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Global Medicine Review 11.18.2009

We just completed The formal opening of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association with over 50 members and growing October 8th 2010 in Portland Oregon at the highly regarded National College of Natural Medicine. We will soon be filing our papers and establishing offices in California and British Columbia to cover all of North America

Links to Buteyko Educators in North America and the world are on our site as well as those in my "Related Links" section tabbed above.


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The History of Konstantin P. Buteyko, M.D.
The discovery and development of his method!



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The Buteyko Method as taught at Buteyko NYC will teach you to:

  • Reduce and manage Stress
  • End or greatly reduce Asthma
  • Handle Blocked nose
  • Stop Panic Attacks
  • End Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • Control the hyperventilatioin syndrome.


The Buteyko method Developed by Dr. Konstantin Buteyko (Russia 1923-2003) involves a total approach to health. It includes not only special breathing exercises but principles for exercise, food, and sleeping that Dr. Konstantin Buteyko considered vital in order to maintain or restore balance and a return to vital health.

"So simple and so effective. It's great to feel well again."


The BIBH (BUteyko Institute for Breathing and Health) Buteyko method utilized at Buteyko NYC is about empowerment: All our practitioners were trained by Russell and Jennifer Stark who were taught, supervised and qualified in the method directly by Dr. Buteyko himself. The Method gives you the control that you want nauturally without medications, supplements, or machines. Clinical Trials show a reduction in symptoms by at least 70%, making other treatments largely redundant.

" 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.".....

Dr Robert Cowie, Resident Respirologist of Foothills Hospital in Calgary Canada and head

researcher on the Buteyko Breathing Technique Medical Trial. (October 2004 – April 2005) Dr. Robert Cowie, is one of the most respected researchers in the field in the world. His previous works are sited over and over in the Asthma Guidelines for the US and North America. The Calgary study will undoubtedly be included in the next make up of these guidelines to come out probably in 2009.

By using the Buteyko method as taught by us, you will notice:

  • Considerably fewer allergic reactions
  • Dramatic reduction in medication
  • A greater understanding of your condition
  • Improvement in your sporting performance
  • Better stress managemen and reduction of stress-related symptoms
  • A good night's sleep.

While the websites of Russell and Jennifer Stark, as well as Jill McGowen and Paul O'Connell (linked below), also give a good deal of fine information about the method as well as video introductions, here is an introduction to the work pioneered and developed by Konstantin P. Buteyko, MD.

This includes the science behind it as initially made available and updated through the efforts of Peter Kolb in Austrailia:


B.E. -- age 80, and a lifetime asthmatic:

"I have not had a moment of labored breathing OR wheezing for almost three weeks.    I still cough a bit and I remember to keep my mouth closed.    I am thoroughly disciplined about the tape at night.    It is amazing!" 


"My son age 9 has been asthmatic since age 18 months and was on 7 different medications at the time of the classes. He was nebulized 3 times a day and hospitalized multiple times a year. I was told I was crazy for doing the course by everyone including my husband. The doctors wanted to do more testing and give my son more medication. After the first 2 classes, my son began to improve steadily. Now 2 months later doing the exercises regularly every day under my supervision, he is no longer in need of the nebulizer at all and all but one of his medications has been stopped. He continues to slowly be weaned off of his Flovent and the doctor says that if he continues to do well, he may no longer need that as well. It is a miracle. My son no longer misses school, plays all the sports he couldn't before and is becoming more and more active in them with less and less fear of having an attack when he does. Thanks beyond what I can say. I would certainly recommend this to anyone whose child is suffering with asthma."

R. W. -- age 60. Reported suffering from Apnea and terrible snoring for at least 10 years, having had the operation and used the CPAP machine to no avail, waking up every morning with a pool of saliva next to his head and remained drained of energy nearly all day:

"Right from the first day of classes, I felt the change and slept through the night waking in the morning feeling energized for the first time in nearly 10 years with no residual saliva. I was also told that even from the first night, I barely snored at all, and when I did, it was so gentle that it was not disturbing.  I continued to improve each day of the classes and look forward to better and better health as I follow through with the exercises. It was and continues to be truly a blessing. I would strongly recommend these classes to anyone suffering from breathing issues."

R.V. -- Age 71. Suffering from Emphysema-COPD and several other illnesses, as well as her husband R. also in our classes whose issue was snoring, and realized it was apnea:

"I will recommend your classes to any interested people that I know. I see a marked improvement in my numbers and since R. hasn't been snoring, I get a good night's sleep, thanks to Buteyko.  It is amazing."


"I am 67 and have experienced occasional, usually mild asthma attacks since childhood. In recent years, I have been vulnerable to asthma secondary to flu, viral chest colds, post-nasal drip, and lingering in the presence of cats. I have been on Advair for several years. The doctor recently explained that he considered me chronically asthmatic, although rarely symptomatic – and prescribed ongoing treatment to minimize the secondary impact of the condition on my lungs.

"I decided to try Buteyko (quite ske"ptically) as a possible way of getting off the treatment and avoiding or diminishing future episodes. I took a five day course beginning on 7/28/08 and have completed the prescribed regimen ongoing through today, 8/04/08.

I visited the doctor this morning and used his diagnostic breathing machine. He reported dramatic improvement in peak flow (vs. the previous history of these measurements) and improvement in all indicators. On the basis of this change and previous discussions, I will discontinue Advair after tapering for a week. I also described an odd but pleasant sensation experienced in my chest over the past two or three days. The doctor aptly captured my meaning with the word 'aerated.'

At this point, I am hardly prepared to report a cure. However, the signs are encouraging and my ingrained skepticism has been deeply shaken."

NY Times "A Breathing Technique Offers Help for People with Asthma" 11/03/2009
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IMPORTANT NOTE! William Mck Jefferies, M.D. and The Safe Uses of Cortisol

However, it is extremely important that physicians as well as those suffering from the various illnesses which can be alleviated by proper use of steroids WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS, as pioneered and developed by William Mck Jefferies, M.D. Mck Jefferies was one of the principal investigators of the physiology and uses of Cortisol, how it is produced in the body, at what times of the day and how much. Using proper physiological doses of the actual rather than artificial hormone given at the correct time leads to healing without side effects and can be used over long periods of time even years without problems.

Here is the only article published by Jefferies about the method in its use for rheumatoid arthritis.

His monumental text book about it, The Safe Uses Of Cortisol has gone through two editions and is still available from one of the most respected medical publishers, Charles Thomas.