Why Oxygen?

In his book Anti-Inflammatory Oxygen Therapy, best-selling author Dr. Mark Sircus did an excellent job of exploring the benefits of oxygen therapy.

Below are quotes and informational tidbits that capture key concepts excerpted from the book.

Dr. Sircus, is a prolific writer and author of several medical and health-related books.

Comments from experts quoted in the book:

“All chronic pain, suffering, and diseases are caused from a lack of oxygen at the cell level.”
– Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, author of Textbook of Medical Physiology

“In all serious disease states we find a concomitant low oxygen state. Low oxygen in the body tissue is a sure indicator for disease. Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause of all degenerative disease.”
– Dr. Stephen Levine, molecular biologist

Time Magazine quoted Dr. David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School: “What makes cells age? Wear and tear, yes. But biologically, it’s lack of oxygen that signals cells that it is their time to go. Without oxygen, the energy engines known as the mitochondria become less efficient at turning physiological fuel like glucose into the energy that the cells need to function.

“When oxygen levels are increased, the cells pick up extra oxygen and provide it to our tissues. Waste gases and toxins are removed more efficiently, and cells begin to function better. Anaerobic viruses, bacteria, and fungi are unable to live in an oxygen enriched environment. Oxygen builds resistance to infections like yeast that thrive in an oxygen deficient environment. Oxygen helps to neutralize acids in our body, like lactic acid resulting from muscle overload. Our body’s chemical reactions are ‘fired up’ due to increased oxygen levels. We burn fat more efficiently. Sleep often improves, even at altitude. We feel better, our body is healthier, and we think more clearly because of increased oxygenation. There is a direct relationship between oxygen and vitality. Enhanced exercise greatly aids in the body getting oxygen to the tissues.”
– Dr. Bruce West, author of Health Alert volumes

“The body’s requirement for oxygen makes oxygen the most important supplement that is needed by the body. When the body has ample oxygen, it produces enough energy to optimize metabolism and eliminate accumulated toxic wastes in the tissues. Cellular garbage, toxins, refuse, and debris are destroyed by oxygen and carried out of the system. The more oxygen, the easier it is for the body to detox.”

Other comments from Dr. Sircus's book

Not enough oxygen into the brain is the main cause of memory loss, inability to find the right words, getting words mixed up, and not being able to speak in sentences.

Anti-inflammatory oxygen therapy is the most dramatic single thing you can do to prevent disease and restore health.

Oxygen is the most direct answer to cellular detoxification. It is the number one way the body gets rid of acids. No wastes or toxins can leave the body without first combining with oxygen.

Oxygen therapy is the cheapest and easiest detoxifying agent.

Oxygen is the answer to just about everything. If one gets enough oxygen, one can heal from just about anything.

Oxygen is the source of health. Oxygen is essential to the human body, extending effects beyond breathing.

Dr. Von Ardenne (who did early research describing the health benefits of oxygen therapy) came to realize that as people get older, not to mention those coping with a variety of chronic illnesses, the body’s PO2 (partial pressure of oxygen — the amount of O2 dissolved in the blood) drops precipitously. Von Ardenne found he could reduce SYSTEMIC LEVELS OF INFLAMMATION while dramatically INCREASING MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION, which he did largely by use of his multistep protocols that we today refer to as EWOT or Exercise with Oxygen Therapy.

Exercise with oxygen therapy studies show:

  • Endurance increased 32-67%
    Short-term memory improved 19-23%
    Recovery time reduced 27%
    Power increased 8-14%
    Lactic acid reduced 34-60%
    Reaction time reduced 12-1