An international report released in 2004 said that up to an amazing 20 per cent of New Zealanders suffer from asthma. In that same year, one in five New Zealand children were diagnosed with asthma; but for Maori children, the figure was in one in three. NZ has three times the global rate, and did you know that Australia and NZ have more asthma sufferers per capita than any other countries in the world? Do you live in America or England? I’ll bet the statistics are very similar regardless of where you live.
I have wanted to write on asthma for some time now and share my views on this all too common diagnosis. Unfortunately there are still quite a few people out there with the belief that people with asthma are “breathing impaired” and can’t really go anywhere without their inhaler. With a positive change in an asthmatic’s lifestyle, environment and diet,an improvement in their immunity and digestion along with a few simple techniques to assist breathing and relaxation, most asthmatics can dramatically reduce their need and physical dependence on all their prescribed drugs. Part 1 is about cause and conventional treatment.
Let’s take a look at some of the natural ways we can help a person diagnosed with this common complaint, including Professor Buteyko’s breathing exercises and Eric’s popular 10 Step Asthma Treatment Plan.