Wed, 11 February 2015
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
Thu, 28 August 2014
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:
Tue, 1 July 2014
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
4 Evolutionary / Anatomic Changes:
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:
3. Dental appliances
2. Oral exercises
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
Dr. Weston Price: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
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Download the PDF of the slides.
Thu, 29 August 2013
Please join me on this special interview with Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of the bestselling book, From Fatigued to Fantastic. His new book, Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Solution—Made Easy!, is an easy to read, updated and distilled version of of earlier bestseller.
Listen to his incredible personal story and how he overcame chronic fatigue syndrome, and how you can, too.
Thu, 20 June 2013
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
Download PDF of slides (Part 2)
Wed, 19 June 2013
In this teleseminar, I interview Dr. A. Joseph Borelli, who is President and Medical director of MRI at Belfair, in Bluffton, SC. He is a leading expert in brain imaging and has an interest in brain imaging in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. He’s going to show some eye-opening radiologic images of your brain after repeated apneas.
Wed, 19 June 2013
In this teleseminar, I interview Dr. Karen Bonuck about her landmark research linking snoring in infants and higher risk for developmental delays later in life. If you have children, or thinking about having children, you must listen to this interview.
Wed, 19 June 2013
In this Expert Interview, I have a fascinating discussion with Nancy Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador® and author of My Daddy Snores. Nancy serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at NYU where she developed and teaches an online course on Sleep Wellness through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is also consulting with NYU to create University enterprise initiatives and educational outreach on Sleep Wellness, as well as on general Wellness.
Wed, 19 June 2013
In this Expert Interview, I interview Dr. Barry Krakow about his work on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), insomnia, and obstructive sleep apnea. These are the questions I asked:
- How did you get involved with mental health patients who have sleep disorders?
- How is insomnia and sleep apnea related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
- What’s the hard evidence that sleep-breathing disorders and insomnia go hand-in-hand?
- Why do you use the term, complex insomnia to describe the co-existance of insomnia and sleep apnea?
- Tell us about your paper that’s coming out in SLEEP on complex insomnia.
- What comes first, insomnia or sleep apnea?
Wed, 19 June 2013
In this Expert Interview I’ve invited Dr. Ira Shapira, founder ofIHateCPAP.com. We’ll talk about the main reasons why people hate CPAP and what you can do about it.
He’ll answer the following questions:
• How did I HATE CPAP get its name?
• How did you become involved in treating sleep apnea in the early 1980′s?
• How are Sleep Apnea and ADD and ADHD related?
• What percentage of patients love their CPAP? How can you predict who will love their CPAP?
• Why do over 60% of patients reject CPAP when it is considered the Gold Standard?
• Are oral appliances indicated for severe sleep apnea? WEhat are the exceptions?
• What are the most commonn complaints?
• How are Sleep Apnea and TMJ disorders related?
• What important medical information did the Shimshak studies on TMJ disorders show?
• Why do oral appliances cause bite changes?
• Why is sleep apnea frequently associated with postural problems?
• Can CPAP cause permenant bite changes? Oral Appliances? What is the difference in the changes?
• How is numbness and pain in the arm and fingers related to sleep apnea?