Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better Podcast

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

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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.
 
 
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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

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


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

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 

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

CPAP, although the "gold standard" form of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, has a number of common problems for many people. Join us for a discussion on the 7 most common problems you may have using CPAP (along with solutions).

Direct download: Podcast_9_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT