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Is oxygen safe?


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.

The oxy­gen deliv­ery device deliv­ers sup­ple­men­tal oxy­gen to a per­son at rest or unable to exercise.

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.

A pres­sure cham­ber is a device that sat­u­rates the body with a sig­nif­i­cant amount of oxy­gen. Hyper­bar­ic oxygenation.

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.

Illus­trates how a user switch­es from oxy­gen rich to oxy­gen reduced mixture.

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. 

See Detox Reports for more information

Updated on September 10, 2020

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