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Breath is life. Our individuality begins with an inhalation. During the span of a lifetime, we exchange our personal molecules with the molecules of our environment more than 400 million times through the inflow and outflow of our breath. With each breath, we release trillions of molecules that belonged to us, and we assume temporary ownership of trillions of molecules that previously belonged to some other living being. Breathing is an essential recycling of life energy.

Bampen Charo
(708) 756-1000
1423 Chicago Rd
Chicago Heights, IL
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Raj Gopal Gupta, MD
(708) 922-3172
20831 Oak Lane Drive
Olympia Fields, IL
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Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: All India Inst Of Med Sci, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1965

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Bradley Scott Coolidge
(708) 481-8883
4001 Vollmer Rd.
Olympia Fields, IL
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Pulmonary Disease

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Vivek Sachdev
(708) 799-1717
17680 Kedzie Ave Ste 103
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Kumudchandra J Shah, MD
(256) 547-4931
17680 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Bampen Charo, MD
(708) 756-1000
1423 Chicago Rd
Chicago Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chulalongkorn Univ, Fac Of Med, Bangkok, Thailand
Graduation Year: 1968

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Domas Julius Lapkus, MD
(708) 349-8100
20110 Governors Hwy
Olympia Fields, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Languages
Lithuanian
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il
Group Practice: Southwest Respiratory Consultants

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Ravi K Sundaram
(708) 481-8883
4001 Vollmer Rd.
Olympia Fields, IL
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

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Raj Gupta
(708) 799-6055
17850 South Kedzie Avenue
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Agop Tepeli, MD
(815) 464-6839
17850 Kedzie Ave Ste 2250
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Milano, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Milano, Italy
Graduation Year: 1979

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Breath is Life

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Breath is life. Our individuality begins with an inhalation. During the span of a lifetime, we exchange our personal molecules with the molecules of our environment more than 400 million times through the inflow and outflow of our breath. With each breath, we release trillions of molecules that belonged to us, and we assume temporary ownership of trillions of molecules that previously belonged to some other living being. Breathing is an essential recycling of life energy. At the end of our life, we exhale our last breath, and our individuality returns to the universal.

In Ayurveda and yoga, the breath is intimately associated with vital energy, known in Sanskrit as prana. According to ancient yogic texts, prana is “the flight of a bird, rising from earth to heaven, tied to a golden filament.” The earth represents our core survival needs as symbolized by the root chakra, called Muladhara. Heaven is the intuitive center residing in the brain, known as Ajna, in which our individuality has access to cosmic creativity. The filament represents the channel through which our ego is connected with our soul. Our breath is the delicate yet powerful thread that weaves together our environment, senses, body, mind, and soul. Effortless breathing is a hallmark of healthy integration between the layers of our being.

Physiologically, neuroscientists divide the human nervous system into two categories—voluntary and involuntary. The voluntary nervous system allows you to snap your fingers, walk your dog, drive your car, and perform the innumerable tasks that translate your intentions into actions. These intentions, generated in your soul, activate your mind, which then uses your brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles to manifest your desires in the world of form and phenomena.

The involuntary nervous system is responsible for maintaining a balanced internal state. The dynamic regulation of core physiological functions is known as homeostasis. In order for you to be healthy, your body’s intelligence is continuously regulating your heart rate, body temperature, digestive functions, metabolic activity, hormonal regulation, and immune responses.

Respiration is one of the few functions whose regulation can shift from involuntary to voluntary. When we bring our attention to the breath, we are capable of altering its rate, depth, or rhythm and can even stop it voluntarily for a short while. As soon as we divert our conscious attention from the breath, its control shifts back to involuntary. This ability to temporarily assume control over breathing provides a window into the mind-body connection.

Regulation of the breath is called pranayama. There are many different pranayama exercises that can be used to energize, soothe, and calm the mind and body. The core pranayama exercise is to consciously take a deep breath. A slow, deep inhalation followed by a slow exhalation awakens the relaxation side of the involuntary nervous system and restores the memory of whol...

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