Doctor Buteyko's Discovery Trilogy by Sergey Altukhov

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Volume 1
Doctor Buteyko's Discovery Trilogy by Sergey Altukhov - Volume 1 - The Destruction of the Laboratory in English
Published 2009

Volume 2
Doctor Buteyko's Discovery Trilogy  by Sergey Altukhov - Volume 2  - The Death and Rebirth
Volume 3
Doctor Buteyko's Discovery Trilogy by Sergey Altukhov - Volume 3 - Part 1 "Physicians forbid her to give birth!" - Part 2 "Painless Childbirth"

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Dr. Vladimir Novoselov's work with the Buteyko Method, summary

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Benefits of Buteyko, a proven,
non-drug treatment for Asthma

Summary for UK health professionals 2013

High Cost of Asthma
The impact of asthma in the UK on society, the economy and the NHS is serious. The following data were taken from the Asthma UK news centre(1).

5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12). The UK has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide.
There were 1,131 deaths from asthma in the UK in 2009 (12 were children aged 14 years or under).
On average, 3 people per day or 1 person every 8 hours dies from asthma.
An estimated 75% of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable and as many as 90% of the deaths from asthma are preventable.
The NHS spends around £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma.
The estimated annual cost of treating a child with asthma is higher than the cost per adult with asthma.
In 2008/09 up to 1.1 million working days were lost due to breathing or lung problems.
The human cost is immeasurable.

North-West England remains the region with the highest asthma emergency admission ratio in the country. The chances of emergency hospitalisation for asthma were 76% higher for people who live in North-West England than for those who live in East of England (2007 figures but the gap is still widening) (2).

Buteyko Cost Benefits
GPs who have taught their patients Buteyko, a natural breathing technique, have seen substantial cost savings.
Dr Gerald Spence in Glasgow (1998) made a saving of two thirds or £10,000 per year on medications for 34 asthmatic patients after they learned the Buteyko method (3).
Dr Rupert Manley in Cornwall (2006) saved £2000 on medications for 13 patients in first year after leaning Buteyko (4).

Buteyko method for Asthma: Clinical trials

US Department of Health and Human Services 2012.
A comprehensive review of 22 studies of breathing techniques (5), which found that Buteyko, a hyperventilation- reduction breathing technique achieves 'medium to large improvements in asthma symptoms and reductions in reliever medications' .

British Thoracic Society 2008.
British Guideline on the Management of Asthma (6) grants permission for British health professionals to recommend Buteyko, stating that the method "may be considered to help patients control the symptoms of asthma". The guideline grades clinical research on Buteyko with a 'B' classification - indicating that high quality supporting clinical trials are available (Table 1). The only other non-pharmacological management with a B rating is immunotherapy (but with the possibility of severe reactions).

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing 2005 (7).
Learning the Butyeko method reduced asthma symptoms and medication use.

About the Buteyko method for Asthma
People with asthma hyperventilate, that is they breathe more air than is required for metabolic activity at that time. This chronic hyperventilation can go unnoticed, and is even encouraged in the mistaken belief of western society that ‘deep breathing is good for you.’ This kind of breathing leads to chronically low oxygenation of tissue cells by excessive loss of carbon dioxide (Bohr effect) and can worsen asthma in susceptible individuals by constricting airways, stimulating excessive mucus production and promoting inflammation of lung tissues. Buteyko addresses the underlying bad breathing.

Buteyko breathing technique is taught as part of a full educational program that can:
Restore a more normal breathing pattern and volume
Reduce the symptoms of asthma
Improve quality of life
Reduce the need for medication.
In addition to gradually changing the breathing pattern, the Buteyko programme provides participants with skills to cope with every day situations that normally provoke symptoms. It strongly encourages a healthy lifestyle with physical activity, a sensible diet, reduction of stress and an appropriate amount of sleep.

Buteyko: Important Points
Buteyko does not interfere with the doctor/patient relationship, but instead encourages communication.
Buteyko is not about throwing medication away, but encourages the use of medications as recommended by current best practice medicine.
Buteyko is not promoted as a magic cure, but when chosen as a treatment for hyperventilation it provides the student with a range of skills and a better understanding of their condition.

How to learn the Buteyko technique
Buteyko is suitable for motivated individuals who are keen to improve their health, while receiving support from their current medical provider.

Buteyko is taught either on an individual basis or in small groups. Each session runs for 60 – 90 minutes and it is normal for the person to attend a minimum of five sessions over the space of two weeks as a course enrolment. Patients must continue to practice the breathing exercises at home as instructed. Refresher courses are free of charge for the first year if required. A telephone help line is also provided free for the first year.

Other Conditions that Buteyko can help
Sleep apnoea
Panic and hyperventilation attacks

3) BBC 1998
4) BBC 2006
5) US Department of Health and Human Services 2012.
6) British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). 2008.
7) Australian government department of health and aging 2005.

BBC Programmes On Effectiveness of Buteyko method

a) BBC QED UK 1998 National

b) BBC Spotlight 2006 Cornwall

Further reading
The website of the practitioners who taught Buteyko in three of the published studies:

Table 1. British Guideline on the Management of Asthma since 2008 (6).


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Doctor Buteyko's Discovery Trilogy

by Sergey Altukhov