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Oxygen Is The Most Critical Element For Life…Oxygen is "The Life Force"
By Dr. Kaufmann, Hyperbaric Therapy Centers of Northern California

A healthy person's hemoglobin (the red in red blood cells) holds 97% of the maximum amount of oxygen from normal air or 100% when breathing pure oxygen. The oxygen tension level for oxygen partial pressure, "P02"or the amount of oxygen dissolved into the bloodstream is measured in units labeled "mmHg". Whether you breathe air or pure oxygen, red blood cells can only deliver a limited level of oxygen to tissue cells, a P02 of approximately 80mmHg or less. Injuries, infections and diseases can cause a drop in this tissue oxygen level down to almost zero!

It is well researched and documented that degenerative diseases, including cancer, and premature aging, start with low oxygen levels in the body. Also, as we age, we lose vital capacity and the ability to effectively obtain adequate oxygen. After age 25 we lose 10% lung (respiratory) capacity every 10 years, due to shallow breathing. Some disease conditions impair oxygen utilization. Forceful injuries with swelling can cause excessive pressure that cuts off healthy circulation flow. Swollen tissue causes a loss of oxygen circulation to areas of the body called ischemia. This problem drops the P02 dangerously low, destroys tissue and slows healing.

Research has shown optimal tissue healing occurs if P02 can rise above 100 mmHg. Oxygen given in a normal room (19% to 21%, and actually only 15% is absorbed into the blood stream) or normobaric, is not enough to raise tissue oxygen levels high enough because red blood cells cannot carry enough extra oxygen.

90% of our biological energy comes from Oxygen.

In one hour we can then inhale 2.4 pounds of oxygen! Instantly red blood cells fill with oxygen and the extra oxygen dissolves directly into the blood plasma and tissue fluid. On average an adult consumes four pounds of food, two pounds of water and almost six pounds of oxygen. People consume nearly the same amount of oxygen by weight compared to food and water combined (90% of all our biological energy comes from oxygen)! From those six pounds of oxygen about two pounds get into the blood for transport. However, sitting inside a secure chamber pressurized at twice the normal air pressure and you breathe double the number of molecules (Hyperbaric pressure allows more efficient breathing). 

Breathing pure oxygen will give us 10 times our regular amount of oxygen. In one hour we can then inhale 2.4 pounds of oxygen! Instantly red blood cells fill with oxygen and the extra oxygen dissolves directly into the blood plasma and tissue fluid. In a few minutes this extra oxygen builds up tissue oxygen levels far above normal. This action has been scientifically proven to stimulate healing function. 

In order to raise tissue oxygen tension to 80 mmHg for optimal healing, oxygen must be delivered under compressed atmospheric condition. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves defender (T3) blood cells by turning them from ordinary scavengers into efficient warriors. These defender cells use oxygen as the ammunition to kill pathogens. Can you imagine ten times the normal ammunition supply? This is why people with serious infections have improved under hyperbaric oxygen even after failing under standard regimes.

The modern way to raise tissue oxygen levels and purge away ischemic trouble is with hyperbaric therapy. Most patients report the experience as soothing and relaxing. Generally, you must be free from claustrophobia and be able to clear changes in ear pressure. The actual experience is little different than sitting in an airplane for one hour, without the movement! What could be easier?

The portable hyperbaric chamber is mild hyperbaric therapy. Treatment in the hyperbaric chamber increases the uptake of oxygen in the body, through increased pressurization to 5psi (pounds per square inch), which causes the blood plasma and tissue fluids to become super saturated with oxygen. The effects are cumulative. It is used as oxygen therapy to help restore and maintain health and fitness. The body uses oxygen better, promotes healing and improves health, fitness, stamina and endurance. It helps reverse the physical and psychological effects of oxygen deprivation from air pollution- water pollution - aging.

Dr. Stephen Levine, Renowned Molecular Biologist and Geneticist Author, "Oxygen Deficiency: A Concomitant to All Degenerative Illness" "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. Kaufmann was a practicing nurse for thirteen years, initially in New York City hospitals, specializing in emergency trauma, home care, pediatric and adult rehabilitation, and critical care/recovery. Dr. Kaufmann also holds certificates in holistic therapies including Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and nutritional consulting.

In 1998, Dr. Kaufmann opened the Hyperbaric Therapy Centers of Northern California, in Corte Madera, and later another center in Santa Rosa.

Dr. Kaufmann is a member of The Academy of Anti-Aging Association (A4M), and the California Chiropractic Association, American Preventive Medical Association.

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