Oximetry (also referred to as “pulse ox”) is a non-invasive and very simple test to use. By placing the end of a patient’s finger in a photosensitive holder, the oxygen content of capillaries are measured and a percentage is displayed; most devices also show a pulse measurement as well.
Pulse oxygen of 98% is considered within normal limits. To make a comparison, a pulse-ox below 87% qualifies a person for oxygen from Medicare. Medicine oftentimes won’t prioritize oxygen therapy for a 90% reading and I want to expand on why this doesn’t make physiological sense.
My expertise is in the Nervous System, which requires 3 things to survive: oxygen, fuel and stimulation. An oxygen reading of 90% is not acceptable, because the body is globally deficient 9 whole percentage points. That’s a lot. Western Medicine is a blood-based profession, so what oftentimes goes unnoticed on a neurological basis is that the health of the brain influences blood transport in the body.
For this very reason there are Medical Doctors who write prescriptions for their patients to receive oxygen treatment. I know a Chiropractor in Wisconsin who had horrible sciatic pain and after 3 spinal adjustments with oxygen therapy in between treatments, he had 50% improvement in one day. We may think the only food for our brain comes from what we eat, but oxygen invigorates the nervous system as well.
Because many people smoke tobacco, hooka, e-cigs, and recreational drugs, it shouldn’t come to our surprise that COPD is the 4th leading cause of death, according to the CDC. These folks would benefit from oxygen therapy. In another post I will breakdown an important test known as spirometry, and you will understand why non-smokers and smokers can benefit from this test. It is basically a 40-meter sprint for the lungs and its performance markers can be monitored every visit.
By the way, just because someone is not a smoker doesn’t mean they cannot benefit from a lung-support protocol. Although a low pulse-ox reading isn’t diagnostic for lung dysfunction, it still provides important data to a true investigator. But, you must do something about any readings under 95%! Don’t play small, this is your life! Oxygen is not a nutrient, but it can be categorized as a co-factor, if you will. You can buy a pulse-ox on Amazon! You can get an inexpensive one for as low as $15!
Friends, empower the part of you that WANTS to learn more about health and wellness, even if that voice is nearly quiet at the moment. We all have an innate desire to grow and expand. Reading a short post like this can fulfill that daily requirement! Brick by brick, you’ll eventually have a wall!
What is your pulse-ox reading?
Direct Every Angle,
PS. The clinical accuracy of pulse oximeters is reduced in high altitudes and severe anemia. I want to remind you that iron is the leading mineral deficiency in the world…more on this later