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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.

The Great Asthma Debate Continues on and on……..

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British Thoracic Society
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Global Initiative for Asthma

There are many questions that need answers for all those millions diagnosed with asthma.

Fact: both these respected organisations have endorsed the breath training as an important aid to asthma management because of the high grade clinical research.

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. (Middlemore & Green Hospitals March 25th 2007) “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 4. 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.
From SIGN 153 2016 “British Guideline on the management of asthma” Section:6.2.13
BREATHING EXERCISES
Behavioural programmes centred on breathing exercises and dysfunctional breathing reduction techniques (including physiotherapist-delivered breathing programmes such as the Papworth method, and the Buteyko method) can improve asthma symptoms, quality of life and reduce bronchodilator requirement in adults with asthma, although have little effect on lung function.
These techniques involve instruction by a trained therapist in exercises to reduce respiratory rate, minute volume and to promote nasal, diaphragmatic breathing. Trials that include more than five hours of intervention appeared more likely to be effective. They can help patient’s experience of their condition and quality of life although do not affect lung function or airways inflammation. They should ideally be provided as part of integrated medical care.
Surely as an asthma sufferer if you could a)Reduce your asthma symptoms, including breathlessness, b) Reduce the incidence of attacks and /or have better warning of them, c) Reduce the amount of reliever medication by up to 90%, d) Reduce the amount of steroid or preventer medication on average by 50%, e) generally improve your quality of life , f) suffer fewer chest infections as you learn to use your natural defence system- nose breathing, would you be very upset that your peak flow measures had not improved greatly? Remember the Peak Flow Meter is perhaps unique among scientific measuring instruments; the forced breathing always affects the lung function by causing constriction of the airways. Many asthmatics performing this strange test have severe coughing bouts or even an asthma attack!
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 more information visit: TotalHealthMatters!, ButeykoKent or AsthmaCareKent

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”

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

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.

The Buteyko Method for Asthma: Breath training gains Highest GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) Evidence Rating

 

The Buteyko Method & GINA
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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.

From: http://breathingexpert.com/category/blog-articles/

THE BUTEYKO METHOD AND BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY

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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

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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.

See a listing of all recent trials at: HERE

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UK Asthma Care Failing – That’s Official!

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Asthma patients breath 2-3 times more than normal

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.

Further blogs: YOUR DOCTOR, YOUR CHILD, ASTHMA, MyButeyko App, BUTEYKO

Does Your Child Mouth Breathe? Why This is a Serious Health Problem.

 

sleeping_babies_with_open_mouth-1680x1050Most 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.

 

Is Your Child Condemned to a Lifetime of Asthma & Drugs?

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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

e-mail  info@asthmacarekent.co.uk.

Michael Lingard BSc DO BBEC