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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.

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

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.

Your Breath is Connected to Many Health Problems & More

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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:

Asthma  Anxiety  Angina  Allergies  COPD  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME  Sleep Apnoea

Sports Performance  Orthodontics  Hypertension  Snoring  Gastric Reflux  Stress

The Great Asthma Debate

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.

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THE BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY

 

 

GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR ASTHMA

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

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What is the connection between your smartphone & a long heathy life?

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Click on this image to refresh your memory of “If”.

If you could increase your energy levels for life

If you could improve your sleep & manage with less

If you could boost your immune system without supplements or drugs

If you could help your body deal better with any disease or condition

If you could be less affected by daily stressors of life & be more calm

If you could improve your golf handicap or other sporting activity by a few percent

If you could save your child from developing orthodontic problems

If you could reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, and many other common diseases

And if you could learn to do all this with your smartphone for £1.99, why would you not be interested in knowing more?

The connection referred to above is your breathing, the most important activity in your life yet the most neglected area of study in medicine today.

Almost 90% of us in the West over-breathe or hyperventilate and this has profound adverse effects on our health but is often just a bad habit that can be eliminated easier than other bad habits such as over-eating or smoking.

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling’s “If”, sort your breathing out and you’ll be a better person in many ways!

Get the App for your smartphone HERE and make a start today to kick the bad breathing habit with the MyButeyko App.

If you feel you need us to help you keep to the straight and narrow path with some support & monitoring  then check out this Skype distant learning  option HERE

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.

 

Chronic Hidden Hyperventilation – 21st Century Epidemic?

 

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It is estimated that up to 90% of the population in the West are in the habit of over breathing; they suffer from CHHV (Chronic hidden hyperventilation). Because CHHV is not easily recognized, it is rarely diagnosed and even when it is, patients are given little advice or support to deal with the habit. The Buteyko Method appears to be the most effective training system to correct the problem.

  1. Why is it termed hidden? Normal breathing at rest involves breathing about 5-6 litres of air per minute with a respiratory rate of between 8-12 breaths per minute.

a. If a person breathes slightly faster, say 12-16 breaths per minute this will not be easily noticed by any observer but will increase their minute volume by 2-3 litres.

b. If they breathe slightly larger breaths, perhaps 25% larger, this will increase their minute volume by another 2-3 litres but this increase will not be easily observed.

c. If they habitually sigh or yawn this can add another 2-3 litres per minute.

The total effect will be to increase their minute volume to 10 to 15 litres per minute.

  1. Chronic hidden hyperventilation is frequently associated with habitual mouth breathing since it is far easier to over-breathe through the mouth than through the narrower air passages of the nose.
  2. The effects of CHHV is to lower the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the body, to increase the risk of airborne infection as the filtering and immune system of the nose is by-passed, to irritate and inflame airways as dry or cold air is breathed through the mouth and to cause loss of nitric oxide normally produced naturally in the nasal cavities.
  1. The lowered CO2 disturbs the entire physiology of the body:

a. The blood does not release its oxygen to tissue as freely due to the Bohr effect.

b. Smooth muscle wrapped around all hollow organs in the body (airways, arterial blood vessels, bladder, gut etc.) is caused to spasm, restricting circulation, breathing, or digestion.

c. The acid/alkalinity of the body, the pH, is shifted towards alkalinity. This adversely affects every biochemical activity of the body.

Do You Hyperventilate? Check your own breathing HERE

If you have a CP(ControlPause) of less than 20 seconds, here is a simple way to improve your health and fitness in just a few weeks, learn to breathe normally again.

 The health consequences of CHHV because of the above can be many and serious. Conditions invariably associated with CHHV include: asthma, sinusitis, breathlessness, angina, diabetes, hay fever, low energy, gut problems, sleep problems, childhood developmental problems, hypertension, anxiety, CFS, panic attacks, snoring, IBS etc. Improved breathing helps reduce symptoms of these conditions and generally improves wellbeing.

General information : www.buteykokent.co.uk   Asthma information: www.asthmacarekent.co.uk

St Bridgets  Rye Road  Hawkhurst  Kent TN18 5DA     Freephone: 0800 781 2534

Michael Lingard BSc DO BIBH Buteyko Educator

 

 

 

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