This usage guide creates simultaneous maximums of blood flow and oxygen concentration to the brain. Simultaneous maximums do not occur in any other known method. The conditions that trigger maximum blood flow are created by minimum oxygenation. Conversely, the conditions of maximum oxygen availability, normally trigger minimum oxygen flow.
Physiologically, these conditions are mutually exclusive.
Triggering Maximum Flow
This protocol utilizes blood-brain switch. The chart above shows when the body prioritizes blood flow to the brain. This is where the green graph shoots upwards. Dizziness occurs as the functional brain oxygenation decreases until the body responds by vasodilation to maximize the flow to the brain. The doppler measurements show that the increase in blood volume to the brain is in the range of 400%.
Triggering Maximum Oxygenation
The BrainO2™ protocol utilizes hypoxic challenge to further enhance both plasma oxygenation and tissue perfusion. The hypoxic exertion challenge creates gas transfer and respiratory turbulence conditions that exceeded von Ardenne’s methods.
von Ardenne’s Method
von Ardenne created conditions of maximum oxygenation by supplying unprecedented amounts of oxygen. His trick, unlike medical oxygen administrations, that provide oxygen to a patient at rest, was to supply copious oxygen simultaneous with exertion as exercise. The exertion challenge created an elevated gas absorption, and blood flow conditions, stimulated by exertion, naturally maximized venous capillary pulse force for unprecedented tissue oxygen perfusion performance. He leveraged the natural physiology of exercise.
His method leveraged three primary mechanisms, well understood in chemistry and physics, to maximize the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood plasma:
1. The partial pressure of a gas;
2. The contact surface area between the gas and the fluid; 3. The turbulence of the interface.
The second element of his method leveraged respiratory excitation to enhance perfusion:
1. A pounding heart creates a larger pulse pressure
2. Which increases venous capillary pulse force.
His method combined maximum partial pressure and pulse pressure to overcome perfusion resistance caused by inflammation. He documented methods to increase the partial pressure of oxygen in blood plasma to at least 6x normal.
The Switch Method
The switch method simultaneously utilizes multiple conditions:
• Establish maximum blood flow to the brain by aggressive hypoxic challenge
• Triggers systemic vasodilation by prolonged moderate hypoxic challenge to maximize whole body blood flow • Instant switch into to maximum oxygen during maximum blood flow to create brief simultaneous maximums of blood flow and oxygen concentration • Switch out of maximum oxygen before body adapts to hypoxia to create oxygen pulses to create recurring pulses.
The oxygenation potential of this method is:
4x blood flow X 6x oxygenation = 24x potential oxygenation — repeatedly.
This is significantly higher than any other known method. Research indicates this method provides maximum achievable oxygenation for three critical organs:
• Liver • Kidneys Typical Benefits
Typical benefits include rapid optimization of neurological and cognitive function. Further, maximum known oxygenation for liver and kidneys to aid health restoration for conditions that may be related to inflammation in these organ systems, also beneficial for immunological performance.
Oxyhemoglobin / Deoxyhemoglobin differential during BrainO2 protocol shows baseline brain oxygen use increase about 25% during the session.
This is a summary of BrainO2 results:
Brain oxygen use as differential oxyhemoglobin & deoxyhemoglobin Immediate & 4 yr longitudinal results Illustration & discussion of Reboot Pattern – short term dip in performance Long term recovery of juvenile chemical injury over 4 years
Ben Menefee – USAF Veteran. Experienced a severe TBI in Afghanistan.
Ben experienced a very severe head injury while serving in the in Afghanistan. When he awoke from his coma, doctors at Walter Reed hospital told him he may never talk or walk again and that only 2 out 100 people with his type of injury survive.
He was paralyzed on his left side, subject to uncontrollable laughing and crying, with severe headaches and always exhausted. As soon as he was physically able Ben switched from hyperbaric treatments to at-home LiveO2 with Adaptive Contrast.
At-home Adaptive Contrast enabled him to amplify the effects of limited exercise he could do with a half-paralyzed body. This challenge enabled him to raise his internal oxygen levels high enough to continue his recovery.
Corbin Waugh athlete. Experienced a series of concussions while playing football and other contact sports. Before/after guitar and neurological panels show improvements in brain function.
Jill MacKay experienced a series of 3 mild concussions over 18 months resulting in functional disability. Before/after CNS tests illustrate post-injury optimization of brain function.
Volunteers report significant and verifiable improvement physical and mental competency regardless of medical history:
Volunteer 1: Before @ 11:12 am vs After @ 1:21 pm — 2 hours
6 Days Later — (results persist @ 2+ years, 3 sessions total); former TBI patient. Volunteer 2: Before @11:16 am vs After @1:59 pm — 2.5 hours Day 18, Day 35 — (4 sessions total) Results
Author: 28.8% normalized percentile gain Before vs After 1 day — (1 session total)
Professional Musician: Pro Guitarist before/after video — (1 session total) FAQ
Q: How do I know when there is enough blood flow to the brain for the usage guide to work?
We repeatedly ask: “Can you hear your heartbeat in your head?” If yes — we are there. If no — we are not.
Physiologically this is a sensation that almost everyone has experienced and easily recognizes. It means the body is sending enough blood to the head that the eardrum throbs. This is the actual threshold we use.
Once the answer becomes yes, we repeatedly pulse oxygen for 2–5 seconds being careful not to allow the pulse rate to decrease. This technique produces the desired effects in about everyone. Pulsing oxygen at lesser levels (no heartbeat sensation) works but does not produce extraordinary results we documented in the validation tab.
Our experience so far is based on the heartbeat in the head is the single criteria for success with the usage guide because that single observable determines whether there is sufficient arterial pressure to push through congestion in the brain’s vascular network and whether the pulses of oxygen tend to open things up.
The brief oxygen pulses, 3–5 seconds, do not allow the body enough recovery to discontinue the blood flow. It is usually a challenge to establish the blood flow pattern. The pulses are short enough to prevent recovery that allows the body to discontinue the flow pattern. The timing is designed to deliver oxygen and also keep the circuit active.
Shy of the heartbeat in the head, the usage method still works — but gains in mental function are consistent with Ardenne’s lesser published results of 5–15%.
Cipolla scientifically supports the concept that mammals compensate for hypoxic athletic challenge by squirting more blood to the brain.
From the usage method point of view — the Cipolla reference is scientifically supportive but technically impractical in that it does not provide an observable marker indicating achievement of the blood flow threshold. The 400% seems and feels consistent in our experience and with the results.
As for the desaturation levels. I think the exertion and hypoxia work together and are somewhat interchangeable — but it takes a lot more exertion to reach the level at sea level.
Q: I have done this usage method 10+ times and haven’t felt the dizziness or the euphoria feeling, why is that. I also haven’t been able to complete the whole usage guide, do you need to get that feeling in order to do so?
Not everyone experiences dizziness. I say that in the usage guide description because some people do and I want to reinforce the use of “safe” exercise equipment.
For me the transition is really an challenge experience where I feel a stern, but not distressed urge to back off my pace for recovery. I’m able to continue because while it’s uncomfortable, it’s like climbing a hill on a bike. As long as I don’t increase my pace — I can hold it.
Shortly after this urge I begin to hear my pulse in my head. When this happens I hold pace for about 30 seconds, switch to oxygen for 2–5 breaths, and switch back to the higher pace.
This minimal recovery keeps me close to the zone. Minimal recovery limits the effort and discomfort it takes to ramp to this point.
I just don’t want to work this hard again — I’d rather not recover very much so I don’t have to ramp as far to the next interval.
After I get stronger — it tends to take more time on -O2 to reach this level.
I generally never experience “euphoria”. My exit feeling is clear — Like I had a great workout. My vision is good and I feel very calm for the remains of the day.
Q: Is “Power exert” just very deep breathing or is there excercise during this segment?
Answer: Power Exert corresponds to a physical exertion, like a sprint. As with all exercise restrain yourself to exertion levels appropriate to your conditioning Exercising harder than your body will allow can result in injury.
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