By Dr. Artour Rakhimov - Last updated on August 9, 2018
Due to intensive farming and food refining methods, our food is less nutritious
than 100 or more years ago. We get less essential fatty acids (omega oils), calcium/magnesium,
fiber, zinc, trace metals and other essential nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies, depending on one’s
personal makeup, create stress for certain organs, body parts, and systems of the human
organism. This stress creates or intensifies chronic hyperventilation
in the sick while reducing their body oxygen. Therefore, nutritional
deficiencies promote chronic diseases since any chronic disease gets worse due
to tissue hypoxia.
Correct amounts and proportions of EFAs
(essential fatty acids)
Grass-feeding of domesticated animals (cows, sheep, mares, etc.) favors nearly equal amounts
of both EFAs (linoleic and linolenic fatty acids) in meat and other edible
products (e.g., dairy). These fatty acids are used, among many
other vital functions, for the production of anti-inflammatory and inflammatory
substances. When dietary amounts of these fatty acids are nearly the same, there is a
balance between the inflammatory and anti-inflammatory reactions.
Western diets usually have much larger relative amounts (up to 10- 20 times)
of pro-inflammatory fatty acids due to the following realities:
- cattle are often grain-fed (causing a shift in their fats to pro-inflammatory
- fish consumption is low (decreasing consumption of anti-inflammatory fatty
- consumption of vegetable fats is large (again causing a shift to
pro-inflammatory fatty acids).
Such diets contribute to the incidence of health problems, where chronic
inflammation is an essential part. The Buteyko breathing method can help to
correct this problem, due to better absorption of nutrients. However, the effect
of the breathing exercises can be limited and, in some cases, negligible if
these essential substances are not provided.
Numerous clinical studies revealed that supplementation with EFAs (usually
fish oil is taken orally) or their precursors improved various GI,
cardiovascular, nervous, neuronal, hormonal, skeletal, urinary, and other
However, when the body-oxygen levels are is low (e.g., less than 20 seconds), digestion of fats is often impaired due to
pathogenic gut flora and/or impaired abilities of enzyme-producing organs. For
example, Dutch researchers found that "...Lipid malabsorption is not only a
leading cause of EFA deficiency (EFAD) but also occurs secondarily to EFAD"
(Minich et al, 1997).
Therefore, abnormal absorption of fats can be a result of the poor supply of EFAs.
This causes a vicious circle. According to various reports, many weeks or even
months may be required in order to correct this deficiency.
Some doctors found that many oils (for example, fish, hemp, flaxseed,
sunflower, and evening primrose oils) can be rubbed into the skin (e.g., Prottey
et al, 1975) when the oral route is not effective due to very poor GI health and
pathogenic bacteria in the GI tract. Apart from intravenous infusion, a cutaneous
application can be a solution of the problem.
A practical case. A student with emphysema learned the Buteyko method. He
prevented deterioration of own health and avoided being on oxygen 24/7. For over
5 years he religiously practiced about 1-1.5 hours of breathing sessions every
day. After sessions he had up to 90 sec AMPs, was feeling great, but had only
about 15 s in the morning, while his daily CPs were about 30-35 s. This pattern
was present for years. Later the arterial O2 pressure dropped down to about
80 mm Hg. Doctors suggested using O2 24/7. Accidentally he decided to start a
tablespoon of fish oil per day, apart from his usual 2-3 meals per week with
oily fish. The fish oil supplementation resulted in consistent 25 s morning CP
instead of previous 15 s. Daily CPs remained unchanged, about 30-35 s.
Similarly, nutritional deficiencies in Ca, Mg, and/or Zn also reduce the CP
and promote chronic overbreathing. When the missing nutrient is provided in
right amounts, then the personal CP (body-oxygen test results) can increase by 2-5 s, in cases of severe
deficiency by up to 10 s or more. Hence, the CP test is an accurate measuring
tool for finding and correcting nutritional deficiencies. More detail about
nutritional deficiencies and breathing retraining (including practical
self-testing to find your personal requirements using a 3-day test) can be found
in Part 1 of the Major Nutrients Guide for Better Breathing and Body Oxygen
Macro Minerals (Ca, Mg, Zn) and Fish