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Connection – Discover How You & Your Health are Connected to, well, Everything!


After over a century of reductionism in medicine we need to relearn how our health and wellbeing are connected to the functioning of our body mechanics, the food we eat, the way we breathe, our mental state, our family and community life, the environment we live in and much more. We need to restore “Wholism ” or “Holism” to our teaching and practice of medicine if we are ever to have a sustainable health service. “Connection” by Michael Lingard gives a brief insight and practical advice as to how we can start to regain a deeper understanding of health and sickness that goes beyond “Pill for Every Ill”.
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Visit our website for more information and details of “The Real Health Assessment” as a pdf to download HERE . This Health Assessment is aimed at checking the key factors that lay the foundation for your health: your body structure, your diet, your breathing and your stress unlike standard Health Assessments that are designed to identify pathologies; you can usually get the medical tests from your doctor if necessary free of charge on the NHS.

Is it Asthma? – “Third of asthmatics may have been wrongly diagnosed”​

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What is asthma, are we diagnosing it correctly and are the drugs prescribed needed?

Doctors using observations and not proper tests, study warns.
‘Sufferers’ had allergies or heartburn
By
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
ONE third of people with asthma have been wrongly diagnosed, or their condition is no longer active, a study has suggested.
Researchers selected more than 700 adults at random who had been diagnosed with asthma in the last five years and checked
them again
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They found 33 per cent of people did not appear to have the condition, and nine in 10 of these were able to stop their
medication completely. Most had minor conditions such as allergies or heartburn, and 28 per cent had nothing wrong with
them at all.
“It’s impossible to say how many of these patients were originally misdiagnosed with asthma, and how many have asthma that
is no longer active,” said the lead author of the study, Prof Shawn Aaron, senior scientist and respirologist at the Ottawa
Hospital and the University of Ottawa, Canada.
“What we do know is that they were all able to stop taking medication that they didn’t need medication that is expensive and
can have side effects.”
Around one in 12 adults in Britain, some 4.3 million people, has asthma, with the study suggesting 1.4 million of them do not
have an active condition.
A similar study carried out in The Netherlands last year also suggested that more than half of children are misdiagnosed with
asthma.
The new study found that doctors oftendid not order the tests needed to confirm an asthma diagnosis and in nearly half of
cases based their diagnosis solely on the patient’s symptoms and their own observations.
In the UK, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence is drawing up new guidelines advising doctors to use more clinical
tests to back up their judgement and avoid the danger of wrongly labelling someone as asthmatic.
What is asthma? This question was posed in the Lancet (Vol. 368, No. 9537, 26/8/06) which clearly demonstrates there is no consensus to the answer.
Re-evaluation of Diagnosis in Adults With Physician-Diagnosed Asthma
January 17, 2017JAMA. 2017;317(3):269-279. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19627
To further support this finding, research done a decade ago suggested that up to 40% of those diagnosed with asthma had been wrongly diagnosed and should not be on the medication prescribed. (Middlemore & Green Hospitals March 25th 2007)
Is it not time that a proven clinically tried and tested approach should be offered patients?
That approach involves teaching patients better breathing habits to reduce the very common condition of chronic hidden hyperventilation. One such training system that has stood the test of time is the Buteyko Method another is The Papworth Method. Both are clinically and cost effective, giving patients better control of their symptoms and better QOL as well as saving millions of pounds in medical costs worldwide.
AsthmaCareKent HERE or TheBreathConnection

Could it be Your Back that’s causing your Health Problem?

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Did you know that all your internal organs, your heart, stomach, kidneys, bladder, liver etc. get their nerve supply from your spine? Did you realise that if you have a restriction or minor problem in your back it may be causing or at least contributing to your internal problem? If you didn’t you are in good company as many doctors ignore this vital connection too often. In fact this connection was the foundation of osteopathy and chiropractic therapy over a century ago but over the years we have come to disregard the mechanical relationship and rely more and more on medication to deal with our health problems. As usual life is a bit more complicated than this and if we are seriously interested in the origins or a health problem we must check out the individual’s structure, their diet, their breathing, their stress and emotional state, their work and general physical activity. Much of this is not given adequate attention in modern medicine that seeks to diagnose the pathology then treat it with medication or surgical procedures. The chart above is your guide to how your health may be affected by problems in your back and if you want to learn more about the other factors visit “www.totalhealthmatters.co.uk” to learn about “the Body Connection” ,”The Food Connection”, “The Breath Connection> and “The Mind Connection”

Do all mammals, including us, have a fixed number of breaths in a lifetime?

IMG_1252All mammals appear to have a given number of breaths in a lifetime, about half a
trillion. As a rough approximation divide the breathing rate in breaths per minute into
700 for lifespan in years.View the chart of mammal lifespans & breathing rates HERE

“Better Breathing Means Better Health”
“The perfect man breathes as if he is not breathing” Lao Tzu (4th century BC)
Lao Tzu is claimed to have lived to a 150 years old. Perhaps he only breathed about
five breaths per minute
“The more you breathe the closer you are to death. The less you breathe the longer
you will live.’” Konstantin Buteyko 1923-2003.
We don’t promise great longevity when you train with the Buteyko Method but you
will have better health, more energy, sounder sleep, fewer symptoms and a calmer
life if you breathe better.
With humans, one of the major factors that cause chronic hidden hyperventilation is
stress. Stress triggers the primitive fight/flight response repeatedly eventually
causing the CO2 receptors to accept a lower level of CO2 and thereby establishing a
over-breathing pattern for life if left unchecked.
For more information regarding breathing and health, visit: The Breath Connection

TotalHealthMatters! Health Workshops for 2016

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A series of Health Lifestyle Workshops are planned for 2016 held on the first Thursday evening of each month from February at 6pm to 7.30pm at TotalHealthMatters!, Hawkhurst, Kent.
Each workshop is designed to give you the information needed to help yourself to better health by learning more about each topic from body mechanics to mind training and by giving you practical advice you can use in your everyday life.
This is a great opportunity to learn from three very experience health workers with over seventy years combined practice supporting their work.
It is also an introduction to tomorrow’s healthcare, based on health promotion, holism and sound scientific research.
Your understanding of the driving forces for a long healthy life will not only benefit yourself but all your family and friends with this added knowledge and experience you will derive rom these workshops.
Book the whole series of eight at the discounted fee of £295 or select the individual workshops that interest you the most, at £45 each. Spaces are limited to only ten participants per workshop but if a space is not available you may be added to a priority waiting list for future workshops.
The Full Course (Eight workshops over eight months) view HERE
The individual workshops are shown below:
The Body Connection Part One HERE
The Body Connection Part Two HERE
The Food Connection Part One HERE
The Food Connection Part Two HERE
The Breath Connection Part One HERE
The Breath Connection Part Two HERE
The Mind Connection Part One HERE
The Mind Connection Part Two HERE

We love a toxic diet, over health and longevity.

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We are not talking about heavy metals, food additives, herbicides or pesticides, although it’s obvious they don’t improve our health, but four common food elements in most daily diets.
The first may come as a shock to many of you as we have been encouraged by high authorities to consume plenty of it for our health; it is protein! The truth is, backed by considerable research over the past 40 years, is that once we have consumed our daily requirement (about only one or two ounces per day) the excess has to be eliminated by the body via our liver and kidneys whilst producing acid that has to be neutralised with calcium taken from our bones and by increasing our breathing to remove carbon dioxide as a second way of reducing the body acidity.Each time we double our protein intake we increase the amount of calcium excreted in the urine by 50% increasing the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones. The second food element is fat, excess fat in our diet is readily stored by the body in liver, heart and muscles all contributing to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. This is over and above the health hazard of increased body weight and obesity. Our third element of our food that is almost exclusively found in animal based foods and is not a required nutrient for our body (we can make all we need ourselves)is cholesterol. Unfortunately we cannot easily eliminate this from our body and the excess tends to accumulate in our skin, tendons and arteries where it is major contributor to vascular diseases of the heart and brain, leading to heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.This has however laid the foundation for a multi billion dollar industry for the drug companies who offer cholesterol lowering drugs to solve the problem. The fourth element in our diet that creates health problems is methionine a sulphur containing amino acid found in large quantities in meat, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese.Its metabolism in the body increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, arterial diseases of the legs, blood clots in the veins , dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.The added production of sulphuric acid also leaches out calcium from the bones increasing the risk of kidney stones. Finally dietary acid are the common element of animal based foods that add to calcium loss from our bones excreted in our urine.
The table below gives comparative levels of these food elements in animal based foods versus plant based foods.
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Visit The Food Connection website HERE to 1. Assess your own diet with the “4Leaf Survey” HERE and 2. To check where you are on the health risk graph and 3. To watch some of the leading doctors in the USA on video’s embedded in this site. P.S. You will also see how changing our diet will benefit the planet for future generations (click on Environmental destruction on the site map)
Finally, don’t shoot the messenger! Just start to make the steady shift from “meat & two veg*’ towards “less meat and more veg” for a longer healthier life!

The Basics of Stress Management with The Buteyko Method

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Occasionally it is a good exercise to try to condense a big idea into a few lines. We have E=mc2 (A. Einstein), “Structure governs function (A T Still- Osteopathy), “Eat a Whole Plant Diet” (Dr C Campbell), “The perfect man breathes as though he is not breathing” (Lao Tzu) so here is a slightly longer summary of the amazingly powerful Buteyko Method.

The Basics of Better Breathing & Better Health

1. The first step is learning the fact that most of us suffer some degree of CHHV or chronic hidden hyperventilation, over-breathing in simple terms.
2. Secondly CHHV makes us ill! Anything from low energy, poor sleep to serious health problems such as asthma, hypertension, sleep apnoea or panic attacks.
3. Most of us arrived at this state because of the many stressful events in our lives, emotional, physical, illnesses, chemical or whatever. Any stress triggers a primitive response called the “Fight or Flight Syndrome” that once protected us from sabre toothed tigers but today is not so useful and more often has an adverse effect on our health.
4. The Fight or Flight response produces over a thousand physiological changes in our bodies preparing us for emergency action, all but three of these responses we have little or no control over, histamine, adrenaline, corticosteroid production etc.
5. We can however take conscious control over three of them; our muscle tension, our breathing and our mental tension.
6. The neat thing is that once we start to take control over muscle tension, mental tension and our breathing all the others are reduced.
7. There is a very detailed physiological explanation for the benefits of better breathing that you can learn about later. Right now all you need to know is that CHHV causes us to lose carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide far from being the deadly gas many of us have been led to believe, it is the essential stuff of all living things, we would be dead without it! We need around 6% in our bodies to function well)
8. Carbon dioxide is so important to our life our breathing is governed by the level of carbon dioxide in our blood, and not oxygen. Receptors in the brain measure the level of carbon dioxide and adjust our breathing accordingly, if too much we are made to breathe more to “wash out” the excess, if too low we are made to breathe less to conserve it.
9. With CHHV our receptors have been set at too low a level of carbon dioxide and much of the breath training will be to correct this, returning them to normal.
10. Low carbon dioxide levels cause: a) Spasm of smooth muscle wrapped around all hollow organs in our body, blood vessels, airways, bladder, gut, etc. b) The blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to all our tissues is impaired and c) the pH, or acid/alkalinity of the body is changed affecting every chemical reaction in our bodies adversely.
11. There are many other effects associated with poor breathing but you can learn about them later.
12. So to correcting your breathing, if you need to! First you need a measure of your breathing. This is based on two very simple checks you do yourself, namely, the control pause and pulse measurements.
13. The control pause (CP) is a measure of your maximum COMFORTABLE breath hold in seconds after a normal exhalation while at rest. Effectively it measures how well your body is oxygenated, if you’re well oxygenated you don’t need another breath for a some time, if very poorly oxygenated you will want to take the next breath almost immediately.
14. The Pulse is measured on your wrist or neck by counting the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiplying by 4 to give number of beats per minute.
15. The table below gives a rough guide as to how good or bad your breathing is related to your CP, your pulse may add more information about this.

Control Pause CO2 Your Breathing State
45-60 seconds 5 – 6 % Excellent normal breathing.
35-45 seconds 4.5 – 5% Good but slight over-breathing
25-35 seconds 4 – 4.5% Moderate hyperventilation
20-25 seconds 3.5 – 4% High hyperventilation affecting your health
15-20 seconds 3 – 3.5% Serious hyperventilation
10-15 seconds 2.5 – 3% Severe hyperventilation
< 10 seconds < 2.5% Critically poor breathing As you improve your breathing you will find your CP increases and your pulse decreases for a while until your normal base level pulse rate is reached. Start Training:

Disclaimer: Please note, breathing has a powerful effect on our entire body and therefore any exercises should be done with caution. If you have a history of any serious condition including, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, psychotic conditions, severe asthma, etc. you are advised to only do breath training with the support and supervision of your doctor health professional or Buteyko Educator. This also applies to anyone with a CP of under 15 seconds.
Continue reading The Basics of Stress Management with The Buteyko Method

The Breath Connection

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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 or a paperback version if you prefer.
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

Does Your Child Mouth Breathe?

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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.

It’s now official! We are a nation addicted to prescription drugs!

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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.