Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better Podcast (podcast)

In this episode, I'm excited to have with us Dr. Richard Baxter, author of the relatively new book, Tongue tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More. 

In this 60 minute interview, find out:

  • What is tongue tie? What are some other names for it?
  • What are some common misconceptions about this condition?
  • Why and how does it develop? 
  • Is there an increase in incidence or are we picking up more?
  • How does it negatively affect breastfeeding?
  • How can it be detected and treated?
  • What’s the research supporting this?
  • How can tongue tie affect speech and swallowing?
  • How is tongue tie connected to large tonsils and adenoids?
  • What about sleep apnea?
  • How is it related to dental problems?
  • What other complementary therapies are helpful when treating tongue tie?
  • How can I find the right practitioner to treat my/child’s tongue tie?
  • What’s the best method/tool to use for release?
  • Where can we find more information about you and your practice?
  • Where can people find your book?
 

Show Notes

Tonguetieal.com

Tongue Tied book

Dr. Brian Palmer

 

Direct download: 055_-_Dr._Richard_Baxter.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

This is part 2 of my interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak. Listen to Part 1 here.

Direct download: 054_-_Dr._Stasha_Gominak_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

I'm so happy to have Dr. Stasha Gominak back again to give us a review and update on the importance of the hormone, Vitamin D, and how it affects everything including your brain, gut, skin, pancreas, bones, and your sleep. 

Dr. Stasha Gominak is a Baylor College of Medicine alumna and completed her Neurology residency at the Harvard-affiliated, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has utilized her skills to assist 1,000s of clients. Now retired from daily practice, Dr. Gominak, MD is committed to helping people across the world achieve pain-free lives through sleep repair.

In this 47 minute interview, Dr. Gominak will reveal the following:

  • The link between Vitamin D, headaches and sleep apnea
  • The link between Vitamin D and B12, and sleep problems
  • Vitamin D receptors in the sleep nuclei in the brain
  • Vitamin D as the primary endocrine/reproductive control center for seasonal changes
  • Vitamin D receptors in the brain, pancreas, GI tract, ovaries, fallopian tubes, etc.
  • Timeline in Vitamin D deficiency and sunscreens, computers, and more indoor activity
  • Why becoming hairless made humans Vitamin D deficient
  • How your skin color affects your sleep
  • Why Vitamin D dosing levels are inaccurate 
  • Can Vitamin D prevent the Flu?
  • The ideal level of Vitamin D for great sleep
  • The ideal Vitamin D level for fertility, the bones, etc.
  • Why having normal levels of Vitamin D is not good enough
  • Why we’re still in the 1940s with our Vitamin D understanding 
  • How Vitamin D cells can cure skin cancer cells in culture
  • The link between Vitamin D deficiency and heart disease 
  • How you as the patient need to educate your physicians
  • The important link between Vitamin D and the gut biome
  • And much more.
 

Shownotes:

https://drgominak.com

Vitamindcouncil.org

The world epidemic of sleep disorders is linked to vitamin D deficiency (Gominak & Stumpf) PDF article

Brain microbiome

 

Direct download: 053_-_Dr._Stasha_Gominak_1_version_3.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:56pm EST

In this episode, Kathy and I will dispel 7 of the most common myths about sleep apnea surgery.

  1. UPPP doesn’t work
  2. Tonsils should not be removed since they help fight infections
  3. UPPP causes swallowing problems
  4. UPPP makes CPAP impossible to use
  5. CPAP is always better than surgery
  6. Surgery should not be done for mild or no sleep apnea
  7. Find a surgeon that has done a high volume of procedures

Show Notes 

Traffic fatality in NYC 1.17/100K

Anesthesia related deaths 0.5-0.8 / 100K

The Truth About Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery E-book

Totally CPAP

Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, by Eric Ericsson

Direct download: 050_-_Surgery_Myths_Final_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:15am EST

What is the little-known problem that's causing a lot of people to be sick and tired, that many doctors miss? In this podcast episode Kathy and I discuss how the epiglottis may be the reason behind your chronic fatigue, anxiety, or headaches. In this episode we'll cover the following:

  1. Learn about the anatomy of the epiglottis 
  2. 3 reasons why your epiglottis is more floppy
  3. How to diagnose a floppy epiglottis
  4. Non-surgical options
  5. How to find the right surgeon.

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Show Notes

Epiglottis diagram 

Floppy eiglottis video

The Little-Known Breathing Problem That Most Doctors Miss blogpost

Glyphosate podcast

Glyphosate and bone problems

Joint laxity article

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

Drug induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) in patients with AHI < 5

Mandibular advancement devices

Swallowing problems after epiglottis removal paper

Epiglottis obstruction after cervical fusion article

Laryngomalacia in children

OSA Surgery e-book

Finding the right surgeon

Myths about sleep apnea surgery

Atrial fibrillation and OSA article

Direct download: 049_-_Epiglottis_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

In this episode, Kathy and I go over 10 steps that I take to stay thin, healthy and happy.

 

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Shownotes

How Glyphosate May Be Shrinking Our Children’s Faces (Podcast 47)

How Allergies Can Ruin Your Sleep (Podcast 22)

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Pinterest DYI household cleaning products 

Environmental Working Group

ADA history

Eat Dirt

Thrive Market

Amazon Fresh

Brian Palmer interview 

The Autoimmune Fix

Plant Paradox

Immune System Recovery Plan

UARS 

Grain Brain

Wheat Belly

Food, Inc. Movie

Dr. Gominak’s interview on Vitamin D

Direct download: 048_-_10_Steps_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

In this episode, we have Mr. Roger Price, who has more than five decades of experience and qualifications in multiple areas of human health, giving him a unique background and ability to ‘see the big picture’, as well as to spearhead the integration of previously unconnected disciplines into a Functional Health Program. He is internationally recognized as “The Man who connected Dentistry, Sleep and Breathing."
 
In this interview, we discuss:
  • What is the link between children’s teeth and the way they sleep?
  • How did modern humans change the rules of life?
  • How we changed our diets and feed our babies to make things worse
  • Why the AHI is not a reliable measure of sleep quality
  • The myth about nasal breathing
  • Why 90% of asthma is not really asthma
  • How to control an asthma attack
  • The two genetic markers of asthma
  • The truth about Buteyko Breathing
  • Symptom management vs. educational program
  • The 3 basic myths about breathing
  • The Dental Diet by Dr. Steven Lin.
 
 
Direct download: Podcast_46_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

In this podcast episode, Dr. Barry Rafael joins us to talk about integrative orthodontics and his mission to teach patients, parents, and professionals about Airway-Related Oral Dysfunctions and treatment alternatives.

In this 62 minute interview, Dr. Rafael will reveal:

  1. When children should be checked for airway dental disease
  2. The ADA position paper on the role of dentists in sleep disordered breathing 
  3. The legacy of Dr. Brian Palmer 
  4. His integrative approach to orthodontics
  5. His efforts to educate the profession
  6. His practice protocols.

 

Show Notes

Pottinger’s Cats: A Study in Nutrition
Direct download: Podcast_45_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal "Why Better Breathing Doesn’t Always Lead to Better Health."

Here are 7 of these reasons. Please listen to the recording to find out more.

1. You can’t control your breathing when you’re sleeping
2. You don’t know you’re not breathing well
3. You can’t control your sleep position or posture at night
4. Not all breathing is equal
5. The oxygen myth: Lack of breathing, not lack of oxygen
6. Despite high levels of oxygen in your bloodstream, it may not reach certain areas of your body under stress
7. Stress-Breathing Paradox

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Shownotes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert Sapolsky
 
 
 
Direct download: Podcast_44_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:29am EST

Here are 7 health conditions that you won’t think about that may suggest that you have a sleep-breathing disorder. 
 
1. Nighttime urination
 
2. Atrial Fibrillation
 
3. Panic attacks at night
 
4. Seizures
 
5. GI problems
 
6. Skin problems
 
7. Infertility 
 
Bonus: Cancer
 
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Show Notes
 
 
 
Direct download: Podcast_43_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

In this episode, we have a special guest interview with Mr. Joshua Thomas, who runs a fantastic website, fixyoursleeptoday.com.  Joshua has an amazing story to share with us, describing his journey going through a maze in the medical system for years before being able to find help for his wife, by finally treating undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.

In this 32 minute interview, he will reveal:

1. What motivated Joshua to start up fixyoursleeptoday.com?

2. How has this affected him personally, and what had to be changed to sleep better and be healthier in general?

3. What are the most common questions that he gets his readers?

4. What are some of the most successful options his readers have had for snoring? 

5. What are some of his favorite over-the-counter (OTC) devices for snoring?

6. What to tell people that they don’t want to use a gadget, device or a machine for the rest of their lives?

7. How to help people who have “paralysis by analysis”? 

8. The one thing that people usually don’t address about sleep that’s important to consider.

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Show notes

fixyoursleep.com

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired

Totally CPAP: A Sleep Physician’s Guide to Restoring Your Sleep and Reclaiming Your Life

Direct download: Podcast_41_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:49am EST

In this episode, Kathy and I will talk about upper airway resistance syndrome, or UARS, as part of our “Back to the Basics” series.  In this discussion, we cover the following:

  • What is UARS and how is it different from obstructive sleep apnea?
  • What are the most common features of UARS and how can it be diagnosed?
  • Why most doctors are unaware of UARS
  • What you can do to start treating UARS and when to see your doctor
  • How to prevent obstructive sleep apnea and UARS.
 

Show Notes

Original UARS paper by Dr. Christian Guilleminault

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

Robert Sapolsky’s book, “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

The Sleep Breathing Paradigm (Podcast 39)

POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)

UARS and somatic syndromes: Dr. Avram Gold article

Direct download: Podcast_40_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:25am EST

In this podcast episode, Kathy and I go back to the basics. We will talk about my sleep-breathing paradigm, the concept that all modern humans are susceptible to various degrees.

Show Notes

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired

Dr. Terrance Davidson: The Great Leap Forward: the anatomic basis for the acquisition of speech and obstructive sleep apnea

Dr. Weston Price : Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

Dr. Robert Corruccini: Anthropologist who found that soft diets are associated with more crooked teeth. Podcast interview.

Video series on why we have malocclusion (crooked teeth)

Dr. Christian Guilleminault. Podcast interview. UARS paper

Unstuff your stuffy nose free e-book

Dr. Brian Palmer. The first person to alert me to the impact on how bottle-feeding can alter facial growth.

Direct download: Podcast_39_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:04am EST

I've seen thousands of patients that succeed with CPAP, and thousands more that don't. What I've noticed is that people who are able to get a great night's sleep with CPAP have certain common characteristics or habits that they all have in common. Please join Kathy and me in this important, and potentially life-saving discussion.

Shownotes

CPAPBabes.com

CPAPTalk.com

Hope2sleep.com

American Sleep Apnea Association's AWAKE group

 

Direct download: Podcast_37_-_Habits.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

I know many of you out there hate the idea of using CPAP. A number of you keep asking me how to avoid using CPAP. Some of the even get panic attacks thinking about using CPAP.

With today's launch of my book, Totally CPAP, I think it's appropriate to address all these concerns, with a podcast titled "5 Reasons Why You Should Try CPAP Even If You Hate It." 

Shownotes

Totally CPAP: A Sleep Physician’s Guide to Restoring Your Sleep and Reclaiming Your Life

Direct download: Podcast_36_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

Show Notes

Get more AM light. Northwest Univ. study - more exposure to daytime sunlight 8-12 AM were much lighter. 

Delayed sleep phase syndrome. Singularity
 
Blackout bedroom, shit work.
 
Shift Workers 
 
Vitamin D - get checked
 
 
5 Immediate steps to help you sleep better and lose weight
 
1. Take morning walks outside
2. Use software filters. No screens before sleep
3. Cover the lights in your bedroom
4. Spend more time outdoors
3. Check Vit D  
 
Dr. Gominak Vitamin D Interviews
Direct download: Podcast_35_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:18am EST

You may have experienced forgetting things once in a while, but for some people, it's a common occurrence. Some of you are in a constant state of brain fog, struggling to think clearly. In this episode, Kathy and will talk about various reasons that can lead to sleep deprivation, and ultimately, to memory problems and brain fog. 

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Show Notes

 
Dr. Ronald Harper: Podcast on OSA and brain damage
 
The importance of REM sleep
 
The 3 benefits of sleep
     1. Growth hormone, wound healing, immune system
     2. Memory enhancement
     3. Stress management
 
How sleep deprivation alters your sense of how impaired you are
 
APO E4: The common gene for Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.
 
3 ways our brains are damaged 
     1. Modern society
     2. Toxins and inflammation: Leaky gut and brain
     3. Small jaws and upper airway
 
Eat Dirt:Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It. By Dr. Josh Axe
 
 
Glamour magazine article
 
Medications that can trigger obstructive sleep apnea 
 
What You Can Do Right Now To Prevent Losing Your Mind
      1. Don’t eat late
     2. Good nasal breathing: Un-stuff Your Stuffy Nose e-book
 
 
Direct download: Podcast_33_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:58am EST

The 1950s was once called the “age of anxiety.” I think it’s fair to say that the level of anxiety has risen exponentially since the 1950s. There are many reasons why you may be anxious, including information overload, social media, non-stop news, or even your children’s activities. For many of you, In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal how sleep-breathing problems can cause or aggravate anxiety.

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Shownotes

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert Sapolsky
Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz
Calm magnesium tea
Patrick McKeon interview
Bohr effect
Stop Smoking for the Last Time by George Wissing 
Deborah Quilter interview (#67) on yoga breathing
Direct download: Podcast_30_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:16pm EST

In this interview, I interview Dr. Mark Burhenne, who is an integrative sleep medicine dentist, and author of The 8-hour Sleep Paradox: How We Are Sleeping Our Way to Fatigue, Disease and Unhappiness.  He has a fantastic website, askthedentist.com, which is dedicated to helping people understand oral health and the mouth-body connection for overall wellness. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including being a contributor to Yahoo! Health, CNN, and the Huffington Post.

In this 40 minute program,  you’ll learn:

  • 7 Sleep Myths that are killing you
  • The link between bruxism/TMJ and sleep apnea
  • His many personal benefits of treating obstructive sleep apnea
  • Dr. Burhenne’s favorite dental appliance
  • And the best appliance for TMJ.

 


Show Notes:

Direct download: Podcast_28_final_-_Burhenne.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:20am EST

In this podcast episode, Kathy and I will talk about links between various gastrointestinal issues and obstructive sleep apnea. We cover the following 5 surprising conditions:

  1. Irritable bowel syndrome
  2. Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)
  3. Celiac disease (or gluten sensitivity)
  4. Colon cancer
  5. Acid reflux

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Shownotes:

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

IBS study

Gluten-free diet and celiac diease

Inflammatory bowel disorders and Celiac disease research study

Upper airway resistance syndrome 

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

Blog post on GI problems and sleep apnea

OSA and cancer article

Vitamin D Podcast (Part 1Part 2Part 3)

Pepsin in earssinuses and lungs

doctorstevenpark.com/gastro

iTunes link

Direct download: Podcast_25_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

In this podcast episode, Kathy puts me on the spot by asking unscripted questions about the most common questions I get asked about the ear, nose and throat. I will answer:
 
  • Should large tonsils always be removed?
  • Do tonsils grow back after surgery?
  • Do we need tonsils? / How can you fight infections if your take them out?
  • Why can I only breathe on one side of the nose?
  • Why won’t my stuffy nose go away desire multiple medications?
  • Why does my stuffy nose go from side to side? 
  • Why do some women have sore throats just before their periods?
  • Why do sleep apnea patients have chronic or recurrent throat problems?
  • What’s the one most important tip that you give to everyone?
 

Shownotes
 
Pepsin found in ear, nose, lungs
Dr. Ron Haper’s interview about OSA and brain damage
Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired
Direct download: Podcast_23_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal how allergies can ruin your sleep.

We'll discuss proven steps that can get rid of your allergies this spring. 

Show notes:

Direct download: Podcast_22_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal 7 ways that mouth breathing can cause sleep and health problems. 

Show notes:

Unstuff Your Stuffy Nose ebook

Interview with Dr. Michael Mew on the Modern Melting Face

Interview with Patrick McKeown on Buteyko Breathing

Shut Your Mouth to Save Your Life, by George Catlin

Good review of Catlin's book

Direct download: Podcast_21_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:04am EST

In this podcast, Kathy and I talk about 7 Ways Doctors Can Ruin Your Sleep:

1. Rhinoplasty

2. Dental headgear

3. Orthodontics / teeth extractions / jaw surgery 

4. Medical or surgical menopause

5. Medications

6. Surgery that prevent your preferred sleep position

7. Back to sleep campaign to prevent SIDS

Link back to original post on doctorstevenpark.com


Shownotes:

Breathe Right strips

DNA Appliance

Homeoblock

Biobloc

Jaw surgery in Korea

Blood pressure medications lowers melatonin

Medications that make you gain weight

Do birth control medications cause weight gain?

Timing of heart attacks in patients with obstructive sleep apnea 

Delayed development in infants who sleep on back

Improved sleep in  tummy sleeping infants

 

Direct download: Podcast_18_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

In this podcast, I have a fascinating discussion with Dr. Ronald M. Harper, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Harper shares some profound insights about why brain damage goes hand in hand with obstructive sleep apnea. In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) can cause brain damage but how this brain damage can further perpetuate sleep apnea
  • Eye-opening insights about why OSA is so often associated with memory loss, brain fog, balance issues, hypertension, and even diabetes 
  • Besides traditional OSA treatment options, which simple exercise method can help reduce OSA severity.

 


Show notes:

Brain Morphology Associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Brain Structural Changes in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sex Differences in White Matter Alterations Accompanying Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Blood-Brain Barrier Leakiness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Brain Structural Changes and Neurocognitive Function before and after Treatment

Direct download: Pocast_harper-final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:56pm EST

In this podcast, Kathy and I will reveal "Everything You Wanted to Know About Nasal Surgery." Topics include:

1. Septoplasty: Why packs are not needed

2. Turbinoplasty: How much removal is enough?

3. Nostril surgery: Why it's better than Breathe Right strips

4. Sinus surgery: Myths and misconceptions

5. Reconstructive surgery: When you may need this.

 

Show notes:

The Truth About Sleep Apnea Surgery

Un-Stuff Your Stuffy Nose e-book

How to Find a Good Sleep Apnea Surgeon

 

 

Direct download: Podcast_16_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

In this podcast, Kathy and I will discuss the 7 Myths About Nasal Surgery, & When to Do Surgery
  
1. Nasal trauma causes a deviated septum
2. Septoplasty will treat snoring or sleep apnea
3. Septoplasty will change my nose externally or have bruising
4. Will need packing inside the nose
5. Rhinoplasty - what it means, and what to watch out for
6. Does a deviated septum (or shrunken turbinates) come back after surgery?
7. Turbinate surgery causes empty nose syndrome.
And when to consider nasal surgery.
 
 
Please share this podcast with others that may benefit from this information.
Direct download: Podcast_15_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

In this episode, I answer your questions that I get through my blog, email, and contact me page. This is completely live and unscripted. I have no ideal what Kathy will ask me.
 
1. How much do you charge for a office visit or procedure? 
2. How can I make an appointment to see you?
3. Various questions about specific medical issues.
4. What’s the difference between upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
5. Will sleeping pills work for upper airway resistance syndrome?
6. Does sleep apnea cause brain damage? 
7. Are apneas more damaging on the brain than hypopneas?
8. What’s the relationship between depression and sleep apnea?
9. How do dental extractions affect sleep apnea?
10. Can nasal surgery cause sleep apnea later in life?
11. What’s the link between reflux and sleep apnea?
12. Can sleep apnea cause dizziness?
13. What questions should I be asking my doctor?
 
 
Podcast 13: Which surgeon do  you recommend?
Direct download: Podcast_14_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

In this episode, I answer one of the most common questions I get, which is: "Can You refer me to a good sleep apnea surgeon in my area?"

Kathy and I will provide 4 questions you should be asking your surgeon, as well as 4 that you shouldn't. 

Show Notes

The Truth About Sleep Apnea Surgery free report

Sleep, Interrupted: A Physician Reveals the #1 Reason Why So Many Of Us Are Sick And Tired

 

Direct download: Podcast_13_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

There comes a time when you have to say, "enough is enough." You've gone through 3 different masks, CPAP, APAP and 2 dental appliances. You also tried chin straps to keep your mouth closed along with your oral appliance and CPAP, all together. Some of you can't even keep CPAP on for more than one hour. And there are some of you that are able to use CPAP for 8 hours straight for 3 months and your machine is telling you that your AHI level is 0.1, but you still feel terrible. You've also tried every trouble shooting step mentioned on every sleep apnea support site. At a certain point, you have to consider the possibility of undergoing surgery.

Granted not everyone who struggles with CPAP has tried all this, but many of you have already gone through many, if not most of the above steps. Some people will be better candidates for surgery than others. 

In this podcast, Kathy and I will go over 7 good reasons why you may want to consider surgery for your obstructive sleep apnea. Here's a quick summary along with the resources and links mentioned in the podcast:

1. CPAP is not working
      Podcast on troubleshooting CPAP problems (Podcast #9)
2. Oral appliance is not helping
      Podcast #59 on oral appliances
3. You have a stuffy nose
      E-book on how to unstuffy your stuffy nose
4. You have large tonsils or adenoids
5. Previous surgery didn’t work
6. If you can’t breathe out through your nose or feel a flap close suddenly during inhalation
7. You’ve tried everything.
 
If you liked or found helpful what you heard on this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes. 
Direct download: Podcast_12_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

In this podcast, I'll be talking about a very controversial subject: Which is better: Which is better? Kathy and I will cover  the following:

  1. My honest answer to which is better: CPAP or surgery
  2. Controversy about surgical success
  3. How the Provider Effect influences specialists’ preferences
  4. The problem with using the AHI to define surgical success
  5. Why conservative surgery can sometimes be detrimental to patients
  6. The problem with meta-analyses
  7. research study vs. real-world CPAP compliances rates
  8. How to overcome indecision due to too many options
  9. How to find the right surgeon.

Show Notes:

VA study comparing survival for CPAP vs. UPPP

Netherlands study about average AHI and CPAP usage

Carl Stepnowski interview (iTunes #19) MP3

American Sleep Apnea Association CPAP Assistance Program

SecondwindCPAP.com

How to find the right surgeon


If you found this podcast helpful, please go to iTunes to rate and review this program. This way, more people can find this information to help themselves and others.

Direct download: Podcast_11_-_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Frustrated CPAP users are constantly asking me what other options are available. There are literally dozens of over-the-counter, natural, prescription, and surgical options that are available. I've chosen 9 options that have proven results, based on published research in peer-reviewed medical journals. There may be other options that may work very well, but as of date, I'm not aware of any prospective studies showing significant improvement based on sleep studies as well as quality of life questionnaires.
 
Show Notes
 
1. Sleep positions: Slumberbump, Rematee Anti-snore Shirt
2. Past podcasts on the advantages and disadvantages of mandibular advancement devices.
3. Acupuncture interview (#52) with Amy Hausman. Research description.
4. Tongue exercises: Interviews with Joy Moeller (#33), Janet Bennet (#45). Meta-analysis article.
5. Provent article
6. Didgeridoo article
7. Throat and tongue surgery interview (mp3).
8. Jaw surgery interview (mp3)with Dr. Kasey Li
9. Tongue nerve stimulation 

If you found this podcast helpful, please go to iTunes to rate and review this program. This way, more people can find this information to help themselves and others.

Direct download: Podcast_10_-_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

Many people hate the idea of using a CPAP mask attached to a hose every night. Fortunately, a good alternative to this is a mandibular advancement devices (also called oral appliances)  come in various models, but they all have one thing in common: The lower jaw is pushed forward against the upper jaw, moving your tongue forward, opening up your airway.
 
In this podcast episode, I will go over the 7 reasons why I like using mandibular advancement devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea.  
 
1. No headgear or straps around your face.
2. It’s silent. CPAP 26 dB. 30 is a quiet whisper
3. It’s small and convenient
4. More dentists are available to make these devices, and are usually covered through most major insurances. 
5. Equal to CPAP for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
6. An oral appliance can used as a CPAP mask holder
7. It can be used effectively for snoring and UARS, even if you don’t have obstructive sleep apnea.
 
Resources and links mentioned:
 

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Photo of hybrid oral appliance / CPAP nasal pillow

Unstuffy Your Stuffy Nose E-book

Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better Podcast on iTunes (#54)

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:12pm EST

This is part 3 and the final segment of my conversation with Dr. Stasha Gominck, a neurologist with some very insightful information about vitamin d and how it’s vitally related not only to sleep, but to every aspect of your health. As mentioned previously, vitamin d is actually a hormone that’s needed by every area of your body, including your brain. 
 
In this segment, Gominak is going to tell us:
 
  • How to optimize growth hormone release
  • The link between slow wave sleep and the B vitamins
  • How this b vitamin can help REM behavior disorder
  • How much Vit D is made in your skin by sunlight
  • Vitamin D’s anti-cancer properties
  • The importance of quality sleep and cancer prevention
 
For more information about Dr. Gominak, visit her Web site at
 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

This is Part 1 of my interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak, a neurologist practicing in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Gominak has unique views on how Vitamin D can significantly affect the quality of your sleep, independent of obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. In this intervew, she will reveal:

 

1. How Vitamin D is related to sleep
2. Why Vitamin D3 is better than D2
3. How Mice and Pigs Confused Doctors About Vitamin D
4. Why Sleep became much worse in the 1980s
5. How much Vitamin D do we need?
 
Visit Dr. Gominak at http://drgominak.com
 
Direct download: Gominak_Part_1.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

ADHD and other behavioral problems are rampant today with millions of children on prescription medications with or without psychotherapy. As I've stated in the past, a significant number of these children have a treatable sleep-breathing problem, which goes undiagnosed. I was alerted to watch this video about a mother’s excruciatingly painful journey to help her son, Connor, who was labeled with a condition called oppositional defiant disorder. 
 
In this episode I'm honored to have as our guest Ms. Valerie Deegan, Connor’s mother. We’re going to talk about what she had to go through to get her son treated appropriately without medications. 
 
Resources mentioned in this Podcast:
 

American Academy of Physiologic Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD.org)

Ride of the Zombies Charity Bike Ride

Dr. John Mew's photos

Subscribe in iTunes @ doctorstevenpark.com/itunes. Thanks for reviewing my podcast and rating me.

 

 

Direct download: Deegan.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

Podcast #001 Show Notes

 
Welcome to the relaunching of my Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better podcast. In this episode, I will reveal:
 
1. Why only humans have sleep apnea
2. How you can choke and die
3. 5 simple things you can do to sleep better tonight.
 
Download the PDF of the slides here.
Download the MP3 file here.
 
Acronym for obstructive sleep apnea: MOOSE
 
Male
Older
Overweight
Snoring
Excessive Sleepiness.
 
4 Evolutionary / Anatomic Changes:
 
1. Klinorynchy
2. Anterior Migration of the Foramen Magnum
3. Laryngeal descent and loss of epiglottic and soft palate lockup
4. Vertical descent of the larynx.
 
As a result of complex speech and language development, only humans can choke and die.
 
3 Dental Concepts
 
1. Transition to soft, processed foods lead to dental crowding and malocclusion
2. Eating soft vs. hard foods and aggravate dental crowding
3. Bottle-feeding can cause dental crowding and crooked teeth.
 
Changes in our eating and infant feeding habits created more dental crowding and more narrow airways.
 
All these concepts are described in more detail in my book, Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired.
 
Facial profiling. Younger people have more triangular jaws and flatter faces.
 
If our brains get bigger and our jaws get smaller, what will we look like in 50,000 years?
 
Sleep-breathing continuum. All chronic health conditions can be directly or indirectly connected to poor breathing and poor sleep.
 
Conventional treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea:
 
1. Conservative
2. CPAP
3. Dental appliances
4. Surgery.
 
Other options: 
 
1. Acupuncture
2. Oral exercises
3. Didgeridoo
4. Provent
5. Winx
6. Tongue nerve stimulation / pacemaker
7. Functional dental appliances.
 
5 Practical Tips to Sleep Better Today
 
1. Avoid eating or drinking alcohol late
2. Improve nasal breathing
3. Adjust head position to improve the airway
4. Avoid migraine triggers
5. Practice relaxation / deep breathing techniques.
 
Reader Question: Dry mouth after starting CPAP. What to do?
 
Sleep Tip of the Day: How blue light can ruin your sleep and what you can do about it.
 
Resources mentioned in podcast:
 
Dr. Brian Palmer's website
 
 
Subscribe in iTunes @ doctorstevenpark.com/itunes. Thanks for reviewing my podcast and rating me.
 
Download the PDF of the slides.
 
 
 
 
 

Web site

 

Direct download: Podcast_1_-_6_26_14_11.56_PM.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

Dr. Brian Palmer is an internationally recognized expert on dental malocclusion, infant feeding habits, and its relation to obstructive sleep apnea.

Topic: The Evolution of Malocclusion & Sleep Apnea

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Download PDF of slides (Part 2)

Direct download: Palmer_part_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

A Better Way to Treat Your Headaches…. 

 

Another of Dr. Park’s  Expert Interview Series, where headache and migraine expert, Dr. David Buchholz, reveals his proven and effective methods for stopping your recurring headaches. 
 
 
Here’s what you’ll learn during this teleseminar:
  • The biggest mistakes people make when treating headaches and what you can do to avoid them
  • What causes headaches and what you can do to prevent it
  • Why most doctors are not properly trained to treat headaches and what you can do to get the best treatment possible
  • What you can do to prevent headaches without resorting to harmful medications
  • Which medications, if any, are most effective for treating headaches and migraines
Dr. David Bucholz is a Johns Hopkins neurologist and author of the groundbreaking book Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain. Having served as the Director of the Neurological Consultation Clinic at Hopkins, he has had extensive experience in successfully treating hundreds of headache sufferers overcome and take control of their pain. 
 
Dr. Buchholz’s insights on headaches and migraines are enlightening. During this 67 minute interview, Dr. Buchholz and answers your questions.
Direct download: Buchholz_Headaches.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

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