Causes and Effects of All Stress Types: Low Body/Brain Oxygen
Modern views on causes of disease suggest that expression of faulty genes is among the effects of stress. However, the exact mechanism of development of chronic health conditions relates to breathing and low body oxygen levels.
Therefore, while epigenetics is right by suggesting that abnormal genes can be expressed due to effects of stress, the exact mechanism of this upregulation is in low oxygen levels in body cells. In short, stress makes us hyperventilate, usually chronically. This reduces oxygen transport and CO2 levels in the brain making the nervous system hyperactive. As a result, it becomes difficult to manage new stress.
Do not believe that over 95% of modern people hyperventilate? Have doubts that sick people have even heavier breathing than normals? Head to the Homepage of this site that has hundreds of clinical studies showing that people (normals and those who have diseases) breathe at rest and 24/7 much more air than the medical norm.
Do all types of stress cause diseases and low body O2?
Major types of stress include:
- Psychological stress
- Stress due to toxins and body pollution from air, water, food, mercury amalgams, root canals, and so forth
- Physiological stress due to inflamed tissues, tumors (benigh and malignant), and injuries
- Physiological stress due to poor posture, overheating, low body O2 caused by overbreathing, etc.
Why diseases are stressfiul for the mind
Stress can cause appearance of symptoms in seconds. This is true for headaches, feeling spaced out, nervous, and out of touch with reality. However, hidden overbreathing "extends" the negative effects of low body oxygen levels. As a result, among main causes and effects of stress are many serious long-term health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many other conditions. Why? All these health problems are based on low body and brain oxygenation. In addition, low brain CO2 makes nerve cells over-active leading to spontaneous and asynchronous firing of neurons. In order for these negative effects of stress on the body to take place, you need to have heavy (deep) breathing which most people never notice. Therefore, one can manage stress naturally with breathing retraining.
Medical evidence (again, see the Homepage) suggests that over 90% of modern people are hyperventilators and have reduced brain and body oxygenation. Those who have chronic conditions have even heavier breathing at rest (see the Homepage for exact conditions and corresponding numbers). But during stress, people breathe even more! This leads to formation of the vicious circle when stress causes overbreathing, and overbreathing makes people even more susceptible to stress since low CO2 in the brain makes nerve cells overexcitable lowering the threshold of neuronal excitability below norms.
Do offical medicine support these ideas about causes and effects of being stressed?
Yes, there are dozens of published studies, and we can review some of them. Dr. Magarian wrote one of the large hyperventilation reviews, published in the journal "Medicine" (Magarian, 1982), choosing the following title for his paper "Hyperventilation syndromes: infrequently recognized common expression of anxiety and stress" that indicates one of the central physiological causes of stress and hyperventilation in modern people.
A more recent study "Fear-relevant images as conditioned stimuli for somatic complaints, respiratory behavior, and reduced end-tidal pCO2" (Stegen et al., 1999) discusses physical effects of overbreathing providing numerous references in this area.
An early paper "Some physical phenomena associated with the anxiety states and their relation to hyperventilation" (Kerr et al, 1937) included a chart showing physiological changes and physical effects caused by these stress states. Hyperventilation is the central factor causing many physical effects on the body and its health.
Professor Lum, in his review "The syndrome of habitual chronic hyperventilation" (published in: Modern trends in psychosomatic medicine"), wrote, "Most authors, with the exception of Rice (1950), have described the clinical presentation of hyperventilation as a manifestation of, and secondary to, an underlying anxiety state" (p.197, Lum 1976).
Authors of the article "Emotions and respiratory patterns: review and critical analysis" (Boiten et al, 1994) suggested, that "...normo-ventilatory responses (which are identified by stable end-tidal CO2 levels that remain within the normal range) seem to be characteristic for behavioral conditions that may either involve withdrawal from the environment, relaxation or active coping... Thus, hyperventilation appears to signify an unsuccessful outcome of the coping process" (p.121). In fact, the main physiological effects of stress on health are based on CO2 deficiency.
Dozens, if not hundreds, of professional physiological and medical studies suggest that hyperventilation is the central physical effect of stress and anxiety, while the presence of hyperventilation is the key cause of stress.
Management of stress
Hence, in order to get rid of major effects and causes of stress, breathing retraining is a logical natural solution. With over X seconds for the body oxygen test, people naturally become resilient to all types of stress and view the same events in their lives with calm (wise) eyes. At the same time, the same number X (in seconds) ensures natural elimination of toxins from tissues of the human body. The number X is provided below as your bonus content.
Biotin FA, Brigade NH, Witnesses CJE, "Emotions and respiratory patterns: review and critical analysis", Intern J of Psychophysiol 1994, 17: 107-128.
Lum LC, "The syndrome of habitual chronic hyperventilation, in: Modern trends in psychosomatic medicine", ed. by O. W. Hill, 1976, London, Butterworths: p.196-230.
Kerr WJ, Dalton JW, Gliebe P, "Some physical phenomena associated with the anxiety states and their relation to hyperventilation," Annals of Intern Med 1937, 11: 961-992.
Magarian GJ, "Hyperventilation syndrome: infrequently recognized common
expressions of anxiety and stress", Medicine 1982; 61: 219-236.
Stegen K, De Bruyne K, Rasschaert W, Van de Woestijine KP, Van den Bergh O, "Fear-relevant images as conditioned stimuli for somatic complaints, respiratory behavior, and reduced end-tidal pCO2", J of Abnorm Psychol 1999, 108 (1): 143-152.
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