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Stop the cough!
Take the Test for Asthma and Hyperventilation
Australian, UK and Canadian Training courses
Buteyko Tip of the Season

Stop the cough!
A cough usually starts with a BIG breath of cold, dry and dusty air dragged in through the mouth, and ends by blasting lots of that warm, moist air that our lungs like, straight out into the atmosphere.  Once you are in a coughing fit, then that big breath in and big blast out can leave you unable to catch your breath.
 
It can be embarrassing to cough a lot when you are in church, the theatre, or while making a speech, and those who listen to lots of coughing also find it disruptive.  Parents of asthmatic children frequently drag themselves out of bed at 2am to deal with the dry persistent cough that always seems to occur in the middle of the night.  Eliminating the incessant cough therefore is a Godsend. 
 
The first step is to work out what stimulates the cough.  Is it breathing through your mouth while brushing your teeth, laughing too hard, talking, climbing into bed, running around too much, getting short of breath, inhaling aerosols???  The possibilities are endless, but the following causes are common and the solutions are simple.
 
A dry and irritated throat causes a cough, and breathing through your nose can mostly stop this because the nose filters, warms and moistens inhaled air.  Post-nasal drip is also a common source of coughing, so dealing with sinus problems, hay fever or chronic rhinitis with the Buteyko Method, or other means, is a good idea.  Eating or drinking very cold substances frequently sets off a cough and having a warm drink often makes it stop. 
 
Coughing hard can damage the airways, and so while it might feel like a good thing to do, you could find it useful in the long run to cough more softly.  Try putting a clenched fist over your mouth and cough into that instead of hacking away like you normally do.  However, sometimes it is impossible to cough softly, and at other times it seems that there is nothing as satisfying as a great big cough to clear the tickle.  When this happens to you, remember to silently and slowly count to three before you inhale again through your nose.  Putting in this short pause and breathing through your nose generally stops the coughing fit and allows you to get your breath back.  Sucking something sweet or sipping water that has not just come out or a refrigerator are other ways that help stop a cough. 

Take the Test for Asthma and Hyperventilation
While there is only anecdotal evidence that Buteyko can help people with snoring, allergies and panic attacks, there is clinical evidence that Buteyko can help people with asthma.  Several trials have been completed now that reveal a substantial reduction in drugs and symptoms occur when the Buteyko Method is applied correctly.  To see how well controlled your asthma is, go to our web site and try the test
http://www.buteykoworks.com/buteyko/intro/quiz.cfm
 
In spite of the lack of clinical evidence, it makes perfect sense that the Buteyko method will help anyone who hyperventilates and has symptoms such as snoring or allergies as a result of this.  The clinical trial in Brisbane showed that the automatic breathing pattern reduced by one third after the participants had been practising the Buteyko exercises for a few weeks.  This reduction in breathing corresponded to a 71% reduction in symptoms.  You can take a test to see whether you hyperventilate or not by going to http://www.buteykoworks.com/buteyko/work/quiz.cfm
 
If you are not already using the Buteyko techniques, then find your closest practitioner and start NOW!  Email me at info@buteykoworks.com with your city, state and country to find out who your closest practitioner is. Don’t put up with your asthma any longer!
 

Training in Australia, the UK and Canada
When people consider training as a Buteyko practitioner, they usually focus on the hands-on, practical work done with clients, but there is also a theoretical side that needs to be completed.  This work is self-paced and normally takes two - three months to complete unless the person has a lot of spare time.  The next practical training in North America will be early next year, and so now is the time to be thinking about getting into the theoretical work so that you have plenty of time to complete it without rushing. An Australian course is about to start, and there will also be more of these next year.  It is possible to start the practical training in the UK at almost any time of the year, so if you are considering teaching Buteyko contact Jennifer at training@buteyko.co.nz for further details. 
 
There might be easier ways of making money than teaching Buteyko, but I doubt that many are as rewarding or interesting.  There is nothing quite like seeing the smile on a face after the person has walked upstairs without wheezing or having to stop.  We are able to offer you LOTS of personal experience because we have been teaching Buteyko for 13 years to thousands of people. We also work with local practitioners whenever this is possible, which helps in a number of ways: (a) it makes the training more accessible to trainees  (b) the trainees get to know other people who are experienced at teaching Buteyko, and (c) it provides real-life, local information that is invaluable when you are setting up your own Buteyko business.
 
Buteyko Tip of the Season
Depending if you are in the northern or southern hemisphere, you are either facing spring or autumn, and traditionally a change in season is stressful. Stress increases the breathing pattern as part of the natural response, and I am sure that you have heard the Buteyko truism, “The more your breathe, the more breathless you become.”  To limit the damage that stress does, try to stay calm, avoid known allergens if it is possible, and breathe through your nose all the time in order for the nose to do its brilliant filtering that is perfect for your lungs.
 
Better Breathing = Better Health
 
The Buteyko OnLine Team

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