According to the Asthma Society, asthma rates are rising by 50% every ten years and continue to be the 4th leading cause of child hospitalization in Canada, says the Asthma Society of Canada.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, asthma costs the Canadian economy over $1.5 billion a year. That is the economic cost. The human cost, of course, is incalculable. Every year approximately 20 children and 500 adults die from undiagnosed or poorly managed asthma. It is estimated that more than 80 per cent of those deaths could be prevented just with proper asthma education.
According to the World Health Organization, Canada has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world. Every year there are 146,000 emergency room visits because of asthma attacks. Traditionally, asthma was viewed as a children's disease, but actually it affects more adults than children. In fact, the prevalence of asthma among adults has multiplied over the past number of years - from 2.3 per cent in 1979 to 8.5 per cent in 2010.
PROFESSOR BUTEYKO'S DISCOVERY
In 1950 Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, a Russian respiratory specialist, discovered through his research that over-breathing causes asthma due to an excessive loss of carbon dioxide. This causes airways to constrict, congest and inflame in an attempt to prevent further loss.
Medically prescribed puffers relax and open airways and reduce inflammation. However, Dr. Buteyko wanted to treat the root cause of asthma rather than provide symptomatic relief. He developed a method to re-train breathing to restore natural breathing and good health.
In clinical trials, symptoms decreased along with the need for medications. Respondents reported improved breathing and a better quality of life. The Buteyko Breathing Method reduced symptoms by 75%, cut reliever medication by 97% and steroid medication by 49% within 3 months. (Mater Hospital Trials).
CLOSER TO HOME
In 2005 local resident Tom Byrne was hospitalized nine times with asthma. Concerned about the risk to his life, Tom learned the Buteyko Method in January 2006 and his asthma of 74 years is now gone.
For more information about this method contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-989-0389.