How important is oxygen to the body’s well-being?

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Pam Grout
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

While most of us can go something like two weeks without food (I couldn't, but those explorers who get lost in blizzards supposedly can) and two days without water, we can only go about three minutes without oxygen (and after about two minutes, there is usually irreparable damage to vital organs, including the brain).

Breathing is so important that it's not something we have to remember to do. If it were left up to us, some of us would forget it the way we misplace the phone bill. Luckily, breathing isn't a task that requires us to make a conscious effort, instead, it's automatic.

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