A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs.
No food - a person can survive for few days.
No water - again a person can survive for few days.
No breath - ??? a person can't survive even for few minutes.
So breath is the most important thing in life. It's the life force !
Yet many of us pay little attention to our breathing. The fact is, an astonishing number of physical ailments and diseases are due to poor breathing and oxygen deficits.
Importance of breathing
Surprisingly... some of the ailments, which are not directly due to improper breathing, can also be cured/reduced by correcting the breath !
Here are the quotes (no beating around the bushes !) from experts to emphasize on the criticality of breathing:
"Breathing is the key that unlocks the whole catalog of advanced biological function and development. Is it any wonder that it is so central to every aspect of health ? Breathing is the first place, not the last, one should look when fatigue, disease, or other evidence of disordered energy presents itself. Breathing is truly the body's most basic communication system." - Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD, PhD, author of The Oxygen Breakthrough.
"The simplest and most powerful technique for protecting your health is absolutely free - and literally right under your nose." - Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Healing.
"Cancer cells are anaerobic, which means they cannot survive in the presence of oxygen." - Dr.Otto Warburg who received the Nobel Prize, in 1931, for proving this.
"The relationship between breathing and blood pressure has been known and understood for a long time. It boils down to this: Elevated blood pressure accompanies those bodily states where rapid shallow breathing prevails. By altering breathing to a slow diaphragmatic mode, blood pressure decreases." - Robert Fried, PhD, author of The Breath Connection.
"Many healings of other physical troubles have occurred in my clients after they started to integrate breathing practices into their lives. There is a simple but encompassing reason that may explain this. The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are discharged through sweat, defecation and urination. If your breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly." - Gay Hendricks, PhD, author of Conscious Breathing.
"Illness is the result of improper removal of toxins from the body. Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in removing toxins." - Ed McCabe (Oxygen Therapies, A New Way of Approaching Disease).
"Coronary heart disease is due to a lack of oxygen received by the heart." - Dr.Dean Ornish, great soul, who suggested cheaper and safer therapies than invasive procedures like coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty and stents for cardiovascular diseases.
"Healthy breathing should be the first thing taught to a heart patient. A Dutch study conducted by a doctor named Dixhoorn, compared two groups of heart attack patients. The first group was taught simple diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no training in breathing. The breathing group had no further heart attacks, while 7 of the 12 members of the second group had second heart attacks over the next 2 years." - Gay Hendricks, PhD, Conscious Breathing.
"A lack of oxygen (hypoxia) is the prime cause of 1.5 million heart attacks each year." - Dr.Richard Lippman, Renowned researcher.
Importance of oxygen
"All chronic pain, suffering, and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level." - Dr.Arthur C. Guyton, M.D, author of Textbook of Medical Physiology.
"Oxidation is the source of life. Its lack causes impaired health or disease, its cessation, death." - Dr.F.M.Eugene Blass, PhD, author of Oxygen Therapy: Its Foundation, Aim and Results.
"Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the immune system." - Parris M.Kidd, PhD, author of Antioxidant Adaptation: A Unified Disease Theory.
"In all serious disease states, we find a concomitant low oxygen state... Low oxygen in the body tissues is a sure indicator for disease... Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease. Oxygen is the source of life to all cells." - Dr.Stephen Levine, renowned molecular biologist and author of Oxygen Deficiency: A Concomitant to All Degenerative Illness.
"Insufficient oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in anything from mild fatigue to life-threatening disease. The link between insufficient oxygen and disease has now been firmly established." - W.Spencer Way, Journal of the American Association of Physicians.