“Oxygen Deficiency Is The Single Greatest Cause Of All Disease.”
The most renown scientific minds are becoming increasingly concerned that our human bodies are not getting anywhere near the levels of oxygen needed for optimum health, immune system function, nervous system function and disease prevention. Stephen Levine, M.D., a respected molecular biologist and geneticist, printed this provocative and accurate statement (seen above) in his book: “Oxygen Deficiency: Concomitant to All Degenerative Illness”.
Role of Oxygen in Nerve Impulses
All nerve cells, including peripheral nerves, require oxygen to transmit messages throughout the body. This method of delivering messages is called nerve firing. In order for nerves to fire, they must have a source of energy (much like your car needing gas in order to start), called ATP. Think of ATP as gasoline for the nerve cells. In order to get gas into your car, it must be pumped through a hose or a conduit. The conduit for delivering ATP (energy) to nerve cells are oxygen molecules.
When your body is deficient in oxygen, it can prevent your peripheral nerves from firing. As the peripheral nerves continue to be starved of oxygen, the nerves will become damaged and eventually die (without intervention). The medical term for lack of oxygen in any tissue is Hypoxia or Hypoxemia (low blood oxygen). Dr. Levine states, “Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease.”
“Chronic Hypoxia is a well known cause of peripheral neuropathy”
Causes of hypoxia/hypoxemia resulting in peripheral neuropathy
- Air Pollution
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
- Emotional Stress (causes shallow breathing)
- Heart Disease
- Pneumonia (chronic respiratory disorders)
- Poor Circulation & Vascular disorders (Ischemia)
- Pulmonary Edema
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Sleep Apnea
Nerves can’t heal or regenerate in an environment that lacks oxygenation. Adequate oxygenation is an integral part of the nerves ability to repair itself. For this reason alone, we incorporate ‘Supplemental Oxygen Therapy’ in our peripheral neuropathy treatment program.
Since oxygen is the most essential element for life, it would make sense that oxygen therapy has become an integral part of our treatment. The medical goal of oxygen therapy is to maintain adequate blood oxygen levels, allowing necessary nutrients to be delivered to the peripheral nerves to aid in their repair.
Oxygen deficiency symptoms in peripheral neuropathy include
- Heavy or weak limbs
- General fatigue
- Muscle fatigue
- Numbness (hands or feet)
- Tingling (hands or feet)
- Poor circulation
- Poor balance & coordination
- Muscle aches & pain
- Muscle cramping
- Memory loss
- Lowered immunity
We have found that supplemental oxygen in conjunction with the other modalities used in our neuropathy treatment protocol has been extremely effective in reversing both the symptoms and damage in peripheral nerves. Patients also report increased energy and mental focus.