Just published “The Breath Connection” by Michael Lingard. We are all allotted about 500,000,000 breaths in our lifetime, this little book explains how to use them well and what happens when we don’t!
E-book version (immediate download) £2.75 from
Change your life, get rid of your stress, lower your blood pressure, stop your panic attacks, help your gut, raise your energy, improve your sleep, make sure your children don’t get crooked teeth, fix your asthma….and more.
Read the science & physiology that backs this connection up and begin to take better care of your self.
Your doctor has usually never checked your breathing as part of a routine examination (unless you arrive complaining of a respiratory condition) despite the fact that breathing is perhaps the most important activity in our lives! Well, we can live for three weeks without food, three days without water but less than three minutes without air!
Over 75% of us in the West over-breath or hyperventilate and breath badly using our upper chest and mouth breathing instead of using the amazing breathing tube – our nose. You can check your own breathing with this book and become aware of just how much you can do to help yourself to better health.
Download it now, read it today and begin to change your life and start to enjoy better health without the aid of drugs.Just click HERE
If your child, whatever age, mouth breathes rather than using the nose to breathe most of the time they could be heading for many health problems that could be easily avoided.
To be brief: anyone that habitually mouth breathes is at risk of multiple healthy problems from orthodontic to heart disease.
Children who habitually mouth breathe will usually develop crooked, crowded teeth and fail to develop normal facial features. They will be more at risk of developing asthma especially if there is a family history of asthma. They will probably suffer more throat and chest infections than others simply because they are not using their first line of defence; nose breathing that kills most airborne bugs and aids the immune system.
As they get older and continue to mouth breathe they will begin to suffer the many health problems of chronic hidden hyperventilation, anxiety, panic attacks, hypertension, heart diseases, angina,hay fever, gastric problems, breathlessness, low energy, and the list goes on.
Don’t take our word for this why not watch and hear children who have trained this way HERE This is a great video of a number of children from a Glasgow school who are telling their own story.
This is not a new idea but the dangers of mouth breathing were brought to the attention of the medical profession over a hundred years ago in a book published, not by a doctor, but by an artist who recognised the problem while painting the indigenous population of the Americas. “Shut your mouth and save your life” PDF
Or if you prefer a modern scientific explanation visit the notes on connections with many health problems on The Breath Connection website,or watch this video by an Australian dentist HERE
For more information on the orthodontic side visit The Clinic, an Orthoptropic site where I help with teaching normal breathing HERE
Meanwhile, here’s wishing you all a Happy Prosperous and Healthy New Year and remember ” You should breathe through your mouth as often as you eat through your nose!”
As an experienced Buteyko Method Educator and member of the BBEC I can offer any help you may need to learn better breathing, whatever your problem improved breathing will have a significant benefit for you.
At last the medical establishment is beginning to recognise the consequences of running a NHS on drugs with little regard for health promotion and teaching patients how to improve their own health with lifestyle changes and other non invasive healthcare support. See the article today on BBC website HERE
We have a NHS that spends most of its vast resources on disease diagnosis, treatment and management with scant regard for health promotion besides the rather simplistic advice to stop smoking , don’t drink alcohol, don’t eat too much and get some exercise.
We have had half a century of telling psatients that they are not responsible for their own health , that’s the NHS responsibility to fix you when you get ill. The result is a fairly sick , unhealthy nation and a ever burgeoning drug bill and hospital spend. The word “doctor” used to mean “teacher”, in other words the doctor was expected to teach his patients how to live a more healthy life but today his role is primarily dealing with diagnosis, referral and prescription of drug or other medical intervention. The public also want “a quick fix” rather than do much for themselves, that’s how they have been taught over the past two generations.
There is an obesity epidemic that has now been identified as a very serious threat to the nation’s health, there is also a stress epidemic that can be diagnosed by hyperventilation testing, since stress invariably leads to over-breathing. Teach people to improve their breathing and, would you believe it? They start to suffer fewer symptoms and illness from the stress that is part of our lives today. It costs very little to teach people good breathing habits and improved breathing with other lifestyle changes will vastly improve the health of anyone suffering from asthma, hypertension, sleep apnoea, panic attaches, depression and a host of other health problems. Less medication will be needed, quality of life will be improved and the patient has re-empowered himself. All good news I would have thought for a NHS strapped for cash, staff overburdened, GP surgeries under so much pressure that often patients will go straight to A & E, putting more demands on an already unsustainable service. Why has such an approach not been at least tested out in the system? Perhaps the answer is that medically trained people are not conversant with any alternative to drugs and perhaps the “drug addiction” extends to them as well as the general population. There are exceptions to this scenario but any doctor who dares break with the drug protocol puts his job in jeopardy. There are few incentives to break out of the drug box.It is up to each one of us to make the next move and try to become more self-reliant, more health conscious and be more restrained before taking yet another pill.
Breathing is the most vital and most social activity in our lives. Professor Konstantin Buteyko claimed over hundred modern diseases were associated with dysfunctional breathing and did you realize that with every breath you take you inhale some of the exhaled air of every living man and animal on the planet! We don’t all eat from the same plate, we don’t drink from the same well but we do all breathe from the same atmosphere.
Despite the above it is unlikely that your doctor has ever checked your breathing unless you arrived with a respiratory illness; apparently in today’s modern medicine it appears it doesn’t matter how you breathe so long as you do! This is not that surprising, as it is only in recent years that medical training began to incorporate nutrition into the syllabus in any significant way. We are seeing the results of this omission in the rise of childhood obesity that has reached almost epidemic proportions. At least diet and nutrition is now on the medical agenda but breathing is still largely ignored.
The most common respiratory dysfunction is chronic hidden hyperventilation that is already a 21st century epidemic, as over 75% of us in the West suffer to some degree from this health problem and yet it is rarely diagnosed and even when it is the patient is not given the support and training they need to break this bad habit.
I know you probably believe your breathing is normal; well you’ve been doing it since you were born and you have never had a problem with it have you?
Why not check it out today?
Watch this short YouTube video that shows you how to measure your breathing in just a minute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSErLKCISWg
The great news is that we can all learn how to improve our breathing in just a few weeks and once you have re-trained your breathing it stays good without further work. The benefits of better breathing may be more energy, better sleep, better concentration, less anxiety, and a general calmer more healthy life. There are many ways of learning to improve your breathing but only one has been subjected to many clinical trials and shown to be very effective and that is the Buteyko Method. Google Buteyko to find out more or visit our website to download a free app for smartphone or computer that will get you started learning how to breathe better or download free leaflets that explain the breath connection to all the above conditions on the map above. www.buteykokent.co.uk
Michael Lingard BSc DO BBEC Buteyko
Download free pdf leaflets that explain how the Breath Connection links to the above conditions:
There are many questions that need answers for all those millions diagnosed with asthma.
Fact: both these respected organisations below have endorsed the breath training as an important aid to asthma management because of the high grade clinical research.
THE BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY
Question 1. What is asthma?
as strange as it may seem this is still an area of debate. In 2006 an article in the Lancet discussed this very point “A plea to abandon asthma as a disease concept” and recent research has indicated that up to 40% of those diagnosed with asthma should not be and should not be on the medication prescribed. “Asthma” seems to have become a “popular” diagnosis.
Question 2. Is current treatment working?
With over 5 million people in the UK alone diagnosed with asthma, approximately 1 in 13 adults and 1 in 8 children, the incidence is increasing. There are over 1,200 deaths from asthma each year just in the UK and up to 86% of those could be avoided according to recent research. It is unusual to find any class in any school without three or four children with asthma inhalers, thirty years ago there might have been just half a dozen in the whole school. What has caused this increase?
Question 3. Could emergency admissions to hospital be reduced?
Most emergency hospital admissions of asthma patients may be because of poor compliance with their treatment, failure to recognise just how serious their breathing was in time to take early action, lack of out off hours help from their GP surgeries or a widespread ignorance of how to help themselves.
Question 5. Is there anything asthma sufferers can help themselves to manage the condition?
The answer to this question is a categorical “Yes!” The vast majority of asthma sufferers can be taught better management of their asthma in a matter of days using breath training, better breath monitoring and simple lifestyle changes. Not only are they on average able to safely reduce their reliever medication by up to 90% and preventer medication by up to 50% but they enjoy less wheezing, less coughing, better sleep and overall better QOL. Even more importantly the fact that they learn to monitor their asthma more efficiently and can seek additional medical attention before an emergency strikes, the risk of death could be dramatically reduced.
If there was one more point to encourage our overstrained NHS to adopt breath training for asthmatics it would be the enormous potential saving on drugs, medical consultations, hospital admissions, economic loss to the country of days off work not to mention the improved quality of life for the patients. Two GP’s did trial the Buteyko Method training for a group of their asthma patients and claimed to have saved the NHS thousands of pounds a year. The best estimates at present would suggest up to half a billion pounds a year savings that could be better spent elsewhere in the NHS. £500,000,000 savings is a small price to pay to overcome deep seated prejudices and poor health outcomes. We would have though that NICE would take greater interest unless there are vested interests that can apply pressure? The pharmaceutical industry perhaps, who could lose a large percentage of their income from asthma drugs?
For a much broader picture of the impact of breathing on our health generally, visit HERE
2010: First Appearance of Buteyko in the GINA guidelines
The Buteyko Method first appeared in the 2010 update of the GINA guidelines. Under the heading of “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, the 2010 version noted that the Buteyko Method may provide a useful supplement to conventional asthma strategies, particularly in anxious patients or those habitually over-using their medication. This version also began to mention the existence of emotional stress that can lead to hyperventilation and hypocapnia.
2012: Recognized effects
it improves symptoms, quality of life and/or psychological measures of asthma patients. It also reduces medicine use. The 2012 update of the GINA guidelines gave a more comprehensive analysis of the Buteyko Method. The document recognizes that the studies on the Buteyko Method shows that it can improve symptoms, short-acting B2-agonist use, and quality of life and/or psychological measures of asthma patients. It met the same conclusion as to its predecessor: that the Buteyko Method may provide a useful supplement to conventional asthma strategies, particularly in anxious patients or those habitually over-using their medication. Hyperventilation is again mentioned in the 2010 version stating that it can complicate the diagnosis and assessment of severity and control of asthma. Unfortunately, in both documents, the authors have decided not to post their assessment on the level of evidence. They did however mention that the Buteyko Method had some evidence.
2014: Highest rating attained
In the 2014 version of the GINA guidelines, the heading of “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, was removed, and the Buteyko Method (listed as breathing exercises) was included as a non-pharmaceutical treatment option. It received a Level “A” rating for the quality of evidences. Although the Buteyko Method is not designated, of all breath training systems that have been subjected to clinical trials for the relief of asthma symptoms only the Buteyko Method has the extent and quality of research. The document also now mentions dysfunctional breathing as an entity that can co-exist with asthma.
THE BUTEYKO METHOD AND BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY
The British Thoracic Society Endorsed Buteyko May 2008
The updated British Guidelines for the Management of Asthma have endorsed Buteyko Technique so that GPs and asthma nurses can now recommend it with confidence.
The new guidelines grade the research on Buteyko as a ‘B’ classification – indicating that there are high quality clinical trials supporting the efficacy of the therapy in reducing both asthma symptoms and broncho-dilator usage.
No other complementary therapy has been endorsed by this body for the treatment of asthma. The guidelines are produced jointly by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the British Thoracic Society.
“The Buteyko breathing technique specifically focuses on control of hyperventilation and any ensuing hypocapnia. Four clinical trials suggest benefits in terms of reduced symptoms and bronchodilator usage but no effect on lung function. The Buteyko breathing technique may be considered to help patients to control the symptoms of asthma.”
THE BUTEYKO METHOD AND CLINICAL TRIALS
All trials have shown approximately 90% reduction in reliever medication, approximately 50% reduction of steroid inhalers, reduction in coughing & wheezing, improvement of sleep and general improved quality of life All without adverse side effects.
The Calgary Trial 2007
“I’ve been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent result. There is no disruption of their life at all by their disease: normal activities; not waking at night; not needing to use any reliever medications. It’s just great…75% control is about as good as anyone has got in any study of asthma. The neat thing about it is that it has no side effects. It’s very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment.”
Dr. Robert Cowie Respirologist.
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Inappropriate prescription of asthma drugs, inadequate A&E support, poor compliance of patients with their asthma management programs and excessive reliance on medication rather than greater education and training of asthma sufferers have all led to the current situation.
The UK is one of the worst countries in Europe for asthma treatment according to the latest official reports.
The reason for our failures is being put down to inadequate funding, but more cash is not always the panacea.
If every asthma nurse were to teach their patients the significance of breath control based on the clinically proven Buteyko Method there would be two major outcomes; the asthma drugs bill for the NHS would be reduced by half and patients would be better able to manage their asthma with less reliance on drugs and enjoy a better quality of life.
The cost of the additional training would be offset within months by the ensuing savings on drugs, doctors appointments and reduced A&E admissions.
Check out other references to asthma in this series of blogs for further information.
All clinical trials of the Buteyko Method for the support of asthma patients have demonstrated up to 90% reduction in the need for reliever medication and up to 50% reduction of steroids, reduced coughing, reduced wheezing and less breathlessness along with improved sleep and general quality of life.
Most parents would rarely notice that their child was a mouth breather and even if they do would not think it mattered much. As long as they are breathing and are healthy that’s all that matters surely?
Well the truth is no! It matters a lot but the unfortunate problem is that you won’t be advised by your GP or dentist otherwise! With rare exceptions I may add.
Problems that may often arise for mouth breathing children include:
Chronic hidden hyperventilation
Crowded teeth & many other orthodontic problems
Poor facial bone development
Repeated throat infections
Asthma in children genetically predisposed
Poor concentration due to brain hypoxia
Behavioural problems associated with the above
A lifetime of many varied health problems if not corrected
See the other blogs relating to some o the above for more detailed information.
Check your child’s breathing today:
1. If a baby, does he or she breathe through the mouth a lot of the time?
2. If an older child see how many steps they can do after a normal out-breath whilst holding their nose and keeping their mouth shut. If they can’t easily manage over 40 steps the chances are they are hyperventilating.
3. For your adult child get them to see how long they can hold their breath for comfortably after a normal out-breath. If they can’t manage more than 30 seconds they have a over-breathing problem that will be adversely affecting their health.
4. Does your child snore in sleep?
Most children can learn to correct their breathing with a little training very quickly and permanently. Contact us for details of distant or face to face training.
Every parent is concerned for the health and well-being of their children, especially if their child has been diagnosed with asthma. Unfortunately even with good medical support most asthmatic children still live a restricted life, they have to be careful playing sport, often have problems near pets, may have low energy and poor sleep and cannot look forward to ever being free of their asthma and the need for medication.
The long-term use of asthma medication has its own health risks that the parent has to balance against the risks of serious asthma attacks; not a situation anyone would like to be in. No alternative approach is offered or suggested by most doctors despite the fact that there are ways to help any asthmatic child become less reliant on drugs and to enjoy a more normal life.
The most well researched and practically proven method is without doubt the Buteyko Method. It is no coincidence that the Buteyko Method is the only system that is endorsed by the British Thoracic Society because of the high quality of clinical research supporting it.
So the dilemma is who does the poor parent believe? Well if you are struggling with this decision perhaps hearing from children themselves might help you consider the Buteyko Method for your child? In Glasgow a number of schools have used the Buteyko Method after years of sustained efforts by a Buteyko Practitioner Jill McGowan working with Paul O’Connell, an Australian Buteyko Practitioner. The results speak for themselves or to be more precise the children who took part speak for themselves. If you have a few minutes to spare listen to their stories for your own child’s sake, there really is a way of improving your child’s asthma they can learn themselves. Buteyko in Glasgow Schools (Skip the adverts at the beginning)
If you live in Kent or East Sussex why not take advantage of a free consultation and a chance to discuss this further. Book a free introductory appointment with Michael Lingard, phone 01580 752 852 or
Michael Lingard BSc DO BBEC
Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children, with over a million children receiving asthma drugs the UK has the highest incidence of wheeze amongst mid-teenagers out of 56 countries according to Asthma UK but there is no sign of improvement.
There seems to be a link with “harmless painkillers” increasingly given to children with any minor pain.
The paracetamol-asthma connection has been identified by recent New Zealand research that showed increased risk of developing asthma with even the occasional use of paracetamol-containing medication by over 50%, babies given painkillers once a month had triple the risk of developing asthma. Even the use of paracetamol by pregnant women may significantly increase the risk of the baby suffering from asthma or wheezing.
Does it not make for sanity to do whatever we can to get better control of this condition with less medication?
The use of long acting relievers (LABAs) increasingly used for children appears to be another possible reason for the increasing incidence of severe life threatening incidents and have been subjected to repeated scrutiny since 2006.
The Buteyko Method is an effective way of safely reducing the need for drugs used by asthma sufferers. Clinical trials have clearly demonstrated this (See the Clinical Trials section on our website HERE).
For more information on this subject read the Asthma article in “What The Doctors Don’t Tell You” HERE
Michael Lingard BSc. DO BBEC