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Space program discoveries that have benefited medicine

Declassified Soviet research in body oxygenation 
and development of chronic diseases

In the yearly 1960s it was crucial for Soviet first spaceship missions to find the optimum air parameters and investigate the relationships between breathing and health before the first outer space missions (1964). This space program was organized and funded by the Soviet Ministry of Aviation and Space Research in Novosibirsk. A young aspiring PhD Konstantin Buteyko, MD, an Honor Graduate of the 1st Moscow Medical Institute was selected as a manager of the respiratory laboratory to lead this project.

Doctor Buteyko studied breathing 24/7 and came with many startling conclusions that benefited medicine. He found that virtually all sick people (asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.) have heavy (deep and frequent) respiratory pattern breathing 2-4 times more air 24/7. (It is indeed so, as 34 medical studies found.) He discovered that deep or big breathing (hyperventilation) REDUCES oxygenation of the body and produces many other negative physiological effects. Buteyko developed a breathing retraining method (the Buteyko method) to boost or restore oxygenation of the body by teaching how to breathe less. His typical success rate was about 90% for the patients he worked with (asthma, primary hypertension, and angina pectoris). Most of them did not have symptoms and did not require any medication after 1-2 months of breathing practice.

In order to measure breathing and body-oxygen content, Buteyko used the stress-free version of breath holding time test. After exhalation, observe how long you can hold your breathing without any stress. Buteyko norm is 60 s.

The Buteyko method was officially approved by the Health Ministry of Russia in the 1980s. Doctor Buteyko trained over 200 Russian medical professionals. These doctors also applied the breathing retraining method on themselves. Maximum breath holding time of Doctor Buteyko and some of his colleagues (after full inhalation) was up to 10-12 minutes!

For over 30 years after completion of this secret project, Buteyko could not travel abroad due to the classified nature of his studies and KGB's persecutions. Only in the 1990s were he and his pupils able to travel to the West and share some of his discoveries.

There are two parts in his breathing system: breathing exercises and common sense activities, which, as they found, influence breathing. The goal of the Buteyko breathing method is to have light, relaxed, and slow breathing pattern or, in other words, to breathe less 24/7.

Life style factors can produce strong effect on breathing. For example, breathing through the mouth or sleeping on the back at night can reduce the oxygenation index (stress-free breath holding time) almost 2 times! In relation to other activities, Doctor Buteyko even suggested simple rules for better oxygenation: “Eat only when hungry and stop in time”, “Go to sleep when really sleepy and get out of the bed in the morning”, “Exercise with nasal breathing only”, etc. As Russian doctors found, many other factors are useful for better oxygenation, for example, raw diets, good posture, normal thermoregulation, relaxation and meditation therapies, forgiveness, moderation, hatha yoga postures, cold shower, etc.

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