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Breathe Freely if you have Asthma

Asthma, as we all know, is a disease that prevents people getting enough air into their lungs, because the passageways close up. The trouble is we have got it completely wrong. Actually, asthma is the body’s way of saying: “You are breathing too...

Stop This Asthma Disgrace

The Health Secretary, Stephen Dorrell, has announced a five-year, 5 million (UK pound) research programme to identify the cause of asthma. “There is no cure for asthma,” says a spokesman for the National Asthma Campaign. “One thing is certain: the...

A Shorter Intake of Breath

Hundreds of asthma sufferers claim the Buteyko method has changed their lives. So why does the medical establishment seem suspicious of it?Every four minutes a child is admitted to hospital with a severe asthma attack. Over the next few months the figure is likely to...

Drug Seller Defection

While the alarming incidence of asthma has health authorities worried, drug companies are making a fortune out of medications. Ray Moynihan meets a former pharmaceutical company manager who’s now an enthusiastic advocate of alternative treatments. Two weeks ago,...

If you get asthma, just stop breathing

Asthma is rising in Ireland at an alarming rate. A startling new drug-free method claims to be a cure, writes Sophie GormanAsthma grabs its victims by the chest, cramps their breathing passages so tightly that each little sip of air is precious, makes them gasp and...