Dedicated to All Chronic Sinusitis and Asthma Sufferers out there...
Breathing exercises and various breathing methods have gained a lot of attention and popularity recently.
There are a lot of people who give advice to others on how to breathe, but few have received any formal training. I see a dangerous trend in their recommendations, and that is to take a deep breath.
In 1952 Dr. K. Buteyko discovered the disease of deep breathing (hyperventilation). Hyperventilation is the main cause of many modern diseases: Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Insomnia, and Snoring.
Dr. K. Buteyko liked to repeat: "You can't play with breathing, it is powerful and dangerous. Breathing can be compared to the Nuclear Energy".
Who is your breathing guru?
Did you know that if people with asthma would attempt to take deep breaths over a period of time they could end up with an asthma attack?
How many "gurus" have advised to take deep breaths only to send people to the ER? I don't have the statistics and I am afraid to find out.
Before I was...
Stress is one of the major highlights of modern life. We are chronically stressed and it affects our physical and mental health. There are many educational resources that provide techniques that are supposed to counter the negative effects of stress. Besides regular exercising, health promoting diet, and quality sleep, I see the same advice dominating in many sources. According to this advice we need to take deep breaths as a relaxation technique to combat stress. In fact, the idea that deep breathing is good for us has penetrated all the levels of societal institutes. We were conditioned to breathe deeply in our fitness centers, by our friends, and coworkers. We see people breathing deeply in movies in an attempt to calm down.
We think that deep breathing is healthy and promotes wellness. However, contrary to popular belief, deep breathing is extremely detrimental to your health and will cause many health issues. For instance, in people who are prone to sinusitis, deep...