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James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Surfer’s Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

Today we will be discussing his latest best-selling book Breath, which explores the million-year-long history of how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly and why we’re suffering from a laundry list of maladies — snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, autoimmune disease, allergies — because of it.
James has travelled the world in an attempt to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers, he discovered, weren’t found in pulmonology labs but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of Sao Paulo.
Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head.

If you are interested in the potential of healing though breathing then this interview will be very valuable to you and give you a whole lot to chew on, and after you listen you’ll know exactly what I mean by that!

This interview was recorded in July 2020

In this episode we discuss:

Donny first interviewed James on Episode #19 of his other podcast The Freedive Cafe when they discussed his book Deep, which focuses heavily on the world of freediving.
How did the Coronavirus situation affect the release and promotion of the book?
Was James nervous to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast?
What is the basic premise of Breath?
What is the scientific backing for the information in the book?
Why is mouth breathing so detrimental to health?
The experiment documented in the book which James took part in with Anders Olssen.
Traditional Native American views on mouth breathing.
Practical advice on how to work with nose breathing.
The earliest modern pulmonauts.
Why should we be breathing LESS, rather than MORE!
Link to Patrick McKeown interview on The Freedive Cafe Podcast.
The story of Emil Zátopek.
All about breathing slow and the 5.5 second rule.
The importance of chewing your food properly!
The right time and place for hyperventilation.
Can CO2 be breathed for therapeutic reasons and to treat anxiety?
What interesting titbits didn’t make it into the book?
James has another idea for a book!
How can people find out more about James and his books?

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