BY: GENERAL CONFERENCE HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

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The activator of our vitality.

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Went to cabin in San Bernardino Mountains for Christmas holiday Unusually cold December On Christmas Eve Before going to bed ± closed tightly all windows
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All silent in the cabin. When the sheriff came, all five were dead; probable cause was carbon monoxide poisoning, and for lack of oxygen.
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Mixture of gases.

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0.1% other gases
Carbon dioxide Helium Hydrogen etc. . .
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78% nitrogen 21% oxygen 0.9% argon

Approximately 2 quarts of oxygen in
‡ Blood ‡ Lungs ‡ Body tissues

Enough to last 4 minutes

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³It¶s a matter of life and breath.´

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We need air for life and good fresh air for health.

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High quality fresh air is . . . ‡ Pure ‡ Clean

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Unpolluted with noxious agents in fresh air.
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Benefits of Oxygen
Gives
Improved sense of well being Increased rate and quality of growth in plant and animals Improved function of lung s protective cilia Tranquilization and relaxation A lowered body temperature A lowered resting heart rate Decreased survival to bacteria and viruses in the air

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Fresh Air Destroyed by Re-circulating the Air

‡ In buildings ‡ Tobacco smoke ‡ City smog ‡ Other pollutants
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Good Quality Clean Air
Found in abundance in
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Evergreen trees Green plants Mountains and forests Moving waters
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Seashore Lakes Ocean Rivers Waterfalls Rain after thunderstorms
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Provide almost 90% of oxygen in atmosphere Rest from land plants This air is refreshing and gives a lift
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Exhilarating to be near a waterfall!
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‡ Found in live plants in homes. ‡ Recommended at least 1 plant/100 square feet of indoor space.
‡ Live plants remove carbon dioxide and freshen the air with oxygen.
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Usually found on freeways. At airports. In closed, poorly ventilated areas.

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Polluted smoke-filled air can be smokeassociated with
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Anxiety Migraine headaches Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Eye problems Irritability Respiratory congestion
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Measures enabling one to breathe natural clean air
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Exercise in the outdoor air imparts vitality to the blood and nervous system.

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This vitality will be superior to that achieved from stale, recirculated air or that found in smoky rooms, congested offices, or noisy factories.
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This is particularly noted in sealed buildings with centrallycontrolled, mechanical ventilation. Associated conditions include allergies, infections, Legionnaire¶s disease, and worsening of asthma because of air-borne irritants. This highlights the importance of breathing fresh, clean air.

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Breathing is a natural spontaneous automatic activity (moving a total of 20,000 liters of air daily).
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(CO2 is released, O2 is taken up)

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Oxygen-riched blood is carried by millions of red blood cells to nourish all the body¶s organs, tissues, and cells

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Exchange of O2 & CO2 is completed within milliseconds (takes 1 minute for a complete circuit of the body).

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Body ensures this by driving the respiratory rate from the medulla oblongata in the brain stem.
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‡ Most people are shallow breathers, using only the lower portion of their lungs.

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³In order to have good blood, we must breathe well. Full, deep inspirations of pure air which fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood. They impart to it a bright color, and send it, a life giving current, to every part of the body. A good respiration soothes the nerves; it stimulates the appetite and renders digestion more perfect; and it induces sound refreshing sleep.´
Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 272
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Exercise is the key to exercising the lungs.

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Diaphragmatic Breathing
‡ Stretch your arms high above your
head.

‡ Breathe in slowly with mouth
closed.

‡ Expand chest as much as possible
and continue to breathe in. Take one more whiff of air.

‡ With mouth open, let out all air
while slowly bending over. Cough to get last bit of air out.

‡ Repeat 5-10 every morning.
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Dr. Mervyn Hardinge dean emeritus of the LLU Hardinge, School of Public Health, states that posture can be improved.

‡ He gives these five steps to help individuals acquire the habits of good posture:

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1. Flatten the plane of the pelvis. 2. Stand tall. 3. Keep the head back, and looking straight forward. 4. Feet should be slightly apart, directed forward. 5. Exercise so as to stretch and strengthen muscles.
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POOR POSTURE
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Head down Back bent Shoulders round Chest in Abdomen out Pelvis tilted sharply forward
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Good Posture
Dr. Mervyn Hardinge

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Head Up Back Straight Shoulders Straight Chest Out Abdomen In Pelvis Flattened
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2 Main Keys to Proper Breathing 1. Good posture.

2. Diaphragmatic breathing.
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Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing
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Cleanses respiratory tract. Reduces the risk of infection.

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‡ Approximately 500cc of air per breath ‡ Total amount that can pass in and out of lungs in one breath ± vital capacity ± about 4,000cc
‡ 8 times greater than one does during quiet breathing

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Rolandic tissue

Frontal lobe

Parietal lobe

Temporal lobe

Occipital lobe

CROWN OF THE BRAIN
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It is essential to ensure good oxygenation especially for the brain. Avoid stuffy enclosed spaces where carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other pollutants can interfere with normal oxygen availability.
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³The effects of living in close, ill ventilated rooms are these: . . . the mind becomes depressed and gloomy.´

Ellen G. White
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Take regular intervals during work or study to breathe deeply, preferably outdoors in the fresh air. This refreshes body and brain function.
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³And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.´
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As air supports our physical life, so the Holy Spirit supports our spiritual life. Isn¶t is time we step back and truly seek the Holy Spirit to support our spiritual life?

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Let us live a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exposure to fresh clean air and be willing to be led by the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit.

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So God can fill our lives with

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THE END
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