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Re: newbie looking for better health.

Post by johnlvs2run » March 16th, 2007, 3:58 pm

baguaman wrote:have you any advice for some who is looking
to improve health(i have asthma,and am strugling to reduce bloodpressure)
I had asthma from age 3 to 5, and got rid of it on my own by practicing blowing all the air out of my lungs, holding it there while still trying to breath out more, then breathing normally. My feeling was that compressing the tubules in my lungs as much as possible would allow them more room to open back up when breathing normally, and this worked.

Later on in grade and high school I practiced holding my breath a lot, usually in study hall. I could usually get up to 50 or 60 seconds. Later I got up to 1:43 floating on the bottom of a swimming pool, and 1:45 trying this recently. I have been rather inconsistent with it though and think a regular schedule of these things would be quite helpful to me.

A few years ago I found some Buteyko links where a similar method is employed to get rid of asthma. To find these, look up "buteyko" and "breathing" on google. Other helpful links are to look up "diving" and "breathing". Here are a couple of them:

How breathing works - cure for asthma

"If you adopt a breathing pattern which causes you to release more carbon dioxide than you produce, the level in your lungs will drop. If it drops too far, the level of carbonic acid will be altered, and so the pH will also change. Even a slight change in your pH is usually fatal.

"To help prevent the loss of carbon dioxide to a fatally low level, the body has developed certain defensive mechanisms. These include spasms of the airpipes and bloodpipes, and the increased production of mucus."

Interview with Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko

For lowering your blood pressure, eat a primarily vegetarian diet with less than 10 percent calories from fat. Do not eat any trans or saturated fat or caffeine, as these are quite dangerous and also build up in your system over time.
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Hello and thank you.

Post by baguaman » March 16th, 2007, 7:11 pm

Hello John,

thank you very much for the info i am indeed making the changes to
my diet that you stated,the changes that i am making are taken from
the Mcdougal program which is quite strict in its application but i think
worth the effort. as for the asthma mine is of the industrial nature as
my doctor believes that my working in the automotive manufacturing
industrie is what caused it due to the fact that i had no previous history
untill working in the paint shop repair area for 8 years.

I will take a look at the sites you pointed out to see if help might come
from them.

thanks much,Gordon
new to rowing,and looking forward to the work.

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Post by artie » April 8th, 2007, 8:19 pm

Hi Xeno,
I'm the proud owner of a new C2 Model D. I'm new to rowing and want to ensure I develop the proper form. I'm interested in purchasing some of your DVDs, but your website doesn't offer a lot of details about them. Could you give a brief synopsis of each, and recommend which would be most suitable for a novice like me?


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Post by RogerR » April 9th, 2007, 2:03 pm


I can confess that Xeno's DVD's are worth every penny. They cover the whole range from technique drills, putting in the meters to very demanding interval training sessions. I row >70k meters a week and continue to use them very frequently since more than a year. Xeno just released a 2 disc version with all workouts for $65. Great deal!
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Post by artie » April 9th, 2007, 10:00 pm

Thanks, RogerR. The feedback on Xeno's DVDs seems to be consistently good, so I might as well just buy the 2-disc set.

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