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Oxygen: the Center of Human
Oxygen links all parts and
functions of human body life—in living and dying.
This is the thread that connects all subjects
covered in this four-semester program. I had three
primary goals in preparing this curriculum:
? To simplify subjects;
? To keep a sharp focus on the
connectedness of the subjects
.? To create memory
hooks—"oxygen hooks" in my language— by which
new knowledge is hooked to previously
My approach may seem confusing or
tedious to the beginners but they will recognize its
great value as they proceed. Each tutorial will add
more oxygen hooks and an
"oxygen map" will form
before the mind’s eye. It is useful for students to
download the full curriculum and review it a few
times to grasp the range of the full map.
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Tutorials included in the Children
Learning Fields (see link on the left panel), I present
information in the simplest words for children, as
well as their parents for teaching purposes. In
other tutorials, I present basic
information about the subjects that are central to
the study of human nutrition. Some students with
science backgrounds might consider the basic
information to be "too basic" and wonder why I
include it in a university course. I ask for their
understanding as I explain my basic points with
examples, illustrations, and commonly understood
images. I believe the value of these tutorials will
become clear to all students as they proceed with
learning materials that follow. They will recognize
that the later courses are built on the foundations
of basic knowledge of breath, oxygen, water,
environment, thoughts, the body’s major ecosystems,
the immune system, health, and life span, etc.
In the human body, there is
constant cross-talk among all cell populations.
These conversations, of course, use the language of
nutrients. So, the study of human nutrition, at its
core, is a study of the cross-talk among fats,
proteins, sugars, minerals, enzymes (catalysts), and
the body’s energy and detox substances.
In my teaching experience, no
element is as important as learning how individual
facts of science are related among themselves, as
well as to the whole. I introduced the term
"Connectivity Learning" for this method. In it, the
students are required to connect every fact of
science to something they already know. In other
words, the previously learned facts are used as
memory hooks to which we add the newly learned
facts. No new scientific fact is memorized by itself
as a "solo fact" or stand-alone knowledge. For
instance, if you learn the name of two minerals
(sulfur and selenium, to name two, you repeat the
names of all other minerals you already know, such
calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and selenium, for
With Oxygen Connections
Fifty years of teaching medical
students, doctors, nurses, and students of other
healing professions have convinced me that there are
no other elements in the human body, nor in nature
in general, that can serve as the basic connection
in Connectivity Learning better than oxygen. I
validated this "Oxygen Connection" not only in my
teaching but also in my work in clinical nutrition.
The students will recognize this as they move ahead
in their certification studies.
Oxygen is the organizing
principle of human biology and governs the aging
process. I began my book Aging and Oxygen
(2000) with these words. I followed that with a
series of books and articles in which I presented
"The Oxygen Model of Nutrition" (included in a later
tutorial), "The Unifying Oxygen Model of Disease,"
and "The Unifying Oxygen Model of Healing."
Specifically I highlighted the central role of the
science of human nutrition in the oxygen models of
inflammation, pain, liver injury, asthma, allergy,
colitis, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure,
cancer, and other disorders.
What Does a Plant Teach About
A plant in a pot kept on a window
sill needs sunlight, air, and nutrients to grow. The
sun provides energy to begin the oxygen cycles of
energy generation from nutrients in the soil. That
simple energy design (called metabolism) is as true
of the human body as it is for the plant. A child
can understand how a potted plant kept in a window
grows. From that the child can learn how to grow a
garden. That simple model also can be used for a
deep study of human nutrition.
Simplicities are valuable only
when they can help clarify complexities. I have not
found any simplicity that can clarify the
complexities of human nutrition in health and
disease better than the "oxygen-nutrition
simplicity." Students will find a tutorial entitled
"Of Doctors and Gardeners" especially relevant in
For professional and advanced
readers, I present information about health sciences
in detail in the twelve volumes of my "The
Principles and practice of Integrative Medicine."
Dr. Ali’s Virtual
For general readers, I have posted large sections of the
twelve volumes of my textbook, The Principles and
Practice of Integrative Medicine, as well as
fourteen other books, on this and my other web sites
Some students may want to supplement their learning
with these texts on subjects of their interest (for
reasons of personal health matters or the health
concerns of their family and friends). Here is a way
for them to receive teaching materials without
wasting any valuable time: Do fast Google searches
with simple words as shown in the following link Dr. Ali’s Virtual Library
(click on the link, test it with a search of your