November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Below you will see a useful infographic reminding us about a conventional view regarding main causes of lung cancer. This helps to understand better how to prevent this disease.
From the perspective of Dr. Buteyko’s work, one of the main causes of lung cancer as well as cancer in general, is excessive breathing or hyperventilation, especially mouth breathing. This trigger is normally not mentioned in traditional medical lists. In his Theory of The Method, Dr. Buteyko explains how excessive air consumption forms oxygen starvation and other health deficiencies weakening the immune system and creating a supportive environment for various diseases, including cancer. Dr. Buteyko and his team of doctors and scientists determined that by doing breathing exercises and following a lifestyle supportive of gentle nasal breathing, a person should be able to improve the function of his respiratory system, strengthen his overall health and greatly increase chances of the prevention of lung cancer.
According to Dr. Novozhilov, the co-founder of Clinica Buteyko in Moscow, reduced breathing could greatly benefit anyone but especially people whose probability to get lung cancer is high due to the exposure to various air pollutants or indoor toxins such as asbestos, for example. Asbestos is capable of causing mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive lung cancer diagnosed in 2,000-3,000 people each year. When a person is able to conquer his abnormal breathing patterns caused by any type of contamination and instead establish natural and wholesome breathing patterns, his lungs become more capable of creating self-cleansing reactions and getting rid of toxins. This is very important to know for anyone who had been exposed to toxins due to their field of work or living conditions.
The way we breathe defines the level of CO2 in our lungs and blood, which Dr. Buteyko called the main regulator of all bodily functions. If this level falls below the medical norm, according to the Buteyko Method, a person cannot be healthy. That’s why we say: there is no health without healthy breathing!
Fortunately, Dr. Buteyko invented a simple technique for measuring the level of CO2 without any medical equipment. Anyone can do it!
Visit our Breathing Test page to watch videos and learn how to measure your level of CO2 and evaluate your overall health. By Buteyko’s standards, if a person can easily pause his or her breathing for sixty seconds or more, his probability for cancer prevention is high.
To learn how to improve your breathing, we recommend taking our Level 1 Breathing Normalization Training or learn by watching our 5-DVD set called The Breathing Normalization Method.