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117: Tom Butler — Adaptive Contrast Oxygen Therapy with LiveO2

By November 18, 2017Podcasts
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Are you sure you’re getting enough oxygen for optimum health?


You know the numbers — you can go without food for three weeks, without water for three days, and without oxygen for just three minutes. With such a clear and constant need for oxygen, it is surprising that the oxygen debt many of us live with every day isn’t addressed more in fitness culture.

This episode is a conversation with Tom Butler, vice president at LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast Oxygen Therapy. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science at Virginia Polytechnic and his master of science in Oriental medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. The positive effects he experienced from his very first exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT) session convinced him this was something he needed to tell people about.

An incredible ability to recover from workouts, the jump in his energy level, and a 30% improvement in his VO2 max all made Tom a believer. If you are curious about the effects of chronic oxygen deprivation on your tissues, performance, energy level, and chronic inflammation and disease risk, be sure to tune in to this episode of the WLC podcast.

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Episode Resources, Mentions, and Moments:

Find out more about LiveO2 on their website –

See Eric Remensperger’s story on

Read about Oxygen Therapy on Wikipedia.

Learn about cellular respiration including aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen) on Wikipedia.

Here is an overview of the human vascular system (that Tom references often in the podcast) from Johns Hopkins University.

Is your blood oxygen level normal? While the medical community may think so, LiveO2 believes you might still be missing out.

How can supplemental oxygen and exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT) prevent and treat chronic disease?

Tom talks about the essential role of CoQ10, a necessary nutrient that declines in concentration in our body as we age.

“By the time you’re 60 years old, you’ve probably been oxygen deficient for a decade.”

Tom talks about the rest/recovery balance – how too much rest actually harms you, and why it’s so important to focus on recovery.

Did you know that different parts of your body get dibs on the oxygen you have available, and that those lower on the list may be chronically oxygen deficient to a dangerous degree? Find out what they are.

Chi, or life energy, is representative of breath according to Tom Butler, and oxygen is the reason for breathing. Why is it such an afterthought in our quest for health?

Blood stasis and stagnation is a natural process of “turning off” resources to little-used parts of the body. find out why that matters and how to combat it.

What is vascular inflammation and why do we need to reduce it?

Is capillary occlusion a major underlying cause of chronic disease?

The value (and limitations) of the pulse oximeter.

Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) and Multistep Oxygen Protocol originally described by Manfred Van Ardenne

LiveO2’s The Definitive Guide to Exercise with Oxygen

Sprint8 High Intensity Interval Training

Izabella Wentz – Hashimoto’s Protocol (book on reversing thyroid symptoms)

What’s a VO2 max?

What can I do at home to improve my oxygen saturation?

BIG THANKS to Tom Butler! If you enjoyed this podcast or have questions, please let him know by phone or email.

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
105: Eric Remensperger — Curing Cancer, Saving Yourself (Eric uses LiveO2 in his cancer therapy!)
104: Dr. Lane Sebring — Paleo Plus Ketosis for Super-Health

Connect with Tom Butler:
See Tom’s qualifications and background on LinkedIn
Say “hi!” to Percival Rufus Butler-Sylvest (Percy to his friends) on Facebook (He’s so cute!)
Reach out to LiveO2 by phone or email

Connect with Andy Petranek to offer feedback or ask a question:

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.