Sleep Apnea


Excerpted from Health Alert October 2011, by Dr. Bruce West

Most physicians believe that there is no proven cause or cure for sleep apnea. Yet most of sleep apnea is caused by prescription drugs that cause respiratory distress syndrome. More is caused by gluten, wheat and pasteurized dairy. And some is simply caused by obesity and related poor breathing habits.

Sleep apnea and severe snoring problems are becoming epidemic. Sleep apnea is an interruption of breathing during sleep. Many stop breathing while they are sleeping. More wake up with a jolt, out of breath from apnea. And still more sleep with an oxygen mask (as part of a CPAP machine) over their face (60% of people are incapable of tolerating this – the only FDA approved medical treatment). And then there are the millions that suffer through day and night snoring, chortling, coughing, and being chronically out of breath.

The main problem with sleep apnea is that it prohibits the necessary deep sleep the body needs. As this continues for months and years, the body simply breaks down. If you have sleep apnea, you are always tired and getting more and more sick, simply because your body requires a certain amount of deep sleep daily that it is not getting.

The second major problem with sleep apnea is that there is no simple, effective medical treatment.

Basic Causes of Sleep Apnea

If you or your children suffer with sleep apnea, remember the basics first. Eliminate all pasteurized dairy products and gluten (primarily processed-food grains like wheat, rye, oats, and barley) for at least 15 days

A bad bite or jaw problem can also cause sleep apnea and snoring. If you have a severe bite problem, it may be almost anatomically impossible for you to breathe properly as your breathing alters during entry into deep sleep. Be sure to have your dentist rule this out as a cause of your apnea and/or snoring. Today there are dental appliances for certain individuals that can actually correct the problem.

Some sleep apnea sufferers have a problem in their neck, in particular the mid-neck, where the nerve roots that innervate the diaphragm exit the spine. It is often a weakness in the diaphragm’s ability to produce strong breathing that is the root cause of sleep apnea. If you have chronic neck pain, tension, or stiffness with sleep apnea, this is a signal that your neck may be the cause of your problem. It is not unusual for chiropractors to cure sleep apnea with neck adjustments.

And remember that prescription drugs are a major cause of sleep apnea because they induce respiratory distress syndrome that will persist for as long as you take the drug or drugs. So look up all your drugs. Discuss them as a possible cause of your problem with your physician or a pharmacist. This often leads people to discover that they are taking drugs they do not need, the wrong drugs, the wrong combination of drugs, the wrong dosage of drugs, or that they are taking drugs at the wrong time of day or night.

Still Have the Problem?

If you have eliminated the most basic causes of sleep apnea and still suffer, consider the explanation of sleep apnea and the treatment described by Steven Frank. Steve Frank has 30 years of experience in sleep and related research. He also has great knowledge in muscular and neural (nervous system) anatomy, and he has highly advanced skills in herbology, both growing and producing herbal products for decades. And perhaps most important – he suffers from sleep apnea.

As you enter deep sleep, your brain relaxes your muscles. With older folks the tissues in the throat (soft palate) are already weak, and they actually sag into the airway causing shallow breathing. This changes the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood as breathing gets shallower and even stops. For sleep apnea sufferers, a weakened ability to produce sufficient breathing intensity from your diaphragm allows this to worsen to the point where the body’s emergency system kicks in, forcing the body to make a large and powerful inhalation or snort. This may or may not cause you to wake up, but it does indeed keep you from achieving deep sleep levels as they syndrome with snorting occurs regularly throughout the night.

Since this weakened breathing capacity in the diaphragm is the main cause, using heavy machinery like a CPAP machine to force oxygen into your lungs, or surgery to cut flesh from your pharynx is not an appropriate treatment. Instead, when elimination of all other causes of sleep apnea fail to resolve the problem, the most dramatic impact can be made by the administration of a few simple common herbs to strengthen the diaphragm’s breathing capacity.

The Herbal Sleep Apnea and Snoring Remedy

Steve has combined lobelia, thyme, meadowsweet, chamomile, and cramp bark in a remedy to treat this root cause of the problem. Lobelia in small doses stimulates respiration (breathing). When taken at bedtime it can help you avoid the stops in breathing and the dangerous drop in blood oxygen levels that signals the characteristic snort of sleep apnea, keeping you from ever getting the deep sleep your body craves.

Thyme is a traditional lung enhancer, helping you maintain strong breathing power for the more proper exchange of gases (oxygen and carbon dioxide). Together these make up a powerful herbal remedy for people who need their diaphragm/breathing/lungs systems strengthened. Since lobelia can be unsettling on the stomach in some people, Steve adds meadowsweet to the mix to eliminate the possibility of nausea. Chamomile adds a relaxing element to the mix, and cramp bark helps neck muscles relax, enhancing nerve flow to your diaphragm for better breathing.

This remarkable bouquet of herbs treats you for all aspects of sleep apnea. It relaxes muscles that restrict nerve flow to the diaphragm, increases drowsiness, and strengthens breathing and lung efficiency, all while protecting the stomach lining. It is 100% safe, natural, nonhabit-forming, and requires no training or preconditioning. Simply take one capsule 30 minutes before bedtime. For most people, sleep apnea will be mitigated within a week.

In addition, even though snoring is not the same as sleep apnea, most people who use this product enjoy fewer snoring problems. At the least, it seems to “soften” snoring, and at best it eliminates snoring. Finally, we have a safe treatment for people plagued with sleep apena and snoring. And when a holistic approach is taken, your odds of eliminating this problem are high.

Sleep Apnea Relief is not a cure. It is an effective treatment that is required every night. Only a powerful change in breathing capacity, which is beyond most folks, is a real cure. And Sleep Apnea Relief will not work for everyone.

Make your Treatment 100% Holistic and Complete

If you decide to end your sleep problems, be sure to make your treatment complete. Be sure to eliminate dairy and gluten and to test if these are the causes of your problem. If your neck is involved, see your chiropractor to enhance nerve flow to your diaphragm. If your jaw is involved, see your dentist. If you are obese or grossly overweight, get on a Mediterranean diet, eliminate bread and gluten, and enjoy healthy weight loss. Eliminate alcohol at night. Get some regular exercise. Start on Sleep Apnea Relief capsules now. Take one capsule 30 minutes before bedtime. If you are over 225 pounds you may need two capsules.

My Experience with Sleep Apnea (a testimonial)

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about 4years ago and have suffered from lack of sleep my entire adult life; I can’t remember the last time I woke up refreshed! My wife rarely gets a good night’s sleep because of my snoring/gasping and after a recent surgery, the Anesthesiologist made it a point to come out and tell my wife to make arrangements for a sleep study as soon as possible. The Anesthesiologist was concerned because he said he had never heard anyone snore so profusely. I did participate in a sleep study 2 years ago and was given a CPAP machine to try for a month. The results were confusing as my episodes of apnea actually increased with the CPAP, not to mention the difficulty in keeping that CPAP on all night. The physician had no other remedy for my severe sleep apnea and stopped the CPAP usage. I was left with no remedy, no sleep, and a doctor that told me if I was 100 pounds heavier he would treat me! I’m 6’1” and 175 lbs; not the normal body type of a person with severe sleep apnea.

While I was getting a chiropractic adjustment after surgery last month, I mentioned to Dr. Provasoli that I had issues sleeping. Dr. Provasoli provided me a copy of “The Herbal Sleep Apnea and Snoring Remedy” by Steve Frank and had me give it a try. I eliminated dairy and gluten from my diet for 15 days and had neck adjustments once a week. Okay, so I cheated a couple of times but I really needed that bowl of ice cream.

I have been practicing these remedies about a month and have had some exciting results. My wife told me yesterday that she hasn’t heard me snore in a while. I have had a couple of days where I felt pretty good in the morning and was not forgetting everything. I was scheduled for another sleep study at the University of Washington Sleep Center but I cancelled that appointment because I feel that my body is reacting well to these remedies prescribed by Dr. Provasoli and look forward to a good night’s sleep.

Robert Provasoli, D.C., PS
Chiropractic Physician

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