What about something preemptive, so people with asthma can do physical activity?
Thanks for posting this - my mom has both asthma and macular degeneration like the guy in the article! I will look into it - she doesn’t have access to YouTube, so I may have to learn it myself, lol.
wow- I dunno- when you are suffering an attack, it’s panic time- I can’t imagine takign shallower breaths. I’ve been on Advair for awhile now, and it’s a great medication- I don’t get short of breath anymore, but If I do, I’ll give the shallow breathing a shot- just seems so whacked though because hwen you’re starving for breath, ya just panic and breath deep
I’ve thought about breathing exercises as an alternative to steroids, but imagined it would be a deep breathing process like a vocalist would use, not a short one like the Buteyko method.
People should be careful about trying new methods to treat asthma especially with the flu season on top of us. It’s also a good idea to check for warnings regarding steroid treatment as it relates to the flu strains we’re now battling.
If we would give them a breathalyzer, and a little treatment. You know, some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer.
ping for later (and thanks for posting!)
OTOH, I become very suspicious when I see claims like this: The Method helps in overcoming various illnesses, especially asthma, COPD, allergies, stuffy nose and other breathing difficulties, anxiety, depression, skin problems, issues with metabolism and the immune system as well as many other diseases. This method is a powerful tool in creating general health.
I've seen and heard way too many snake oil salesmen and "miracle ingedients/cures" that were also touted as panaceas, to take this at face value: Dr. Joel Wallach, and his various scams; blue-green algae; drinking urine; acai; vinegar & honey; aromatherapy; macrobiotics; Scientology....
I was a Weblow cub scout leader and had the boys away at camp when a ten year old boy came to me having a severe asthma attack and said he didn’t have his inhaler. We were fairly remote and there was no way to quick get him medical help.
I have never done this previously, or since, but I placed my hand on this boys stomache and pressed in, while telling him to inhale and push my hand outward with his stomache. In 3 or 4 breathes, his attack was gone. I was as amazed as he was that it worked.
Thanks - my daughter has asthma ... I’ll pass this along.
I’ve heard of this from a respiratory therapist years ago. I don’t know why the medical establishment is so resistant to alternative treatments like this. All the doctors I know really, truly do want to help their patients, in spite of the claim by the naturalists that the medical community wants to continue to see people sick because of the profit.
I certainly agree with the author’s point. Much of what the natural/alternative health community purports sounds pretty whacked out, BUT they have been right in the past on a surprising number of rather major issues.
I suppose that that is what keeps me from blowing them off completely.
I do wish, however, that American healthcare would be more open to new and less invasive, innovative ideas.
I had asthma as a child and had my last serious attack when I was 18. My breathing gets a little tight when I am exposed to things in the air that irritate like smoke and chemical fumes but as soon as I get clean air I am OK. This is very interesting.
Our older son had asthma, and fortunately, a ped, who had worked at NIH became his doctor.
Besides being up on the newer drugs (early 1970 to mid 70’s), this ped drove home the importance of staying hydrated to the point of over hydration. He had our son stay hydrated with just water to prevent attacks and to minimize attacks.
Later when he was in high school and participated in varsity wrestling and football, those strains often would dehydrate him and start him into a asthma cycle.
Then, he got some great advice from the PT, who worked the side lines and wrestling rings to minimize injuries. The PT reinforced the hydration and was all over the coaches when they tried to minimize hydration by the athletes.
The PT taught our son others a simple breathing pattern to prevent/ease and often block an asthma attack.
The technique was a simple breath through the nose and to exhale 3 times out the mouth with no panic. This was done until after the asthma attack was aborted.
Flash foward a few decades, and our son’s daughter, a competitive dancer and type A athlete like her dad and mother starting having asthma attacks which were sometimes followed by a migraine.
Like her dad used to be, she felt hydration was a waste of time. However, after a few double attacks of asthma/migraines, she started hydrating herself and takes a couple of water bottles to any event where she expended a lot of energy. Her eye doc, ped, Dad, Grandmother/RN and Dad’s FP told her to stay hydrated to avoid asthma and migraines.
Then, we taught her the breathing in her nose and out 3 times through the mouth. When she hydrates and does the simple breathing exercise, she has no asthma nor migraines.
She hasn’t used her Asthma prevention or rescue inhalers for close to two years. With the hydration, she has only had one migraine in close to 3 years, and that was when she didn’t hydrate herself properly before and after running a mile.
Thank you for the ping. Bookmark for later.
Marking for later.
Mark for future reference - thanks for posting!