Avoiding Anxiety and Death
With approaching death, breathing becomes faster while oxygen levels in the brain and other cells become lower and lower. Very high respiratory rates (labored breathing) are evident in terminal cancer, the last stages of HIV-AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and other conditions.
Observing breathing patterns in dying hospital patients led to the discovery of the Buteyko breathing method, which is about slowing down your heavy breathing back to the medical norm. Today, very few people breathe anywhere near the old medical standard, which 70 years ago was eight breaths a minute. Labored breathing is a regular feature of severe disease.
When people are anxious, they tend to take rapid, shallow breaths from the chest. This breathing pattern is called thoracic (chest) breathing, which can disrupt oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body, resulting in increased heart rate, dizziness, muscle tension, and other physical sensations. This may signal a stress response and contribute to anxiety and/or panic attacks.
When we allow CO2 levels to rise back to normal levels
we are allowing oxygen levels also to return to normal.
The American Academy of Cardiology says, “Stress can cause shortness of breath or make it worse. Once you start feeling short of breath, it is common to get nervous or anxious. This can make your shortness of breath even worse. Being anxious tightens the muscles that help you breathe, and this makes you start to breathe faster. As you get more anxious, your breathing muscles get tired. This causes even more shortness of breath and more anxiety. At this point, you may panic.”
Blood gases and respiratory patterns provided accurate
information for survival prognosis in acute cerebrovascular
accidents. When these parameters are normal, patients survive.
“The combination of hyperpnoea [increased breathing] with an elevated pH and a subnormal or moderately low oxygen tension occurs in many serious illnesses that entirely spare the brain. These include the alveolar-capillary block of diffuse pulmonary carcinomatosis; heart failure; advanced cirrhosis, with or without hepatic coma; acute pulmonary infarction; and many others, including the cryptic pulmonary congestion that accompanies most serious disease in the obtunded and elderly” (Plum, 1972).
A group of US medical professionals found that the degree of heavy breathing has a strong correlation with overall mortality (Mazarra et al., 1974). Heavier breathing indicated smaller chances of survival.
While everyone feels anxious from time to time, one in five people lives under the influence of a potentially debilitating anxiety disorder. That was in pre-COVID days. Now we have stupid and cruel governmental pandemic responses, extremely dangerous vaccines, exploding energy and food prices, threatened financial and economic armageddon, and so much more, including violent climate change (cold), all sending human anxiety to the stratosphere.
While anxiety symptoms vary from person to person, all types of stress can potentially affect your breathing patterns and increase your heart rate. There is little doubt that the collective of humanity is more stressed and thus breathing faster. Mental and emotional health is also suffer
Article from LewRockwell