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

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.
 
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Direct download: Podcast_12_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT