Do you want to remove the limitations in your life caused by asthma and allergies?


  >  Get an invitation to someone’s home for dinner and not worry about whether they have pets, or how many, or that someone there is a smoker?


  >  Travel away from home and stay with friends or relatives rather than at a hotel.


  >  Fly to a foreign country and feel free to explore without worrying what pollution or other environmental or sleeping conditions you will face when you get there that might trigger or exacerbate your symptoms?


  >  Go on a group hike and not fall behind because you’re breathless and can’t keep up?


  >  Know you don’t need to worry about seasonal allergies messing up your birthday, or the day of a big work presentation, or a long-anticipated date or anniversary?


  >Feel confident you can go out without your rescue inhaler in your pocket “just in case”.



My name is Lisa Bowen, and I first experienced asthma, allergies and eczema when I was 4.  A couple years ago I discovered breathing retraining as a way to overcome them, and I have very few of the problems listed above that used to dog me on a daily basis.


When I felt so much healthier and so much more confident about my possibilities – not just physically but mentally and emotionally because I didn’t need to be so vigilant against the unexpected – I became a breathing educator.


While we can’t guarantee results, I can say that almost anyone who learns healthy breathing habits and applies themselves to expanding their respiratory strength may experience relatively better health and more comfort.  It’s worth trying!



I know what it’s like


  >  to feel shame in front of other people when I need to take a puff of my inhaler and there’s no place to do it privately.

  >  to feel bad I need to pull out of a fun plan at the last minute because I don’t feel well, or I’m scared I won’t be able to participate if I go because of illness.


  >  to feel detached from others in a group because my eyes itch or I can’t stop sneezing or the skin on my arms looks red and bloody from scratching and I don’t feel attractive no matter what I’m wearing.


  >  to be unable to shake a cold naturally, to have to visit the doctor every time for assistance to get rid of the cough and wheze and feel healthy again.


  >  to feel out of sync with people who don’t experience these limitations.


I went from


  >  being unable to drive by a pasture without sneezing to accompanying my daughter’s first-grade class to a stable for a couple hours.


  >  feeling uncomfortable at the homes of people with pets to owning two pet rats and a cat.


  >  always taking a puff or two of my rescue inhaler before exercise, to not having bought one for years.


  >  having eczema over my whole body to having it now under just two fingers on my right hand


  >  spending over $2,000 a year on steroid and rescue inhalers and medicated skin creams a year – with a prescription drug plan! – and that doesn’t even count the cold medicines I took when I got sick every two months, down to $300 currently for one control inhaler every two months.  I still take one puff a day as I work on improving my health more and more.



I want to tell you some of what I learned about healthy breathing.


First of all, there is a correct way to breathe.  Just like doctors and researchers know how much and what we should optimally eat, and drink, and how we should exercise, there are also metrics for healthy breathing.


Secondly, those experts realize that we who have asthma and allergies are breathing dysfunctionally.  They know how and why and what to do about it.


It’s not easy to change your breathing pattern.  Like any other habit you want to change, it takes daily attention until the new elements become natural and you just do them without thinking.


In clinical trials of the Buteyko Breathing Technique, researchers consistently found that people used their rescue inhaler 90% less and their steroid inhaler 50% less after six months.  There’s a financial, physical and emotional reason to do it!



The program is designed to teach you in 10 weeks:


  >  What’s healthy vs. dysfunctional breathing -- and how to breathe healthy!


  >  How to get relief when your chest is feeling tight, and also a systematic way to beef up your respiratory system so you are not triggered as easily.


  >  How to protect your breathing ability and comfort when a cold is coming on.


  >  How to breathe when your chest is feeling tight and you don't have your rescue inhaler onhand.


  >  What sleeping position helps you breathe easier.


  >  How to assess ahead of time whether your breathing is strong enough to exercise right now.


  >  How to conserve your energy so you can get through your daily activities when you're feeling symptoms.


  >  What type of breathing increases symptoms and what type of breathing calms them.


  >  Principles for unblocking your nose naturally when it's stuffed and you can't breathe through it.


  >  How to work with feelings of anxiousness that come up when you feel breathless.



Every Monday I will upload the lessons for the week, which you can review every time.


On Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. Pacific Time I'll hold a webinar to present the material formally and take your questions.


Then on Fridays, we'll have an all Question-and-Answer session from 12-1 p.m. Pacific Time.




The cost is $879 -- the best $879 you ever spent!


Here are the reasons why it's worth it!


#1  The cost of learning breathing retraining is probably a fraction of the cost of drugs a person might need to manage chronic respiratory conditions over a lifetime.

Breathing retraining typically doesn't cost anything beyond the cost of the courses to learn it.  There are simple props that can help you if you need them – a stopwatch or a plastic Frolov Device breathing cup – but that’s pretty nominal. 

I am not a licensed health-care professional and talking about medication is not within my scope AT ALL.  However, this is my personal story: I have had asthma since I was 4, and  at the time I learned Buteyko Breathing when I was 46 I was purchasing  one steroid and one reliever inhaler per month.  After I paid my Anthem Blue Cross prescription deductible of $600 for the year, I still had to pay $70 a month for inhalers the rest of the year.  Now I haven’t purchased a reliever inhaler in long time and I take much less steroid. I buy 4-5 a year, and I was completely off it for almost a year until my daughter begged me to get a cat again and I needed more support until I get my morning control pause to 40 and then 60-my goal.   So I am personally saving at least $700 a year in money I used to spend on medication that I no longer need. 


This doesn’t even get into the cost of over-the-counter products people buy routinely that may become unnecessary with attention to breathing:  allergy and cold medicine, nasal strips for snorers, etc.

Speaking of snoring, I read recently that many new homes and hotels are being built with “snoring rooms” off the master bedroom.  I know of couples who live separately because of the snoring issue.  That’s a tremendous additional expense.  


#2  If you would pay a personal trainer or join a gym, breathing retraining is another wellness initiative with a huge potential upside and the expense is not even ongoing.  By practicing breathing retraining you are strengthening your respiratory system, just like you strengthen your muscles when you hire a coach.  Once your respiratory fitness has increased, you will be breathing easier, may  have more energy and might consider attempting physical challenges you would not have considered before.  It’s hard to put a price on that!


#3 You can expect to eat less and need less coffee when you breathe more efficiently.  People who breathe optimally have more energy because the food they eat is more easily metabolized.  Cell respiration will be aerobic, not anaerobic – yielding three times more energy!


#4 Optimal breathing  increases  blood flow to the brain. How much more work could you get done -- and what would the financial benefits be -- if you were thinking more clearly?  Buteyko Breathing increases retention of carbon dioxide in the body, which is a vaso-dilator. More blood in the brain means more glucose (its main fuel source), oxygen and other nutrients.


Thanks for reading all this.


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