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Buteyko in South Africa

Our first Buteyko workshop went very well. Two asthmatics, one emphysaemic and one person with seasonal hayfever escalating to asthma all decided to give it a try. Over five days they learned the art of better breathing, and all felt that they had had huge benefits. It will take perserverance from them, and a little courage, but they will succeed. All have learned that they can overcome their challenges by: learning to remain calm, learning how to stay in control, and discovering how breathing quietly and gently through their noses makes an enormous difference to their health! For more info on Buteyko in South Africa: www.buteyko.co.za


Thoughts on Buteyko Breathing Method

Hello again everyone

I wanted to share this newsletter from Jennifer Starke of the Buteyko Institute for Breathing and Health in Australia and New Zealand. Jennifer may be persuaded to come out to Cape Town next year and teach the practical component of the Buteyko Breathing method for asthma.  The Buteyko course for health practitioners costs AU$4000.00, but this does not include travel and accomodation for the trainer, the costs of which can be shared by participants. The theory part can be completed via correspondence, and the practical must be observed and completed with her over ten days, observing how she works with patients. We would like to set up a free “clinic” for a minimum of 20 asthma sufferers, to teach them to control their asthma with minimal use of drugs. The Buteyko Method has been clinically trialed in several double-blind placebo trials, in the UK, Australia and NZ. The results were astounding. Over 90% reduced their intake of broncho-dilators and over 40% reduced their intake of steroid preventors. Buteyko is not an “alternative” treatment which insists that asthma sufferers go without medication. It is an empowering tool to help asthma sufferers to better control symptoms, thereby reducing their reliance on medication. Jennifer needs ten people to commit to doing the course, before she can come to SA. Let me know if you are interested: clickholistic @ gmail.com

==================Buteyko Asthma Management ==================
Better Breathing = Better Health
By Jennifer Stark

December 2009 – January 2010

–    The Cures that Kill?
–    The Asthma – Sleep Apnoea Link
–    Introduce Yourself to Buteyko
–    The Buteyko View-point on Food
–    Buteyko Practitioner Training in Australia, North America and the UK
–    Refresher Courses
–    Buteyko Tip of the Season

The Cures that Kill?

The claim that 80% of asthma-related deaths are due to the regular use of bronchodilators is a serious charge made by Cornell, Stanford researchers lead by Shelley and Edwin Salpeter. The research team states that the prime culprits are long-acting bronchodilators, such as Serevent and Oxis (Oxese).  And even when combined with the steroids Flixotide (Flovent) or Pulmicort to form Seretide (Advair) or Symbicort, these drugs are still thought to be potentially dangerous.

So much so that in North America the Food Drug Adminstration (FDA) has listed them with a “black box warning”, which is the strongest warning that can be applied without banning the drug altogether. Because of this strong warning, in the USA it is rare to find people using more than one puff of these medications more than once a day. In Australia and New Zealand however, this is certainly not the case as people are regularly prescribed two puffs twice a day as if our asthmatic people are somehow different to their US counterparts.

It is not that long ago that people were dying in large numbers from asthma that was attributed to the over-use of bronchodilators in New Zealand. Let’s hope that this does not happen again. If you are prescribed a long-acting bronchodilator, with or without an inhaled steroid, perhaps you could ask your doctor how this is going to improve your health in the future.

We are frequently told by users of these medications that while they no longer have as many asthma symptoms, they are less able to physically perform as well as they used to. This means that walks they used to find easy are now more difficult, or they seem to have more fatigue today than they had two years ago. In many instances these people are now experiencing something that seldom was seen in conjunction with asthma: they are experiencing sleep apnoea.

The Asthma – Sleep Apnoea Link

“My daughter now enjoys a solid sleep, no more middle-of-the-night coughing and waking.  She is also enjoying sports and participates more.”  Carol

Asthma has long been linked to poor sleep, and may have a problem with snoring, but before long-acting bronchodilators came on the scene, the person would wake during the night needing to take a short-acting bronchodilator, such as Ventolin. So the snoring that dries and cools airways as well as causing a loss of carbon dioxide, would waken asthmatics as their breathing became laboured. With the use of long-acting bronchodilators, this airway irritation is more likely to be masked, and as the airways become increasingly cooled, and dried, they typically respond by increasing mucus production and swelling.

As the airway narrows more than usual, and because the throat muscles are extremely relaxed during sleep, it becomes increasingly likely that the airway will collapse due to the excessive upper-chest breathing that is linked to snoring. When the airway is sucked closed in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, no air can enter or leave the lungs, making an ‘apnoea’ or abnormally long pause in breathing.

In addition to this, more carbon dioxide than usual is being exhaled as the person breathes faster or more forcefully than normally occurs during sleep, and when there is a minute but sudden drop in carbon dioxide, the breathing slows or even stops for a short period of time until the concentration gets back to its usual level. Both the collapsed airway and the passive pause in breathing raise carbon dioxide and lower oxygen, but because the person is asleep it takes a little while for the brain to realise that this is happening. After a time the person momentarily wakens long enough to re-start the breathing, but usually not long enough to register the wakening. This happens so many times a night that on waking, the person often feels more tired than before they went to bed. Day-time fatigue, headaches, brain fog and lacking of stamina are common symptoms of sleep apnoea.

“Before my Buteyko course, my husband woke me to stop snoring until he got to sleep. Now he wakes me to see if I am still alive and breathing. I can’t win!” Althea

Introduce Yourself to Buteyko

A simple way to introduce yourself to the Buteyko method and to discover if it is a suitable way for you to improve your asthma, snoring, sleep apnoea, allergies or hyperventilation problem is to read the Carbon Dioxide Syndrome book. It is extremely difficult to correctly perform Buteyko exercises just by reading about them, and so we do not recommend learning Buteyko that way, so this is not a do-it-yourself book.

Instead this book that is easy to read without any prior knowledge of anatomy or biochemistry, sets out clearly how breathing can adversely affect your health, it explains the whys and wherefores of the Buteyko method, and it also gives you plenty of tips to make improvements. The book can be purchased through our website http://www.buteyko.co.nz/products/default.cfm  for $25.

The Buteyko View-point on Food

Probably every Buteyko practitioner will bring a little of him or herself to this part of a Buteyko course because everyone has an opinion about diet and this opinion does not necessarily reflect what Professor Buteyko found in his research. When we had the privilege of spending time with Professor Buteyko, we found that he ate and drank in moderation almost anything that was placed on the table. The only thing that he seemed violently opposed to was chocolate. We received the understanding that this was to be considered the worst food in the world, and if your children have not eaten chocolate, then teach them that it is a punishment to do so in the hope that they will not develop a liking for it.

Moderation appears to be the key to any sensible diet because we all need sustenance but an over-supply is unnecessary. The Buteyko rule is easy to remember: eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you have had enough. This sounds simple enough, but social occasions often cause us to eat out of politeness; and boredom, stress, or fatigue often stimulate the appetite as a distraction.

Professor Buteyko found that eating cooked food increased the breathing more than eating raw food, and eating easily-digested proteins increased the breathing most of all. Perhaps then the best advice is that while trying to maintain a well-balanced diet, aim to eat these types of foods sparingly:

·    When you are unwell
·    Before bedtime
·    When you feel a little wheezy or tight-chested
·    Before an important meeting, such as a job interview or a presentation.

When hyperventilation is entrenched, the kidneys regularly dump bicarbonate ions, and when they do this they also excrete positive ions or cations, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphates. Without an adequate supply of these minerals, the body has a tough time maintaining good health, and so using unprocessed, fully mineralised sea salt in cooking is an easy way of replenishing them.

‘I not only learnt about my breathing, I learnt about my diet, my body and myself.  The course is excellent.  The things Russell told me in 5 days my doctor had failed to mention in years.”  Hayley

Buteyko Practitioner Training in Australia, North America and the UK

Teaching the Buteyko method is challenging and interesting as well as enormously rewarding, and with approximately  15% of the entire world’s population having asthma and the same with a snoring problem, there are plenty of people who would benefit from learniing to have better breathing. If you want to find out about the training then email Jennifer on training@buteyko.co.nz for more information about courses in Australia, North America and also in the UK.
Refresher Courses

“Since the first Buteyko course and refresher course, my asthma is under control without drugs.  I breathe through my nose 80% of my waking hours.  Buteyko is a new life for people who suffer from asthma”.  Robert

Don’t be shy about emailing or phoning to say that you need a bit of help with your breathing. We offer free refresher courses to anyone who has attended our courses. If we don’t have a course running in the near future, then we will try to help you by email or by phone.

“Well worth doing.  I had forgotten some of the exercises after a few months – was glad I could do a refresher.”  Leila

Buteyko Tip of the Season

With people staying indoors for longer periods each day in the northern hemisphere due to cold weather, increased outbreaks of viruses are likely. Your nose is a wonderful germ-filter, so use it to breathe through as much as you can. Make it a personal challenge to breathe only through your nose for a whole day, and when you have mastered that, aim for a whole week. Those living in the southern hemisphere should remember that heat is a powerful breathing stimulant, so keep as cool as you can.

Merry Christmas and Very Best Wishes for 2010

Better Breathing = Better Health

The Buteyko Works Team

Are you practising illegally?

I often find myself as a Holistic Health Practitioner, having to tell clients that I am not a “Therapist”, and that I don’t offer “treatments”. It shouldn’t really matter, right? A rose by any other name still smells as sweet…however, it does matter – and the reason is that I can be accused of practising MEDICINE without a license.
What? But medicine doesn’t even enter into what I do!

In terms of the Medical Scope of Practice Act, the word “therapy” may be seen to imply that that a diagnosis has been made and that a treatment is being given for that specifically diagnosed ailment. That is why a “therapeutic massage therapist”, for example,  is required to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of SA. In fact, anyone offering anything of a “therapeutic” nature is required to be registered.

Another interesting section to the Act, is the implication that recommending ANYTHING can be seen as “prescribing” – another thing that only registered Medical professionals may do. Even if what you are “prescribing” is not medicine – in terms of the Act, it is still illegal.

Do yourself a favour and get to grips with the terminology – it may save your practice in the future as regulations toughen up regarding these issues. i’d really like to hear your thoughts on this – please comment below, or send me an e-mail.

November sees many new workshops and opportunities for learning. I was asked to bring these messages to you regarding a few workshops on offer:

The first is a workshop titled: “A Return to Original Innocence”, facilitated by Jenny Brown.  Phone Cell: 082 872 0376 to book.

Day 1: November 7th 2009 10h00-17h00

Cost: R550

1st Ray of Will and Power – Alpha Centauri

2nd Ray of Love-Wisdom – Venus

4th Ray of Harmony through Conflict – Lyra

5th Ray of Concrete Knowledge – Arcturus

 Day 2: November 14th 2009 10h00-17h00

Cost: R550

9th Ray of Highest Potentials – Chiron

10th Ray of Divinity – Pleiades

11th Ray of Illumined Truth – Meldek

13th Ray of Solar Service – Antares

 Day 3: November 21st 2009 10h00-17h00

Cost: R550

14th Ray of Interstellar Service – Alcyone

15th Ray of Galactic Service – Sirius

16th Ray of Intergalactic Service – Andromeda

17th Ray of Universal Service – Orion

 Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

First ray of Will and Power – Alpha Centauri
In this guided visualization, you are going to travel in an external Merkaba Vehicle of Light to the etheric of Alpha Centauri, which holds the predominate energy signature of the first ray of Will and Power through the Alpha Centaurian Co-Creative Council of Twelve. You will be assisted by your Alpha Centaurian Higher Self of the Light, the archetypes related to first ray of Will and Power, and Overlighted by Chohan El Moyra, Archangel Michael, Faith and Khamuel, and Elohim Hercules and Amazonia. This process will clear any issues related to abuse and misuse of power as you find the symbols related to this ray, and through this, embody the associated magical images. Following this, you will be taken to the Ascension Seat in Alpha Centauri, where you will merge with the archetypes related to this ray, as well as your Alpha Centaurian Higher Self of the Light. You will take back your power and step into a deeper level of trust, surrender and union with the Divine.

For further information on the Return to Original Innocence Program see www.pleiadianlight.net

The second is a course offered by Felicity Aronson, Astrologer, to help you get to grips with Astrology and Numerology, and to assist with finding your “life signature”. Phone 021 – 790 – 5231 to book.  Or e-mail felicity FARRON22@yahoo.COm remember to use lower case when addressing the mail.

There’s also a Hout Bay Wellness Fair at the Health Path, Vitoria Avenue Hout Bay on 7th November 2009.

Have an abundant month!



Landmark Education Forum – is it a “racket”?

A family member recently went on the Landmark Forum’s 3-day weekend course. She came back very inspired and energised. She is the kind of person who has never much been into this sort of thing, but had made many attempts at psychological “self-help” in some form or another over the years. She came back with a new language. She talked about living “authentically”, about giving up her “rackets”, terms which did not sound at all like her. She insisted that if she had had the money she would enrol everyone she knew. She herself had been enrolled by a friend who had insisted she attend. This friend also paid for half the fees. I had no idea what the Landmark Forum was about. (The family member was unable to give me a unbiased opinion.) So I “Googled” it.

Lo and behold – heaps and heaps of sites appeared – many worth checking out, although some were disturbing  as they suggest that the Landmark Education Forum is a scam. I do want to say, for the record, that I am happy that the family member attended the course and that this person did find alot of value in it – but then, her expectations were not unrealistic.

My own (google) investigation revealed the following:
Landmark Education Forum is a business. It was bought in 1991 by the associates of it’s founder, Walter Erhard, (previously John Paul Rosenberg), after he began to get some bad press. All Guru’s get bad press so I won’t go into the details – you can Google it yourself if you are interested.
Erhard developed a “Large Group Awareness” training that became known as EST (Erhard Seminars Training) in 1971. It was a part of the Human Potential Movement and involved intensive 15 – 20 hour seminars over a number of days with huge groups of people.
Those critical of EST called it brainwashing. EST was very goal oriented, as is the LEF. Participants are made to take responsibility for their lives, get on with the future and not “live in the past”. They are encouraged, while attending the seminar, to telephone or contact people who they feel they have unfinished business with – in some cases to confront that person and open communication with them. Which, I suppose, is great – especially for people who are truly “stuck” and unable to get on with their lives because of some minor thing that has been blown out of proportion. But there are those who feel that this could be dangerous for some people – especially if they have been abused and have no support structures around them to help them through the trauma after they have come away from the Forum.
“I participated at Landmark Education for 6 years and have to admit it made a huge difference in my life. I also had some bad experiences at LEC, especially with their staff and other leaders. I found the negative experiences to be shame-based and that there was a hierarchy that had to do with power and dominating an individual. Any time I questioned an individual above me, I was told I wasn’t accepting their coaching. They never looked at the possibility that they might be contributing to the situation.”
“What disturbs me is the fact that they used bright fluorescent lighting with no windows, didn’t allow food or drink in the room, and required such long hours. Hell, if you sit in a fluorescent-drenched, stuffy room for three days and nights, with little hydration and no [unsupervised] communication with the people there, you will probably believe just about anything.”
“I went to the Landmark Forum, but walked out an hour before the end of the first night. I am a social worker with a background in psychology, a master’s degree and am currently working on my LCSW. The manner in which individuals were treated at the Landmark was shocking. I can’t believe that I sat through hours of watching the facilitator humiliate individuals. They chastised me numerous times for ‘sticking out’ and making problems for the volunteers. It is scary that no one was allowed to be by themselves for long periods of time or deviate from the Forum rules in any manner. They said that the reason I wanted to leave was due to my ‘rackets.’ But the Forum seemed similar to cult recruitment and I demanded a refund. They said my money would be refunded, but I ‘me still waiting. I can’t believe that I allowed myself to attend something like the Landmark Forum.”
These are comments that I have copied from Rick Ross’s website (see previous posts) regarding the Landmark Forum. Although I have never attended their seminars, and therefore cannot give a properly informed opinion, the idea of sitting in a room with over a 100 people for more than twelve hours at a stretch over a few days is a bit off-putting. The best article I came across was by a journalist named Karin Badt. She claims in her article, “Inside the Landmark Forum” (www.huffingtonpost.com/karin-badt/inside-the-landmark-forum_b_90028.html ) that she really found the Landmark Education Forum to be helpful. She found their methods of marketing (by persuading attendees to recruit their friends and family) off-putting. She felt their critism of critical thinking problematic. But she didn’t knock it entirely. It’s a good article, I urge you to read it.
If you have attended, I’m interested to hear your comments.

And a bit of wisdom from the folks at “Living In -Formation”, which I think sums it up nicely:

Every behaviour has a positive intention…

If you’re willing to look behind any behaviour, yours or another’s, you’ll find that the original motivating value is positive and purposeful. If the behaviour is a negative or unwanted one, then you can explore alternative and healthier ways of satisfying the value which the behaviour is trying to fulfill. If someone has done something which you find unacceptable, then aim to discover the positive intention behind this. When you find it you’ll be able to accept the situation/person better and respond more resourcefully. Now that’s freedom!

(Written by Jevon Dängeli – NLP Trainer & Coach www.neuro-linguistics.net )

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