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More and more people from the "low carb world" are taking their thoughts to the web in
the form of "blogs" (short for weblogs). And they're making a lot of sense. In fact,
blogging — an activity that's reaching phenomenon status is probably the best
way to get a message "out there."
So each month, we'll be bringing you the "Best of the low carb Blogs." The topics
won't always be about low carb per se. We're simply choosing those entries that we, at
Low Carb Luxury, find to be buzz-worthy.
This month, we feature an entry from Dr. Mike's Blog, written by Protein Power
doc, Michael R. Eades. Michael is a good friend of ours, and has a gift for drawing in
his readers. His warmth and down-to-earth nature always show through, but make no mistake,
Mike Eades is one very sharp fellow. Visit
his blog each week to read all that he has to offer!
Why didn't I think of that?
An article appeared yesterday in the online version of the British Medical Journal reporting
that regular didgeridoo
playing reduces snoring and daytime sleepiness, both symptoms of
Copyright © January 2006 Michael R. Eades and Low Carb Luxury
I've never tried playing a didgeridoo nor have I ever recommended it to any of my many patients
afflicted with sleep apnea. What I have done with these patients is encourage them to faithfully
follow a real food low-carbohydrate diet. In my experience low-carbohydrate diets work better
than any other therapeutic modality to get rid of sleep apnea, and that included surgery. What's
more, it pretty much treats the sleep apnea long before much weight is lost.
I've had patients who have logged tens of thousands of hours on CPAP (assisted breathing) machines
get off them not long after starting their low-carb diets.
If you have sleep apnea or even think you have sleep apnea, by all means see a physician. If you do
have the disorder, it is extremely important to use a CPAP machine whenever you sleep, even if you
simply lie down for a little nap. My very best friend died nine years ago this month because he didn't
use his CPAP when he dozed off on the couch.
My friend was probably the best, most conscientious family physician I have ever known. He took all his
own calls (a rarity nowadays) and went out and saw any and all of his patients who showed up in the
emergency room at all hours instead of leaving them to the mercies of the on-call ER doc. He had put
on some excess weight — maybe 25 pounds — and had been diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a
CPAP machine shortly before his death.
I visited him in his office a couple of days before he died and commented on all the pies, candy,
cookies, and fruit cakes I saw scattered everywhere. He told me that all his patients brought him
these as Christmas gifts. He said he couldn't resist eating them. He also told me about his sleep
apnea, which I wasn't aware of.
I told him that he could easily rid himself of the problem and the CPAP with a low-carb diet. He
agreed. He was a believer in the low-carb diet, and put as many of his own patients on as he could.
He told me that he was going to start a low-carb diet right after the new year. He said he was going
to go on his own version of the 12-step program to break what he believed was his carbohydrate
addiction. I told him I was going to hold him to it. It was the last time we ever spoke.
He went home after a long day on December 11, played with his twin sons who had just turned nine,
watched while his wife put the finishing touches on their Christmas tree. When his wife went up to
put the kids down, he laid down on the couch and dozed off. when his wife came down, he wasn't breathing.
Despite all the efforts of all the best doctors in the hospital, he never regained consciousness.
He was 44.
This story is to emphasize how important it is to get sleep apnea dealt with. When people with sleep
apnea go to sleep, they quit breathing. Usually they wake up a little when this happens, gasp for a
few breaths, snort and snore, and go back to sleep. This process is repeated throughout the night.
Typically these people never get a good night's sleep so they are tired all the next day and actually
sometimes fall asleep at the wheel or while at work or an any odd time.
Occasionally, however, as happened with my friend, the low oxygen level that comes from not breathing
while asleep precipitates an arrhythmia that can be fatal. That's why the CPAP machine is absolutely
essential until the sleep apnea is treated successfully.
The didgeridoo might be more fun, but I would be willing to bet that the low-carb diet is much more
Michael R. Eades, MD