Half Hour to Health- Lung Health (Part 1)

okay lung health now that now why would I put him on there anybody and remember Star Wars okay what does he sound like good like that okay it was my favorite part okay well what stuff at first we have a learned we're going to go over asthma copd bronchitis and a bunch of lung infections but if you understand how the body works you're going to understand a lot at how some of the therapies that when a doctor may recommend are not only ignorant dangerous and stupid okay but there's better healthy alternatives with it would that be benefit to you yes okay so how the body works okay you've got a ribcage up here now the ribcage is unique because the muscles on the ribs and have you ever eaten a rib okay yeah well there's muscles on the top and bottom okay well what happens is the ribcage actually wants to pop out the lungs on the inside want to collapse so there's always this negative pressure it's like a vacuum pressure inside of the wall of the lungs this is why you can go and not have friction because otherwise if we breathe hard we'd have that friction our chest would catch on fire and that would be uncomfortable so what happens is there's always this negative pressure in there now the diaphragm attaches at the bottom so when you breathe in you breathe out so you have this this almost like plunger like action on breathing okay now here what the lung actually looks like you get a tremendous amount of surface area there's an almost enough surface area inside of a normal human lung to cover the floor of a football field and what happens you've got a big air tube coming down now inside of this air tube the air tube has got tough cartilage in the front behind it is the food tube okay so this is why you can't eat and breathe it at the same time okay God knows when I was a kid I tried okay good but what happens is the food goes in there and it closes off the air okay so the air tube comes in and it splits so the air tube comes down called the trachea it splits into bronchus none of those get smaller and smaller smaller tubes until you get down to the alveoli now this is important thinking your lungs has clusters of grapes now right now you're not using all of your lung tissue because you don't require it so you're using right now maybe five to ten percent of your lungs sitting at risk so you've got a tremendous amount of surface lung surface area that you're not using now that can be a problem now because the main reason that this is there the whole point of having the lungs is they do two functions one they get oxygen in the other they emit carbon dioxide so they detox your body okay and they allow oxygen to come in so your lungs are actually a detox account so in that do me a favor set up straight take a deep breath in blow it out oh my gosh did you see that no no I mean if you didn't to see all the carbon dioxide coming out now you can't see it okay here use these no now when you see it what you're doing you're switching from because carbon dioxide is an acid so you just shifted your body's physiology from acidotic where disease and cancer grow to alkalyn just by breathing can it be that easy yes it can is it cancel this is vital now the ribs what's tough is that you ever watch westerns okay well well right here this bone here is called the clavicle you could you can feel it on your chest right there go right above the clavicle just put put your finger right there you know you're actually touching lung tissue lungs go up that high isn't that weird so when you see the westerns and John Wayne gets shot in the shoulder okay he says no don't worry about it my heart's over here it's just a flesh wound okay what would actually happen if you're shot in the chest okay because like let's say you're on a drug Buy in Santa Ana and the drug dealer says look I'm going to put one in the chest er one in the gut go for the guy okay because if he shoots you in the chest there's a tremendous amount of blood area in there okay the one was going to collapse you're going to drowning it blood and that's not a comfortable way to go so so the movies aren't realistic what that also means is with one up here this whole chest area is involved in lung and breathing now now also the nervous system and this is huge because what a lot of people will think is that asthma is actually problem of the lungs and it's not it has to do with the smooth muscle control of the lungs now I taught Anatomy for over eight years and let me tell you I can take the lung out of a cadaver that had asthma and a lung out of a cadaver that didn't have asthma and they're the same so it's actually not a problem of the lungs it's a problem with the smooth muscle control of the lungs because right now you're not using all the lung surface area if you work did I just stimulate you okay good what I just did was I did the same thing that a drug does okay the drug they get for asthma is a sympathetic stimulant it causes the fight-or-flight system to go up okay even the little puppy in the front row was here but what happens is and this is why the drugs that they treat you'll find out not only are they're not effective but they're dangerous okay because what happens is under fight-or-flight the lungs remember you're sitting at rest you're not using on your lung tissue if you're scared you need more lung tissue because you need to run away from danger does that make sense so the nervous system actually controls how much of that lung is being utilized now this is huge because when you look at this I see when you're memorizing everything and and most medical doctors go through about three to six months of Anatomy chiropractors go through about six to nine months of anatomy I went through eight years and I still study it so I might be a little slow but but what you do is you you remember mnemonics so I'm going to teach you one C 3 C 4 C 5 keeps you alive okay so say that with me C 3 C 4 C 5 keeps you alive why is that important because the way that neck bones are much numbered they're numbered from 1 through 7 and the top and C 3 C 4 C 5 comes out of the middle of the neck at the base in the neck that's the nerve to the diaphragm now remember the diaphragm it's a muscle down here you breathe then it goes down like this you breathe out it goes up like this so does that mean that the neck is intimately involved in the function of breathing yes or yes huge okay so now now now get this okay imagine if you have neck trauma on a kid and they happen to have asthma from it how many pediatricians is saying good gosh we've got to rush this child over to the chiropractor so we could get his neck fixed no 20 years from now they will because they know that the drugs that they use to treat asthma increase the risk of cancer and weaken the kids immune system so C 3 C 4 C 5 keeps you alive because that's the nerve that supplies the diaphragm okay now this is huge because this is a normal curve in the neck what you're looking at here is a reverse curve in the neck of a nine-year-old now this is at the top of the neck now there's two areas in the neck one this is the back of the skull now the brain doesn't stop at the circle there's a small oblong section in the middle of the brain that extends down to the first part of the neck now that's the heart and lung center now now it's it's a small section of the brain in the middle of the brain okay that comes down in the middle and it's oblong so let's say it in Latin it's called the medulla oblongata is that I know you probably heard this of like water boy I'll give it a Bakula okay well that's what they mean they just named stuff in land but this is the cardiac and respiratory center now this is a problem because if you have pressure on this because the top two bones are messed up and that's common in birth trauma and if you're born in a hospital God knows it's a birth trauma so so that's going to cause ear infections for one and breathing problems for a second okay now here's a kid nine year old his mom happens to be a nurse at cha and kid comes in nine years old multiple visits to emergency rooms multiple air intake typically when you say did the kid have any ear infections no just three or four I'm sorry any ear infections indicates an upper neck problem did the kid have any ear infections one is too many okay did the kid have an ear infection so you have three or four not many um monthly emergency room visits and drugs does he have asthma no he takes the drugs and he's fine no no I'm sorry does he have asthma no when he takes the drugs he's fine he doesn't have it it's it's it you really want to hit somebody with a 2×4 occasionally okay but but I mean look at this okay so so a neck is supposed to curve here if it curves backwards like in that child then I'm going to show you every child that has asthma that I've seen so far and I only see about 800 people a week and I've only been doing this for about 15 years so only talking about I don't know half a million people okay but every child that I've seen with asthma has pressure on the nervous system I haven't seen one with a beautiful curve in the neck so there must be some consistency here but look at this this gray line coming down here that's up that's an MRI showing the spinal cord so this is an MRI showing soft tissue oh wait how many people remember the mnemonic I just taught you see what C 3 C 4 C 5 keeps you alive so let's look at this C 3 C 4 C 5 oh my gosh keeps you alive do you think this person may have some breathing problems yes they did they did have some breathing problems that's what's interesting remember the main function of the lungs is to transfer oxygen into blood so do you think maybe the blood pressure would have to increase because we're not getting the right lung function yes or yes oh my gosh do you think that maybe he might be diagnosed with high blood pressure – yes he got it okay so now asthma can you see the correlation here now asthma it's one of the lung problems now every day in America now not only is this common but it's stupid is the therapies 40,000 people miss work 30,000 people have an asthma attack 5,000 is in emergency room 14 people die every day from asthma so it's very very common now I'm 51 well 51 in a couple of weeks okay in my school I remember maybe one person I can't Kimberly maybe one person at an inhaler how many people remember kids in your classroom that have inhaler two three okay do you realize today 25% of the kids inside of a classroom so in a class of forty ten kids are doing an inhaler today okay so we're going to going to talk about that because it's not only is it epidemic proportion but the way 5,000 people to your die from asthma now those out of the annals of internal medicine here's the problem for a thousand of those five thousand die from the drugs used to treat it okay and now this shows the intelligence of our kids okay a hundred percent of the kids that I get with asthma I say I see look you know I mean I found this bone it's out of place is putting pressure on the lungs okay it's your body's not working right if I take that pressure off your body is going to work right do you want me to take the pressure up yes I've never had a kid say no really I want to stay on the drugs not once so kids are pretty smart they really really are four thousand of the five thousand deaths from asthma according to the Anarch annals of internal medicine are from the drugs so let's find a different solution and these are two kids I was kind of hoping their mom would be here they came in a year ago okay five years old Sean and Ryan seven year old Ryan and you can see they both have pressure in the upper neck area I mean even if you're not familiar with the neck curve you can see that if it curves out this way that that's not exactly round okay and sure enough the mom said look my kids get multiple colds every year I take them to the emergency room visits during the wintertime at least once a month they're taking two inhalers and drugs if you can get them off the drugs okay I'll do a big display and I'll just refer everybody so sure enough you know these kids they refer the grandma the grandpa the dad the mom everybody's off of either blood-pressure medications or drugs and the kids actually now think that the adjustments help them with baseball he'll jump up on the table and say I wanna hit a drop double I want the triple adjustment so you know since it's partly mental in kids I say okay let's get them but now now here's the other part okay so obviously the adjustment or the nervous system is the in primary responsible for asthma asthma is not a problem long it's a problem with the smoothness of control it's also a problem of water now when you're breathing so remember think of those little grape sacks every time you breathe in or out those grapes acts are opening and closing okay we're talking millions of them now if you open and close tissue it's going to start to break right so your body actually makes a lubricant this lubricant is called surfactant now how many people drink enough water God knows I do because my staff irritates me they make sure I got water filled and if if they go over and they pick it up and I haven't drunk it they give me a dirty look like you're not drinking enough dr. Bergman convected okay so you know they irritate me out of love okay but if you're not drinking enough water guess what you can't produce surfactant now this is hugely important because your body's smart it wants to protect it so if you can't get enough water you can't produce that that lubricant and lubricant honest-to-goodness it looks like wd-40 okay it's not wd-40 but it looks like it okay and it lubricates your body just the way wd-40 would if you can't produce it you start to produce mucus that's why people with asthma have ten times the amount of mucus in their lungs than someone who does an MS so now you got a kid with the problem up here the nervous system their lungs aren't working right they're taking a beta antagonist okay an asthma inhaler you


  1. Your the man. I always like to check your channel with my physical problems . I will trust you. You tell it like it is and you give the explanation around these problems. Keep up the good work. I just got more info on your channel. I have COPD. Your explanations give me inspiration to keep trying.

  2. Can you post something on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis? Can it be cured and scarring reversed? Right now doctors are prescribing steroids to control it

  3. mms cured my copd i went from going to the er every 30 days to o2 levels if 94 i shoveled snow yesterday for 5 mins!!!

  4. I could hardly breathe, had periods of choking, tried everything, inhalers did not work, was very depresses, thinking of suicide, until I can upon your video COPD and went immediately to a chiropractor and my C3,C4, C5 and C6 were fused to gether, I have had one session and feeling considerably better, I thank you for your expertise Dr Bergman. [email protected]

  5. Wow!! Thank you so much. What you are saying I can confirm about the backwards curve in the neck. A physiotherapist told me I had this about 12 years ago but she didn’t have a solution. She did needles and other treatments but it didn’t change. I have been living with this, I never have pain if I wear a good fitting bra. This was curve in the neck was confirmed by x-rays after I got bucked off a horse and they saw something that looked off on the x-ray, they actually suspected a break. I was also diagnosed with asthma at some point in adulthood. Wow I am going to find a good chiropractor and let you know if this helps. I am going to share your video on my FB page. People need to know this. Why does the cold or an infection make the asthma worse?

  6. Dr. Bergman I'm a 67 year old male with copd and have been told that I have 36% lung capacity not good. We also live in the south which doesn't help with all the humidity down here. plus I'm over weight. Reckn there's any help for this old fat country boy. I sure would like to be around for a few more years, sure would like to talk to you about my health problems. can you suggestions. Thank You Chuck Venable

  7. My husband is 80 years old. He started smoking when he was 17 years old and smoked for 30 years but quit 33 years ago. He has had pneumonia once and bronchitis 2 times in the past 5 months and is getting something in his lungs now. Should he take a zpac again or what other choice does he have?

  8. thank you for all your good work to bring us these vids. GOD bless you & your work, in JESUS name <3

  9. I can now Laugh without coughing. Yes.
    I quit smoking this year.  Now I want my lungs back -which I'm doing with herbs and such, as well as other processes. 

    I feel a lot better these days, now that quit smoking. I still have a long way to go.  

    Make me laugh. I like the feeling of laughing without coughing.
    More about lung health (for people who like to laugh) at Get Your Lungs Back.

  10. Thanks for your wonderful work on educate the public.
    I've seen all your videos, you really are a doctor dropped from heaven.

    From my family and I thank you very much.


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