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Patrick McKeown -The Buteyko Method – Preventing Health Problems with Nasal Breathing – February 19, 2013


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Patrick McKeown

The Buteyko Method

Healthy people have quiet and unnoticeable breathing. While they are resting, you cannot see or hear their breathing.

Quiet breathing ensures optimum partial pressure of carbon dioxide within your lungs, blood, tissues and cells. The release of oxygen from your blood depends on the presence of carbon dioxide.

Overbreathing causes a loss of carbon dioxide from your lungs, blood, tissues and cells.

This results in less oxygen being released from your blood into your tissues and organs. The more you breathe, the more your body is being starved of oxygen.

Breathing through your mouth, sighs, sniffing, noticeable breathing, hearing your breathing during rest or having a low Control Pause (explained later) indicates that you are starving your body of oxygen. Your brain is being starved, resulting in anxiety, depression and stress.

The calmer and quieter you breathe, the larger your blood vessels open, enabling better circulation and distribution of oxygen throughout the body, including the brain.

Oxygenate your brain- breathe less.

Show Highlights:

-Factors that change your breathing

-Addressing the myth that deep breathing is better

-How we breath during the day indicates how we breath while asleep

-Resetting the brain by training to breath more quietly

-The loss of carbon dioxide by breathing too much

-More cavities from mouth breathing

-The heavier we breath, the more we breath, the less oxygen is delivered

-How breathing affects face shape

-What causes mouth breathing?

-The problem with CPAP machines

and much more!

Patrick McKeown is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the late Dr Buteyko. Over the past ten years, he has helped thousands of people successfully address their asthma, hay fever, snoring, sleep apnoea, anxiety and panic attacks. He has written six very popular books and two DVD sets, is published internationally and has been featured on national TV, radio and print in Ireland, UK and USA. In addition, Patrick has trained health professionals from fifteen countries to become Buteyko practitioners.

The Buteyko Method has been widely used in Russia since 1985 after it was approved by the Soviet health ministry. This was based on conclusions from the clinical trials of the Buteyko Method which were conducted by First Medical Sechenov’s Institute (Moscow Medical Academy), Moscow, 1981 and National Scientific Institute of Pulmonology of Soviet Health Ministry, Petersburg, 1968.

ButeykoClinic was founded in 2002 to provide a high standard of Buteyko practitioner training, DVD’s and book’s to the Western World. There are currently two hundred independent Buteyko practitioners working from seventeen different countries. Practitioner trainer Patrick McKeown is one of the most experienced in the western world with cumulative total of reaching out to thousands of patients.

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  1. Matt Whitacre says:

    Hi Patrick,

    Another good show as always! The only issue I have now is how to sleep!

    Patrick McKeown recommends sleeping on your side (not on your back) to prevent snoring, but your recent guest Sydney Ross Singer tells us to sleep on our backs under raised pillows in order to solve all our sleeping issues.

    There have been other shows where two different guests promote opposite methods of care. It would be interesting to take note of this and perhaps invite both guests on at the same time.

    In the meantime I will continue to research both approaches to sleeping.


    • Hi Matt

      Most people will be aware that their partner snores more while sleeping on their back. (supine position) Furthermore, there is a greater likelihood for the tongue and jaws to fall back and obstruct the airway. I have referenced eight published studies looking at sleeping position and sleep apnea.
      Click here:

      Best wishes and thanks for listening to the interview.

      • Sydney Ross Singer says:

        Patrick, the references you give are for back sleeping without head of bed elevation. That is the secret ingredient. Elevation! This prevents the tongue from falling back and obstructing the airway. The critical issue is to reduce brain pressure and improve circulation with elevation, as this can help with glaucoma, migraines, sleep apnea, and other problems associated with excessive brain pressure and congestion. Side sleeping may reduce apnea and snoring, but it will not help with brain circulation, and can cause compression issues to the “down” organs, resulting in eye and ear problems and nerve compression of the arms, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other compression problems.

        So try supine WITH head of bed elevation. Sleeping on your back without elevation is not comfortable and is not what I recommended. 30 degrees is suggested.

        I hope this clarifies the issue. If people want more information and want to try a Self Study on this, they can go to my website

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