- Published: March 7, 2016
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This CD has been available on Amazon.com only for 10 days but already became a bestseller. It contains audio instructions to improve breathing and become healthier and happier, of course. This is very helpful for anyone (adults or children) who wish to have perfectly healthy breathing patterns. This audio recording on Amazon.
|Ludmila Buteyko, Thomas Fredricksen and Andrey Novozhilov MD|
For the rest of my life I will remember all the conversations I had with Ludmila Buteyko, Dr. Konstantin Buteyko's wife - from the first morning we met at Clinica Buteyko in Moscow, to the times we shared in the Ukraine in her seashore house, until the day when her son, Dr. Novozhilov, wrote to me that she had passed away. The many years that Ludmila spent at Konstantin's side as he lectured, taught and healed thousands of people afforded her an experience, which developed her skills to equal Dr. Buteyko's. The wisdom she imparted remains the most profound knowledge related to Health Improvement and Disease Prevention, I believe, known to mankind.
This week, I received this letter from a Breathing Center's client who just signed up for our Full Training, Level 1 Breathing Normalization program. I decided to share it with you. It is not a testimonial but simply a cute letter.
One of the most common questions we receive here at the Breathing Center is just how effective the Buteyko® Method is, and if it actually works. Apart from the numerous testimonials from our happy and healthier clients, this form of retraining your breathing has been proven effective in research studies.
Before we delve into the proof behind our health claims, it is important to understand exactly what it is that we do here and how we can help you live a healthier and longer life.
In today's society, a growing number of individuals are becoming increasingly wary of using prescription medications and pharmaceutical drugs to treat what ails them. From drug dependency and negative side effects to the astronomical cost of purchasing these medicines, there are a lot of drawbacks that come with using prescription medications.
More individuals than ever are now coming to the Breathing Center to learn about our breathing treatment known as the Buteyko Method. This alternative and holistic treatment has been able to help a number of our clients resolve a variety of health issues safely, naturally and effectively.
Prince George is certainly not poor but his health is. Look at his recent pictures in People Magazine and online. You will see that the Prince is constantly breathing through his mouth. More than that, his mouth is already shaped to accommodate excessive breathing. What does this mean?
K.P. Buteyko, MD, stated that any child who breathes through his or her mouth is severely ill regardless of whether he or she displays symptoms of disease. Why is that?
During our Level 2 Breathing Normalization Program students learn additional techniques of improving their health. One of them is Russian Tempering where we use cold and hot temperatures as well as natural elements such as water, snow, wind, etc. to strengthen the immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems. On this video, Sasha Yakovleva, co-founder of Breathing Center, is celebrating the winter in Rocky Mountains following footsteps of her teacher, Dr. Buteyko.
In this article, we continue our discussion about food conducive to healthy breathing.
Excessive rain creates a flood. An absence of rain creates drought. Both are natural disasters. Nature is healthy only when all elements essential for its survival are proportionate and in synergy with each other. The human organism is not that different from the organism of a lake, meadow or mountain. Health is balance! When the balance is not present in a human body, we call it a disease.
Dr. Buteyko believed that a "disease-free" state is normal if humans follow their original design. When it comes to food, we – as all other creatures on Earth - are supposed to eat only natural food, which Mother Nature created for our consumption. What happens if you put diesel into a car that runs on gasoline? The engine will break, right? By putting incorrect food in your stomach, you breaking your body. Unfortunately, the majority of the population is more pragmatic about their cars than their bodies.
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Thanksgiving and Christmas is when Breathing Center's phones ring off the hook. After holidays, people are fervent to improve their breathing. Why is that? Well, do you recollect the feeling of heavy, hindered breathing after finishing a plate of turkey and potatoes? This is the reason! "Wrong food" and over-eating, accompany any holiday season, reminding people about their mortality.
No doubt, people over-eat even without holidays but to a less threatening degree. Statistics says: in the US, two-thirds of adults struggle with being overweight and obesity. Those who determined to feel and look better, counterbalance this inconvenient habit with rigorous exercise, dieting, taking weight control pills, getting massages, going to steam rooms, and undertaking liposuction. What a busy life! Wouldn't it be simpler and more pragmatic to just eat less?
In response, Konstantin would put on the air of a thoughtful scientist:
"The amount of alcohol should never exceed your Positive Maximum Pause," he would proclaim, hiding a mischievous smile."So... if my PMP is 7 seconds, I should not drink more than... " the patient would wonder, trying to comprehend the formula. "...7 grams of alcohol! But, Doctor, that will hardly cover the bottom of a glass!"
After publishing my last blog post titled Shut Your Mouth, I received an email from Victor Lunn-Rockliffe, a brilliant "Buteyko artist" who has been spreading information about the benefits of reduced breathing for years. Our book, Buteyko™ Breathing Manual, contains his illustrations. Victor emailed me his drawing of "nose breathing people," among which I found the face of Buddha Shakyamuni. All portraits emitted calmness and tranquility. Looking at them, I caught myself wondering if there is a connection between breathing and sanity. I went online and looked at images of Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and other advanced souls from various spiritual traditions. There were no mouth-breathers among them!
One of our Breathing Normalization specialists told me about a fascinating book published in London in 1882. It is called Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life and available as download. The author examined health of about 150 various tribes primarily American Indians. He found out that health-wise "wild people" were extremely superior to the "civilized" population. Why?
One of my students, David, who had asthma, had to use his rescue inhaler several times a day, often starting early in the morning. He liked coffee but stayed away from it for health reasons. During his training, he discovered that coffee's effect on breathing is similar to a bronchodilator's: it temporarily increases airflow. David decided to use this negative effect as medicine and changed his tactic: he would start his day with a gratifying cup of coffee and later get another cup, which he kept on his office desk throughout the day. When his breathing felt restricted, he would have one or two sips of coffee, which was often enough for him to overcome his breathing difficulty and avoid using a rescue inhaler. Undoubtedly, coffee has side-effects but compared to inhalers, they are minimal. For David, coffee became a good compromise during the initial stages of his Breathing Normalization process