Cancer Stages Are Predicted by the DIY Body O2 Test
Cellular hypoxia and cancer
Nobel Laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg in his article “The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer” (1966) wrote, “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. Almost anything can cause cancer. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen (oxidation of sugar) in normal body cells by fermentation of sugar… In every case, during the cancer development, the oxygen respiration always falls, fermentation appears, and the highly differentiated cells are transformed into fermenting anaerobes, which have lost all their body functions and retain only the now useless property of growth and replication.“
Modern research completely agrees with his conclusions. Just look at the titles of recent professional studies:
The hypoxia inducible factor-1 gene is required for embryogenesis and solid tumor formation (Ryan H, Lo J, Johnson RS, EMBO Journal 1998).
Hypoxia: a key regulatory factor in tumor growth (Harris AL, National Review in Cancer 2002)
Prognostic significance of tumor oxygenation in humans (Evans SM & Koch CJ, Cancer Letters 2003).
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 is a positive factor in solid tumor growth (Ryan HE, Poloni M, McNulty W, Elson D, Gassmann M, Arbeit JM, Johnson RS, Cancer Research 2000).
Tumor oxygenation predicts for the likelihood of distant metastases in human soft tissue sarcoma (Brizel DM, Scully SP, Harrelson JM, Layfield LJ, Bean JM, Prosnitz LR, Dewhirst MW, Cancer Research 1996).
How to measure body oxygenation
While measurements of cell oxygen level require special equipment, you can do a simple test that is very sensitive to body oxygen level. Measure your breath holding time. How it is done? The prominent Russian physiologist who worked for the first Soviet spaceship missions Dr. KP Buteyko, MD was the head of the respiratory laboratory in the 1960s. He stated about 40 years ago, “Oxygen content in the organism can be found using a simple method: after exhalation, observe, how long the person can pause their breath without stress.”
After your usual exhale, pinch your nose and count your BHT (breath holding time) in seconds. Keep nose pinched until you experience the first desire to breathe. Practice shows that this first desire appears together with an involuntary push of the diaphragm or swallowing movement in the throat. (Your body warns you, “Enough!”) If you release the nose and start breathing at this time, you can resume your usual breathing pattern (in the same way as you were breathing prior to the test). Do not extend breath holding too long. This is the most common mistake. You should not gasp for air or open your mouth when you release your nose. The test should be easy and not cause you any stress. The BHT test does not interfere with your usual breathing.
This test became the main measuring tool for about 200 medical professionals who taught the Buteyko breathing self-oxygenation method to hundreds thousands of Russian patients with asthma, heart disease, bronchitis, and other conditions. The Buteyko method has over 40 year history of use in the USSR and Russia. Obviously, these Russian oxygenation doctors had many patients who, in addition, had malignant tumors. What did they find?
What are the usual stress-free BHT numbers of cancer patients?
1-10 s of oxygen - severely sick, critically and terminally ill, usually cancer stages 3 and 4 cancer patients.
10-20 s – cancer patients (cancer stages 1 and 2) whose health state gets progressively worse.
20-40 s of oxygen - people with poor health, but without tumor growth at the current moment.
Over 40 s – gradual disappearance of tumors.
You can do this test many times per day to evaluate the current status of the tumor. Moreover, you can measure efficiency of various activities on your body oxygenation using the breath holding time test.
Practically, breath holding time naturally increases when the person have easier and more relaxed breathing pattern, while heavy breathing, as we see in sick people, diminishes body oxygenation. This counter-intuitive effect is explained on web pages of the website www.normalbreathing.com.
This YouTube video clip explains in detail how to do the BHT test: Buteyko CP test.
* Updated in 2011:
Best Cancer Clinical Trial Ever
Metastasized breast cancer clinical trial: Fivefold reduction in 3-year mortality for breathing normalization group (Cancer clinical trial published article and comments). This study completely confirmed the previous finding
Reference pages: Breathing norms and medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
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