September 24, 2010. 6:34 pm • Section: Medicine Matters by Pamela Fayerman
Posted on Sep 1, 2015
My story about asthma attacks peaking now because of what’s known as the “September effect” has drawn some interesting responses. I’ll share a few here.
Christine Byrne is the author of a book called Stop Asthma Naturally and she said in a note to me that most people don’t realize that “the risk of having an asthma attack can be cut by 75 per cent by breathing through your nose.
“Vancouver’s 500,000 asthma suffers are more likely to suck in germs and allergens through their mouths. Switching from mouth to nasal breathing and learning how to breathe correctly can prevent asthma attacks,” said Byrne, who is the founder of Asthmacare Canada.
“Hyperventilation is a major contributory factor to asthma and by controlling our breathing we can prevent asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The mouth moves six times the volume of air than the nose. Also mouth breathing dries and cools airways and leaves you susceptible not only to asthma but also many common respiratory ailments.”It has been proven that a human nose warms, filters and regulates the volume of air we breathe. Three quarters of germs and allergens are caught in the mucus blanket in the nose. If we breathe through our mouths, then it goes straight to the lungs,” she said.
I am interested in hearing from allergists about Byrne’s opinions. She’s giving a free seminar at The YWCA on October 13 on ‘The Buteyko Breathing Method‘, which has reportedly been endorsed by The Mayo Clinic as a promising alternative treatment for asthma.
For more information visit www.coastbreathing.com
I also heard from John McCrossan. Here’s what he has to say:
“The doctors are missing the critical factor causing the flood of asthma victims into ER (“Doctors prepare for the asthma deluge” September 23). The 17, 19, and 24 days quoted as the lapsed time for asthma simply do not add up. Gastro illnesses kick in within hours, exposure to flu viruses hit hard within three days, and untreated aggressive bacterial infections get severe within seven days. The critical factor in the asthma deluge is the temperature drop causing cold air to push airborne contaminants (“ambient pollution”) into our breathing zone and, more dangerously, one home in twenty lighting a wood-fire and poisoning our neighbourhoods and causing the invasion of fumes into our schools (see Vancouver Sun reporting of dangerous levels of CO contaminants inside schools).Residential wood-burning is causing dangerous spikes in neighbourhood pollution levels and triggering asthma attacks and causing the core lung diseases that come with asthma. It is long overdue for our Municipalities to deal with this issue. Worksafe BC dealt with the cigarette smoke issue, now is the time for our Municipalities and / or Metro-Vancouver to step up.”