I suffered with debilitating migraine headaches for over 25 years but after treatment at a local clinic...
I have not had a migraine headache for over 7 years now (in 2014)
... not one migraine headache. I have gained my life back naturally, without using drugs.
Since this clinic has drastically reduced migraine symptoms for thousands of people just like me, I decided to figure out why. After 1000's of hours of research and testing, I have figured it out. What I found is absolutely amazing and not only explains the various conditions that combine to make us vulnerable to migraine headache, it also explains what you can do to prevent migraine headaches. I'd like to share this with you.
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The cause of migraine headaches (a hypothesis)
What you can do to correct your migraine condition
My free solution to help you eliminate your migraine headaches
Important information that everyone should know about how the human body functions
How millions of people already know this “secret” and apply it to prevent sickness & disease (including migraine headaches)
Tests that you can perform yourself to prove or disprove this theory yourself
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The cause of migraine headaches
Migraine headaches are caused by hypoxia. A condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. A migraine headache is triggered when oxygenation in the brain drops below a certain threshold.
Breathing habits that lead to poor oxygenation of the body's cells are the primary cause. Insufficient nutrients essential to delivering oxygen to our cells, low oxygen environments and other conditions combine to create a low oxygen environment in our tissue and this leaves us vulnerable to migraine “triggers”.
Once our oxygenation passes this trigger point, an event called cortical spreading depression occurs and the migraine headache begins. Vascular constriction and dilation will occur no different than described through scientific research. These theories are caused by the hypoxia hypothesis and, if you are familiar with the Circle of Willis hypothesis, it also explains why this region may be underdeveloped. For each of these migraine theories, the cause is listed as unknown. Hypoxia is the cause.
There are several things that can cause a hypoxic state. Both breathing too much or too little create a hypoxic environment within our body but each for completely opposite reasons. Either one of these could be the main cause of migraine headaches and could explain why it is different for each of us. It is also possible that we bounce back and forth, hyperventilating for a period of time and then switching to hypoventilation for another period of time and then back. This would be a comparable situation to a diabetic. Instead of extreme shifts between high and low blood sugar, a migraine sufferer could experience similar fluctuations in blood pH, going from acidic to alkaline in the matter of minutes.
It is also possible that with shallow chest breathing, we create hypoxemia, a condition where we have low levels on oxygen within the blood. Since this condition is mostly related to the upright lung, once we lay down conditions could substantially change, adding the conditions mentioned in the preceding paragraph to compound the problem.
This threshold level that triggers migraine could be a pH level, an oxygen level, the body's ability to deliver buffering agents or even the body's inability to deal with the rapidly changing conditions.
Our most vital function is our intake of oxygen, breathing. We cannot survive without oxygen for more than a few minutes. We can go without anything else for more than a day. The proper delivery of oxygen to our cells is vital to our health and this is controlled through our breathing. As important as it is, studies show that most of us breathe improperly. There is no standard for "proper" breathing. There is no training for breathing. There is no research into breathing. We have standards for how much of each nutrient we need to eat or drink, ideal weight, how long we need to sleep and many more important functions... standards for everything but our most important nutrient, oxygen.
"In all serious disease states we find a concomitant low oxygen state...Low oxygen in the body tissues is a sure indicator for disease...Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease. Oxygen is the source of life to all cells." Dr. Stephen Levine, Renowned Molecular Biologist and Geneticist, Author of "Oxygen Deficiency: A Concomitant to All Degenerative Illness"
Contrary to western beliefs, many eastern beliefs and founded in breathing exercises. The Chinese practise the cultivation of Chi, which is oxygen, on a daily basis and as a result, they have much lower rates of migraine headache as well as degenerative diseases such as cancer. Their rates are climbing now however so is pollution. Pollution displaces oxygen and when there is no oxygen in the air to cultivate, the breathing exercises become useless.
Added in 2020
I have come to realize that in many situations we will hold our breath for long periods of time. This happens when we are focused in our heads rather than the physical world and the subject matter in our mind is of a negative vibration. Along with the breath holding we are also tensing the muscles of our shoulders, neck & jaw. We stop breathing and choke off the flow of energy around our head. Getting out of our heads is so important if only to check up on our physical body and make sure we are still breathing.
Studies tell us that the majority of us hyperventilate. The average breathing rate is 12 litres per minute, twice the medically accepted standard of 6 litres per minute. This alone may not cause a migraine however, when you add, for example, a magnesium deficiency (70% of the population is magnesium deficient) on top of that and then are subjected to lower atmospheric pressure, this will be the trigger for a migraine headache.
Hyperventilation occurs when the rate and quantity of alveolar ventilation of carbon dioxide exceeds body's production of carbon dioxide. Hyperventilation can be voluntary or involuntary.
When alveolar ventilation is excessive, more carbon dioxide will be removed from the blood stream than the body can produce. This causes the concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood stream to fall and produces a state known as hypocapnia (too little carbon dioxide in the blood stream). The body normally attempts to compensate for this metabolically. If excess ventilation cannot be compensated metabolically, it will lead to a rise in blood pH. This rise in blood pH is known as respiratory alkalosis. When hyperventilation leads to respiratory alkalosis, it may cause a number of physical symptoms: dizziness, tingling in the lips, hands or feet, headache, weakness, fainting and seizures. In extreme cases it can cause carpopedal (flapping and contraction of the hands and feet). *description from Wikipedia
This description explains the condition from the standpoint where it is an obvious medical problem and does not discuss what happens when we are in between there and normal. Lets say the normal point is 100% of the level of carbon dioxide required for optimal oxygen delivery and 0% is the point where you pass out. If you are constantly breathing at a rate where your are at 50% of the required carbon dioxide levels, then the symptoms will not be so obvious. You may just experience cold hands and feel foggy.
In this example, our blood will achieve 100% oxygen saturation however, with low carbon dioxide concentrations, the delivery of that oxygen to our cells that need it will be poor, resulting in a low oxygenation at the cellular level. The oxygen will basically just flow through our bloodstream. After considerable research, I have not found any test that you can do to determine if you are breathing excessively. The body oxygen test (located further down the page) will help you determine the oxygen saturation level in your tissue but will not tell you if this is due to hyperventilation or hypoventilation.
I suspect that one of the biggest contributors to our low oxygenation state is chest breathing, also known as paradoxical breathing. There are several causes of this including holding in our stomach, poor posture and tight clothes or shapewear such as Spanx. Today's society is pre occupied with our weight and sucking in our stomach is a common strategy to help us look thinner. Common advice is to “stand up straight and suck in our stomach”. When we hold in our stomach, we limit the movement of our diaphragm, causing us to resort to our secondary breathing muscles, the neck, chest and traps. This is also true when we sit slouched over. Most furniture built today causes us to sit with our back curved. This would explain why many of us have neck shoulder and back pain along with our migraines. Considering that we take over 17,000 breaths in a day, that is a lot of reps for any muscle. My neck used to be so stiff that I was constantly cracking it to give myself some relief.
When we chest breathe hold or stomach in, this limits the movement of our diaphragm We also limit our oxygen to the top section of our lungs because they cannot expand into our abdomin. This causes two additional problems. The first is that due to gravity, the majority of our blood flows through the bottom part of our lungs. This means that we are only oxygenating the top section of our lungs where only about 30% of our blood flows, drastically reducing our blood oxygenation. The second problem is that the air in the bottom section of our lungs will become super concentrated with carbon dioxide.
Try this test
If you really want to test your breathing, take note of your current position. You are likely reading this web page on your computer, hunched over a desk. Take a deep breath while you are in this position and see how deep you can breathe.
Next, put one hand on your chest and one on your belly and take several deep breaths and observe which one moves the most. Does your belly or your chest move the most? Diaphragmatic breathing will have your belly expand first & then your ribs will expand outwards. Chest breathing will have your upper chest move out and your shoulders move up and down.
Watch the video below for a visual description of paradoxical breathing from Evolution Trainers.
Now I'd like you to connect with your diaphragm and ensure that all breaths are being made by moving your diaphragm only. Don't allow any upper chest muscles to move & don't use your abdomen muscles to breathe. Take several deep, slow breaths and exhale slowly, making sure the exhale is longer than the inhale. Move your body around to see if you can increase your capacity.
How is your awareness and control of your diaphragm? Can you even feel it? Are you in direct control of it? Can you feel the vacuum affect actually suck the air into your lungs?
Once you are used to this deep breathing feeling, observe your breathing when you are sitting in your common favourite positions, such as typing, reading, sitting in your favourite chair watching T.V. or whatever you spend time doing. Notice the restriction of movement of your diaphragm.
Now lets pretend that you are out in public. Pull in your stomach and puff up your chest. Now try to breathe deeply with your diaphragm as you hold in your stomach. You will notice that you pretty much have to use your chest and neck muscles to breathe.
Watch this video to see how the diaphragm moves when we breathe properly.
By now, you can probably tell if you breathe with the diaphragm or with the chest & neck muscles. Maybe you switch back and forth and do a bit of each. A physical sign of chest breathing is tight or sore neck, back & shoulder muscles. Another symptom is TMJ and many migraine sufferers are sent to rule out TMJ as a cause of migraine headache. Is it just a coincidence that chest breathing also causes TMJ?
Watch this video as Dr. Scott Tamura, a dentist from L.A. explains the cause of TMJ.
The Problem With Shallow Breathing
The problem with limiting our breathing to the upper section of the lungs is due to gravity. When the blood is pumped into our lungs, gravity sends 70% of our blood flow to the bottom part of the lungs (while we are upright). As you can see in the chart to the right, the flow of blood through the bottom part of the lungs is 1 litre per min. while the top gets minimal blood flow. When the blood recombines, this is all supposed to even out. If we don't allow our stomach to push out, making room for the diaphragm to move down and expand the bottom part of the lungs, then the bottom part of the lungs will not be oxygenated. Only the part of the lungs with the least amount of blood flow will get oxygen. The end result will be poor oxygenation of the blood, hypoxemia, leaving our cells in a hypoxic state simply because there is not enough oxygen in our blood.
This will also cause us to breathe faster and we will be hyperventilating the top part of our lungs and at the same time, our blood flowing through the bottom part of our lungs will still have to expel it's carbon dioxide. Extensive searching has not revealed what the result of this will be in our bloodstream. The following video is from a physiology lecture and explains how the lungs work but does not discuss this scenario.
Watch the video to hear Dr. West explain "ventilation perfusion inequality"
Jump forward to 12:20
The Body Oxygen test.
There is a quick test you can do to determine your body's oxygen saturation level. The better your cells are saturated with oxygen, the longer you can hold your breath. The video below will explain how to do the test. Start timing at the end of an exhale and hold your breathe until your diaphragm gives you a sign it's had enough. Use a watch and document your results so that you can track your progress.
A time of less than 10 seconds indicates an urgent medical condition. If you cannot hold your breath for this long and you are not being treated, you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
A time of 11-20 indicate that there is a problem. Smokers will often test in this range. You may not feel sick at this level but you also will probably not feel entirely healthy either. If you continue to allow this condition to persist, your health will degrade. If you are not a smoker then you are more likely to have a serious health issue manifesting.
21-30 indicates declining health.
40 seconds is considered the low end of good or average health with over 60 being excellent health. Anything below 30 is considered poor health.
How do you measure up?
The human body is designed to breathe through the nose. There are many processes that happen when the air passes through our nasal passages that do not happen when we breathe through our mouths. Our nasal passages clean and warm the incoming air, filter bacteria, viruses, dust particles and other airborne particles.
The nasal cavity also produces Nitric Oxide, which our body uses to destroy viruses & parasitic organisms, regulation of blood flow, vasodilation of arteries and arterioles, regulation of binding & release of oxygen to hemoglobin, secretion of hormones from several glands, neurotransmission & much more. You should also note that if you were to breathe in the flu virus though your nose, your body will naturally create antibodies. If you breathe it through your mouth, it will enter your blood stream at full strength and you will get sick.
Mouth breathing will also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in your lungs contributing to the Bohr effect. Details about how this affects you are further down the page in the Bohr effect section.
Watch this video by Dr. Mark Cruz to learn about the many harmful effects caused by mouth breathing.
Breaths Per Minute Test
The next test is a little easier, all you need to do is count how many breathing cycles you complete in 60 seconds. In and out or out and in... whichever works for you. Take a minute and do this before you check out what the results mean.
5-6 is the optimal goal. 15 and above indicate health issues. Anything above 6 is leaning towards hyperventilation, 12 is the average and indicates that you are processing double the air that you need to.
Breathing Volume Test
Another test is to see how high you can count in 1 breath. You take a deep breath and then count out loud but silently. Count as fast as you can while saying the whole number. If you hit 100 then start back at one. 90 is the bottom end of good so anything below that indicates falling health levels. If you get below 60 then you might want to visit your doctor.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Do you awaken with a migraine? Insufficient sleep is often noted as a migraine trigger with sleep apnea noted as one of the causes of poor sleep. People with sleep apnea often awaken with headache as well. Sleep apnea is a breathing disfunction where you go through periods of hyperventilation and then quit breathing for a period of time. It is also accompanied with snoring.
If you suffer with sleep apnea of if you snore, you are most likely breathing through your mouth as well. As you breathe, you consume large amounts of air and this causes you to expel too much carbon dioxide (see the Bohr effect for more details). In an effort to reduce the air intake, you body tries to close your airway and this causes the snoring sound. When your body has had enough, it will stop you from breathing for a minute or even longer in an effort to build up the oxygen supply in the blood. This cycle of snoring and breath holding can repeat hundreds of times through the night.
For those with asthma and sleep apnea, I suggest checking out the Buteyko Breathing method. They claim a high rate of success so they would be well worth researching. Be aware of the many cautions for people with migraines if you try Buteyko breathing.
One of the easiest ways to determine if you have sleep apnea, even a mild case, is to have someone observe you while you sleep. You can also record yourself sleeping. Snoring and an open mouth are signs of mouth breathing and hyperventilation. Stopping breathing is another sign to watch for and the more you stop breathing, the worse the condition. If it's bad enough it will wake you enough that you won't reach the deep theta state of sleep. Another sign that you have been mouth breathing at night is dry mouth and night sweats.
I was assessed for sleep apnea about 15 years ago and the results were not severe enough to deal with. I do snore, I get the night sweats sometimes and recently learned that I sometimes mouth breathe at night. I learned a simple trick that is really effective in stopping mouth breathing and that is to place a small piece of medical tape on your lips to hold your mouth shut. A harder but more effective method is to learn to breath exclusively through your nose throughout the day.
Raynaud's syndrome is frequent comorbid condition with migraine.
According to Migraine .com, "the primary symptoms of Raynaud’s are cold and brightly discolored fingers, hands, toes, feet and other extremities. Raynaud’s can also affect the face (nose, ears, lips) and breasts. Three colors are typical and include white, blue or purple, and red." This condition may also cause nails to become brittle with longitudinal ridges, your fingers could go numb or tingle and your hands and feet will be cold.
I didn't learn about this condition until recently but I did have these symptoms since I was very young. My mom remembers asking the doctor about why my hands turned purple and he said it was poor circulation & nothing to worry about. (In China, I would have been given breathing lessons). It's not that they would be like that all the time... just sometimes... and it stopped a few years back.
According to Marcelo E. Bigal, M.D., Ph.D., migraine often accompany the following conditions: bipolar disorder, epilepsy, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress, MS, glaucoma, asthma, allergies, depression, tourette's, GI disorders, arthritis, low back pain and more.
Can we relate these to the breathing as well? The ones I know about and researched can. I have not looked into MS or the allergies because I have never had experience with these conditions. The rest are a definite yes.
Epilepsy research closely relates migraine as discussed earlier.
Asthma is another condition that is treated with the Buteyko breathing method and is one of the main conditions that they deal with. An asthma attack is preceded with hyperventilation.
Bipolar disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress and depression are all considered mental disorders. In all cases these involve negative self talk and uncontrolled or racing thoughts. Meditation and breathing techniques are often taught to those suffering from these conditions. Proper meditation requires focus on our breathing. Hyperventilation is common to all of these conditions and is the very reason that these conditions become a problem for these people. It is impossible to have anxiety or panic attacks without hyperventilating and that is why techniques such as 7-11 breathing are so effective. Our emotions are tied to our breathing and our breathing is tied to our emotions. How we breathe directly affects which areas of our body are oxygenated, including the brain, and which parts are not. This is all tied into our fight or flight response system.
Our fight or flight response directs our energy to the muscles required for fighting or running and diverts energy away from the organs and processes that are not required in a fighting situation, such as the brain. When we are in this state, we do not have enough energy flowing to the parts of the brain responsible for controlling our thoughts. Our thinking then lacks focus and can lead to negative thoughts and causes us to breathe heavier, which compounds the condition, allowing this thinking to go on uncontrolled, leading to even heavier breathing and more self destructive thoughts.
Although they were not in the list, you can add problems with anger management and ADHD to this list as well.
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Some of the more common simple tics include eye blinking and other eye movements, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Simple vocalizations might include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds.
I was surprised to learn that I had a few tics of my own, indicating a mild case of TS. For years I had this habit of throat clearing and a cough. This is another condition that just disappeared for me after I took control of my migraine headaches. Could this be just another coincidence? Or did the breathing exercise eliminate the condition for me?
GI disorders are caused by hyperventilation or over-breathing. When our fight or flight response is operating, it is designed to redirect or energy, or flow of oxygen, to those muscles and organs that will help us run or fight and divert it away from those muscles and organs that are deemed less important such as the stomach and the brain (don't want to over think when danger is present). When we are digesting, the stomach requires a lot of blood flow and energy. This is why we feel tired after a big meal and why we should not exercise directly after eating. When we breathe normal it takes about 2 hours to digest a meal but if we are over breathing, it can take an extra hour or two to digest the meal. Even then, the food may not be totally digested when it is passed on, making it more difficult for every organ down the line to do it's job.
I have suffered with lactose intolerance since I was a teen. Unfortunately this issue has not been resolved for me yet however, I have eliminated most of the lactose from my diet. Did you know that the rule about not eating for 20-30 minutes after eating because you might get cramps was created due to lactose intolerance?
Low back pain is a condition that is connected to poor posture such as slouching or curved spine. Poor posture leads to dysfunctional breathing. Of course there are many other reasons for low back pain, I'm just drawing the connection to breathing.
At a recent visit to my optometrist, the subject of oxygen came up and he mentioned that science is leaning towards low oxygen, hypoxia again, as the cause of glaucoma. A search of the scientific studies confirm this in this abstract: "The changes in intraocular pressure due to blood pH, PCO2, and PO2 alterations induced by hyperventilation and hypercapnea in man undergoing routine general anaesthesia were studied. It was shown that hypercapnea produces elevation of intraocular pressure, while hyperventilation lowers it." Many other studies point to oxygen deficiencies involved in glaucoma as well.
When we allow these dis-functional breathing patterns to run unchecked, then we end up with health issues.
Our breathing is just one part of the equation. Our ability of our body to carry oxygen throughout our body is determined by the health of our blood. The production of red blood cells and hemoglobin are critical for the delivery of oxygen and these are the main vitamins involved:
- Magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, vitamin B-12, B-2, B-9, B-6, vitamin A.
- Vitamin C increases our ability to absorb iron.
- Water is the main ingredient in our blood.
- Ginkgo Biloba is believed to increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain. It is also used to combat migraine headaches.
- Studies on parthenolide, an extract from the common herb feverfew & bay leaf, increases reactive oxygen species within cells. It is being used to combat certain types of cancer as well.
There are many more important vitamins and minerals and many more health issues but oxygen is the main focus here. 70% of the population is deficient in magnesium and that means that 70% of us lack the ability to produce enough red blood cells to transport the oxygen required to maintain our health.
Magnesium injections are used in emergency rooms to eliminate migraines and the supplementation of magnesium, B6 and B12 are known to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine. All help to produce red blood cells.
How is your breathing?
By now, you should have a pretty good idea where you stand health-wise based on your test results. This is a self assessment so you know whether they are accurate or not. A properly oxygenated body will crave exercise and a poorly oxygenated body will want to sit. Be completely honest with yourself, this is between you and your health. If you scored low, you may want to visit your doctor.
If you find yourself taking 12 breaths per minute and your hands are always cold, chances are you are hyperventilating. Make sure you consider these results with all of the others.
Emotions and Stress
In the past I wrote of the idea that stress was creating migraines and that is because I didn't really understand what stress was. It seems like people take it as an insult. Stress is defined as; a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. This implies that you are at the breaking point or can't handle a situation and I believe that just about anyone would deny this state. The word itself is probably inappropriately used or the definition is wrong.
Humans are very emotional beings and without them, life would be boring. Something as simple as watching a movie like the Lion King can be an emotional roller coaster for us as it takes us through the full range of our emotions. The experience itself can be considered enjoyment but at the same time, create a lot of stress on our body. This does not fit the definition.
Watching a movie like this, or your favourite sport team, can have you sitting on the edge of your seat at times. This is anxiety. The next minute can bring you to extreme joy and within seconds, sadness, fear or even hate. If the movie does not inspire emotional response, it would be a boring movie and you probably would not be watching it.
Our different emotional states create different physiological responses. Fear is one that initiates our fight or flight response. This state was designed as a self preservation mechanism and it draws our blood away from our extremities and diverts it to those muscles and organs needed for running or fighting. In the brain, we are engaged with our reptilian brain and logic and control functions will be bypassed. This is necessary to improve reaction time as over thinking the situation will slow us down. Anger is another emotion that puts us in this same state and is a good example to demonstrate how the ability to think logically is just not possible.
These states are meant to be only temporary but with today's lifestyles, we are quite often stuck in various emotional states. Our jobs can expose us to all different emotional states no different than a movie. It can even be our own self talk that cause us to get stuck in emotional states. In extreme cases, it can even lead to anxiety or panic attacks.
People who suffer anxiety attacks are taught breathing techniques, such as the 7-11 technique, and this is used to control their emotional state. This is true for panic, anger, depression, stress and any other emotional state. By focusing on and controlling our breathing, we control our emotions. If we do not consciously control our breathing rate then our emotions will be able to run wild. Our emotions and our breathing are tied together. Slow deep breathing creates a state of calm and as long as you breathe like this, you cannot be angry.
When our body spends too much time in these physiological states, it will affect our health. This can cause tension or stress on our body. If you are mildly hyperventilating for long periods of time, this will cause a decrease in the delivery of oxygen in our tissue, lets say in our neck or back, and these muscles will become stiff or tense. This is the kind of stress that leads to migraine headache.
It is the breathing tied to these emotions that lead to poor oxygenation of your body. This alone does not cause migraines, but when you combine this with several other factors at once that a migraine will be triggered.
The ability to control your breath takes a considerable amount of time and practise, usually in the form of meditation. You also need to be taught the proper breathing pattern because practicing the wrong breathing will just make things worse.
Lack Of Water
Second to oxygen, water is the body's most important nutrient. Water is involved in every bodily function, and makes up 70- 75% of your total body weight. Water helps to maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from our body. Your blood is approximately 90% water and is responsible for transporting nutrients and energy throughout our body and for removing waste.
Everyone should drink at least 64 ounces per day, and if you exercise or are overweight, even more. If you are not getting enough water, your body will react by pulling it from other places, including your blood. This causes the closing of some smaller vessels (capillaries), making your blood thicker, more susceptible to clotting, and harder to pump through your system. This can have serious implications in hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Recent studies have also linked the lack of water to headaches, arthritis, and heartburn.
Water is also pH neutral and helps to maintain your pH balance. If you substitute other liquids that are acidic, then the water will not be able to neutralize your pH and instead, many of your other nutrients will be depleted to balance your pH. It takes about 32 glasses of water to neutralize the acid from just one pop.
Low Oxygen Environments
Normal oxygen content for our air is 21%. We breathe in this air, absorb some of the oxygen and then exhale the air with not only reduced oxygen content, but with carbon dioxide as well. In today's well sealed, energy efficient homes and buildings, this means that with every breath that we take, we are reducing the overall oxygen content in the room. Without fresh oxygen, this will degrade the amount of oxygen in the room and increase the carbon dioxide content. When heating and cooling systems are installed, there is consideration for fresh air or air circulation however, recirculating bad air does not increase the available oxygen. Even if we were to pump in fresh air from outside, the oxygen content in that air must be considered as well. If this was properly considered, then the oxygen readings would confirm this. Have you ever seen oxygen readings?
I have looked for oxygen readings but was only able to find about 8 locations in the world where we monitor oxygen levels and these are in remote locations such as Alaska. You can find measurements in your area for the UV index, the air quality index (which does not include oxygen) and many other readings but nothing for oxygen. I have also looked for measuring devices but this seems to be limited to industrial devices when oxygen levels are important for a process.
Professor Ervin Laszlo writes:
“Evidence from prehistoric times indicates that the oxygen content of pristine nature was above the 21% of total volume that it is today. It has decreased in recent times due mainly to the burning of coal in the middle of the last century. Currently the oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere dips to 19% over impacted areas, and it is down to 12 to 17% over the major cities. At these levels it is difficult for people to get sufficient oxygen to maintain bodily health: it takes a proper intake of oxygen to keep body cells and organs, and the entire immune system, functioning at full efficiency. At the levels we have reached today cancers and other degenerative diseases are likely to develop. And at 6 to 7% life can no longer be sustained.”
According to OSHA, NIOSH, minimum safe oxygen levels are 19.5%. At 17%, judgement is affected. At 16% we begin to see the first signs of anoxia. At 16-12% breathing and pulse rate increases, muscular coordination is slightly impaired. At 14-10% consciousness continuous; emotional upsets, abnormal fatigue upon exertion, disturbed respiration. At 10-6% nausea and vomiting, inability to move freely and loss of consciousness may occur. At 6% convulsive movements and gasping respiration occurs; respiration stops and a few minutes later heart action ceases.
Flames are another contributor to the reduction in oxygen. Fire cannot exist without oxygen as this is the main fuel source. If you are working in an environment with open fire such as a kitchen or welding, then oxygen is being consumed and the areas around the flame may see the biggest reduction in oxygen content.
Humans also consume a large amount of oxygen and a room full of people will reduce the oxygen content fairly quickly. If you have ever attended a meeting or class where you found it difficult to stay awake, it is the reduced oxygen content that causes this. For one person in a 12'x12' room with 8” ceilings, it will take about 2.5 days at resting rates to reduce the oxygen content to 17.5%. This time would be reduced to 5 hours if they were exercising hard. This would be a sealed room so you would have to consider the rate that fresh oxygen was brought into the room and with today's sealed houses, it will not be enough to make up for the losses.
Pollution will displace oxygen and this can be seen in large industrial cities. Temperature is a factor and with warmer temperatures, carbon dioxide will settle and in colder climates it will rise. This is why air quality in the summer goes down. Of course all of these pollutants negatively affect our health but these negative affects are magnified when there is less oxygen.
Lack of Exercise
Our lifestyle does not require much physical activity these days and our bodies were not designed to sit around so much. Our respiratory system needs to be worked out just like anything else and if we don't, it loses it's effectiveness. This is the primary system for delivering oxygen to our cells and control of this system determines your health.
Townsend Letter for Doctors: "Cells undergoing partial oxygen starvation send out tiny panic signals which are collectively felt in the body as a continuous vague sensation of uneasiness, dread or disaster. This low level generalized warning tends to get tuned out as mere "background noise" by the individual experiencing it. Or, it is attributed to other sources of uneasiness...." People rarely suspect that the constant vague feelings of helplessness, fatigue....uneasiness are symptoms of cellular oxygen deprivation."
The Rebound Effect
If you are taking a migraine drug, it is possible that they are causing rebound headache. When I was taking Imitrex, my doctor received a call from my drug insurance company informing him that I averaged 15 per month and the potential dangers. Figures that the only warning came because it was costing someone money. It was also pointed out that one of the possible reasons that I needed to take so many is that these drugs can cause migraine as a withdrawal symptom.
The Bohr Effect
The Bohr effect is a physiological phenomenon first described in 1904 by the Danish physiologist Christian Bohr, stating that hemoglobin’s oxygen binding affinity is inversely related both to acidity and to the concentration of carbon dioxide. That is to say, a decrease in blood pH or an increase in blood CO2 concentration will result in hemoglobin proteins releasing their loads of oxygen and a decrease in carbon dioxide or increase in pH will result in hemoglobin picking up more oxygen. Since carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid, an increase in CO2 results in a decrease in blood pH.
This means that if you breathe too much, your pH will go up and if you breathe too little, your pH will go down. Both of these situations will decrease the amount of oxygen delivered to your cells. Different reasons but the same result. Breathing is about balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide and maintaining that balance is the most important thing that you can do for your health.
Watch this video as Dr. Artour Rakhimov explains the Bohr effect
The common element in all of this is oxygen.
Our most critical function we can perform for ourself is ensuring that we get enough oxygen delivered to our cells at all times. Our breathing is our main tool for controlling this. So far we have looked at the causes and related them to oxygen delivery. I'm going to tell you a bit about my solution and then get to to relating the oxygen connection to the triggers and treatments.
Migraineze Breathing Method
By now, the connection between our breathing and our health should be obvious. This explains how my treatment at the Ontario Migraine Clinic was so effective in treating my migraine headaches. According to an article in Vitality Magazine "Cleary boasts that in a three-year study, 93% of his patients (who completed a full treatment program) didn’t suffer from migraine after the final treatment."
I have not had one migraine since my last treatment 7 years ago.
The secret is not the acupuncture needles themselves, the secret is the breathing exercise. The needles do have purpose and function... but that can be achieved in other ways. Of course this is only my opinion so if you really want the original proven treatment, just check out the Ontario Migraine Clinic website and feel free to book an appointment.
After 7 years of breathing with this method, I know how effective it is at easing migraine symptoms. Along with the research that I have done, I'm confidant this breathing method is the secret. With this success, I have developed my own way to teach this breathing method to people. I call it the Migaineze Breathing Method.
This is a series of audio files in MP3 format and you use to learn the breathing exercise. You sit in a comfortable position, relax and breathe as you are guided through the exercise. Just like a meditation audio. The first audio includes an in depth explanation and instruction on how to perform the breathing. I teach you a series of tools that you use to program your new breathing habit into your subconscious mind, and some of the files just help you relax and focus on your breathing.
Here’s what’s included with the Audio Suite
- Audio file #1 – Teaches you the deep breathing exercise & explains the theory
- Audio file #2 – Teaches you how to access your subconscious mind to set an anchor
- Audio file #3 – Guided breathing exercise : gentle waves 10 minutes
- Audio file #4 – Guided breathing exercise : stream 10 minutes
- Audio file #5 – Guided breathing exercise : gentle waves 20 minutes
- Audio file #6 – Guided breathing exercise : stream 20 minutes
- Audio file #7 – Migraine Rescue remedy
- Bonus – Audio file #8 – Breathing audio no guidance : gentle waves
- Bonus – Audio file #9 – Breathing audio no guidance : stream
- Bonus - Progress tracking sheet
What benefits did I get from this breathing method?
I can't make any promises about this breathing program... I can only tell you the benefits that I have achieved. Results will vary depending on a wide variety of circumstances including your commitment to the breathing exercise.
- Got back control of my life
- Take on commitments without worry
- Got back valuable time
- Never miss another event due to migraine
- Peace of mind
- Achieved a migraine free state
- No fear of waking with a migraine
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This audio program will teach you the same breathing method that I have used to remain migraine free for over 7 years. The audio program will help you achieve better oxygenation through better breathing habits. Breathing is about balance and these exercises teach balanced breathing and helps to program this breathing habit into your subconscious mind. Your subscription to the Migraineze mailing list helps to support your efforts with regular reminders to use the breathing program and tips and tricks to help you ahieve better results.
Just download the MP3 audio files to any device, get comfortable, listen and breathe.
If the information that you have seen so far was not compelling enough, there is much more to come. Our society almost completely ignores our most important function and this has seriously degraded the health of our society.
Fog and Humidity
Fog & high humidity are migraine triggers because moisture displaces oxygen & a reduction in available oxygen content in the air you are breathing will drop your body's oxygenation below your trigger point. If your body is already in a low oxygenation state due to other reasons, then your brain will already be operating "just above empty" & this sudden drop in oxygen will be more that your brain can handle, triggering your migraine headache.
Elevation and Airplanes
It is commonly known that moving to a higher elevation rapidly can trigger Acute Mountain Sickness, which resembles a migraine headache. This is because at higher elevations, there is less atmospheric pressure. Since oxygen is forced into our bloodstream with atmospheric pressure, measured in barometer, less pressure in our lungs means that less oxygen is forced into our blood and distributed to our body cells. Climbers will quite often acclimatize themselves before a climb by staying in a tent and slowly reducing the oxygen content over time and wearing an oxygen mask when reaching higher altitudes.
An airplane ascends to higher elevations even quicker than climbing and so this same condition applies. They do pressurize the cabin but they cannot compensate enough. If you have ever removed your shoes on a flight and them tried to put them back on when you land, you may find that your feet have swelled. You also have a very small space with recycled air with reduced oxygen content.
"For more than 2,000 years, headache has plagued those who tried to ascend to high altitudes. Headache was so common among travellers along an ancient silk route in Central Asia that a Chinese official named the area "Great Headache Mountain and Little Headache Mountain"."
Barometric Pressure - Approaching Storm
It has been long been known that a drop in barometric pressure can cause migraine. When a storm approaches, it is preceded by a drop in barometric pressure. Since oxygen is forced into our bloodstream by pressure, then a drop in barometric pressure will result in less oxygen being saturated into our bloodstream. This is no different than what happens when we climb a mountain.
Exercise and Physical Activity as a Migraine Trigger
When we exercise, the activity of the cells use up the energy that they have stored and this creates carbon dioxide as a waste product. When the blood passes through the areas where activity has taken place, it will sense the increase in carbon dioxide as a signal to release oxygen to this area. If our blood is in balance, these cells will get the oxygen they need and everything will be normal. If our carbon dioxide levels are too low, then it will not be a strong enough signal to break the oxygen free and those cells will starve. If our carbon dioxide levels are too high, then we will not have enough oxygen in our blood to begin with. Both situations create a deficiency of oxygen.
If your body is already in an oxygen deficient state and you create an increase in demand, you will have even less oxygen available when you engage in physical activity. If you breathe through your mouth, this will cause hyperventilation and further reduce your carbon dioxide levels. Since your muscles are working harder, they are creating a lot of heat and carbon dioxide, both of which release more oxygen. The brian will then even get less oxygen.
I was advised in gym class to breathe in through the nose and out through my mouth while running in gym class. Exhaling through your nose or mouth will create two very different results in your blood pH, which is directly related to your carbon dioxide levels. There is far more pressure created when breathing out through the much smaller nasal passage and this will result in more oxygen being absorbed. Oxygen absorption in the lungs is based on pressure. Exhaling through the mouth also lowers our carbon dioxide levels.
Food and Drink Triggers
In assessing all of the foods and liquids that trigger migraines, I have found that they are all acidic (low pH). Beer, wine, peanuts, coffee, pop, chocolate, cheese, processed meats and ice cream are just a few of the foods that are considered acidic. The drier a wine the more acidic it is.
Healthy pH levels are between 7.35 and 7.45 and our body has several mechanisms called buffers to keep this in balance. Our buffers can only work up to a certain point so the more acidic & the more that we consume, the more difficult it is for our system to keep up. Drinking a couple bottles of wine is sure to reduce your pH.
Carbon dioxide is acidic as well. When our cells release carbon dioxide, it lowers the pH of the blood. This is the signal for the blood to release oxygen. When carbon dioxide releases the oxygen from the hemoglobin, it then binds to the hemoglobin. In the case of hypoventilation, where our carbon dioxide is too low resulting in high pH, this causes a situation where our blood will absorb the oxygen but not release it to our cells. Remember that both too high and too low pH will cause hypoxia... just for different reasons.
Rosacea is a condition where the skin will turn bright red and the triggers for this are also migraine triggers. In this condition, the pancreas, which releases sodium bicarbonate into our digestive system to neutralize acid and increase pH is not functioning properly so these people are easier affected by acidic foods.
Our blood is mostly water and that water is absorbed into our blood in our large intestines. It makes sense that what we consume affects our pH levels. In moderation with a healthy buffer system, then our body will be able to compensate but when we overdo it or our buffer system is compromised, then it can directly affect our blood balance.
This is a very complex matter and deserves much more research. Most of the studies and information on blood pH is actually focused on cancer. There is the theory that cancer thrives in an acidic environment and that an alkaline environment will reverse cancer.
It should also be noted that women with a history of migraine are less likely to develop cancer. It is hypothesized that this could be due to the avoidance of acidic food and drink. It could also be that these women hyperventilate and less carbon dioxide raises pH, creating an alkaline environment. Don't get too excited though because if you are too alkaline, then your chances of heart disease and stroke are increased. Remember that it is about balance, the yin and yang. Proper pH levels are already alkaline.
When we encounter an offending odour, we are inhaling whatever it is into our body. A natural instinct would be to switch to mouth breathing so we don't have to put up with the smell and this allows the chemical to enter our lungs directly with no filtration. This causes hyperventilation so we breathe even more of it in and deplete our carbon dioxide levels at the same time. This one is a guess based on my own experience and needs to be studied so we have actual data. You can judge this for yourself by observing what you do next time you encounter an offending odour.
Of course there is the unknown effects of these chemicals on our body. I believe that products such as perfume are completely untested for it's effect on the body and the ingredients are undisclosed and secret.
When our body is in a low oxygen state, we are more vulnerable to these toxins.
Why treatments will work for some but not for others
There are many treatments that claim they can resolve migraine symptoms and even eliminate them all together. This includes but is not limited to meditation, QiGong, yoga, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, herbs, dietary changes, biofeedback, heat therapy, essential oils and sleep. While sometimes these treatments will be successful to different degrees, there is no consistency from person to person or practitioner to practitioner. There are some very good reasons for this.
Some alternative treatments have been passed down over thousands of years. Many have roots in QiGong, which dates back over 4000 years. QiGong has transformed into medical QiGong, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and zen meditation. From there, Kung Fu itself has transformed into hundreds of different styles, as has everything else. Acupuncture, massage and chiropractic have been utilized in medical QiGong for a very long time but, if you were to go to a collage in north America to learn massage, it will be very different than even learning massage in China today. Even two different people taking the same course will come out of it with different opinions on what is important and perform the treatment differently. Humans just can't be forced what to think. There is also a system of hierarchy that is maintained and the masters always hold back key information. In many cases, a teacher will tell you what to do and not explain completely why it needs to be done that way. It's possible that they never truly understood it themselves. Now imagine this information being passed verbally over several hundred generations.
If you were to go out and get treated with acupuncture, the treatment that resolved my migraines, you will most likely not get the same treatment as I did. That specific style is available at only two clinics in the world. That's not to say that others don't utilize the same secret differently. The breathing exercise is the secret and without it, the acupuncture will not work. It also has to be the right kind of breathing. The importance of the breathing is something that I figured out myself. The exercise was emphasized but it's importance was never pointed out.
Even with massage, the majority of practitioners do not pay attention to your breathing. Even if they do, they may just mention it to you and then you will be left on your own from there.
Some treatments may correct your posture for you and this may be all you need to begin breathing properly again. You can get the benefit without knowing why it helped. The benefit can also be the placebo effect. Your body knows what to do and if you believe a treatment will work, it will automatically adjust your breathing pattern for you. You don't need to know this is happening consciously, you just need to believe and let the body correct itself.
There is also the person's effort that plays a role. I was given a breathing exercise and told to do it 3 times per day. The more I stuck to it the faster I would get results. If I didn't do the exercise, I would not have gotten better. Like everything else... hard work, commitment & persistence creates the results that you plan for.
Most meditation has you sit and think of nothing. You simply connect with your inner self. You may be guided with a breathing pattern to begin but many fail to have you focus and concentrate on your breathing... let alone teach a specific breathing pattern. You may be asked to sit with proper posture, which will help your breathing, and told to take 3 deep breaths to bring your level down.
Zen meditation requires much more than that. Control of the breath and the observation of it's affects on the body is one of the basic fundamentals that has been left out of modern meditation. Control of the breath allows you to achieve different mental states. True Zen is only achieved when you master this skill because the brain requires a certain amount of oxygen to give you access and control over certain functions of your organism. It takes a great deal of focus and practice to achieve these states but you have to first know what you are doing. It is said that Tibetan Monks can achieve incredible feats including levitation.
Basic meditation can help you in many other ways as well and even taking the time to focus within can help you gain control of your emotional state. This alone can have a tremendous impact for you.
Yogis spend years sitting in meditation, practicing their exercises and paying attention to the effects of each and every move. One of the most important aspects of this is their breathing and it's affects on the body. They can tell you what the effects of breathing through the left nostril are compared to the right. Or at least some of them can.
Like anything else, there is a lot of disagreement about their craft and a lot of different versions. Some put a lot of emphasis on the positions, especially many of the western versions and even completely ignore the breathing aspect. Some will even allow dangerous breathing habits to form, such as hyperventilation.
Massage is great for relieving tension and helps to improve circulation. It is more known for relief of migraine symptoms. I have been to many massage therapists but only one, who was a recent graduate, mentioned that they were observing my breathing pattern while she was working on me. It is important to breathe while you are being worked on and not hold your breath when it hurts. One of the important aspects of massage is to release the knots of tension that slow your circulation.
QiGong - Tai Chi
QiGong and Tai Chi, along with many similar disciplines focus on the cultivation of chi or breathing exercises. This includes exercises that expand the capacity of the lungs and increase blood circulation throughout the entire body by stretching and moving the body. It is the practise of building and maintaing good health instead of waiting till we get broken and then seek to fix it. The cultures that practise these disciplines have far lower rates of migraine headache.
One of the aims of chiropractic is to correct the alignment of your spine. If you take the advice that is given and correct your posture, the natural result of this will be correct diaphragmatic breathing. This will help to reduce your migraine symptoms.
The migraine clinic that helped me resolve my migraines uses a style called Ah-Shi Acupuncture. The clinic has achieved a 93% success rate for those who have gone the full course of treatment. The secret to this treatment is the breathing exercise that accompanies it. Without it, I don't believe that it would have worked. The needles by themselves would stimulate circulation and this may be enough to improve oxygen delivery, but this would only be temporary.
Herbs & Supplements
Magnesium & Vitamin B12 injections are both used as preventative and abortive treatment of migraine headaches. How do they work to prevent migraines?
Meet the red blood cell.
Oxygen is transported throughout your body in the red blood cells. Magnesium and Vitamin B-12 are required for building red blood cells & hemoglobin and studies show that 70% of us are magnesium deficient. When we are low in these building materials, our red cell count will be low. Even if you achieve 100% oxygenation of your cells, you won't have enough cells to meet the body's needs... like trying to make an apple pie with 1 apple.
Other migraine remedies such as Feverfew & Ginkgo Biloba are known to improve the delivery of oxygen & it's important to note that there are many other vitamins & minerals involved such as Iron, Calcium & Vitamin B-2.
Ensuring that we feed ourselves all of the building blocks to ensure that we have the maximum number of red cells ensures that we can deliver the available oxygen to our cells and in some cases, may be enough to prevent or abort a migraine. There are many other factors that can reduce the available oxygen so it won't work in all cases.
All by itself, this may not be the "cause" of migraines but it is a contributing factor so you will have to fix some of these other issues as well.
You are what you eat. If you eat the right things then you will absorb all of the right nutrients that your body requires to function properly. If you avoid all of those acidic foods that contribute to reduced oxygenation then you will see improvement. If you have more contributing factors than you will still be susceptible to migraines but at a reduced rate and severity.
Just like certain odours and chemicals can trigger a migraine, certain essential oils can help to correct our balance. It only makes sense that this can work both ways.
Laying down and closing your eyes will conserve energy and reduce the amount of oxygen you need to support your vision and physical activity. Laying down will also change your physiology and breathing just due to position. How you breathe during this time will determine how you feel.
The Placebo Effect
When medical studies are done, they are required to give a group of people the treatment that they are testing and give another group a placebo, a fake treatment as a control group. In drug testing, that might be a sugar pill. What they have found is that 30% of the people in the control group will experience improvement in their condition. The suggestion that they were going to get better was all that was required. Taking the pill gets you physically involved and thinking about getting better. This means that any treatment can use the placebo effect to achieve a 30% success rate.
The placebo effect works whenever you believe it will. How well the doctor sells you on the fact that the treatment will work, the quality of information and guidance, your belief and participation in your progress will determine the success. The human body has amazing healing abilities all by itself and when we are empowered to believe in something and follow that with action, we can heal ourselves. The law of attraction will explain this.
The Power of Positive Thinking - The Law of Attraction
The human mind is much more powerful than most people realize. Even though our mind is only as powerful as we believe it is, it is only our control of that power that is limited.
The law of attraction states that we attract everything that we want into out lives. This is not wishing as we know it, but in some ways it is. We create our reality and perceive it the way in which we view the world.
Let's just imagine for a minute that human thought has several distinctive layers. Your subconscious mind and your conscious mind are two major parts of this and they don't necessarily believe the same things or contain the same knowledge or beliefs. Your conscious mind does not control the conscious mind but it does have influence and vice versa. If our mind was compared to a computer, then the subconscious mind would be your programming and your conscious mind the user interface. When you decide to move your arm, you do not communicate and move each muscle on a conscious level. That happens at the subconscious level and in some cases, you are not even aware of what muscles are involved. On a deeper level, you have to know what to do but you are not aware of it. On the computer, you click the move arm button or work a joystick and the program runs automatically. If it doesn't work properly you would have to go into the coding and make some corrections... but only if you know what to do. We can adjust our programming at the subconscious level as well. Since we are built better than a computer, we can do this without knowing how it works.
Trust and faith in the self is extremely important. If a doctor tells you to do this and you will get better, you will improve about as much as you believe. Your subconscious mind knows what it needs to do so all you have to do is let it do it's job. The conscious mind just has to get out of the way and let it do it's job. When the conscious and subconscious mind work together in harmony, then you will achieve the desired result.
Our minds are also under the influence of the people that we interact with. Other people share their thoughts and we take them in and they become part of our thoughts as well. If your doctor tells you to get more exercise, eat better and writes a prescription and all you do is take the pill, chances are that you will not progress because you will know that you are not following all of the directions. The person who totally believes that they will get better will change their diet and start walking. If they go the extra mile and take a nutrition course, they will not only believe that they are getting better, they will be actively working towards it.
In thinking and acting at all times about improving your health, you will be programming your body through repetition to act in a way that will attract better health and improvement. When your actions, thoughts and beliefs work together, then controlling that belief becomes your priority. If you let the conscious mind control the decision, then you subject yourself to the power of marketing who use your desire against you to convince you that you want a pizza pocket or a happy meal.
When I took my treatment at the Ontario Migraine Clinic, I made the decision that I was going to get better & believed it. I took the advice to do the breathing exercise at home even though he convinced me that the needles were the effective part of the treatment. If I did not do the breathing at home, I would not have seen any improvement. The repetition of the breathing programmed a habit that carried on when I wasn't even thinking about it. If I did the same exercise and meditated, I would have gotten the same result. The act of driving to his office weekly, paying out the cash and sitting in his office made me focus a lot of time and energy into into achieving my healthy state. Even engaging with others that were having success was part of the treatment itself and worked to enforce my belief.
Can the problem really be as easy as breathing?
What do you think? How much did you know about breathing before you found my site? Do you consider breathing "simple" after reading all this? Unless you were specifically trained, I suspect that you are no different than I was and had no idea how complex our breathing really is.
Every one of us should all know all this information. The better we are at breathing, the better our health and longer our lives. I wish I was taught this from birth!!!
It is obvious to me now that our breathing quality and our health go together. It's taken me almost 48 years to figure that out. My quality of my life from here on is completely up to me.
If I put the effort in now to correct my breathing and my body chemistry, I will live a much more active, healthier life with less pain, sickness or dependance on the medical system & pharmaceuticals. The way I see it... I can either spend the time now correcting my health issues or spend even more time and money later being sick.
Dr: Otto Warburg: Two-time Nobel Laureate, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Cancer Research said:
"Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body's cells by an anaerobic (ie., oxygen-deficient) cell respiration".
Millions of people who practice traditional Chinese medicine have known about this for 1000's of years. Only 1% of the Chinese population get migraines.
Qi Gong, the practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and martial arts training, extends back more than 4,000 years. There are five schools of Qi Gong; Bao, Buddhist, Confucious, Martial Arts, and medical QiGong. Tai Chi and Kung Foo are forms of Qi Gong.
In Chinese theory, everything is mixed with Qi. It makes up the universe. It is absolute. It will not disappear. It will just transfer from one form to another. (Note: oxygen transfers to carbon, it makes up our water, rocks, earth, trees, me & you...& everything)
Oxygen is Chi
It is believed that aging is the result of not having enough Chi (or Qi). When we don't absorb enough Qi, or oxygen, our cells are not nourished and they starve to death. The only way to rebuild cells is to provide enough oxygen so that the cells can rebuild themselves. Controlled breathing is the first principle underlying Qi Gong and it's purpose is to protect health, promote vitality and prolong life.
It is believed that we begin losing Qi in our 20's just like the medical fact that our body loses 1% of it's capacity every year from 20 on.
From the looks of it, modern medicine is beginning to figure out what Qi Gong has know for 1000's of years.
Townsend Letter for Doctors: "Cells undergoing partial oxygen starvation send out tiny panic signals which are collectively felt in the body as a continuous vague sensation of uneasiness, dread or disaster. This low level generalized warning tends to get tuned out as mere "background noise" by the individual experiencing it. Or, it is attributed to other sources of uneasiness...." People rarely suspect that the constant vague feelings of helplessness, fatigue....uneasiness are symptoms of cellular oxygen deprivation.
Dr. John Muntz, Nutruitional Scientist: "Starved of oxygen the body will become ill, and if this persists it will die, I doubt if there is an argument about that."
Modern medicine is currently experimenting with oxygen and they are finding significant health benefits from the inhalation of oxygen. One study concluded:
"In addition to its role in the treatment of cluster headache, high-flow oxygen therapy may provide an effective treatment of all types of headaches in the ED setting."
Yes, people with migraine and other types of headache were given oxygen therapy at an emergency department and it relieved their headaches. (you can find links to this & other studies I refer to on the studies page in the links at the bottom of this page)
What do you think?
I don't ask you to believe me. I ask you to look at the idea with an open mind, try some experiments, observe your breathing habits, ask some questions and draw your own conclusions. If you believe in science, true belief in science, you experiment with things yourself. Try Migraineze Breathing Method and see if it works for you.
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I'm just sharing what I have learned here. You are free to believe whatever you like. I am not alone in my belief... there are 100's of millions of people around the world that believe in Qi. I am not claiming any discovery... only that I have discovered it for myself. This knowledge dates back 7000 years based on archeology... so it's just new to me... & it may be new to you.
We have a Nobel prize winner, a molecular biologist, the majority of eastern medicine and Russian medicine who all recognize that the absorption of oxygen is critical for optimum health.
“Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of the immune system. We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest cause of all diseases” Dr. Stephen Levine & Dr. Paris M. Kidd, Ph.D
I believe that I have provided enough scientific evidence to suggest that this hypothesis deserves serious consideration and scientific evaluation. It just makes so much sense when you eliminate your preconceptions. Oxygen is our life force... there is no denying that. The more of our life force that we absorb, the healthier we will be. How we breathe determines how much we will absorb however, according to studies, most of us breathe improperly.
It doesn't matter who else knows about this... whether it be a doctor or scientist... what matters is that you know about it. You now have the information you need to research this yourself and draw your own conclusions. Ask your doctor or other health care providers. You have the power to heal yourself & the opportunity to learn how through my guided breathing exercise. I suggest you talk to your doctor and find out if breathing is right for you.
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See the science behind the theory. The navigation links on the left will take you to pages with more detailed information.
The Video References page contains videos and study references so you can see for yourself how this theory was developed. The Studies page contains links to studies that although are not specific to the hypothesis, they contain clues that support the hypothesis. The page on Oxygen Quotes are oxygen related quotes from traditional medicine.
The Bohr Effect page contains videos that explain the Bohr effect in detail from a few different perspectives and the Body Oxygen Test page contains videos that explain how to perform the test in detail.