As I continue to share my positive experiences with LiveO2 with friends, family, and others, I periodically come across websites such as this: https://www.damninteresting.com/beware-the-dangers-of-oxygen/
I would like to be able to respond to concerns that people have regarding their fears and/or doubts about oxygen therapy.
Without getting into detailed rebuttal, how would you respond to the warnings about the dangers of oxygen therapy described in the above website?
The answer is the difference between “Oxygen Therapy” and “Oxygen Training”.
Don’t worry — it’s easy to tell the difference. Look at the images of oxygen therapy. This person is sitting and breathing — not exerting.
Oxygen Therapy Defined
Oxygen therapy is intended for people with medical issues which usually prevent them from exertion. The physiology described in cautionary articles only occurs when oxygen is delivered to the lungs of a person at rest.
A hyperbaric chamber is another example of oxygen therapy. The person resting in a single-person hyperbaric chamber. The person cannot exercise because there isn’t room. The absence of exertion can permit imbalances in respiratory gas exchange in CO2 and O2. Problems are rare — but can occur.
Oxygen Training Defined
Oxygen Training requires some sort of physical challenge, usually exercise, or challenge as hyperthermia or hypothermia to increase energy production in the body. The exertion increases CO2 and activates the vascular system to move oxygen from the lungs to the tissues.
Respiratory gas imbalances referenced in cautionary literature do not occur in exercising users because the CO2 created by exertion drive respiration.
Exercise increases the amount of CO2 to naturally stimulate the respiratory process. Doing work, moving muscles, activate natural metabolic processes that create CO2, which drives breathing reflex. Nobody doing exercise ever forgets to breathe because the CO2 the body creates from exercise drives breathing. The oxygen in the air doesn’t matter because the body breathes to exhaust CO2 first, and absorb oxygen second.
LiveO2 further enhances the respiratory process with Adaptive Contrast which delivers oxygen reduced air. This creates a simulated altitude which compels the vascular system to work even harder. The ‑O2 setting is about the same as the oxygen level cabin pressure of a commercial airline.
Oxygen therapy is the use of oxygen at rest. Oxygen Training is the use of oxygen during exertion. LiveO2 is an oxygen training system — it absolutely requires some sort of exertion during use.
Oxygen Toxicity at 7 Atmospheres
The only other caution about excess oxygen occurs at an oxygen partial pressure of 140% or 7 Atmospheres, or when diving at depths at about 200 feet on regular air.
At these pressure levels the oxygen pressure is so high that oxidation occurs from pressure. It’s similar to a diesel engine which compresses fuel and air so much that diesel combusts with the oxygen as a result of pressure and temperature from compression.
This type of oxidation is not possible under normal atmospheric pressure.
Are there side effects?
Are there Side Effects to oxygen training?
A side effect is an unintended consequence of a drug use.
Since oxygen training is a form of exercise that increases body-wide oxygen levels the strict answer must be no. The primary results are from exercise.
Individuals with sedentary lifestyles will often experience physical responses:
- detoxification as enhanced body odors,
- changes in sleep patterns — usually improved sleep
- sometimes increased tiredness
- Jitters as mobilized cellular toxins affect the central nervous system.
The primary mechanism of action is increased oxygen levels as a result of exercise.