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The Amazing Benefits of High Altitude Health

Many of the elite athletes we treat are greatly benefitting from Intermittent Hypoxic Exposure (IHE) which involves breathing air with reduced oxygen content for short periods of time which makes your body respond as if you were at a much higher elevation even though your still in LA near sea level.

This is accomplished by breathing into a face mask attached to a specialized electronic machine while resting prone and receiving acupuncture, therapeutic massage, or just while relaxing for a short period of time. A pulse oximeter is used to check the amount of hypoxia achieved and to maintain safety during the procedure.

The health benefits appear to be amazing, including greatly improved athletic performance (as demonstrated for many years by the Russians), greater resistance to free radicals, a shift from burning protein to fat as an energy source, and recent research studies are reporting improvement in patients with asthma, COPD, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. The only contra-indications appear to be for patients with epilepsy or other seizure disorders.

While the use of IHE is relatively new to the Western world, scientists in the Soviet Union have been researching and employing it since the 1930’s. Their research has involved how IHE can enhance sports performance, and also the treatment of chronic lung diseases, bronchial asthma, hypertension diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’[s disease, emotional disorders, and even radiation toxicity.

To find out more, check out the following links:

The Science of Altitude Training
Comparison of Altitude Training Systems
Intermittent Hypoxic Exposure
Intermittent Hypoxic Training

If you’d like to personally experience IHE at the Bresler Center, please give us a call at 310-474-2777 or email us at

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