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The Buteyko Method
FOREWARD CHAPTER ONE The Cause of Asthma Evolution of the Atmosphere Quick Review Asthma Is Your Defense CO2 is a Powerful Bronchodilator How to Stop Coughing Summary CHAPTER TWO How To Estimate Your Breathing Level The Measurement Pause Your Lungs Are Like the Carburetor On A Car CHAPTER THREE Your Nose Is For Breathing, Your Mouth Is For Eating Dry Lungs The Best Reason to Keep Your Mouth Closed CHAPTER FOUR Stopping Asthma The Simple Answer The Drugs of Asthma 1. Relief Drugs What Relief Drugs Are Actually Doing To You Buteyko Strategy 2. Preventative Drugs Strategy for Preventative Drugs How To Use Buteyko To Stop An Asthma Attack CHAPTER FIVE Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body Definition of Shallow Breathing Am I Doing It Properly? The Everyday Training Measure Your Progress Record Your Progress 4 5
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CHAPTER 6 Exercise Induced Asthma CHAPTER 7 The Secret of Night Asthma CHAPTER 8 The Effect of Diet On Your Breathing Health The Need For Supplements CHAPTER 9 The Link Between Asthma/Allergy Attacks and Trigger Factors CHAPTER 10 Clearing Reactions Coming Back To Normal CHAPTER 11 What is depth of breathing Childrens Asthma CHAPTER 12 Asthma In Infants CHAPTER 13 Emphysema APPENDIX 1 Summary of Results of the Buteyko Clinical Trial APPENDIX 2 The Importance of Carbon Dioxide in Buteykos Theory APPENDIX 3 Steroid Deficit in Asthma APPENDIX 4 How To Wipe Your Nose and Control Sneezing AUTHORS NOTES
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000 Australians have found. easy to follow and implement. who for decades has been patronized by the so-called medical experts.] This manual is written for the person in the street. and therefore will be looking for the drug-free relief that over 15. The basic material included can be found in any good medical text. you will have a different understanding of asthma than your specialist doctors. This manual and tape provides an understanding of asthma that is simple. . Nothing is suggested that is not completely logical. and draw out the simple truth. despite the clearly proven effectiveness of the method. [See Appendix 1 for Clinical Trial Results. You will understand the simple cause of asthma.Foreword Thank you and congratulations on taking the step of allowing yourself to view a model of asthma that is different to that currently supported by the vast majority of health professionals. The only criticism that can be leveled against it is that it is too simple. It is this simplicity which has caused hesitation in the minds of the medical establishment. By the time you finish reading this book. The support is only lacking at this time simply because doctors and health practitioners in general are unaware of it. This book is dedicated to Professor Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko who has the genius to look at confusion.
If this one cause is removed the list which includes dust mites. You are about to find out exactly how people do grow out of asthma. Some people get tight. atmospheric changes. and many more becomes irrelevant. Others will not develop any symptoms until later in life. even though these lucky ones do not know how they did it themselves. stress. Lets look logically at what happens when we get asthma. odours. until now. there is only one. There has been no explanation of how this can happen. . The severity can vary from day to day. or develop a cough. These defenses include causing your airways to be restricted.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma The Cause Of Asthma espite the vast array of reasons that people believe cause asthma. or year to year. Many people of all ages even appear to grow out of it. dust. which is called by the doctors a spontaneous remission. and your body uses defensive measures to force you to breathe less. dust mite droppings. Many children start of with a cough [called bronchitis in the past]. others wheezy. Asthma appears to have many variations.Page 5 - . and later get the cough back again. smoke. then later develop tightness. exercise. food. and also clogging them up with sticky mucus. The actual symptoms can vary or even disappear and reappear later in life. Buteyko is simply learning how to do this. People who are otherwise in perfect health. D Asthma occurs because you have developed a breathing depth level which is far in excess of the ideal. or perhaps just the sensation of restriction.
Despite what recent history may have suggested to you.Page 6 - . [It is actually now close to 0. The drop in CO2 has occurred because there has been an increasing amount of plant life on earth.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma The cause of asthma actually comes to us from prehistoric times.03%] At the same time the amount of oxygen [O2] has increased from almost zero to around 21%. in 1977 showed from rock samples that the level of CO2 in the atmosphere around 360 million years ago was 4. Over many thousands of years the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has dropped from perhaps well over 40% to currently almost none. Man was apparently not for several hundred million years after this time.e. Follow through this story with me.I. as it will help understand why the problem arises. called M. Remember that plants convert CO2 to O2. The two gases we think about in terms of breathing are oxygen [O2]. Another Russian [with a similar name to Buteyko. so that the more plants there are. There used to be a very different mix of gases in the air. As the amount of plants on the earth doubled again and again. and a steady increase in the O2 percentage in the air. the more conversion of CO2 to O2 there is. but just follow with the simple explanation that it offers.0%. The greatly higher CO2 levels in the past were due to massive volcanic action. This section seems outrageous to some. and carbon dioxide [CO2]. This explains the percentage increase in O2 and the decrease in CO2 over this time. I. Budyko]. over 10 times higher than it is now. Remember that this story is spread over hundreds of millions of years. this caused a slow but steady decrease in the percentage of CO2 in the air. . there is no doubt now that there are vastly more plants alive today on earth than there was millions of years ago. When we go far back into the past we find that the atmosphere has changed greatly in the past millions of years.
A key point is there is almost no CO2 in the air that surrounds us. Your lungs are there to ensure that you do not lose too much carbon dioxide. This organ is obviously the lungs. The change in the air composition caused the body to evolve a special organ to ensure the levels of these two gases stayed within a safe range. The human body cannot tolerate much change in its chemical composition. but rather a gas mixing chamber.5% CO2 in the lungs. you will be using up a little oxygen. doing heavy work. so therefore the CO2 that is in your lungs has been trapped in! Whenever your body burns energy. It is no longer a bellows with the goal to fill and empty as fully as possible. The single thing that . it uses up oxygen and produces carbon dioxide. If you lose too much carbon dioxide from your body you will die. This organ has allowed humans to thrive even as the atmosphere had massive changes.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma Graph of The Changes In Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen Levels Versus Evolution of the Atmosphere Atmospheric CO2 Atmospheric Oxygen Millions of years During this very long interval with changes in the air occurring. If you were running around. The logic of this role of the lungs is proven by the fact that despite the level of CO2 in the air being almost zero. there is on average 6. and producing a little carbon dioxide.Page 7 - . mankind had to develop a system which gave a constant internal chemical balance. you would be using more energy and therefore use more oxygen and produce more carbon dioxide. This means that one of the major roles of your lungs is to act as a carbon dioxide trap. So as you are sitting there quietly. lifting things.
When you produce more CO2. . so that the level in your body stays about the same. If we produce more CO2. then we will perish. The levels are maintained for us by our lungs and levels of breathing. If we produce less. but where is the problem that causes asthma? There is a section of our brain called the respiratory centre which is the control panel for keeping the CO2 level safe. If the temperature of your room rises. your oxygen levels take over your breathing controls.Page 8 - . it causes the cooler to work harder. it tells you to breathe more. If the CO2 gets above the setting on the breathostat.] When you produce less CO2 [by burning less energy]. [This also allows more oxygen in. I. if you are being strangled. and how much is trapped in. The temperature in the room is controlled by the thermostat. not our oxygen levels. is your breathing rate and depth. not your oxygen levels. your breathing will increase so that the level in your body stays about the same. it causes the cooler to stop or the heater to start. If the CO2 gets too low.e. Oxygen levels will over-ride the controls only if the oxygen levels get too low. If the temperature of the room falls. and then gives directions on how much to breathe. Quick Review We have learned that our breathing is controlled by our carbon dioxide levels. It measures the amount of CO2 in the system. it will tell you to breathe less. we breathe less. we breathe more to release it. It is a little like the thermostat on an airconditioner. Your respiratory centre is like a breathostat. You can change the thermostat and your room will go to a new temperature and be maintained there. If the level of carbon dioxide in our bodies gets either too high or too low. your breathing will be less. In reality it is normally your carbon dioxide levels that control your breathing.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma controls how much of that gas is let out. This is nice and simple.
as the effect of this decrease affects every part of the body. [Note that is a different level to the CO2 level in your blood. but because your breathostat is maladjusted. it still feels like not enough. and any further loss of CO2 increases the problem. As less air is able to pass through the pipe. Remember this is because it is the breathing level that the breathostat uses to keep the CO2 level where it thinks it should be. death will follow. Some people have the genetic ability to mount a defense against the loss of too much CO2. Asthma Is Your Defense As the amount of air breathed gets greater and greater. the amount of breathing that occurs is always much greater than with a normal setting. more CO2 is trapped in. and this will still feel like not enough. The amount of air breathed by an asthmatic can be as high as ten times as much as a non-asthmatic. This is why the usual response to asthma is to try and get MORE air in. This means that the natural response is to try and breathe even . you will feel as if you are not breathing enough. The problem is that the more air you try to force in. perhaps has low as 3.0%. The best defense is to be able to simply restrict the airflow by causing the airpipes to swell. You can also alter the setting on your breathostat.5%.] A chronic asthmatic will have pushed their breathostat down much lower.Page 9 - .CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma Here is the vital point. the CO2 level gets lower and lower. The bodies of these people can recognize that CO2 is getting dangerously low. just as with a thermostat. This is felt as the restriction or tightness of asthma. During an asthma attack you are already breathing vastly more than you need. and take actions to trap more in. the worse your defensive closure of the airpipes is going to get. If it gets too low. With a low CO2 setting.] The ideal level for your breathostat maintains the CO2 level in your lungs at about 6. This means that their body is in crises. You can change the settings which maintain the levels of CO2 in your body. [We will learn how later. Because it forces you to trap in more CO2 than your breathostat wants.
and will quickly also result in a shortage of oxygen in the body as the pipes become more and more closed. What is Asthma? The key point to remember is why your body is acting to restrict your breathing? There is only one logical reason for your body to do this and that is because the amount of air you were breathing was far more than appropriate. why did it sometimes go away. and give you no symptoms. the swelling will reduce and the airpipes open again. Fighting to push more air in and out will cause worsening of the condition. the attack will just subside. By reducing your breathing. Nor could it be explained that if you had this condition. making the pipes close even further.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma more. but no one could tell you why you had this condition. This is exactly wrong. The shortage of oxygen will then over-ride the breathostat. and will force the body to breathe even more deeply. When sufficient CO2 is trapped in for the person to be out danger. and begin work to normalize your breathing as soon as you can to avoid another one. you trap in more CO2 [that your body has produced]. . even though it feels right. The only solution is to do whatever you must to survive the very severe attack. and where the asthmatic remains calm and breathes less than they feel they want to.Page 10 - . In the past you may have been told that you had hyper-responsive airways. In a less severe attack. Now you can easily explain it by looking at your breathing and CO2 levels. and raise the level away from the danger zone. This can result in respiratory arrest and death. This caused your CO2 levels to become life-threateningly low.
Key Point: The Level of Carbon Dioxide Determines How Much Mucus Is Produced. This increased mucus secretion comes from the walls of the airpipes. it would constrict. The smooth muscle in the airpipe walls would stop swelling and twisting. The additional secretion from the glands [or mucus factories] in the wall of the airpipes. and the flow is reduced. If I then put it into air with sufficiently high CO2 it would open fully.] As every good plumber knows. which means more CO2 is trapped in. [There are glands there whose job is to produce mucus in class I call them mucus factories. what happens to the airflow when you pump sticky stuff into a pipe? The pipe is clogged up.] In the absence of CO2. If I was to change my breathing and lose all my CO2 again. The other symptoms of asthma are similar in action to the bronchoconstriction [closed airpipes] discussed above. the mucus factories are . the asthma would disappear again. this reduces the airflow. The smooth muscle in the walls of the pipe would swell and twist. When enough CO2 is trapped in. now I dont. The other defensive action of asthma is to cause an increased production of mucus. pulled out a decent length of airpipe. I would see the return of my breathing restriction [asthma].CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma Carbon Dioxide Itself Is A Powerful Bronchodilator Another way to think about asthma is that if I reached into my chest. and put it into air that had low CO2. [I used to get severe asthma. If I then altered my breathing to trap in sufficient CO2 again. The mucus blocks the pipe. is switched on by the lowered levels of CO2.Page 11 - . smooth muscle goes into spasm.
Every single one of them also had the concern. or at least to maintain the mucus production. By trying to clear the mucus that is there. that if they did not clear the mucus they would clog up and die.Page 12 - . the more CO2 we lose. .CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma switched off. we will recognize that the breathing that comes with coughing will actually cause the mucus to get worse. the more we cough. we will always produce more than we clear. All of the specialists and therapists had told them this [or at least implied it]. The More Mucus You Create Resist the urge to cough.] It is almost ironic that bodys natural response to this defense is as wrong as its defense against constriction. and so on. Every person I have ever seen with a bronchitis cough has been able to stop it within one day by not coughing [just let it tickle] plus reducing their breathing as shown later in this program. The slight tickle in the throat. i. now that we know the only reason for the extra mucus is the shortage of CO2 caused by breathing too much. the more mucus we produce. the more we cough. and your body will have no further need of the mucus and will clear it for you. [You may have noticed that as your asthma attack subsides there is often a little relieving cough as the mucus that blocked your pipes is no longer needed and is released. and mucus production stops. This is why many have had bronchitis for many decades. trap in more CO2 to reduce the mucus production.e. The natural thing to do when you have extra mucus production is to cough. However. The More You Cough Deeply To Clear Mucus. the clogged feeling in the chest both make you feel you need to hack this sticky itchy goo out. despite the best drugs and physiotherapy available.
The only problem is that if you are producing a massive amount of mucus because of your breathing. When you reduce the mucus production. the more CO2 you release. obviously do not allow yourself to choke. The sole purpose of these cells is to devour any toxins.]. A tiny mouth closed cough will bring it to your mouth. and practicing shallow breathing [which we will learn later it simply traps more CO2 in. .Page 13 - . but particularly in your lungs. It is common for some mild diarrhoea to occur during this mucus-clearing time. Now you must use your willpower to not cough at all if possible. The goal is to not allow any more CO2 to escape than necessary.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma What they were not told is that your body has a very efficient garbage removal system. some will be released upwards. It is a bit like throat clearing before speaking. However. or other matter that should not be there. How To Stop Coughing The key point here is that when you start to do this you may feel a little uncomfortable. the vast majority will be broken down by special garbage cells and released into the lymph system. [Remember the more you cough. you coughed and had short term relief.] Within a short time of not coughing. you do one with your mouth closed. If there is some mucus right there. bacteria. you will notice the tickle has gone. [Of course. The air is released only through your nose. it quickly catches up and most of the mucus will disappear without you having to cough it up.] In practice what happens is that sometimes large gobs of mucus will be released and come up by themselves to the back of your throat. the more mucus you produce. the more you cough. In the past when there was a slight tickle in your throat or a feeling of lumpiness in your chest. where you can either spit or swallow it. If you absolutely must cough. your garbage system cannot keep up. There are very large numbers of cells called macrophages present in most part of your body.
The mechanism is unconscious. In their efforts to please him. and the coughing or wheezing will start. He is a caring old marshmallow. . not psychosomatic. and must be very still and reduce their breathing just as the adults learn to do. The rules are simple. and the general strict instructions to Keep your mouth closed and Dont Cough. you must use common sense in an emergency. and then develop a really excellent asthmatic attack.Page 14 - . Coughing is often a very simple and effective way to get affection and attention for children. There is a childrens instructional chapter that has been added to this manual. it can be dangerous and is often fatal. You may have seen children who become upset. Obviously. and follow any medical regime outlined for the child. He had a simple rule that said that No-one is allowed to be ill.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma A little story about this relates to my partners father. They are not allowed to cough [the dry asthmatic cough]. He at one time was the caretaker of quarters for temporary accommodation for children. This is real asthma. In a large number of my personal cases. carry on for a while. to totally avoid the emergency situation. This technique should be learned by the child in a non-emergency. and be used at the first sign of any problems. place their forefinger under their nose. a short practice on what to do if their throat gets tickley. all that was required is an explanation to the child of the cause of the problem. Within a short time even the urge to cough would be gone. the children would suppress their asthmatic [at that time called bronchitis] cough. [Breathe like a tiny little mouse] In a short time the attack will abate. but all they have to do is increase their breathing or run around madly with uncontrolled breathing. [Unless they are choking.] This one session is often sufficient to stop all symptoms of asthma. but could give the impression of a stern military man. and breathe in and out in such small breaths that they can hardly feel the air from their nose on their finger. A very effective asthma stopper in children is be very still. and the child would have seemingly grown out of it. How to clear a blocked nose to allow nasal breathing is covered later.
then hay fever. polyps are all forms of asthma. Both of these will reduce the amount of air we breathe. If it occurred to you that the cause of blocked. itchy noses or congested sinus is the same as asthma. some of us have the ability to automatically restrict our breathing by having our airpipes either constrict or be filled with mucus. post nasal drip. For our bodies to function we must have certain levels of both oxygen and carbon dioxide. you would be correct. If we release more than we produce our level in the body drops. ♦ If the mechanism that controls our breathing level gets unbalanced. throat and sinus cavity are part of your airways. The next section is learning a simple technique that will help you estimate your own CO2 levels. sinus. Your body is simply trying to help you breathe less. runny. If it drops too far we will die. Just as with oxygen. and breathe in air that is poor in carbon dioxide. ♦ To help stop this potentially fatal loss of CO2. If you experience a blockage or excess mucus production in these areas. Remember we breathe out carbon dioxide rich air. if carbon dioxide levels get too low we will die. the more carbon dioxide we release. and therefore trap in more CO2. think why. it will cause us to breathe more than the amount that would keep our carbon dioxide levels safe. it is a defence against losing too much CO2 from breathing too deeply.CHAPTER 1 The Cause Of Asthma Point Summary of the Cause of Asthma ♦ Our bodies use oxygen and produce carbon dioxide when we consume energy. So the more we breathe. In fact if we consider asthma to be any response from your body which will help reduce an excess loss of CO2 from the body. An extra bonus comes from the realization that your nose. Your asthma is not a disease. .Page 15 - . Think about snoring as well.
It seemed odd to him at the time that the deep breathing he was seeing on deathbeds was identical to that being promoted at the time [and still today by some misguided experts] to develop GOOD health. If you now ask any good medical student why these subjects responded in this way. His project was to measure their breathing as they approached death. . It got to the point where Buteyko could predict with great accuracy the time of death. which seems like a ghoulish thing to ask a young man to do. from days before simply by measuring their breathing. gave Buteyko the direction for his lifes work. This task. It was Buteykos research over the next decade.CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level How To Estimate Your Own Breathing Level The information in this manual is from the research of Professor Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko. His early study as a medical student meant a project which involved measuring the breathing of fatally ill patients. Before we start with that. an eminent scientist and doctor still working in Moscow. All of them became dizzy. His later research asked perfectly healthy subjects to breathe deeply for a period of time. nauseous. the deeper their breathing became. The accepted theory at that time was that it was caused by oxygen saturation of the brain. His measurements showed that the closer the people got to death. they will say it is . and developed symptoms such as wheeziness and coughing. along with Bohr. and eventually passed out. that has changed the accepted theory.Page 16 - I n this section we are going to learn a simple technique which will allow you to measure your breathing health any time you like for free. a brief story about breathing.
the closer you are to death.CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level hyperventilation [Breathing too much]. By holding your breath you immediately begin to trap in all of the CO2 you produce. The other important key to this technique is that you should always start with your breathing in the same place. changes to the pH of the body. You should be comfortable. it will make you have a desire to take a breath and release some CO2. He designed an experiment that mechanically force dogs to hyperventilate [over breathe]. which will cause constriction of blood and air pipes. just as in Buteykos first project. The Buteyko Measurement Pause This is a simple way to determine the setting on your breathostat. This was confirmed by the work an English scientist called Henderson. your lungs not full or empty. They will say that hyperventilation will cause an excess loss of CO2. When you have trapped in more CO2 than your breathostat is used to. You will know when you have held too long because your breathing after you release your nostrils. If continued it will lead to death. will be labored and you will gasp a bit. and produce low oxygen levels. the measurement will be inaccurate. Lets now learn the simple measurement technique and what it means. The key is to measure how long it takes for you to feel you want to take a breath. . A simple routine to get to this point is to take a normal [dont overfill] breath in. If you look stressed when you release you have held too long. The lesson is as Buteyko succinctly puts it The more deeply you breathe. If you hold too long. The changes to the gases were as predicted. affect the nervous system.Page 17 - . This is not a measurement of how long you can hold on for. and the dogs died awfully. A simple way to check is to watch yourself in a mirror. then a gentle breath out.
Pinch your nostrils closed. 5. You can use this procedure to start your pause. Release your nostrils. and hold your breath. Note the second hand on your clock. it is likely you will hold a few seconds too long. When you relax your belly there is a slight exhalation. as you will not be certain when to stop. almost like a sigh. The first few times you do this measurement. The Measurement Pause 1. A gentle in breath can be represented by an upward line: The little out breath that follows as a downward line : . If you have any difficulty getting started an alternative is to breathe in gently for the count of 3. Hold only until you feel slight desire to take a breath. Release a small gentle breath. and allow your breathing to begin. and the measurement will be affected. 2. then relax your belly. breathe in gently and push your belly out. then out gently for the count of 2. While you are holding your breath you must pinch your nostrils closed.Page 18 - . or the gases will diffuse. With a few practices you will become more sensitive to the sensation of a slight shortage of air. which is what your breathostat makes you feel when you have reached your normal CO2 level. Note the time. not overfilling. Breathe in gently. It often helps to view this measurement graphically. 3. So here is the procedure.CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level To get an idea of the sensation of where the starting point is. 4. sit straight in your chair.
ie it is about the same size. then control your breathing and do not allow it to waste your CO2. A B The time in seconds from A to B is the Measurement Pause. The following diagram represents the WRONG way: A B C Holding on too long causes disruption to the breathing which is increased. If you find you have done this and your breathing is increased. If you hold on too long. or you may find yourself having asthma. Activity You should stop reading now and do a measurement pause if you have not already done so. and your breathing will be greatly increased.Page 19 - . .CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level The time of breath-holding can be represented by a horizontal line. and the breathing is not disrupted. you will need to gasp. With a little practice the breathing after is the same as before. ie no breathing: When you feel a slight discomfort and want a breath. with no stress. you allow the in breath.
Measurement Pause 60 Seconds 30 Seconds 20 Seconds 15 Seconds 10 Seconds Less than 10 Secs CO2 in Lungs [Alveoli] 6.CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level The Meaning of the Measurement Pause The measurement pause measures the time in seconds it takes to trap in the amount of CO2 which just exceeds your normal setting. your CO2 will be less than 3. Remember 6.Page 20 - .5% 4.5% Less than 3.5% .0% 3.5% If your measurement pause is 8 seconds.5% Examples If your measurement pause is 22 seconds. your CO2 will be just over 4.5% CO2 in your lungs to close to the ideal. The following table gives the measurements.0% 4.5% 5. The length of the pause has been correlated with laboratory testing and is consistent.
and the life of the engine will be reduced. backfiring will occur. will backfire. You will know that when the mixture is wrong. For example a pause of 30 gives 200%. Divide 60 by your pause and multiply by 100%. your factor is 100%. If you have the wrong mixture of gases in your lungs. This means you breathing enough for two people. It is the same with your lungs. use too much fuel. the economy reduced. what would happen to you? Would you be healthy? Your Lungs Are Like The Carburetor On A Car Another analogy is to compare your breathing to a carburetor on a motor. Your respiratory centre or breathostat is the carburetor for your lungs.CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level How To Calculate How Much Too Deeply You Are Breathing It is a simple calculation to work out by what factor you are overbreathing. If your pause is 60. If your pause is 5 seconds.Page 21 - . and if you are not suffering symptoms of asthma. if you were to eat two or four or twelve times as much as you physically need.] As a general comparison. your factor is 60/5 x 100% equals 1200% or deeply enough for 12 people. . [Note that as the time gets really smaller this estimation gets less accurate. and will wear out much sooner. your body will have low power. the motor will run poorly or not at all. A carburetor is the device which controls the mixture of gases for a motor. If it does run with a non-ideal mixture. All you have to do is tune your carburetor. The only thing that can improve this is to correct the mixtures by adjusting the carburetor. the power will be reduced. then review the Appendix Other Effects Of Chronic Low CO2. That is what Buteyko is going to teach you to do. Just be aware that whether it is 5 or 10 times too much it is far too much!] [If your pause is that low then you are very unwell. which is just right.
Page 22 - . Activity Key Point: The measurement pause is only a technique to allow you to measure your breathing. It is for determining your starting point and measuring and your improvement. .CHAPTER 2 Estimating Your Breathing Level Do a practice measurement pause now. and your breathing factor. and work out your CO2 level. It is not the method to adjust your breathostat.
pollens. The nose is designed to handle them. Air that passes through your nose on the way to your lungs is filtered by the nose. Air that is taken in via the mouth is far drier on reaching the lungs than air via the nose. or anything else that is floating in the air. virus. Firstly. not too hot or cold. Secondly. Your nose will massively reduce the amount of dust. If you breathe through your mouth you do not use these defenses. These things would cause major problems if there were allowed to flow straight down into the lungs. Nose breathing reduces the problem. If you breathe through your nose. . T Dry Lungs It is probably this information about the lungs needing moistened air that led to earlier theories of asthma based on the lungs drying out. and so is brought closer to your body temperature. Your lungs like the air to be clean. and do not need them. Your lungs do not like temperature extremes. Your airconditioner also works to increase the humidity of the air that reached your lungs. but only if you breathe through your mouth. the air that is brought to your lungs via your nose has been in your body slightly longer.CHAPTER 3 Using Your Nose & Mouth Your Nose Is For Breathing Your Mouth Is For Eating here are several reasons why it is obvious that your nose is designed to be breathed through. It is your first line of defense. bacteria. your nose is like an air conditioner for your lungs. These machines do appear to have a small impact. and the development of vaporizers which are designed to put moisture in the air in your house or room to stop this drying out. in this airconditioner.Page 23 - . you have an automatic humidifier built in. and very humid.
It may whistle and carry on. experiment with your breathing to make it get more blocked [release CO2 by breathing more deeply at the same speed]. Of course. you are producing more CO2. Note: Your nose will not block completely unless your mouth is open. You have to work a lot harder to overbreathe with your mouth closed. If you are experiencing a blocked or partially blocked nose now. You can still do it. it is just a little harder.CHAPTER 3 Using Your Nose & Mouth This moisture factor was also believed for a while to be why asthmatics who took up swimming often benefited. which will tell it to open again. . but remember the more it is blocked. or just hold your breath for several seconds [pinch your nostrils closed] longer than is comfortable and breathing as little as possible through your nose after you breathe. You have to stop breathing for a while when your face is underwater. Then. This has been debunked now by further research. make it get less blocked by breathing less deeply. your nose will help reduce your airflow for you. nasal breathing allows the extra defense of the swelling of your nasal passages to reduce the airflow. plus because you are burning energy. The only reason you nose blocks up is because the shortage of CO2 causes the smooth vessels to swell.Page 24 - . Swimming does not appear to help some asthmatics probably because they overbreathe even more as they swim. the more CO2 is trapped in. The other reason that your nose is for breathing is that because the nasal passages are far smaller than your mouth. just the same as in asthma. If you keep your mouth closed. you and I now understand why swimming is more likely to reduce asthma it alters your breathing pattern. In addition. so you can train your breathostat to accept a slightly higher level. you are forced to breathe less. whereas running or jogging less frequently seemed to help.
you may find that it feels like you are not getting enough air. In a very short time you will feel your nose starting to clear. then unblock it with the following procedure. Really restrict your breathing. All you have to do is trap in a little more of the CO2 you are producing inside you. [Your mouth is obviously closed at this time. release your nostrils and allow only a little breathing to occur through your nose. pinch your nostrils closed and hold your breath. repress it a little and keep your mouth closed. Be like a statue and dont move. stop and reduce your breathing it will mean you have unconsciously increased your breathing.CHAPTER 3 Using Your Nose & Mouth In brief. march on the spot. Then keep your mouth closed! When you first convert from a mouth-breather. Keep the CO2 in! It will be at least a tiny bit clearer. repeat the process several times with about 5 seconds between each hold. If you become breathless while marching. and without increasing your breathing. This is a good sign. once it is clear. An occasional yawn is to be enjoyed stretch and make a good yawning noise it is good for stress relief. A different way to do this is to keep breathing at the same level but increase your CO2 production. If it is still very blocked. just as you will do to stop asthma. If you do start to yawn madly and repeatedly. all you have to do is trap in more CO2 than you release. and have actually lost more CO2. and means will benefit almost immediately. . [Keep your mouth closed!] It may block up again as your breathing tries to increase to its previous level. Be aware of yourself trying to sneak a mouth breath by chewing a pencil or a finger. Simply put up with it. If your nose being blocked is preventing you from closing your mouth and becoming a healthier nasal breather right now.] Hold until about 5 seconds after you have developed the feeling that you want to take a breath [not need a breath]. stop and restrict your breathing to keep the CO2 in. just repeat the procedure. You need some extra CO2. or yawning more than a couple of times. so after a small out breath. You can do this by standing. but that is OK. it will pass as you progress into your shallow breathing exercises.Page 25 - . To unblock your nose right now.
However... The Best Reason To Keep Your Mouth Closed The final reason that you should breathe through your nose is most important reason to many.CHAPTER 3 Using Your Nose & Mouth Goodbye To Nasal Sprays and Pills You now have the ability to unblock your nose at any time without drugs or surgery. The main goodie and baddie are smarter... Is your mouth open or closed? Now be cool [or whatever the current word is Rad? Kewl? ]. and the actors who play them will keep their mouths shut.. Pretend you are really stupid. and close your mouth. a main bad guy. you can reverse the process.or look dumb. The same procedure will also dry it up. If you follow why it blocks up. We will automatically subconsciously associate a lower intellect with an mouth hanging open. In a good young peoples movie there will be a good guy. the actors who play the dumb ones will automatically begin to mouth-breathe. Take a moment now to think about the movies. Try it yourself.. . I find that the most compelling reason for teenagers and children is how you look when you wander around with your mouth hanging open.Page 26 - .. and usually a herd of not-too-bright assistant bad guys.
This is the tuning of your carburetor. The first is to learn to stop an individual asthma attack by trapping in more CO2. It is important to understand how the drugs work. T . and the right mix of gases in your body. The key point here is to recognize that the only way you can get asthma is by first breathing too much.Page 27 - .CHAPTER 4 Stopping Asthma Stopping Asthma The Simple Answer his section will give the instructions on the most effective way to correct your breathing. It is quite a long chapter. Important warning over page. The second step is to reset your breathostat or respiratory centre to a level which automatically gives you a healthy level of breathing. which in turn causes your body to defend itself by forcing you to breath less. and covers the roles of relief and steroid medications first. and fit into a rational approach to stopping your need for the defense of asthma. This involves following some general guidelines to follow which combine breathing and your relief drugs which gives a very rapid decrease in the need for relief drugs. which causes you to lose too much CO2. Therefore there are two steps involved in being free of symptoms.
these drugs work to open your airways. They can also be taken orally as a tablet or syrup. which eventually releases them into the blood stream. 1. The majority of asthmatics rely on a class of drugs called betaagonists. and that dilate means to open up. we need to first review the role of drugs. known as Ventolin [or variations of this]. state or local laws. Relief drugs The majority of this class are the bronchodilators. So in the simplest sense. Other drugs of this type include . and distributors of this package expressly disclaim any liability for the use or non-use of the information contained herein. You will know that bronchus means airpipe. publishers. They are chemicals which. is general information only. bronchodilators can also be injected. This information is designed to be used under medical supervision only. Before we go over the strategy to stop your asthma attacks. where they act quickly and effectively. These drugs can be taken by inhalation. which means spraying and breathing them into your airpipe. should be undertaken without first obtaining medical advice. and finally to the lungs where they take effect.CHAPTER 4 Stopping Asthma The Drugs of Asthma Warning and Disclaimer: Any and all advice.Page 28 - . Do not alter your own drug program without checking with your doctor. explicit or implied in this book or tape. The general categories are Relief and Preventative. or other treatment regime. simply instruct the pipe to open. It is up to each reader to comply with any federal. when detected by special detector cells in your airpipe. The most common of these inhaled drugs is salbutamol. No alteration to any drug. The authors. In emergencies. There are two basic classes of drugs.
terbutaline, fenoterol, and dozens of slight variations. Some of this class of drugs have been engineered to produce a longer lasting effect. These include ipratropium bromide (Atrovent), and salmeterol xinafoate (Serevent). As doctors meet with failure to control symptoms, it is usual to add more and more of these drugs to your regime. It is simplest to break the drugs into length and effectiveness of action categories. If you are on a drug that is not listed, ask your medical advisor to guide you.
Salbutamol inhaled through puffer or nebuliser Terbutaline inhaled Ipratropium bromide inhaled Theophylline tablet Salmeterol Xinafoate
Speed and Effectiveness of Action
Strong effect, works very quickly Strong effect, works very quickly Weak effect, works medium quickly Very weak effect, slow to act Medium to strong effect, very slow to act
Length of Action
Short-acting, about 4 hours Short-acting, about 4 hours Medium about 6 to 8 hours Varies Long acting. Lasts up to 12 hours.
Due to the way that these chemicals are marketed in different parts of the world, there are hundreds of different brand names for the same chemicals. Do not be confused with the classification of drugs like Serevent [salmeterol]. If the action is to hold the airpipes open, rather than to make them less likely to close [as with steroids], then class them as a bronchodilator.
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What Relief Drugs Are Actually Doing To You
You now recognize that the closing of your airpipes is basically your bodys defense against the lowering CO2 levels caused by you breathing more than is appropriate for the amount of physical work you are doing. It is your defense against your releasing more CO2 than you produce. So when you suck these chemicals into your airpipes, their powerful effect over-rides your defense, and allows you to breathe as deeply as your breathostat wants you to. It is a great feeling of relief when the airpipes are pushed open again, and you are able to go back to breathing many times more air than you need. Aaaahhhhhhhh. If you use a drug with a long action, you can breathe as much as you want all day. Almost no restriction at all. The only problem is that after a while, it may be days, weeks or years, your defenses will start to get a bit more serious about stopping the CO2 loss [which it knows is fatal]. An Example of the Development of Severe Asthma Lets follow the development of a typical asthmatic. Lets say he had a cough [bronchitis] during childhood, and probably some hay fever. As a teenager, the cough reduced, but was replaced by a restriction in his breathing, usually very early in the morning, or when he exercised. A worried parent took him to the doctor, who did various measurements, and said Asthma!. The shame of this was hidden, and the teenager instructed on the use of a puffer [lets say relief-puffer]. At the start, all it took was two puffs, every now and then, say twice a week, and the wheeze disappeared like magic. Not too bad. Later in the same year, the winter was quite nasty. He found he needed to use the puffer more and more. His mother, having read about the increased death rate associated with high use of puffers returned him to the doctor. Ahh. said the doctor wisely, we will need to introduce a preventative puffer, as this has been shown to reduce the death rate that had apparently risen because of the increased use of the relief-type puffer.
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He had to take the preventative puffer every morning and night. Is this for the rest of his life asked his mother? Very likely, but well see said the doctor. Despite the new puffer, he began to get more and more tight, more and more often. The two puffs of relief puffer no longer worked well enough, so they bought a machine that sprayed the chemical out of a mask he wore on his face. This gave pretty good relief, but on some days he needed it 3 or 4 times. He was a large teenager, so he received the full adult dose, and made sure he used all of it. [Note: .1 puff of relief puffer is 1/ 10,000th of a gram. A full nebule of relief puffer is 50/10,000th of a gram. So one nebule is equal to 50 puffs, but a lot gets out of the sides so lets say its equal to 25 puffs from the relief puffer.] Mother is getting very worried now, has been back to the doctor, who has doubled the dose of preventative puffer and referred them to a pulmonologist. This doctor sees mostly asthma, and is considered the best in the area. He immediately does more tests involving mostly huffing and puffing, and puts our lad onto 50mg of oral steroids per day, for 6 days, then on a reducing amount. This reduces the asthma, and two weeks later, only puffers are needed. A few weeks later, it all starts again. The family learn to live with it, and have some periods of good health. Their pulmonologist sees them every month, and gets hold of new drugs earlier for them to try. Which work for a while, but then seem to fail. A trip to the emergency ward is made about twice a year. Then, after 8 years, the family moves to a different area near the beach. The lad takes up surfing, and within 1 week the asthma has stopped. A call to their pulmonologist gets the reply that this happens quite often, they seem to just grow out of it. This story illustrates how the amount of relief medication needed usually increases with time in many people. Others never need much more that a couple of puffs a day. What is really happening? Your overbreathing pattern is causing you to lose more and more CO2 from your lungs. When it gets low enough, your body acts to trap more in. When you feel this restriction, it feels unpleasant and you feel you are not getting enough air. The bronchodilator you take tells the airpipes to open up.[Turns off your defense, and stops it
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which is an easy way to trap in more CO2. Ie you need no salbutamol for example.] This means that you can return to the breathing that caused your need for the defense in the first place. If you are taking these drugs when you do not need them you are taking more than you need.Page 32 - . You will want more drugs.CHAPTER 4 Stopping Asthma for about 4 hours. Over a period of time. and after you have tried to use your natural bronchodilator carbon dioxide first. to improve your airflow again. Do not reduce the Serevent again until you are symptomless again. use your breathing and short-acting drugs to relieve them. and you will never be able to be free of them. remain on the same dose until your need for supplementary short acting dilators is almost nil. If you are taking long acting drugs such as Serevent. you may start to need many more puffs. this will cause you to need more and more of the drug. The activity here involves the use of an exercise called shallow breathing. your defense will start again. plus the addition of other drugs. Where one puff per day was enough before. If symptoms occur on the lowered dose. If this loop continues without an improvement [decrease] in your breathing. and after a short time use your fast acting. If your breathing has not improved when the drug wears off. . If you are on a regime where you are taking bronchodilators as routine rather than according to need. After this time ask your doctor to reduce it slightly. which relies on using your relief drugs only when you need them. as your body becomes more resistant to it. please see your doctor and discuss it. your body will work harder and harder to stop the CO2 loss. Shallow breathing is covered in the next chapter. Then repeat the reduction. Buteyko Strategy The Buteyko strategy is to use your breathing to trap in more CO2 at the first sign of asthma. until the point where hospitalization is needed because your airpipes no longer respond at all to your drugs. short acting drugs then only if needed. We will later describe a strategy which has a 99% success rate for asthma. The Buteyko Method has found the best way to use relief drugs is to use them only for the purpose they were first designed to relieve an attack.
Use the same process for the newer drugs like Accolate. Allow little symptoms to break through so you can use your breathing [plus short acting bronchodilators, if needed ] to relieve them. If your regime includes the drug Ipratropium [Atrovent], it is best to ask your doctor to simply stop it. This may mean that you could require slightly more of your short-acting reliever in the short term, but because of your use of the breathing it is unlikely. [This drug is usually an add-on, and given to patients only because there appears little else to try. It is weak, has additional side effects, and will confuse your recovery program.] The other group of drugs which need to be mentioned are the oral bronchodilators. The most common of these is theophylline, although it is used less and less these days because it is weak, has awful side effects, and the dosage needed is only just less than a toxic dose. Again it is usually an add-on, when no other options are seen. This drug is best reduced slowly, no more than 25% per day. As with Serevent it should be reduced only as the condition improves. Follow your doctors advice. You should not continue on this drug if you have no symptoms. It is a bronchodilator, and should only be used for relief not prevention.
2. Preventative Drugs
The second general category of drugs is preventatives. This includes all steroids plus those with antihistamine type actions. They act locally to reduce the ability of the airpipe to constrict, as well as systemically to produce a different effect. The majority of people asked about steroids believe they are dangerous, have terrible side effects, and you are better off without them. The side effects include degeneration of skin and bone tissue, weight variations, and blindness. This negative outlook is mainly the result of the way that steroid doses are determined, plus the impact of the general press. A more accurate reality is that our bodies are full to the brim with steroids, when we are completely healthy. They are a vital part of our body chemistry. Steroids include most of the hormones in your body. They include the majority of the active chemicals in your body. If you have the right amount of steroids, you will be healthy. If you have either too little or too much of any steroid you will have problems.
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The appropriate way to think about the use of steroids in asthma is to view them as a supplement to your own production. In very simplified terms, one of the effects of low CO2 on your body chemistry is to change the pH. With this slight change, the organs responsible for your usual production [such as your adrenals], produce less than you need. Two effects of this are the extra sensitivity of your airpipes in responding to allergens, plus the allergic skin problems that often occur alongside asthma. You will know that the application of steroid cream to an allergic rash reduces the swelling quickly, but continued use [or overdose] causes changes in the skin texture. Similarly, the use of inhaled steroids is useful as a preventative for asthma attacks. The placing of the steroid on the inside of your airpipe makes it less sensitive, and therefore less likely to react, and therefore you will need less bronchodilator. [This is good because of the apparent increase in risk as you use more and more bronchodilators. The use of inhaled steroids allows you to need less bronchodilator medication.] There is no suggestion here that inhaled steroids alter the internal texture of your airpipes. In terms of the overall steroid production shortage, the use of inhaled steroids is not usually enough because of the low doses involved. The dose is so low that there is almost no effect on steroid levels except in the immediate area [the airpipes]. As the CO2 levels get lower and lower with increasingly severe asthma, the production of steroids gets lower and lower. The shortfall in the amount needed for health gets larger and larger. This is seen as increased asthma, despite the use of the inhaled steroids. There is simply not enough. In these cases, the use of oral steroids in far greater doses, makes up for the shortfall in production. The main steroid that is in deficit is cortisone. Usually your adrenal glands produce all you need. If you supplement your production with man-made cortisone [or variants of it with longer life in the body than human cortisone], the hypersensitivity of your body decreases, and you are able to reduce your breathing level. This in turn allows your blood chemistry to change, and your own adrenal cortisone factories to increase production again.
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The problem of side effects occurs because people are prescribed more steroids than they are short of. So they end up with too much in their body. This helps to reduce the asthma quickly, but also quickly begins to affect other processes in the body such as bone formation. If the overdose course of steroids is continued for a period of time, this becomes a serious problem. For example, assume you are a severe asthmatic, and upon seeing your doctor it is decided that oral steroids are needed. Chances are that your doctor will start you on quite a high dose, and then reduce over time. Lets say you were the equivalent of 14 milligrams of cortisone short. You are given a starting dose of 50 milligrams. This means that you are overdosing by 36 milligrams. This will make you swell up, feel awful, and if continued serious problems like osteoporosis may occur. [It even has the ability to apparently cause schizophrenia.] Lets review that. Your body normally produces heaps and heaps of steroids. This is good and necessary. When your chemistry is altered by continued overbreathing and the lowered CO2, there are changes in the body fluids which affect your glands. Less steroid is produced than you need, and your body becomes hypersensitive, and reducing your breathing becomes almost impossible. You will continue to deteriorate until the shortfall in your steroid level is made up. If you take more steroids than you need, the extra amount will cause the side effects that have made people believe in the past that steroids are bad for you. The ideal would be to take only the exact amount of steroids you are short of. It is very difficult to recover unless you have at least this amount. The goal is to have this amount and no more. There is a suggested process to this, but as it is not relevant to the majority of asthma sufferers it is covered in Appendix 3 Steroid Supplementation.
Note: Just because you have asthma does not mean you have a steroid deficit. It is a problem in only severe patients and not all of them.
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If you are on oral steroids. Until your own steroid factories are back in full production it is better to have a little extra than be a little short. ] Followed by 5 more minutes of moderate shallow breathing. there is no downside to their use. Take one puff only of your short fast acting bronchodilator [eg salbutamol] if you need it. Because the actual doses in inhaled steroids are so low. followed by another 5 minutes of Moderate Shallow Breathing. Step 2. At that time see your doctor. stay on them until you have had no symptoms of asthma for at least a month. and their presence will make reducing your breathing a little easier. Resist the urge to cough. or if you absolutely must cough keep your mouth closed to minimize the CO2 loss. and ask your doctor to assist you to follow the strategy suggested there. Step 1.CHAPTER 4 Stopping Asthma Strategy for Preventative Drugs The simple strategy for preventative drugs is that if you are stable on your inhaled drugs. Think WHY your breathing is being restricted or extra mucus being produced. [If you do not need it. Your body wants you to breathe less. Step 3. dont take it. There is only one answer. Do a Measurement Pause. and follow their advice on gradual reduction. The shallow breathing will improve the effectiveness of the drug. Do shallow breathing at Moderate Shallowness as shown in the next chapter for 5 minutes. please study Appendix 3 carefully. How To Use Buteyko To Stop An Asthma Attack Do these steps at the first sign of your attack if possible it is easier to avoid an attack than to conquer a full blown one. (GO OVER PAGE) . Step 4. Do not alter your dosages of any steroid medication without medical advice.Page 36 - .
There is no rush. then the drug. Ie try the steps above. Other rules: ♦ If the onset of your attack is so fast and severe that you usually go straight to the nebuliser machine. Simply follow the steps. and then the machine. Followed by another 5 minutes of shallow breathing. ♦ Remember the goal is to try to use your natural bronchodilator CO2 instead of the chemical one. go to the next step. ♦ There will be a great day when you overcome the attack without any drugs. As soon as you have relief. but if you are out of control simply try some breathing first.CHAPTER 4 Stopping Asthma Step 5. take another single puff of your reliever. ♦ Your progress is assured without need for heroics or extra stress. Soon you will need less drug. Only if needed. remember to stop as soon as you have relief. you must follow the steps. Use the machine only until you have relief. use your discretion when doing your breathing exercises. and then no drugs. As you spend time doing your breathing practice. They will require less and less drug to relieve them. try the puffers. then no attacks. you will never learn to stop it with your breathing. You must try the breathing first. you will find that the attacks become less frequent and severe. All you have to remember is to use the Buteyko breathing first. ♦ Remember it is best to try and stop it before it gets too hard. Do not finish it if you do not need it. salbutamol] only. then the drugs only if needed. Do your breathing at the first sign. ♦ There are no points for not taking the drugs when you need them and being miserable or taking unnecessary risks. If you are still unimproved. so you will need no moderate level shallow breathing. If you have to go the machine sooner. To get to this day. remove the mask from your face as you need no more of the drug. If after the first two steps you are not greatly improved. If you take the drug immediately you feel the attack starting. Then do your shallow breathing to supplement the drug with your CO2.Page 37 - . proceed to use your nebuliser [atomizer] loaded with your short acting reliever [e. Just . Step 6.g. use the drug.
but if they are worth keeping as your doctor. not two puffs of your reliever medication. ♦ Do not take any unnecessary risks. you will never know. do whatever is necessary to save your life.Page 38 - . You can work your way clear of asthma a little later. they will be extremely interested and will support your decision and give you extra observation or care to ensure you do not get into into difficulties. He or she may not be very happy with this approach. The hospital is a good place to practice your shallow breathing if that is where you should be. If you know you are really in trouble. ♦ Check with your doctor before altering any drug regime. ♦ Note that the instructions say to take one single puff. You can take the extra puff a few minutes later if you do need it. go the hospital or whatever you do in an emergency. You may only need one puff. if you automatically take two.CHAPTER 4 Stopping Asthma follow the steps. but only if you are alive. .
What happens is that the milk causes an increase in the depth of breathing.Page 39 - W Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body . . How did they become set at the wrong level? One major factor is the false idea of the usefulness of deep breathing.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body e are now at the position where we can discuss more exactly the process that if followed will normalize your breathing. We have seen in earlier chapters that our breathostat or respiratory centre has somehow become set at the wrong level. which is often combined with deep breathing exercises. along with so called diseases like asthma and hypertension. narcotics. Protein will increase your depth of breathing considerably. and exposure to many chemical agents. So the problem is not with the poor cow. A big long deep breath with a good stretch is good to relax. Another factor which increases breathing intensity is over eating. Animal proteins in particular are capable of producing powerful changes. which in turn causes a loss of CO2. Since the industrial revolution the amount of protein consumed has steadily increased. but simply that the high protein levels cause an increase in breathing. It is commonly known that consumption of milk products tends to promote the formation of mucus. This is almost correct. We now know that reduced CO2 will tell the mucus factories [glands] in our airpipes and sinus cavity to produce more mucus. If we use dairy products as an example. especially high protein. If you do it repeatedly. Other factors that increase the breathing include lack of physical work. it will turn your breathostat the wrong way. we can see the effect of all foods.
Then further deep breathing. can turn it even lower. b. It does mean using simple muscle relaxation which will make the depth of breathing less. until a tiny shortage of air is felt and then maintained. This means not trying to control the size or length of holding of each breath. We want an approach that will: a. In asthmatics it restricts the breathing. This is the opposite of the approach which lowered the breathostat CO2 level. The key instruction is simple and short.Page 40 - . it becomes conditioned to a lower level. Be able to be done anywhere by anyone. and requires no control of the rate of breathing which is difficult. This training effect continues until such a low breathostat level is reached that your body takes defensive action to avoid a catastrophe. c. which was to expose it to lower levels of CO2. as that requires huge concentration and very careful training. The most effective way to do this is to use an indirect approach.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body As your breathostat is exposed to greater levels of breathing and lower CO2 levels. Be combined with other tasks so we do not need to take time from your busy day. by relaxing the diaphragm and breathing muscles. . Be easy and comfortable to do. perhaps as part of a fitness or health training. Shallow Breathing is: A gradual reduction in the depth of breathing. It is a relatively simple strategy to reset your breathostat by exposing it to higher levels of CO2 than it is used to.
If you feel no shortage of air you are not doing it! This is very important! . but to maintain the shortage do not. The first is that we are reducing the depth of breathing. [If you become still by holding or tensing you will develop sharp pains in your ribs as the muscles complain. you will not do it enough and will get poor results. If you find yourself breathing away with no real need or desire to stop. A shortage of air is a sensation that you would like to take an extra breath. This really means that you stop breathing until you feel a tiny shortage of air. You are shallow breathing if you feel a tiny shortage of air. The more still you become the less deeply you can breathe.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body There are several key points. is comfortable so it will not be avoided. The more relaxed they are the more still you become. As part of this process. So reduce the depth only. An alternative way to start your shallow breathing is to do a measurement pause without holding your nose. which is far harder to maintain. If you are suffocating. When we do this the frequency or rate at which we breathe increases by itself.] The other key point is that our goal is to develop a training that can be done anywhere. If you feel no shortage at all. This is not the goal. The way to this goal is to allow only a tiny shortage of air to develop.Page 41 - . become more and more still until you do. It is all that you need. The next point is that the way we do it is by relaxing the breathing muscles. That would be direct control of the breathing. All you have to do then is be relaxed and still enough to maintain that shortage. and usually leads to a huge shortage of air which is followed by gasping. This is correct. and can be combined with other tasks. and the rate should not be interfered with. not holding them. you have too great a shortage remember unless it feels comfortable. Am I Doing It Properly? This is the most common and natural question. and you are comfortable. recognize that there is no rule that says you have to be breathing all the time. If it feels awful and suffocating you have created a large shortage. and should relax and start again.
with other tasks. pinch your nostrils. As you read through this manual. reduce a little further for a moment [moderate shortage. You do that by exposing this breathostat to slightly higher levels of CO2 for as much of the day as possible. Check at the end of each page that the shortage is still there. Put the kettle on. and keep your breathing as small as possible when you do breathe. drive a car. talk to your friends.Page 42 - . or do anything at all. Use this the level of moderate shortage shallow breathing when trapping in extra CO2 to relieve symptoms. reduce. If you go up a flight of stairs. reduce your breathing while you do it. If it has gone. when you reach the top. Ie hold for a few seconds longer than is comfortable. develop a tiny shortage of air. simply re-create it.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body A Slightly Greater Shortage of Air To Relieve Symptoms One way to get the feeling of a small shortage of air is to develop a moderate shortage so you can recognize it. allow your breathing to continue but less deeply by keeping your chest and gut muscles still and relaxed. [Just stop breathing and wait. when you feel the little shortage. Whenever you read. The Everyday Training. After a time it is automatic. No problem. but dont. combine this breathing where you have only a tiny shortage of air. reduce. The goal is to recondition your respiratory centre to maintain higher levels of CO2 in your lungs. reduce your breathing. work at a desk. stop breathing until a few seconds after you definitely want a breath. reduce your breathing as you go up. go for a walk. have a shower. To get a moderate shortage. You can actually feel the extra CO2 making you want to breathe more. Make it habit whenever you get into your car. Open a magazine. So right from the start. . Maintain this feeling of being a bit more suffocated.
Measure Your Progress! As your breathostat gets used to higher and higher levels of CO2. At least 20 minutes until you are free of asthma. [Mine stopped at 16] Should I allow my pause to drop that low again.] As well as this. afternoon.Page 43 - . this will be reflected in your measurement pause. Record Your Progress! If you are experiencing regular symptoms it is very worthwhile to conduct formal practice sessions at least until the symptoms have gone. the greater the buffer between you and asthma or other illnesses. Remember that 60 is the ideal. This is best done morning. just record it and see what the next one is. Your goal with your training is to get your pause to at least 45 seconds. Date/time Pulse Measure Pause 1 Measure Pause 2 Measure Pause 3 Measure Pause 4 Pulse . always do some shallow breathing before sleep and on waking. The higher your pause the better your overall health and energy. but once you start it will draw closer and closer. It is the trend which is important in the early days. Your pause will also indicate your asthma status. I would develop symptoms. 60 seconds may seem like a very long time at the moment.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body just as for relieving a symptom. The higher your pause. You will notice that sometimes your pause will jump all over the place. On a blank sheet or in a notebook write the following columns. This is normal. asthma does not usually occur. The formal part is that you record your scores. If you get an unusually high or low pause. This figure can be as low as 15 for some peoples asthma to stop. and night. When your pause gets above 25 seconds.
another pause.] • Step 4. plus more breathing tips. anywhere. multiply X 4 ] . Once you are free of symptoms your habit of reducing your breathing while doing other things is all you will need. Time how long this takes in seconds.pause1 column. pinch nose. or you can keep doing the formal practice to maintain your momentum. If you have the time do 40 minutes [4 pauses]. and finish with another pulse. doing the washing. It is best combined with other activities that you do every day. but continue to take less deep breaths. and so on. Fill in the date and time. Do a Measurement Pause. do a measurement pause and write it in the M. Formal practice means your record your scores. eg driving. Informal practice is done anytime. reading. It gives more detail on how to structure your breathing sessions. take your pulse. Then shallow breathe for 10 minutes. with no recording. Shallow breathe [means you want to take a slightly deeper breath. • Step 2. and write it down. and follow the pattern above. do only three pauses. Combine it with everything! This is the most important part in the long term. (TURN TO NEXT PAGE) . the small unforced breath out. watching TV. And write it down. A simplified form of the formal exercise is the following: • Step 1.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body The Breathing Workout Workbook is also available. Write it down. When you are free of symptoms you can just use your informal training to keep the improvement going. and hold until you want a breath. Do as much as you can often as you can until your symptoms are gone. If you only have 30 minutes. [Count the number of beats in 15 seconds.Page 44 - . then take another measurement pause and write your score in the next box. Take a Measurement Pause. Take your pulse. • Step 3. [Normal breath in. Shallow breathe for 10 more minutes.
Take a Measurement Pause. • Step 8. increase the length of interval to at least 10 minutes.Page 45 - . As you condition improves. Take your pulse again. and write it down. NOTE: If your condition is severe. • Step 7. . • Step 6. and write it down. Shallow breathe for 10 minutes. Ensure you do not decrease the total time you spend with your formal practice because of this. Simply have more intervals and Measurement Pauses. Take a Measurement Pause.CHAPTER 5 Shallow Breathing To Tune Your Body • Step 5. Shallow breathe for 10 minutes. then it will be easier for you to do shallow breathing for 5 minute intervals instead of 10 minute intervals. • Step 9. and write it down.
and start puffing or panting. . 1. They go up a flight of stairs.CHAPTER 6 Exercise Induced Asthma Exercise Induced Asthma The key point from this manual is that there is only one way to get asthma. And we know that that is to release more CO2 than we produce.Page 46 - . 2. A large number of people only get symptoms of asthma during or after physical exertion. the production of CO2 has almost dropped to nothing. 3. and a defensive constriction will be needed soon. about the Bohr Effect. You do not need the drug if you can simply be more aware of the balance of your breathing gases. At this time. In many people the key time for exertion asthma is after the physical exertion has stopped. Read the Appendix 2. You should never allow yourself to lose control of your breathing. There is no other reason for your pipes to close up. but the breathing is still going on as if the CO2 was still being produced at a high level. First Step In all physical activities. This means that more CO2 will be released than is being produced. The use of bronchodilators before exertion is therefore now logically flawed. and also bring on your symptoms. reduce your recovery rate. This will decrease your endurance. or go for a jog and become breathless. This causes some of our airpipes to close to prevent further loss. You should breathe only through your nose. the rules of breathing remain the same. and to relieve the shortage. Do not consciously increase your breathing to get more air as you begin any heavy exertion.
When you begin an exercise. When you can proceed at that intensity for over 15 minutes. Do not puff. such as a walk or march.CHAPTER 6 Exercise Induced Asthma The other time is a few minutes after starting the exercise. reduce your breathing. Go to moderate level shallow breathing. reduce your breathing for a while. During the exertion. This is usually because the person has increased their breathing in anticipation. [This is very easy when you are walking] If you start to feel you need to gasp through your mouth. When you stop the exertion Stop the breathing When you get to the top of the stairs. Over a few sessions you will find that you can go further and further without getting puffed. you can raise the intensity slightly. Your mouth must be closed. Training Your Breathing For Exercise It is simple to develop the situation where you never get puffed or out of breath. but follow the same rules. keep your mouth closed If you get to point where you want to breathe through your mouth STOP. make it a little less. Trap in some extra CO2. If you tend to develop restriction during the actual exertion. The rules are clear. Do some shallow breathing during your warm-up. . Suffocate for a little while. reduce and control your breathing. and pay special attention to keeping your breathing to only just what you need. and only then continue. be more aware of your breathing. and continue only after your breathing is controlled. Start off slowly at low intensity. you must stop immediately. and you should develop a very tiny shortage of air by shallow breathing. take your time to get started.Page 47 - .
But during training you must stop and reduce your breathing immediately you start to feel the urge to gasp. Close your mouth and never allow yourself to puff and pant . If you are a serious or professional athlete. Suffocating a little tiny bit will release more oxygen to your muscle cell and allow you to recover faster. and not get out of breath. It will mean reducing the intensity at first so that you will be able to exert with your mouth closed. Combine your new knowledge with your training sessions. you will know that races or games are won or lost at training. and you will able to train easily with your mouth closed. It will only work if you stop just before your lose control of your breathing. It takes a very short time [a couple of weeks] to reach the point where you can apply your full physical force without having to open your mouth for extra air. During your match or contest do everything you must to win. You will then notice a vast improvement in your endurance and recovery.CHAPTER 6 Exercise Induced Asthma Within a few weeks your endurance will have greatly increased. reduce your breathing rather than do deep breathing. When you get the chance to recover.Page 48 - .
Snoring is simply your body attempting to reduce the airflow by swelling the throat and reducing the size of the pipe. if children.Page 49 - . . This will wake an adult. The majority of heart attacks and strokes occur at the time of deepest sleep and therefore the deepest breathing. will develop asthma within 2 hours of going to bed. because the CO2 is low and mucus production has increased. Asthma during sleep is also as simple. These are all associated with low CO2 that is caused by overbreathing. simply because of the horizontal position. these are usually caused in sleep by spasms of smooth muscle in response to low CO2. The same smooth muscle which lines the airpipes and bloodpipes. or. which also causes the breathing to be greater at this time. In terms of bladder problems. Sleeping is a danger time. Obstructive sleep apnea is a more severe defence of this type. or they wake with full bladders. the resistance to deeper breathing is reduced.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma The Secret of Nocturnal Asthma R emember there is only one way you can get asthma. When the human body becomes horizontal. also lines the bladder. particularly children. As soon as you become unconscious. When CO2 is low. The other common time for problems is between 3:30 and 5:00 am. Some people. You may notice that people start to snore. they may wet the bed at this time. Ie it is a lot easier to breathe more deeply when you are lying down. The night cough often starts at this time. it will constrict making the bladder feel full. your breathing gets deeper and deeper. but a child may simply urinate. when the body is at its deepest point of sleep.
Your mouth can just drop open. So step one is to sleep on your side not your back.Page 50 - . Do not have meals or high protein snacks [like warm milk or hot chocolate] or alcohol before going to bed. We already know the effect of food on breathing it increases it. If you rest on your side. you will have a double whammy. the better our nights will be. So simply by doing our shallow breathing during the day. This is easily seen in people who snore. They often only do so while on their back. Your Mouth Possibly the greatest factor in nocturnal asthma is the fact that while asleep you have no conscious control over whether or not you breathe through your mouth or nose. the less problem we will have with sleep. What Can We Do About It? The first point is that the better our breathostat is set during the day. it is physically more difficult to take a deep breath. Your breathing will be increased by the food . It is far easier to breathe more deeply on your back. More practical steps include not sleeping on your back.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma Asthmatics will very commonly wake feeling constricted or coughing after deepest sleep. as there is less resistance. . If you lie down after eating a large meal. This will not make your breathing good. only less bad. and by your horizontal position. Lie down and test it. Rolling them on their side usually stops or reduces the noise.
would press the lips together. If you can do this. A very simple and effective way to assist good breathing. and if the mouth opened. A different suggestion for your consideration The information that follows is about a way of keeping your mouth closed in sleep without the need for an observer. For most. He ascribed this to the fact that the Native children were never allowed to sleep with their mouths open. but will rather present to . The mother would watch the sleeping child. ensuring your stay on your side. For a few nights you may be waken by your observer just as you begin to develop asthma. It is simply to either have a dental plate made which keeps your mouth closed. but this will be fixed by your procedure for attacks. Develop the habit of keeping your mouth closed. Your goal for sleep should be the same. or even more simply to tape your mouth closed when you are asleep.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma Old Wisdom I have heard of a fascinating true story about the American artist George Catlin. and a huge imposition on family or friends. plus the breathing training during the day will make a fast impact. In all of the thousands of Indians he saw. they enjoyed almost perfect health and premature death was rare. keeping mouth closed. Ideally.Page 51 - . The child developed the habit to keep its mouth closed. your experience of waking in the night struggling to breathe will stop. having someone available to watch them sleep would be an amazing luxury. [Remember the tendency to breathe extra deeply occurs during in very deep sleep. After a number of years watching and drawing the native Americans he drew the conclusion that the cause of maladies in the so-called civilized men was that they allowed breathing through the mouth. you could have someone watch you. I will not endorse either of these actions. which sounds radical but is actually very safe and very effective.] This. and rousing you slightly whenever your breathing becomes exceedingly deep. awake or asleep. There is an alternative.
Asthmatics often believe the general tiredness they feel is normal.Page 52 - . Extract: Maximum Sleep Minimum Noise The tape to use is called paper tape or surgical tape. One brand-name here in Australia is Micropore made by 3M. It is not the defense itself that causes the problem seen in sufferers. it is likely you have some degree of apnea and will benefit from intervention. It is important to . If you do not feel refreshed in the morning.5 centimetres wide. Most asthmatics have some degree of sleep apnea. The first is called obstructive sleep apnea. The following is an extract from my manual Maximum Sleep Minimum Noise. and fold a small part of each end on itself to form a tab. It is the tape used when you donate blood or get an injection. There are two basic form of this defense against excess loss of CO2. which is where the respiratory centre itself tells the body to stop breathing. This is enhanced by folding the ends of the tape to form tabs so it is very easy to remove. and is similar to snoring except that it manages in some people to close the throat completely. you could find the edge of it. and are capable of removing the tape yourself.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma you the easiest and safest way to do it. The other is called central sleep apnea. This tape is designed to come off easily when pulled off slowly. In reality once the tape has been on for a short time you forget it is there. and a piece of gauze is taped over the puncture site. The best size tape is one inch or 2.5 cms long. it is that the sleep is very disturbed and of poor quality. There is reference to sleep apnea. There is no danger of suffocation providing you have your hands free. Definitely do not apply tape to infants or small children who cannot easily remove it. and are stunned when they feel so refreshed after their first night with reduced apnea. and dissolves in water. Most asthmatics suffer from at least a small amount of sleep apnea. This is so that you can feel assured that if you were panicked and had to get the tape off. Tear off a piece about 3 inches or 7. causing them to stop breathing. It is simply another way of the body reducing the CO2 loss from overbreathing while you are asleep. The same applies to snoring.
and continue to use it because I wake feeling far more refreshed than if I do not. Within a few days you will sleep right through the night.30 and 5am. and if you leave the tape off at this time you will snore and have apnea. stuck to a convenient place at your bedside. which you will. It is at this time that much damage can be done to your system. and wake more rested. The answer is that your nose will not block up completely unless your mouth is open. but you will notice the difference in your rest levels very quickly if you do. which is often very dramatic.Page 53 - .CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma ensure that your mouth is closed before you apply the tape horizontally from cheek to cheek in direction. Have a spare torn. . but it will not completely close unless you open your mouth. Note: A. nose may swell a fair bit. that you recognize the tape is off and reapply another piece. I have been using tape for a couple of years now. It is most usual to pull the tape off on the first few nights between 2. It is important because you can still breathe [and snore loudly] through the tape if your mouth is only a little open. Even though this sounds like a very strange thing to do. which is a reasonable question. and your partner or family may initially laugh a little at how silly it looks at first. Even with the worst flu or allergy. B. if you keep your mouth closed. You must be really disciplined the first few nights. The other question usually raised is Will this suffocate me if my nose blocks up?. when your breathing is at its deepest. You may also find that people who giggled will also want to give it a try when they see the change in you. it is possibly the best thing you can do for your health. folded and ready. Really avoid the temptation to not reapply the tape because there is only a couple of hours of sleep left. It is imperative that when you wake after this. After a few months you may wish to experiment in sleeping without the tape.
you will never have any relief from sleep apnea. Try to breathe as little as possible after holding your breath. and my nose is often completely blocked. but refuse the radical idea of the tape. If you can keep your mouth closed comfortably while awake. they disturb you. Unless you can learn to keep your mouth closed. and if I tape my mouth shut I really will suffocate or have a panic attack. 2. The answer to this one lies in the cause of the nose being blocked. and when your breathing starts to get very deep. When you first try to breathe only through your nose. then ask them to sacrifice their own sleep for a few nights. This is normal. The nose is blocked because the CO2 level is too low. This causes your sleep to be less deep. your nose will not block up completely. not the swelling of your throat [obstructive sleep apnea] or the . If you keep your mouth shut. pinch your nose shut with your thumb and forefinger. I usually breathe through my mouth.Page 54 - . and when you release your nose. and a night of taped-mouth sleep. Their task is simply to watch you sleep. let a small breath out. there is an alternative. this feeling will go away and breathing only through your nose will feel normal. and also means your breathing will be less deep. Take a small breath in. because the rate of breathing is too high per minute. you must breathe only through it. that is fair enough. keep your mouth shut. If you have a partner. You will need someone to watch you while you sleep for a few nights. Hold your breath for at least ten seconds after you first want to take a breath.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma C. and be able to breathe easily. To unblock your nose do the following. Use the following steps: 1. Remember it is the hyperventilation when you are asleep which is the cause of the problem. and hold your breath. If it starts to block again repeat the process. Put up with it. you may feel like you are not getting enough air. Within a day. Alternative to Using Mouth Tape If you feel the idea of using tape makes you too uncomfortable. You must not sleep on your back. If it because you simply cannot manage to breathe through your nose even when awake then get a copy of my audio tape How to Shallow Breathe which will simply and easily coach you on how to unblock or clear your nose.
and shallow breathing should be practiced. For asthma I give a moneyback guarantee of a significant improvement within 7 days. 5. If you do not have a partner or family. whether you are asleep or not. ADDITIONAL REMARKS This method of treating sleep problems is a subset of the approach which I use to relieve the symptoms of several diseases at my clinic here in Townsville. eat very little. After 7 days the mean decrease in need for relief medication [bronchodilators] is over 90% in asthmatics. This is far more intrusive and will make you more tired than being observed. so if you want to be free of asthma. but rather somewhere less comfortable. and treatment altered accordingly. 3. At a table with your head on your arms will give you a rest but not greatly increase your breathing. The overall success in treating ailments such as asthma and emphysema with this cause-based approach is very high. . do some shallow breathing for 10 minutes. but this should not be done after a large lunch. Gentle exercise [with mouth closed!] is advised. You should not get puffed. wake yourself. come to Townsville. The nap should not be in a bed.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma stopping of your breathing [central sleep apnea]. For the first couple of days. It is only a matter of time before recognition of the real cause of diseases like this is gained. A nap in the afternoon of not more than 20 minutes is OK. Have no more than 7 hours of sleep time. No food for at least 2 hours before bed time. 4. During the day you will need to be extra aware of your breathing. it is worth hiring someone for a couple of nights! The other alternative is to set you alarm for every 90 minutes. It is an integral part of that treatment. Definitely no alcohol. and overcoming the initial surprise at the strangeness of suggestion of mouthtaping and giving it a chance is vital.Page 55 - . and then go back to sleep. This success has just been replicated in a clinical trial conducted by the Australian Asthma Foundation through the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. With the severe cases it is preferable to have daily consultation for over a week. and keep the tape on. It should be just sticky enough to stay on and hold your lips together. chances are that you will still have more energy. At all times you must remember that you should take only as much air as you need! If you wander around like a bellows all day. and keeps disciplined through the first couple of days. unless you are stressed out about not being asleep. but success is still likely with a correspondence approach providing the sufferer remains calm and positive. The other key success factor in resolving sleep apnea [and heavy snoring] is your breathing while you are awake. The next night will be easier. have a practice session of wearing it during the day or earlier in the evening.Page 56 - . NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE REUSED OR REPUBLISHED IN ANY FORM WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR. simply apply it your hand and remove it a couple of times to remove some of the glue.CHAPTER 7 Nocturnal Asthma Success rate in the treatment of severe sleep apnea in persons using CPAP machines is extremely high. we have found that the best approach is to go cold turkey for a few nights. It is worth the sacrifice. End of Extract If you do decide to try either the tape or a mouth piece made by a dentist. If you have been using a CPAP. If you find the tape is too sticky. which is not very sticky. you will find it harder to not overbreathe while you are asleep. stay awake calmly and relax. Resolve yourself to the fact that you may have a few nights of little sleep. So if you cannot get to sleep. Even if you feel you had no actual sleep. There is research to show that resting quietly gives almost the same effect as being asleep. as is the treatment of less severe cases. and be more awake than you had with the CPAP.
Remember that the problem is to do with your breathing. Once your breathing has been conditioned to maintain a higher CO2 level. The rule is to reduce animal protein as much as possible. It is your shallow breathing practice that is more important than anything else. eat as little as possible and eat the foods that have least effect on your breathing.Page 57 - T . With this issue please realize that you will need to eat something to stay alive. and milk products. you will be less affected by what you eat.CHAPTER 8 The Effect Of Diet The Effect of Diet On Your Breathing Health he key point to remember here is that everything you eat will make you breathe more deeply. that is where the most important focus of your recovery should be. your breathing is going to be affected. This includes chicken. The strategy is simply when your breathing is poor.] . animal fats and refined sugars. and only slightly less harmful than animal milk in breathing terms. berries and other fruits can have strong impact on some individuals breathing. Nuts. [Note: Soy milk is very high in protein. minimise or stop your meat intake. Always reduce your breathing after food to reduce the impact of the food. As all foods increase your breathing depth [because of the digestive process]. Plant proteins and fats are less harmful. The foods which tend to increase breathing the most are animal proteins. and you are having symptoms. including diet. Some foods will make you breathe more than other foods. Plus there is some individual variation in how much people respond do different foods. and observe your breathing after eating. beans. there is no avoiding it. Until then. along with all dairy foods. beef and other meats.
then measure it afterwards. A good example of this is Vitamin C. If you do not feel hunger. the vitamin C inside it begins to break down. we should be able to get our daily need for this vitamin. As soon as an orange is picked. The same rules apply to most fruit. do not eat. your body is not ready for food. simply measure your pause before a few drinks. Major Rule of Food If you are not hungry. Dietary Supplements Can Help The amount of actual nutrient we get out of the food we eat depends on the quality of the food. Unfortunately. follow this rule rigidly. Wait until you are hungry.CHAPTER 8 The Effect Of Diet Another notable food that increases your breathing very strongly is alcohol. especially if you have symptoms. . wait for a while. the faster your breathing will improve. It continues to lose more each day. simply because they are not present in food that is available. If you are not sure if your are hungry. Despite the very best intentions we can still run short of vital nutrients. If you doubt this. We know that certain foods such as citrus contain Vitamin C. there is a problem with this approach. The fruit that we often buy at the supermarket may have been picked over eighteen months earlier. If you have symptoms do not drink alcohol. such as oranges and grapefruit.Page 58 - . We can only try to eat the best food we can. During the first week of training your breathing. It has lost up to 50% of its vitamin C within 3 days of picking. and will not digest it efficiently. The less you eat. If you do not eat for several days fine. and has effectively no vitamins left. Therefore if we include plenty of citrus in our diet.
ensure that you have it with food. There is calcium in the milk. NZ. Despite what you may have been told. but because there is reduced amount of magnesium in the soil. The other minerals to supplement your diet include Calcium. drinking calcium fortified milk will cause you to lose more calcium than you absorb. especially calcium. When you take any mineral supplement. Europe and North America the amount of dairy consumption and calcium supplementation is very high. Your diet is also important. more and more research is showing that weight-bearing exercise is at least as important for strong bones as any other factor. you cannot absorb the calcium. Osteoporosis There is a great deal of mis-information about Calcium. On the subject of osteoporosis. and therefore in the vegetables we eat.Page 59 - . and Potassium. a shortage of magnesium is something you should avoid. In places where there is almost no calcium in the diet. In Australia there is a general shortfall of magnesium in our diet. and a shortage of any one of them will affect the chemical processes that keep you alive. For example.CHAPTER 8 The Effect Of Diet Another problem is to do with minerals. you cannot absorb the calcium. This is not just because we often eat poorly. If you have a low protein diet. Zinc. there is also an absence of osteoporosis. If you already have a history of breathing problems. . The problem is that when you eat a food which is high in protein and calcium. A shortage of magnesium in your diet will tend to increase your likelihood of a breathing or heart related problem. In Australia. but because there is also a lot of protein. So is the level of osteoporosis. and a normal breathing level is vital. you do not need very much calcium in your diet. and so you will absorb more. The more protein you eat. the more calcium you actually lose. eating dairy food is not a positive source of calcium. If we look at the diets in countries where osteoporosis is very common we can see this. but also very low protein in the diet. it will take longer to pass through the duodenum. This is because calcium is absorbed in the duodenum which is a very short section of your gut. If it is combined with food. All of these are needed in every cell of your body.
These neutralize the free radicals.C. from our food. osteoporosis. It is extracted from grape and pine seed extract. The most commonly known antioxidants are Vitamins A. and Grapeseed Extract. from the air. There is another antioxidant which is now being shown to be even more potent than Vitamin C. E and B complex. Now the theory is catching up. mostly because of incomplete digestion. arthritis.E. Free of poisons. We will also absorb toxins and poisons from our environment. C. It includes dementia.Page 60 - . particularly Calcium. It has a slightly different action. B complex. particularly when under stress or unwell.CHAPTER 8 The Effect Of Diet Antioxidants The other important aspect relating to food supplements is tied to how our body deals with toxins. [Zinc is important for proper sexual function in men. We have know for decades that sufficient doses of these vitamins reduce the chance of disease. We know more about free radicals and their effects than ever before. These chemicals affect our genome and cause distortions which are now linked to cancer. Every day our body will normally produce some toxins. A good answer is to eat only the best food you can get. Extra vitamin C in the form of calcium .] Minerals should be taken with food. and is available called Grapeseed Extract or Pineseed Extract. just a regular supply. The active component is called OPC. Parkinsons disease. You do not need high doses of minerals. Your vitamins should include the antioxidants Vitamins A. and a fresh as you can get. and complements the other antioxidants. Most of these chemicals are usually dealt with by another group of chemicals called antioxidants. You will also need to supplement with minerals and vitamins. It is usually simplest to find a tablet which has a combination of minerals. Research over the past 20 years shows that these chemicals are associated with almost every degrading or aging disease we have. even by radiation from the sun. The name of the group of chemicals which are formed by these toxins is free radicals. Magnesium and Zinc. and comprises a major part of what we think of as aging. and some studies have shown it to be up to fifty times more powerful than vitamin C. and it is the antioxidants which appear to be our answer.
your body will be out of tune. If your breathing is normal as defined by a high Measurement Pause you will less toxin to deal with. Be sure to have at least the minimum amount.Page 61 - . so you will develop more free radicals. Other herbal style supplements such as garlic and horseradish are also of benefit. . If your breathing is poor. and a better arsenal to do it with. When you are considering you supplements.CHAPTER 8 The Effect Of Diet ascorbate [a white powder to mix with water or juice] should be taken as a tonic whenever you think it might help. Up to 3 grams per day can be taken. It is usually a matter of deciding just how many tablets you can handle. remember that your breathing system is a major part of your body chemistry. and you will be more subject to their damage.
despite having been similarly exposed for all of their lives. dry air. pressure or humidity. stress.CHAPTER 9 The Trigger Factors The Link Between Asthma and Allergy Attacks and Trigger Factors The most common of these was compounds was found to be the droppings of the microscopic dust mite. This organism lives on the flaked off skin and hairs of human beings. there are other things that can also act as a nasty sounding trigger factor. However many people do not have any measurable response at all. A list that includes the dust mite and its faeces. and obviously on every person in the world. being usually asthma or hayfever. The same applies to all other allergens. They will be found in millions in every bed in the world. This inexhaustible list includes: hot air. on every pillow that has been used. When exposed to the droppings [or the critter itself]. and any other activity or thing. [I have seen serious. as well as these chemical allergens. cold air. lack of stress. smoke of any kind. exertion [any physical activity]. dust itself and the smell of dust. wet air. or in fact any chemical with a distinctive coating on the molecule. However. expensive research projects with goals to find a link between the incidence of asthma and the use of gas or electric stoves! And they drew a conclusion and called for more funding!] T he apparent flare-up of symptoms that occurs after exposure to some compounds has led in the past for these compounds to be blamed for the symptoms of asthma or other conditions. any change in air temperature. any strong odour or perfume.Page 62 - . many people develop an allergic response. .
Then. and make it really vivid. This particular science also cannot explain how the same people vary in their response to the same allergen at different times. but when no answer could be found. and the symptoms return. by the taste sense. There is no physical trigger factor. up steps some odd-named Russian scientist who says that if you normalize your breathing the trigger factors will have no effect. This is not to say that the response in all in their head. on top of this mountain of unanswered questions. When some people get stressed they get asthma or hives or migraine. Eg dust mite droppings and stress have nothing else in common. It is not psychosomatic.Page 63 - . or even in imagination. Exposure to them will not cause asthma or hay fever once the breathing is brought to a normal level. at least some of them will develop the attack. the science simply created a category and called it the answer. Another example of this kind is stress. it is a real physiological response. the imagined or emotional one will do.] What about the fact that when people who are sensitized to one particular allergen take effective steps to eliminate it. [People grow out of asthma. it just needs to be recognizable by the body either in the blood. hay fever and migraine. or vision. You can do this until you are sensitive to everything in the world. cigar smoke. The point is that trigger factors can have nothing in common other than provoking a response. If you take some people who have developed a strong sensitivity to say. It is a phrase made up by pseudoscience which was searching for the answers. Where is the proof you rightly demand. they very frequently develop a sensitivity to a new one. . They then have no symptoms when exposed to the exact same environment as last year or last month. Only now they are sensitive to two things. ask them to close their eyes and vividly imagine there is a lit cigar right behind them. wafting all over them with a very strong sweet smell. both are trigger factors. The allergens are still there. but no asthma or other response. There is no particular need for it to have a particular chemical nature. or by the touch senses that can feel a change in atmospheric pressure.CHAPTER 9 The Trigger Factors Do you see the pattern yet? Anything is capable of becoming a trigger factor. or by the smelling senses.
Are the dust mites still there? Yes. Dust mites for example are perfect. create one of your own. or the studies that said thalidomide was a safe drug or any number of studies that were soon proven to be absolutely wrong? Yes do you have any studies like that? Sorry. If you dont like this theory. we have only one powerful.CHAPTER 9 The Trigger Factors The question comes back What proof do you need? Simply ask any of the 10. [The latest at this time is that American EPA has decided that a popular antihistamine drug [Seldane] which they have proclaimed to be safe by them for years (lots of big studies) is now unsafe and will probably be withdrawn from sale. When there is no need for the defense.Page 64 - .000 Australians and 400. The stress of daily life? Yes. or like the studies that said high dose radiation was a good way to kill lice on schoolchildren. If you are breathing at a physiologically normal level.000 or so Australians who have made themselves have less asthma and hay fever by changing their breathing.000 Russians who all have a personal success story to tell you. What about a huge double-blind study with thousands of subjects conducted over at least 10 years that has been published in a credible medical journal like The Lancet or the British Medical Journal? You mean like the absolute gibberish about trigger factors and dust mites. Ask any of the previously severe asthmatic subjects of the Clinical Trial at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane to tell you how they have little or asthma at all now with no other change in their environment. the trigger has no effect at all. [or an antibody reaction in a blood test] but you will not get asthma. If there was a blood test for stress if that was your trigger before. because they are so common your body can start an asthmatic defense almost any time it wants. You will still get a nice little red spot with an allergy skin test. If you really need a theory. and it simply sensitizes to what ever is common in the environment. unchallengable little study that proves conclusively that it works. The pollution? Yes. then maybe the answer is that your body does indeed need a trigger to start the asthma or other symptom. and about 10.]. The key point to this discussion is that the trigger factors are irrelevant once the breathing is normalized. it cannot be any more flawed than the allergen fiction. dust mite droppings for example will not give you asthma. . the stress would still be there. but you will not get the asthma.
In short. pus or excess mucus from the nasal cavity and airpipes. residues of these drugs may pass through the skin. The symptoms you may feel could include headaches. malaise or low energy. your body may go through a time of stress. slight fever. It causes oxygen starvation because of the Bohr effect. diarrhoea.Page 65 - O . nausea. magnesium. excess sweating. So as you start to alter this state of affairs. it is important to recognise that some very complex changes will be occurring from such as simple thing as breathing a little less than you want. and may result in auto-immune responses . disruption of the menstrual cycle. When the process to bring the breathing back to physiological normal is started. coloured urine. achiness.CHAPTER 10 Clearing Reactions Clearing Reactions Coming Back To Normal verbreathing causes chemical changes in the body. It causes the immune system to be pushed out of balance. It also causes the accumulation of proteins in the body that would not be there if the pH as not distorted. It forces the release of vital substances such as calcium. itching. pains or aches in muscles and joints where earlier symptoms may have been experienced. and potassium from the body to compensate for shifts in pH. it may last over a week. or flu-like symptoms for a day or two. In more unusual cases. these changes caused by breathing too much start to be reversed. brief nausea. In the vast majority of cases it is just a mild headache. This interferes with the internal processes in the cells. . a period of feeling pretty awful sometimes occurs. As the increased level of CO2 causes the pH and ionic balance to head back to where they should be. In cases where a large amount of drugs have been taken in the past.
but now having being warned it could happen. it will not be as awful if it does. the release of large amounts of mucus. When it is over. In cases of emphysema and other lower airways disease some really revolting looking stuff can be released. After a clearing reaction. It is pretty scary to cough up foul smelling tissue. rest as much as you can. Continuing the shallow breathing will assist in its more rapid completion. .Page 66 - . eat only if you are hungry. if it is not helped by paracetamol. and continue to do your shallow breathing. For example. never forget that it was caused by your earlier pattern of overbreathing.CHAPTER 10 Clearing Reactions The other problems are mentioned just to warn you that if something more interesting does occur. then the same diseases you had before will return. If you do experience any kind of clearing reaction. In the case of headache. If this breathing pattern is returned to. not to panic. the Measurement Pause will increase as a reflection of improved breathing. sometimes blood coloured. is not abnormal. then often drinking some slightly salty water may relieve it.
Now. Of course this is reflected in the anatomy of where you breathe as well. breathe normally without forcing your breathing. it will still be your belly area that moves not your chest! So you will be abdominal breathing shallowly. When I refer to how deeply you breathe. I am not referring to where in your body you breathe. The reality is that what part of your body moves when you breathe is a result of the position of your spine rather than anything else. So do not worry about which part of your body moves when you breath the movement is the result of something rather than what you should try to do. If it takes a long time. A deep [long] breath usually means that have used the lower part of your lungs. I am referring to the length of time each breath takes. it is a deep breath.Page 67 - I . I am not referring to your lower belly moving when you breathe.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children What is Depth of Breathing? will cover this briefly as it is the cause of some conflict in people who have already learned abdominal breathing. noticing what part of the area below your neck moves. sit up straight and fold your arms behind your back [the reverse of folding your arms in front!]. For example. If it takes a shorter time. . sit in a slumped position and breathe normally. Notice now that if you stay in this postition and take very small. you will see your upper chest and rib-cage doing most of the work. it is less deep. you will see that more movement is lower down in your belly so to speak. and a shallow breath [short] MAY mean that only your upper chest moves. short breaths [mouse breathing which you will learn shortly]. Usually. or your upper chest. Usually.
This is best done with the hand above the nose so that the thumb and forefinger resemble a clothes peg. Note that all breathing both in and out are always through the nose. The Basic Breathing Exercise STEPS This is used as both a measurement and as part of the training. Get ready. then passively releases a small out breath. The child takes a normal [not large.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children Straightening your spine and relaxing your chest will cause your breathing to be in your belly. but are comfortable. The Procedure Read all of the following information carefully. Using the same procedure also allows some degree of consistancy for measuring progress. then follow the directions that follow. It is used for measurement in children because they lack the sensitivity to accurately complete a Measurement Pause. each breath will be shorter! This is a surprise for most people. The goal of this is to ensure that the lungs are not full or empty. ie. It will also cause you to breathe less deeply! ie. (GO OVER PAGE) . Please read through the entire chapter carefully before starting with your children.] 1. not forced] breath in. always start the same way.[Which is discussed in the comprehensive Manual. The child now pinches his nostrils shut with thumb and forefinger. Lets now begin to work with your children. 2.Page 68 - . Child is standing.
then it has the capability to reduce the CO2 level below the starting point and actually cause an asthma attack.Page 69 - . With the nose pinched and mouth closed. . then the child may be allowed to move from the spot where they stopped and get ready for the next set of steps. and it can be noticed if any air sneaks in through the mouth. This is the most important part of the training. You must monitor your childs breathing [watch it carefully] for a few minutes after each set of steps to ensure that the impulse to breathe very deeply is repressed.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children This allows the mouth to be clearly seen. 3. This will cause the child to have the desire to breathe very deeply to expel all the carbon dioxide. Upon stopping. Extra: A useful tip It is useful to take your childs pulse before beginning each breathing session. When the child cannot go any further. [see later] 5. he must stop and stand still. as this will be the measurement part of the breathing training. and you must pay close attention. the child will have trapped in a lot of extra carbon dioxide much more than he is used to. The goal of this exercise is to cause extra carbon dioxide to be trapped in. This must be prevented. If the breathing at this time is not closely monitored. the key to this vital step is the analogy with the mouse and the elephant. After a couple of minutes [recovery time will vary with progression of training]. As the child takes the steps. count them! You will be asked to record the number of steps taken. and then retained. or movement of the childs shoulders in a vertical direction. the child now marches forward. 4. Signs that this has happened include touching of nose or face. The key point is that a consistently elevated pulse may indicate that your child is steroid deficient. If this occurs remind the child to breathe like a mouse again. and continues until he cannot hold his nose any longer and must breathe. For children.
as will most food. then steroids are needed. That is. At the start of training this should be done 3 times per day. . Steps are best done in series of about 4 to 5.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children A general guide is that if while calm the pulse is 20 beats or more above the top of the usual range for children. so account for this when observing pulse. with the top of the range for resting pulse usually being around 90. then consider steroids. Range of pulse depends on age to some degree.Page 70 - . you can be sure that something is about to happen. and does not at any time drop closer to usual range. If the pulse is constantly above 120 [for more than a day]. repeat the process 4 to 5 times. Be aware that most medication will also increase pulse. [Discuss this with your physician. especially sugar.] As a general rule. if your childs pulse is always over 100. The pulse will generally rise before other symptoms such as asthma or an infection appear.
If your child is not familiar with either animal then substitute one of similar size that they are familiar with.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children The Mouse and the Elephant Analogy This is a great aid to helping your child understand what is required from them.Page 71 - . I have a tiny model of a mouse. and a much larger one of an elephant [and a dinosaur!] Show them pictures or models before you start! . In classes here I have a book with pictures of animals.
. You can even smell what the elephant had for lunch! WOOSH WOOSH it is pretty noisy too! Now that is called elephant breathing. [Parent place the childs index finger of the right hand up parallel to the ground in front of them to feel the breath. He is as tall as the roof. Now look at how much he is breathing. Keep your eyes closed and put your finger up high under his trunk so that you can feel the breathing.] Wow its huge it almost blows you over. He is putting his trunk over just in front of you so you can feel how big his breath is. It is a very friendly elephant.Page 72 - . and will not hurt you. The elephant has gone away. Wow. Now gently close your eyes and pretend there is a really big elephant standing right in front of you. he is really. and we will look at the next animal.. Blow on the finger or wave air onto the finger... really huge! Look at his big ears.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children Sit down and relax for a moment. It is big. and his trunk. Keep your eyes closed for a little bit longer. Look at how tall he is. and noisy and you can feel it on your finger. He is a light gray colour and has big brown eyes.
Put your finger under your nose. the mouse or the elephant. Lets now see which animal you breath like. Even less now. [Parent touch shoulders downwards a little. This is called Mouse Breathing. Thats it. It is really really small and quiet you cant hear it breathe at all..... Today we have learned about the big loud elephant breathing that almost blows you over. Can you feel it? You are breathing a bit like an elephant! Let your shoulders and chest relax.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children The next animal we see is really really small.] and try and breathe so small you cannot feel it on your finger. Now open your eyes. It is sitting in the palm of your LEFT hand [Parent turn left hand over so that palm is up and cupped so mouse does not fall out!] It is white.. When you do this it will feel a bit funny. No it is really quiet not like the loud elephant.. Now put your finger right under the nose of this little mouse [Parents right index finger again where the nose would be] You cant feel any breathing on your finger at all! It is really really tiny and quiet.Page 73 - .. and feel the air coming out of your nose. and about the tiny little mouse that is tiny and quiet and makes no feeling on your finger. Be just like the baby mouse. Listen carefully. and really soft and furry... It is a tiny little baby mouse. just keep . but that is OK....
. To make it go away you just breathe like a litte ..[try to get child to say mouse] mouse. The key is to ensure that breathing is only through the nose after the steps [like a mouse]. tightness. and your body will try stop you from breathing so much. This is more like an AH-HRRM or throat clearing before a speech. Post Nasal Drip. Asthma. they should firstly try to just ignore it. If the symptoms of asthma occur. If it does... and make your lungs get wheezy.. Not like a big ..Page 74 - . Your nose may block up. then repeat the steps. but if they have to then cough via nose. . If the breathing is elephant-like the nose will just block up again.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children breathing like a mouse... [Elephant]..[point to nose!] If your child begins to cough then you must teach them how to cough through their nose... then the Steps exercise should be done until it is clear enough to breathe through. When they feel a tickle in their throat instead of coughing with their mouth... and try to make it clear... and you may feel stuff in your lungs and want to cough. then ask the child to just breath like a mouse. Blocked Nose.. Breathe just like a little . Have a little practice with them. If you ever feel a bit worried or annoyed or if you start to get asthma then this is how you should breath to stop it.. wheeze or cough occur remember the elephant and the mouse.... Itchy Nose or Eyes There is only one way to get asthma or a blocked nose and that is because you are breathing like an elephant.... Reinforce the statement with your child that the only way to get asthma is to first breathe like an . You are not an elephant. If it is only partially blocked. [try to get child to say elephant] elephant... With practice they will soon be able to unblock nose with just breathing.. Usually only one set is needed.. [turn palm up Mouse] through your . If your childs nose becomes completely blocked..
explain again that they have been breathing like a big . If you or they can hear a wheeze try and make it silent. Mouse breathing first. If you do not allow yourself to cough. On occasions with smaller children.elephant! Itchy eyes might be gently rinsed [eyes closed!] with cool clean water.... we are designed to breathe through our noses. which is fluid running down the back of your throat. then the procedure is the same.. pushing on their nose because it is itchy. The more gentle and passive. Nose Breathing As explained more fully earlier in the Manual..Page 75 - . They are simply not allowed to cough.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children At the same time reinforce again the mouse breathing. then the urge to cough will simply go away.. If there is whistle because a nose is partially blocked. the better.Elephant. To cough a lot you must breathe like a big. Reasons include: ... If you notice a post nasal drip.. If you do allow the coughing cycle to start it will get worse and worse as the deep breathing causes more and more CO2 to be lost which will cause the production of more and more mucus.] Obviously also explain that they can cough if they are choking on something... When you ask your child to check their their breathing [even teenagers] ensure they use their finger under their noses. Same applies to itchy nose and eyes. [Yell if you must.. and if that does not stop it.. they may say to you that they cannot stop the cough. If you see your child doing the allergic salute. In both of these cases the reduce breathing depth will soon stop the wheeze and unblock the nose. but it usually better to do more closed mouth coughing practice. Finger Under the Nose It is very useful to use your finger for feedback on the depth of your breathing. followed by mouse breathing. Here you must be firm if you want them to become free of the cycle. then they should breathe like a mouse so that it cannot be heard. then do steps until it has stopped. If it does not then a series of steps should be done.. The other feedback is any noise created by breathing.
fungus. . Air that reaches your lungs via your mouth is dryer and further from body temperature than air through your nose. including bacteria. dust. then let your jaw hang.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children 1. 2. stupid and uncool[?]. The System The goal is to alter your childs breathing pattern by having them breathe only through the nose. The nose humidifies and temperature-controls the air. pollens. This the reason that most children older than 6 years will use to keep their mouth closed. and your body will try and make you breathe less it will make your nose block up. You will breathe less through your nose. [A slackjawed yokel?] How do you look with your mouth hanging open? DUMB! Rule Always breathe through your nose. If these were to go via our mouth and reach our lungs we would have greater chance of disease. Your lungs are very wet. etc. You are not an elephant. other organic material. and will make you cough. Just breathing through your nose will reduce your chance of infections. There are two small holes versus one big gob. It is a built in humidifier and air conditioner.Page 76 - . and play the part of someone who was really dumb. by having them do specific exercises called steps. mites. Nose filters out things that would cause severe damage to our lungs. find someone with the flu. and make your lungs get wheezy. 4. You do not need a room humidifier if you close your mouth! 3. and by making them understand the relationship between the depth of breathing and conditions like asthma and blocked/itchy/runny nose. There is only one reason that it will block up and that is because you are breathing like an elephant. and take big deep breaths through your mouth in front of them. If you really want to get sick. The balance of gases in your body is upset if you breathe more than is appropriate. If you were to ask your children to be actors. would their mouths be open or closed? The answer is that it you want to look dumb. and also do not like temperature changes.
Page 77 - . then the next day it will be much easier for them to keep zipped. It is better if you have a dry run by yourself first so you know how you would hold a mouse or put a finger under an elephants nose. On the first day the focus should be on getting the form right. and holding the mouse. This makes you feel the desire to take a deep breath. You adapt to the higher level very quickly but only if you stick at it.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children The short-term goal is to get them free of symptoms. . If you can keep your childs mouth closed [unless they are talking or eating] for just one day. So go through the Mouse and Elephant Story just read it out if you wish or substitute animals. but especially if any symptoms occur. Explain about why they should breathe through their noses only. Explain about the breathing even if you think they will not understand! Do all of the hand actions. and explain that it can be done at any time. which of course you will need to discuss with your physician particularly in respect to preventative medication. Then it is time to introduce steps as an exercise. When you first breathe only through your nose when you have been used to breathing through your mouth it feels a bit suffocating! This is because you have become used to lower than healthy levels of CO2. The next goal is to be free of medication. After that time it feels strange if you breathe through your mouth. Do not under-estimate your childs ability to understand what you are saying. Their should be only a gradual increase in intensity of training. until you get used to it. Day One The main aim on day one is to allow your child to breathe only through the nose. and when you close your mouth an increased [healthier] amount of CO2 is trapped in. Have do some practice at mouse breathing. of feeling the breaths.
. but fast walking is OK. some children can only go for a few steps. Record the number of steps there is a sample form at the end of this chapter.. . Make sure that you keep your mouth zipped shut..Page 78 - . When you cannot go any further.MOUSE. while others may do up to 30 or more. just like a little . you must breathe only through your . mouse through your .. It is normal for children to raise their shoulders upward and to tense their body when they stop... and there is no need to push them for more steps this can be increased gently over the next few days. or to compete with a sibling. stop! When you stop. Allow them to go at whatever pace they want most prefer brisk as it is less boring and higher numbers are reached. just stay really still with your finger under your nose and you will soon feel better... and march across the room. It is a good idea to arrange the setting so that you can see if their are any sneaked mouth breaths especially with smaller children who will do it to try and please you.. Say that they will feel a bit strange. Then remind them to mouse breathe. there is a sample workout sheet at the end of this chapter. It will feel a bit funny but that is OK.. Ask them to lower their shoulders [downwards] and to relax.nose.. stand next to him. On the first attempt.. rather than the child to causing it to happen. There is no rush.. Reinforce with them and yourself that the most important part is the breathing like a mouse when they stop..CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children Steps Instructions: Take a normal breath in through your nose. No running is to allowed.. It does not matter too much on the first day... and for several minures afterward.. making sure the finger is under the nose. you have to stop. then let a little tiny breath out through your nose.. If there is breath blame the air that sneaked in.. pinch your nose from above.. Count each step that is marched..NOSE. When the child stops... but that is OK. and just breathe like a .. or some air will try to sneak in! If any air does sneak in.
and do some sets of steps [3 or 4] perhaps twice in the day. A second relapse is unusual. It is not unusual for a child to have a relapse a few months after becoming free of asthma. If there is an attack [asthma. and responds even faster to the same training method that stopped it the first time. as the first relapse will have allowed the child to further develop his or her breathing skills. It is good to try to do some breathing to try to get relief before using a relief drug if possible. including once before bedtime. If it should occur do it again right from the beginning! So. Your child will develop better control and attacks will be less severe as breathing improves [as measured by the number of steps. but if the onset of your childs asthma is very rapid then obviously skip it or do only a very brief attempt. If it does occur [number of steps will have dropped]. and if there isnt much improvement use the relief medication. then begin again.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children For many children.] The attacks will be avoided rather than having to be dealt with. on day one mouth closed. no coughing. Usually when your child has built up to 100 steps there will be no asthma.] . For many just ensuring that the mouth is closed will stop the asthma. [while smothering any coughing] then do 2 or 3 sets of steps. coughing. blocked nose or other] then the tactic is to breathe like a mouse for a minute or two. It is usually less severe. as this means that asthma does not occur.Page 79 - . and the asthma will go again. Use the system to ensure that nasal breathing is possible [ie use steps to unblock nose if needed. asthma does not recur after the first session. as they simply breathe like a mouse as soon as they feel the start of the symptoms. For the majority of children the number is much smaller. The goal of training to get to the point where 100 [or more if the child has athletic ambition] steps are easy. building steps back up to 100.
and a direct solution. use surgical tape to keep your childs mouth closed.. but in brief. Remember the simple lesson of the mouse and the elephant. There is a simple explanation. On top of this our breathing gets deeper as our sleep gets deeper. One of the easiest ways to breath like an elephant is to sleep on your back.] The answer to this is to keep your mouth closed when you are asleep. To wake a couple of hours after going to sleep with a nasty cough is common... When we are in our deepest sleep.. [Snoring is just your throat closing a little to try to stop you breathing like an elephant. the level gets dangerously low. snoring or wheezing. Do this only on children over 5 years. and restless sleeping [thrashing about and waking often]. The only way to cause asthma is by breathing like a big . This elephantine breathing cause loss of more CO2 than we produce. In this position there is no resistance to huge deep breaths. The other problem with being asleep is that your mouth will usually open this allows us to breathe even more deeply. or the constriction of the smooth muscle around the bladder causes it to feel very full and bed wetting occurs. It has been used on younger children. and the reason I suggest this age is to ensure that the child has the ability to pull the tape off himself if needed. our breathing is at its deepest very deep indeed if we are on lying on our backs with our mouths open! Too deep. and various defenses including spasm of smooth muscle and increased mucus production kick into gear. bed-wetting. The Manual contains a full section on this.elephant. Before you write this idea off as absurd and dangerous listen to the .CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children Problems When Sleeping The majority of children have some difficulty during the night..Page 80 - . Turning on your side makes it physically more difficult to breathe so deeply your body pushes down on your lungs more. So your child starts coughing. As is snoring.
this is as important as brushing your teeth! The most common concern with this is that your nose will block up will your mouth is taped closed and you will suffocate. Day Two and Continuing Days On day two the child should find less difficulty in keeping his mouth closed. as you can breathe through this tape. So your nose will not block completely unless you open your mouth.Page 81 - . This may be asthma. and will start the next day dealing with the results of huge elephant breathing. so that it is easy to grip. It does not need much power to keep your lips together. The more blocked your nose becomes. Do this until it is hardly sticky at all. You may have noticed that there is a lot covered on Day One. The extra CO2 will cause your nose to unblock.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children instructions. The tape recommended is called surgical or paper tape about 1 inch wide. Then repeatedly put the tape onto your palm and tear it off. . available from a pharmacist. and gently place in lengthways along your lips. the effect of CO2 on your nose makes this impossible. Fortunately. They will have become used to the higher levels of CO2 caused by their mouth being closed. The following days are just a matter of reinforcement. If it is off and you do not re-apply it. Fold a small tab on each end. but cannot close up completely. Check on the child around 3. The goal is to have just enough sticking power on the tape to for it to stay on.] Have a practice during the day with the tape so there is less if any drama at bedtime. bedwetting or just plain tiredness. then your child will have no protection during the deepest sleep/breathing period. As with the breathing drills. the more CO2 you will trap in.30 am to check he has not pulled it off. Tear off a strip about 2 inches [5 cms]. This is true. I suggest you do this on yourself first to show your child that you are also doing it. It may whistle a bit. [It will greatly improve your sleep quality if you actually wear it in bed. Ensure your mouth is closed. Re-apply it if necessary. and keep the lips together.
you will be ready to run around again sooner than if you breathe like an elephant. the number of which is recorded on a form or eventually in a notebook. this means that each session should consist of 4 .CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children Steps sessions should now be done three times per day. as well and decreasing the recovery time for sports or activity. Parents learn to recognize this cycle and may become conditioned to simply give in as it better than a couple of weeks of having a very sick child possibly in hospital with asthma. A good illustration of children using exertion to start asthma is to observe small children running around madly. Alternative attention [positive] hopefully may result in the replacement of the tantrum behaviour with a less damaging one. there is no rush. start very gently.5 sets of steps. This clearly shows the decrease in symptoms and relief medication needed as the number of steps increases. If your child is quite unwell or low in energy wait until they feel better. Another example is the child with the ability to throw a tantrum until they begin to cough. then more and more until a full blown asthma attack is in progress. This will stop any exercise induced asthma that may exist. Extra Breathing Drills These may be introduced on the second day if your child is free of symptoms. It is valuable to also record the level of asthma and medication next to the steps records on a daily basis. ie.Page 82 - . getting very puffed [which of course is elephant breathing. As with steps. then starts the asthma cycle. with 4 to 5 sets of steps each session. and it is for fun [with a little breathing lesson]. having an excellent time. if you breathe like a mouse after running around. . On this day it is useful to introduce the idea to the child that there is significant benefit in breathing like a mouse after ANY physical activity.] then shortly after starting to cough a little. The answer is to explain how the breathing during the tantrum causes the asthma. and to forbid it. ie. This is short-circuited by mouse breathing and not coughing.
or two feet like a kangaroo. Examples are hopping on one foot. It is an amazing sensation for someone who has always been physically limited by their breathing to have a different system fail first. Simply do the jumps with mouth closed. and breathe like a mouse when you stop. reduced breathing is to become automatic. Puffing is not allowed! You can slowly increase the number of jumps as breathing improves. Ensure that shoulders relax downwards. Specifically to have your legs fail from running around before you get . do another set. This becomes applicable for use in active play mouth is closed [unless yelling]. and forefinger under nose is used. relay running with a ball if you have several children. and when they stop breathe like a mouse. bouncing on a trampoline. but remember to start gently and build slowly. Skipping or other Dance Steps This is aimed more at the kind of skipping which is done without a rope.Page 83 - . and the breathing after is reduced to mouselike with no puffing allowed [as this is elephantine]. Same rules mouth closed. and breathing is reduced when activity is temporarily halted. It is good for you also to do this drill. Again the mouth is always closed. When the child has recovered from the first set of jumps. as often their coordination is not quite there yet. and arms and legs go everywhere. It should not be so long or intense as to cause your child [or you] to get out of breath. Two is usually enough. Start off with perhaps a target of 5 on the first day they try it. As breathing improves the length and intensity can be greatly increased to the point where it will be difficult to become out of breath. The important part is that after a physical exertion.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children Star Jumps/Jumping Jacks: These are fun to teach small children. Observe closely to ensure that the drill is not too intense or too long. Note that the nose is not held during this activity. where the child runs with a halted step. You can substitute other activities which are quite intense. Not too fast.
and can be used effectively to stop coughing. then stopped and played statues [be totally still] or did mouse breathing. one parent on each side hold a hand. and one parent holding her nose gently. Unfortunately I was no longer a child when I discovered this system.Page 84 - . Within 6 months the child was completely free of asthma and it did not recur. Give it to your baby if asthma or croup or bronchitis or whatever is present. and is a great little athlete. The other key is to give the baby a dummy. . This is a good habit for modern parents. Despite this you can still great great results it just requires more patience [and sometimes creativity to keep at toddler interested.5 to 4 years of age with girl and 4 to 4. and in diet. So a brief exertion.] I have watched the commited parents of a 2. This does not usually appear until about 3. followed by reduced breathing and results can be great. I remember the first time it happened to me very clearly it was great. She is now 6. The key is to remember that it is not the actual steps that is the training. and can do steps easily.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children puffed or winded. They walked until her mouth dropped open. For Smaller Children and Toddlers You will have realized that it takes some physical coordination to do the steps drill. The American Indians had the tradition of a mother sitting beside a sleeping baby and if the mouth opened then the mother would simply push and hold them closed.5 years with boys. Dairy and other high protein foods are an example of this. Control of diet in babies is a matter or recognizing that some foods will cause us to increase our depth of breathing more than other foods.5 year old girl walk along-side of her during steps. In babies the answer lies mostly in keeping the mouth closed. but the reducing of the breathing to keep a tiny little more CO2 in the lungs than you are used to. This will keep the mouth closed to some degree.
From a breathing point of view perhaps the movement of other people during sleep ensures that the depth of sleep and hence of breathing depth. with the increase in breathing from being in a prone position. is not as great. breathlessness. When your child can do 75 steps with good control of breathing afterwards. In particular do not give a child milk before bed. then move toward the use of pulverized vegetables and fruits. to putting a baby down and their back. his breathing is much better than when he can only do 10 steps. and there is a good buffer or safety zone in place. putting the child on side or front is better than on its back. and fruit juices and water instead of milk in bottles. hormonal imbalance etc. uninterrupted. The combination of the increase in breathing from the high protein and high fat. So your goal is to condition your child to the point where he or she is free of symptoms. Another point of interest is that SIDS does not exist in cultures where the bed is shared either with the parents or with other children.Page 85 - . From the breathing point of view. deep sleep. The recommendation has gone from not putting a baby down on their back. Watch carefully to see if any particular food causes your child to produce more mucus than other foods. Progress and Scheduling of Training [Steps] Steps are both the measurement and intensity guide for training in children. will have a talented asthmatic child coughing in no time flat. and use it less. The other recommendation from the SIDS people is to avoid over-heating your child with too many blankets or clothes. When you put your child down to sleep [for their main sleep] do not give them a large feed just before. ie. migraine. so it is difficult for researchers to to suggest much at all. For . When it is 45 or 50 seconds you do not. The problem is that the sample size of babies lost to this syndrome is very small.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children If your baby develops asthma. The equivalent is the Measurement pause in adults when it is only a few seconds you have asthma. and now returned to not putting baby on its back. this condition only exists where we allow our children the luxury of solo. There has been much debate about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome here in Australia.
Should your child get a cold or infection. then if he or she can do 90 steps then you have a safety zone [of 45 steps]. and in now an excellent [champion] swimmer. steps sessions should be done 3 times per day [with one before bed]. Simply ensure that more time is spent on the other drills such as star jumps. If your child simply remembers the mouse breathing and non-coughing rules. He was extremely severe with asthma and other conditions. ie go back to 3 times per day. At this point it is more as a measurement of breathing level rather than training. A young man [10 years old called Nathan] in Townsville was able to go from being able to do only 7 or 8 steps to over 300 steps in a six-month period. after which it may be dropped back to once per day. To balance this do more sets of steps. the number of steps they can do will drop. However there are always exceptions so a better goal is 150 steps. At this point this may be reduced to sessions of two sets of steps twice per day. then increase the intenstity and frequency again. there is not usually a problem. More is better. Usually when a child can do 100 steps there is little problem. start the training at the beginnning immediately. do not be too critical as it is most likely to do with development phase than with any lack. Should the number of steps that you child is able to do begin to fall. Until the disappearance of all symptoms. As a safeguard this should be maintained for at least 6 months. During an infection like this it is difficult to do many steps.Page 86 - . This should be an absolute minimum of 50 steps. If breathing becomes so poor that asthma recurs. and when they feel better start steps training at the beginning again.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children example if all symptoms disappeared when the steps were around 45 steps. Having said that do not get too hung up on the numbers. ie. This should be done until there is a buffer of at least 50 steps over the number at which the asthma disappeared. If your child seems to lack the drive to go much past this point. if he cannot do . It is more important to recognize the point where the asthma or other condition disappeared and to build in a safety zone above that.
. Ensuring that breathing depth during sleep is reduced by body positioning and tape 5. Retraining to ensure nasal breathing only 2. Introduction of Steps as a measurement. Restarting the program if there is a relapse of symptoms at a later time. even after apparent prolonged disappearance of symptoms 7. 10.CHAPTER 11 The Buteyko Method For Children around 60 steps as usual but only 35 steps. and as a symptom relief aid 4. Installing a routine of doing the steps on a daily basis. Being aware of the impact of different foods on breathing depth. Retraining to ensure breathing after physical exertion is mouselike 3. Review Training for children consists of: 1. Ensuring that relief medication is available at all times. So instead of 3 sets of 60. Involving your medical practitioner in the process 8. with similar importance as brushing of teeth. then do more sets of steps. do 5 sets of 35 remembering that the training effect is in the reduced breathing when the steps are complete. and being ready to alter the childs diet if needed. 11. Ensuring that the association between elephant breathing and symptoms is understood 6. while maintaining breathing control afterward.Page 87 - . 9. as a training aid. Encouragement to increase the number of steps up to a target level.
Day/Date Time Start Steps Steps Steps Steps Pulse End Pulse Medication/Condition Diary Record All Symptons and Medication .
This feeling is an indication that you have trapped in a little more CO2 than you are used to. [Providing that you do not become stressed and increase your breathing depth.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants Asthma In Infants ou will have seen from your reading that applying the Buteyko Method is an active process. It is active in the sense that you control the separation of your lips.] In most cases people who have been used to breathing through the mouth will feel a little suffocated or feel the desire for a deep breath within a minute or two of having their mouth closed. and your normal response to this is for your body to believe it should get rid of some of this extra CO2. This simply means that you must recognize what makes your breathing deeper. Once used to this level the desire for a deeper breath [or feeling of slight suffocation] disappears. 1. Once you have followed how this applies to adults then you simply apply it to babies. At this point keeping your mouth closed feels absolutely normal. . This may be a factor if you suffer from panic attacks. After a time your body becomes used to the higher level of CO2 that keeping your mouth closed causes. This indicates that a higher level of CO2 is being trapped in. and avoid it where possible. and breathing through your mouth will feel a little odd. This is the reason for the desire for a deeper breath. Keeping your mouth closed. but the way that this alters your breathing is passive. You simply close your mouth and the increase in CO2 levels happens to you. so in a short time avoiding the conditions associated with CO2 deficiency. This is the first step for all people learning to apply the method. For you to apply the Buteyko Method in infants it is necessary to recognize the ways in which your breathing can be affected indirectly. still with your mouth closed. The person who is learning the method takes control of their breathing and by reduction of the use of their deep breathing muscles reduces the depth of their breathing until a desire for a deeper breath is felt.Page 89 - Y .
[I do not know if the father also participated if anyone knows more about this custom please send me a note and I will include the information in the next edition.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants The application of this wisdom to infants requires a little lateral thinking as it is unusual for a baby to actually do what you tell it. This includes you! You are examined regularly so what you do with your breathing is very important. Some have a powerful and loud explosions that are preceded by a series of warning noises such as AHHHH AHHHH AHHHHH ending with a violent CCHOO!! Others have something like a mouse shriek which is like a gentle and brief zthco often causing people to turn around to see what that odd noise was. If you wander around like a complete wally with your mouth hanging open then your baby is likely to copy you. Much healthier but uses a dummy and who may (and this is not proven at all) develop teeth problems. thumb-sucking habits. This can be done at anytime. Try it yourself. If you were to be given the choice of a baby who was A.Page 90 - . other parts include simply pushing your babies lips together. While these do allow a little mouth breathing they reduce it greatly.] 2. Which would you choose? It is not a difficult choice at all. it was simply a normal part of the mothers job. and so on. The dummy is part of this. or B. and done automatically by you even if the child is asleep. Crooked teeth. You already are aware of the wonderful variation we see in different peoples sneezes. The other positive aspect of infants is that they will copy you almost exactly Do not under-estimate their ability to absorb information from around them. An excellent example of this is watching how toddlers learn to sneeze. The simplest approach is the use of a dummy or pacifier. The dummy can help! So. the first step in improving your babies breathing is to encourage nasal breathing. Miserable with asthma and associated problems. There are lots of discussions about these devices and the problems that people have associated with them. Some Native American Indian tribes did this as part of their culture. .
Some people can eat a whole bucket of double chocolate icecream. which causes your mucus factories to increase production!] Different people have different levels of response to different foods. I have even seen parents coaching toddlers in power blowing something that almost guarantees continuing demand for handkerchiefs and tissues.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants If you follow a powerful sneezer home and observe how his [more pronounced in the male] toddler sneezes guess what you will find. The next part of helping your asthmatic child is to look carefully at what and how much you are feeding him or her You will have heard of the impact of dairy food on people in general. Study the nose blowing method of a child whose modelled parent is from the enraged elephant school.Page 91 - . Another excellent example of this is how to blow your nose. [The increased depth of breathing causes you to lose a little more CO2. but you now know that the food simply causes a change in the depth of breathing which then causes the production of mucus. or oranges. It is amazing what people remember about their own babies! . Keep your mouth closed. violent and irrigating method that dad does. and have almost no change. Quiz your parents ask what you were fed. Find all of the clues you can about how your entire family handles their food. This implies that the food itself causes the formation of mucus. With others it might be strawberries. or whichever person the baby has learned from. and if you had any problems. You may have heard that dairy food is mucus-forming. Look at the sensitivities of both parents and grandparents when looking at your child's diet. 3. but has similar genes to you. [If you have been captured in this international practical joke please see a new Appendix I have added How to blow your nose. and read the Appendix to see how you should blow your nose and sneeze. your posture reasonably straight.] So what is the message? Follow the simple rules that the Buteyko systems teaches you. Others can observe mucus after one teaspoon. Your child is an individual. The child will have learned without being officially told that appropriate way to deal with a nose tickle is loud.
If you do not have a high quality filter. Unless you are breast-feeding your child [which limits the total amount of food he gets]. Not every bottle has to be milk or formula. followed then by having a good sleep. and let it sit. Apart from experimenting with the size of each meal/snack you give your child. Realize that a huge meal of anything can make your [and your baby's] breathing much worse. your child can take a little time to realize it is full and naturally keeps sucking away at the bottle until it is overfull. When you give your baby [or yourself] water it should be filtered. We all need water. then it is worthwhile reducing the size of each bottle. Just like breast feeding the best for babies and toddlers is small meals often. and irritability. A childs stomach is quite small and too much of any food will soon overfill it. The other challenge here is to not confuse hunger with thirst. then at least boil the water. Measure your breathing using the Measurement Pause. [This is apart from any effect of any individual food.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants Once you have gathered as much information as you can begin to observe what happens to your baby after meals PAY ATTENTION AND MAKE NOTES! If you find that coughing is more common after any particular food replace it or reduce the quantity. .] If your meal is too big your breathing will suffer! Try it. This is very important so let's go over it again. drowsiness. After each 30 minutes measure it again. This not only ensures it is free of nasty bugs but as importantly gets rid of the chlorine. Think about what happens to adult asthmatics if you have a large meal. See if your ability to think clearly is reduced. Like you. you must also look at the timing of each meal. This impact is much greater when you do both. And it will taste much better than tap water. Both of these factors increase your breathing depth by themselves.Page 92 - . then stuff yourself until you are past full. Look for mucus formation.
A good model is the following. Without consciously altering your breathing. If you lie on your back your breathing can become massive unless you are awake to control it. Note to see how long each breath takes. Do this for a minute or two. Lying on your side or front simply makes it physically more difficult to take as deep a breath. not forward or back but down. For all of these years we have been told to stand up straight and breathe more deeply! If you allow yourself to go from the nice straight sitting position to the slouched position what is the first thing that happens to your breathing? You find yourself taking a nice lovely big deep breath! Ahh. You want your child to cough give a large meal then put them down for their big sleep! . Now observe your breathing again. lying down. Sit forward on the edge of your chair. [especially if you lie on your back] will increase your breathing depth. A good slouch will do for demonstration. Similarly. Imagine that your spine is like a broomstick. as if it were a bench edge. how easy or hard it is to breath in and out. And relax. Let's apply this to your baby. causing loss of CO2. The lapels of the jacket [your chest] will also just hang. Do this for about a minute. and that your body is like a jacket. Large meals increase their breathing depth. The belly of the jacket will also just hang. You could see the difference. whether your breathing is nice and regular or erratic. Slouching made your breathing become much deeper.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants A large meal will increase your breathing depth. increase in mucus production and greater likelihood of breathing problems. Right now slouch right back in your chair. not pushed in or out. Now check to see that your spine is still a little like a broomstick again. This effect is even further enhanced when you lie down completely. Test this for yourself right now. It is interesting that sitting or standing up straight results in your breathing become less deep. note how long each breath takes. how easy or hard it is to breathe.Page 93 - . Your shoulders [the shoulders of the jacket] will drop down towards the floor. Then compare your breathing when you sit up straight. Sleeping [worse on back] increases breathing depth. just like you were watching TV.
wheezing and runny noses. and to keep their comfort level as high as possible. As a general rule if your child has problems go off cow's milk and other dairy. and therefore easier to put to sleep. and will adversely affect their breathing. In effect this usually means breaking the larger before bed feeding into two smaller feedings. SUMMARY The most important thing to remember is that once your baby is old enough you can teach them active steps to take to clear up their asthma. Your main tasks are to ensure that they are kept alive until then.Page 94 - . So you must remain calm in the face of symptoms. If you are having problems or at least your baby is with coughing or wheezing. yet be ready to seek emergency help and all the power of modern medicine to ensure their survival. Experiment! Try different things for a week or so. Take no risks. . Give the larger meal well before bedtime.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants This is traditionally done because the big meal makes them drowsy. then you need to experiment. What food is best for your baby? Breast milk is best. This may seem a brutal thought but the fact is that you cannot retrain their breathing habits unless they are alive. If your child is getting asthma then you have to forego this shortcut. [the huge dose of insulin released does it]. and then a smaller snack before bed. This same rule also applies to adults have either a very small meal before going to bed or nothing at all. If you are using milk or formula. Sometimes this is not possible or always available so mostly you will use or supplement with milk [cows] or some kind of formula. Substitute non-dairy formula or soy or goats milk. then use a small bottle at bedtime or give water or [unsweetened] juice at that time. Just like when breastfeeding. making notes of coughing. Many children are lactose intolerant which means that cows milk will not allow them to thrive.
Dietary control: recognize the impact of different foods. reduce the amount of sweet down to nothing. breakfast cereals [especially processed rice and corn based] and sweeted fruit juices. and to breathe like a mouse when they are old enough. and in general [not always] it is better to drop out dairy based foods first when looking for the right foods for your child. If your child refuses a dummy. Fine white bread will impact more than whole grain bread. You can substitute oatmeal. and so did both children. [Look what Daddy's got!] Failing this then it may help to apply something tasty to the dummy. such as a tiny blob of honey or other sweet. Generally the less refined food is the less impact on your breathing.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants The real process for a parent of an infant with asthma is to look to decrease the affect of things that deepen the breathing of the baby. One way to deal with this is to firstly ensure that the dummy does not taste like an old sock.Page 95 - . [A great example this morning a young couple with an 11 month old baby were surprised when I pointed out that the baby was sucking the same fingers through an open mouth that dad did. Active control of breathing level: play games which teach your child how to cough through their noses. This also includes your impact from being the ideal breathing role model.5 years] every time she coughed he joined in. different quantities of food and the timing of each meal. . Within one hour of both parents being told of the importance of nasal breathing both children also breathed through more often through their noses. this means: Mouth closed: using a dummy. This is related to sugar levels. Let your child see you with it in your mouth. minced vegetables and keep to whole grain products. Taste it yourself. The next group to look at is sugary foods and refined foods [eg white bread]. Excellent!] Both parents breathed mostly through their mouths. This inludes colas. then remember who is in control. and chewed on the same fingers as dad! This baby was also known to copy his older sister [2. He held the same hand in the same position. This may be enough to make them want to try it. and in general you should try to avoid all refined sugars. or closing it with your fingers. Smaller meals with make less impact on breathing. Once they are in the habit of using the dummy.
Care should be taken to keep the family cat dander free. say goodbye to it. and even if it does not affect breathing enough to cause asthma. An important point is to allow a child's feet to be bare unless it is quite cold. and generally we are better off with bare feet. These exercises have a massive impact even if not done exactly right by a toddler. This can be done by a weekly bath.CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants If you have the use of an older sibling. If you able then having non-carpeted floors is good. dust mites. Your goal will be to have the child trap in more CO2 you will do this by increasing their production of CO2. Remember that as an adult you can minimise the effect of trigger factors by carefully monitoring your breathing and reducing it at first sign of an effect from the trigger factor. If your cat does not allow a weekly bath. so you must simply minimise the exposure to it. it will still cause itchy eyes. but then keeping the mouth closed to keep some of the extra CO2 in. If it is only partially blocked then it is easier to deal with. Your baby cannot yet do that. . Dander is a very potent trigger. A weekly dose of sunshine on pillows helps with this. A two year old will mimic the things done by a 5 year old. Regulary turning mattresses and washing mattress covers with a touch of bleach helps. Other factors to be aware of: Temperature: If your child becomes too hot or too cold breathing depth will increase. you will still get decreased symptoms. Nasal blockage: If your baby has a blocked nose and cannot breathe through it at all then there are some gentle steps you can take to help. determine if it is completely blocked or only partially blocked. as does ensuring that pillows are clean and fresh smelling.Page 96 - . and pollens if you can. then you can use them as models for teaching infants and toddlers how to do the exercises in the childrens instruction chapter. If you can get it pretty close [as the child is not yet able to do it precisely]. Firstly. Our feet are a vital part of our temperature regulation. Obviously is also a good idea to avoid trigger factors like dust.
The first goal is comfortable nasal breathing. You can use it to unblock baby's nose an alternative to pumping of arms and legs ensure that mouth is closed soon after surfacing. even if it is just in the bath. so that the nose becomes sufficiently open to breathe through. with plenty of stimulation. This is called the diving reflex. get down to their level. Repeat this process if needed. plus allows them to develop coordination. and ensure that their mouth is closed. You will find that their nose is more clear. then simply push their lips together. then gently pumping arms and legs can achieve similar results. Bed/Cots: Your baby's bed should be quite firm. and only use short bursts. Change positions and places regularly. Be sure that their hands are free to move around. Swimming is wonderful activity for children. avoid filling your child with bath water!] . This allows a little exercise. Be sure to be very gentle.Page 97 - .CHAPTER 12 The Buteyko Method For Infants One way to do this is keep the dummy in while exercising the child. If you do not use a dummy. Do not be concerned if both nostrils do not become 100% clear. [Obviously. and best position for sleep is on the tummy or on the sides Activity: Ensure your baby gets to move around. during which they will intuitively hold their breath. If your baby is still too young to do the walk/carry procedure. If your child is walking or almost walking then walk/carry them around the room [hold their arms while they walk in front of you. Allow their faces to go under water in little dives. After about 10 seconds stop.
The interesting thing is that in the vast majority of these cases. and will eventually stop you from breathing at all. While this is pretty good advice to follow anyway. which is a genetic code that produces less of an enzyme that is needed in your lungs than normal people.Page 98 - .CHAPTER 13 Emphysema n the past emphysema has been seen as a death sentence. There is a theory that smoking causes emphysema. What is the missing factor that explains what is going on? I Emphysema The Missing Factor The missing factor is the depth of breathing of each person. asthma happens in the airpipes [called bronchi]. the emphysemic condition is not seen until later in life even though the genetic pattern that says there should be emphysema has been there since birth. Your doctor or specialist may have explained to you that this condition is progressive. but have never smoked ever. Other people have what scientists describe as alpha antitrypsin deficiency. There are literally thousands of people who have emphysema. They have never been exposed to even passive in any dose. Some doctors will simply say to make the most of the rest of your life while you still can. and new research is happening. they have the same condition as a two-packs-a-day-for-thirty-years smoker. Very simply put. then you may have been told there is a chance for a lung transplant later. there are some really interesting other things to know about. whereas emphysema occurs in the bulb-like sacs at the end of . If you are youngish. You may have been told that new drugs are becoming available all the time. The only difference between asthma and emphysema is where it occurs in your breathing system.
Your body is try to restrict the airflow to prevent further loss of carbon dioxide [CO2]. The other effect of smoking [while we are bashing this silly habit!] is that it introduces hot. Of course to use these devices you have to breathe very deeply.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema the airpipes called alveoli. The effect is a huge increase in mucus and it is no wonder that alveoli [and bronchi] clog up. lips. To conclude my tirade on smoking if you are addicted to nicotine. and more likely to become cancerous or infected. and you will die. This also causes an increase in mucus production [to clean up the bits of tar and debris]. mouth or throat. If you must do this via your lungs then use a similar device to what marijuana or opium smokers use a pipe or bong. Emphysema is the clogging up of the alveoli at the end of the airpipes with mucus. An additional effect of bringing all of this cigarette muck into your lungs is to increase the chance of your lung cells mutating and giving you cancer. The deep breathing associated with smoking causes the loss of more CO2. so you will still lose CO2. or blocking it up with sticky mucus. Asthma is restriction of airflow by either squeezing the airpipes with special muscles. and cools it a lot. Smoking Smoking is a double whammy for emphysema. When they dry out or are heat affected they are easily damaged. then your body will not work. The restriction of breathing in both conditions has the same cause. This drags the smoke filled air through water which washes it a little. . and still probably get emphysema but you may have a lower chance of getting cancer of the lungs.Page 99 - . or both. From earlier chapters in this book you will know that if you lose too much CO2. The restriction of your airflow in asthma and emphysema is simply your bodys way of forcing you to stop losing so much CO2. Your lungs are wet and sloppy and they function best this way. Added to this is the effect of bringing foreign particles into your lungs. which induces your mucus factories [special glands that produce mucus or phlegm] to increase their output. then find another way to get it into your body. dry air to your lungs. The amount of gunk that gets into your lungs is decreased and you can actually see it in the foul smelling water that is left.
One lady in England used only this Instructional Manual. or that you had a cough. Antytrypsin Deficiency The curse of the genetic ability to produce less antitrypsin than you need can also be reduced in effect. I am saying that one thing that changed is the depth of your breathing. It changed in exactly the same way that the breathing of someone who gets asthma late in life also changed. Because you were unaware of your breathing the only change you would have noticed is that you seemed to be getting breathless more easily. The major difference is that emphysema causes more lung damage. So if you have been tested. the symptoms are similar in effect. and shown to have this particular gene do not give up hope! The reason for hope is that for a major portion of your life you produced enought antitrypsin to live normally. This GP said that it was hard to believe. but she could not argue with the results. or even childbirth. Asthma.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema If you must continue to smoke. It may be even be a less awful event like retiring or moving to a nicer climate. and even the medications used are the same. The cause as stated above is the same. Emphysema or Both!? You will now be noticing that there is not a lot of difference between asthma and emphysema. an operation. At some point something changed which resulted in you beginning to experience the symptoms of emphysema.Page 100 - . The other will still exist. and you will continue to do damage until you stop. Often people can trace the beginning of their symptoms back to a particular illness or event. It may have been a serious infection. You will be able to reduce the symptoms of emphysema if you follow this breathing model because you will be stopping one of the factors that produce the symptoms. then at least bear in mind the lessons contained in this book. . The first I learned of it was when a British Doctor who was now working in Australia contacted me to ask how it could have happened. I now have two clear cases where people with severe symptoms and this genetic deficiency have had major reductions in emphysema symptoms after using the Buteyko System. a shock such as a death.
Page 101 - . Is it asthma or emphysema? The difference is in the location of your defense to stop losing too much CO2. and much more in pure emphysemics. and less if any asthma. If it does not work for 10 minutes or so. One person will get a defense in the airpipes. and makes no difference at all. the more the better but there a thousands of cases where people have had large sections of their lungs removed [usually because of cancer]. Before I go further into the practical way to determine whether you have asthma or emphysema I want to give you some good news. the better. then you probably have straight-out emphysema. It does not mean you have no emphysema only that you have some asthma. This is because there is generally less damage to lung tissue in pure asthmatics. . Obviously. and afterwards can function on one lung or less. plus try to prevent any further damage. another in both places. how long does it take to work? If it works within a few minutes that means you have a good component of asthma because this medication works mostly on the airpipes.] The easy way to tell how much emphysema or asthma you have is examine how well you respond to your relief medication. another in the alveoli. which is common. the more your symptoms are caused by asthma. then you have more emphysema. As a general rule. OK. Whichever defense you have is determined by your genes. You do not need to have 100% of your lungs working to have a decent quality of life. [Note that if you have severe asthma for long enough you will also have some emphysema and lung (alveoli) damage. So regardless of how much good lung you have been told you have left be positive! Your goal will be tune your breathing so you can take best advantage of what you have.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema You may have been told that you only have a certain percentage of your lungs still working as the mucus blockages in the alveoli have damaged the alveoli so that they are no good for exchanging gases. when you take your Ventolin [salbutamol] or other fast acting bronchodilator. If it does not work at all. Another point is that lung tissue that appears to quite destroyed on X-ray will still be able to do the job to some degree so the percentages that are calculated from x-rays are always more pessimistic. For example.
Always remember that any exertion is a breathing training! Once you can get to the point where you stand without becoming breathless. in classes where I have taught emphysemics there is always a significant improvement within 10 days no matter how far gone they think they are! It is never too late. [It is a little like the first time you go for a swim or a walk and the first day you can only go a small way before you wear out. taking megadoses of most drugs. The more emphysema you have the slower your progress will be but there will still be progress. Once they can do a little exertion and recover. So your first training exertion may be to simply stand up.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema If this is so do not let yourself get depressed! There is still hope. and only then continue your exertion. In practice. then they can soon do a slightly greater exertion and recover. This applies to people of all ages and if you want to get older faster then rest a lot! Once you can control your breathing then you can start to train again get stronger and enjoy life more. You must stop the exertion just before this point. but have learned that they recover faster when they do their Buteyko breathing.Page 102 - . You will have to work more for your results and you will need to be more patient. stop and recover. Having said this. reduce your breathing depth [almost suffocate yourself] until you have recovered. You will become breathless. So the most important less for those with emphysema [and in asthma] is to never exert to the point where you can no longer control your breathing. Then repeat the exercise. then stand and walk ten paces. the more asthma you have the faster you will see relief from your symptoms using this system. You cannot do this until your breathing system works again if you try to train when you cannot breathe you are taking a huge risk your heart may give up. and then sit down again and recover. their oxygen cylinder on the back. The training effect kicks in and soon major improvements are seen. but if you train properly then each time you can go further and further. It is the . needing 20 hours of oxygen per day and unable to manage the slightest exertion who have been walking around in less than a week! They are not cured. This is a very important point. There are several cases of people arriving at class in wheelchairs. When your breathing is extremely affected by emphysema then the tiniest little thing will knock you up.
if you are walking. it will take you a lot longer to recover. the only way you can do this is again doing the opposite of what it feels right to do. you have to suffocate yourself a little. By this I mean that you will not realize that you have gone from being OK to being breathless until it is too late. Once it is too late. It does you no good to lose control of your breathing. and you are not suffocating. You must do the opposite of what you really want to do which is to put your hands on your knees and suck in the big ones. even though what you really want to do is breathe deeply like a horse. When your breathing is normal. and will actually contribute to your condition worsening. This book is telling you that it is carbon dioxide [CO2] which is the controller of your breathing. then stop BEFORE you get so puffed you have to stop! This may seem a little frustrating and may slow you down in the short term but in the long term you will get better faster. No one else is telling you that you can reverse your condition.Page 103 - . If your condition right now is that you are gasping [even before you have done anything] then just sitting or lying there is sufficient exertion to begin with. the you can recover faster with much less misery and your progress will be much faster. That is. Remember that the reason you are gasping is because your body is trying to stop you breathing like an elephant instead of a human. It will feel as if you are not getting enough air and I am telling you to suffocate even more!! I will go over some of the chemistry to do with oxygen and CO2 below but the simple fact is that you have nothing to lose by trying it.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema recovery which is the most important part. For example. and not worse. You get no points for getting to the point where you begin to gasp. Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Much confusion arises with these two gases when you first try to figure out what is going on. but you know from your own experience that oxygen is also needed. Your first step is to be not needing to gasp. it is the . Another point about working on your emphysema is that usually you will not realize you are puffed or out of breath or knocked-up until you are REALLY out of breath. If you can stop your exertion when you are only just a tiny bit breathless.
So this means that you can have too high a level of CO2 in your blood.Page 104 - . and so keeps going around and around in your bloodstream.] Now the CO2 level in your blood is different to the level in your lungs. and if pH changes too much then most of the chemical reactions in your body simply will not work. [To confuse things a little further the increased level of CO2 in your blood will alter pH as well but in a different direction to the change caused by a lack of CO2 in your lungs. then this takes over the control of how deeply you breathe. Remember that to stay alive your body uses up oxygen. Now some interesting points rise to make things more confusing. So if the level of CO2 in your lungs is wrong. When I speak of CO2 levels dropping and causing constriction of the airpipes. when the level of oxygen in your blood drops too low. When your lungs are working normally the CO2 can get out of the blood by crossing the alveoli into the lungs. The fact that it is too low in your lungs means that the mucus still keeps being formed in your alveoli. Now follow closely here because this explains why you feel so suffocated. then it can affect every single reaction in your body. and turns it into CO2 which gives it energy. In a way they balance almost themselves out. it means that the oxygen in your lungs cannot get into your blood. but too low a level in your lungs. However. they also measure your blood CO2 and when you difficulty breathing it is usually very high! This is because the CO2 that your body produces [a little when you are still. This special kind of carbon dioxide [called carbonic acid] can cause rapid changes in pH. and more when you use up more energy] cannot pass through the alveoli to get into your lungs [and therefore out into the air]. I am referring to the levels in the lungs. When the alveoli is blocked.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema level of CO2 which controls your breathing. and keeps it blocked. If you have emphysema and have been to hospital you will know that as well as measuring your blood oxygen. . but when the mucus has blocked the alveoli it cannot. When the level in your lungs drops too low this effect is magnified throughout the entire body because a special chemical measure called the pH depends greatly on the level of a form of CO2 in lungs.
You simple must remember that even when you feel suffocated you must do the opposite and breathe as if the air is going just into your nose and just out again. So you are stuck in a loop! The only way to break out of the loop is fight against your automatic reflex to breathe more deeply when your oxygen levels are low.Page 105 - . But you will not change your strategy your answer is ALWAYS to breathe less deeply than you want to. and CO2 will start controlling it again. This will allow the level of CO2 in your alveoli (lungs) to build up which will reduce the mucus production which will allow the oxygen to get into your blood from your lungs. the oxygen control of your breathing [which makes you want to breathe deeper and deeper] will stop. And this happens! The oxygen level in your blood drops. the deeper breathing caused by this automatic reflex causes even more CO2 to be sucked out of the lungs this stimulates the mucus factories to increase their production even more which blocks off the flow of oxygen in and CO2 out of the blood even more! So even though you are getting lower and lower levels of oxygen in the blood. and this causes an automatic increase in your breathing depth. the more deeply you breathe to try and get more in the more you block off the passages. This means that even though the low levels of oxygen are making you feel suffocated you must do the opposite of what feels right and suffocate yourself even more than you already feel! This sounds scary doesn't it? It is scary at first. When enough oxygen has got into your blood. and the CO2 to get out of your blood into your lungs. . You have plenty of oxygen in your lungs and no matter how much you breathe you cannot get it past the blocked alveoli into the blood where the level is getting lower and lower.] However.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema So your body uses the oxygen in your blood and turns it into CO2 but if your alveoli is blocked off by mucus then the CO2 cannot get out of the blood. I mentioned above that oxygen takes over from CO2 in controlling your breathing depth when the oxygen level in your blood gets too low. [It is trying to force more oxygen into the blood. and more oxygen cannot get INTO the blood. but once you do it a couple of times and feel it work you relax and it is not so bad.
and the way to do that is to breathe so gently that you cannot hear your breathing or feel it if your place your index finger under your nose. This means that you will have to breathe a lot more shallowly and feel much more suffocated than those woossy asthmatics. then this method will not work. the less mucus you will produce in your alveoli and the less your emphysema symptoms will be. and the CO2 level had increased. and many were coughing and wheezing. Before they started the doctors measured the oxygen and CO2 levels in their blood.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema Over a period of time if you keep trapping in more CO2 than your are used to you will get used to higher and higher levels [in your lungs!]. where people were forced to breathe as deeply as they could for 15 minutes. This is because you will feel suffocated before you even start and you have make the suffocation worse! If you do not make it worse. You can do it from this book but it is a lot easier if you can get to a class or find an instructor who will guide and support you. After 15 minutes of deep breathing the level of oxygen had DROPPED greatly in the blood. A study was done in 1963 and written up in the New England Journal of Medicine [a very prestigious medical journal]. The more you are used to. Your goal is to remember that you want more CO2 in your lungs. If you have severe emphysema then you will have to be tough on yourself at first. . They were dizzy. nauseous. You can do it and it is only slightly worse than what you are going through already. You cannot significantly increase the level of oxygen in your blood by breathing more! Your blood is usually 99% saturated with oxygen you cannot squeeze more in by deep breathing.Page 106 - . Did this breathing make them feel good? Nope. and if you do it then you can look forward to improving rather than getting steadily worse. About Oxygen The level of oxygen in your blood when you are able to breathe normally is very high.
there is a way of using oral steroids to get a little relief. In the short term with severe cases you will be looking for an improvement in recovery time. See another doctor if they insist on taking it when no difference is felt. Extra Tips About Using Medication In Emphysema The same rules apply as for asthma.Page 107 - . It is chewed as this helps speed absorption. poor economy and will wear out faster. chewed. If the relief medication you are using makes no difference to your symptom level then ask your doctor why you are taking it. . and you feel yourself getting more and more exhausted. then the motor will have low power. Obviously you need to talk to your doctor before changing any drugs. At times when your your breathing is really bad. Keep taking your preventative medication until you are much improved. See your doctor before altering any medication! Use your breathing to try to get relief first. They work best when you have the right mix of gases in them just like the carburettor of a car. You will have times when you have bad days and good days. Even with this. then use your relief medication if you need it. as does the warm water. and an improved endurance. then taking 5 milligrams of Prednisone. So take it then sit very quietly doing your breathing as well as you can. and particularly with this approach. and your good days will get better. If you keep to the strategy then over time your bad days will not be as bad or as frequent. Taking a long acting bronchodilator [such as Atrovent] when short acting ones [like Ventolin] do not work will do you no good. By preventative medication I am referring to steroids only.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema So always remember your lungs are a gas mixing chamber. When you have a history of very severe emphysema then you need to view your breathing training on a yearly basis. with warm water may give you a little rest. In cases where no drugs give any relief at all. this automatically improves your performance. If the mix of gases is wrong. [Not to mention spluttering and backfiring!] The way to tune your carburettor is to breathe less deeply than you want. the drug it will take at least 2 hours to have an effect.
Page 108 - . At the start this factor is high it is very difficult to deal with anything when you can hardly breathe so that even a slight task will see annoyance and sometime tantrums. and tell them about Buteyko! . The angry old men become charming and even cheeky. It is usually the men where this factor is obvious. as perhaps women deal with it better? So if you know someone with emphysema.CHAPTER 13 Emphysema Out of interest one of the ways I measure progress in a class of emphysemics is to determine the Grouch factor each day. As the course progresses and breathing improves then the Grouch factor drops. Oh. and they are usually cranky give them a break see how smiling and easy-going you are when just getting dressed takes hours to recover from.
based on history of asthma and current medication levels.Page 109 - . Throughout the trial. C Mitchell and Dr S. Blinding was maintained over the groups until 12 weeks. so that neither group was aware of which group they were in. Diary cards were kept which recorded medication usage. with both groups attempting to minimise usage. Bowler. symptoms level and peak expiratory flow. randomized study which compared the Buteyko Breathing Technique with a placebo breathing technique plus conventional asthma management. with sessions over 7 days each lasting 60 to 90 minutes each. After that review. and was funded primarily by the Australian Association of Asthma Foundations. lung function and medication.APPENDIX 1 Buteyko Clinical Trial Summary Summary of Results of the Buteyko Clinical Trial Introduction In December. Measured were symptoms. It was conducted by Respiratory Physicians Prof. including the 1 month run-in period. The Trial was held at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane. It was a controlled. 1994 a clinical trial began which compared the efficacy of the Buteyko Method with conventional asthma treatment. Each group was trained at the same time in different room of the same building. subjects using short acting B-agonists at one dose or less than one . bronchodilator medication was to be used on an as required basis. It was initiated in response to a huge volume of anecdotal evidence claiming its effectiveness. quality of life. after which a clinical review would take place. Subjects were instructed not to alter inhaled steroid dose during the initial six weeks. Methodology Thirty-nine subjects were recruited and randomly divided into two statistically equal groups.
and at 12 weeks. at 6 weeks. Minute Volume. and End Tidal CO2 were conducted after run-in. coughing and abdominal breathing techniques.5% from 1893ug to 1656ug Placebo Group average inhaled steroid use remained statistically the same at 1450ug to 1551 Diary Card Symptom Scores Buteyko Group decreased symptoms score by 50% Placebo Group decreased symptoms score by 15% .APPENDIX 1 Buteyko Clinical Trial Summary dose per day were instructed to reduce their inhaled steroids according the protocol. Respiratory testing FEV. [From 1235ug to 134ug] Placebo Group decreased average agonist use by 5%.Page 110 - . Results Results at 6 Weeks Beta Agonist Use: Buteyko Group decreased average agonist use by 90.1%. The control group was trained by a qualified physiotherapist in standard asthma education including relaxation. [From 1029ug to 978ug] Inhaled Steroid Use: Buteyko Group average inhaled steroid use fell 12. and the Buteyko group by an experienced Buteyko Instructor. Also at 8 months a further medication-use questionnaire was given. Diary card data was gathered at this time and Quality of Life Questionnaires were administered at these times plus at 8 months.
mood . Buteyko Group 54% improvement. impact on social activity. and as a group used less inhaled steroid. better in all dimensions Placebo Group 24% worsening Summary at 6 Weeks After 6 weeks Buteyko subjects used 90. had less symptoms. mood.Page 111 - . . felt substantially better in terms of breathlessness.2% less beta-agonist [relief medication]. concern for the future. Results At 3 Months Beta-agonist Use Buteyko group had maintained decreased average use by 90% Placebo group had increased average use by 9% Inhaled Steroid Use Buteyko group had decreased average use by 49% Placebo group was statistically the same as before the trial Diary Card Symptom Scores Buteyko group 71% improvement Placebo group 14% improvement Quality of Life Scores Buteyko group had significant improvement that was still maintained at 8 months Follow-up At 8 Months At 8 months the decrease in beta-agonist use in the Buteyko Group had been maintained. social activity and concerns about the future.APPENDIX 1 Buteyko Clinical Trial Summary Quality of Life Score Impact of Asthma on Patient Lives Dimensions measured were breathlessness.
Minute volume is an objective measure of the volume of air breathed at rest in one minute while stable.9] which is a significant drop when compared to the placebo group [which went from 14. It is a consistent measure of the degree of hyperventilation in the patient.p=0. and at 8 months was 90%. As well as reduced relief medication. changes in peak expiratory flow levels. In an uncontrolled trial equally dramatic improvement was shown in the 10 subjects. .APPENDIX 1 Buteyko Clinical Trial Summary Discussion This study showed that a group of severe asthmatics [averaging over 12 puffs of relief medication] were able to reduce their medication to an average of just over 1 puff per day.9 to 13.6+3.1 litres [p=0. simply by learning a different model for breathing.0 litres per minute. the need for steroids was also significantly reduced.5 litres. [From 1270+813ug/day to 850+753ug/day] All of this group also reported a significant reduction in symptoms.Page 112 - . to 9.3+4.2+4. use of inhaled steroids was reduced by 33%.0+6. This is combined with massively reduced symptoms and greatly improved quality of life. [Correlation was found between the relative reduction in beta-agonist use in the Buteyko group and the relative reduction in Minute volume.] This change is exactly as predicted by Buteyko Theory which states that a reduction in hyperventilation will result in reduction in symptoms of asthma and hayfever. and minute volume levels. [From 1733+1231ug/day to 228+467ug/day] Over the same period. Average decrease in B-agonists at 4 weeks was 75%. Because of the relatively small sample size. the only statistically significant change among these measures of lung function was minute volume.04] Addendum The control group of the above Clinical Trial was offered the opportunity to receive instruction in Buteyko Breathing after blinding was removed from the groups. r=0.51. The Buteyko group average minute volume dropped from 14. [8 months]. In this trial it was also attempted to changes in CO2 levels.
When this sugar is burned in the presence of 12 more oxygen atoms.Page 113 - . T The Source Of Energy and CO2 The most common source of energy in the body is the so-called burning of sugars. The burning of sugars is the main energy source for your muscles. The sugar is made available from the blood. There is a special type of blood cell . The oxygen [O2].] The energy from this basic reaction is the source of all energy from the breakdown of carbohydrates [carbon-hydrogens]. energy is produced. It is drawn into the lungs. I will explain in over-simplified terms. The new combination is 6 CO2 molecules plus 6 H2O [water] molecules. So therefore for the muscle cells to function they must have both the sugar and the oxygen. and will try to cover only enough to convey the importance while lessening the confusion where possible.APPENDIX 2 Importance of Carbon Dioxide The Importance of Carbon Dioxide he purpose of this appendix is to draw the attention of both expert and non-expert the significance of CO2 in our bodies. all of the atoms involved are re-arranged. which means each sugar molecule has 6 carbon atoms. As well as the energy produced. Sugars [like the most common glucose] have general formula C6 H12 O6. So the reaction is: C6 H12 O6 + 6 O2 is burned to give energy plus 6 CO2 + 6 H2O [The underlining means the atoms are grouped together. where it has been placed by various organs in the body. Remember there is almost none in the atmosphere now. is pulled across the membranes of the lungs into the arterial blood. The CO2 produced here is the main source of CO2 for the body. comes from the atmosphere. 12 hydrogen atoms and 6 oxygen atoms.
. These are called hemoglobin. it changes the chemistry of the bus. their are special seats for oxygen.] After having gone through the single lanes of the arterial highway. [that is. So most of the oxygens get a round trip. If there are heaps of CO2s in the area. which may be for example muscle cells. The vein highway takes the RBC ferry back towards the lungs. Because of some very important mechanisms your body uses to keep the balance of charges at the same level at all times. These oxygens are then available for use by the cells. the more oxygen gets off. [97% saturated with oxygen. At this time there is usually still a lot of oxygens on the ferry. There more CO2 there is to turn in bicarbonate. To keep things in balance. the special form of CO2 called bicarbonate is very important. [It is this reaction that makes more oxygens get off the ferry. and many more Oxygens get off.] The RBC ferry travels through the body on the arterial freeway which becomes narrower and narrower until there is only one lane for RBCs. because there are more oxygens on the ferry than around the cells. A very small amount [7%] will just stand in the aisles [as CO2 dissolved in water] A slightly larger group [23%] will take some old oxygen seats [hemoglobin]. the RBC ferry now is on the Vein highway.] At this time lots of CO2s get onto the RBC ferry. with about 75% saturation.Page 114 - . and there is a limited number of seats. most of the bicarbonate will jump out of the RBC ferry and be washed along beside it in the fliud called venous plasma.APPENDIX 2 Importance of Carbon Dioxide called the Red Blood Cell [or RBC] which is like a ferry for gases inside the body. so they are often almost completely filled with oxygen as the blood leaves the lungs. The biggest group [70%] is turned into bicarbonate by a special enzyme on the bus. many oxygens gets off the ferry. This single lane puts the RBC very close to the cells. At this time. they can be reacted with sugar inside the cells to make more energy and CO2. On this RBC ferry. There are special seats on the ferry for CO2 as well.
This will affect the ability of the RBC ferries to provide free oxygen where it is needed and to remove excess CO2 from the cells. which surrounds all of the cells in your body. It will also interfere with the internal workings of the cells. So having the right ratio of bicarbonate to carbonic acid is vital. If too much or too little carbonic acid is released. which allows the carbonic acid to drop. So the level depends on the depth and frequency of breathing.] The ratio of bicarbonate to carbonic acid present determines the pH of the extracellular fluid. [in the brain] which is sensitive to both CO2 levels and pH of the extracellular fluid [which depends on bicarbonate and carbonic acid ratio]. and escaping the body. This can be turned back into CO2 and water. On the other hand. [The sacs at the end of the airpipes. the carbonic acid level is determined by the amount of CO2 that is kept in the alveoli. The pressure of the CO2 in the lungs. plusses and minuses balanced. the pH of the fluids that surround all the cells will change. the sheer pressure from the masses of oxygens just inside the alveolar sacs pushes in and takes over all of the hemoglobin seats.] This is a little complex.Page 115 - . the breathostat tells the breathing to increase which lowers the CO2 dissolved in the lungs. which brings the ratio .APPENDIX 2 Importance of Carbon Dioxide When the RBC ferries and bicarbonates along side them reach the lungs. is dependent on the rate at which CO2 passing out of the blood in the lungs is diluted with atmospheric air. because these chemicals act as a buffer for the body. [This is just a way to keep all of the charges. but the ratio of carbonate and carbonic acid is very important.] The pressure of this CO2 gas in the lungs will stop too much carbonic acid being turned into CO2 in the lungs. Your body cannot handle big changes in the charges. The character of our breathing pattern is determined by our respiratory centre or breathostat. There is no problem with the levels of bicarbonate as it is fixed and closely controlled by your body. The reaction involved in taking these seats releases a chemical which causes the bicarbonate to be turned into carbonic acid. This CO2 and the water that is formed are released into the alveolar spaces [where the oxygens have just come from. When the pH [the balance of charges] in the fluid around our cells because of a decrease in bicarbonate [it got onto the RBC ferry]. which keeps the carbonic acid levels set.
because of release from the lungs at a rate faster than its creation in the tissues leads to an increase in pH. All physical and chemical processes are affected. [So here is the link between kidney disease and your breathing. . Over a period of time the loss of CO2 becomes increasingly disruptive to the functioning of the body. your kidneys help to regulate the pH of the extracellular fluid as well.[Less oxygen is taken from the RBC ferry. ie when you for example increase your exercise.Page 116 - . Generally a state of oxygen deficiency also occurs due to reduction of the Bohr effect. the less your breathing will change in response to it. usually within a few minutes.APPENDIX 2 Importance of Carbon Dioxide of bicarbonate and carbonic acid [and thus the pH] back to normal. Buteykos Theory Due to deep respiration an excessive amount of CO2 is removed from the body. and produce more CO2.] Key Point for Many Breathing Related Diseases The effects of changing levels of CO2 and its variants [bicarbonate and carbonic acid] on breathing level happens very quickly. within a few minutes your breathing will have adjusted [increased] to keep level of CO2. and the efficiency of all normal systems will be reduced. However if the changed blood level of CO2 is maintained. [Metabolic acidosis] This effect will not quite cancel out the increased pH from the CO2 loss. and the pH the same as it is when you are not exercising. resulting in a change in chemical balance which is only partially neutralized by compensatory mechanisms. the body gets used to with time. They do this by regulating the bicarbonate levels. Just to complicate thing a little further. It is this acclimating mechanism that allow us to adjust our breathostat either up or down.] This oxygen shortage will cause an increase in the amount of incompletely oxidized products of metabolism which act chemically to lower the pH. The longer the difference in there. The loss of CO2.
carbohydrates. and proteins. Treating the symptoms of these diseases without addressing the cause will result in eventual worsening of the problem. but will also result in removal of the diseases occurring due to the change of function of the body caused by the excess removal of CO2. etc]. emphysema. . where the action is to reduce further CO2 loss [Asthma. These include disruption of formation of fats. normalization of the breathing will not only avoid the existence of diseases of defense . The other category are the diseases which occur as a result of the changed pH and compensatory mechanisms. and a disruption in the efficiency of the processes of formation of CO2.APPENDIX 2 Importance of Carbon Dioxide One category of disease caused by this problem may be classified as defense mechanisms.Page 117 - . Disruption of the energy production efficiency [decreased ATP formation]. According to Buteyko.
This is separate to and distinct from the tachycardia from the increased use of b-agonists. it is almost impossible for a person to reduce their breathing. and on the other hand there often an urgency to get rapid control of the asthma to avoid potential death. As such it must be used only with consent of your doctor. . Essentially. The . the shortfall in production of cortisone is the result of alteration of pH and other key ratios due to excess loss of CO2 because of acclimated hyperventilation. While this deficit in steroid level exists. unless sufficient supplementation occurs. From the Buteyko point of view. The other key to steroid deficits in the majority or asthmatics is the constantly elevated pulse which accompanies the deficit. and the changes in gas levels which will allow the adrenal to increase native steroid production to the required level.Page 118 - T his section is only for those who are currently requiring oral steroids to remain stable.] The goal is therefore to supplement the shortfall. the patient will be stuck in an unstable situation. The earlier discussion made the suggestion that problems with steroid supplementation occur when more than required is taken.APPENDIX 3 Steroid Deficit In Asthma Steroid Deficit In Asthma This contains mainly a different strategy to titrate the doses required. or those who have a need to take oral steroids periodically to control severe attacks. which will allow reduction of breathing. The real problem is knowing when and how much does your body need. [Observation will show almost immediate breathlessness on even slight exertion. Do not alter the doses of your medication with out seeing your doctor. One the one hand is the desire to avoid side effects.
the pulse will fall below the 96. The tab should be crushed and taken with warm water. Use of breathing training at this time will usually bring the need for b-agonists to almost nil. The physician must take account of the varying effect of agonists on the pulse to be able to determine the place where the pulse is reduced. and has potential for death. the pulse would still be constantly more than 20 bpm above the normal resting level. it becomes as easy as it is for the rest of us. [Also as with injected steroids. After 2 hours. if the pulse has not dropped. The pulse should be monitored each 30 minutes and recorded. It is very difficult for the asthmatic to do Buteyko Shallow Breathing when steroid is in deficit.APPENDIX 3 Steroid Deficit In Asthma b-agonists produce an increase in pulse which reflects the blood levels of the agonist.] If the asthmatic is in crisis. It is better to over-supplement in this case. This process should continue until the pulse does drop. In other countries with different steroids. If however. and is unable lose the breathlessness sensation. use equivalence tables to calculate the strategy.g. and practice the breathing. It will become decidedly easier to control their breathing. the asthmatic is merely miserable. This involves the introduction of prednisone in 5mg tabs. obviously the emergency physician will use his/her judgement to keep them alive. When sufficient supplementation has occurred. [Sorry about the taste].Page 119 - . The patient will feel the point when steroid supplementation is sufficient. and come close to returning to the normal level. taking increasing amount of relief medication with marginal relief. . has elevated pulse. E. then a different approach might be used. but is not yet in crises. and will be able to rest. During this time the patient should remain still. the resting pulse will usually be over 96 when there is a deficit. if the resting pulse is usually around 76 when there is no steroid deficit. If the levels of agonist were allowed to drop to zero. How do you know how much to take? In Australia the most commonly used oral steroid is prednisone. When it is supplemented. another 5 mg should be taken.
the dose can be titrated with 1mg tabs or syrup. [4 x 2 hrs x 5mg] Once the level of supplementation required has been established. There is no overdose until 151mg is reached. With the example of a more serious shortfall in steroids. and this will depend on the condition and the pulse. So the amount taken per day should not decrease by more that 25%. The combination of the pulse and the condition of the patient will indicate when the shortfall has been filled. say 75mg. In this example. than the lesser is advised. This is better than following a formula for the reduction of steroids because every person will have a different rate of recovery of steroid production. that is how much they need.Page 120 - . It will take 8 hours to exceed this dose. regardless of the total dose reached. This author would interested in hearing of the experiences of . then even the introduction of 100 mg will produce little relief.5mg. When the shortfall is huge [say 150mg].APPENDIX 3 Steroid Deficit In Asthma An example is a patient who has a mild shortage of say 17. If a person is 150mg short. then the same procedure followed as above. the patient must take at least 15mg the next day. and the ability to shallow breathe will improve. and see the reduction in pulse and improvement in condition. [only far more scary. and it almost the same as taking 11mg when you need 10mg. The doses up to that point are not the issue. A target of 10 mg less than was used on the previous episode should be introduced. Most experienced asthmatics are capable of following these instructions with regular phone conference with the physician. If the increased first dose is sufficient. the steroids should continue to be added each 2 hours until it does. Whether he takes 15 or 20mg will depend on his condition and his pulse. Remember the side effects occur when the total amount of steroid in the body exceeds the needs of the body. the resting pulse will fall within 2 hours [allowing for agonist effect]. If the resting pulse dose not decrease. it should not be varied on daily basis by more than 25%.] In small children and infants. If condition has improved [little need for agonists] and resting pulse is close to normal. and also no side effects. then a clear history from the patient should indicate the initial dose being much higher. The patient will know when sufficient has been received as breathlessness will decrease.
Steroid Deficit In Asthma
asthmatics or physicians in the use of steroid supplementation. I hope even those physicians who reject this approach will consider the role of pulse in the problem more carefully. It is a very useful indicator even if you have to screen out the effects of other medication. [Note: please be aware of the masking effects of medication other than the b-agonists. Most drugs taken for heart problems will smokescreen the effect of steroid shortage on the pulse.]
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Sneezing & Blowing Your Nose
How To Wipe Your Nose And How To Control Sneezing
he most important thing to remember is that the mucus in your nose is the result of your mucus factories producing too much mucus. These factories will do this because the amount of mucus they produce depends on the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) present. The less CO2, the more mucus produced. So, what you need to do is two things. Firstly, you want to get the mucus that is in your nose to stop being there. You want to do this because it is irritating to the lining of your nose, and makes you do an annoying sniffle, or it may in fact be blocking your nostrils to some degree. The second thing you want to do is to not lose any more CO2 from your body, which will cause your mucus factories to make even more mucus than you have now. In fact, you really want to trap a little more CO2 in to reduce your current production of mucus. Your strategy must be to remove the mucus from your nose while losing as little CO2 as possible. This is done by removing ONLY the mucus from your nose the mucus that is in your nostrils. Do not go mining for mucus and try and suck it off the back of your skull! Your strategy is to remove only that which is loose and runny. You will do this with as gentle a blow as possible. How To Blow Your Nose Step 1. Take your handkerchief/tissue and fold it into a square about 2.5 inches [7.5 cms] across. Place the square with the tip of your nose in the centre near the top, with your finger of each hand at the back of each side.
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Sneezing & Blowing Your Nose
Step 2. Using the fingers of your left hand, use the handkerchief to block your left nostril, and blow gently ONCE ONLY. This will clear your right nostril. Step 3. Then block your right nostril with the handkerchief, and blow gently ONCE ONLY. This will clear your left nostril. Fold your handkerchief and put it away. From this point, if your nose is blocked then you will be able to unblock it with reduced depth breathing as described in this book. You will not be able to unblock it further by blowing harder and harder.
1. There should be almost no sound. There should definitely be no trumpeting like an elephant. A person a few feet away should hear nothing. If there is noise, it means that you are blowing harder than your need to, and you are losing more CO2 so causing the production of more mucus than you clear. The more you blow, the more mucus you will create, or the more blocked your nose will become 2. After you have finished, then you need to breathe like a mouse for a minute or two, to trap in some extra CO2, which will decrease the swelling of the lining of your nostrils. 3. Remember, you want to remove only the mucus that is within an inch of the end of your nose, leave any other mucus for your body to clear using its normal mechanisms.
What Happens To Mucus If I Do Not Blow It Out [Or Cough It Up]? At all times in your body, your mucus factories are producing mucus. A small amount is appropriate. This is used to mop up particles that should not be there, including virus particles, bacteria, dust, etc. As well as producing mucus, your body has a normal system of cleaning up the mucus.
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If it is running down the back of your throat. and when the mucus is in your throat. This is related to chemicals like histamines. your must not waste your CO2 by blowing like an elephant. there is no excess to worry about. when there is an imbalance in your system. leukotrienes and others but there is always also a shortage of CO2. When it is in your lungs. then you know how long it can take to recover. Each time you sneeze you effectively take a big deep breath. When it is in your nose. All coughing should be closed-mouth coughing unless you are choking on something. Your body has garbage truck cells that deal with some of the mucus. If you tend to get caught up is a series of sneezes where you may sneeze from 6 to 60 times in a row. you will produce more mucus than your garbage cells can handle. and then blow .] The same rules apply whether the mucus is in your nose or in your lungs. the histamines you will release. Once they slow down. your garbage cells can catch up and get rid of the excess mucus. However. This also reduces the production of things like histamines which can cause areas like your nose and eyes to be extra sensitive. Your only escape is to work on decreasing the production of the mucus by trapping more CO2 which tells the mucus factories to slow down. the more mucus you will produce. then you can stop it by doing the same procedures as you would use to unblock your nose or stop an asthma attack. How To Control Sneezing Your goal with sneezing is to avoid the increasing loss of CO2. This may occur in your nose. [Your nose will stop being itchy. the rest is either released and may be gently coughed up. and your eyes scratchy. then harder you try to get rid of it by blowing or coughing. Once the extra mucus is there.Page 124 - . and the irritated the area will become making it more and more sensitive to trigger factors like dust or pollens or smells. in your lungs or in your sinus or ears. and so you will have excess mucus.APPENDIX 4 Sneezing & Blowing Your Nose When production equals clearance. or may be broken down and released via the bowel. you must control the cough reflex ensuring that you cough only gently.
Your actions consist of recognizing that your have been breathing too deeply.Page 125 - . Each time you do this you lose more CO2. just as you do in a Measurement Pause. his breathing will reduce. when you have caused your sneeze reflex to become too sensitive [by losing too much CO2]. or you can do what they used to do in the movies! If you are a fan of cowboy movies you will be able to picture a scene where our hero and his partner are being pursued by a bunch of nasty bandits. the more likely it is that you will sneeze again! The best approach is to avoid the first sneeze. which in turn makes your nose more sensitive. This is the tickle or itch sensation in your nose. You need only the realization that greatly reducing the depth of your . and try to prevent the next one. However. However. If you act quickly as soon as you feel the itch. then this approach is not relevant. the not-so-bright partner of our hero will begin to pre-sneeze. you can prevent the sneeze. then you will sneeze when it is not needed to remove a foreign substance from your breathing system. or sneeze only when something like a fly blows up your nose. If you hardly ever sneeze. but before the loud choo arrives our hero will place his forefinger under his partners nose. then you can benefit from this. He will go ah ah ah. and then another trigger another sneeze is produced. You can hold your breath. Before each sneeze there is always a warning that it is coming. and you have lost too much CO2. and the sneeze will be avoided [saving them from detection by the bandits and certain death!] You do not need the banditos to stop your sneezes. The sneeze is a useful tool for expelling foreign substances from your breathing system. If the sneeze gets to the point where you cannot stop it. so you must trap some more in quickly. If you try to contain a sneeze you have the potential to damage your hearing. if the tiniest little smell or atom of pollen or dust affects you. The sneeze trigger becomes too sensitive! The main rule is that you should not try to smother or contain a full blown sneeze. At a very tense point where our heros are hiding close to the bad guys. The more you sneeze. or failing that the second sneeze. let it out.APPENDIX 4 Sneezing & Blowing Your Nose it out. The simplest way to do this is to stop breathing.
The same applies for most itches that occur in the triangle that can be drawn from the centre of your upper lip to your right temple to your left temple. and then breathing only just enough to stay alive. Each sneeze causes the release of more histamines which make the whole area more sensitive.Page 126 - . See if you can make the itch go away just by breathing like a mouse. [Mouth closed of course!] So. or rub your eyes check your breathing. and will relieve the itch which start is the sneeze. Just work on stopping the next one. but at least now you can cope when you have to. to summarize about sneezing At the first sign of the warning itch in your nose that a sneeze may be building stop your breathing. trap in some extra CO2. Do this by doing a Measurement Pause straight after the first sneeze. There is another benefit is stopping the sneeze cycle as soon as possible. You can reduce the impact of things like pollens and dust mites [and droppings] if your reduce your breathing depth as soon as you sense these triggers. Everyone knows that the simple act of putting your finger under your nose can stop a sneeze it has surely been known at least as long as movies have been around.] Another example might be vacuuming or mowing lawns this stirs up lots of dust and muck you can reduce the effect if you suffocate a little while you are exposed. It is very likely that it will just disappear. This includes itchy eyes and itchy noses. [Pretend there is a really bad smell!!] Do not try to hold a sneeze in if you cannot stop you may implode [just kidding]. For example. If you find yourself touching your face to scratch your nose. and try to make the itch reduce. These chemicals stay in your face for quite a while making even a slight breeze enough to make you itch.APPENDIX 4 Sneezing & Blowing Your Nose breathing will trap in more CO2. then you can reduce this if your reduce your breathing depth. Once they break down. If you are too late to stop the first sneeze. [Obviously better to avoid them if you can. if smelling smoke has made your nose itch and eyes scratchy in the past. try to stop the next one. and you can make it work better for yourself. Now you know how and why it works. the whole area in the triangle described above becomes less .
. His supporters claimed amazing relief from asthma and many other diseases they even offered a guarantee. I experimented with exercise. looking at the very molecules and atoms that may be involved. Science would give us the answer soon. Something we did caused the asthma gene to switch on or off. I was looking for a common link so I asked for and was given the Biochemical Analysis of Buteyko Theory.APPENDIX 5 Authors Notes & Details From The Author F rom the moment I could read and understand. Meditation and martial arts also helped a little. I then worked for multinational pharmaceutical company to learn more about the drugs and the research. Everyone was looking into smaller and smaller detail. which seemed to help a little. which seemed to help. their symptoms would change. I studied biochemistry and physiology at University to find all the clues. Science appeared to be failing me. an operation. if their breathing was changed. For the first thirty years of my life I battled with asthma. However. I have been fascinated by science. A new drug. There also had to be a link because some people did not develop the problem until they were much older this implied that something other than genetics was involved. I have been studying these science problems first-hand since I was about 10 years old. I experimented with diet. The problems of the world included by own personal battle with illness in the form of asthma. Hidden among the deep biochemistry was a very simple story. which would soon disappear. Yet the problem occurred in more and more people. I found out about a Russian Professor called Buteyko. allergy. There had to be an obvious. as did most of my family. A little over 6 years ago. From the training I had received in Science the impulse was to believe it was a fraud. It could give me no simple theory or cause for this disease.Page 127 - . It seemed to me that science would eventually solve all of the problems of the world. Every person with asthma breathed a certain way. and hay fever. I did not know what it was. simple link between our lifestyles and asthma because people often grew out of asthma. or perhaps even gene therapy would stop our disease. There is plenty of time to analyze when you lie in the darkness before dawn struggling for a good breath. The breathing could make asthma symptoms appear or reduce. It just went away.
The average decrease in need for relief medication for asthma is 91. This story is different to that you have been told by your doctors. A great many people are able to get relief very easily. Although most work is still with asthma. Every question I have ever had about asthma is answered by the simple Buteyko theory. I maintain a Satisfaction Guarantee with personal classes that states that a significant improvement will be seen within 10 days for simple asthma. [In conjunction with your doctor. Learn a simple story. I could make myself have asthma and then make it go away. and also advise on how drugs are best used. it does not always mean it is the best story. It worked. May your God go with you. Buteyko is a simple story on how to grow out of asthma and other diseases. I do not need to give a guarantee. An Instructor can guide you on how to get the breathing exercise right. It is my hope that the principles in this book will eventually be taught to all small children so that decades of suffering can be avoided. and are aided by lessons from an Instructor. and only then believe it. Just because a story is old. your football coach and your friends.APPENDIX 5 Authors Notes & Details It was a very simple experiment on myself to test this story. This information is now available in simple form for you. Steroids are reduced very slowly with 85% of students free of all asthma drugs within 6 months. I ask that you study it. and practice a little. Some people need a little more help to change.] In the past six years I have instructed over 2000 people with breathing related illnesses. try it. follow the simple instructions from the story. I have given only three refunds in all this time. your parents. Youth should not be wasted on illness. James Hooper Buteyko Instructor Bachelor of Science Member Australasian Buteyko Association Principal Buteyko Practitioners Training College of Australia .Page 128 - .4% within ten days. but do it simply because I can. There is no one who will not benefit from learning the simple rules of breathing. All of the facts of medicine and science are only stories which man has made up to try and explain what we observe. Success is also gained in hay fever and migraine.
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