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Oxygen and the result of Hyperventiltion


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Lack of oxygen in the brain

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Which Brain is yours? Hyperventilation

A Normal Breathing and Normal Oxygen

B Hyperventilation

(Overbreathing) and 40% reduction of Oxygen
Red = most Oxygen O2,
Dark blue = least Oxygen O2

Effects of Overbreathing on Cerebral Oxygen O2: Vasoconstrictive effects
Reduction of Oxygen O2 Availability by 40% (Red = most Oxygen O2, dark blue = least Oxygen O2)
In this image, oxygen availability in the brain is reduced by 40% as a result of about a minute of overbreathing (hyperventilation). Not only is oxygen availability reduced, but glucose critical to brain functioning is also markedly reduced as a result of cerebral vasoconstriction.

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  • Surveys suggest that 10 to 25 percent of the US

population suffers from chronic overbreathing

  • And that up to 60 percent of all ambulance calls in major US cities may be a direct result of the symptoms

triggered by overbreathing.

  • For every person who shows up in emergency incidents,

how many more show up in physician’s offices with unexplained symptoms?

  • For every person who goes to see a physician, how

many more simply go to work?

  • And for everyone who reports a “medical symptom”

how many more suffer with performance deficits?


This information has been supplied by :

Peter M. Litchfield, Ph.D.

President of Better Physiology Ltd. USA


  • How does breathing control the release of Oxygen from the Hemoglobin? It's called the Bohr Effect 1905
  • Link to Symptoms of overbreathing


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