Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: Women 35 to 55, college educated, who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are also interested in taking responsibility for their own health, and is willing to read anything that may explain the reason for their various health problems. Anyone else who have trouble sleeping, or never is able to wake up refreshed in the morning.
Q: What is the book about?
A: My book is about how you can sleep better by being able to breathe better. It’s normally assumed that one is able to breathe properly while sleeping, but this is not true in modern human beings. Due to our unique upper airway anatomy, and our ability to talk, all of us are susceptible to breathing problems to various degrees. I describe how this problem has accelerated in the past 100 years, mainly due to a radical change in our diets and other modern conveniences.
I describe a new “sleep-breathing” paradigm which interconnects a wide range of various health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, sinusitis, acid reflux, and many others). It challenges conventional ways of treating common health problems, which usually looks at medical conditions in isolation. What I propose is that aging is directly related to the patency of your airway: The smaller your airway, the more sick you’ll become.
The book is written in three parts. The first part describes how I came to discover these concepts and the eureka moment that occurred to me after my experiences with my wife’s first two pregnancies. I go on to describe sleep-breathing problems in greater detail, and how important breathing is when it comes to your health. I devote an entire chapter to the importance of sleep position. There are many theories in the psychology literature on what your sleep position says about your personality, but I have a much simpler, practical explanation that not only can predict your personality, but also your current and future state of health.
The second part examines various health conditions and describes them in greater detail. Not only do I have explanations for depression, heart disease, and weight gain, but I also have some interesting theories about menopause, creativity, ADHD, and cold hands. I also present an alternative explanation for insomnia and even cancer.
The last part reveals to the reader how they can determine if they have a sleep-breathing problem and all the various ways of treating this condition, from conservative and alternative options to standard medical options, and to surgical options (as a last resort, since this is ultimately an anatomic issue).
You may think this book is about snoring and sleep apnea, but that’s only a small fraction of what I’m describing. But if you do snore, or have known sleep apnea, this book will give you more practical information about these conditions than most other books or even textbooks on these subjects.
Unfortunately, most doctors are not open-minded about these concepts, since it challenges the way they’ve practice for the past few decades. This is why most treatments for chronic conditions fail.
I truly believe that this book will not only change live for the better, but also save many lives as well.
Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: This is the first book about sleep written for the lay public from the perspective of an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat physician and surgeon). Since I deal with the upper airway and are constantly visualizing and modifying this area, I present a unique and fresh perspective on sleep-breathing issues that most medical doctors do not appreciate.
Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: I’ve read or researched every book out there on sleep, and frankly, some of them put me to sleep. The content in these books is the traditional, Western medicine-based theories that assumes that for the most part, our airways are a rigid tube that never collapses, with only a small fraction of people susceptible to breathing problems.
When you truly understand what I describe, the implications are enormous. Now there’s a very good reason why you should never eat close to bedtime if you’re having sleep problems, rather than your typical answer that it slows down your metabolism. I also describe why so many people have heart attacks and complications when admitted in hospitals (it has to do with sleep position).
One reviewer called the concepts in my book a “Kuhnian paradigm shift” in medical knowledge. Dr. Christiane Northrup, New York Times best-selling author of the Wisdom of Menopause said my book is “…fresh, original, and medically accurate.”
Knowing what I know, it’s my ethical and moral obligation to get this information out to the general public.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: One thing that I love to do is to see and catalogue all the new research and studies that confirm or support my sleep-breathing paradigm. One chapter that I should have included was the link between Alzheimers and sleep apnea. There’s so much convincing studies that support this link, but because researchers are caught up in complicated biochemical or neurologic explanations, it’s hard for them to believe such a simple explanation. Ultimately, it’s difficult for the medical profession to see the forest from the trees.
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