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Does Wim Hof's breathing method accelerate the aging process of the body?

Wim Hof's breathing method is acclaimed to improve physical and mental health by following the following routine once every day: 30 deep, strong breaths breath-hold after exhalation for as long as ...
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How to calm down a friend experiencing a panic attack? [closed]

Is there anything a friend can do for someone experiencing a sudden panic attack? Or is it something that "this too shall pass" and you just comfort them and make sure they don't do anything dangerous,...
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Blood pH when exercising. Rising pH? Maybe somehow related to lactic acid and hyperventilation [closed]

Exercise generally acidises the blood. I'm looking for information on the timing of onset and how long this lasts after the exercise. Furthermore, I'm looking for info on alkalization of blood caused ...
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Is breathing into a paper bag an effective treatment for panic attacks?

Some sources claim that breathing into a paper bag is a good way to control hyperventilation caused by a panic attack. The theory (I surmise) is that re-breathing CO2 helps to mitigate the respiratory ...
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How does hyperventilation cause paresthesia and tetany?

As per this previous answer to "Why do I feel small stings all over my body in stress?", hyperventilation is known to cause tingling, numbness, or muscle spasms in your hands, feet, and ...
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Can voluntarily hyperventilating cause cerebral hypoxia, and therefore brain cell death (brain damage)?

Can voluntarily hyperventilating by raising one's resting respiratory rate to 30 breaths/min cause cerebral hypoxia, and therefore brain cell death (brain damage)?
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Could the cerebral hypoxia caused by voluntarily hyperventilating for an hour ("breathwork") cause brain damage?

TL;DR hyperventilating for 60 minutes for psychedelic/meditative/therapeutic effect: is this dangerous? Hyperventilation can lead to cerebral hypoxia, as hypocapnia (reduced CO2 in blood) causes ...