Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better Podcast



Anything that narrows the throat and interrupts sleep, particularly breathing problems brought on by sleep position, illness, life changes, or your anatomy, may be key to understanding a host of common health issues. Join Dr. Steven Y. Park as he discusses various important issues related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). Topics range from unconventional commentary on current sleep apnea issues to biased opinions on specific new treatment options.


  • My Coronavirus ICU Experience (Good and Bad)

    28/04/2020 Duration: 32min

    In this episode, I will reveal my positive and negative insights during the time I spent in our hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).  Shownotes: Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind Youtube video  

  • The Fallacy of Test Results [Podcast 89]

    14/04/2020 Duration: 44min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will discuss an issue that everyone who sees a doctor will have to deal with. With any test, you have to take it with a grain of salt, and this episode will help you place test results in the right context. Show Notes: Sleep study Vitamin D - Gominak Interviews (2015 Part 1, 2015 Part 2, 2015 Part 3, 2018 Part 1, 2018 Part 2) Supplements podcast link Thyroid testing (TSH) Mary Shomon Ferritin Glyphosate podcast Hormones podcast Gluten/Celiac Radiology

  • 10 Ways to Combat Coronavirus [Podcast 88]

    27/03/2020 Duration: 39min

    During this coronavirus pandemic, Kathy and I will be discussing: Which vitamins and supplements everyone should be taking What is the easiest and best defense in fighting this infection? Which immune-boosting benefit most people are missing out on? Shownotes: Good quantity and quality sleep. Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired  NKC lower 73% with sleep deprivation study Nitric Oxide from nose increased oxygen uptake in lungs by up to 18% Nitric oxide and antimicrobial properties Dr. Weil’s Relaxing Breath video Curb your sugar craving podcast Unstuff Your Stuffy Nose ebook Good nasal breathing Dr. John Cannell - Vitamin D and disease reduction chart Vit D Dr. Gominak interviews School children taking Vit D - lower flu and asthma rates study Vitamin D and lower cancer risk study Vitamin D activates genes to activate natural killer cells Vitamin D Linus Pauling Institute Reduce rates of colds ICU sepsis death rates mu

  • The Connection Between Cancer and Sleep Apnea

    26/02/2020 Duration: 39min

    It’s unavoidable that all of us will experience cancer at one time or another. If you have not experienced cancer, it’s likely that you know someone that has suffered or even died from cancer.  In this episode, Kathy and I discuss the importance of good sleep as it relates to cancer. This is an important topic that everyone needs to hear if you want to significantly lower your risk of cancer. Show Notes: Cancer statistics OSA and cancer review article Two cancer and OSA studies: Wisconsin cohort and Spanish Study Intermittent hypoxia and cancer review article Cancer VEGF Hypoxia Induceable factor (HIF) Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) IL6 and OSA Endothelial dysfunction and OSA  Taiwanese study on cancer and parasomnias, OSA, insomnia Shift work breast cancer, colon cancer Estrogens podcast Vitamin D podcast Beta blocker and lower cancer Love Medicine and Miracles book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers book Pillar Implants for snoring and OSA Environmental Working Group (EWG) Dirty Dozen foods on EWG Relaxing

  • The Estrogen Goldilocks Principle: Confusion and Controversy [Podcast 86]

    15/02/2020 Duration: 25min

    Estrogen imbalance is a problem not only for women. Men and children can be affected as well, leading to various health conditions, including thyroid problems, early puberty in girls, the feminization of boys, poor sleep, weight gain, and higher cancer risk. ----------------------------------------------- Show Notes: Post-menopausal women and progesterone study Dr. John Lee Dr. Christianne Northrup Wisdom of Menopause book Sleep Interrupted Thyroid health podcast The Top 7 Toxins to Avoid for Better Sleep and Health podcast Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers book by Dr. Robert Sapolsky Possible autism due to too much estrogen during pregnancy Sicker Fatter Poorer book podcast Estrogen enhances growth of cancer cells Estrogen, obesity, and cancer Increased estrogen in obese men Estrogen and breast cancer risk Vitamin D Chart Checklist Inventory of medications Inventory of foods Inventory of cleaning supplies Inventor of personal care products Pro-Gest cream Progessence Plus essential oil Sleep deprivation and h

  • Tripple Trouble: Sleep Problems Before, During and After Pregnancy [Podcast 85]

    29/01/2020 Duration: 28min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will be discussing the importance of good health during all phases of a pregnancy: before, during and after. Discover the following helpful tips: What to do even before you think about conceiving What to look for if you're having pregnancy complications An important thing to prepare for just after your delivery A major reason why you're having trouble breast-feeding What to do for post-partum depression. Shownotes: 50% lower sperm counts in men Fertility problems and obstructive sleep apnea  Gestational Diabetes and OSA  Gestational high blood pressure and sleep apnea Pre-eclampaia and OSA Prematurity and risk of OSA  Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired Tongue Tied book interview with Dr. Richard Baxter 5 Best Korean Foods For Postpartum Recovery Dr. Palmer and breast feeding podcast

  • 5 Surprising Facts About Your Thyroid And Sleep

    22/01/2020 Duration: 33min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will talk about thyroid diseases, a very common condition that's not often addressed when you are seen for a sleep problem. Show Notes: Hypothyroidism Hyperthyroidism Hashimotos thyroiditis  Graves disease Autoimmune thyroiditis The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss by Mary Shomon Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired  Thyroid and interaction with sleep Ideal thyroid labs TSH less than 2 Free T4 top 25% Free T3 top 25% Reverse T3, low end Anti-thyroid antibodies as low as possible Thyroid binding globulin Vitamin D > 50 Ferritin > 60  Thyroid friendly foods Health organic foods Iodine in seafood and salt, as well other various foods Selenium to help thyroid function Vitamin D health chart Omega-3 Zinc Copper Vitamin B Complex Magnesium Iodine Ashwagandha

  • How to Treat Your Sinusitis Without Medications

    16/01/2020 Duration: 36min

    Sinus infections with pain and pressure are all-too-common this time of the year. Please join Kathy and me as we reveal: Why your sinus infection may not be an infection al all What many doctors (even ENTs) may miss when treating sinusitis How to treat your sinus symptoms without using antibiotics How sinus pain may be linked to anxiety Alternative ways of treating your sinus condition. Shownotes: Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz  Sinus And Migraine Study Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired  Reflux and chronic sinusitis  OSA and reflux CPAP reduces reflux Pepsin in middle ear Pepsin and H. pylori in maxillary sinus Pepsin and lungs Macrolide antibiotics and anti-inflammatory properties Biaxin and chronic sinusitis in Japanese study DISE in AHI < 5 study Anxiety podcast Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert Sapolsky  Unstuff your stuffy nose free report  Acupuncture studies Myofunctional therapy studies Janet Bennet of ijustwanttosleep.

  • The Gut Biome and How It Can Affect Your Sleep & Weight [Podcast 82]

    09/01/2020 Duration: 40min

    In this age of fecal transplants, the gut biome is a popular topic that everyone is talking about. What is the gut biome and how is it related to your sleep quality? How can the bacteria in your gut prevent you from losing weight? Please join Kathy and me as we answer the above questions and more. Show Notes: What is the gut biome? How sleep affects the gut biome (good review article on Huffington Post) Another article on sleep loss and gut bacteria How stress affects the gut biome Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired Melatonin/circadian rhythm and gut biome How excessive exercise negatively affects the gut Gut biome and insomnia and circadian disorders Gut dysbiosis and Vitamin D Glyphosate as an antibiotic Glyphosate graph Glyphosate affects Vitamin D conversion in liver by p450 enzyme Antibiotics in young children linked with higher rate of obesity Vaginal delivery vs. C-section gut bacteria Breast fed vs. bottle gut biome 14 Steps Reduce stress C

  • 7 Unexpected Reasons for Your Anxiety [Podcast 81]

    23/12/2019 Duration: 46min

    During this holiday season, is anxiety a problem for you? Please join Kathy and me as we discuss 7 Unexpected Reasons for Your Anxiety. Sleep deprivation for any reason (quantity or quality) Food as stimulants (artificial sweeteners, caffeine, aspartame, MSG, etc.) Weather changes Lack of sunlight Normal hormonal fluctuations Media overconsumption/addiction, and over-scheduling Poor nasal breathing. ---------------------------------------------------------- Shownotes: Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired Aspartame and sugar cravings in mice Artificial sweeteners and weight gain 5 Ways to Sleep Better and Lose Weight Using Light podcast Pro-gest bio-identical progesterone cream Nitric oxide and increased oxygen uptake in lungs Relaxing breath: Dr. Andrew Weil How to unstuff your stuffy nose ebook

  • How to Get Your Whole Family Sleeping Better – Part 2 [Podcast 80]

    18/12/2019 Duration: 46min

    Please join me as we continue our important discussion on how you can get your entire family sleeping better. Whether you have young children or are single, young or old, the concepts presented in this podcast will significantly increase your chances of feeling better, thinking clearer, and have a much calmer and controlled household. Show Notes: 7 year olds with lack of sleep -  more problems with reasoning, emotional control and behavior problems. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. Original 10,000 hours study Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Dr. Richard Ferber 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson Essential Oils link (Kathy gets a small commission) Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain's Silent Killers Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired Branch Basics natural cleaning formula blog post with discount code (Kathy gets a small commission). Appliance therapy options podcasts (Homeoblock, ALF, DNA, Ma

  • How to Get Your Whole Family Sleeping Better - Part 1

    04/12/2019 Duration: 30min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will discuss an extremely important topic, which is how you can get your entire family sleeping much better. If you or your child has a sleep problem, it becomes the entire family’s sleep problem. Even if you are single, this information is too important to miss. We will talk about: The concept of sleep debt, something you don’t want to default on (leading to illnesses) The optimal number of hours of sleep for various age groups How, what, why, when, and with whom we should eat  Basic good sleep habits that are essential for optimal health How you can sleep like no one else. Show Notes: Delayed sleep phase syndrome Harvard Health article on sleep debt How our faces are shrinking podcast 

  • Our Shrinking Faces: More Important Than Global Warming [Podcast 78]

    20/11/2019 Duration: 33min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will talk about a disaster more urgent than global warming. It’s not going to happen in the next few decades or hundreds of years. It’s happening now: Due to modern Western diets and other various lifestyles and habits, our facial bones (and airways) are shrinking.  In this captivating discussion, I will reveal: What’s causing our faces to shrink Why it’s worse for our children The consequences of smaller faces and airways How crooked teeth may be the first sign of shrinking faces What we can do to prevent it And what we can do to reverse the consequences. Shownotes: Our Skulls Are Out-Evolving Us on Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired  Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price  Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson Tooth loss and obstructive sleep apnea signs and symptoms in the US population CDC: Obesity in children 3x since 1970s CDC data: 1/5 school aged childr

  • Myths & Facts About Your Sleep Position [Podcast 77]

    13/11/2019 Duration: 29min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will discuss a very intimate topic: your sleep position. Over the years, I've seen a wide variety of explanations for why certain people like to sleep in certain positions, and even personality type differences. In this podcast, you will discover: Which sleep position is most healthy for you The one bad advice dermatologists are telling women Why hospitals can be dangerous for you or your loved one And much more. Show Notes Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired JAMA article on pregnant women and sleep position and babies born small for gestational age Positional sleep apnea article Sleep Position book Drug induced sleep endoscopy results in AHI < 5 CPAP increases fetal movement in women with pre-eclampsia UARS article in Bottom Line Health SlumberBump sleep positioner Antisnoreshirt Somnibel sleep positioner Night Shift sleep positioner Contour pillow for snoring  

  • 7 Myths About Tonsillectomy [Podcast 76]

    30/10/2019 Duration: 41min

    In this episode, Kathy and I have an interesting discussion about the 7 most common myths that I encounter about surgery for the tonsils: Don’t take out tonsils because they are part of the immune system and help fight infections  Tonsils can grow back after tonsillectomy  Tonsils shrink as you get older or you can outgrow them Surgery can lead to bleeding Anesthesia can be harmful in children You need to find the best surgeon  Small tonsils don’t need to be removed Show Notes  George Catlin: Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life Sleep apnea lowers your immune system response study Tonsillectomy does not alter your immune system response study Rate of tonsil regrowth after tonsillectomy  Rates of bleeding after tonsillectomy CHAT study Patterns of Upper Airway Obstruction on Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy in Patients with Sleep-Disordered Breathing with AHI

  • When An Allergy Is Not Just An Allergy [Podcast 75]

    21/10/2019 Duration: 26min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will be revealing the steps we took to significantly improve our family's allergy symptoms this fall. Shownotes The Truth About Allergies Revealed blogpost Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired Allergy-free bedsheets Micro-poop theory blogpost Dyson HEPA vacuum cleaner The Sinus, Allergy and Migraine Study (SAMS) Dr. David Buccholz: Heal Your Headache Long term nasal saline irrigation and increased infections blogpost

  • Fluoride: Friend or Foe [Podcast 74]

    11/10/2019 Duration: 32min

    In this episode, Kathy and I will be talking about a controversial issue, which is the topic of fluoride in our water supply, food, and even our medications. For a more detailed article about the potential dangers of fluoride, click here. During this discussion, we will reveal: How and why fluoride was added to our water supply How I began to suspect the dangers of fluoride Multiple studies linking higher levels of fluoride with lower IQ levels How fluoride may help to shrink our jaws (but have less cavities) How to minimize your daily exposure to fluoride. Show Notes OTC and prescription sleep aids Original fluoride article The Story of Fluoridation Fluoride in otosclerosis article Rat palatal shelf growth and fluoride  Braces in pregnant rats given fluoride  Fluoride and rat soothe movement  Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis  Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6–12 Years of Age in Mexico  Association Between Maternal Fluoride

  • Which is Better for Insomnia? CPAP vs. ASV: Interview With Dr. Barry Krakow [Podcast 73]

    04/10/2019 Duration: 46min

    In this special episode, I will be having a conversation with with Dr. Barry Krakow, who will talk about his new landmark study on eclinicalmedicine, the online version of the prestigious journal Lancet. The title of the paper is Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial on the Efficacy of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Adaptive Servo-Ventilation in the Treatment of Chronic Complex Insomnia. If you have been told that you don’t have obstructive sleep apnea but still can’t get a good night’s sleep, then this discussion is for you. Show Notes Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night. UARS Podcast Interview with Dr. Guilleminault TEDxABQ talk: Why Do You Wake Up At Night?  Complex insomnia: insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing in a consecutive series of crime victims with nightmares and PTSD Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial on the Efficacy of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Adaptive Servo-Ventilation in the Treatment of Chronic Complex Insomnia Prevalence of Slee

  • Why You're Not Sleeping Well Even If You Think You Are [Podcast 72]

    27/09/2019 Duration: 40min

    In this episode, we're going to explain why even if you think you sleep great, you're not. If you sleep like a log or can sleep anywhere, any time, this discussion is for you. We'll be talking about the hypersomnias—when people tend to sleep too much or too long. We'll be revealing the following: Why you can sleep 9 hours or more and will feel tired How you can stop breathing 25 times every hour and not have sleep apnea Which doctor to see if you suffer from this condition And much more..... Show Notes Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired  Upper airway resistance syndrome interview with Dr. Guilleminault Insomnia as risk for future cancer  U-shaped curve for ideal sleep length Sleep endoscopy findings in symptomatic patients with AHI < 5 Two things that go flop in the night blog post Shift work and cancer Sleep journal Sleep tracking apps and devices Narcolepsy vs. hypersomnias Breathe Better Sleep Better Live Better

  • The Truth About Sleeping Pills and Over-The-Counter Sleep Aids [Podcast 70]

    31/08/2019 Duration: 34min

    In this episode, Kathy and I are going to be talking about another controversial topic that many of you have probably had some experience with at one time or another...and that’s the issue of sleeping pills and OTC sleep aids. In particular, we will be discussing: Why sleeping pills are usually the wrong way of treating insomnia Why insomnia may not really be insomnia How to wean yourself off sleeping pills A non-prescription therapy that's better than sleeping pills in the long run. Show Notes: Sleep aid market increasing Podcast: How to sleep better without medications Podcast: How medications are harming you Risk of complications for sleeping pills Sleep aids and risk of Parkinson's Sleep-eating Insomnia increases risk of dying Insomnia as a harbinger of mental illness Insomnia and future risk of heart disease Insomnia and increased risk of dementia Hip fractures with Ambien Sleeping pill vs. CBT-i study 3 Ps of insomnia Krakow’s OSA in treatment resistant insomnia study Dr. Krakow’s podcast on

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