[LW Radio] The Buteyko Breathing Method – How to Heal Asthma and Sleep Apnea Naturally

In this show you'll learn:

1. Why it is harmful to breathe through your mouth

2. One thing you can do at night to stop the cycle of over-breathing (it's cheap and easy)

3. How you can “test” yourself to see if you are over breathing

I have thought for many years that deep breathing through the belly was THE way to breathe.  Come to find out, the science doesn't support this advice.  Now, granted, breathing into your lower belly is much better than in your chest, Dr. Buteyko discovered that people breathe too often, taking in a larger volume of air than they actually need.

What happens when we do that?

Glad you asked :).  When we breathe frequently and take in a large volume of air repetitively as most people do, whether they breathe into their chest (not so good) or their bellies (good), our carbon dioxide levels drop too low.  When that happens, the oxygen we carry around in our hemoglobin doesn't detach from the molecule to feed our cells!

It's called the Bohr effect in science (yup, only vaguely remember that from high school chemistry, do you?).

Since reading Patrick's book, Close Your Mouth, I've told several huffing and puffing athletes to try closing their mouths as they exercise.  Miraculously, they all said it made a big difference!  In fact, one gal I was playing martial arts with (who was half my age) was huffing and puffing while we were playing and I noticed her mouth open the whole time.  I, on the other hand, was breathing calmly through my nose.  I suggested to her that she should try closing her mouth the next round and she did.  She said it made a huge difference!

To learn more about the Buteyko Breathing Method, visit Patrick's website!



Patrick McKeown is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. In 2002, Patrick completed his clinical training in the Buteyko Breathing Method at the Buteyko Clinic, Moscow, Russia. This training was accredited by Professor Konstantin Buteyko. Having suffered from asthma, rhinitis and sleep-disordered breathing for over 20 years, Patrick is able to offer both theoretical knowledge and his own experiences to help clients to overcome similar challenges.

To date, Patrick has written seven books and produced four DVD sets on the Buteyko Method, including two Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk bestsellers for the management of asthma: Close Your Mouth and Asthma-Free Naturally. The Buteyko self-help manual Close Your Mouth has been translated into ten different languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian and Russian. His latest book titled The Oxygen Advantage improves sports performance by addressing dysfunctional breathing patterns and simulating high altitude training. The Oxygen Advantage is currently available in English, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese and Polish. By September 2018, it will be published in German, Spanish, Chinese and Taiwanese.

Patrick is the Clinical Director of the Buteyko Clinic International and Chairman of its Advisory Board. Patrick’s professional memberships include Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology and a full member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences. Patrick holds regular workshops and talks about breathing pattern disorders in countries worldwide including the USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, Denmark, France, Holland, the UK, and his native Ireland. He has trained Buteyko practitioners from 38 countries and delivers group Buteyko courses in London, Dublin, Galway, and Sydney. A TEDx speaker, Patrick’s work has touched the lives of thousands and more worldwide.

Patrick’s work has been published by leading publishing houses including Harper Collins (UK), William Morrow Press (USA), Red Wheel Weiser (USA) and Sperling & Kupfer (Italy). Journal publications include The Journal of the American Orthodontic Society, Clinical Otolaryngology and American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine.

Click HERE for full details of publications.


Contact Patrick at Patrick@buteykoclinic.com

Karen Kan
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