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Breathing free : the revolutionary 5 day program to heal asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments
Hale, Teresa.
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New York : Harmony Books, 1999.
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281 pages ; 22 cm
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Teresa Hale will show you a new way to breathe. If you suffer from asthma or other severe respiratory diseases, this book could save your life. An astonishing number of Americans suffer from respiratory diseases and have been told that there is little they can do about them except mask the symptoms with drugs. However, these drugs often cause a very unhealthy dependency in their users and fail to really treat the condition.          Breathing Free reveals a five-day program that has revolutionized the treatment of asthma and respiratory illness internationally. Called the Breath Connection and taught at London's renowned Hale Clinic, it is based on the discovery of Professor Konstantin Buteyko and on more than forty-five years of practical and empirical research. Thus far, the Breath Connection has helped hundreds of thousands of sufferers alleviate the worst symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. At the heart of this program is the concept that some 200 diseases -- including asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis--are a result of dysfunctional breathing, or overbreathing. With black-and-white descriptive line drawings throughout the text, Breathing Free teaches a simple, natural technique that demonstrates to sufferers how they can retain their breathing patterns so as to prevent and overcome attacks, restore healthy sleep, and reduce medication by up to 60 percent. The cornerstone of the program is The Pause Control, a technique of holding the breath that restores the body's natural levels of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and pH. For those seeking improvement in their overall health, it also offers major benefits regarding stress, weight loss, and the heart.          This genuinely groundbreaking book is set to revolutionize treatment for the millions of people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses and thought there was little or no hope in sight.

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Teresa Hale is the founder of London's leading alternative health clinic, the Hale Clinic. A second facility will be opened in New York City, and others are planned for across the United States, including Chicago and Los Angeles. Ms. Hale lectures widely in Europe and North America and is the author of The Hale Clinic Guide to Good Health (1996).

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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 an amazing 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. Excerpted from Breathing Free: The Revolutionary 5 Day Program to Heal Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis and Other Respiratory Ailments by Teresa Hale All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Leo Galland, M.D.
Forewordp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Into the Next Centuryp. 18
This Is What We Promisep. 20
The Will to Be Wellp. 23
The Expansion of Healthp. 27
Regenerationp. 30
Chapter 2 Overbreathingp. 32
Deep Breathing Testp. 33
Why Orthodox Modern Medicine Can't Cure Asthma and Emphysemap. 35
The Respiratory Systemp. 36
The Lungsp. 36
The Causes of Overbreathing and Hyperventilationp. 38
The Link Between Carbon Dioxide Starvation and Diseasep. 40
Chapter 3 Breath Connection Basicsp. 47
The Control Pausep. 47
Shallow Breathingp. 50
Unblocking Your Nosep. 50
Tapingp. 51
Sleeping Techniquesp. 52
Taking Your Pulsep. 53
The Exercisesp. 55
Chapter 4 Breath Connection for Adults with Asthmap. 57
Drugs and Medicationp. 59
Understanding Your Drugsp. 61
Bronchodilatorsp. 66
Steroidsp. 67
The Peak Flow Meterp. 72
Chapter 5 Breath Connection for Mild Asthmap. 76
Preparing for Breath Connectionp. 78
The Techniquep. 79
Key Pointsp. 80
Overcoming Asthma Attacksp. 81
Diary of a Mild Asthmaticp. 82
Chapter 6 Breath Connection for Severe Asthmap. 85
Preparing for Breath Connectionp. 90
The Techniquep. 93
Overcoming a Severe Asthma Attackp. 96
Diary of a Severe Asthmaticp. 98
Chapter 7 Breath Connection for Emphysema and Bronchitisp. 100
Emphysema Mythsp. 104
Not Just a Lung Disorderp. 105
Mild and Severe Emphysemap. 106
Preparing for Breath Connectionp. 106
Walking Exercises for Moderate to Severe Emphysemap. 107
Sitting Exercises for Severe Emphysemap. 109
The Techniquep. 110
Breath Connection for Bronchitisp. 112
Hyperventilation and Bronchitisp. 114
The Anti-Coughing Techniquep. 118
Chapter 8 Breath Connection for Panic Attacks and Stressp. 122
The Techniquep. 124
Stressp. 125
What Happens When We Are Stressed?p. 125
The Techniquep. 126
Chapter 9 Holistic Self-Care for General Well-Beingp. 128
Monitoring Your Healthp. 130
What Your Control Pause Tells Youp. 131
The Techniquep. 134
Chapter 10 Breath Connection for Asthmatic Childrenp. 140
Breath Connection for Childrenp. 141
Is It Safe?p. 142
Keeping Informedp. 145
Stepsp. 148
The Techniquep. 149
Maintenance for Asthmatic Childrenp. 153
Preventative Self-Care for Well-Beingp. 153
The Techniquep. 154
The Severely Asthmatic Childp. 156
Chapter 11 Breath of Lifep. 161
Our Genetic Legacyp. 163
A Holistic Approachp. 164
Respirationp. 167
Take Carep. 168
Overbreathingp. 171
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)p. 171
Sleep Disordersp. 172
Cardiovascular Conditionsp. 174
The Hyperventilation Syndromep. 175
The Digestive Systemp. 177
The Excretory (Elimination) Systemp. 178
The Nervous Systemp. 180
Neurological Functionp. 181
The Hormonal (Endocrine) Systemp. 182
The Immune Systemp. 184
Brain Functionp. 185
Chapter 12 Feeding Your Healthp. 187
Mealtimesp. 189
Good and Bad Foodsp. 190
Mealtime Guidelinesp. 192
Diet Checklistp. 193
Chapter 13 Planning and Preparationp. 195
Practical Preparationp. 199
Environmentp. 200
Time-Keepingp. 201
Dietp. 201
Exercisep. 203
Eliciting Outside Supportp. 204
Positive Mental Attitudep. 206
Working Out Obstaclesp. 207
The Appeal of Procrastinationp. 209
Wanting Results Without Workp. 210
Chapter 14 The Maintenance Planp. 212
Practical Advicep. 214
Maintenance Suggestions for Mild Asthmap. 216
Maintenance Suggestions for Severe Asthmap. 216
Maintenance Guidelines for Emphysema and Bronchitisp. 217
Maintenance Guidelines for Sports Maintenancep. 217
Do I Really Want to Feel Well Again?p. 217
Lacking Motivation?p. 218
Chapter 15 Question Timep. 219
Chapter 16 Science and Historyp. 234
Appendix A Recordkeeping Chartsp. 243
Appendix B Most Common Health Problems and Symptoms That Can Be Helped by Breath Connectionp. 253
Appendix C Glossaryp. 256
Appendix D Resourcesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 260
Indexp. 263