" Following my practitioner's training in London with Patrick, I have already started to apply concepts of Buteyko Breathing in my routine surgery to my patients when appropriate and am receiving very positive feedback particulary in cases of allergic rhinitis and moderate asthma. I am convinced that this method has huge potential in terms of cost and clinical effectiveness and importantly encourages self help. It is so good that following on results of clinical trials this method is now also suggested by BTS guidelines!
Your teaching style was fabulouous,comprehensive, fun and most importantly very practical. Thank you so much for everything ! "
Dr A Gupta
"I did Patrick's Asthma Care course and found the results to be fantastic. I have had asthma since birth and been on any number of medications over my lifetime. Since taking the Asthma Care course I still take minimum medication, but the quality of my life has improved immeasurably. I have found the course to be the best thing I have ever done to deal with my asthma and would recommend it to anyone who wants improvement in their breathing without increasing their intake of medication."
Dr John Muray Ph.D
"In our association during the past 3-4 years on a purely anecdotal basis, I can say that the vast majority of all of my patients have received great benefit from their nasal symptoms following instruction at the AsthmaCare workshops. More recently we have almost completed a prospective study which indicates that there is a 75-80% improvement in nasal symptoms which persists at 3 month follow-up as long as the patients continue the exercises."
Professor John Fenton, ENT Consultant, Limerick Regional Hospital
"Attending one of Patrick's workshop is a real blessing for me. Although I have been trained in using and teaching Buteyko before by other practitioners, attending Patrick's workshop gave me even more confidence in applying and teaching the Buteyko method.
Patrick's very cool style and pacing gave the Buteyko course a very relaxed atmosphere which is simply perfect for it. Also, Patrick had very good audio video and printed materials which made the course easy to understand. Lastly, I am very grateful for Patrick's generosity during the course. He seems to be very much concerned for his clients' welfare than he is about earnings or financial matters."
Charles Edward Florendo, MD
"Since I have been sharing the Buteyko technique with my asthmatic patients, I have seen an incredibly high degree of disease reversals, let alone reduced inhaler use and hospitalisations. I have also noticed that far more aspects of these peoples lives have improved, not only their asthma. Apart from the powerful improvements in respiratory condition, I believe the time spent in focussing on the breath, in the 'shallows of thought', reduce the over-burden of the stress-response in our bodies, hereby allowing a more natural state-of-being, towards optimal health. A liberating tool indeed."
Dr Jon Morley, MBChB, IBCMT
"Having heard remarkable reports from my patients who did the Buteyko course, my son and I tried it out. I learned how to eliminate a migraine headache and my son's asthma, made worse by cold and exercise was noticeably better just by doing the exercises. At the six weeks follow-up everyone had made progress, e.g. from asthma, fatigue from sleep problems, snoring, sleep apnoea, anxiety, panic attacks and improvement in athletic performance. And there was a sense of confidence that the exercises could continue to provide relief of symptoms. I noticed my sleep quality was better too. I feel confident in recommending this course to my patients who have asthma, sleep problems, anxiety and panic attacks and sleep apnoea. I believe every health professional should experience the course for themselves. The theory in itself is well worth hearing as it makes sense and its practical application is the evidence of its efficacy. It's quite possible that Buteyko breathing could have much wider health applications."
Anne O'Reilly MB BCh FRNZCGP, New Zealand
"The ability to produce marked reductions in asthma-drug utilisation suggests that the pharmaco-economic implications of BBT merit further study. Clarification of the mechanism(s) underlying the effectiveness of BBT is a further goal, given that BBT appears to represent a safe, efficacious alternative for the management of asthma...All published studies on the Buteyko breathing technique, including one which we performed in Gisborne, have shown positive results. Reductions of reliever medications averaged 85 to 95 per cent and reductions in preventer medication 40 to 50 per cent."
Doctor Bruce Duncan MB, ChB, MSc, MRCGP, MFPHM, FAFPHM, DCH, Gisborne Hospital, Australia
Doctor Patrick McHugh, BMedSc, MB, ChB, DipGUMed, Dip MSM, Emergency Department, Gisborne Hospital, Australia
"The simple fact is that 34 patients, prior to Buteyko, were costing ?15,000 for their asthma medication," he said. "After Buteyko, they were costing ?5,000. That's a reduction of two-thirds in their drugs bill. If this was extended to the rest of the country, very significant savings could be made."
Doctor Gerald Spence, GP, Glasgow, the UK
"I have experienced the Buteyko breathing technique both personally and professionally and found it to be a very effective treatment for asthma. I experienced substantial relief and improvement for my lifelong asthma and rhinitis within 3 days of starting my treatment seminar and the results have proved to be long-lasting. I was so impressed that I have now trained as a Buteyko practitioner."
Doctor Kevin Treacy, New Zealand
"Those practising Buteyko Breathing Technique reduced hyperventilation and their use of beta2-agonists. A trend toward reduced inhaled steroid use and better quality of life was observed in these patients without objective changes in measures of airway calibre."
Doctor Simon D Bowler, FRACP, Thoracic Physician, Charles A Mitchell, FRACP, Associate Professor, Australia
"Professor Buteyko's principles are entirely consistent with the physiological facts established by medical research 120 years ago. The Buteyko system makes use of the person's own resources and trains them in taking responsibility for their own health. They become less dependant on outside agencies such as hospitals, doctors and physiotherapists, thereby reducing the costs to the health service".
Doctor Godfrey Nelson, M.B.B.A, F.R.A.C, G.P., the UK
"I've been astonished and also very pleased with the excellent result. There is no disruption of their life at all by their disease: normal activities; not waking at night; not needing to use any reliever medications. It's just great...75% control is about as good as anyone has got in any study of asthma. The neat thing about it is that it has no side effects. It's very safe. The Buteyko technique certainly has been shown to be an important adjunct to treatment."
Doctor Bob Cowie, Calgary Trial of the Buteyko Method, Canada
"It changed my life. Before, I could barely walk up stairs now I can manage a 10-mile hike. I was using my puffer four times a day as well as steroids and now I'm off all drugs."
Doctor John Stanley of the British National Public Health Laboratory. the UK
"Over the last two years I have examined many patients before and after the [Buteyko] course and found the improvement to be repeatable to the degree that patients in over 90% of cases can stop medical treatment, or reduce it to less than half, of that, which was previously required. I attended the tutorials and found the approach, tuition and the method to be responsible and safe. As a medical doctor and Naturopath, I am impressed and surprised at the effectiveness and safety of this natural approach..."
Doctor Paul Ameison, MBBS, MD, DAC, ND, the UK
"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the Buteyko Technique works," said Doctor Bob Cowie MD, resident Respirologist at the Foothills Hospital and Manager of Calgary Buteyko Clinical Trial. "The results of this study shows it is a wonderful adjunct to conventional treatment of Asthma. We had super results that no one else has been able to match even with the best medication."
Doctor Bob Cowie, Calgary Trial of the Buteyko Method, Canada
"As lung specialists we know from clinical experience that even spending a small amount of time teaching patients how to manage their condition and control their breathing appropriately can reduce both the number of asthma attacks and improve their quality of life."
Dr John Harvey Chair of the British Thoracic Society communications committee, the UK
"This method was originally designed to help people overcome asthma, yet the benefits extend to many different maladies. If you have asthma, snoring, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, chronic cough, anxiety or panic, insomnia or any other stress-related condition, I would encourage you to learn more about this. If it sounds a bit like snake oil, it is only because breathing, specifically poor breathing technique, is the cornerstone to so many breathing disorders. Learning to breathe properly can result in a dramatic improvement in your health and significantly reduce the amount of medication used for chronic conditions."
Dr. Larry Greenblatt, family and sports medicine physician, Issaquah, WA, New Zealand