Sleep Apnea Canton OH
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1984
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital: Barberton Citizens Hosp, Barberton, Oh; Akron Gen Med Ctr, Akron, Oh; Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Oh
Group Practice: Summitt Neurological Assoc
6 years and up
3 years and up
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital: Barberton Citizens Hosp, Barberton, Oh; Cuyahoga Falls Gen Hosp, Cuyahoga Fls, Oh; Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna, Oh; Akron Gen Med Ctr, Akron, Oh; Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Oh
Group Practice: Neurosurgery & Neurology Assoc
1 year and up
Insurance: OHCP, Blue Cross, Summa, Aetna, murerous others.
North Canton, OH
12 years and up
No, may be necessary depending upon your insurance
Insurance: Call the customer service number on your insurance card to verify
By Leslie Petrovski
When the British author Anthony Burgess wrote, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone,” he struck a sympathetic chord with fellow snorers. But sawing logs is more than just a social faux pas if you’re one of the 12 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If you suffer from OSA, you may not even be consciously aware of your many—up to 300 per night—“apnea” episodes. During those episodes, OSA sufferers actually stop breathing for a minute or more. Apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the rear of the throat relax and cut off airflow. OSA is linked to heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure, but given the number of effective therapies, the condition is nothing to lose sleep over. Conventional treatment usually begins with the continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP), a device that blows air into the nose through a face mask. When used correctly, the CPAP typically reduces apnea episodes, but not everyone can tolerate the noise and the discomfort of sleeping with the machine.
John Dye, ND, chairman of the Department of Mind-Body Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, looks at the problem differently. “We treat the whole person to reduce the symptoms,” Dye explains. Dye looks for root causes, focusing on such areas as diet, inflammation, possible allergies, and cardiovascular profile.
To take a holistic approach to the problem, start by taking a hard look at your lifestyle choices: Stop smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and lose weight if you’re carrying a few too many pounds. And don’t sleep on your back. All of these factors can worsen OSA.
Still not sleeping soundly? Try Dye’s regimen:
• Improve your diet by adding more fiber, eating colorful and nutrient-dense foods, and cutting back on red meat and sugar.
• Take 2 to 3 grams per day of krill oil capsules, a possible cholesterol fighter derived from tiny Antarctic crustaceans.
• Add anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric (Curcuma longa) and ginger (Zingiber officinale)—1,500 to 2,000 mg of each daily.
• Try 400 mg of vitamin E once or twice a day, plus 500 mg vitamin C two to three times a day.
• Practice playing the didgeridoo. In a study in the British Medical Journal, researchers discovered that daily practice on this indigenous Australian wind instrument reduces apnea, daytime sleepiness, and sleep disturbance for bed partners.
Author: Leslie Petrovski
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