- What is it REALLY?
make asthma worse
Gather 100 people in a
poorly ventilated room with major pollution (including animals, mold,
bugs etc) and some but not all would become wheezing, gasping or
Gather another 100 group together with
good breathing patterns but poor diet and still only only a
few would become wheezing, gasping or "asthmatic".
Gather 100 people in an even well ventilated room with poor
breathing mechanics and many more may have shortness of breath symptoms than
in the food or air group.
Gather 100 with poor breathing mechanics, poor air and poor diet
and you would have many more of the group wheezing gasping or "asthmatic".
Gather 100 with emotional issues, poor breathing, poor air and poor diet
and you would have most of the group wheezing gasping or "asthmatic".
Another, but very tricky to monitor is
prescription drugs side affects that cause shortness of breath.
The underlying cause of asthma is often not air or food, it is the way they are
breathing; the pattern, sequencing, depth and balance actually weakens
the immune system. This sets up a tendency to SNS vaso-constrict and nervous
system hyper-drive bringing on all manner of stress related symptoms.
Breathing patterns also have a great deal to do with emotions. The immune
system is also a contributing factor.
The Optimal Natural Breathing System continuously reduces or
eliminates the need for asthma medications.
1,2,3 punch to knock out asthma in children AND adults.
1. Eliminate bad air
2. Develop Optimal Breathing®
3. Eliminate allergies
Prescription drugs at that point will be far ess interesting
the worst first: But for that you need to learn now to
measure breathing. You can't manage it if you can't measure it.
A recent email outlining a
typical difficult case. Mike's comments in bold
I have been receiving your newsletters for awhile now. I have a history
of asthma, and it is not unusual for me to have bronchitis every winter.
I currently have chronic bronchitis, a sinus infection, and fluid in my
lungs, which the doctor said he doesn't know where it is from. I am
scheduled to see a pulmonary specialist about this. Be
careful with that
Looking back in my history, I was in choir all
through high school. I did not have trouble with asthma then, except if
I would try to run very fast in gym class. You were probably borderline
Then each summer, I would have pneumonia.
Weakened by the bronchitis I suspect.
When I was riding a bike and doing an aerobic
workout w/ weights, again I would not have much trouble with asthma. You
were lucky not to make it worse. not sure why. Currently I have had
major stress in my life, going through a divorce, and losing my job due
to the company closing. I know this has an effect on my physical health.
I was using Serevent, Flovent, and albuterol inhalers. I stopped the
Serevent and Flovent,as they seemed to make it worse, not better, but
still use the albuterol, every 6 hours. Get our
I get short of breath with the slightest
activity. I have tried changing my diet, and had allergy tests a few
years ago for food sensitivities. Allergy tests are too often a waste of money, The food
sensitivities change as soon as you handle one, another appears. Rebuild
liver and digestion and eat more raw foods sys I. I have a Champion Brand
juicer, and have tried juicing too, which hasn't cured it but I know it
hasn't hurt either. Good insight. Do more juicing.
I am interested in the raw foods you talk about.
Information included in many programs. Also.
The allergy testing seemed to help for awhile. I
just do not seem to be able to find a balance that works. I have been
under chiropractic care for 16 years. I have recently had bio-meridian
testing, and have been using homeopathic remedies, along with a mineral
supplement "rich in fulvic acid". Won't work as well or at all if your
breathing mechanics are not at least average. I also have been taking
some herbal combinations for sinuses and bronchitis. Helpful for bronch
but not for unbalanced breathing. I am willing to try almost any
alternative method. I have done gall bladder flushes in the past and had
many stones pass. Good choice. The breathing seems to improve some after
doing that. Makes sense as it takes some of the detox load off the
lungs. I am 43 years old, and about 50 pounds overweight, but have lost
about 35, through Weight Watcher's. I have had past problems with my
digestive system, mainly rapid transit time, and an anal fissure that
was bad enough to warrant surgery. I avoid wheat, dairy, and eggs, as
these foods REALLY seem to aggravate the asthma. Makes sense and points
to poor digestion and allergies as well. I have been making the connection, that the
activities I have participated in have had an effect, and I must have
been breathing differently. I remember being taught to breathe more from
the belly in choir. Do your videos teach something similar?
Yes and more.
Do you recommend these techniques be done as
exercises? Can it help me? Absolutely. Guaranteed. I am very weary of
the traditional doctors and their "practice" on me as the guinea pig. I
have done 3 antibiotics the last few months, but they do not clear up
the bronchitis, or the sinus infection. I said "no more" to the
antibiotic merry go round. The maddening thing is that these doctors
don't even check to see if it is a bacterial infection or not. Well, I
am kind of venting and rambling on here, sorry, I'm just frustrated, and
tired of being sick. Thank you for your concern, and I hope to hear of
some suggestions from you soon.
absolutely necessary that we find safe alternatives to steroids and
bronchodilators. We need to utilize available CURES for asthma
and airway constriction, not just symptomatic treatment.
Furthermore, I believe there is a strong possibility that when our
youth is raised with such a preponderance of the idea of drugs for
health that this can re-enforce the curiosity of drugs for
allergies cause inhibited healthy breathing volume and coordination
development, the older a person gets, the more the actual breathing
function becomes a major factor. Then breathing function becomes the
primary source of trouble and food allergy most often becomes
secondary. Pneumonia sets in.
Sadly, most health practitioners are presently focusing on the
allergenic and environmental aspects and overlooking the
breathing volume and coordination aspects.
I recommend you eliminate the major causes of worsening asthma
by finding techniques to clean your breathing air in your home or work
area and eliminating dairy products as you retrain yourselves and/or
children to breathe without drugs or steroids.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
This is my first progress report. After I started using your
program and doing all of the 5 exercises recommended in the
video, I started to feel some relief, almost immediately,
but this relief didn't hold. In the last two days, however,
I have not felt better breath-wise than I have in a nearly 3
to 4 years now. I can walk at my formerly brisk pace and not
be unduly short of breath. I realize that even ordinary
people get winded with exertion, and that's what I feel now
... winded, but not short of breath, because I CAN take a
deep breath and, thus, recover. I'm not perfect, yet; but
I'm optimistic as all hell. It's so nice just to be able to
breathe without being conscious of shortness of breath.
What works best for me, Mike, and I've just cut my exercises
down to these few, are the Happy Straps (formerly called the
Friendly Python) , the Bend Forward (and touch the floor),
and the Abdomen Press with the hands. But I believe it is
the Friendly Python (Rapid Breathing Improvement video) that
is doing me the most good. And to think the doctor's at
Kaiser said that there was nothing they could do. And they
were right. THEY couldn't do anything, but YOUR program
could. So, I'm going to keep working on it. I just plain
didn't know HOW to breathe correctly. And now I am getting
some idea how that's done.
Thanks, Mike. I am eternally grateful to you. I'm going to
recommend your program to my sister who has asthma and is
satisfied with living with her inhaler. I'm 72 and I don't
take ANY medicines. I think years of sitting in front of a
computer at home, writing and doing computer stuff, and, of
course, poor posture, really screwed up my lungs and my
breathing. Some 3 or 4 years ago, I also developed skin
eruptions on my forehead, like pimples and sometimes like
small boils. Nothing would help. Doctors were puzzled and
recommended cortisone, which I refused. But you know what,
Mike? Even that is beginning to clear up in the past few
days. Can it be because of better breathing? Wow!
Learning to breathe under the guidance of Mike White has not
only saved my life but profoundly altered its quality.
In the first training session, Mike address my restricted
breathing, which was steadily becoming worse, despite the
inhalers I was using three and four times a day. He taught
me the Leg Lift
and shhhh breath, a deceptively simple and powerfully
effective breath which stopped within days my chronic
coughing, and began to clear and relieve lungs and bronchial
tubes desperate for air.
He also used carefully controlled hand pressure and other
techniques to "wring out and soften hard and atrophies lung
tissue. This "re-birthing" of my lungs has affected my
entire being. The relief from asthma turned out to be only
an introduction into fuller and more vibrant participation
in life. In the process of learning to breathe more
deeply and easily, old fears and insecurities are
beginning to dissolve. I am discovering the joyful
calm that supports life at its base.
Michael Grant White's work with the breath is a critically
important contribution to an area of scientific research
still in its infancy.
"Mike White is a genius at his work.
I am 58 and had been suffering with
asthma since the age of 5. For the past 10 years prior to my session
with Mike I had been on steroids and fast acting inhalers.
I knew something was wrong with this
picture and was so grateful that Mike came into my life.
In just one session with Mike, I was
able to get off the drugs completely and learned
holistic ways to manage my asthma. It
has been a year now since my session, and I am different person,
breathing deep and living a drug free life. Thank you Mike White for
making such a huge difference in my life"
PREGNANCY and ASTHMA
"Underestimation of asthma severity and under-treatment of
exacerbations are two common errors that may lead to negative
maternal or fetal results?" Breathe Right Now page 243.
Tightness across the chest,
shallow breathing, reverse breathing are but a few symptoms often
associated with asthma.
Signs of An
Tight, dry cough
Shortness of breath
Anxious, scared look
The Cost of Treatment and Hospitalization for
Asthma in the United States
Approximately 34.1 million Americans have been
diagnosed with asthma by a health professional during their lifetime.
An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma,
with 250,000 annual deaths attributed to the disease.
Triggers of Asthma Attacks
Tied to Recommendations
|Encase bedding in
airtight covers that are hypoallergenic.
Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
Do not sleep on upholstered furniture.
Remove carpets from bedrooms. If this is not possible, do not sit on the carpet, but
rather put a sheet or quilt over the carpet.
ADMS Anti Allergen Spray Thy also have carpet powders to vacuum up.
Use a dehumidifier for humid places in the home and make sure the filter is clean.
When traveling and staying in hotels, it may be
advisable to bring your own linens, particularly your own pillow.
|Eliminate any water
leaks in the home.
Scrape moldy plaster from the walls and repaint mildewed areas.
Use a dehumidifier.
Make sure ventilation is adequate, especially in bathrooms and the laundry room.
Be sure that the clothes dryer is vented properly.
Make sure that all dehumidifiers, air conditioners, furnaces, freezers, refrigerators
and ducts are clean.
|The animal's saliva
and dander (flakes of dead skin) carry allergens and penetrate the environment. Remove the
pet from the home if possible.
If the pet cannot be removed, be sure to wash the pet
once a week.
Pets should never be allowed in the bedroom.
Check with a physician about using a three percent solution of tannic acid to help
neutralize the remaining allergens.
Industrial Strength Ozonator
|Food should never be
left unwrapped or unsealed.
Use non-toxic, anti-roach devices such as roach hotels.
Use a reputable exterminator and be sure to eliminate the patient's exposure to the
Seal up areas around pipes under the sink where roaches might enter.
|Toxic effects of
cigarette smoke are devastating for asthmatics.
Asthmatics must always avoid tobacco
Inform friends and family that the home must be smoke free and that even the scent of
smoke on clothing can trigger an attack in some sensitive individuals.
Extremes or sudden changes in temperature
Barometric pressure or humidity
|If symptoms are severe
with weather changes, discuss adjustments in the treatment plan to avoid increased asthma
symptoms. If possible, remain indoors or limit exposure.
Avoid cold, dry air.
Wear a mask and breathe through the nose rather
than the mouth.
index should be noted by asthmatics, particularly when patients are planning to exert
Industrial Strength Ozonator
Avoid exercise on busy streets with a lot of traffic.
Car and truck exhaust should be avoided, particularly in enclosed areas like garages.
Avoid heavy scents, such as perfumes, especially in enclosed areas (elevators, buses or
Anxiety. Notice when your breath goes shallow or heads up into your
chest in the presence of someone. Avoid them at least
Treat colds and
flu rapidly to avoid potential complications (such as pneumonia) that can worsen asthma.
Essential Oils Topical
infections such as strep throat, sinus infections, pneumonia and
bronchitis must be
treated for the prescribed duration.
Use good hand-washing techniques.
Avoid crowded public places, particularly during flu season.
Yearly flu immunization is recommended by some but
warned against as
being the cause of the flu in the first place for many.
AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
overexertion due to fast, intense, running
heaving due to over-exertion
and breath heaving lock up the rib muscles and inhibit easy chest
is not just a physical condition. Not being able to breathe elicits feelings of anxiety,
fear and panic. Inability to alleviate these feelings leads to more severe asthma
symptoms. Besides taking responsibility for the physical care necessary to manage asthma,
the patient must seek psychosocial support through professional and community resources.
The physician may recommend a stress reduction program or seek the assistance of a mental
health provider. Careful attention to the patient's feelings will lead to better overall
asthma care and avoidance of complications like depression.
The following medications have been
linked to causing airway narrowing and should be
used cautiously for patients with asthma.
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
Ketoprofen / Orudis
can occur in one in five individuals.
Patients with nasal polyps or chronic sinusitis
are more likely to be sensitive to anti-inflammatory medications.
If the physician orders medication for pain that is similar to arthritis or a headache,
patients need to check if the product contains aspirin.
with high blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma or migraines should check with their
primary care physician to determine if they are taking a Beta-blocker. These medications
can actually create more asthma symptoms or potentially uncover asthma tendencies by
causing an asthma reaction when they are introduced.
Recommendations with a few duplications.
- Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if you're allergic to
pollen. Don't use fans since they can stir up dust.
- Filter the air. Cover air conditioning vents with cheesecloth to
filter pollen and use a high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA)
if you have a forced air furnace. Clean air filters frequently and air
ducts at least once a year.
- Keep the humidity in your house below 50% to prevent mold growth.
- If you have pets, consider keeping them outside or perhaps ask someone
else to take care of them. Animal
dander and saliva are common allergens for many people. If you must
keep your pets indoors, do not allow them in the bedroom and be sure to
bathe them often.
- Avoid areas where molds may collect, including basements, garages,
crawl spaces, barns, and compost heaps. Have someone else clean these
- Install dehumidifiers or steam vaporizers in basements and other areas
of the house where molds tend to collect. Clean these devices every week.
- Air out damp clothes and shoes (in the house) before storing.
- Remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Don't leave wet
clothes in the washer where mold can quickly grow.
- Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mold-killing solutions.
- Don't collect too many indoor plants as soil encourages mold growth.
- Store firewood outside.
- Use plastic covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Avoid
overstuffed furniture and down-filled bedding or pillows.
- Wash your bedding every week in hot water.
- Don't allow smoking in your house.
- Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming, or painting to limit
dust and chemical exposure.
- Vacuum twice a week.
- Limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold. If you do have rugs, make
sure they are washable.
- When possible, choose hardwood floors instead of carpeting. If you
must have carpeting, choose low-pile material.
- Avoid dust-collecting Venetian blinds or long drapes. Replace old
drapes with window shades instead.
- Make sure there is an exhaust fan over the stove to remove cooking
In the Car
- Keep windows closed and set the air conditioner to use recirculated
air if you are allergic to pollen.
- Don't permit smoking in the car.
- Minimize walks in wooded areas or gardens.
- Check the forecast. Stay indoors as much as possible on hot, dry,
windy days when pollen counts are generally the highest.
- Try to avoid extreme temperature changes -- they are triggers for some
people with asthma.
- If possible, stay indoors between 5 and 10 a.m. when outdoor pollen
counts are usually highest.
- Wear a mask (such as an inexpensive painter's mask) when mowing the
lawn if you are allergic to grass pollen or mold. Avoid mowing and being
around freshly cut grass if possible.
- Wear a mask when gardening, as flowers and some weeds release pollen
and can cause allergy symptoms.
- Avoid raking leaves or working with hay or mulch if you are allergic
- After being outdoors, take a shower, wash your hair, and change your
clothes to remove pollen that may have collected in your clothes and hair.
- To protect yourself from insect stings, wear shoes, long pants and
sleeves, and do not wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair
- Don't hang clothes or linens out to dry, as pollen and molds may
collect in them and can make your allergies worse.
- Pack your medicines with you in your carry-on bag.
- Bring an extra supply of medicines in case you need them.
Staying in a Hotel
- Ask for a nonsmoking room.
- Remove feather pillows and ask for synthetic, nonallergenic pillows --
or bring your own plastic pillow cover from home.
- If possible, keep the vent on the room air conditioner shut.
- Eat in smoke-free restaurants.
- For food allergies, avoid the foods that cause your allergy symptoms
by carefully reading ingredient labels and asking about the food
preparation methods when dining out. Choose fresh foods rather than
prepared or processed foods. If you have severe reactions, such as
anaphylaxis, carry an epinephrine injection kit with you at all times.
For Children in School
- Discuss your child's allergies with school personnel.
- If your child suffers from food allergies, discuss them with school
officials, teachers, and lunchroom staff.
- Educate your child about his/her allergies early, so your child can
learn to avoid situations where he or she may eat a food that will trigger
an allergic reaction. Arrange for an epinephrine kit to be left at the
school, and make sure school officials (and your child when they are old
enough) are able to use it correctly.
- Inform school personnel about the medicines your child is taking and
make arrangements to leave necessary medicines at school.
- Encourage sports participation, but inform coaches of medicines that
may need to be taken before activities.
- Get low cost blood work at
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investigate when any disordered energy presents itself."
Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD Ph.D., The Oxygen Breakthrough
"He who breathes most
air lives most life."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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education, and speech, physical, and respiratory therapy."
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