Oxidation, Inflammation, Antioxidants
Isn’t oxidation dangerous? Maybe I am breathing too much oxygen?
A recent phone query from a National Institute of Health physician member got me to thinking. He was concerned about whether people breathing too much oxygen could be harmed by that. CO2 narcosis is what it is called. I do not believe this possible unless artificial means such as hospital ventilators or sometimes with overused hyperbaric oxygen chambers are employed. Hyperbaric chamber recipients are given extra antioxidants to offset this. I have not heard of anyone on bottled or generated O2 24/7 being asked to take antioxidants but I suspect it may be a good idea even without extra oxygen.
If you are breathing improperly or in an unbalanced way such as with UDB you can not uptake oxygen optimally no matter how hard you breathe. In fact, breathing harder/deeper and effortful can make your breathing less so instead of more so. Unbalanced Breathing is more a mechanical breathing/nervous system issue, not an oxygen one. See also hyperventilation for more on the nervous stem aspects and breathing too often in an unbalanced way.
Oxidation often gets confused in the good guy-bad guy scenario.
Oxidative therapies such as ozone therapy, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions ranging from viral and fungal infections to joint pain and arthritis.
Oxidative therapies work by stimulating your immune system, enhancing mitochondrial processes and facilitating healing with virtually no side effects. Oxidative medicine can be used as a treatment as well as for a preventive, anti-aging health strategy While some forms of oxidative therapy should be performed under the supervision of a knowledgeable practitioner, others can be done in the privacy of your own home
Oxygenenation has at least four major byproducts.
1. Aiding cellular function often with an oxidized waste byproduct
2. Killing germs, viruses and parasites (which are transformed into another type of oxidized waste (see “soot” below) creating a strong anti-inflammatory factor.
3. To stabilize unstable molecules that have only one electron as with 03 – ozone that gives off an extra electron to a single electron “toxic” molecule to stabilize it into a two molecule entity. So this reduces waste and allows for constructive use of what might have been a free radical.
4. Being transformed -oxidized- into “soot, smoke oar ash” like from your fireplace in the normal process of logs being burned up. more about this below
Breathing too much?
Some people worry about breathing too much because of the oxidation process and the formation of free radicals. Oxidation is a natural event. Nothing much in biochemistry occurs without it. It happens because that is a primary purpose for oxygen. To give fire (life) to and to burn and to make whole (as in the above ozone example).
So the more you breathe “burn” the more “soot” you produce and the more you have to “clean the fireplace”, enter antioxidants. Oxygen is necessary for millions of life functions. Even if soot production were the only oxidative function which it clearly is not, would you not use the fireplace if you were very cold just because you knew the fireplace would get dirty? What you WOULD do is routinely clean the fireplace. That is what high fiber and antioxidant raw organic foods and intestinal cleansers do. They supply natural fireplace cleaners like soap and brooms. Certain supplements work similarly.
Digestion is critical with all this as undigested food causes massive diversion and oxidation of both oxygen and antioxidants to handle the debris instead of performing healing and cellular strengthening functions.
Elimination is also critical as waste product debris including toxins held in the small and large intestines may be recycled over and over again using up critical supplies of oxygen and antioxidants.
People take antioxidants like vitamin E, germanium, selenium, COQ10 etc in supplements. This is good if they are eating poorly, breathing a lot more then average, using super oxygenation of some sort and or are in a toxic environment. Eating a majority of raw living foods is also most likely helpful as enzymes in the raw foods are much more efficient at doing the work that the oxygen will have to be sidetracked to try to do. Eating too much cooked food causes the oxygen that should have gone to other NORMAL functions (including oxidation) to be used up with a lot of the functions that the enzymes could/should have done.
Below is an adaptation of an article by Dr. Friebot) who has long since passed away. It brings up low basal temperature and another insight to the standard armpit test but utilizing a medical thermometer for extra accuracy.
“DETOXIFICATION AND THE LOW TEMPERATURE
In the process of respiration, waste products are exposed to the action of the oxygen in the air and they are burned up very much as if they were put into a stove thereby producing body heat. In the living, body heat, whether tangible or not, is continually being generated through the chemical action of carbon and oxygen.
When the blood receives sufficient oxygen to unite with the carbon in the proportion of two atoms of oxygen to one of carbon, carbon dioxide or carbonic acid gas (CO2) is formed, and being in a suitable state, is eliminated. The process of oxidation is complete. The body temperature is maintained at normal (98.6 F);
the organs perform their functions properly, and the system is in the condition to resist the toxic influences of microbes, environment and mankind’s excesses. When, however, an insufficient amount of oxygen is received by the blood carbon monoxide (CO) is formed. This is NOT readily eliminated and, through its poisonous influences, trouble begins. Carbon monoxide is a De-oxidizer. It acts as an irritant to organs; the body temperature falls below normal and the system is incapable of resisting the toxic influences of the various bacteria, environmental and industry-related toxins and DISEASE is the result.
So prevalent is subnormal temperature among people “rundown” that nine out of ten will show a subnormal temperature by actual thermometer testing. There have been several reasons given for the subnormal temperatures in recent years. They range from “thyroid insufficiency” to “hypothalamus disorders”. These explanations are correct but only to a degree. The correct
explanation that CAUSES the problem is low &/or inadequate oxidation/oxygen assimilation. Therefore the thyroid, hypothalamus or other endocrine glands (given as the cause) are hindered in their normal metabolic function and the subnormal temperature is the result. The correct way to counteract this situation is to restore the oxidative process.
SUBOXIDATION.- THE OXIDATION TEST AND ITS MEANING
The clinical thermometer is the best means of determining the existence of under-oxidation and should be used routinely. The temperature of one who is under-oxidized will be found to run from a fraction to several degrees below normal. The under-oxidized, subnormal temperatured person will present one or more of the following symptoms– headache, dizziness, insomnia, constipation, faint-feeling, loss of appetite, palpitation of the heart, poor kidney action, sporadic and related menstrual problems, cold hands and feet, etc.. All are due to an impoverished blood supply. From these symptoms we are justified in rendering an explanation of under-oxidation taking on the definite forms of neurasthenia, liver disorders, kidney disorders, stomach and intestinal woes, female/ sexual malfunctions, melancholia, hysteria, chorea, anemia, chlorosis and on. The symptoms or conditions that arise from a subnormal temperature are not only in proportion to the degree of subnormal temperature. A person off a fractional part of one degree may present as severe a problem scenario as a person several degrees below normal. A sufficiency of an active form of oxygen for the blood means better blood:
Thus better circulation. better assimilation, better equilibrium of body homeostasis i.e. temperature, better vasomotor activity, better digestion, better elimination of waste products and less chance of auto-intoxication or toxemia, the keynote of all disease! Simply put; with sufficient available oxygen there is greater body building of natural substances and less distraction into infection and disease.
After careful analytical investigation of disease, it has been repeatedly demonstrated- First: One of the most common and important conditions that the person is called upon to correct is the weakness and incapacity produced by an impoverished or diminished blood supply.
Second: Under-oxidation produces poor health primarily because of an insufficient supply of oxygen that makes certain the formation of carbon monoxide, the DE-oxidizer and hemoglobin destroyer and an irritant poison devitalizing the blood and paving the way to a multiplicity for acute and chronic troubles. It has long been recognized that the atmosphere possesses the properties of blood- building, oxidation and antisepsis. Ozone differs from atmospheric action only in degree of activity and potency. Ozone’s greater activity makes it the greatest blood-building, oxidizing and antiseptic agent within the reach of man.
It has been suggested that a subnormal temperature may be a normal condition with some people. This deduction can be disproven by placing anyone with a subnormal temperature under the active influence of medical grade Ozone/O3. The temperature rises back to normal!
Almost all forms of nervous, functional, respiratory and blood disorders can be successfully corrected by oxidative restoration. The effects are perfectly NATURAL; the nerves being left calm, toned with a feeling of buoyancy and exhilaration (think breath rate below 7 Breaths Per minute and what more than that can do to overdriving the nervous system).
It stimulates the vasomotor system through the nerve centers, which fact is clearly shown, increases the redness/pinkness of skin, a feeling of warmth to the whole body and waste products are more freely eliminated. Ozone/O3 treatment shows that poor oxidation is the root cause of many disorders by reason of the fact that when the temperature is brought back to normal the problems disappear!
Oxidation is the source of Life!! It’s lack causes impaired health or disease. Its cessation….. DEATH!” Adapted from an article on ozone therapy attributed to
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR OXYGEN THERAPY – Dr. Friebot.
The answer is an holistic approach. Begin with learning to breathe better. No one thing is the all to be all but breathing and oxygen sure are on the top of MY want list. Learn to breathe so you minimize stress and increased oxygen cost of breathing.
Oxygen Enhancement. Home Model Personal Oxygen Bars for O2E2 – Oxygen Enhanced Exercise.