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Summer and powerful protection from asthma

Summer is here and that means getting out in the sun often for lots of fun outdoors.  There is nothing like barbecue on the beach, campfires and boat rides. But, the heat, humidity, pollution, pollens and overeating can trigger asthma attack.

Every asthmatic person has his or her own triggers. These triggers can constrict and inflame asthmatics’ airways, leading to wheezing and coughing symptoms.

“These symptoms result in a feeling of breathlessness and the need to increase intake of air.  But breathing harder and faster is actually quite an inappropriate way to respond to asthma attacks.” says Jac Vidgen, a Senior Buteyko Method practitioner who has been helping asthma sufferersreverse their condition (for the past 17 years), by teaching them how to breathe properly.

Over-breathing is a major underlying cause of asthma. On average, asthmatics are breathing 12 to 14 liters of air a minute instead of the optimal 3 to 5 liters of air a minute.  That is two to three times more than the physiological norm!

The British Medical Journal establishes a strong link between asthma and “a complex of abnormal breathing symptoms suggestive of hyperventilation syndrome of dysfunctional breathing.”

“Overbreathing causes excessive loss of carbon dioxide, which inhibits delivery of oxygen to cells and tissues.  Low levels of CO2 also disturbs blood chemistry and metabolism and causes constrictions in smooth vessels.   Asthmatics have a deficit of alveolar CO2, and when triggers are encountered, they attempt to breathe even more” explains Mr. Vidgen.

Buteyko Method is a clinically proven breathing technique that has been found to reduce symptoms of asthma.  It is also very effective in addressing many other conditions which are related to dysfunctional breathing – such as allergies, rhinitis, sleep apnea, snoring, anxiety, and even hypertension, diabetes and hyperacidity.

It was developed by a young Russian doctor and scientist named Konstantin Buteyko, more than 50 years ago – when he discovered that most people suffering from chronic illnesses are over-breathing.  He developed a method for retraining the ‘involuntary’ breathing mechanism, which he found was extremely beneficial for these health concerns – allowing patients to safely reduce or often eliminate dependence on medication.

In 2008, The British Thoracic Society in Guideline on the Management of Asthma upgraded the Buteyko breathing technique to category B, meaning that there are high quality clinical trials supporting the efficacy of the method in reducing asthma symptoms and bronchodilator use.

Buteyko workshops are being conducted for clients to learn how to recognize (and how to correct) dysfunctional breathing, and about the relationship between the breathing pattern and other daily habits and activities like sleeping, eating, posture, exercise, work, play etc.  The method is also very successful for children (over the age of 4).

Mr. Jac Vidgen will be here in Manila to hold free introductory lectures from  April 26 to May 1, 2011.  These will be held at Living Life Well at the SM Megamall on April 26 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on May 1 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Introductory lectures will also be held at the PhilDHRRA Partnership Center in Loyola Heights on April 27, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and at the In Touch Community Services on April 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and from 7:00 to 9:00PM.

For more information, visit www.buteykoasia.com or email jacvid@gmail.com (or call Jac on 0919 635 6060 or 897 1804, Unit 1704)

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Breathing Expert Tells Runners, Keep Your Mouth Shut

It is common to see runners opening their mouth, panting for air.  But experts agree that doing so can cause or exacerbate conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems.

Buteyko breathing practitioner Jac Vidgen has been observing and training athletes, including runners, on proper breathing method.

Buteyko is a breathing technique developed more than 50 years ago by a young Russian doctor named Konstantin Buteyko, intended to retrain the ‘involuntary’ breathing mechanism, which Dr. Buteyko found was extremely beneficial for a whole range of health concerns.

According to Mr. Vidgen, “There is a tendency for athletes to hyperventilate when breathing through their mouth.  The major effect of that is excessive loss of carbon dioxide, which inhibits oxygen delivery to cells and tissues, as well as disturbing the blood chemistry and causing constriction of smooth vessels.”

Carbon dioxide, although an ‘end product’ gas, plays a vital role in our biochemistry and physiology, and the optimal balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide is critical to effective functioning of the body from a cellular level upwards. The most effective way to maintain this balance, is through optimal breathing.

The internationally recognized normal minute volume for a healthy adult at rest is between 3-6 litres. This kind of breathing, is very gentle, soft and light, always silent, with no movement of the chest and always in and out through the nose.

Using Buteyko may be difficult, as it would require practitioners to take less air than they are used to.  It also does not involve only breathing through the nose but also no more heavy breathing.  But, the benefits are enormous.  Aside from keeping healthy it also helps the athletes build their endurance and perform better.

Sportsman Redg Plopinio, who has been competing in different triathlons like the Ironman 70.3 in Camarines Sur, agrees on the benefits of Buteyko.

“Buteyko has taught me to breathe optimally. Whether it be running, swimming or biking  and even during rest and recovery. I enjoy a lot of benefits compared to when I was overcompensating, trying to catch every breath when I wanted to go fast. I have less lactic acid build-up in my muscles, I get to pace at a speed that I can sustain for hours, and I know, with this kind of breathing, I’ll be able do this even when I’m past 60 years old. In the game of endurance, the race is not for the swift, but to those who can keep on going. It’s not about intensity, but constancy. And the constant factor is breathing the right amount each time.”

In Buteyko workshops, clients learn how to recognize (and how to correct) dysfunctional breathing, and about the relationship between the breathing pattern and our other daily habits and activities – sleeping, eating, posture, exercise, work, play etc.

For more information, visit www.buteykoasia.com or email jacvid@gmail.com (or call Jac on 0919 635 6060 or 897 1804, Unit 1704

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Proper Breathing Cures

A young Russian doctor/scientist named Konstantin Buteyko discovered, more than 50 years ago, that excessive breathing is a major underlying cause of chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema, allergies, anxiety attacks, sleeping disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, skin disorders and even infertility, menstrual problems and obesity.

He then developed a method for retraining the ‘involuntary’ breathing mechanism, which he found was extremely beneficial for these health concerns – frequently allowing patients to safely reduce or often eliminate dependence on medication.

Diseases like asthma are caused by chronic overbreathing and Buteyko exercises are designed to teach asthmatic patients to breathe less.

Overbreathing causes excessive loss of carbon dioxide, which inhibits delivery of oxygen to cells and tissues.  Low levels of CO2 also disturbs the blood chemistry and causes constrictions of smooth vessels.

Buteyko workshops are being conducted for clients to learn how to recognize (and how to correct) dysfunctional breathing, and about the relationship between the breathing pattern and other daily habits and activities like sleeping, eating, posture, exercise, work, play etc.

One client who attended a workshop by senior Buteyko breathing practitioner Jac Vidgen, who comes to Manila to conduct workshops, attests that

“I’ve not used Ventolin since the first day of our workshop a month ago.  Also, I no longer experience any of the usual shortness of breath, general fatigue, tinnitus, numbness in my arms and legs, heartburn, hyperacidity, constipation and frequent urination.  I’ve lost 20 pounds in 2 months”

Jac Vidgen has been conducting workshops in Manila, HongKong, Bangkok and other parts of Asia over the past 12 years, working with patients to help them reverse health problems caused by dysfunctional breathing.

He will give introductory lectures on Buteyko Breathing Technique in Manila from November 4 to 7, 2010.

The introductory lectures are scheduled from 2pm to 4 pm and 7pm to 9pm  on November 4 at In Touch Community Services, Forbes Park; 7pm to 9pm on November 5 at Living Life Well, SM Megamall; 4pm to 6pm on November 6 at PhilDHRRA Partnership Center, Loyola Heights; and again 3pm- 5pm on November 7 at Living Life Well, SM Megamall.

For more information, visit www.buteykoasia.com or email jacvid@gmail.com (or call Jac on 0919 635 6060 or 897 1804, Unit 1704)

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Breathe Better: Buteyko Seminars in Manila

Senior Buteyko breathing practitioner Jac Vidgen comes to Manila to conduct lectures and seminars on the Buteyko breathing method.

The introductory lectures are scheduled from 2pm to 4 pm and 7pm to 9pm  on November 4 at In Touch Community Services, Forbes Park; 7pm to 9pm on November 5 at Living Life Well, SM Megamall; 4pm to 6pm on November 6 at PhilDHRRA Partnership Center, Loyola Heights; and again 3pm- 5pm on November 7 at Living Life Well, SM Megamall.

Buteyko’s Method is a breathing technique that is known to reverse health problems caused by dysfunctional breathing.   The method was developed more than 50 years ago by a young Russian doctor named Konstantin Buteyko.  Dr. Buteyko developed a method for retraining the ‘involuntary’ breathing mechanism, which he found was extremely beneficial for a whole range of health concerns.

In these workshops, clients will learn how to recognize (and how to correct) dysfunctional breathing, and about the relationship between the breathing pattern and our other daily habits and activities – sleeping, eating, posture, exercise, work, play etc.

Clients will also be provided with some very effective tools for overcoming many commonly encountered symptoms – many reduce within days of starting the workshop (which typically comprises 5 x 2 hour classes held over a week or two) – and almost everyone reports a sense of better quality sleep within the first few days.  It can also be very effective for children (usually over 4 y.o.).

Proper breathing can address most known “diseases of civilization” like sleeping disorder, allergies, asthma, anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, skin disorders and even infertility, menstrual problems and obesity.

For more information, visit www.buteykoasia.com or email jacvid@gmail.com (or call Jac on 0919 635 6060 or 897 1804, Unit 1704

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Dysfunctional Breathing Causes Sleeping Disorders

Even in breathing, too much can also be bad.

Everybody knows that lack of oxygen causes death.  But, a lot do not realize that too much breathing actually reduces oxygen supply to cells, and can also cause a diverse range of sickness, including a lot of sleeping disorders like insomnia, snoring and sleep apnea.

This is what senior Buteyko breathing practitioner Jac Vidgen noticed from students who come to him showing signs of health problems indicative of hyperventilation or over breathing.

Jac Vidgen tours the region teaching Buteyko’s Method, a breathing technique that is known to reverse health problems caused by dysfunctional breathing.

The method was developed more than 50 years ago by a young Russian doctor named Konstantin Buteyko.  Dr. Buteyko developed a method for retraining the ‘involuntary’ breathing mechanism, which he found was extremely beneficial for a whole range of health concerns.

According to Jac Vidgen, sleep is probably one of the areas where dysfunctional breathing is most insidious and also most common.

“Our sleep is surely primarily for rest, recuperation, repair and recovery. However, if the body is busy compensating for inappropriate breathing, these results are not achieved, and the overall health is therefore compromised – if not in the short term, then certainly the long term – or both.” says Mr. Vidgen.

When people are in horizontal position, as when they sleep, the deeper the breathing volume can become.  People who sleep on their back provoke considerable over-breathing.

Mr. Vidgen adds that “it is interesting that (modern) humans are the only creatures who sleep regularly on their back – no animals in the wild sleep on their back. Of course, most people know that a person is more likely to snore while sleeping on their back.”

Symptoms of over-breathing include snoring (and breathing through the mouth), insomnia, shortness of breath, excess mucous, allergic rhinitis, asthma and anxiety.

Another issue that affects breathing during sleeping is digestion. Digestion takes considerable amount of energy, increasing the breathing and heart rate as well as changing the biochemistry. So sleeping while the body is digesting, will guarantee over-breathing and subsequently an inefficient sleep.

Jac recommends eating at least 3-4 hours before sleeping.

Another insight that Mr. Vidgen presents is that breathing increases towards the end of sleep.  Interestingly enough, most admissions to the emergency wards for heart attacks, asthma attacks and strokes occur around 3am-6am – when people have been sleeping for 4-6 hours already.

Most people who practice more optimal breathing find that they need to sleep less but have a more refreshed sleep and less wakes.

The major physiological effect of over-breathing is excessive loss of carbon dioxide, which inhibits oxygen delivery to cells and tissues, as well as disturbing the blood chemistry and causing constriction of smooth vessels.

Carbon dioxide, although an ‘end product’ gas, plays a vital role in our biochemistry and physiology, and the optimal balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide is critical to effective functioning of the body from a cellular level upwards. The most effective way to maintain this balance, is through optimal breathing.

The internationally recognized normal minute volume for a healthy adult at rest is between 3-6 litres. This kind of breathing, is very gentle, soft and light, always silent – with no movement of the chest – and always in and out through the nose.

However, as modern humans usually carry the stresses of the day to bed with them, this kind of breathing is increasingly rare during sleep.

In Buteyko workshops, clients learn how to recognize (and how to correct) dysfunctional breathing, and about the relationship between the breathing pattern and our other daily habits and activities – sleeping, eating, posture, exercise, work, play etc.

The method also provides some very effective tools for overcoming many commonly encountered symptoms – many reduce within days of starting the workshop (which typically comprises 5 x 2 hour classes held over a week or two) – and almost everyone reports a sense of better quality sleep within the first few days.  It can also be very effective for children (usually over 4 y.o.).

Mr. Vidgen will give introductory lectures on Buteyko Breathing Technique in Manila from November 4 to 7, 2010.  Aside from sleeping disorders, Mr. Vidgen will explain how proper breathing can address most known “diseases of civilization” like allergies, asthma, anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, skin disorders and even infertility, menstrual problems and obesity.

The introductory lectures are scheduled from 2pm to 4 pm and 7pm to 9pm  on November 4 at In Touch Community Services, Forbes Park; 7pm to 9pm on November 5 at Living Life Well, SM Megamall; 4pm to 6pm on November 6 at PhilDHRRA Partnership Center, Loyola Heights; and again 3pm- 5pm on November 7 at Living Life Well, SM Megamall.

For more information, visit www.buteykoasia.com or email jacvid@gmail.com (or call Jac on 0919 635 6060 or 897 1804, Unit 1704

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