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Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) kicks off five-year campaign on World Asthma Day

Free Seminar ‘How to Stop Asthma Naturally using The Buteyko Method’ given by Asthma Care Canada

VANCOUVER, BC – To celebrate World Asthma Day, Asthma Care Canada is holding a free seminar called ‘How To Stop Asthma Naturally’ at the Collingwood Community Centre, 5160 Joyce Street, Vancouver on May 13th at 7:00 pm and will be featuring The Buteyko Breathing Method, a natural asthma remedy, which according to The Mayo Clinic is the most promising complimentary treatment for asthma.

Dozens of events in countries spanning the globe will also take place in schools, hospitals, small village squares, and bustling city shopping malls, all with the positive theme “You Can Control Your Asthma.”

According to Asthma Care Canada, The Buteyko Breathing Method is getting worldwide recognition for its effectiveness in managing asthma naturally. Medical trials, such as the one at The Foothills Hospital in Calgary, found that in just twelve weeks, patients were able to reduce symptoms by seventy-four per cent,reliever medications by 90 per cent, and steroid medications by fourty-nine per cent. And quality of life improved fifty-eight per cent in six weeks.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. According to the Asthma Society of Canada, “over 3 million Canadians suffer from asthma and over 180,000 people worldwide die from it each year. It is the leading cause of emergency room visits and hospitalization for children.”

“We believe that asthma can be controlled naturally,” said Christine Byrne, certified Buteyko educator, president, Asthma Care Canada, and author of the book, Stop Asthma Naturally. “Asthma control means no, or very minimal, symptoms, or asthma attacks,” explains Christine.

World Asthma Day is an annual event, held the first Tuesday in May, organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). GINA was launched in 1993 to work with healthcare professionals and public health officials around the world to reduce the burden of asthma. The GINA documents are available at “”

Asthma Care Canada is a pioneer in the introduction and deployment of The Buteyko Breathing Method in Vancouver. Their free seminar on May 13th in Vancouver is aimed at bringing awareness of asthma control using to this treatment. To find out more, please visit

Christine Byrne, Asthma Care Canada

Global Burden of Asthma Report, 2004. Available from:


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