Roque R. Wicker, CHT, DMT-A
is so basic for our everyday life that it is taken for granted. The
medical community is beginning to rediscover how important oxygen is
to our bodily functions. Research has indicated a link between
oxygen and most diseases of the human body.
air that we breathe consists of 21 percent oxygen and 79 percent
Nitrogen. You can go days without food, hours without water, but if
you are denied oxygen for only a few minutes you canít survive.
Oxygen is crucial to every system in your body.
physical processes of your body, such as circulation, assimilation,
digestion, and elimination ďrunĒ on oxygen.
oxygen is the human
bodyís battery. As a result,
oxygen helps your body produce
energy, balance its metabolism, purify itself of wastes, and fight
body uses oxygen to rid itself of toxins, including allergic
substances. Since anaerobic bacteria, fungi and viruses cannot live
in an oxygen rich environment, high blood oxygen levels are our best
defense against infectious illness. Unfortunately, if youíre like
most everyone, your blood oxygen content is low. Why?
are many reasons why you donít get enough oxygen in your system,
you may have shallow breathing habits. If you havenít learned to
breathe properly, you arenít bringing enough air into the lungs
and youíre not assimilating it efficiently in order to obtain
vital blood oxygen levels.
blood oxygen content is low, your body is slowed, weakened, and
easily fatigued. Your immune system lies prey to infections,
accelerated aging, and over time, disease. When a person is
suffering from stress or in poor health, it is often reflected in
the skin. Proper skin care
requires more than just getting a facial. It requires a healthy
body, proper diet, exercise and supplemental oxygen.
OXYGEN AND ENERGY
is a key component for the production of energy in the body. It
operates as part of the aerobic metabolism. This form
of energy production is similar to that of a fire. Wood may provide
the combustible material, which is combined with oxygen to produce
carbon dioxide (CO2), heat, and water.
uses a similar process though without the heat. The main transport
agent of this cold energy production is ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)
which is an adenosine-derived nucleotide that supplies large amounts
of energy to cells for various biochemical processes, including
muscle contraction and sugar metabolism, through its hydrolysis to
ADP. Without the activity of ATP and ADP, the cells would die.
OXYGEN AND METABOLISM
are two main pathways to energy production in the body. We have
mentioned aerobic metabolism. Aerobic means with oxygen.
However, there is an anaerobic metabolism that
supports life for very short periods of time. Anaerobic means
without oxygen. How can this be so?
In the initial phase of metabolism
of glucose there is a release of energy without the presence of
oxygen. However, as a waste product this reaction produces lactic
As the process of anaerobic metabolism continues, the
of lactic acid continues to increase until it becomes impossible for
the cell to function. Therefore, this anaerobic metabolism cannot be
expected to provide a long-term solution for oxygen management, but
it plays a significant part.
oxygen delivery to the tissue drops, it reaches a point where
anaerobic metabolism increases. This is typically seen in a rise
in serum lactate levels, a binding compound used by the body to
neutralize the acid. Once oxygen delivery increases, the lactic acid
is further metabolized and removed.
scenario is played daily in athletes. As they vigorously use their
muscles there is a buildup of lactate acid and later, during rest,
the body removes this acid. This causes the familiar aching muscles
experienced by the weekend warrior.
is not like other drugs. Once oxygen is inhaled, even from a tank
source, it does not accumulate for later use; it is metabolized
right away. The fact that oxygen is not stored by the body is why
people die quickly when air is cut off; all available oxygen at that
point is completely exhausted in about four minutes.
players who come off the field for a few whiffs of oxygen on the
sidelines are not really benefited in any physiologic sense; by the
time they get back in the game, the supplemental oxygen they inhaled
has been completely used up.
OXYGEN AND INFECTION
is a key component in fighting infections that we are afflicted
with. How so? It may help to understand if one remembers how
hydrogen peroxide or H2O2 is used to clean a wound. When you pour
this on an open wound or sore it immediately foams up. Why? The
molecule is not the most stable since it is an unbalanced form of
water, or H2O. this second oxygen molecule can be easily
this is done in the presence of bacteria, it literally Ďburnsí
up the bacteria in a form of chemical fire. The white blood cells of
the body use this similar action.
blood cells flow through the circulation and encounter bacteria or
other foreign matter, they engulf such like a form of digestion.
Once this is encapsulated within the white blood cell it is bathed
in superoxidase compounds and destroyed or Ďburnedí up with cold
this, the white blood cells, though effectively attacking the
bacterial agents, are not able to break down and destroy the
bacteria. But where does the white blood cell get the components to
make the superoxidase compounds?
blood cells carry the oxygen to fuel the bodyís cells. If a
passing white blood cell needs oxygen, a major component of a
superoxidase compound, it is able to pull such from a passing red
blood cell. This is a very efficient and effective method.
if there is severe anemia or a low blood oxygen level (which is
usually the case) there is not enough oxygen for the white cells to
extract in order to fight off infections.
case of severe anemia, there is not enough red blood cells present
for white cells to extract oxygen. in essence you have plenty of
soldiers (white blood cells) but these have no bullets (superoxidase
compound) to destroy the enemy.
condition there is an increased possibility for infection to rapidly
grow and overwhelm the body. If severe, it can lead to sepsis.
itself can further release hormones and other reactionary chemicals
into the body that can lead to further problems with oxygen
delivery, blood flow, and can result in shock. Thus, it becomes
paramount to help the immune system to fight bacterial infections
early on, or even before it occurs.
THE OXYGEN SOLUTION
truth is that virtually no one is getting enough oxygen! To live
well on this small planet, you need to supplement your diet with
oxygen. With high blood oxygen levels, you can fight off illnesses,
gain zest for life, and enjoy vibrant energy, strength and
can you find supplemental oxygen? There are different ways to
increase oxygen in the body. The question is, which is the best and
most effective way.
everyone is willing to travel to an ozone machine or have blood
removed and oxygenated. Taking Hydrogen peroxide dropperfulls in
water or juice is nauseating, and if done ignorantly, can rob your
body of useful digestive micro-organisms.
people arenít willing to snort it up their noses or take it in
other bizarre ways. And most of these procedures involve
metabolizing the oxygen within four minutes. None of them involve
storing the oxygen.
there is an easy way of increasing the oxygen in your body, it does
not involve swallowing, or taking it in water or juice, or going to
an oxygen bar, this involves what we naturally do to get oxygen-
BREATHING!! Yes all you have to do is breathe. It is called
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, hyper means high and baric means
hyperbaric therapy, you
breathe oxygen at higher pressures equal to breathing oxygen
at 33 feet underwater. This is possible by going into a hyperbaric
used to treat divers with the bends, this treatment is proven to
increase oxygen levels unattainable anywhere on earth, it has also
been proven to support life without hemoglobin. When
breathed at 33 feet, the oxygen saturates the blood and water in your body with
oxygen. Oxygen levels go up from 80-100 mmHg (millimeters of
mercury) to 1800-2000 mmHg, enough to support life without blood!
fashion, the human body can act as a rechargeable battery for
oxygen. During the time in the hyperbaric chamber (usually 1 hour)
the body recharges itself of oxygen, or pays off its oxygen debt.
For that time, the bodyís lactate level improves. While the
patient is outside the chamber there is a consumption of the oxygen
gains made while in the chamber.
it works is simple; itís like trying to dissolve salt in water.
When you pour a spoonful of salt into a glass of cold water, all
the salt may not dissolve. Simply adding more salt doesnít make the water
dissolve more salt because it has reached saturation. But when you pour a spoonful of salt into a
glass of hot water, more of the salt will dissolve.
higher temperatures, more salt dissolves. What temperature does for
salt in water, pressure does for oxygen in the blood.
treatment is used by the athletes in professional football and
basketball. Hyperbaric chambers can also be found in the best
hospitals around the world. It is used for all types of injuries
requiring phenomenal levels of oxygen.
hospitals it is the primary treatment for the flesh eating disease,
burns, infections, osteoporosis, carbon monoxide poisoning, air
embolisms, decompression sickness, gas gangrene and many more.
Bay Hyperbarics we have a HYOX HTU2 hyperbaric chamber.
We employ them to heal pre and post-surgical procedures, gas
gangrene, the flesh eating disease, post-radiation damage,
non-healing wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, air embolisms, diving
injuries, burns osteomyelitis and osteonecrosis.
Currently there is ongoing research in brain injuries and
stroke patients in order to improve the patients quality of life.
For more on hyperbaric oxygen
therapy you can call us at (920)-499-0670.