The stress-CO2 connection has not been given the proper attention despite available research. The compounding negative effect of an altered psycho-physiological interference can lead to increased arousal, anxiety, fatigue, sleep disorders, panic attacks, heart attacks, strokes, cognitive decline and suicidal ideation or suicide completion just to name a few.
Medications for “stress related conditions” can be helpful but they do not necessarily address the underlying cause of the problem. Tragically, some medications precipitate drug-induced and treatment related suicidal ideation, dread, and destructive behavior more likely than not contributing to school shootings and work place violence.
Breathing dysfunction and carbon dioxide (CO2) imbalance need a new paradigm. CO2 depletion through improper breathing patterns, a habit in most cases, can negatively affect many systems in the body, creating unexplained symptoms and compromising health. These problems, often misunderstood and underappreciated, have the potential to substantially interfere in our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual functioning.
I have observed in over 30 years of practice and research, both in neuroscience and psychiatry, that an altered physiology, related to acid-base imbalance, is frequently behind some unusual cases of youth violence, suicide ideation, and other stress related conditions. It is now time to recognize this problem as an equal opportunity destroyer to our health and the way we function. There is a tremendous need to properly identify these issues with proper assessments and practical interventions.
Respiras Breathing provides a vital link for the potential neurologic and psychiatric understanding of suicidal behavior in panic and acute stress disorders. The evidence-based contributions are peer-reviewed, insightful, and scientifically grounded.
I recommend Respiras as it offers an innovative life enrichment education to help balance the body and mind, lessen energy expenditure and improve the body’s overall efficiency. It is undoubtedly a powerful physiologic stabilizing force that merits great admiration for its approach and methodology.
Russell Copelan, MD
Neuroscientist, ER Psychiatrist
Advisory Board Member for Respiras Breathing™
Dr. Russell Copelan, published author, national and international lecturer. Formerly medical and psychiatric consultant to the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs. Formerly faculty member, University of Colorado, Department of Psychiatry. Chairman of World Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatric Emergencies and Suicide. Founder & CEO eMed Colorado, Inc.
Dr. Copelan has been a suicide researcher for over 30 years. He has studied unusual and unobvious suicide patterns, including drug-induced non-ideation suicidality and neurologic correlations to assist in the evaluation of destructive behavior. His assessments have been in worldwide circulation since 2005. Current research interests include suicide behavior without premeditation following deep brain surgery, and acid base disturbances exacerbating variant suicide states.