EP. 053

Patrick McKeown Author of The Oxygen Advantage


Patrick’s book, The Oxygen Advantage (published in fourteen languages) combines two pillars of breathing for sports. The first involves specially formulated breath hold exercises to delay lactic acid and fatigue. The second improves functional breathing for reduced breathlessness, improved motor control and functional movement. A summary of the science can be found on: http://oxygenadvantage.com/science/

To date, Patrick has worked with some of the top athletes in the world across a variety of sports including tennis, cycling, weight lifting, American Football, MMA and track and field


Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – buteykoclinic.com

Website – oxygenadvantage.com

Facebook – Buteyko Clinic International

Twitter – @Buteyko

Instagram – buteykoclinic

YouTube – Buteyko Clinic International

Books Mentioned:

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

The Oxygen Advantage

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Freedom from the known

Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life

Patrick’s Book Recommendation(s):

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism

Articles/ Research Mentioned:

Effect of tongue position on postural stability during quiet standing in healthy young males

Facts & Figures on Asthma


Buteyko Clinical Trials 1998-2017

Primate experiments on oral respiration.

Science articles from oxygenadvantage.com

Podcast Mentioned:

Mind Muscle Project: Ep 216 – How to never be short of breath again with Patrick Mckeown

Joe Rogan Experience #1219 – Bill Burr


Video’s Mentioned:

Shut your Mouth and Change your Life | Patrick McKeown | TEDxGalway


People and Resources mentioned:

Mike Boyle

Conor McGregor

Postural Restoration Institute

Bill Hartman

Weston A. Price

Dr. Andrew Hatherell

Dr. Tony O’Connor

Anatomy of Society of Ireland

Dental Cosmos

Egil Peter Harvold

Katherine W.L. Vig, B.D.S.

Pat Davidson

Eric Serrano

Louie Simmons

Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Paul Chek



Martin Luther King Jr

Eckhart Tolle

John Caffrey

Luke Brady

Konstantin Buteyko

Albert Einstein

Oprah Winfrey

Jiddu Krishnamurti



0:00 – 6:29 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Patrick to introduce himself

6:30 – 10:03 – Robbie asks Patrick, what is his mission?

10:04 – 15:58 – Robbie asks Patrick if mouth breathing increases sympathetic nervous system activity?

15:59 – 18:10 – Robbie asks Patrick – does stress make us mouth breath, or does mouth breathing making us more stressed?

18:11 – 26:09 – Robbie asks Patrick how can we change our breathing patterns?

26:10 – 36:16 – Robbie asks Patrick what is leading to the epidemic of poor dental development in modern society?

36:17 – 43:39 – Robbie asks Patrick, what can people start doing now to improve their breathing?

43:40 – 58:22 – Robbie asks Patrick, what can parents do to help optimize their children’s breathing?

58:23 – 1:01:21 – Robbie asks Patrick about excessive yawning and sighing?

1:01:22 – 1:06:30 – Robbie asks Patrick about his services, educational courses and materials that are available through his websites

1:06:30 – 1:07:30 – Robbie asks Patrick for the biggest lessons he has learned in his life so far?

1:07:31 – 1:09:24 – Robbie asks Patrick how he learns?

1:09:25 – 1:10:58 – Robbie asks Patrick what is an essentially habit he does every day?

1:10:59 – 1:13:50 – Robbie asks Patrick for his top resource?

1:13:51 – 1:15:40 – Robbie asks Patrick for his top and current book recommendations

1:15:41 – 1:19:09 – Robbie asks Patrick, who have been his biggest influences on him both personally and professionally?

1:19:10 – 1:20:51 – Robbie asks Patrick, if he only had 1 year left on planet earth, how would he spend that year and why?

1:20:52 – 1:24:15 – Robbie asks Patrick, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:24:16 – 1:24:41 – Robbie wraps up the show!