Asthma is one of the most common causes of emergency department visits in Canada and is a leading cause of school and work absenteeism. It is generally estimated that in Canada 12% of children and 8% of adults have asthma, which is approximately 2.5 million Canadians.The BreathWay Asthma Program is focused on helping people with any degree of Asthma by giving them a healthy alternative for dealing with conditions, which will lessen or remove the need for medications after consulting their Doctor.

BreathWay Asthma Program                                                                                                                                                                          Asthma is on the increase all over the world. In Canada these numbers have risen from 2308,941 in 2009 to 2511,890 in 2011. The BreathWay Asthma Program is based on the Buteyko breathing method which can help significantly reduce the number of asthmatics while providing safe, effective asthma care and support. 

What can you expect                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Learn how to change from mouth to nasal breathing as a permanent activity                                                                                 2. Learn how to reverse hidden hyperventilation to bring the level of breathing to normal                                                                3. Learn how to monitor breathing, asthma and also to determine in advance the onset of symptoms.                                         4. Learn factors relevant to asthma including simple life changes which are conducive to good health.   

Here is an article from the New York Times - A Breathing Technique Offers Help for People with Asthma

Our Asthma program is very effective for all asthmatics. The only drawback is the required commitment to do the exercises. We use the Buteyko Breathing Method which has been scientifically evaluated in Russia, Australia, Ireland, US, Canada (study in Calgary) and Egypt to be effective for all asthmatics resulting in a 90% decrease in reliever medication and 49% decrease in steroids. To date the vast majority of people who have practiced these exercises have reported considerable progress and reduction of medication. We work with each patient until they can correctly apply these exercises.   Breathing Exercises Can Relieve Asthma                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are results permanent ?                                                                                                                                                                      Clients can expect significant reduction of attacks and the ability to control asthma symptoms is permanent. Once a client has reached a comfortable pause of forty seconds for six months, symptoms are likely not to return. However, occasionally mild symptoms may return but can be reversed very quickly by focusing on breathing intervention exercises.  

What about my Doctor?                                                                                                                                                                                   Please inform your Doctor of what you are doing so that they will be able to monitor your progress. Some doctors may be unaware of our BreathWay program and the Buteyko Breathing Method.  At any time we will be pleased to discuss, explain or send appropriate literature to your Doctor upon request. It is hoped that as more Doctors become aware of research and trial data they will join the growing numbers who endorse and recommend this drug-free method.

What about sports and fitness while learning BreathWay Program?                                                                                       BreathWay Asthma Program provides the correct training procedure for people with asthma which will result in greater fitness levels and minimum risk to condition. Hundreds of amateur and professional sport participants have attended this type of retraining. 

Is there any equipment or additional medicine involved?                                                                                                                     No, the BreathWay Asthma Program teaches people how to take control of their condition naturally. As part of dietary requirements, studies concluding a deficiency in certain minerals and vitamins among asthmatics are discussed. Clients must continue to take their preventative medication as prescribed and take reliever medication only when necessary.

Can it be dangerous?                                                                                                                                                                        BreathWay Asthma Program is completely safe when practiced correctly and clients continue to take their preventer medication until advised by their Doctor to change. It is our policy to work with everyone so they have a very good understanding and are able to apply this method correctly.

How long does it take to recondition the breathing?                                                                                                                             This depends on age and severity of condition. The greater the willingness to practice, the quicker breathing is reconditioned to normal levels. Most people experience improvements within the first few days of the classes - like reduced symptoms, improved sleep, reduced mucus, improved digestion, better energy levels - and usually reduction of the need for relief medication. More profound systemic improvements occur over time.

Are there any conditions for taking the BreathWay Asthma Program?                                                                                               Clients must remain on their prescribed medication. After a number of weeks using the program and upon substantial improvement in symptoms, clients can see their doctor to have a medical assessment and review of medication. Each client must sign a contract stating that they will not change or alter their medication without prior consultation and recommendation by a medical doctor. This program is available to all persons over five years as exercises and guidelines are easy to follow and apply. All clients under eighteen years must be accompanied free of charge by a parent or guardian.

Clinical studies both in the USSR and in the West, including 6 Western randomized controlled studies of the Buteyko technique on asthma  - with over 90% reduction in medication -  one in Calgary

—Dr. Robert Cowie,chief Respirologist at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.

—"I've been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent result…The neat thing about it is that it has no side effects. It's very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment."  

Where is BreathWay Asthma Program available?                                                                                                                                     At present we are offering this program in Calgary, Okotoks, Olds and surrounding area.                                                                 For further information regarding workshops please contact                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lorraine Clifford CHN                                                                                                                                    myfrequensea@shaw.ca                                                                                                                                                            call403-238-7457 home office or  403-605-9216 cell