Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.
3000 Center Green Dr. Suite 230
Boulder, CO 80301

Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
July 2018 Newsletter

I recently watched a video about a natural way to open your nose to allow you to breathe easier.  Years ago, I used to promote nasal rinses and netty pots for sinus problems.  After several years of watching patients who irrigated their sinus the most, still had chronic sinus problems.

Once I had a patient lying face down on my table suddenly had a gush of water come out of their nose and soaked the headrest paper.  They told me they hadn’t done a nasal rinse for 3 days.  That means that water was sitting in there for days creating who knows what kind of problems!

Mayo Clinic did a study back in the 1990’s on sinus infections.  They concluded that 98% of all sinus infections are fungal and not bacterial.  Unfortunately, if you have a sinus infection, you are usually given antibiotics and not antifungals.  At the very least, if you are going to go the drug route, you should ask for both.

All of this convinced me that water doesn’t belong up your nose anymore than water needs to be sprayed into the air filter of your car’s engine.  They were both designed for air and not water.  I do think it is ok to breathe essential oils but not in steaming or boiling water.  Just put it on your hands and breathe it in. 

I’m also not a fan of diffusers for essential oils.  I think it is a waste of expensive oil.  The best diffuser is putting the oil on your body and let that diffuse it into the air.  Patients have long commented on how they can smell the oils from our office even before they get through the front door.  That is from people just walking out of our office after I put oils on them for various infections or other problems.

Buteyko Method
There are several great articles and videos on Mercola.com or buteykoclinic.com to learn more

Story at-a-glance

  • The Buteyko Breathing Method is a powerful approach for reversing health problems associated with improper breathing, the most common of which are overbreathing and mouthbreathing, including poor sleep and sleep apnea
  • When you stop mouth breathing and learn to bring your breathing volume toward normal, you have better oxygenation of your tissues and organs, including your brain

  • You breathe to remove excess CO2, but it’s still important that your breathing volume is normal, to maintain ideal CO2 levels in your lungs. Lack of CO2 constricts your blood vessels and detrimentally affects your heart function
  • The heavier you breathe, the less oxygen that’s actually delivered throughout your body due to lack of carbon dioxide, which causes your blood vessels to constrict

  • Processed foods, which tend to acidify your blood in an attempt to maintain normal pH, will make you breathe heavier. This is because one of the roles of carbon dioxide, which is in your blood, is to regulate pH.

Exercises to Reverse Your Mouthbreathing

Fortunately, it's actually quite easy to address mouth breathing. Simply take a small gentle breath in through your nose, and a small gentle breath out through your nose. Then, hold your nose while gently nodding your head up and down; holding your breath for as long as possible. Then, release your nose to breathe through your nose again. Wait for about 30 seconds to a minute, and then repeat the exercise.

"If you hold your breath or do that exercise about six times, you will start experiencing nasal decongestion. When breathing volume is brought toward normal, the nose will remain free [of congestion]," Patrick McKeown explains.
Keep in mind that while it is a perfectly safe exercise for the vast majority of people, if you have any cardiac complaints, such as high blood pressure, are pregnant, have type 1 diabetes or experience panic attacks, then please do not hold your breath beyond the first urges to breathe. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/11/24/buteyko-breathing-method.aspx

Office News
Our Sarah is gone but Amber, our new staff member, is doing a great job of taking over the office.  She has a great work ethic and is truly interested in trying to help you as best she can.  She has only been here a month so we still have a few bugs to work out. Please bear with us during this transition.

The office will be closed Wednesday July 4th for the holiday.  Have a safe 4th of July!