Asthma Care Success Stories
"Thousands of people have found that breathing training has helped them to control, and even overcome their asthma. If you want to teach yourself this valuable technique I thoroughly recommend you read 'Asthma Free Naturally' by Patrick McKeown."Patrick Holford
World famous nutritionist
"I didn't realise the detrimental effect of breathing through the mouth during rest and the importance of nasal breathing. Breathing too much actually reduces the amount of oxygen delivered throughout the body. This runs counter to the prevailing belief in sport, but is based on medical physiology. We learn about the role oxygen plays in the body but not how oxygen is delivered from the red bloods cells and that is the important part to understand. Patrick McKeown's book does just that, including exercises to simulate high altitude training to condition the body to do more with less. Implementing these exercises results in improved health and in turn better sports performance."Laura Reynolds
Irish Olympic Athlete, 2012 Summer Olympics
"Following my practitioner's training in London with Patrick, I have already started to apply concepts of Buteyko Breathing in my routine surgery to my patients when appropriate and am receiving very positive feedback particulary in cases of allergic rhinitis and moderate asthma. I am convinced that this method has huge potential in terms of cost and clinical effectiveness and importantly encourages self help. It is so good that following on results of clinical trials this method is now also suggested by BTS guidelines!
Your teaching style was fabulous,comprehensive, fun and most importantly very practical. Thank you so much for everything ! "
Dr A Gupta
"Attending one of Patrick's workshop is a real blessing for me. Although I have been trained in using and teaching Buteyko before by other practitioners, attending Patrick's workshop gave me even more confidence in applying and teaching the Buteyko method.
Patrick's very cool style and pacing gave the Buteyko course a very relaxed atmosphere which is simply perfect for it. Also, Patrick had very good audio video and printed materials which made the course easy to understand. Lastly, I am very grateful for Patrick's generosity during the course. He seems to be very much concerned for his clients' welfare than he is about earnings or financial matters."
Dr Charles Edward Florendo, MD
"I did Patrick's Asthma Care course and found the results to be fantastic. I have had asthma since birth and been on any number of medications over my lifetime. Since taking the Asthma Care course I still take minimum medication, but the quality of my life has improved immeasurably. I have found the course to be the best thing I have ever done to deal with my asthma and would recommend it to anyone who wants improvement in their breathing without increasing their intake of medication."
Dr John Murray Ph.D
"In our association during the past 3-4 years on a purely anecdotal basis, I can say that the vast majority of all of my patients have received great benefit from their nasal symptoms following instruction at the AsthmaCare workshops. More recently we have almost completed a prospective study which indicates that there is a 75-80% improvement in nasal symptoms which persists at 3 month follow-up as long as the patients continue the exercises.”
Professor John Fenton
ENT Consultant, Limerick Regional Hospital
"We are delighted to announce this exclusive partnership with Asthma Care Ireland. It is further demonstration of how VIVAS Health is committed to negotiating benefits for their members that will assist in the prevention and early treatment of illness. This is another benefit unique to VIVAS Health members, as we continue to focus on ensuring member well-being. At VIVAS Health we pride ourselves on our commitment to enable our members to take control of their health".”
Oliver Tattan, Chief Executive, Hibernian Health
"The Asthma Care approach made a significant difference to my breathing during sports performance and throughout my daily life.
It is simple, makes sense and should be taught to all asthmatics."
Frankie Sheahan, Munster and Ireland Rugby Union footballer
"I would have no hesitation in recommending the Asthma Care program for exercise induced asthma. I use it myself and the difference to my playing is considerable. This is something which should be taught to all players with asthma. Breathe through your nose and correct your breathing. Things can only get better. "
Damien Burke. Galway County footballer
"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 and head researcher on the Buteyko Breathing Technique Medical Trial. (October 2004 – April 2005)
"The simple fact is that 34 patients, prior to Buteyko, were costing £15,000 for their asthma medication," he said. "After Buteyko, they were costing £5,000.
"That's a reduction of two-thirds in their drugs bill. If this was extended to the rest of the country, very significant savings could be made."
BBC QED Buteyko documentary August 18th, 1998
"It absolutely is unbelievable. I have been on my drugs for fifteen years and to think that something as simple as this and as cheap as this and effective could be widely available. Everybody should be doing it. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Jean McConnell- school teacher with asthma who was selected by RTE as part of their Health Squad series shown on October 2nd, 2003
"I have a quality of life I have not had for forty years....This method has turned my life around. I use a treadmill for two minutes about six times per day." Asthma breathing
Seventy-one year old chronic severe asthmatic who was wheelchair-bound before attending Asthma Care in Dublin. Letter sent to Asthma Society of Ireland (Copy of letter on file at Asthma Care).
"Before, I missed football, parties and swimming. Now I am able to do everything I couldn't do."
Ten-year-old Lorcan, Dublin speaking on RTE 1's Open House programme on February 26th, 2003.
"Within a week, Lorcan was off all his reliever medication (ten puffs a day). He is now captain of his football team and he was not able to do that before. Before this, being present at a football match, depending on the wind, would be enough to start an attack." Asthma breathing
Lorcan's mother speaking on the same programme.
"I wouldn't get up in the morning without taking my nebuliser. I have not touched my nebuliser since November. I have taken my reliever inhaler three times since then."
Chronic severe asthmatic, also speaking on the same programme.
"It's absolutely wonderful because it has given me a quality of life that I had thought was lost to me...I am absolutely amazed at how effective it is."I reckon that if I live the next thirty years, it will save me a minimum of 12,000, but I can't put a price on the quality of life." Asthma breathing
"Anyone who suffers from asthma, try this. I really can't emphasise how easy it is and how effective it is."
Former patients speaking on TV3's Ireland AM programme on February 3rd, 2003.
"I've been seven months off my inhalers and I've never felt better in all my life. My immune system is improved, my allergies have gone and my breathing is fine. There have been too many improvements for it to be just coincidence." Asthma Breathing
"If anyone has asthma and is thinking about this method I would say to them to do it immediately. I can't understand why it is not widely publicised. I've had a 200pc improvement."
Former patients quoted in the Irish Independent newspaper on January 28th, 2003.
"He gave me a number of exercises that he said I should go and do. I have found that it has improved beyond all recognition. I can now talk for quite a period of time without having to cough." Asthma Breathing
Retired school teacher, Galway, speaking on RTE 1's Nationwide on September 16th, 2002.
"Generally I would feel a wheeze, tightness of breathing especially with training. I might have to take my inhaler about two or three times per day. I have been going to Pat for six weeks now and I am almost a month without having to take my inhaler." Asthma Breathing
Sports world champion speaking on the same programme.
How do we teach it?
The classes are taught to small groups of
no more than 10 people. This enables sharing
of information,experiences, support and
First day: Each person is taught the basics of the asthmacare.ie program
Second day (second week): More in-depth teaching and review of progress
Third day (third week): Completion of training.