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Video DVD Content - Breathing Patterns and Tissue Oxygenation - Dr. Artour Rakhimov

Part 01. Introduction.

Find out how you can easily measure your body oxygenation using the breath holding time test. A precise and simple description of the breath holding time is given. Note that most people think and imply different ideas about the breath holding time test suggested by Doctor Buteyko. His test is done after usual exhalation and only till the first stress or discomfort. Learn about breath holding time in healthy and sick people based on tens of western studies and experience of Buteyko breathing teachers with thousands of people in Russia and worldwide.

Part 02. Breathing Patterns and body oxygen level

This part focuses on two parameters of breathing: minute ventilation (the amount of air inhaled during one minute at rest) and index of oxygenation (breath holding time). How do these parameters (heaviness of breathing and body oxygen level) relate to each other? First, breathing parameters and patterns of healthy and sick people are considered. Next, oxygenation and breathing pattern for mildly sick people with various conditions are provided. Third, breathing and oxygenation of severely sick people is investigated. Finally, parameters of "special breathing" for exceptional or super health are given.

The part also discusses cases of irregular breathing patterns, ability of people to notice that our breathing is heavy, and efficiency of various breathing patterns in relation to oxygen extraction.

Part 03. Physiology.

The fundamental paradox of breathing is: those, who breathe more, have less oxygen in their tissues; those who breathe little have much more O2 in the body. The appearance and historical roots of the main health-related superstitions: "big and deep breathing is good for health" and "CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a toxic, waste, and poisonous gas" are analyzed. Based on hundreds of western physiological publications the main properties of CO2 are explained:

1. Vasodilation (CO2 dilates arteries and arterioles improving blood supply to all vital organs and tissues)

2. The Bohr effect (CO2 is one of the key players in normal oxygenation of cells due to the Bohr effect, the physiological law that was discovered about a century ago and now can be found in standard physiological textbooks since it was confirmed by dozens of professional studies).

C. Stabilization of the nervous system (since physiological science accumulated large evidence of adverse effects of low CO2 levels on nerve cells)

D. Relaxation of muscles (CO2 deficiency causes muscular spasms and irritable states of our muscles)

E. Bronchodilation (CO2 is a natural dilator of bronchi and smaller air passages in the lungs)

F. Control of pH and other chemical reactions (including modulation of inflammation and activity of the immune system)

Part 04. Evolution.

Is Nature and evolution are so silly that just by heavy breathing we can create so many abnormal effects in the human body? No. The answer lies in the composition of air during prehistoric times when our lungs were forming and nervous control of breathing was developing. In particular, detailed gas compositions of our cells, modern air, and prehistoric air are discussed.

Part 05. Morning Hyperventilation.

The part quotes numerous western studies that revealed that people with asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses are most likely to die during early morning hours. And this is the time when breathing, for most people, is heaviest and index of oxygenation (breath holding time) is shortest.

Part 06. Quality of life.

Practical observations hatha yoga teachers and Buteyko breathing practitioners revealed that duration and quality of our sleep have direct relationship with breathing. With very light breathing, people are able to be totally content and happy with only 2-4 hours of sleep. Other parameters of quality of life (digestion, energy, and performance) also directly connected with breathing. For example, duration of digestion (stomach emptying time) is linked with breath holding time. The heavier we breathe, the longer our digestion, as well as sleep.

Part 07. Quality of life in excellent health.

With excellent breathing parameters manifested in over 3 min breath holding time, we can naturally have very short sleep (2 hours or even less), very efficient digestion, craving and joy of physical activity, and superior performance and various skills.

Part 08. How Most People Die.

This part quotes western studies that showed that breathing of severely sick and dying people is very heavy. Over 90% people die in conditions of severe hyperventilation and their body oxygenation gradually approaches zero: 5 s, 4, 3, 2, and only 1 second for breath holding time just prior to death. Measurements of carbon dioxide clearly confirm these results.

Part 09. Genetics.

Why do some people get diseases, but other, with the same faulty genes, do not? Can it be so that breathing is the missing link that clearly explains if negative symptoms would be expressed or not? When chronically hyperventilating, should you experience all these bad effects of heavy breathing? The part focuses on these and other related questions. How do people with diseases react to voluntary hyperventilation?

Part 10-1. Life style factors that matter

Why modern people breathe almost twice heavier than 100 years ago? What are the most fundamental life-style changes that affect our health? The topics for discussion are:
A. Is physical activity a factor?
B. Is psychological stress important? 
C. Are there any special factors for babies? 
D. Does mouth breathing affect health? 
E. What is important in relation to sleep? 
F. Can meals worsen our health? 
G. Can overheating make us breathe more? 
H. Can nutritional deficiencies influence breathing? 
I. Can toxic chemicals and pollutants from air, water, food and other sources lead to hyperventilation? 
J. What about poor posture and tense muscles? 
L. Do other factors also generate stress? 

Part 11-1. History of work of Doctor Buteyko and development and advance of his method in the USSR and abroad.

This part tells us about the unique project that was organized by Soviet Ministry of Aviation and Space Research when Dr. Buteyko was selected as a chief physiologist to lead this project in Novosibirsk Scientific Centre. As a result, Dr. Buteyko got various types of support: well-qualified personnel, best equipment available at the time, spiritual encouragement, financial resources, etc. Later, in the 1960-1980s, Dr. Buteyko trained about 200 Soviet medical professionals to apply the method and, in the 1980-1990s numerous breathing instructors some of whom immigrated to western countries and spread the idea among other nations.

Part 12. Why-Buteyko-established his norms

Why did Dr. Buteyko decide that we should have different norms for breathing? His suggestion was based on his observations of healthy and sick people, together with his clinical experience and studies of his colleagues practicing the Buteyko method in the USSR.

Sorry, other parts are not described yet. Under construction.

Part 13. How to Learn the Method: 8 min (62 MB)
Part 14. Conclusions: 6.8 min (38 MB)
Part 15. My Services 2.5 min (15 MB)
Diseases. 1. Asthma: 9 min (53 MB)
Diseases. 2. Heart Disease: 7.8 min (48 MB)
Diseases. 3. Cancer: 12. 7 min (67 MB)
Diseases. 4. Brain and the CNS: 8.9 min (54 MB)
Diseases. 5. Chronic Fatigue: 7.4 min (47 MB)
Hatha Yoga: 9 min (51 MB)

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