Hyperventilation Is Discovered in Over 90 Percent of Normal Subjects

By Dr. Artour Rakhimov (www.NormalBreathing.com)

Hyperventilation Prevalence in Modern Population
Hyperventilation Prevalence in Modern Population | Source

Hyperventilation Overview

This graph is based on a medical Table from NormalBreathing.com and if you click on the link under the image, you can see the Table and all references for these 24 published studies.

Leading mainstream health media continues to ignore presence and prevalence of hyperventilation in modern population. While tens of medical studies have shown that breathing more air than the medical norm is a common finding in pulmonary testing, official websites, books, and other sources does not provide a clear and simple definition of hyperventilation in terms of exact numbers.

Indeed, if one has hypertension, it means that his blood pressure is higher than the upper normal range. If somebody else have hyperglycemia, that means that her blood glucose level is higher than normal. However, if one consults most respectable leading authorities, there is a total confusion and ignorance in relation to the the most fundamental function of the human body: breathing.

What are the effects of hyperventilation?

When one starts to breathe more than the norm (normal breathing is 6 L/min at rest for a 70 kg man; 12 breaths per min for respiratory frequency; 500 ml for tidal volume; 40 mm Hg for alveolar and arterial CO2 tension), he has less CO2 in the lungs, arterial blood and, eventually in all body cells.

Among immediate effects of hypocapnia (low CO2 level) are constrictions or spasm in all smooth muscles, including bronchoconstricton and vasoconstrcition (since CO2 is a natural bronchodilator and vasodilator: it dilates airways and blood vessels). As a result, people with serious respiratory problems have more severe symptoms and difficulties breathing (e.g., asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema) causing reduced oxygenation of the arterial blood and all body cells, while other people experience constriction of arteries and arterioles leading to cell hypoxia (less oxygen in all vital organs, including the heart, brain, kidneys, and liver).This is one of the central laws of the respiratory physiology: the more one breathes, the less oxygen is delivered to body cells. (Note that most people believe in the deep breathing myth, while thousands of medical studies reveal negative effects of hyperventilation on the human organism).

Precisely the same gas - CO2 regulates control of the respiratory process in humans. Furthermore, apart from breath control, CO2 regulates uncountable irreplaceable functions in the human body, such as: weight monitoring, release of O2 in capillaries (the Bohr effect), regulation of blood pH, control of blood sugar, normal immunity, relaxation of muscle cells, sleep regulation, synthesis of hormones, blood pressure maintenance, regulation of heart rate, repair of alveoli in the lungs and dozens of other essential functions.

In relation to chronic diseases, as decades of medical research testifies, cell hypoxia is the key factor in development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and over 150 chronic condition, while the sick usually breathe even more than 12 L/min.

Causes of Hyperventilation (When Do We Breathe Heavier and Lose CO2?)

- Mouth breathing (during sleep and physical exercise too)
- Psychological stress, revenge, anger, greed, jealousy, envy, laziness, and other strong emotions
- Eating too much (especially of animal proteins)
- Sleeping at night on one’s back
- Lack or insufficient physical exercise
- Lack of important nutrients and junk foods
- Toxins, poisons and pollution (in water, food and air, due to radiation, infections, and medical drugs); allergic triggers; dusty environment
- Pathological gut flora (manifested in the “self-soiling” effect and a need to use toilet paper)
- Focal infections (dead tonsils, cavities in teeth, athletes’ feet, root canals or dead teeth, and intestinal parasites, flukes, or worms) and silver mercury amalgams
- Talkativeness and deep breathing exercises (except slow ones, e.g., with 1-2 breaths per min so that to increase body CO2 content)
- Sighing, sneezing, coughing, and yawning with large movements of air or open mouth
- Addictions and excesses (caffeine, smoking, gambling, street drugs, too much alcohol, sex, etc.)

There are many other individual factors that can make a particular person to breathe more since changes in breathing are very subtle, while most people follow the popular "friendly" advise: "Take a deep breath".

How to check one's breathing and degree of hyperventilation

After your exhalation, pinch nostrils and count your distress-free breath holding time. Be aware that your breathing pattern subsequently to the check should always be similar to your respiration pattern prior to the check: no strain in the least immediately after the test.

This trial evaluates two values at one time. First of all, the result indicates oxygen content in the body. Secondly, it shows how deep the individual or personal respiratory pattern is. In other words it evaluates the degree of hyperventilation.

In cases when the respiratory pattern is standard, the person ought to be capable to hold the breath hold for about 45 s. If that person has only about 20 seconds, the individual breathes approximately twice the therapeutic norm (which is 6 L of air in one minute). In general, the more you breathe, the lower your body oxygen test result.

How to address hyperventilation?

Currently, there is only one medical therapy that targets to reverse hyperventilation. Leading Soviet Physiologist Dr. Konstantin Buteyko developed the famous Buteyko breathing retraining technique, where this stress-free breath holding time test is the main measure of progress. The chief objective of the Buteyko technique is to restrain our breathing using:
- a) breathing reconditioning exercises;
- b) dealing with incorrect lifestyle parameters.

SInce the goal the Buteyko method to make one's breathing pattern slower and easier, it is necessary to take care about breathing 24/7 and address everything that is abnormal. Many of these factors and numerous elements of the Buteyko breathing technique, including free description of breathing exercises, can be found in section "Learn here" (NormalBreathing.com).


Table with 34 Medical References showing presence of Hyperventilation Syndrome and its 100% Prevalence in the Sick People with Asthma, Heart Disease, COPD, Cancer, Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, ...

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John 5 years ago

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