Live Long and Prosper...
Hello, I'm Dermod Wood, the developer of this program and principal "lab-rat" for the material. I've been teaching the Buteyko Method for the last 15 years and also researching and investigating the other factors that contribute to a long, healthy and happy life. This website is the result. I'm trying to "walk-the-walk" as well as talking the talk!
To provide a little background, I've had four careers, each of which has contributed in some way to this effort, and I suppose I could say that I'm starting my fifth.
Dermod Wood, PhD
Career #1 was a civil engineer and project manager, working in the UK, Canada, Guyana, Nigeria and the United States. I learned to take large complex problems and break them into smaller chunks that could be resolved.
Career #2 was a systems analyst and systems developer in Montreal, initially for specialized project and construction management systems, then on to more general business systems. I learned, the hard way, to run a company, and to use computers and software to solve problems.
Career #3 was in academia. An MA in communication was followed by an MBA and PhD in management. I learned social science research methods and statistics, a skeptical perspective, and how to develop and teach effective online and hybrid courses.
Career #4 happened by accident and has run more-or-less in parallel with #3. As I was starting my doctoral thesis I was approached to design a data collection system for a clinical trial for a shingles vaccine, eventually marketed by Merck as Zostervax. This morphed into a 7-year assignment, and started my new career in data management and information systems for medical research. I learned how a clinical study was put together and how to read the literature and evaluate the results.
When I started my MBA at Rutgers University in 1991 at age 50, it required a move to New Jersey, which I think must be the asthma and allergy center of the United States. I was under a lot of stress at the time and not in the best of health, and for the first time in my life I had a full-blown asthma attack and continued to have them regularly.
I went on the usual drug regimen (albuterol and fluticasone) which controlled the asthma and alergies, but with some side effects including weight gain and low energy. After a year-or-two of this I came across a book on the Buteyko Breathing Method, and this worked so well for me I was able to stop taking medication on a regular basis and felt much better. Later, In December 2005, my wife Gail and I decided to go to the UK and train to become Buteyko therapists, and I've been teaching it on a part-time basis ever since.
Buteyko can be very helpful, but it is not the complete answer. Great Health, which is a lot more than managing the diseases of modern living with medication and surgery, requires a holistic approach.
Over the past 15 years I have been piecing together elements of breathing, exercise, nutrition, conventional medical and alternative health to form a highly structured and interactive program which seems to be working well for me.
Career #5 is going to be continuing the development and refinement of this program and website, and reaching and helping as many people as possible.
Gail Kinsey, BA
Gail is a licensed massage therapist with her own business, the Massage Therapy Group, and more than 25 years experience, specializing in pain management. She is also a graduate of the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program at eCornell, and will be taking the lead on the nutritional part of our program.