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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Asthma Care (30 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954599659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954599652
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patrick McKeown was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and later studied under the auspices of the founder of the Buteyko Method; the late Dr Konstantin Buteyko.

From a very young age, Patrick suffered from asthma and relied on an array of medicines and inhalers until he discovered the Buteyko Method at the age of 26. By applying the principals from Dr Buteyko, Patrick experienced immediate relief from his asthmatic symptoms - a feat that over 20 years of medication had failed to accomplish. Learning to breathe through his nose and reducing his breathing volume positively changed his life in so many ways.

For the first time ever, Patrick's asthma was under control. This life-changing discovery motivated him to change his career in order to help children and adults who suffered from similar breathing problems.

Following his time in Russia in 2002, Patrick has been teaching the Buteyko Method in Australia, USA and throughout Europe. He has penned eight books, including three Amazon.com best sellers, and has been invited to speak at dental and respiratory conferences throughout the world.

In collaboration with the University of Limerick, Patrick was the instructor in a clinical study investigating the Buteyko Method as a treatment for rhinitis in asthma. As published in the leading rhinitis journal Otolaryngology, the results showed a 70% reduction of nasal symptoms in participants, including snoring, loss of smell, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose.

Patrick has been interviewed internationally for radio and television, including a recent interview with Dr Joseph Mercola, founder of the world's largest health website, Mercola.com. Patrick's message is simple; breathe through your nose in a calm, gentle and efficient manner. That's all that matters.


DVD sets include Buteyko Clinic set for adults, and ButeykoKids meet Dr Mew for children.

Visit: ButeykoClinic.com and ButeykoDVD.com


"Since Dr. Buteyko died, Patrick McKeown has established himself as one of the leading teachers of this breathing method."
Dr Joseph Mercola

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"Thousands of people have found that breathing training has helped them to control, and even overcome their asthma. If you want to teach yourself this valuable technique I thoroughly recommend you read Asthma Free Naturally by Patrick McKeown." Asthma breathing
-- Patrick Holford

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Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko was born near Kiev in The Ukraine on January 27th, 1923. This simple yet extraordinary man devoted his life to studying the human organism and made one of the most profound discoveries in the history of medicine.
Buteyko commenced his medical training in Russia in 1946 at the First Medical Institute of Moscow. Part of one of his practical assignments involved monitoring the breathing of terminally ill patients prior to death. After hundreds of hours spent observing and recording breathing patterns, he was able to predict with accuracy, often to the minute, the time of death of each patient. Each patient's breathing increased as their condition deteriorated and as they approached death.
While at University Buteyko was diagnosed as suffering from severe hypertension, which gave him a life expectancy of just 12 months. Under the guidance of his tutors Buteyko researched his illness in depth although it seemed that there was very little that he could do to reverse it.
On October 7th, 1952 after majoring in clinical therapy, he began to wonder whether the cause of his condition, which was going from bad to worse, might be his deep breathing. He checked this by reducing his breathing. Within minutes his headache, the pain in his right kidney and his heartache ceased. To confirm his discovery, he took five deep breaths and the pain returned. He again reversed his deep breathing and the pain disappeared.
He did not appreciate it at the time, but this was one of the greatest, although as yet largely unacknowledged, medical discoveries of the twentieth century. Buteyko established that breathing, so vital in sustaining life, can not be alone the cure but also, amazingly, the cause of so many diseases of civilisation.
Buteyko's next step was to seek out the theory which would support his discovery. The data then available (in 1952) from authors such as Holden, Priestly, Henderson, De Costa, Werigo, and Bohr, seemed to confirm his hypothesis. It was known at that time that exhaling carbon dioxide by deep breathing resulted in spasms which decreased the supply of oxygen to vital organs, including the brain thus making one breathe deeper again. This completed a vicious circle.
Buteyko measured the breathing patterns of patients suffering from asthma, but he also included in his research sufferers from other ailments and found in many cases that they too hyperventilated between attacks. After many years research, he went on to work on the theoretical aspects of his discovery at the Central and Lenin Medical Libraries. He devised a programme to measure breathing and also a method of reconditioning patients' breathing to normal levels. This involved:

1.Switching from mouth breathing to nasal breathing.
2.Relaxation of the diaphragm until an air shortage is felt.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Elizabeth Richards on 14 Dec. 2011
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I have suffered from a chronic 'asthmatic type' cough for 20 yrs, had all the relevant tests, tried lots of different drugs, but nothing seemed to manage it long term. Apparantly I, along with hundreds of other people are a mystery to modern medicine! I am aware of what my tiggers are - there are many, so avoid them where I can, I excercise regularly, have never smoked & have a good diet, but still couldn't find a way to stop coughing every single night, every morning & sporadically during the day.
In an attempt to solve the problem & the desire not to want to be on heavy drugs for the rest of my life, I decided to try and solve it from a different angle.
Quite by chance, I came across this book & decided it was worth a punt for £10 or so & boy am I so glad I did.
Why oh why don't the medical profession suggest trying this method - you can't lose anything by trying it & if like me,just after 2 weeks of starting the excercises, it allows you to be drug free, to sleep all night long & not be keeled over by coughing fits and resultant wheezing, then it HAS to be worth trying.
The book is fascinating, easy to read, full of common sense & it is all so logical. It is also very clear that you have to do it in a safe way, especially if you are going to reduce any medication.
It does take dedication to regularly do the excercises, but if you are serious about trying to tackle your breathing/coughing difficulties, then it is so, so worth the effort.
I would highly recommend it, I mention it to anyone who has asthma or lung problems as even if it only helps you 25%, then from someone who had trouble breathing, being able to breathe far more easily is a gift you never take for granted. My only regret is that I hadn't known about this 20 years ago!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clare on 20 Feb. 2011
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I would recommend this book to anyone with asthmatic children. My six-year old and I have been practising this method for about 6 months now and we haven't used his reliever medication or been to the doctor since last August. He suffers from virus-induced asthma and has successfully got through 2 colds and one feverish cold (may even have been swine flu) without a single wheeze.
The nasal breathing is wonderful and because he has learned how to unblock his nose and stop his cough, the downward spiral into an asthma attack just doesn't happen any more. We're going to try weaning him off his preventer inhaler in the spring. I can't wait!
I would also recommend homoeopathic treatment to asthma sufferers (Spongeia works just as efficiently as Ventolin), since the medical profession doesn't seem to be able to do anything to improve the condition. It makes me wonder how much the pharmaceutical industry is paying them!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LB on 15 Mar. 2011
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I was searching for an alternative to the thought of taking asthma medicine for the rest of my life. After reading about Buteyko on the internet, I was keen to try it and felt that I needed a resource that offered a practical guide. This book has certainly been that for me. Not only does it explain the Buteyko theory and detail a number of exercises, it also comes with a CD to help you practice Buteyko. Furthermore, the book also discusses the nature of asthma, its causes and how Buteyko can be supported by lifestyle, diet and exercise. This is an excellent and empowering resource for anyone wanting to take control of their health.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Nyman on 5 Sept. 2013
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I should preface this "review" by saying that I haven't read this book, so you'll have to judge its particular merits by the testimony of those who have. However I do have a lot of experience with the method itself, having stumbled upon Buteyko breathing in the late 90's. I experienced quite debilitating asthmatic symptoms from about my mid-twenties until my early thirties. In retrospect, I realised that I'd experienced some symptoms earlier on during childhood (especially exercise and
cold-induced spasms) but this had been downplayed despite (or perhaps because of) there being considerable family history of asthma on my mother's side

When symptoms became more severe in my twenties, I was prescribed the usual salbutamol inhalers; they were welcome and effective at first, but later I became convinced they were making things worse. On my own initiative I experimented with cromoglycate prophylaxis, with fairly good success. This allowed me to start exercising systematically, and I was able in this way to eliminate most symptoms and become progressively more resistant to my usual triggers (dust, cold air, red wine, full stomach, exercise, viruses etc.). The need for cromoglycate or other interventions fell off correspondingly to near-zero.

By the time I encountered Buteyko's ideas in my late forties, I was a long-established regular exerciser (mainly running, walking with hand-weights and calisthenics) and also enjoyed fairly strenuous hillwalking, biking and skiing without being troubled by spasm. I still occasionally suffered some troubling wheezing symptoms, however, especially if I had a more than usually heavy cold. Occasionally these involved an emergency trip to the doctor's surgery and consequently I still didn't think of myself definitively as an "ex-asthmatic".
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