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Re: The Remarkable Health Benefits of Living at Altitude | Elevation
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2019, 11:01:02 AM »

I appreciate your passion and commitment in sharing your knowledge! I'm perusing your website now...

I have lived at high elevation in the San Luis Valley in CO many times over the past 18 years.
Most recently, I spent a year there and had some interesting observations based on my massage practice.

I study Thai Buddhist Medicine, which looks at health and wellness from the lens of the Elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Wind).
Rather than chasing sickness through individual symptoms, Thai medicine seeks to treat the element that is presenting
as over excited, deficient, or possibly broken.  What I witnessed in the high altitude desert (8,000feet?) is that the effects
of excited/excess Fire and Wind with very little Water tend to take their toll.  More specifically, mental illness/imbalance from
excess Wind becomes alarmingly frequent. When the tissues/fascia of the body become very dry, there are also effects on the
overall health that become more evident over time. These effects manifest differently in different people, though what I'm observing
is that it creates an imbalance with Water. The water cannot move efficiently through the body when the other elements are stuck. Namely, Wind. For example, one of my clients had stuck water very deep in her lungs and was starting to suffer from asthma attacks. Her body was trying to move the water, but the wind was stuck in her chest/upper thorax. We worked to get the wind moving in her chest and rib cage while I was there, in two sessions (I worked on her in May). I left and prescribed hydrated clay poultices on her chest as well as internal clay use, and she is now free of asthma attacks. She reports some tightness in the chest, but is better able to manage with the clay and the wind balancing oil (a medicine made in our lineage) I left with her.

I don't purport to be a health expert. I have excess water :-) and adore the high elevation trips I make because it moves my water.
I have noticed that the transition to high elevation takes a bit longer to recover from, as I age (am now mid 40's). There are 3 lovely hot springs there in the valley which are also of great benefit to those who live there.


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Re: The Remarkable Health Benefits of Living at Altitude | Elevation
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2019, 12:29:24 PM »
Wow, that makes perfect sense.  It's always a much better idea to look at things from a wider lens.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

I wish that I had a more intuitive connection with the metaphysics of the Eastern systems of natural medicine.  I do have a basic understanding, but I've yet to develop a real sense for it all.  It's a very a poetic system of understanding health!
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2019, 08:39:09 AM »
Yes, Jason! The main issue is finding a Teacher. I feel very lucky to participate in a living lineage, though it has its challenges. Namely that we cannot study something like TBM without first understating the Buddhadharma, as TBM cannot be removed from its Buddhist origins. And so, to study TBM is to also study Thai Buddhism. ;-) I often want to learn at a faster rate than what my Teacher wants to teach, and so I become frustrated!


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« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2019, 05:06:04 AM »
You're doing great work, it's really interesting! A lot of research I haven't heard of.


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Re: The Remarkable Health Benefits of Living at Altitude | Elevation
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2021, 10:41:56 AM »
...around the spiral I go, time to revisit this important topic.

There are three works that anyone interested in extraordinary health and fitness should read; or anyone interested in breathing:

1.  The book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art", by James Nestor - This book is an incredible dive into the importance of nose breathing over mouth breathing for health and even facial structure.

2.  Wim Hof - Even just one of his short tutorial videos

3.  "The Oxygen Advantage", book by Patrick Mckeown

One really needs to explore all three to get a good overview of the practice and science of breathing... and this should just be considered an initial dive into an extremely important topic.

Of note and interest:  Patrick's oxygen advantage breathing methods are pretty much the exact opposite of Wim Hof, so exploring BOTH works is highly suggested.

Since this topic was originally about the benefits of CO2, and things like high altitude training:

The Oxygen Advantage teaches a person how to do "high altitude training", without the high altitude.  You can get the same advantages of high altitude training by using measured breathing methods which start to "starve" the body of oxygen in order to reset and train the brain's O2/CO2 regulation system.

If anyone not familiar with the art and science of breathing masters all of the concepts in these 3 presentations, it will completely transform one's life... and, all of it is completely free and can be done anywhere.

Even so, as I mentioned previously, this should all be considered just an initial dive.  If anyone wants to take a high dive down into the rabbit hole, there is much more to experience and learn,  and it all simply becomes more profound the deeper the dive!
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