a sheet of wax paper. After you scrunch it together and pull it
back, the appearance changes. In reality, it has also become
slightly smaller. The same thing happens to your breathing cavity
when you hold your breath or tense up, as you have done many times
throughout your life. In breathing sessions, the emotions from old
traumas are finally resolved which allows for greater expansion of
the diaphragm. It's like stretching out the wax paper and making it
like new. You will notice a significant difference after the first
Exercise is good for the body. Aside from
helping to tone our muscles, there is an important lymphatic
function happening. The lymph system is responsible for the
removal of toxins that build up in our systems. It is activated
through motion. Every time you are taking a deep breath, your
diaphragm is moving up and down. This motion not only helps to
activate the lymph system but it also helps exercise our
individual internal organs.
Aside from the numerous physiological benefits of
increased respiratory function as detailed in the following quotes,
there are many psychological benefits which are crucial for timely
and complete healing. As you continue a routine practice of
conscious connected breathing, deep peace and understanding will
increase. There is no question that the reduction of stress and
anxiety is ultimately one of the most important factors in healing.
In the field of mental health, there are many
benefits derived from conscious connected breathing. In cases of chemical, hormonal imbalances and nervous disorders,
the increased oxygenation has profound healing effects.
Disease | Heart
Disease | Cancer
System | Asthma
| Blood Pressure
breathing is a common cause of ill health."
Dr. Andrew Weil
|" All chronic pain,
suffering, and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell
Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., author
"The Textbook on Medical Physiology.
is the key that unlocks the whole catalog of advanced biological
function and development. Is it any wonder that it is so central
to every aspect of health? Breathing
is the first place, not the last, one should look when fatigue,
disease, or other evidence of disordered energy presents itself.
Breathing is truly the body's most basic communication
Hendler, MD, PhD.
BREAKTHROUGH, Pg 96
"Oxidation is the source of life. Its lack causes
impaired health or disease, its cessation,
death." Dr. F.M. Eugene Blass, PH.D.:
"Oxygen Therapy: Its Foundation Aim Results"
disease is due to a deficiency in the oxidization process of the
body, leading to an accumulation of the toxins. These toxins would
ordinarily be burned in normal metabolic functioning."
Dr. Albert Wahl
"Oxygen plays a pivotal
role in the functioning of the immune system." Dr. Parris M. Kidd, Ph.D. author,
serious disease states we find a concomitant low oxygen
state...Low oxygen in the body tissues is a sure indicator for
disease...Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the
fundamental cause for all degenerative disease. Oxygen is the
source of life to all cells."
Dr. Stephen Levine, Renowned Molecular
Biologist and Geneticist Author, "Oxygen Deficiency: A
Concomitant to All Degenerative Illness"
"Starved of oxygen the body will become ill, and
if this persists it will die, I doubt if there is an argument
Dr. John Muntz, Nutritional
oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in
anything from mild fatigue to life-threatening disease. The link
between insufficient oxygen and disease has now been firmly
Dr. W. Spencer Way, from the Journal
of the American Association of Physicians:
"Cells undergoing partial
oxygen starvation send out tiny panic signals which are
collectively felt in the body as a continuous vague sensation of
uneasiness, dread or disaster. This low level generalized warning
tends to get tuned out as mere "background noise" by the
individual experiencing it. Or, it is attributed to other sources
of uneasiness...." People rarely suspect that the constant
vague feelings of helplessness, fatigue....uneasiness are symptoms
of cellular oxygen deprivation." From the Townsend Letter for
Dr. Lataste in 1992, conducted a study
with a team of scientists on health at high altitudes. They
observed people who lived at high altitudes and found that there
was a much higher incidence of drowsiness, apathy, delayed
reaction time, and reduced motor capacity, as compared to those
who lived in lower altitudes.
heart disease is due to a lack of oxygen received by the
Dr. Dean Ornish
breathing should be the first thing taught to a heart patient. A
Dutch Study conducted by a doctor named Dixhoorn, compared two
groups of heart attack patients. The first group was taught simple
diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no
training in breathing. The breathing group had no further heart
attacks, while 7 of the 12 members of the second group had second
heart attacks over the next 2 years."
BREATHING, Pg. 16.
|"A lack of oxygen (hypoxia) is the prime cause of
1.5 million heart attacks each year."
Dr. Richard Lippman, renowned
first discovery was made by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg,
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology in
Berlin. He confirmed that the key precondition for the development
of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level."
HEALING THERAPIES, Pg. 66.
"Lack of oxygen clearly plays
a major role in causing cells to become
Harry Goldblatt, Journal of Experimental Medicine
"Cancer has only one prime cause. It
is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the
body's cells by an anaerobic (ie., oxygen-deficient) cell
Otto Warburg: Two-time
Nobel Laureate, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Cancer
"Cancer is a condition within the body
where the oxidation has become so depleted that the body cells
have degenerated beyond physiological control. Similarly, the true
cause of allergy is lowered the oxidation process within the body,
causing the affected individual to be sensitive to foreign
substances entering the body. Only when the oxidation mechanism is
restored to its original high state of efficiency can the
sensitivity be eliminated."
Dr. Wendell Hendricks, Hendricks
healings of other physical troubles have occurred in my clients
after they started to integrate breathing practices into their
lives. There is a simple but encompassing reason that may explain
this. The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins
through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are
discharged through sweat, defecation and urination. If your
breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding
yourself of toxins properly."
BREATHING, Pg. 17.
"One of the most overlooked benefits of extra oxygen in the
tissues is their ability to detoxify more efficiently".
Dr. Kurt W. Donsbach, D.C., N.D.,
Educator, Scientist, Author, Lecturer, Consultant; author of
"Super Health". "Oxygen-Oxygen-Oxygen", and
over 50 publications on the subject of heath and nutrition,
Founder and Executive Director of Medicine at Hospital Santa
Monica, Rosarita Beach, Baja California, the largest holistic
hospital in the world; also serves as Medical Director of
Institute Santa Monica, Kamien Pomorski, Poland, the sister
establishment of Hospital Santa Monica:
"Illness is the result of improper removal of toxins from the
body.Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in
Ed McCabe, author, "Oxygen
Therapies, A New Way of Approaching Disease" (1988).
Shield, MD, a lymphologist from Santa Barbara, CA, conducted a
study on the effects of breathing on the lymphatic system. Using
cameras inside the body, he found that deep diaphragmatic
breathing stimulated the cleansing of the lymph system by creating
a vacuum effect which sucked the lymph through the bloodstream.
This increased the rate of toxic elimination by as much as 15
times the normal pace."
Lymph Glands, and Homeostasis,
25 No. 4, Dec 92,Pg.147-153
study on the treatment of asthma patients conducted by researchers
John Goyeche, Dr. Ago, and Dr. Ikemi, suggests that any effective
treatment should address suppressed emotions - such as anxiety and
self-image - as well as the physical dimension. To achieve this,
they encourage correction of poor posture, and helping the person
relax the irrelevant respiratory muscles while restoring full
diaphragmatic breathing. They also recommended finding ways for
getting rid of excess mucus. The good news is that a well rounded
breath practice will do all these things"
BREATHING BOOK, Pg. 207.
relationship between breathing and blood pressure has been known
and understood for a long time. It boils down to this: Elevated
blood pressure accompanies those bodily states where rapid shallow
breathing prevails. By altering breathing to a slow diaphragmatic
mode, blood pressure decreases."
BREATH CONNECTION, Pg. 152.
The Mechanics of Breathing
This explanation of the physiology of breathing shows how we get
healthier through the conscious connected breathing that we do in
Breathing consists of two
phases, inspiration and expiration. During inspiration, the
diaphragm and the intercostal muscles contract. The diaphragm
moves downwards increasing the volume of the thoracic (chest) cavity, and
the intercostal muscles pull the ribs up expanding the rib cage and
further increasing this volume. This increase of volume lowers the
air pressure in the alveoli to below atmospheric pressure. Because
air always flows from a region of high pressure to a region of lower
pressure, it rushes in through the respiratory tract and into the alveoli.
This is called negative pressure breathing, changing the
pressure inside the lungs relative to the pressure of the outside
atmosphere. In contrast to inspiration, during expiration the
diaphragm and intercostal muscles relax. This returns the thoracic
cavity to it's original volume, increasing the air pressure in the lungs,
and forcing the air out.
When a breath is taken, air
passes in through the nostrils, through the nasal passages, into the
pharynx, through the larynx, down the trachea, into one of the main
bronchi, then into smaller bronchial tubules, through even smaller
bronchioles, and into a microscopic air sac called an alveolus. It
is here that external respiration occurs. Simply put, it is the
exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air and the blood in the
lungs. Blood enters the lungs via the pulmonary arteries.
It then proceeds through arterioles and into the alveolar
capillaries. Oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged between blood
and the air. This blood then flows out of the alveolar capillaries,
through venuoles, and back to the heart via the pulmonary veins. For
an explanation as to why gasses are exchanged here, see partial pressure.
If 100mL of plasma is exposed to an atmosphere with a pO2 of
100mm Hg, only 0.3mL of oxygen would be absorbed. However, if
100mL of blood is exposed to the same atmosphere, about 19mL of
oxygen would be absorbed. This is due to the presence of haemoglobin,
the main means of oxygen transport in the body. The respiratory pigment
haemoglobin is made up of an iron-containing porphyron, haem, combined
with the protein globin. Each iron atom in haem is attached to four
pyrole groups by covalent bonds. A fifth covalent bond of the iron
is attached to the globin part of the molecule and the sixth covalent bond
is available for combination with oxygen. There are four iron atoms
in each hemoglobin molecule and therefore four heam groups.
In the loading and unloading of oxygen, there is a
cooperation between these four haem groups. When oxygen binds to one
of the groups, the others change shape slightly and their attraction to
oxygen increases. The loading of the first oxygen, results in the
rapid loading of the next three (forming oxyhemoglobin). At the
other end, when one group unloads
it's oxygen, the other three rapidly
unload as their groups change shape again having less attraction for
oxygen. This method of cooperative binding and release can be seen
in the dissociation curve for hemoglobin. Over the range of oxygen
concentrations where the curve has a steep slope, the slightest change in
concentration will cause hemoglobin to load or unload a substantial amount
of oxygen. Notice that the steep part of the curve corresponds
to the range of oxygen concentrations found in the tissues. When the
cells in a particular location begin to work harder, e.g. during exercise,
oxygen concentration dips in that location, as the oxygen is used in
cellular respiration. Because of the cooperation between the haem
groups, this slight change in concentration is enough to cause a large
increase in the amount of oxygen unloaded.
As with all proteins, hemoglobin's shape shift is sensitive to a
variety of environmental conditions. A drop in pH lowers the
attraction of hemoglobin to oxygen, an effect known as the Bohr
shift. Because carbon dioxide reacts with water to produce carbonic
acid, an active tissue will lower the pH of it's surroundings and
encourage hemoglobin to give up extra oxygen, to be used in cellular
respiration. Hemoglobin is a notable molecule for it's ability to
transport oxygen from regions of supply to regions of demand.
Dioxide Transport - Out of the carbon dioxide released from respiring
cells, 7% dissolves into the plasma, 23% binds to the multiple amino
groups of hemoglobin (Caroxyhemoglobin), and 70% is carried as bicarbonate
ions. Carbon dioxide created by respiring cells diffuses into the
blood plasma and then into the red blood cells, where most of it is
converted to bicarbonate ions. It first reacts with water forming
carbonic acid, which then breaks down into H+ and CO3-.
Most of the hydrogen ions that are produced attach to
hemoglobin or other proteins.
The body tissues need the oxygen and have to get rid of the
carbon dioxide, so the blood carried throughout the body exchanges oxygen
and carbon dioxide with the body's tissues. Internal respiration is
basically the exchange of gasses between the blood in the capillaries and
the body's cells.