by Mark Sircus
May 13, 2009
On Friday the 17th of February 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally declared carbon dioxide (CO2) and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that threaten public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will regulate the gases blamed for global warming.
The EPA said the science supporting its so-called endangerment finding was “compelling and overwhelming.”
The EPA believes that concentrations of these gases are very likely responsible for the increase in average temperatures even though global cooling is being reported as the sun cycles down for a period of minimum activity.
reading these essay you decide whether we can trust our
governments’ positions on CO2 and weather you want to pay heavy
taxes on it.)
The federal government is ready to use the Clean Air Act to
The main issue with CO2 is not global warming its health and life itself.
Carbon dioxide like air, water and oxygen is essential for life and health in general and specifically it holds the key to resolving asthma, cancer and many other chronic diseases. Carbon dioxide is an essential constituent of tissue fluids and as such should be maintained at an optimum level in the blood.
therefore is needed to supplement various anesthetic and
oxygenation mixtures for use under special conditions such as
cardio-pulmonary by-pass surgery and the management of renal
CO2 is not the beginning and end of climate change.
Carbon dioxide is a nutrient as well as a product of respiration and energy production in the cells and its lack or deficiency is of itself a starting point for different disturbances in the body.
very interesting to note that in comparison with most of the Earth’s
geological history we live today in a world that is in a state of
relative carbon dioxide starvation, especially for optimal plant
growth; just ask the commercial tomato growers who use enhanced
levels of carbon dioxide in their greenhouses to expedite crop
Since 1750 the
concentration in the air has risen from of CO2 278 parts per million
(ppm) to more than 380 ppm, making it easier for plants to acquire
the CO2 needed for rapid growth. Scientists generally suggest that
raised CO2 levels will boost the yields of mainstream crops, such as
maize, rice and soy, by about 13 per cent.
When one looks at carbon dioxide it is best to go back
to basic biology to understand its central role in both plant and
Public opinion tends to think of carbon dioxide as a waste product or even a poison. (It is sometimes confused with carbon monoxide - CO - which is a poison).
Way back in the 19th century, Zuntz, in Berlin, recognized that carbon dioxide, unlike oxygen, is not carried by hemoglobin. He showed that in the blood, carbon dioxide is combined with bases, chiefly as sodium bicarbonate, which plays a part in acid-alkaline balance.
Most of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in
the plasma, both in simple solution and that combined with alkali
into the bicarbonates.
In medicine, up to 5% carbon dioxide is
A study by the University of Leeds, published in the science journal Nature, measured the girth of 70,000 trees across 10 African countries and compared them with similar records made four decades ago.
On average, the trees were getting bigger faster and researchers found that each hectare of African forest was trapping an extra 0.6 tons of CO2 a year compared with the 1960s.
Yes you are beginning to hear the real story
about CO2, which has little or nothing to do with climate change and
global warming. We are actually in a period of global cooling due to
diminished solar activity combined with decreased industrial output
of pollutants due to economic contraction. Plus the trees, if we
don’t cut them all down, are sucking up more CO2 as CO2 levels rise.
Carbon is not an enemy or a terrorist organization and certainly it’s not a reason to break people’s backs with a new tax on it. We have so many examples lately of how wrong people can be and how our media just lies about reality. They keep kicking up the carbon story because they don’t want to say anything about the current disaster with mercury pollution coming out of the smoke stacks of coal burning electrical plants.
Mercury, a deadly neuro-poison is the enemy not carbon dioxide.
We have done this before
and will continue to make dangerous things seem safe and safe things
People are having panic attacks over the
state of the economy. With the
According to the Verigo-Bohr effect (which we will look at below), we can state that a CO2 deficit caused by deep breathing leads to oxygen starvation in the cells of the body.
This state is known as hypoxia and it badly affects the nervous system. Chronic hidden hyperventilation (over-breathing) is very common amongst western populations leading to impaired oxygenation of body tissues. But what is actually driving down the O2 (oxygen) levels is the hyperventilation, its getting rid of too much CO2.
Meaning we need the CO2 almost as much as we need the O2 because, as
we shall also see below, the two are married to each other in an
eternal physiology dance.
With more layoffs expected, the threat
There are many reasons why people over-breath, including anxiety and pollution.
Years of poor posture, anxious thinking, tension and pressure will usually result in breathing patterns which are less-than-ideal. Over breathing can be counted amongst panic attack symptoms, or amongst causes, as one ‘feeds’ off the other.
About 60% of attacks are accompanied by
hyperventilation and many panickers over breathe even whilst
Most doctors have never heard of carbon
Most people have unhealthy breathing habits.
They hold their breath or breathe high in the chest or in a shallow, irregular manner. These patterns have been unconsciously adopted, accidentally formed, or emotionally impressed. Certain “typical” breathing patterns actually trigger physiological and psychological stress and anxiety reactions. Babies know how to breathe and you can see their belly expand as the diaphragm moved down.
Adults breathe more through expanding
their chest cavity and it takes training and discipline to return to
more natural breathing patterns.
Little does anyone know that a lack of
carbon dioxide is
If a carbon dioxide deficiency continues for a long time then it can be responsible for diseases, ageing and even cancer. The ancient forms of medicine knew that for increased vitality and freedom from disease good habits of breathing must be formed.
They knew that poor breathing reduces our vitality and opens
the door to disease.
The principle role of breathing is, of course, to stay alive!
One of the ways in which breathing does this is through seeking to maintain an optimum internal oxygen-carbon dioxide balance. The important thing is not how much oxygen or how much carbon dioxide you have in your system but rather the relationship between the two gases - between carbon dioxide and oxygen.
Too much oxygen (relative to the level of carbon dioxide) and we feel agitated and jumpy. Too much carbon dioxide (again, relative to the level of oxygen) and we feel sluggish and sleepy and tired.
Poor oxygenation or hypoxia appears to
be a favorable environment
Few people know that a decreased level of carbon dioxide in the blood leads to decreased oxygen supply to the cells in the body including in the brain, heart, kidneys etc.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) was found at the end of the 19th century by scientists Bohr and Verigo to be responsible for the bond between oxygen and hemoglobin. If the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal, then this leads to difficulties in releasing oxygen from hemoglobin.
According to the Verigo-Bohr effect, we
What we are staring at here is the primordial yin and yang in human physiology.
Oxygen the Yang fire cannot be separated from its Yin counterpart, where these is one there is the other. They cannot be separated from each other depending as they do on the others existence. Pulmonary function measurement is an indicator of general health and vigor and literally the primary measure of potential life span.
respiration is what balances oxygen with CO2.
You can see normal breathing in a
healthy baby. Normal
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Solar Research in Germany report the sun has been burning more brightly over the last 60 years, accounting for the 1 degree Celsius increase in Earth’s temperature over the last 100 years.
Dr. Timothy Patterson, professor of geology and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center of Canada’s Carleton University, says that,
So it’s really not the carbon we have to worry about it’s the more deadly poisons that comes out of the smokestacks of industry, principally mercury which will deny us our future.
Carbon dioxide we
need and having more in the air is not threatening us in the present
or foreseeable future. In fact most people, especially the
chronically ill are deficient in carbon dioxide because of the acid
conditions paralleled by anxious over-breathing coupled with the
lack of exercise.
A Russian doctor named Konstantin Buteyko is most responsible for drawing attention to the importance of carbon dioxide for body metabolism and how the lack of it can cause chronic diseases; this constitutes a major breakthrough in medical science.
Yoga teachers the world over labor to help their
students with their breathing knowing as they do that breathing is
the key to health, relaxation and meditation.
People who live at very high altitudes
live significantly longer;
Dr. Peat continues saying that,
The presence of lactic acid, which indicates stress or defective respiration, interferes with energy metabolism in ways that tend to be self-promoting.
Harry Rubin’s experiments demonstrated that cells become cancerous before genetic changes appear. The mere presence of lactic acid can make cells more susceptible to the transformation into cancer cells. (Mothersill, et al., 1983.)
The implications of this for the increased
susceptibility to cancer during long term stress are obvious.
A build up of H+ will make the muscle cells acidic.
Tumors do tend to be efficient at exporting lactate which drops the pH in the milieu of the tumor.
breakdown of glucose or glycogen produces lactate and hydrogen ions
- for each lactate molecule, one hydrogen ion is formed.
It is carbon dioxide deficiency that
impairs circulation and oxygen
Thus we can begin to see that it is the lack of carbon dioxide in the body which is a cause of many disturbances in the metabolism of cells and tissues, which, in turn, can lead to disease.
Dr Buteyko said,
The best way to produce carbon dioxide is from physical activity but most people with chronic illness and cancer unfortunately do not exercise.
Understanding how important sodium bicarbonate can be to the chronically ill person involves understanding the basic physiology of carbon dioxide. This leads us directly to our breath and we must understand and take conscious control of it so we optimize our breathing and CO2 and thus Oxygen levels.
breathing really is a kind of self suffocation when taken to the
extreme because we are driving down CO2 levels and that actually
decreases oxygen to the cells.
Dr Buteyko developed a system where by breathing techniques controlled asthma. The ancient yogis with their yogic breathing and NASA controls spaceship climates with these issues in mind. Natural medicine makes proper breathing important because the central mechanism to maintain CO2 levels is correct breathing.
The clinical choice often is IV injection of
bicarbonate in emergency situations but the rest of us can take the
easy inexpensive way
using oral sodium bicarbonate.
This is an important reason why magnesium
chloride is not only the ideal form of magnesium but also the reason
to combine magnesium chloride with bicarbonate. Chloride is another
basic substance that runs parallel biological processes.
This is the physiological reason why bicarbonate is such an
effective medicine; it instantly offers a return to more normal CO2
levels which drives more Oxygen into the tissues. This is not
something cancer cells enjoy.
dissolved into water, the CO2 becomes hydrated to form carbonic acid
(H2CO3). This hydration step takes a few seconds, though that may
seem fast, many organisms from bacteria to humans use an enzyme
carbonic anhydrase to greatly speed up the process.
It can, for example, lose one or two protons (H+). The extent to which this happens depends upon the pH and a variety of other factors. In seawater at pH 8.1, most of it (87 percent) will lose one proton to form bicarbonate, a small amount will lose two protons to form carbonate (13 percent), and a very small amount will remain as H2CO3 (<>1 percent).
All of these
forms, however, interconvert faster than the blink of an eye, so one
cannot identify one as carbonate and one as bicarbonate for more
than a tiny fraction of a second. All one can really say is that on
average X percent is in the form of bicarbonate, and Y percent in
the form of carbonate.
If a carbon dioxide deficiency continues for a long time then it can be responsible for diseases, ageing and even cancer.
Sodium (Na+) is the principal action of
the extracellular fluid
This diagram shows the diffusion directions for H+, CO2, and O2 between the blood and the muscle cells during exercise.
The resulting concentration changes affect the buffer equilibrium, shown in the upper right-hand corner of the diagram (yellow). If the amounts of H+ and CO2 exceed the capacity of hemoglobin, they affect the carbonic acid equilibrium, as predicted by Le Châtelier's Principle or the quantitative treatment in terms of equilibrium constants.
As a result, the pH of the blood
is lowered, causing acidosis. The lungs and kidneys help regulate pH
by removing CO2, HCO3-, and H+ from the blood.
People in cities everywhere are exposed to unacceptable levels of air pollution that are killing people. And again it is the mercury that is put out to the tune of about 20 tons a day that is the real threat to the future of humanity not the carbon dioxide.
Remember it’s only about a gram of mercury that will pollute a lake so 20 tons a day is threatening and even causing neurological disorders like autism downwind of smokestacks. This is just one more lesson to teach us that we trust the wrong people to decide the future destiny of our lives.
Parents especially need to be aware for their children’s lives are in the wrong hands.