The Buteyko theory is based on the chronic hyperventilation syndrome, that is consuming more air for our organization than necessary. Hyperventilation leads to poor oxygenation which in turn has consequences to each system the organization has and is likely to constitute the pathogenetic cause of more than 200 widespread diseases, including, among others asthma, hypertension, diseases of the nervous system and cardiovascular, allergic, and autoimmune diseases.
PNOI guides and teaches the application of Buteyko breathing techniques which, in combination with a balanced diet and a healthy way of life, can lead to the therapy of a series of diseases that are frequently described as lifestyle diseases (or diseases of civilization).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Hellenic Thoracic Society and the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), two of the most important pulmonary diseases, chronic asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that leads to a non reversible airway obstruction are responsible for very high percentages of disability and mortality in the world’s population. The statistics are shocking:
- More than 3 million people died of COPD in 2005 (5% of the total number of deaths worldwide)
- 300.000 deaths are noted in Europe from COPD every year, a number which is triple the number of Hiroshima victims
- The next 10 years the mortality from COPD is predicted to rise more than 30%, while the estimation is that until 2020 this disease will form the third main cause of death in the planet
- In all over the world, 300 million people suffer from asthma, while 250.000 people die because of this every year
- In Europe around 10 million children and adults under the age of 45 are asthmatic
- In Greece there are 300.000 asthma sufferers, 10.000 to 15.000 of which are severe cases