical box'

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-08-22 01:39:44 GMT
    Poplar Bluff firefighters responded to a call about a sparking electrical box at the library on Tuesday. (Source: KFVS)Poplar Bluff firefighters responded to a call about a sparking electrical box at the library on Tuesday. (Source: KFVS)

    The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library was closed on Tuesday, August 21 after an electrical box was sparking in a closet.

    The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library was closed on Tuesday, August 21 after an electrical box was sparking in a closet.

  • ISP called to rollover semi crash on I-57 NB

    ISP called to rollover semi crash on I-57 NB

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-08-22 01:29:32 GMT
    Illinois State Police is investigating a semi roll over crash on Interstate 57 northbound at mile marker 74 on Tuesday, August 21. (Source: KFVS)Illinois State Police is investigating a semi roll over crash on Interstate 57 northbound at mile marker 74 on Tuesday, August 21. (Source: KFVS)

    Illinois State Police is investigating a semi rollover crash on Interstate 57 northbound at mile marker 74 on Tuesday, August 21.

    Illinois State Police is investigating a semi rollover crash on Interstate 57 northbound at mile marker 74 on Tuesday, August 21.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Father of slain Colorado woman sobs, seethes in courtroom

    Father of slain Colorado woman sobs, seethes in courtroom

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:15:23 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-08-22 02:14:57 GMT
    Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

  • GRAPHIC: 2-year-old allegedly attacks 9-month-old at daycare

    GRAPHIC: 2-year-old allegedly attacks 9-month-old at daycare

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:46:14 GMT
    (Source: KSLA News 12)(Source: KSLA News 12)

    A woman says her infant son had been bitten more than 30 times and had numerous scratches on his body. 

    A woman says her infant son had been bitten more than 30 times and had numerous scratches on his body. 

  • 3-year-old found dead in dryer, father says

    3-year-old found dead in dryer, father says

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 7:16 AM EDT2018-08-21 11:16:10 GMT

    Authorities have yet to determine a cause of death for a boy found dead at a townhouse. The boy's father said after a rough night, he found the boy dead in the dryer.

    Authorities have yet to determine a cause of death for a boy found dead at a townhouse. The boy's father said after a rough night, he found the boy dead in the dryer.

Powered by Frankly