Podcast #002: Interview With Valerie Deegan, From The Video, “Finding Connor Deegan”

Podcast #002 Show Notes

ADHD and other behavioral problems are rampant today with millions of children on prescription medications with or without psychotherapy. As I’ve stated in the past, a significant number of these children have a treatable sleep-breathing problem, which goes undiagnosed. I was alerted to watch a short video about a mother’s excruciatingly painful journey to help her son, Connor who was labeled with a condition called oppositional defiant disorder. 
In this episode I’m honored to have as our guest Ms. Valerie Deegan, Connor’s mother. We’re going to talk about what she had to go through to get her son treated appropriately without medications. Before you continue with this recording, I strongly recommend that you watch the video before listening to this recording. Once you’ve seen the video, please come back to listen to my interview with Ms. Deegan. 


Reader Question: Do those anti-snoring devices that you see advertised really work?

Sleep Tip of the Day: How to minimize light pollution in your bedroom.

Resources mentioned in podcast:

Finding Connor Deegan video

American Academy of Physiologic Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD.org)

Ride of the Zombies Charity Bike Ride

Dr. John Mew’s Photos

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4 thoughts on “Podcast #002: Interview With Valerie Deegan, From The Video, “Finding Connor Deegan”

  1. Steve,
    I appreciate your inquiry about breast feeding as it relates to Brian Palmer’s work over the years. What I felt was missing was distinguishing between a structural jaw-tongue-throat condition that impacts breathing and therefore the stress response. This is a round the clock issue not just sleeping. The increased stress hormones from this fight or flight response and sleep stage and state response were clearly evident in the sleep study arousal observations and for reasons not needed for discussion now impact the other signs and symptoms. During the day the unstable anatomy causing the breathing related sleep disorders (SDB) is evident in the sensory input (look at the anatomy) impacting this airway stability and triggering stress response, the unpleasant sensation of which (consider the sensation of rapid/intense heart beat until homeostasis is regained) in turn triggers his behavior in the short run and impacts all body systems over time.
    Is a removable appliance is being utilized round-the-clock that successfully manages behavior and SDB? Or, are different awake and sleep ones utilized? If appliance use is helping and sleep associated with SDB is the issue, his behavior while awake will not change if the appliance is only worn during sleep. Has this been checked out? What are the results? Focus will decrease sensory input that disrupts the structural maintenance of airway patency, Did anything, TV, Movie, Activity (active or passive) calm Conner down in the past where it grabbed his attention and focus? And while awake, what was the impact of Conner taking three or four deep full inhales followed by full exhales utilizing healthful breathing techniques? I believe these questions will prove my point, which is that SDB is a symptom of impaired breathing, likely from anatomic form, shape, size and relationships that have a negative impact upon the jaw-tongue-throat relationship and ease of swallowing, speaking and breathing. Just re-look at the anatomy books and all of the muscle relationships involved and considered other pressure sensitive reflexes associated with the tongue and contact with oral structures.
    At what point do we discontinue ignoring the full cause and impact of anatomically induced impaired breathing round the clock? At what point do we ignore the awake impact of the anatomy and selectively ignore the reality infront of us and limit it to sleep as a sleep problem and stuffing it into the “specialty” of sleep?

  2. Very powerful video and podcast. Thank you so much. This is definitely the direction needed to help ALL of us improve our mental, emotional and physical health. What is missing is learning how to breathe well to go along with proper tongue placement and other factors – nose breathing is paramount. Buteyko Breath Retraining includes a breathing exercise to clear a blocked nose; it works instantly and as nose breathing becomes normalized, other issues such as snoring, allergies, asthma go away. Adenoid and tonsil inflammation is reduced and surgery may not be necessary. The interdisciplinary approach should include improved breathing as part of the team effort.

  3. Thank you so much for continuing your series Dr Park– you are a true blessing.

    This is such an important message to bring out —and what an inspiring story of Connor. People need to understand this concept of what optimizing the airway can do– and they need to hear the message in many different ways.

    Keep up the great work! I’ll be sure to donate to the Charity Bike Ride…