Read an Excerpt
From Chapter 1
Into the Next Century
Breathing is our first affirmation when we enter the world. Our last breath signals our departure. Death is an experience beyond human understanding, and our ways of approaching it range between calm and panic. Personal spiritual beliefs may well play a major part in the way we see death, but they are far beyond the remit of this book. What we are concerned about is life, and our certain belief that your earthly life can be enhanced long into the next century by the ideas we embrace.
For those of you who are depressed or discouraged by your asthma, or another health condition, it is worth remembering that huge advances have been made in medicine in the twentieth century. So far, we have focused on the fact that asthma is underestimated and that we are no nearer to a cure than we were decades ago. But in all fields, not just medicine, the daily quality of our lives has improved dramatically, and there is no reason to suppose that this exponential improvement in our general comfort and well-being will not continue in this lifetime. Think about the advances and improvements in the quality of our lives and leisure time or the disappearance of such diseases as polio and small pox, which were regarded as common only a few decades ago. Our age has seen the emergence of some new, or newly identified, illnesses, such as AIDS and CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), but on the basis of past successes, aren't we right to believe that these can be managed and conquered just as the killer diseases were in the past?
Many of us have grown up in the age of huge scientific advance and may simply take these wonders in our stride. We live in anamazing time, and now, more than ever, we can use the significant scientific discoveries and the wealth of information from around the world for our own personal benefit. We are relearning about our bodies and their miraculous ability to respond to treatment of all kinds.
We should welcome our new century with confidence. We have the benefit of a rich past to call upon, and we can open our eyes to the new discoveries of the future.
Even the most fundamental aspects of our lives are now being given attention. It is, perhaps, surprising that breath and breathing--the most basic and necessary element of our daily lives--have received so little attention. Considering the number of extensive studies undertaken on nutrition and exercise, breathing has been the subject of very little medical research. Firm in the belief that all treatment should be holistic, we at the Hale Clinic believe that research into all of the body's functions and systems is equally important and necessarily interlinked.
Asthma has, until recently, remained a mystery. More cases were reported in the former West Germany, where access to sophisticated medicines and treatment were readily available, than in the less technically advanced and highly polluted East. In Britain, asthma is as common in the cleanest parts of the countryside as it is in London. While pollution may exacerbate the condition in asthmatics, we now know that it is not the cause. This is where the Breath Connection program has a great deal to offer. After decades of research, Professor Buteyko has finally uncovered the cause of asthma. We still have a great deal to learn about this life-threatening condition, but the Breath Connection program has made extraordinary strides in both the understanding and educational training for asthma. We can offer much more than relief for your respiratory problems. Using a unique preventative health program, we now have the means by which to give our children the basis of sound health for life. And all of us can experience better health as a result of the training offered through the program.
This Is What We Promise
The Breath Connection program requires no medication, no special equipment or technology, and simply aims to reeducate people about how to breathe in a balanced, healthier way. Apart from helping you to overcome a debilitating illness and to enhance your health generally, we hope that this book will encourage further research into the importance and value of carbon dioxide. In Appendix B, we discuss a host of other illnesses that have responded to the Breath Connection program. We hope this book will draw attention to these ailments and inspire more studies and research. All doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and other hospital professionals need to learn the Breath Connection methods as part of their training. They can be utilized alongside the best of the current conventional and complementary techniques and offer the first real hope of a breakthrough in the treatment of asthma, and a host of other conditions, to date.
An asthmatic who has contracted pneumonia could, for example, be treated with antibiotics in the first instance, and then taught Breath Connection so that his or her immune system is strengthened and the risk of recurring illness lessened. Heart surgery could, for many patients, be avoided if a hospital specialist had worked with a Breath Connection practitioner. I also hope to see many practitioners in the complementary fields--such as acupuncturists, homeopaths, and chiropractors--utilizing the tool to help their patients. As a remedy for common, but nonetheless distressing, conditions such as colds, flu, sinusitis, and sore throats, Breath Connection has a wide range of uses, the first and foremost being an ability to encourage the immune system in a way that antibiotics will never do. The British government has acknowledged the futility of prescribing antibiotics for viral conditions that simply do not respond to them and has urged doctors to be more wary in prescribing them, to prevent a surge of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. By using the Breath Connection program, the need for antibiotics is diminished, and because it works to boost immunity, the overall health of the population will improve.
In the business community, I see Breath Connection being used to enhance concentration and performance. Businesspeople in all walks of life would experience greater energy and could function well with less sleep, something that may become an increasing necessity in our competitive world. Good health is essential if we are to cope with stress in the workplace, and Breath Connection offers fast stress relief, quite apart from its other benefits. The additional effects of this would be a reduction in absenteeism, as well as increased alertness and productivity. In the future, employees may be entitled to sue their employers for conditions caused by stress in the workplace, so it makes sense that employers should endeavor to prevent stress before it becomes a serious problem. By supplying basic facilities, such as a quiet room and regular breaks for staff to perform Breath Connection exercises at work, employers would reap the benefits of a healthier, more productive workforce.