Obvious and Hidden Forms - Reduction and Elimination
"From an enlightened medical doctor. "Mr. A has had an injury to his diaphragm -- inability to function properly --adversely affecting his breathing. There is no established medical treatment for this condition and patient has been encouraged to seek any and all alternative treatment modalities."
"If a pattern of breathing has been disturbed for any length of time, clinical experience suggests that normalization of the muscles and joints associated with the breathing process frequently require primary attention, before normal breathing patterns of use can be restored.
Yamaguti, Claudino, Neto, 2012 Diaphragmatic breathing training improves abdominal motion during natural breathing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliitation 93 (4) 571-577
"Michael: About 3 years ago, I called and got you on the phone. I was beside myself with fear. I thought I had COPD and the doctors were wanting me to go on different puffers for a few months. I instinctively knew that was the wrong thing to do!
The respiration tests I failed. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your very kind and positive words that helped and boosted me past this difficult stage. I bought the videos and breathing equipment and straps and applied them diligently every day for at least 6 months.
I want to let you know that I am doing fine today. I don't have the breathing difficulties that I had back then. I owe all of this to you and the amazing knowledge that you have passed on for those of us who are willing to participate and reclaim back our health. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, Beth Palmer"
Mr. Robert Hyatt director of the Mayo clinic's Pulmonary Function Laboratory stated that "the average patient has lost half of his lung function by the time he sees a doctor for shortness of breath"1.
Dr. William B. Kannel a former Boston University professor of medicine and heart specialist found that "the lungs forced vital capacity (FEV1) is indirectly related to the rate of all cardiovascular diseases and to overall mortality".
Many of us are on the way toward radically reduced breathing ability and we just don't know it. For optimum quality of life it is indispensable to know which conditions are most likely to cause SOB, whether or not we can feel them on a moment to moment basis.
We only realize we have lost a great deal of breath when shortness of breath gets so bad someone puts an "illness" label on it.
Flat tires come a lot quicker when the tire has been worn down to the threads and so does illness and death related to shortness of breath. It will readily appear, in almost any form, when the breath is smaller, weaker, or uncoordinated and when it is at less than optimal functioning.
It's been said many times, that the average person uses about 10% of their brain. Twenty percent seems about average for lung function. To me, 20% almost classifies as shortness of breath, only most think it is "normal" and live entire lives with less then even mediocre breathing.
Shortness of breath can stem directly and indirectly from many sources. Present time problems such as heart attacks, lung disease, asthma, and suffocation are comparatively easy to observe.
Leading edge health practitioners realize there may be many aspects to shortness of breath that may not be considered by much of Western Medical Science. Poor physical conditioning, recurrent lung infections, poor posture, over-tight clothing, obesity, junk food, stress, unresolved emotional issues, toxic environment, recent surgery, prescription drug side effects, and even pictures of people we do not like, whom we are afraid of, or find extremely exciting .........can as well take our breath away and cause, or exacerbate shortness of breath. SOB is largely a matter of degree and individual susceptibility.
The most important aspects from a health standpoint are the chronic types of shortness of breath that reduce lung volume, increase breath rate, hinder breathing coordination and invite unneeded effort to breathe.
Shortness of breath is much like soil erosion. It creeps up on us. But unlike erosion, SOB is largely unnoticed, because we do not know what to look for. SOB does not develop overnight and takes years to present itself and suddenly we have "attacks" of it.
What happens from say a healthy lung to the point where it is riddled with a cold, bronchitis, asthma or emphysema? There must be many tiny and incremental steps or events that lead to a larger sum total equaling what we call shortness of breath. How can we spot these almost microscopic tendencies or "speed bumps" of life?
Anything that habitually and repeatedly reduces a natural breathing volume, strength and coordination is setting the stage for appearances of varying forms of shortness of breath. More obvious versions grow and fester in our human bodies;
Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and most COPD are caused by small, incremental steps, not big ones. For example someone could develop asthma just by slouching for months in a poorly ventilated environment or by engaging in repeated competitive sports like track or football.
Because of the many potential reasons for shortness of breath, I have created a program that addresses it in many of its different aspects. Due to the moment to moment need for oxygen I first focus on the physical-mechanical factors because they happen in present time and we can make changes rapidly in increased breathing volume, balance and ease. Next follows the chemistry, environment and lifestyle.
If you can't measure it you can't manage it. My suggestion is that we learn what is going on on a day to day basis that determines whether our breathing is getting better or worse. Breath is life. Shortness of breath equals shortness of life. We teach people breathing skills that are measureable.
YOU first may want to rule out any existing life threatening medical conditions by seeing a licensed health professional.
If: You have done this already and they have either:
1. Diagnosed your condition and given breathing work as a prescription or
2. Told you either
a. There is nothing wrong with you
b. There was nothing they could do
c. They prescribe drugs or surgery and you would prefer to handle the problem without drugs or surgery.
Then please consider our primary functional approach.
- Natural Healing Annual, Rodale Press p.180
Air hunger (from a subscriber)
"I had a bit of a search of your site for Lyme disease and did not see too much about the typical co infectious disease Lyme patients get that gives you “air hunger”
I have chronic long term lyme disease for over 11 years and my symptoms are getting worse as treatment is extremely difficult
One symptom that has worsened is this gasping for air after the shortest of aerobic movements-over and above just de-conditioning
I thought I would just bring this to your attention seeing as the depth of your information is so vast but does not include this as a possible “shortness of breath” symptom and you may like to research and add this
Before I knew I had lyme and it was only 18 months ago, even though I had been ill for 10 years prior to that and diagnosed with both Fibromyalgia and MECFS, I was getting this breathlessness (and many other) symptom worse and worse
Initially my doc said it was Channelopathy of the sodium potassium channel where my body excretes too much potassium and this was the case but even with supplemental potassium I was still having this air hunger gasping breathlessness issue
You may have something on low or loss of potassium or Channelopathy on your website as possible cause of breathlessness?
I had all sorts of heart and lung tests and these came back normal so any of these issues were ruled out.
Research was finally done on the possibility of lyme disease by my doctor finally after 10 years of being ill, as Lyme Disease is still not recognized as being actually in Australia so he did not even consider it.
For his worst Australian patients who also had never been out of Australia, he found 49 out of the first 50 worse patients he had tested properly in the US (as Australia has no accurate testing) actually came back positive to Lyme Disease.
I was suspected to also have the co infection of Babesia which air hunger is a typical and diagnostic symptom so I had additional testing for a myriad of co infections including Babesia.
Tests revealed I did have lyme and Babesia as well as numerous other co infections.
It can be so debilitating that even a slow walk up some stairs can leave you gasping for many minutes until you regain enough oxygen to keep walking a short distance
I have since found Lyme Disease bacteria and co infections do not like oxygen and this is also one treatment to kill the pathogens-(some do ozone therapy) However if you kill them to well you get major herx reactions and become to ill from the die off as your liver cannot extract the toxins quick enough.
I cannot tolerate even the smallest of additional oxygen due to this as I have tried initially with an oxygen tank and breathing pure oxygen in for an hour a day.
Maybe I will revisit this and just do smaller doses??
I am mostly house bound with the myriad of symptoms I have now and as Lyme is not even recognised in Australia I am finding there are no doctors with enough knowledge to treat me and most just simply ignore the fact lyme even exists hard to treat someone when they say it does not even exist!
These links mention a few things about it if you want to add a bit to update your great website about Lyme disease and especially Babesia co infection which causes this air hunger symptom
I also read Lyme interferes with your thyroid which can also cause shortness of breath
Please consider our primary functional approach.