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by Majid Ali, M.D.
The Institute of Integrative Medicine, New York

Oxyology (oxy-olo-gy) is the study of oxygen, just as gemology is the study of gems.

Most doctors think of oxygen only when someone is near death in an intensive care unit. This is most unfortunate, because oxygen is what breathes life into all human cells at all times, in healthful aging and in disease states.

Oxygen ushers life in. Oxygen terminates life. As I amply demonstrate in this book, oxygen is the most important healing substance, the most effective detox agent, the premium blood cleanser, the most potent antibiotic, a versatile hormone, a blood clotter and declotter, and the conductor of the orchestra of the immune system. Without oxygen, the lungs cannot breathe, the heart cannot beat, the brain cannot think, the bowel cannot digest or absorb food, and the muscles cannot move. That is all very basic and essential.

A cancer cell hates oxygen; an immune cell loves it. That, in simple words, is the foundation of all oxygenative therapies my colleagues at the Institute and I prescribe for patients with malignant tumors. Indeed, I do not believe anyone can effectively manage any of the systemic metabolic issues involved in cancer treatment without an unrelenting focus on issues of oxidosis and dysoxygenosis.

Like cancer cells, primordial life forms (PLFs) also hate oxygen. PLFs is my term for a very large group of microbial families that include yeast-like microbes, nanobacteria, mycoplasma, the so-called stealth microbes, and bowel anaerobes. That is the primary reason why my colleagues and I prescribe oxygenative therapies for patients with acute and chronic infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity syndrome, multiple sclerosis, asthma, and many other immune and degenerative disorders. Most doctors will raise their eyebrows when they read this sentence, but that is because they have seldom, if ever, explored the enormous potential of oxygenative therapies. At present, not many physicians seem interested in oxygen metabolism in health and disease. I can confidently predict that will change in the future as the basic facts of dysfunctional oxygen metabolism get widely recognized.

Oxygen and Life Span
I do agree that genes set the limits on the life span for an individual. But I strongly disagree with those who think gene therapies will soon let everyone live to the ripe old age of 115 years or more. I will make a clear prediction here: Gene therapies for extending human life span, whenever such therapies become available, will contribute to longevity and healthful aging only if oxygen metabolism can be maintained within the healthy range. As long as we continue to violate the oxygen metabolism of our children and young, no gene therapies will be able to correct their dysfunctional oxygen metabolism.

In the context of the dysoxygenosis theory of aging, there are two essential points:

1. Within the limits set by genes, the life span of an individual is governed by oxygen metabolism.
2. Genes function well only when oxygen metabolism is normal.

In matters of health, our legacy to the new millennium is a growing menagerie of mysterious maladies. It includes chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, Gulf War syndrome, chronic Epstein-Barr syndrome, "candidiasis" syndrome, attention disorders, learning disabilities, and others. According to The Wall Street Journal, fibromyalgia alone disabled eight million Americans by 1999, and neurosurgeons were drilling parts of the skull bones off to treat muscle pain caused by that condition. In some reports, up to one-quarter of patients presenting to general clinics complained of chronic fatigue. Over ten years ago, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that up to six percent of children in Baltimore County were prescribed drugs for attention and hyperactivity disorders.

The essential point I make concerning such mystery maladies is that none of those conditions can be understood without understanding dysfunctional oxygen metabolism (DOM). Beyond that, the readers will note that the concept of DOM also answers many questions concerning such common diseases as coronary heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Breathworkers in Santa Barbara
For healing breathwork exercises and benefits of oxygen contact:
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About the Author

Majid Ali, M.D.

Professor of Medicine of Capital University of Integrative Medicine
Editor, The Journal of Integrative Medicine
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pathology (adj.),
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York
Formerly, President of Staff and Chief Pathologist, Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England
Diplomate, American Board of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Diplomate, American Board of Environmental Medicine
Past President, Capital University of Integrative Medicine

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