What would happen if oxygen suddenly disappeared?
Lee Aundra Temescu writes in an article "20 Things You Didn't Know About Death" #5 "The trigger for death, in all cases, is lack of oxygen. Its decline may prompt muscle spasms, or the 'agonal phase,' from the Greek word agon, or contest."
Symptoms of possible oxygen deficiency:
Oxygen (O2) plus glucose (C6H12O6) through BMR yields energy in the form of high energy phosphate bonds (especially ATP, the primary energy unit of the human body) plus water (H2O) which dissolves carbon dioxide (CO2) and facilitates the hydrolysis of energy yielding phosphate bonds. Preliminary research demonstrates that ATP may be an analog to one aspect of what the Chinese call "Qi", the Oriental Indians call "Prana", The French Elan Vital, The Greeks pneuma, the vital force or life energy.
Oxygen makes up almost 50% of the earth's crust by weight, 42% of all healthy vegetation, 85% of seawater, 46% of igneous rocks, 47% of much of aerated dry soil. It is the third most abundant element in the universe.
A common factor in asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and the variations of COPD is insufficient oxygen to the blood.
"Insufficient oxygen in our cells causes pain to be experienced more acutely than when oxygen supplies are ample" Dr. Samuel C. West. The Golden Seven Plus 1. 7th printing. April 1998
Oxygen shortage in the human body has been linked to every major illness category including heart conditions, cancer, digestion and elimination problems, respiratory disease, inflamed, swollen and aching joints, sinus problems, yeast infections and even sexual dysfunction. Fresh live foods and rain water contain oxygen. Cooked foods and stagnant water has much less oxygen. Oxygen is our primary source of energy. It displaces harmful free radicals, neutralizes environmental toxins and destroys anaerobic (the inability to live in oxygen rich environments) infectious bacteria, parasites, microbes and viruses.
It is the main energy source for our brain function. It calms the mind and stabilizes the nervous system. Without oxygen we cannot absorb important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our body needs. When our cells lack oxygen they weaken and die. Without oxygen, nothing works very well or at all..
More indicators of possible low oxygen levels in the body are muscle aches; forgetfulness; heart palpitations; circulation or digestive problems; damaged cell growth; excessive amounts of colds and infections.
The American Heart Association states that over 1.5 million people die per year from heart conditions and that 70% of our population has some evidence of heart condition. All heart attacks come down to the hard working heart muscle’s failure to receive adequate supplies of oxygen. Of course maintaining one’s arteries and capillaries for easy blood passage is indispensable to optimal health but the fastest way to get oxygen right now is to breathe.
Hypoxia, or oxygen starvation, over-stimulates the sympathetic nervous system causing heart rate increases and invites eventual cardiac troubles. The heart must work harder to replace get the oxygen it needs and eventually it will collapse.
Oxygen depletion weakens our immune system, which leads to viral infections, damaged cells, growths, inflamed joins, serious heart and circulatory problems, toxic buildup in blood and premature aging. Low oxygen allows damaged cells to multiply and form growths in our bodies because our cells are oxygen deficient. If the cells in our bodies are rich in oxygen, mutated cells are less able to reproduce.
Your lungs will deteriorate 9-25% per decade (Framingham study) unless you do something to maintain them . Exercise is mandatory. Excessive stress in exercising can actually cause breathing blocks that invite inadequate levels of oxygen. The more we tighten up these “accessory” breathing muscles the more we cause the alveoli (where the oxygen goes into the blood stream) in our lungs to begin to clog up with waste products. This will impede the body’s ability to absorb oxygen and we slowly suffocate or our life span shortens.
As our cells grow older they lose their ability to carry oxygen. As the liver ages it robs increasing amounts of oxygen reserves for detoxification often leaving the other body systems with an oxygen shortage. When needed, the cells send signals to send more oxygen. Our brains need it most so when the body is in short supply our brains suffer the consequences.
Oxygen causes oxidation which is the converting of nutrients into energy. This oxidation also helps eliminate toxins and waste. The greatest threat to oxygen intake is the deterioration our breathing system. Next comes our exercise and nutrition, and then the environment. Of course if you are in a highly toxic present time breathing environment you will want to make it a priority above all others.
A common misconception is that 100 years or more, atmospheric oxygen made up 30-40% of the air we breathe. This is simply not true. Researchers at the Scripps Institute tell me there is no atmospheric oxygen shortage. Water tests from 10,000 year old glaciers prove this out that the oxygen supply hasn’t changed much at all. A primary oxygen intake is the way we breathe. Next comes nutrition, then exercise, then, barring sever toxicity, your breathing environment. The rain forests are a significant supply of oxygen (about 10%) creating plant life but the oceans and their many forms of blue green algae are the major suppliers of the earth’s supply of oxygen. Polluting the seas is asking for rampant sickness and accelerated aging for everyone, including fish, whales and dolphins.
Junk and cooked foods deplete oxygen stores. I call them negative foods as they use up more oxygen then they give off. Processed sugar, white flour, hamburgers, French fries and pizza are major oxygen users. If you MUST eat this way you can offset some of the loss by eating pounds of raw, "blendered" fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Not portions.......POUNDS.
Both emotional and physical stress create very high oxygen loss. Most stress is partially or completely neutralized by any one of several key breathing exercises.
Contrary to many health professional's opinion, oxygen does not cause the body to relax. If it did then being in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber would put one into a deep sleep and it clearly does not. The manner in which the breath takes in the oxygen is what is critical in the relaxation process. How the autonomic nervous system is enervated sympathetically or Para sympathetically or combinations of both.
Oxygen is like gold.
Oxygen is free but just like gold can be very hard to find. The most efficient and economical way to get enough oxygen is in the way we breathe.
That said, my advice is to learn to breathe better, eat more live enzyme, nutrient and oxygen-rich foods and exercise moderately without excessive straining, gasping or breath heaving.
Here are my list of priorities in my order of usual importance. You can change the order and create your own program from this list or choose from several programs listed at the end of this page.
I see many so called "experts" commenting on oxygen levels now and before.
Here is the best article on the "before" part to date. It will also introduce you to NewScientist.com a Great web site.
First, at the start of the "age of animals" 542 million years ago, oxygen levels were lower than today. They fluctuated for 100 million years before rising steadily, peaking some 400 million years ago at around 25 per cent near the beginning of the Devonian period. This was followed by a steep decline, after which levels rose and rose, peaking again near the end of the Carboniferous. Quite a peak it was too: oxygen levels may have exceeded 30 per cent. From then we see a precipitous fall to a nadir of around 12 per cent at the end of the Triassic period, and then an irregular but slowly rising curve to the present day. more about