The Rise of Asthma in 2021.

For many people, asthma is a common source of frustration and one that can interrupt the quality of life at the most inconvenient times. Asthma is also not something we can prevent which can lead to immense stress and even a dire sense of helplessness.

At the same time, it’s important to remember that we always choose how we respond to any health problem and this includes how we might address the clutches of asthma. In this article, I would like to talk briefly about the rise of asthma in 2021 and a natural remedy to consider.

Why are People Dying of Asthma in 2021?

Asthma is a long-term disease that can affect both children and adults. It causes breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest. This happens when inflammation causes airways in the lungs to tighten and narrow and such symptoms are often worse during exercise or in the evening time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asthma is the most common chronic disease among children around the world and affects more than 250 million people every year. Asthma was also cited as the cause of death for over 460,000 people, although many of these cases were either left untreated and at least under-treated or under-diagnosed.

The rise in Asthma over the next four years has also been attributed to other conditions see below…

The asthma spacers market is expected to increase due to surging prevalence of asthma, increasing obesity and overweight rate, upsurge in cigarette consumption, rising health care expenditure, rapid urbanisation…

 “Global Asthma Spacers Market: Size & Forecast with Impact Analysis of COVID-19 (2021-2025)” 
But why are numbers on the rise for asthma in 2021?

This rise is largely attributed to factors such as the increase in urban pollution or airborne pollen and the overuse of medications. However, there’s so much more to asthma than the academic answers you might come upon online.

What are the Actual Causes?
asthma infographic lung comparison

The truth is, science has yet to figure out why people suffer from asthma and the same can be said about a myriad of other biological issues. It’s true, dust mites or cats and air pollution might provoke an asthma attack but they are not the primary cause. In fact, recent studies illustrate how most of the common things that people think to be the cause of asthma are contributing factors and nothing more. Now, that’s not to say dust mites or cigarette smoke has nothing to do with it but rather a different approach is needed to better understand and combat these asthma-related issues.

As Bill Bryson once said “None knows much of anything” and this is largely true when it comes to the topic of asthma. In fact, the bestselling author is able to wax seriously about biological matters and offers a very insightful overview of asthma. Instead of citing allergens and pollution as being among the primary causes, Bryson outlines a compelling argument that asthma is also a neurological problem. Further, its more common in the west which brings us full circle in terms of part of the answer as to the rise and root cause of asthma – the way we live!

In case you might be asking yourself, this essentially means that research supports a theory that our lifestyle in the western world has everything to do with the rise of asthma. It also makes sense because more and more experts are taking a multidisciplinary approach to asthma management which leads us to another consideration; what can be done about asthma and such breathing problems?

The Role of Breathing Techniques.

Inhaled medication is most often used to control symptoms associated with asthma and something which enables people who suffer from asthma to lead an active/normal life. However, it’s also possible to reduce asthma-related symptoms by avoiding whatever triggers this response in the first place. This means taking a look at what actually causes asthma and the above-mentioned point about our general lifestyle.

In my own experience, I have witnessed the profound impact of various breathing programmes and the role of breathing exercises in particular. But rather than explain my own thoughts and opinions, I would like to give Patrick McKeown a mention.

Patrick McKeown was educated at Trinity College and studied the famous Buteyko breathing programme in Moscow. The Buteyko technique was founded by Konstantin Buteyko and uses breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions which include asthma. Patrick has been helping thousands of people to reduce their asthma-symptoms and attributes his incredible results to breathing exercises. There is no need for medication with these techniques and the Buteyko method is fully compliant with medically-proven principles that can improve overall health.

It’s important to know that Patrick is not just a breathing practitioner but also someone who experienced severe asthma and breathing problems as a child. As a result of learning these various techniques, he was able to calm his breathing, while reducing stress and improving sleep and energy levels in the process. You can find no end of articles about Patrick online but the “moral” of his story is certainly one that showcases the immense role that breathing exercises can have for people who suffer from asthma.

Final Thoughts.

If we know anything, it’s that our bodies are curious things and we don’t know enough about asthma to eliminate this crux from our daily lives. However, the overuse of medication is surely a sign that something has to give and the proven benefits of breathing exercises is at least a much safer option for those who suffer.

When we listen to medical experts and consider study-backed literature by people like Patrick McKeown and even Bill Bryson, we can have faith that natural remedies are often the ones that make most sense, especially when it comes to biological issues.

As an accredited Buteyko Practitioner I have helped many sufferers of Asthma and in many cases reduce its impact on their daily lives. Why not find more about my treatments by contacting via email at . You can also provide me with some more information about your condition by using my online contact form

Recent Client Testimonial.  

“ I was 12 years of age, when my Asthma was diagnosed. The Doctors prescribed me Ventolin, a reliever Inhaler to start off with and as my Asthma worsened, I was prescribed Serevent, a preventative Inhaler. 

Now, 22 years later, after many changes over this time frame in my preventative Inhalers (Beclometasone, Fostair, Seretide) I was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency and a Cortisol Deficiency caused by long term use of Inhalers.      

 Due to this diagnosis, I am now on Hydrocortisone Tablets three times a day for the rest of my life.

Knowing the dangers of long term Steroid medication, I sought help from a Homeopath. He recommended I try Buteyko Breathing with Martha De Butleir for my Asthma. I had four sessions over Zoom and I was blown away by the results I had achieved. 

Not only am I able to breath through my nose full time, which I’ve never been able to do from Dust and Grass Allergies. I no longer use my Seretide Preventative Inhaler and I only use my Ventolin if I need it, which is very rare.

Buteyko Breathing has improved my health and quality of life. 

Thank you Martha. ”  Emma from Wexford.