Bad News For Alzheimer’s Disease

Here’s an article in the New York Times that describes why scientists are baffled as to why we’ve made essentially no progress in preventing or treating Alzheimer’s disease, despite all the recent advances in understanding this all-too-common condition. Could it be because our fundamental explanation for Alzheimer’s is wrong to begin with? Researchers are convinced […]

Lou Gehrig, Head Trauma, & Sleep Apnea

A recent study showed that head trauma can sometimes mimic Lou Gehrg’s disease (or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – AML). This condition was named after the famous New York Yankees baseball player that develop muscle weakness, paralysis and eventually, death. The journalist displayed a vintage photo of Gehrig just after being knocked unconscious by a runaway […]

Can Sleep Apnea Raise Your Cholesterol Levels?

There's been a lot of press coverage about good and bad cholesterol, as well as studies about various medications that are used to lower high cholesterol levels. The problem with the one variable paradigm of medicine is that illness is not solely a function of one elevated blood test finding. There are hundreds, if not […]

Sleep Apnea, Leptin, and Alzheimer’s Disease

One of my major goals on this website is to "connect the dots" between cutting edge health research findings within the context of my sleep-breathing paradigm.   Here’s another not-too-surprising study about Alzheimer’s: that high levels of leptin is associated with lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease. Leptin is a hormone that’s produced by fat cells […]

More Connections Between Alzheimer’s and Sleep Apnea

This is a study that Dr. Mack Jones mentioned during my interview with him a few months ago about a mice developing Alzheimer’s-like brain findings after chronic oxygen deprivation.    Amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are the two hallmark findings on autopsy studies in patients with Alzheimer’s. Accumulation of amyloid-β protein is the major component […]