WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVEO2
August 21, 2015
The key to superior oxygenation is increasing the heart rate while consuming large volumes of oxygen.
Dr. Manfred von Ardenne was an early pioneer in discovering the effects of oxygen on the human body. His many years of research culminated in his book “Oxygen Multistep Therapy,” an in-depth, technical review of his findings. Chief among those findings is that oxygen not only enhances performance, it is also curative, capable of reversing a variety of maladies that affect the human body.
Dr. von Ardenne’s work inspired many to study and improve upon his techniques and advancements in the field. One such individual was Mark Squibb, inventor of the oxygenation system now known as LiveO2. In his quest to resolve his own health challenges, Squibb discovered the key to super-oxygenating the body. His further research confirmed the findings of Dr. von Ardenne while deepening his insight into the many positive health effects of oxygen on the body. Further reading: Oxygen Multistep Therapy: Physiological and Technical Foundations
Why Exercise is NecessaryI
n today’s facile world, many people balk at the idea of having to exercise. It is precisely this leisurely approach to life, coupled with a poor diet and a variety of less than desirable habits that lead to the early demise of the human body. Toxins accumulate, organs become dysfunctional, weight is gained and inflammation sets in, all of which result in a poor state of health, both bodily and mentally. These are precisely the physiological responses that oxygenation has been shown to address.
The key to superior oxygenation is increasing the heart rate while consuming large volumes of oxygen. In simple terms, oxygen enters the blood stream through the lungs and is then immediately circulated throughout the body via the heart. As the heart beats faster, more oxygen is circulated throughout the body. One rather surprising phenomenon occurs during this process. With so much oxygen available, the heart “knows” it doesn’t have to work as hard to distribute the oxygen, and so the heart maintains a slower rhythm. Thus, exercise becomes easier and the efficiency of the oxygenation process actually decreases. So, how does one counteract this natural regulation process?T
he answer is to briefly deprive the body of oxygen, stimulating the heart to work much harder to drive what precious little oxygen remains throughout the body. This hypoxic state is akin to creating a vacuum in the body. The vacuum effect is immedate: starved of oxygen, the heart rate increases and maintaining the pace of exercise becomes difficult. At the body’s point of greatest difficulty, often within ten to twenty seconds, the oxygen flow is allowed to resume. Now, with an increased heart rate, oxygen rushes into the body to fill the vacuum; it is driven deep into the tissue, the lymphatic system and even the brain. The sensation is actually palpable. It is this flood of oxygen that allows all of the body’s systems to recuperate, regenerate and resume their role and anatomical purpose.
“The foundational concept is to drive oxygen deep into the body via the blood stream.”
he body of work presented here is rooted in the original work of Dr. von Ardenne and improved upon through a series of stepwise refinements in the process of cellular oxygenation. These protocols are not medical advice; they are specific exercise recommendations designed to augment oxygen levels targeting specific body systems, like the vascular system and immune system, using different combinations of non-medical approaches.
Some of the terminology used in the protocols may lead one to believe that they are intended primarily for athletes who wish to maximize their physical performance. This is not the case. What an athlete gains through the use of oxygenation may also be gained by anyone who is in less than optimal health, seeking to improve their level of health and well-being, or addressing a specific health problem. It can be shown that driving oxygen deep into tissue has a restorative, in many cases curative, effect on the body. This is not to imply that oxygen alone is a panacea and cure-all; however, when combined with exercise, proper diet (the “right fuel” mentioned earlier), carefully selected vital minerals and plenty of good, clean water, high levels of oxygen in the tissue enable the body to expel toxins and restore its ability to heal and repair itself naturally.
The foundational concept is to drive oxygen deep into the body via the blood stream. This is best accomplished by some form of exercise. Any activity which raises the heart rate and body temperature is sufficient. The use of exercise equipment such as a stationary bike or treadmill is recommended, but not absolutely necessary.
For regular detoxification and immune system enhancement, the use of a sauna is highly recommended as it causes the blood to flow to the surface of the skin and opens skin pores, allowing toxins to exit via sweat. If a proper sauna is not available, similar results may be had by taking a very hot bath or shower; in either case, the idea is to cause the body to heat up and sweat for a brief period of time, fifteen to thirty minutes at least. Once done, the body should be cooled down via a cold shower, as cold as you can be tolerated, allowing the pores to close and blood to return to the body’s core. After drying off, a glass of warm water with a pinch of gray sea salt (rich in minerals) and a teaspoon of honey will help replenish the body’s electrolytes. While it is beyond the scope of this article to include such details here, please be aware that contraindications of sauna use do exist. You should familiarize yourself with these before starting a program of sauna use.S
everal protocols call for the use of dietary supplements, particularly niacin (called nicotinic acid in medical circles, commonly known as Vitamin B3) in sufficient quantity to cause a niacin flush. A niacin flush is not dangerous, but it can be disconcerting or even uncomfortable if you are not prepared for it. Niacin causes the blood vessels to dilate near the skin, resulting in a rather hot, tingling sensation and a red flush of the skin. In some people, 50mg is sufficient to cause a flush. A good rule of thumb is to start with a low amount and work your way up to the point of feeling the flush.
It is known that B vitamins work together, so it’s a good idea to incorporate a high quality B-complex into your schedule of supplements.
“The proper course of action is to remove these toxins from the body in a natural and non-invasive manner.”
t is unfortunate that we’ve collectively allowed our world to become a toxic place. Our environment is overloaded with toxic chemicals and heavy metals from manufacturing, automobiles, household cleaning products, geoengineering, plastic packaging, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the list goes on and on. These toxins find their way into the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, and in time, result in a broad spectrum of illnesses. The proper course of action is to remove these toxins from the body in a natural and non-invasive manner. Fortunately, the human body is designed to do precisely that, under the proper conditions.
If you don’t already exercise at least once per week where your heart rate reaches 120 beats or higher per minute, or if you don’t sweat during your workouts, or if you have any chronic condition, you will likely experience a detoxification effect. Therefore, you should limit your first session with LiveO2 to five minutes. Detoxification symptoms are generally mild but may last for several hours. Typical symptoms include body and breath odors, jitters, night sweats, increased urine flow or concentration, increased bowel activity and in some cases, a mild fever that may persist for up to 48 hours. These are all normal indications that the immune system is responding to the influx of oxygen and expelling toxins from the body. Once detox symptoms subside, most people report feeling good with an increased sense of well-being.
Most of the protocols refer to a specific heart or pulse rate, in beats per minute. This should not be taken strictly, but merely as a general guideline. Before beginning any exercise program, you should consult with your health care practitioner. As stated earlier, any form of exercise which increases the heart rate is acceptable, as long as you can comfortably wear an oxygen mask during the exercise.
The use of a few, specific supplements before and after exercise is advantageous. These are as follows: 30mg Thiamine (Vitamin B1), 100mg Magnesium Orotate, 300mg Vitamin C and 3000mg Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate.
Using these supplements both before and after your session helps the body to absorb oxygen. Again, be sure to discuss the use of these supplements with your health care provider before taking them.
The “Quick” ProcedureT
his protocol is derived from Dr. von Ardenne’s “Oxygen Multistep Therapy.” It is the simplest and easiest of all the protocols, designed for beginners and those unaccustomed to or unable to perform strenuous exercise. A fifteen minute session is recommended, but anything more than three minutes is generally successful. Don’t worry if your first session is short. The key to success is repetition and dedication to the process. Your body will respond, how quickly simply depends on your current level of health and how often you exercise with oxygen.
Begin your exercise session twenty minutes after taking the supplements. You can time this to coincide with the length of time required to fill the oxygen reservoir. Exercise for at least three minutes, and if you’re able, continue exercising for up to fifteen minutes. Then, rest for thirty minutes after exercising to give your body a chance to cool down and recover.
In time, your strength and stamina will increase, and in nearly all cases, you will notice a difference in how you feel, both physcially and mentally. Once you’ve reached the point where you can exercise for a full fifteen minutes, you can then explore the many advanced protocols to help you achieve your specific goals.
The LiveO2 Protocols
Now, on to the LiveO2 Protocol pages where you’ll find all of the available protocols, many of which are designed to address specific issues and target specific areas of the body.