Welcome! and thank you for listening. Today I have a special guest, Patrick Mckeown. He is the author of The Oxygen Advantage and leads workshops throughout his native Ireland, North America, Europe, and Australia on the benefits of breathing “light” We can go 40 days without eating, and several days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen, yet we rarely discuss how breathing affects our health and wellbeing.
Patrick and I discuss the basics of why we breath and dive into the etiologies of sleep apnea, panic disorders, and athletic performance to name a few. As with most pathologic conditions, we treat sleep apnea the same way regardless of the etiology with a mask. Little education is given to the patient other than to wear the mask and loose weight. Rarely is one’s breathing technique assessed by a physician, yet medications are prescribed for COPD, asthma, and allergies without a discussion of the possibility of reversal or improvement.
People with panic disorders and poor sleep are given medications with many side effects and little benefits without ever taking into account their breathing which also greatly affects their autonomic nervous system response such as inflammation, hypertension and tachycardias.
Athletes train but are rarely educated on the performance enhancements of effective breathing such as the potential to raise hemoglobin levels and metabolic function.
Patrick and I discuss many of these things in a very practical sense. Please check out his book: The Oxygen Advantage.
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