Seriously ill patients in
unremitting suffering, who persist with
auto-regulation eventually find the essence of it:
Life inside auto-reg is so much more bearable than
life outside it.
Many patients with severe,
chronic and indolent illness have told me that it is
as if they have finally learned to do what they
could not do with drugs: make the necessary
molecules in just the necessary proportions to
relieve their suffering. No chemical overshoot. No
rebound phenomenon. No reactive overkill. No adverse
effects. This is when limbic breathing becomes a way
of life. It requires no effort. The individual
reaches the goal of limbic breathing any time,
anywhere, and under any circumstances.
Biologic Profiling with Limbic
The ancient masters seem to have
understood, by pure intuition it appears, human
biology and the impact upon it of the various
self-regulatory methods. However, only a very few
perceptive and intuitive individuals could do so.
Even then, it took them decades to perfect these
methods. The pupils would spend a life-time of
servitude to their masters for such learning. There
was one other important difference: these yogis,
dervishes, and priests, by and large, lived the
lives of hermits. There were no issues of " control
over time " for them. Life had not been " speeded up
" yet. Nor did they face the problem of what to do
with the time they saved by speeding-up their lives.
Most of us live lives which are
different from those of ancient masters. Our
self-regulatory methods must be different as well.
We do not have access to their simple living, but
they did not have access to our technology.
I teach my patients limbic
breathing in my auto-regulation laboratory using a
variety of electro-magnetic technology. In these
methods, sensors for blood oxygen saturation, lung
function, heart, pulse height, skin electro-magnetic
conductance, muscle energy, and brain waves are
attached to the patient. I have two objectives:
To see objectively the changes
which take place under the skin of the patient as he
learns limbic breathing.
And equally important, to allow
the patient to see these changes, as they appear and
disappear, on the computer and video screens, as
well as with other suitable techniques. The patient
needs to know this, at both intellectual cortical
and visceral limbic levels.
Listening to the tissues for
healing.Talking to the intellect for control.
Electro-magnetic and biochemical
profiles allow both the patient and the professional
to learn how to listen to the tissues and organs for
healing. It renders unnecessary, all intellectual
analysis about the role of stress in the causation
of disease. Auto-regulation teaches both the patient
and the professional the utter futility of talking
for control in self-healing. Healing is not a
cortical function. Healing is a limbic phenomenon.
Electro-magnetic and biochemical
profiles also clearly establish where the true
strength in self-healing resides: with the patient.
The physician can only serve as a teacher. No matter
how knowledgeable and skillful the physician may be,
he can succeed in auto-regulation only through his
Auto-regulation is regulation of
self, by self, and for self.
A Cortical Electro-magnetic
The electro-magnetic profile
given above illustrates the changes in biology which
I commonly observe in my patients during
auto-regulation training. The left half of the
profile shows a calm, regenerative state while the
right half shows a cortical mode. It demonstrates
body organs under duress. The four lines at the end
of the graph indicate from above down: 1) the energy
level in the skin (electrodermal conductance
response); 2) level of wasted energy in the muscle
(measured with an electromyographic sensor); 3) the
heart rate; and 4) the state of contraction of the
arterial muscle (pulse height measured with a
playthysmograph). Note a sharp drop in the arterial
line (closest to the baseline) indicating sudden
tightness of the arterial wall Tight arteries rob
tissues of blood and energy. Tight arteries also
make the heart to work much harder as it forces
blood through them (shown here by the line just
above the pulse line. The toiling heart beats
A Limbic Electro-magnetic
The electro-magnetic profile
shown above demonstrates the biology of a patient in
the limbic mode. The body organs are working at an
even pace, in harmony with each other, responsive to
each other. The letters in the illustration indicate
the same electro-physiologic parameters as in the
cortical profile illustrated above.
Biochemical Profile in the Limbic Mode
The graph shown above
demonstrates the profound biochemical changes one
can bring about in his metabolism with limbic
breathing. The subject in this research study was
myself. My collaborator was Madhava Subbarao, M.D.,
chief of anesthesiology at our hospital. The blood
was drawn several times during a period of one and a
half hour with an arterial catheter placed in my
artery by Dr. Subbarao.
The graph shows a near 75 % drop
in the blood level of lactic acid, a near four-fold
increase in the blood level of pyruvic acid followed
by a precipitate drop, and a sustained drop in the
partial pressure of oxygen over a period of two
hours. Let us see what these changes mean.
Lactic acid is a molecule
produced by cells starved for oxygen. It is an
excellent barometer for the tissues under duress.
An olympic athlete knows he has
to stop after his peak performance. He knows his
tissues will not support any longer the demands of
his head. At a biochemical level, his tissue
accumulations of lactic acid ( and related
end-products of metabolism ) call a time-out. In
technical terms, this is referred to as oxygen debt.
With rest, the oxygen-starved tissues are
replenished with oxygen and the oxygen debt is paid
out. The tissues recover their ability to respond to
calls for repeat performance.
An executive shoveling snow in
his driveway suffers from a severe spasm of his
coronary artery, clogs it with a blood clot and
sustains a massive heart attack. His heart fails and
is unable to pump sufficient blood to his tissues.
As a consequence, his tissues, cells, and molecules
starve for oxygen. An oxygen debt develops in them
and lactic acid accumulates (commonly referred to as
lactic acidosis). The executive suffocates in panic.
He gasps for breath. Fortunately he is rushed to the
hospital in time. His cardiologist promptly employs
potent drugs to dissolve the clot in his arteries.
He uses other treatments to stabilize and support
the heart, facilitate blood supply to the tissues,
and reverse lactic acid accumulation in the tissues.
This allows the tissues, cells, and molecules to
recover from oxygen starvation. The cardiologist
knows that lactic acid accumulation, if not reversed
quickly, will further intensify the spasm of the
coronary artery and cause death.
A young smoker has a chest X-ray
done for persistent cough. He is thought to have
lung cancer. His wife panics. The state of panic
persists and within hours she develops chest pains.
She is sedated and hospitalized for observation.
What could lactic acid and limbic
breathing have to do with people in these three case
Drs. Pitts and McLure reported
the results of their research linking lactic acid to
anxiety attacks and neurosis over twenty years ago
(New England Journal of Medicine, 1967, 277: 1329).
They administered lactic acid and salt solution
intravenously to a group of patients with anxiety
neurosis and to a control group. Lactic acid induced
an anxiety attack in about half of the patients with
neurosis, and interestingly in 20 % of the control
subjects. They interrogated these normal control
subjects and found out that many of them had
histories of previous problems. Salt solution used
as a control did not cause significant anxiety in
The experience of the olympic athlete gives us
insight about how Nature builds its own controls. In
health, we must learn to abide by them. Sudden
deaths while running seen among ill-prepared joggers
are expensive lessons learned when we refuse to heed