About

Greg Rittenhouse, BS, RRT, BBE, FBPI
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Cardiopulmonary Quality and Education Coordinator

Buteyko Breathing Educator
Fellow of Buteyko Professionals International

 

Welcome to Breath of Life!

I'm Greg Rittenhouse, a Registered Respiratory Therapist with more than 23 years experience in healthcare, including critical care, acute care, hyperbaric medicine, and cardiopulmonary education. I hold a certificate in the Buteyko breathing method, and am a fellow of the Buteyko Professionals International.
After working with hundreds of patients suffering from lung disease and

other chronic conditions, my experience has  led me to the conclusion that traditional medicine falls short of meeting their needs for lasting change.

Embarking on a quest to find better ways of treating people, I became interested in, and researched the work of Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, a Russian physician who pioneered the Buteyko breathing method. I then contacted practitioner Carol Baglia in Cleveland Ohio and observed her working with clients suffering from asthma. I was amazed to learn from her clients, that since putting into practice the exercises taught them, there was a sizable reduction in symptoms, and medication use. One client relayed how she used inhalers several times daily for more than 15 years, but now used them rarely, if ever. Highly convinced of the efficacy of the method,  I went on to receive training from Patrick McKeown of The Buteyko Clinic International, and now work with clients in the Dayton/Cincinnati area of Ohio, and Northern Kentucky.

The Buteyko method of breathing works on the concept of reducing the volume of air needed to meet metabolic needs, which then allows carbon dioxide levels to optimally increase, balancing pH, and working to enhance oxygenation at the cellular level. This cycle is known as The Bohr Effect. When  the volume of air we breathe is chronically in excess of 4 to 6 liters per minute (considered normal), our carbon dioxide levels are reduced, resulting in vascular constriction,  diminished oxygen transport to the cellular level, impairment of airway function, and dampening of the immune system. All of this results in such things as shortness of breath, impairment of thinking, fatigue, anxiety, snoring, sleep disorders, cardiovascular impairment etc.  

In more than 20 years as a veteran of healthcare, I have known many people with chronic disease to be avid mouth breathers (CHVS).  This has often resulted in extensive testing, misdiagnosis, and dependency on harmful, prescribed chemicals.

Dr. Konstantin Buteyko examining a patient

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