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Prevent adult diseases in infants by their better oxygenation

Last 10-15 years heralded the appearance of adult diseases among infants. We have clinical cases of infantile diabetes, cancer, heart disease, severe asthma and obesity: something that is totally new for the history of medicine and humanity. In order to prevent these diseases, we should understand one common feature of all chronic diseases. Which one? ...

by Dr. Artour Rakhimov (

Last 10-15 years heralded the appearance of adult diseases among infants. We have clinical cases of infantile diabetes, cancer, heart disease, severe asthma and obesity: something that is totally new for the history of medicine and humanity. In order to prevent these diseases, we should understand one common feature of all chronic diseases. Which one?

Have you seen how asthmatics frantically gasp for more oxygen during asthma attacks? Indeed, it is normal that these and other COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients are first candidates to breathe pure oxygen 24/7 to save their lives.

You may know that the main test for heart patients (exercise electrocardiogram or Stress test) mainly reflects oxygenation of the heart and other muscles of the human body. No wonder, that agent 007, in the most recent movie "Casino Roayle", when he was poisoned and had a heart attack, also had very heavy breathing.

High level of blood lactate (a sign of anaerobic metabolism and tissue hypoxia) is among main features of diabetes, chronic fatigue, bronchitis, acne, infertility,  and many other conditions.

Finally, cancer has cellular hypoxia as its key cause. Dr. Otto Warburg got the Nobel prize for this discovery. In his article “The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer” (1966), he wrote, “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. Almost anything can cause cancer. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen (oxidation of sugar) in normal body cells by fermentation of sugar…" (

Hence, abnormal oxygen transport is the typical and indispensable feature for asthma, heart disease, chronic fatigue, bronchitis, cancer, acne, sexual importance, diabetes, and many other disorders for people of all genders, races, and ages, infants included.

How to measure body oxygen content?

While measurements of tissue oxygenation require special equipment, you can do a simple test that is very sensitive to tissue oxygenation. Measure your stress-free breath holding time. How it is done? The prominent Russian physiologist who worked for the first Soviet spaceship missions Dr. KP Buteyko, MD was the head of the respiratory laboratory in the 1960s. He stated about 40 years ago, “Oxygen content in the organism can be found using a simple method: after exhalation, observe, how long the person can pause their breath without stress.”

After your usual exhale, pinch your nose and count your BHT (breath holding time) in seconds. Keep nose pinched until you experience the first desire to breathe. Practice shows that this first desire appears together with an involuntary push of the diaphragm or swallowing movement in the throat. (Your body warns you, “Enough!”) If you release the nose and start breathing at this time, you can resume your usual breathing pattern (in the same way as you were breathing prior to the test). Do not extend breath holding too long. This is the most common mistake. You should not gasp for air or open your mouth when you release your nose. The test should be easy and not cause you any stress. The BHT test does not interfere with your usual breathing.

In case of infants, just pinch the nose of the infant and observe the time of the first distress. Since the stress will grow in time, it will not be difficult to evaluate oxygenation of the infant. Note that the BHT of healthy infants varies throughout the day from 5-10 up to 40-60 seconds. However, in infants with poor health, oxygenation remains low 24/7, about 5-10 s only.

Oxygenation of adults

This test became the main measuring tool for about 200 medical professionals who taught the Buteyko breathing method to hundreds thousands of Russian patients with asthma, heart disease, bronchitis, and other conditions. The Buteyko self-oxygenation method has over 40 year history of use in the USSR and Russia.

Doctor Buteyko and his medical colleagues found that the following relationships generally hold true:

1-10 s of oxygen - severely sick, critically and terminally ill patients, usually hospitalized.

10-20 s - sick patients with numerous complaints and, often, on daily medication.

20-40 s - people with poor health, but often without serious organic problems.

40-60 s - good health.

Over 60 s - ideal health, when many modern diseases are virtually impossible.

For the first time in the history of medicine, a group of doctors, after studying and curing thousands of patients, suggested the standard for ideal health (60 s of oxygen) that provide guarantee from such chronic conditions as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, and many others.

The main factors for great oxygenation for adults are: nasal breathing 24/7, physical exercise included; relaxation techniques, physical activity, prevention of overeating, normal thermoregulation, correct posture, etc. All these factors make breathing lighter and ... increase tissue oxygenation. This is the most curious and misunderstood fact of life and medical research: sick people breathe heavy, but their breath holding time is short. Healthy people have invisible and inaudible breathing, but their oxygenation is high. Just observe your relatives and friends to confirm this.

The main lifestyle factors that for better oxygenation in infants

According to Doctor Buteyko, the main factor for infants relates to swaddling (or tight wrapping). Swaddled infants have lighter breathing pattern and much more oxygen in tissues. Swaddling has been used since ancient times. We see swaddled babies on Egyptian stones cut during Pharaohs' times. Christian literature tells us about “baby Jesus in swaddling clothes”. British medieval traditions advised different clothes for swaddling of rich and poor infants. It is only during last decades many hospitals abandoned this wise custom that greatly increase body oxygenation and can prevent many diseases. Many oxygenation doctors believe that all tribes and civilizations, which did not use swaddling, gradually died due to chronic diseases. It can be so that we are now going through this early stage since fewer hospitals encourage swaddling of just-born babies.

Nasal breathing 24/7 is another crucial factor of good infantile health. Use of dummies or pacifiers is greatly encouraged by Russian oxygenation doctors. Having over 200 dives every day, with nasal breathing only between the dives, according to Buteyko, is the greatest water therapy that boosts oxygenation of the baby. Obviously, correction of nutritional deficiencies, normal heat exchange, and physical exercise are other necessary elements to restore body oxygen stores.

More information about translated original Russian and Western research on breathing, health, oxygenationComputer Technology Articles, and the Buteyko self-oxygenation breathing method can be found on my website

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Dr. Artour Rakhimov ( is one of the leading world experts in self-oxygenation, breathing and the Buteyko oxygenation medical therapy. He is the author of books and the educational website devoted to natural self-oxygenation, breathing education and breathing retraining.


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