World Asthma Day

Dear World,

Have you ever wondered why we have these world awareness days?

Have you noticed that they seem to be about our health?

Why is it that the world needs to KNOW more about Asthma?

Why is it that all the advanced science we have today does not know what causes Asthma?

Why is my pharmacist telling me that over 1000 asthma pumps a month are on prescription and there is another pharmacist 100 yards down the road? This is a tiny part of one town in London.

Hello – are you listening world?

This is serious stuff and I bet you all know someone with an asthma pump or you have one yourself.

Well this is what Asthma UK are saying –

‘Every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die every day. Tragically two thirds of these deaths could be prevented, whilst others still suffer with asthma so severe current treatments don’t work.

This has to change. That’s why Asthma UK exists. We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research and scientists, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack.’

The thing is – where have we got with the ‘world class funding’?
Does campaigning actually change anything if we are to be honest here?

  • Well I had two pumps at one time in my life as one wasn’t enough.
  • What changed? – I got more and more dependent on these pumps.
  • I was told to accept it and suffered with bronchitis as a child and then developed whooping cough which is rare as an adult.

Well how come I have been asthma free for over a decade?
Surely I am a living science who does not need to be put inside a lab for testing.

So Asthma is ALL about our breathing.

  • What if, we are not breathing correctly?
  • What if, all we need to do is learn to breathe correctly?
  • What if, breathing correctly means breathing in our own breath?
  • What if, breathing in our own breath means, we do not breathe in the world?
  • What if, breathing in our own breath allows us the space inside us to breathe naturally?
  • What if, breathing our own breath means our lungs are free and say ‘thank you’?
  • What if, breathing in our true breath, gives us a real quality that feels expanding?

I realised that my asthma pumps supported me to not learn to breathe my own breath.

I realised that relying on my inhalers meant I was in a constant state of anxiousness.

I am living proof that having had chronic bronchitis on my medical records for four decades, things are now totally different.

I was presented with a correct way to breathe by Serge Benhayon, the founder of Universal Medicine in 2005 and with daily practice, things started to change in a big way. This is a miracle as I was known for my constant coughing.

I learned that the breathing allowed me to observe everything that was outside of me and not take it inside and change my breathing.

This meant I was not ‘absorbing’ the world but simply ‘observing’ so it was not inside me.

No surprise the coughing stopped and it has been over 10 years, so I reckon that is enough proof that it works.

By the way it is called The Universal Medicine Gentle Breath Meditation
https://www.universalmedicine.co.uk/services/free-audio-library/gentle-breath-meditation

Next – have a read of this masterpiece from a top Lung Specialist who sure knows what he is talking about …

Talking about the ‘True’ Meaning of Asthma on the World Asthma Day:

What does asthma truly mean for people across the different ages?

Asthma is a huge global health problem that we cannot avoid seeing through our eyes and hearing through our ears on a daily basis.  In our playground, shopping centers, sporting fields, concert venues, tourism landmarks and any other sort of large public gathering, there is at least someone busily inhaling few puffs of Ventolin prior to his or her next movement.

Although I write as a representative of Australia that has one of the highest population rates of asthma in the world, asthma is actually a fundamental human problem as old as the human civilisation.  “4.5%” global prevalence may not mean much but when we begin to see and feel this actually means at least 334 million people with their families and all of their extended social network, it is a lot of people affected from one human disease.

Given that our population statistics are already outdated by the time they are published in the leading medical journals, and not to mention that asthma diagnosis is either controversial or limited by diagnostic resources in many developing countries, additional 100 million people with asthma by the year 2025 is an under-estimated number.  From what we see as doctors and carers, that is still a lot of people.  For others, that’s also a lot of money to be spent and made, i.e. billions of dollars in Australia, and trillions of dollars globally.

Everything has been and is increasingly about money. It actually costs money to restore one’s ill health. Shocking, as it may seem, the poorer you are the worse your health outcome is. A recent US study showed this fact which people have felt for a long time, and what the British have known since the landmark Black Report of the 1980’s on the ‘social gradation and inequality of health’.

We can no longer separate any disease from what the society is going through as a whole. People with disease means more cost of care.  More people with disease equates to increasing cost of care.  More diseases also means exponential cost of care that we may one day discover that we cannot afford to provide even through our current systems of banking, insurance and governmental funding.  I am still surprised that there is still not much education in microeconomics and macroeconomics in our medical schools beyond the common sense we need to see behind the suffering of a disease.

Thus, the whole framework of ‘universal health care’ is threatened when a single disease adds another 100 million people within a decade.  Add another several hundred million people each with diabetes, cancer, emphysema, mental illness etc., the humanity can either neglect the problem or awaken itself as one family to see what is truly going on.

From a medical perspective, asthma is a ‘reversible’ disease that can be controlled with a broad range of drugs, interventions and even complementary treatments.  Although many do ‘well’ and live a productive life from the public’s viewpoint, this is not the case for many in the developing world.  Children and women are the worst affected, as with many other chronic diseases.

The ‘true’ meaning of asthma that people may not be aware is that it is a fundamental model of illness and disease that affects our very ability to breathe.  You could have any other variety of breathing difficulties, but ‘asthma’ is one diagnosis that people think of because it is so common, well known and widely diagnosed.

In ‘asthma’, we lose the ability to breathe our own breath that is naturally supportive and nurturing to our body.  Thus, it is a separation from what is true for our body regardless of age, gender or colour of our skin.  If it about losing breath and wheezing away while making love with a partner, running across the hockey field, pushing the grocery trolley or even going to the mail box, the body is feeling ill and the mind is struggling to cope.

For humans, we learn to breathe miraculously from the eighth to tenth week of our human growth in our mother’s womb.  It is well known scientific fact now that the developing baby feels, hears, responds and sleeps to all that is happening outside the womb and within the mother. Throughout our lives, how we breathe is intimately responsive to the world we see, people we meet, events we experience and feelings we are confronted with our every breath. 

It is no wonder the worst attacks of asthma (so-called ‘exacerbations’) are not due to infection alone but also a multitude of ‘psychosocial stressors’. For example, some women experience more asthma during their periods, pregnancy, following delivery of their newborn child, marital breakdown, due to emotional bullying at work or death of a parent or her child. Some men experience asthma in their work, following marital disharmony, after a drug binge or following moments of physical violence (or more) that can be days, weeks, years or decades afterwards.   Many more examples can be given even from my twenty-five years of observation within Medicine in one part of the world. 

Accounts of other clinicians elsewhere will say the same facts: illness and disease is also about how we live, breathe and move. It is a revealing reminder so eloquently highlighted by Benhayon in his revelatory book, ‘An Open Letter to Humanity’ which sets the keystone for a renewed posture in Population Health of 7.4 billion people.

“Is not the continuous rise in the diagnosis of the many forms of cancer and the widespread growth of diabetes a clear sign that something is deeply wrong in the way we choose to live, and more so – in the intelligence that does not challenge it”
(Benhayon S, 2011).

While we gather our resources and collective wisdom to help our global humanity against one disease called ‘asthma’, it is also important to truly see how we are individually breathing behind the body of skin, bone and blood called the human being.   As the technology advances and Medicine becomes more complex in its system of delivery, a deeper public awareness of how we breathe, how we observe and how we absorb the very fabric of human life will do wonders for asthma prevention and treatment.   This is because the current range of drugs does work.  Actually they are so effective, they can affect other organs apart from the lungs if used excessively.  If our body can be more nurtured in a society that truly sees the meaning of ‘asthma’, much more can be achieved with less. 

We have all the resources and wisdom to help humanity return to the amazing health we can be.

Therefore, the World Asthma Day is another day of reawakening ourselves from the veil of what holds us back, and truly see what is going on behind a diagnostic label.

Sam Kim MBBS FRACP MPH MBA
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Spring Hill
University of Queensland, Brisbane AUSTRALIA

 

Additional readings of interest to the Readers:

  • Asher I, Pearce N. Global burden of asthma among children. Int J Tubercul Lung Dis. 2014:18(11): 1269-1278
  • Behera A, Shegal IS. Bronchial asthma – issue for the developing world. Indian J Med Res 2015:141: 380-382
  • Benhayon S and The Hierarchy (2011). An Open Letter to Humanity. Unimed Publishing, Goonellabah NSW AUSTRALIA
  • Braman SS. The global burden of asthma. Chest. 2006:130(1 Suppl): 4S-12S
  • Chetty S, Stepner M, Abraham S, Lin S, Scuderi B, Turner N, Bergeron A, Cutler D. The association between income and life expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014. JAMA 2016:April 10: doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4226
  • Global Asthma Network. The Global Asthma Report 2014. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Lai CKW, Beasley R, Crane J, Foliaki S, Shah J, Weiland S, the ISAAC Phase Three Study Group. Global variation in the prevalence and severity of asthma symptoms: Phase Three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Thorax 2009:64: 476-483
  • Smith GD, Bartley M, Blane D. The Black Report on socioeconomic inequalities in health 10 years on. BMJ 1990:301(6748): 373-377
  • To T, Stanojevic S, Moores G, Hershon AS, Bateman ED, Cruz AA, Boulet L-P. Global asthma prevalence in adults: findings from the cross-sectional world health survey. BMC Public Health. 2014:12:204:http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/204
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Comments 17

  1. I was on first aid course last year and was shocked to hear of the same statistics that are quoted in this article. Why are these figures not more widely known about? I was also shocked at how many people I work with suffer from Asthma. It is definitely time to wake up and take notice of what is going on with our health and at least start considering the simplicity of what is presented here. Thank you Simple Living Global for drawing our attention to this chronic ill health condition and the link with our breathe and breathing.

    1. Thank you Julie Snelgrove for your comment.
      I agree that it is time we at least considered what is being presented here and it holds weight because there is a living science claiming the change after 40 years.
      There is a link with our breathing and it makes simple sense. I sometimes wonder what would happen to our medical world if it applied what is working for someone and see if it is possible that it may just work for another. Imagine inhalers no longer on the rise.
      Surely that would be a breakthrough in medical history. Instead we end up like I did with 2 inhalers and no change, just a deeper suppression of the symptoms.

  2. My daughter suffered asthma when she was little and I can tangibly remember that she would have bouts of it if stressed emotionally or if her body was put under either physical exertion or undue pressure. During times like these it makes sense that she was not in her body breathing her own breathe. It was like she had completely absorbed the situation and after leaving her body was gasping for breathe trying to find her own breathing rhythm. I can’t remember the last time she used a puffer? The more confident, self honouring and aware she is as well as the more she has learnt to observe everything that goes on around her the easier it is for her to stay with herself and breathe her very own gentle breathe.

    I introduced the gentle breathe to her as taught by Serge Benhayon, she would think of a butterfly sitting on the tip of her nose, and feel the gentle flap of its wings. This technique is still used not only be her, she is now 16, but by me (46) when we need to check in to make sure we are with ourselves and to check that our breathing is as gentle as possible.

    I know that the the cure for asthma is very simple, teaching people to observe life and breathe their own breathe. I have the proof in my daughter that this is possible. And now I know that Bina Pattel is also a living miracle, having cured her own Asthma by breathing her own breathe.

    1. Well this is a great sharing Sally. Great to hear the miracle with your daughter no longer needing a puffer.
      This confirms yet again that the Universal Medicine Gentle Breath Meditation works. The thing is it is super simple and even if you don’t get it or feel anything the first time, if you keep going as I did then it will be life changing. I have lost count how many people I have presented this to and also know of many who use this as a daily practice to check in and connect with their body making sure the focus is on the breathing. This is NOT mindfulness or meditation like I had experience in my new age spiritual days. This is totally different and does not get you in bliss or enlightenment or bury your stuff further. It simply connects you and you get to feel you and your breathing changes. This means your life changes. Now that is what I call a real game changer.

  3. I used to have frequent episodes of feeling like I couldn’t get a full breath and felt I was suffocating. I have been using the gentle breath meditation (mentioned above) for 5 years and it is now extremely rare for me to struggle for a full breath and I am much more healthy in all areas of my life physically, mentally and emotionally.

    We know that breath is the first most important/urgent aspect of being alive… so it makes sense to me that it is high time we look into HOW we breath and how breath is connected with health.

    1. Again – another testimonial about the Universal Medicine Gentle Breath Meditation working. I know there are a lot more people who like me and you Jo Billings have made some great changes because of this super simple technique which is not about getting to bliss or doing nothing for hours. Just connecting and applying the gentle breath and then deepening that connection over time. The body knows your intention and even if it feels like nothing is changing, if you commit and remain consistent the results are there.
      Imagine the amount of money this world would save and how incredible our health could be if we got our breathing right. Lets face it our first breath and last breath is how we refer to birth and death. Surely breathing should be at the top of our agenda.

      1. “…our first breath and last breath is how we refer to birth and death.” Good point Bina. We all know that “breath is life” because without it we die very quickly.

        As we take a closer look I feel we will see that short of no-breath the quality-of-our-breath is key to quality of life; key to good health. Now that I am breathing ‘my own breath’ much more of the time I feel this in my own life, without question.

        1. I would say Jo that without our breath we would die instantly not not very quickly.
          I totally agree with you here about the QUALITY of our breathing and this is the key and it is super important to develop an understanding about this. We breath in other peoples stuff and our body is saying it can only deal with our stuff. This makes simple sense and yet we choose to breath most of the time not our own breath. The most simple and best way is to practice the Universal Medicine Gentle Breath Meditation which gets you back on track and life really does change.

    2. “We know that breath is the first most important/urgent aspect of being alive… so it makes sense to me that it is high time we look into HOW we breath and how breath is connected with health.” – what an awesome thing to say and if feels so true to read it. Breath literally is the foundation of life. It really does make sense that if our breathing is constrained then we wont be in harmony with our body and if there is disharmony in the body then we can’t expect it to work properly. But if you haven’t thought of it this way, then you’ll just take the inhaler from the doctor and get on with ‘living with it’. What if there is another way?

      I don’t suffer from asthma, but I know when I’m stressed my breaths get shorter, more like sips of air. Common sense tells us that means less oxygen in the body, right? The answer: make the space to let the body breathe in full again. The gentle breath is the bridge to that. If asthma causes a narrowing of the breathing airways, which interferes with the flow of air in and out of the lungs then isn’t this exactly the same thing: the body taking sips of air? The trigger may be different, but the physiology is the same. With so many people finding the gentle breath works for asthma, it is surely a massive gift and absolutely worth a try. What if it could change the lives of all the people inside the statistics above? Now that would be front page news.

  4. What is it saying when one pharmacy alone is giving out 1000 inhalers every month? With this amount of asthma sufferers no wonder there is a ‘World Asthma Day’. I have just completed a First Aid course covering a list of the usual suspects like broken bones, burns, cuts, heart conditions, poisoning, seizures, sprains and strains and asthma is on the list. It is obviously a very prevalent disease and the fact that you have cleared it with looking at how you were actually breathing in life and taking responsibility for how you lived means that anyone else can do it too. With all illness and disease, the medical world has come a long way in providing remedies, solutions and ways to alleviate the symptoms but what you have shown is that it is not just about taking the medicine to feel better, its looking a lot deeper into why we have this disease and getting to the root cause and eventually healing it forever.

    1. Interesting Tim that you cover Asthma now on a First Aid course. That tells us a lot about the current state of what is actually going on. Yes as the author of this blog I am living proof that there is another way but it does require that word RESPONSIBILITY.
      If we are willing to dig deep and look at when the asthma started it usually is a clue as something sets it off.
      I agree that the medicine world is much needed and has done a great job in offering us solutions and remedies to remove the symptoms but not once does it address the root cause and this is why we need to look at what Universal Medicine are saying for the last 17 years as they seem to have the answer that works perfectly with conventional medicine. They also have enough case studies which include myself who is no longer a medical statistic for over 8 years now.

  5. Thank You Michael for a great comment confirming that the Universal Gentle Breath Meditation which is simply a technique to breath your own breath is a common sense way of changing everything. I am a living science and so are you and we both KNOW it works. Here we have a lung consultant, specialist therefore a highly trained professional in the medical world endorsing this and to me that is enough proof.

    Asthma is on the rise and people are struggling as I see it all the time and here is one way that works for those who are open and ready and who truly want to change. Of course it comes with Responsibility. That means true action needs to be taken and not wait for something outside of us to fix us or offer a solution to continue to function.

  6. When I was student nurse I will never forget my first ever encounter of an asthma attack. It happened whilst I was on a night shift and the man was being looked after by an experienced nurse, apart from the fact he was struggling to breathe, he appeared fine to me. The following night he was no longer alive – he had died from an asthmatic attack.

    I haven’t been a sufferer of asthma except frequent chest infection whilst I was over training. Then one day I was running a 13 mile marathon in the countryside, it was in the winter and it was freezing. Despite wearing the many layers, I could not warm up and towards the end something happened. After I finished the race I went into warm air and suddenly I could not get my breath, I could not speak and when I got the words it was in between gasping for a breath – it was absolutely frightening and thankfully there was someone who had a inhaler and I managed to use it and it eventually settled my breathing but I remembered that patient who had died in then night with an asthma attack.

    I didn’t understand what it meant when I first heard that saying – ‘breathe your own breath’. So I tried it many a times when I was faced with emotional situations or found I was losing myself and it is quick to do. I don’t need to get into positions to look like a pretzel whilst doing this such simple breath. I personally find things change from fuzziness to becoming clearer then I know I am back to being me again. Over time my body totally got, it was saying ‘thank you’ for not taking on someone else’s stuff. I have applied this breath often so simple to do and doesn’t require hours either.

  7. A 1000 asthma pumps a month from one pharmacist, Wow – this is a real eye opener for the extent of this illness. I had asthma for over 45 years, I never went anywhere without my inhaler for fear of an attack. This only started to change and went on to cease when I started Serge Benhayon’s Gentle Breath Meditation and did this consistently. After all those years an inhaler is now no longer part of my life.

    I love how this website brings it back to simple answers, techniques, and taking responsibility to make small changes that can have lasting turn around effects on health and well being.

  8. Part of this article is written by what I call a bigwig in our world. He has letters after his name, does a job in the medical world and people take him seriously.

    On that note reading what he has to say is making sense and it is of great concern when he says there will be more than 100 million people diagnosed in 3 years time. 2020.

    Bit scary and as he said all statistics are out of date by the time they are published.

    I am a normal person who just happened to have suffered with asthma and now I don’t.
    I totally understand what Dr. Sam Kim is saying here and agree with his article.
    So one person and one kingpin lung specialist saying there is another way.

    Science wants more research. We as the general public keep waiting for more evidence and more research and more confirmation but WHY?
    WHY not give this a go and at least consider that there maybe another way.

    Anecdotal evidence is what I am and no need to stick me in a lab or double blind test me.
    My body is the living science and true stories always have and always will inspire me.

  9. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition where people find it difficult to get air into their lungs. COPD covers chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

    National Institutes of Health state that COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in USA with 16 million people diagnosed (1 in 5 people) and millions more are said to not know that they have it. COPD costs the nation $32,000,000,000 per year.

    On 22nd May 2017 the USA introduced a national plan on how the numbers of people diagnosed with COPD can be reduced.

    https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/copd-national-action-plan-aims-reduce-burden-third-leading-cause-death

    COPD is the 4th leading cause of disability in the USA. Interesting as it’s not a disease that we hear much about but is clearly one that affects many people.

    This video states that more women are dying from COPD than men and that the number of overall deaths in both men and women are not declining unlike other diseases. Recent data is showing that up to 25% of people with COPD have been non-smokers, therefore the theory that this was just a smoking related disease no longer holds.
    https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/resources/lung/copd-national-action-plan

    The researchers and USA government officials would do very well from reading this article, as what it is presented here is not a fight against lung diseases, but a way that the body can be brought back to optimum health and a harmonious way of being through our true breath.

  10. I developed asthma in my teens up until my mid 30s when it stopped. It was not a surprise to be honest. I had so much anxiety and stress in my life of course it would affect the way I was breathing.

    When I had an attack I remember feeling like someone was sitting on my chest. A horrible feeling. Looking back the reality was I was exhausted and fed up with life.

    Fast forward present day I have not had an attack in 12 years. With the support and help from the author of this blog my anxiety is no longer and I can breathe without feeling uneasy.

    A great blog !

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